TATTER Blue Library Textile Retreat


Where textiles and food intersect, around the communal table, in Mid-coast Maine.

September 29-October 5, 2019



Session One:

Forest Foraging Mushroom Dyeing with Alissa Allen

September 29 - October 3, 2019


Fall in Maine is a seasonal mushroom extravaganza! Mycologist Alissa Allen of www.mycopigments.com will lead us on forest wanderings, where we will slow down, and learn to identify different species of fungi. From our findings we will explore micro-seasonal dye palettes, and extract a veritable rainbow of dye with which to transform thread, yarn and yardage. The culmination of every day will be stitching together on a communal tablecloth while we share a delicious meal.

 

Session Two:

Historical Embroidery with Annie Coggan and Jordana Munk Martin

October 3 - October 5, 2019


Artist, professor and historian Annie Coggan and Tatter Library founder Jordana Martin will lead us through the history of embroidered samplers in Maine, while we stitch with mushroom dyed thread from the first three days of the retreat. Retreat goers will work on their own samplers, exploring techniques and stitches. The culmination of every day will be stitching together on a communal tablecloth while we share a delicious meal.

 
 

Week Long Session

Mushroom Dyeing and Immersive Embroidery

September 29 - October 5, 2019


Join us for a unique week-long retreat where we will walk into the Maine woods foraging for and then dyeing with mushrooms and then dive into an immersive, historically inspired embroidery session. We will start with an informative presentation by Alissa and then get hands-on experience searching and picking mushrooms of our own. Students will learn to name and distinguish edible, non-edible and dye-producing fungi. Forest walks are followed by an all-day dyeing workshop, demonstrating how to extract different colors from the gathered mushrooms. to add natural color to thread, yarn and cloth.