Fall Fiber Arts Tour

Fall Fiber Tour

Tammy with sheepSeptember 26 – 30, 2018

Your hosts are…
Tammy White of Wing & A Prayer Farm is mistress of a fiber menagerie. She’s also an amazing pie baker, soap maker, natural dyer, and all around great host. We’ll experience a little slice of farm life, meet the sheep and alpacas, and learn about natural dyeing from eco-printing to Shibori and Indigo. You’ll take home fiber and cloth samples from all of the class exercises.

Donna Druchunas is an experienced designer who loves to incorporate historical knitting traditions into her patterns. We’ll visit her Sheep to Shawl studio in the beautiful mountains of the Northeast Kingdom. Donna’s workshop will focus on incorporating beadwork into knitting, using a flexible pattern with a Lithuanian motif. You’ll get all the instruction you need to start a pair of hand warmers, and take home enough Vermont yarn to finish your project.

Sarah Scully is an experienced knitter and yarn dyer with a love of learning and of Vermont. She’ll be your tour guide and coordinator. You’ll also be able to see Sarah’s work with Vermont Natural Sheepskins, during the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival on Saturday.

Beautiful Locations

Wing and a prayer farmVermont is well known for its natural beauty, eco-conscious approach to farming and production, and commitment to the local agricultural economy. We’ll explore these and other aspects of the Green Mountain State, as we visit farms and crafter spaces, meet local experts, and dine on delicious food.


Space is limited to 12 attendees. We will keep a few names on a waitlist in case of cancellation.

Program Fee: $895 per person
Includes workshop and tour fees, materials, meal plan, and extra goodies.

Meal Plan (included with program fee):
We’ll provide 3 lunches and 4 dinners, prepared by professional chefs with local ingredients. (Lunch at the VT Sheep and Wool Festival, and one evening meal will be on your own.) Dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free will be accommodated with advance notice.

Transportation (optional):
$125 per person, limited to 6 people.
We’ll drive you to all the events, plus provide round-trip transportation to the local airport, bus, or train. For more travel suggestions, click the Travel tab, above.

Housing (optional): $75 – $125 per night
Includes breakfast each morning. Refer to the Housing tab, above, more information.

Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at dinner, for an additional fee.

  • indigo dyed yarnDates. Our Fall program runs September 26 – 30, with overnight guests checking out on Monday, October 1.
  • Registration. Register now at the link above. We will send an invoice within a few hours, and a non-refundable deposit of $250 will secure your spot. The balance for the program fee plus optional extras will be due by June 29, 2018.
  • Attending with a friend. If you’d like to attend the tour with a friend, each person must register individually. If you want to share a room we have a few options on the housing tab, or you can make your own plans for accommodation.
  • Housing. We have optional housing in one of three local B&Bs. See housing tab (above) for room options, including shared rooms if you are participating in the tour with a friend. If we do not have your first choice of room, you will be given the option to select another type of room, or to make your own accommodation. If you wish to make your own arrangements please refer to the housing tab for suggestions.
  • Local participants. If you live locally or wish to make your own housing arrangements, you can register for the program without choosing housing. Please plan to take evening meals with us on the days that we have arranged group dinners, so that you can fully participate and get to know the others on the tour.
  • Transportation. If you are arranging your own transportation, we have suggestions for traveling to Vermont by car, train, or bus on the Travel tab, above. If you have selected our optional transportation package, we will be in touch to ensure that your proposed flight, bus, or train can be met by our shuttle. If you are expecting us to pick you up on Wednesday or drop you off on Monday, please do not purchase any non-refundable tickets until you confirm your travel arrangements with us.
  • Shopping. During the course of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to shop at Wing & A Prayer Farm, Green Mountain Spinnery, Vermont Natural Sheepskins, and Sheep to Shawl. You will receive discounts on purchases made during the program.
  • After Signing Up. We’ll be in contact with you via email. At that time we will confirm your food preferences, transportation, and send a participation agreement, which you will be required to sign and return to us within one week of receiving it. Failure to return the signed participation agreement and/or outstanding balance due by June 29, 2018, will forfeit your place on the tour.
  • Cancellation Policy. For cancellations made by August 24: If your space can be filled, you will receive a refund, less the $250 non-refundable fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after August 24 to anyone, for any reason. You may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance just in case.

Rick with FinnsSchedule – subject to change.

Wednesday, Sept 26

  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arrive and check-in at B&Bs.
  • 4:45 p.m. – Shuttle departs for evening session – 5 minute drive.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome talk and dinner.

Thursday, Sept 27

  • 7:00 a.m. – Early morning breakfast at your B&B.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Shuttle departs for Shaftsbury – 2 hour drive.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Natural Dye workshop.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Foraging walk and farm tour.
  • 12:00 p.m. – Farm Lunch.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Eco printing and Shibori techniques.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Shuttle departs for Royalton – 2 hour drive.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dinner.

Friday, Sept 28

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at your B&B.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Shuttle departs for Putney – 75 minute drive.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Tour of Green Mountain Spinnery.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Lunch.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Shuttle departs for Royalton – 75 minute drive.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Afternoon and dinner are on your own.

eco printingSaturday, Sept 29

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at your B&B.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Shuttle departs for Tunbridge – 30 minute drive.
  • 10:00 a.m. – VT Sheep & Wool Festival – morning class, demos, or shopping.
  • Mid-day. – Lunch on your own at the festival.
  • 1:00 p.m. – VT Sheep & Wool Festival – afternoon class, demos, or shopping.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Shuttle departs for Royalton – 20 minute drive.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dinner.

Sunday, Sept 30

  • 7:00 a.m. – Early morning breakfast at your B&B.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Shuttle departs for Barton – 2 hour drive.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Tour of Sheep to Shawl Studio.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Beaded Mitts, Part 1.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Beaded Mitts, Part 2.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Shuttle departs for Royalton – 2 hour drive.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Closing Dinner.

Monday, October 1

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at your B&B.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Checkout.

roomWe’re offering the following options for housing during the program. Housing is located in either Bethel or Royalton. All rooms come with breakfast each morning.

If you would prefer to arrange your own housing please refer to the information at the bottom of this page.

Option 1 – Shared room with separate beds.

  • Cost per person: $75 per night.
  • Availability: 2 rooms (4 guests)
  • A great option if you are attending the program with a friend.
  • Rooms have either two beds, or one bed and a fold-out sofa.
  • Room has a private bath.

If you are participating with a friend and would like to sleep separately in one room, you will each choose this type of housing during registration. Please include the name of the person you wish to room with on your registration form. If you are attending by yourself and looking for a roommate, we will let you know if that is available, but it would be best to register for a private room (Option 2 or 3) as we have very limited shared space.

Option 2 – Private Room with shared bath.

  • Cost per person: $105 per night
  • Availability: 7 rooms
  • These rooms have shared bathrooms.
  • Some rooms are in a house with a resident cat, which can be kept out of the bedrooms but will be in the common areas. Please let us know if you are allergic.

Option 3 – Private Room with private bath.

  • Cost per person: $125 per night
  • Availability: 3 rooms
  • These rooms have private bathrooms.

Guests wishing share a room and a bed may choose either Option 2 or Option 3 during registration. Please let us know if this is the case, by including a note and roommate’s name on your registration form.

Local attendee or arrange-your-own housing:

Participants who live locally or who wish to make their own housing arrangements will not be required to register for one of our rooms. In this case, you must also arrange your own transportation to and from all of the events each day.

A few options for local housing are listed below. You will need to check directly with the proprietors about accommodation details, pricing, and availability. While there are other options in the region, boutique B&B’s in Woodstock, and larger hotel chains in White River Junction are located approximately 20-30 miles / 30-45 minutes from Royalton.

Vermont Twin Cabins
South Royalton, VT
(802) 369-0532

Baxter Mountain House B&B
Sharon, VT
(802) 763-8824

Energy Rising B&B
Randolph, VT
(802) 728-9382

Shady Maples B&B
Randolph, VT
(802) 728-4755

Map of housing and transportation sites.

Central Vermont is rural and transportation options are limited. We suggest driving, taking the train, or, if traveling from New York City or Boston, using the Dartmouth Coach bus service.

By Car

If traveling from the north, use Exit 3 – Royalton/Bethel off I-89. From the south, use Exit 2 – Sharon. Detailed directions to your accommodation of choice or pickup spot will be emailed to you a week before the program begins.

By Bus

Take the Dartmouth Coach from Boston Logan; Boston South Train Station; or New York City to Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The Greyhound bus line also offers daily service to White River Junction.

By Train

White River Junction serves Amtrak customers arriving daily from Boston; New York; Washington, DC and points south. However, because the once-daily train is scheduled to arrive after 6:00 pm and is often delayed, we do suggest coming in the day before your program begins when choosing this option. We can make arrangements to extend your stay if needed.

By Air

Burlington National Airport and Lebanon Regional Airport are the two closest options if traveling by air (or fly to Boston Logan and take the Dartmouth Coach bus, above).

Car rental is available at all airports. An option for pick-up from Burlington, Vermont or Lebanon, New Hampshire airports may be available depending on your arrival time. Please contact us before reserving your flight if you would like to use our optional transportation service.

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