Workshops

Fall 2021

Birch Bark Ornaments $85/person

For 14 and up (12 and up with an adult partner)
Saturday Nov 6, 2021 1-5PM
Instructor: Penny Hewitt

Enjoy the simple pleasure of creating a decoration or gift from local, responsibly harvested, natural materials. Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch tree. You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared.

Instructor Bio: Among other things, Penny is a homeschooling mom, craftsperson and homesteader, who is inspired by the traditions of other cultures to revitalize and share skills useful to everyday life. In an effort to deepen her connection to the land and limit her participation in consumer culture, she strives to grow, craft and participate in seasonal harvests for as many of her needs and wants as possible.  She is also grateful to be part of a generous community of talented makers and growers with whom she trades skills, ideas and wares.  She uses hand-harvested resources from the forest, letting the qualities of varying materials dictate their use.

Intro to Knitting — Knit your own winter hat $45

Nov 7th and Nov 14th, 10-12 am
Instructors: Randi and Avi

This class is for beginners or people looking to take the next steps in knitting. Randi and her daughter, Avi, will be co-teaching this course on how to make a simple winter hat. We will do overcasting on, knitting, decreasing stitches, and binding off. For those with a little experience, we can also go over the purling technique and the double brim.

Required materials:

  • Yarn: 60-70 yards #6 Super Bulky Yarn
  • Knitting Needles: US 13 16” Circular Needle
  • Other optional tools: Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker (or scrap yarn)
  • If you’d like to add a pompom, 10-20 yards of matching or contrasting yarn

We love our friends at Must Love Yarn in Shelburne and recommend visiting their store if you need any materials.

If the weather cooperates, we will hold class outside near a fire. If we’re experiencing inclement weather, we may move inside to the hayloft or inside the greenhouse. In the event we move indoors, masks are required. Hot chocolate —made from our cows’ milk — will be served!

This class is for people of all ages! If you’re signing up your child, please note, we do not have an age limit for this course, but rather a skill-determined parental presence. If you have any questions or feel unsure whether you should sign up with your child, please email maggie@newvillagefarm.com.