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Learning to Spin on a Spinning Wheel
October 25-27, 2024
For Rates & Registration information, click here
See tentative schedule and additional information below. 

Local spinners, Ruthanne Little and Tamra Higgins, will lead participants in learning to use a spinning wheel for the first time and lead them on their way to creating beautiful yarn.  To learn more about Ruth, click here. To learn more about Tamra, click here.




Friday , October 25, 2024

2:00 – 4:00    Check In

                           Two Sisters Co-owner Tamra Higgins will meet you at our retreat

                           house at 110 Main St., Jeffersonville, Vermont

4:00 – 6:00     Meet Instructor Ruthanne Little and get started!

                           Session 1:  Learning about Fiber: types, purposes, uses (we'll walk

                           across the street to the Two Sisters shop for this).

6:00 – 7:15      Dinner. Dinner is catered right at the retreat house this year. Whether

                           you stay on site or commute, dinner is included in the price of your


7:30 – 9:00     Session II:  Continue fiber discussion and learn/review parts of 

                           spinning wheel, prepping demo on carder, diz use (at the retreat



Saturday, October 26, 2024

Wheels and fiber provided. You are welcome to bring your own working wheel as well.

Upon rising until 9:00 – Continental breakfast. Breakfast if for everyone, whether you are staying at the retreat house or commuting. Full kitchen is available if participants would like to bring something to make.


9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)   

                          Session III:  Hands on teaching/training!

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch – make your own, walk/drive to local grocer or restaurant; a

                          list of options will be provided

1:00 – 5:00 (with breaks when needed)

                          Session IV – Practice, Practice, Practice! Part 1(Individualized help)

5:00 – 6:00     Down Time/Free Time

6:00 – 7:15      Dinner. Catered dinner on site for all participants.

7:30ish             Session V – Questions and Answers, Feedback, Project Exploration

                          (spinning for weaving, knitting patters, etc.)

Sunday , October 27, 2024

Upon rising until 9:00 – Continental breakfast for all participants.  Full kitchen is available if participants would like to bring something to make.

9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)

                             Session VI – Practice, Practice, Practice! Part 2. (Individualized help)

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch – make your own, walk/drive to local grocer or restaurant; a

                             list of options will be provided. (Group will decide how time will be

                             allocated between lunch and continuing to work)

1:00 – 3:00 (with breaks when needed)

                             Session VII – Introduction to plying - why ply, uses, demo.

                             Participants can try if ready.

Additional Retreat Details
The retreat takes place at 110 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont in a historic house that once served as the local parsonage. While the house wouldn't be considered luxurious, it and its rooms are large and comfortable. 
     Bed linens and towels
     Continental breakfasts
     Full kitchen for lunches and dinner if you opt to make your own
     List of options for eating out or take out for lunches and dinner on Saturday
What to bring:
     Pillows and blankets you can't sleep without
     Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear
     Snacks and any food items you would like to prepare for yourself
     Outdoor gear if you plan on taking walks on the local railtrail/bike path or renting a
          bicycle from the bike shop, Bootlegger Bikes, which is a couple doors down from the
          retreat house.
What not to bring:
     Fancy clothing or valuables of any sort. Jeffersonville is a rural community geared
     towards outdoor activities (hiking, biking, walking, canoeing and kayaking in the
     summer and fall; skiing, snowboarding in the winter). If you plan on staying extra time
     in the vicinity before or after the retreat, and plan on visiting the Stowe or Burlington
     area then "nicer" clothes are legit. Long and short of it, bring what you're comfortable in.
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