Needle Felting Retreat
September 17 - 19, 2021 
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See tentative schedule and additional information below. 

Local needle-felting artist, Kathy Giroux, will lead participants in creating large needlefelted landscapes.These will be backed on 150-year-old barn board. On Sunday of this retreat, Kathy will focus on how to create beautifully expressive faces. In addition to their landscape, each participant will create a holiday wreath with either a Santa face or a witch's face. 

Schedule

Friday , September 17, 2021

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 Kathy Giroux and get started!

                           Session 1:  Overview/Intro to needle felting

6:00 – 7:15      Walk to The Village Tavern or 158 Main for dinner. We will make

                           reservations for the group, but each person is responsible for payment

                           for your meal. Let us know if you will not join the group for dinner.

                           Other options are to eat in (take out or cook your own as there is a full

                           kitchen in the house) or eat elsewhere.

7:30 – 9:00     Post dinner – Walk to Two Sisters for “field trip” . This is a couple of

                           blocks from The Tavern and across the street from both the retreat

                           house and 158 Main (if the group has eaten there).

                           Session II:  Choosing Your Photo/picture for Saturday's project. 

 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Day's Project: Large (1o" x 22") Needle Felted Landscape mounted on 150-year-old barn board. All materials provided. If you have a particular photo of a landscape or garden you would like to recreate, feel free to bring it.

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

 

9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)   

                          Session III :Hands On! Beginning Your Project

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 – Poke! Poke! Poke! (Individualized help)

5:00 – 6:00     Down Time

6:00 – 7:15      Dinner reservations made for you at Martell’s or dinner on your own 

7:30ish             Session V – Questions and Answers, Deciding your Sunday project

 

Sunday , September 19, 2021

Day's Project: The Process of Sculpting Faces – Santa or Witch Wreath

All materials provided

        

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

9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)

                             Session VI – Hands On! Beginning Your Project

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 – Finishing (and finishing techniques)

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. 
Provided:
     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.