Homespun School

Homespun Craft School is a skills based classroom and studio. Our goal is to create and maintain a community of makers, who foster creativity and share skills, traditions, and lore. We hope to be ever evolving while being committed to our connection with the past. 

Fresh Cheeses! Making Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Burrata $80
Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Fresh Cheeses! Making Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Burrata $80

This class is a great foundation for students  who want to begin making cheeses at home. We will guide you through the hands-on process of making Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Burrata from fresh milk. All supplies, materials, and tools will be provided. Students will leave with a pamphlet on cheesemaking, with recipes, sources, and instructions. Each student will take home some of the cheeses we make in class. Light refreshments will be provided.

Indigo Dyeing Weekend Intensive $350-$450
Aug
25
Aug 27

Indigo Dyeing Weekend Intensive $350-$450

  • Camp Adagio

The time honored tradition of Indigo dyeing dates back over 5,000 years. It has a richness of color and history that surpasses most any other dye, and crosses into many cultures and continents. Indigo has its roots in India, Africa and South America, and has a well-known use in traditional Shibori textiles of Asia. Even the original American flag was made from Indigo textiles.

Join us at Camp Adagio in Nedonna Beach for a weekend retreat into the depths of Indigo dyeing and all of it’s wonders. This fascinating and rejuvenating process will be explored through traditional techniques and organic, intuitive making. We will cover the basics of vat creation/ fermentation using the easy 1-2-3 vat method of Michel Garcia. We will delve into Shibori methods -  including stitch resist, tied resist, binding, clamping, and pole wrapping. Each of us will bring home a silk scarf, table runner and napkins, as well as 2-3 of your own personal items, all finished with learned Indigo techniques.

Nedonna Beach is a quiet and lovely beach-scape, strewn with driftwood and dotted with ever-changing driftwood forts, lovely to explore or get cozy in with a snack, project, or a glass of wine. We have a full weekend planned with instructional sessions, communal camping, home - cooked food, sharing of knowledge and experience, and conversation around the fire. This is a wonderful opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate away from the fray, get in touch with your inner creative force, and get your hands blue.

Space is limited to provide for individual instruction, sign up today to secure your spot!

Prices include locally-sourced meals (except Saturday lunch, which students will provide) and libations, lodging, and materials for projects.

 

What’s included:

  • Everything you need to Indigo Dye: The raw materials for vat starting, gloves, blocks, clamps, thread, poles, etc.
  • 1 linen tablerunner, 4 linen napkins, and 1 silk scarf for dyeing.

  • 15 hours of Indigo dyeing instruction plus a booklet full of resources to take home and get you started on your own Indigo dyeing journey.

  • 2 nights lodging/camping and 2 full days of relaxation, creative exploration and skill building at Camp Adagio.

  • 4 home-cooked and locally-sourced meals.

 

Lodgings:

$350 camping

$400 Shared room/ bunk bed

$425 Shared room/ queen bed

$450 private room - 1 available


Camping: There is a lot adjacent to the house for tent camping. Please provide your own camping equipment, make sure you will be comfortable. You will have access to the house-  which has one bathroom -  24 hours/day. We ask that you respectfully limit showering. One private room is available, with a queen bed. There is a big communal sleeping room upstairs with one queen bed and four bunk beds.

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Bundle Dyeing Workshop $90
Aug
31
6:30 pm18:30

Bundle Dyeing Workshop $90

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

If you have even been curious about natural dyes, then bundle dyeing is a great introduction for beginners.  Join us for this bundle dye workshop as we explore the ancient art of dyeing with summer flowers, foraged plant material and everyday kitchen scraps to create unique prints and patterns on to cloth.  This workshop, taught by Adriano Moreno of Moonshadow Goods, will take students through the process of mordanting and selecting plants and flowers that create beautiful natural dyes. You’ll head home with your own silk scarf, dyed by you! All materials included.

Wine and Snacks will be provided.

Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction.

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Natural Bar Soaps $60 DATE TBD
Sep
26
6:00 pm18:00

Natural Bar Soaps $60 DATE TBD

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this hands-on workshop, we will cover the basic theory and practice of natural soap making from scratch. The first step is to learn how to safely use and handle caustic lye. We will also discuss natural pigments, blending essential oils, oil properties, lye calculators and recipe building, curing, trace, basic techniques and troubleshooting for successful soap making at home. We will demonstrate making a 4 lb loaf of swirled soap, while with a partner from the class you will make your own small batch of soap to take home.  You will leave with a list of basic recipes and a purchase list of everything you need to get started. All materials will be provided including a small selection of Essential Oils, however if you prefer to bring your own Essential Oils, please do.  

NOTE: Please wear long sleeves, pants and closed toe shoes to class since we will be working with lye.

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Planning your Fall Garden $45
Jun
29
6:00 pm18:00

Planning your Fall Garden $45

  • The Sideyard Farm

I know, I know--nobody wants to be reminded of Fall in June, but mid-summer is the ideal time to prepare your gardens to feed you (and/or your soil) through the winter, and even get a head start on the following spring. We'll be hands-on in the field at Sideyard Farm for a closer look at what to do during the summer months to grow your own fall food garden. Whether you are gardening out of containers, raised beds or indoors, bring any plans and ideas you have for your current (or envisioned!) garden and we'll work on developing your site plan and maximizing your growing capacity there. Students will take home a tray with a variety of fall crops we will seed together. 

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Clothing Swap!
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Clothing Swap!

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

We are having a Clothing Swap! But really it's even better than a clothing swap because we will have sewing machines and a couple of "guides" there who will be able to help you recreate your finds into perfectly fitted masterpieces that you want to wear every day.

So, it will work just like any clothing swap with your friends. You bring 1 garbage bag full of all your old clothes, stuff that doesn't fit, you don't like any more, gives you bad memories, whatever. We all dump our garbage bags out in a pile and sift through. One person's garbage is definitely someone else's treasure! Then, if something doesn't fit quite right, or is cute but needs altering one of the guides will help you figure out how to fix it! Sounds awesome, right?

Some details: Please limit yourself to bringing one garbage bag of clean, gently worn clothes (shoes, swimsuits and bras are ok, but no underwear please.) We will ask everyone for a $5 donation, so that we can provide sewing supplies, wine and snacks, but no one will be turned away. Please sign up below, as space is limited.

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Macrame for Beginners Workshop $85
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Macrame for Beginners Workshop $85

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

Macrame has made a comeback in recent years from its trend set in the 1970's. It is easy to see why, as it is a perfect way to add a bit of texture and intrigue to a space.

In this class we will cover a brief history of macrame, we will learn how to attach rope to a foraged piece of driftwood, as well as how to complete a stunning wall hanging using 3 basic knots. After this class, you will have laid the foundation for your new skill, so you can use your imagination to create endless works of art! All materials and tools will be supplied.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Intro to Indigo Dyeing Workshop $90
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

Intro to Indigo Dyeing Workshop $90

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this workshop we will focus on the basics of hand dyeing with indigo. Portland fiber artist Taylor Nehrling will teach shibori techniques, including folded, sewn, tied, and clamped resists. The class fee covers all materials needed. Each student will leave with a set of 4 cotton napkins and 2 tea towels. Students are encouraged to bring natural fiber clothing/fabric to experiment with as well. Wine and snacks will be provided.

Intro to Indigo Dyeing
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Beginning Weaving Workshop $165
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Beginning Weaving Workshop $165

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn the basics of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland fiber artist Natalie Novak.

In class we'll create stripes, shapes, texture and fringe using a variety of yarns and natural fibers.  We'll also cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece.  You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet in case you forget!

Space is limited to allow for individual instruction.  Wine and snacks will be provided.

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Intro to Visible Mending $55
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Intro to Visible Mending $55

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

Join Nina and Sonya Montenegro (the makers and designers behind The Far Woods) to learn how to simply and beautifully fix a hole in the knee of your jeans by hand, with a few basic tools, in a few simple steps.  Visible mending is a stunning way to give new life to your clothing.  Learning to mend will save you money and lessen your impact on the environment as you will add years to the life of your well-worn clothing.  Rebel against throwaway culture and join the slow fashion movement!  

This class is a great way to brush up on and practice your hand-sewing skills.  If you don't have experience sewing, that is ok too!  We will focus on getting comfortable with two basic hand sewing stitches: the whip stitch & running stitch.  We will provide a wide variety of fabrics to use as patches, as well as all the tools needed to complete the project.


If you don't currently have jeans with holes that need mending, that's ok too!  You might choose to take this class to customize your clothing by learning to add a decorative patch to the jean leg.  After learning how to add a patch, you can mend and personalize all of your clothing over time to create a wardrobe that is completely unique.  Become a part of a rich history of visible mending!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Intro to Visible Mending
55.00
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Intro to Embroidery Workshop $65
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

Intro to Embroidery Workshop $65

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

This workshop will cover the basics of embroidery. Local embroidery artist Chelsea Bock will share her preferred materials, inspirations and personal techniques. She will teach the running stitch, back stitch,  split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, and the French knot. We will also cover design, transferring a design to fabric, and finishing a piece for display.

Students will receive and work with a 4-inch wooden hoop, an embroidery needle, fabric and enough embroidery floss to complete their first piece.  

Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction.

Wine and snacks will be provided.

Intro to Embroidery Workshop
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Intermediate Weaving Workshop $145
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Intermediate Weaving Workshop $145

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this 3 hour workshop we'll go beyond the basics to further your weaving prowess!

In class we'll tackle different methods of color blending, using a cartoon, making complex shapes (hello circles), some advanced weaving, warping and finishing techniques as well as troubleshooting your weaving woes.

Students should be comfortable warping their loom and understand basic weaving techniques.  Prerequisite of my beginners class or the equivalent.  If you are unsure please don't hesitate to contact me and ask!

Included in the class fee is an illustrated instruction book, yarn, warp string and some new tools to expand your set.  Students should bring their own loom and any favorite weaving tools.

Space is limited to provide a focused learning atmosphere and individual instruction.  Wine and snacks will be provided.

Kimchi and Kraut! The Basics of Fermented Foods $55
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Kimchi and Kraut! The Basics of Fermented Foods $55

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this workshop extension certified fermentation teacher Caroline Pope will cover the basics of fermentation

Students will learn why we ferment foods, including the health benefits and detoxifying properties associated with fermentation. If you want to become more skilled in the kitchen and upgrade the nutritional profile of the foods you eat, then lactic-acid fermentation is an essential technique. For thousands of years, people from around the world have understood the importance of fermentation and used it as a means to preserve and best utilize the ingredients they had on hand. 

Students will work together to create three recipes: starting a basic cabbage kraut, a ginger beet kraut, and spicy kimchi. All materials will be provided, and students will leave with a quart jar of each of the fermentations, an informational booklet, and the confidence to try fermentation at home!

Class size is limited for personal instruction

Wine and snacks will be provided

Beginning Weaving Workshop $165
Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

Beginning Weaving Workshop $165

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn the basics of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland fiber artist Natalie Novak.

In class we'll create stripes, shapes, texture and fringe using a variety of yarns and natural fibers.  We'll also cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece.  You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet in case you forget!

Space is limited to allow for individual instruction.  

Digestive Bitters Workshop $55
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

Digestive Bitters Workshop $55

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace

This two hour workshop will focus on making digestive bitters and how bitters can be beneficial to gut health and whole body function. Herbalist Bailey River of Forest & Field Apothecary will go into depth on the functions of the digestive system and the powerful effect of digestive bitters on the body as a whole. All materials will be provided. Students will leave class with a jar of infusing bitters, and all the direction needed to create a finished product when the infusion is complete. For more of Bailey's work visit www.forestandfieldcreative.com

 

Class size is limited for personal instruction.

 

Wine and snacks will be provided.

Nov
10
6:00 pm18:00

Intro to Indigo Workshop $80

  • Old Salt Marketplace

This workshop will focus on the basics of hand dying with indigo. We will learn many techniques including folded, clamped, and tied resists. Each student will leave with a set of 4 cotton napkins and a flour sack kitchen towel. Students are welcome to bring a few small items to dye as well.