In this workshop, participants will learn to card and spin wool from a cleaned fleece, suitable for crochet, knitting, or weaving. We will use fleeces sourced from the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show for this class, which will be processed from washed wool into roving by carding in the morning. After a brown-bag … More Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Apr. 16 | $100/class
In this two-part workshop, participants will learn to clean, card, and spin wool from a raw fleece, suitable for crochet, knitting, or weaving. We will use fleeces sourced from the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show for this class, which will be processed from raw wool into roving by washing and carding in Class … More Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Oct. 17, 24 | $75/class or $130/both
In this three-part workshop, participants will learn to harvest, process, and spin flax plants into linen thread suitable for weaving. We have a small flax plot that we’ll be harvesting by mid-summer. Join us and learn to harvest this easy-to-grow plant and then walk through the steps to turn it from a dried stalk into loose … More Flax to Linen — Upcoming Workshop, July 10, 24; August 7, $85/class or $225/all three
In this video, we make our own cork-latex clogs, similar to Birkenstocks.We encourage you to buy Birkenstocks. They have the experience and equipment to make a better product, but it is a fun experiment. Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! You can find all of our videos under the tab above or on … More New Video: No. 22 — Cork Latex Clogs
We built some wooden shoes to wear around in the garden. They’re more comfortable than expected! Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! You can find all of our videos under the tab above or on our YouTube page.
Three months ago, I introduced my shirt-making project in a blog post. I had just planted 1/2 lb of Avian flax seeds in a field (it covered 200 ft², at 24 seeds/ft in 7-in rows) at that time. This last weekend I harvest the flax and thought it would be a good point to update … More Flax Shirt Update — 2 Hours for Plant and Harvest
The institute’s tagline is “housing, clothing, and feeding ourselves in a post-fossil-fuel world,” but we give short shrift to the “clothing” part as we work on gardening and construction projects. We were lucky enough to be offered some growing space near the institute and in addition to growing chicken feed, we thought it would be … More How Hard Could It Be to Make a Shirt?
Last weekend we had Kelly Larson, an artist from St. Louis, in to teach a workshop on shibori, a Japanese indigo-dying technique. The word means resist dying because patterns are made by pressure on the fabric keeping the dye out, that is, resisting dye intrusion. Kelly gave us a brief background on indigo dying. In … More Shibori Workshop
Are you interested in learning basic carpentry skills for putting to use in your home or garden? Have you been uncertain about using hammers, saws, drills, or power tools? Do you have little to no experience with these things but want to learn? … More Upcoming Workshop — Shibori Fabric Dying, Jul. 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $60-65