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The 2015 incarnation of the Happy Camper Fiber Retreat will focus on exercises in dyeing that will help you flex your creative muscle. Carla Kohoyda-Inglis of cjkoho Designs and Rita Petteys of Yarn Hollow are your instructors, and they will be sharing with you not only the ways that they dye their yarns and fibers through two technique classes, they will also help the groups explore the fun of creative collaboration.

One of our mail goals in this retreat to explore and explode the myth that creativity is something you either have, or you don’t. We believe that creativity, and your personal expression of it, is a skill that can be cultivated; the more you use it, the better it is! We’ll start after Friday night’s dinner with a discussion about creativity and collaboration, and then split the retreat participants into groups as a get-to-know-you with a twist.

From there, we will have two dyeing classes Saturday

Classes start on Saturday morning after breakfast  - half of the group will be  start the weekend with

Our class sizes are small, about 10 people each which means more one on one time with instructors and a better opportunity to get to know the other people in your class.

Materials fees are included in the cost of the retreat. If you get really excited about what you learned in class, additional materials will be available for purchase at Saturday’s marketplace to take home with you to keep practicing!

Class Materials Included With The Retreat Include: Five (5) 4-ounce pieces of yarn or fiber, or a combination thereof. Two will be used in each of your classes with Rita and Carla and then the last piece of fiber is for your last exercise in collaboration with a friend.


Class With Rita

We will concentrate of some of the methods that Rita uses for creating her unique color combinations. The focus will be on M2R2 – Measure, Metric, Record, Repeat and how repetition and precision can help you in not only your dyeing but in your other creative endeavors. You will be dyeing one or two pieces of fiber or yarn (your choice when signing up) and you will chose to create two different color combinations, or dye two of the same color combination – what ever your heart desires. The goal of this section is to give you the tools to help hone your color sense and make the changes you need to help you get the desired results. (This class is more technical but it completely appropriate for all levels of dyers. If you would like to read up on dyeing more before the retreat, please let me know – I am happy to supply a bibliography!)

Class participants will be measuring dye, learning how to get the right amount of dye on their fiber or yarn, and about the different amounts of dye to mix and use, depending on the results they want: pastel or deep. There will be a spreadsheet provided to help with the calculations and notes.

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Class With Carla

Do you think you left your imagination behind when you left elementary school? Are you a free-spirit who can’t imagine keeping notes and writing everything down because it squashes your creativity? Carla will share her techniques for choosing colors for fiber and yarn – how she mixes and stores her dyes, and her cold pour technique for applying the dye. This class will focus on interpreting inspiration to create the color mix you want on your fiber or yarn. She’ll share her methods of finding inspiration, thinking about it, breaking it down into elements, and then dyeing those colors. You’ll leave class with materials you absolutely love + an easy-peasy, seat-of-your-pants way to keep track of what you’ve done.

Please bring to class: rubber gloves, clothes to dye in – schlubby clothes or an apron, a dust mask, a scale if you have it (helpful but not critical), inspiration photos.


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