Susan’s Fiber Retreat 2023
Susan’s Fiber Retreat, [insert dates], 2023. Join us! You don’t want to miss this!!!
The retreat will take place at the Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel, 5025 Co Hwy V, DeForest, WI 53532
Rates for rooms are $79 for the weekend if purchased before [insert]. If purchased after [date], the rate is $140. To lock in this room rate, please call (608) 846-9100, and mention that you are booking your room for the Susan’s Fiber Shop retreat.
You have the choice to stay at the hotel, or drive in every day for the events and classes. The price for the retreat is $75*.
Watch this page as the retreat approaches, for new classes and itinerary items!
Note: YOUR schedule is flexible! You can come and go as you please and attend any or every class, demo, maker session, shopping, table, or free time. The weekend is yours, and there is no obligation to do everything. We hope you have fun!
**Some classes will have minimal material fees or attendance fees. materials can be purchased at the retreat. Watch this page for more information.**
We will have several tables set up over the weekend.
Drop-in Knitting and Crochet Table: A New Way to Use Your Handspun: Cyndy Sandberg will be at this table to teach beginner knitting skills, beginner crochet skills, how to knit socks two at a time, and the Fleegle heel sock method.
Drop-in Equipment Table: Try before you buy! We will have drum carders, spinning wheels, blending boards, flickers, looms, drop spindles, and dyeing materials available for testing and playing with, and for purchase!
New Items Table: Check out the newest products at Susan’s and in the industry! We will have the latest gadgets, books, and tools available to browse, try, and purchase!
Weaving Table: Check in here for all of your weaving needs and get any of your weaving questions answered! Susan will be at this table to help you!
Spinning Table: Check in here to see all types of spindles and fiber.
Dye Table: Meredith Muncy will be here to help you learn a fun dyeing technique with Kool-Aid. We will have fiber and yarn available to purchase for dyeing. Mini Skeins are available for $7 each or $28 (Normally $32!) for a set of 5. Fiber will be available from Susan by the ounce, you may dye up to 4 ounces per dye session. Come by this table to schedule your personal dyeing session with Meredith!
Brioche Class Table: Check in here for your brioche class with Meredith Muncy, make sure you've got your yarn and patterns ready for the class, and get help with your project if needed.
Embroider on Paper/Stitch Marker Table: Donna Thomas will be here at select times to teach you how to do embroidery cards, and teach you to make your very own stitch markers.
Fiber Creations with Teri: Teri Newburg will be here throughout the weekend for our maker sessions described below!
Sheep Display Table: Photos and information on breeds of sheep. Come and learn from Susan!
We will also have two booths set up for shopping during the weekend, Susan’s Fiber Shop and KnitzAndPearls Fiberworks.
Friday, March 4th
9-10 AM: Registration and Shop the Market
10 AM: Mask Making and Decorating with Terri: Decorate a mask and/or a towel to use over the weekend. Terri will guide you through decorating these with a fun tie-dye technique! $3 materials fee
11 AM: Long Draw Spinning with Susan: Bring your spinning wheel and come and learn from Susan as she teaches you the technique of long-draw spinning.
12-3 PM: Visit the Shop and Lunch Break: Come on out to Susan’s Fiber Shop, just a short 20-minute drive from the hotel. Do some shopping and see the wondrous 4,000 square feet of fiber and yarny goodness! You will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous Teeswater sheep, and Max will be on site for ear scratches. : )
3-5 PM: Beginner's Brioche Knitting with Meredith Muncy of KnitzAndPearls Fiberworks: Learn Brioche Knitting to add to your repertoire of skills and stitches. $20/Ticket, plus materials. We will be making a two-color cowl. Check in at the brioche class table prior to the class if you are not already signed up, so that Meredith can ensure that you have the needed materials and that you meet the skill requirements.
7 PM: Cotton Spinning with Susan: Bring along your thakli spindle and learn the fine art of cotton spinning! Susan will have thaklis, support bowls, and cotton fiber available for purchase if needed.
8 PM: Felting Fun- Make Beads with Terri: Learn to felt beads! We will teach you how to make these beads that can then be crafted into an air freshener for your car or a decorative bauble to hang off your spinning wheel. $2 materials fee.
8 PM: Stitch Markers with Donna: Donna Thomas will be at her table to teach you how to make your very own stitch markers for your projects! $1 for 2 stitch markers.
9 PM: Scavenger Hunt! Join us for a fun scavenger hunt, led by Terri.
Saturday, March 5th
10 AM: Rigid Heddle Weaving with Susan – Warping Your Loom: Bring your loom and join Susan as she takes you through the process of warping for a new project.
10:30 – 12 PM: Embroidery on Paper with Donna: Stop by Donna’s table to learn how to do the lovely technique of embroidery on paper, which you can use to make beautiful cards.
11 AM: Blending Board Fun with Susan: Bring your blending boards and fiber bits and learn how to make rolags for spinning!
12-3 PM: Visit the Shop and Lunch break: Come on out to Susan’s Fiber Shop, just a short 20-minute drive from the hotel. Do some shopping and see the wondrous 4,000 square feet of fiber and yarny goodness! You will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous Teeswater sheep, and Max will be on site for ear scratches. : )
2:30-4:30 PM: Beginner's Brioche Knitting with Meredith Muncy of KnitzAndPearls Fiberworks: Learn Brioche Knitting to add to your repertoire of skills and stitches. $20/Ticket, plus materials. We will be making a two-color cowl. Check in at the brioche class table prior to the class if you are not already signed up, so that Meredith can ensure that you have the needed materials and that you meet the skill requirements.
3 PM- Straw Weaving with Terri: Learn the technique of straw weaving while we help you make a woven fiber artist doll.
4 PM: Stitch Markers with Donna: Donna Thomas will be at her table to teach you how to make your very own stitch markers for your projects! $1 for 2 stitch markers.
5 PM and 7 PM: Spinning Thick and Thin Yarns with Susan: Bring your wheel and learn the techniques of thick and thin spinning from Susan, which you can apply to your spinning to make art yarns.
7 PM: Making Dreadlocks: Work with locks and fiber to make a dreadlock charm for your hair, bag, or to hang up as a decoration.
8 PM: FIBER SHARK SLUMBER PARTY!
Wear your shark pajamas and let’s have some fun! Door Prizes and Games! Berroco has launched their spring and summer yarn lines, and we will be having a yarn tasting! During this time, Susan will make announcements regarding upcoming Berroco trunk shows.
Sunday, March 6th:
10 AM: Eyelash Wreaths with Terri: Join Terri as she teaches you a new way to use up those novelty yarns! Create a beautiful wreath to decorate your home.
11 AM: Lucet Braiding with Susan: Bring your Lucet and follow along as Susan shows you how to do braiding and cordmaking.
12 PM: Fine Spinning with Susan: Bring along your wheel and join Susan as she teaches you the art of fine spinning to make those finer yarns you have been dreaming of.