Intro to Sourdough Bread
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sourdough Bread

Learn to bake rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own kitchen.

Over the course of the day, you will:

  • Learn how to take care of a sourdough starter
  • Learn tips for fitting sourdough bread baking into your schedule (its a lot easier than it sounds)
  • Learn techniques for shaping, scoring and baking your bread
  •  Learn some great recipes for using sourdough starter in recipes like naan, pancakes and pie dough
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Intro to Cheesemaking: Create Artisan Cheeses at Home
Sep
1
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Cheesemaking: Create Artisan Cheeses at Home

Come learn the basics of cheese and kefir making at our small farm at the edge of the Trossachs.

ABOUT THE DAY:

In this course we will cover the basics of culturing milk and creating a range of dairy products in your own home.

We will cover:

  •  Sourcing milk

  •  Raw vs pasteurised milk

  •  Using cultures and rennets

  •  Fresh cheese making

  •  Basic ageing techniques

  •  Kefir and Kefir products

You will learn how to make fresh ricotta, halloumi, goat's chevre and kefir.

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Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir

The first of our guest tutors this year will be the amazing seamstress and owner of All That Is Braw, Eilidh Weir. 

You will learn to mend both knit and woven clothes using a variety of hand sewing, patching and darning techniques. Taking inspiration from the Japanese art form of Sashiko, using simple stitches to mend, reinforce and strengthen fabric in a beautiful, decorative way. Making the repair become a feature and treasured part of the garment's history. Taking the time to care for and extend the life of clothing helps to fight against the flow of fast fashion and show respect for garment industry workers.

Please bring some projects that need mending. Other materials will be provided.

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The Wild Kitchen: Autumn Abundance
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

The Wild Kitchen: Autumn Abundance

Head into the woods with us to learn all about seasonal foraging!

Scotland has an abundance of food growing wild just outside our doorsteps. Our autumn foraging workshop will focus on the greens, fruits, flowers and roots readily available in Autumn in Scotland.  Kat will also show you her super secret chanterelle mushroom patch and sloe bushes!! The farm sits at a border between upland and lowland geography, giving us an excellent mix of plants to forage.  We will gather a range of easily accessible plants that you should be able to find in your own local areas, we will focus on clear identification and both food and medicinal uses to give you a wide range of uses for your treasured finds. 

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Natural Home and Beauty
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Natural Home and Beauty

In this day - long course, you will learn the basics of making your own natural products for around your home and for your bathroom cabinet.  We will focus on foraged items, natural basic ingredients and kitchen essentials to help you take control over the chemicals entering your home.

The course will cover:

Natural Washing Powder
Cold Process Soap (we will make a basic goat's milk soap)
Essential Salves
Natural Deodorant 
Natural Toothpaste
Basic Cleaners for the Home

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Bread and Cheese Weekend
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Bread and Cheese Weekend

s there anything better than bread and cheese?

This weekend course will teach you the basics of making these two perfect partners in your own home.

Over the course of the weekend, you will:

  • Learn how to take care of a sourdough starter

  • Learn tips for fitting sourdough bread baking into your schedule (its a lot easier than it sounds)

  • Learn techniques for shaping, scoring and baking your bread

  • Sourcing milk

  • Using cultures and rennets to make your own cheese

  • Fresh cheese making

  • Basic ageing techniques

  • Kefir and Kefir products

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Gartur Stitch Retreat 26th - 29th October 2018
Oct
26
to Oct 29

Gartur Stitch Retreat 26th - 29th October 2018

Knitting and Crochet Retreat

with Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project and Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits.

This retreat in the beautiful Scottish countryside will give you a chance to relax, recharge, make new friends, connect with old friends and improve your knitting and crochet skills. A full class schedule with choices for each session make this suitable for beginners to advanced knitters and crocheters.

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Intro to Sourdough Bread
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sourdough Bread

Learn to bake rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own kitchen.

Over the course of the day, you will:

  • Learn how to take care of a sourdough starter

  • Learn tips for fitting sourdough bread baking into your schedule (its a lot easier than it sounds)

  • Learn techniques for shaping, scoring and baking your bread

  •  Learn some great recipes for using sourdough starter in recipes like naan, pancakes and pie dough

  • Make a seasonal preserve or spread to go with your bread

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The Wild Kitchen: Summer Bounty
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

The Wild Kitchen: Summer Bounty

Head into the woods with us to learn all about seasonal foraging!

Don't be fooled by our cool, wet summers, Scotland has an abundance of food growing wild just outside our doorsteps. Our summer foraging workshop will focus on the greens, early berries, flowers and roots readily available in Summer in Scotland.  Kat will also show you her super secret chanterelle mushroom patch!!

We will focus on identification and uses of wild plants that can be easily found in the landscape of the UK.  The farm sits in a unique position at the border of upland and lowland geography, so we will give you the tools to start foraging in your own neck of the woods!!

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Learn to Crochet
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Learn to Crochet

Always wanted to learn to crochet, but never managed to get started? Spend the day learning how to wield a hook with Kat in her cozy studio.  Using the Crochet Project's new Learn to Crochet book, you will learn the basics while enjoying Gartur stitch Farm's cozy studio and homecooked food.

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Gartur Stitch Retreat 6th- 9th July, 2018
Jul
6
to Jul 9

Gartur Stitch Retreat 6th- 9th July, 2018

with Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project and Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits.

£500 per person

This retreat in the beautiful Scottish countryside will give you a chance to relax, recharge, make new friends, connect with old friends and improve your knitting and crochet skills. A full class schedule with choices for each session make this suitable for beginners to advanced knitters and crocheters.

There will be opportunities to expand your knitting and crochet skills with classes taught by Joanne, Rachel and Kat on a range of topics including making garments that fit, knitting your new favourite socks, using a magic loop, and a knit and crochet surgery where you can bring your projects that you are stuck on and we can help get you back on track. We will also be firing up Kat's dye pots, heading out to forage (for those who want to) and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There will also be plenty of opportunity to relax, chat and stitch away. 

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Intro to Fermentation
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Fermentation

This full day, hands on course will cover:

  • The basic principles of fermentation and working with bacterias and wild yeasts
  • How to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch
  • Learn to lacto-ferment other veg, such as kosher pickles, carrots and beans.
  • An intro to fermented drinks such as water kefir, ginger beer and kombucha
  • An intro to sourdough bread
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Intro to Sourdough Bread
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sourdough Bread

Learn to bake rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own kitchen.

Over the course of the day, you will:

  • Learn how to take care of a sourdough starter
  • Learn tips for fitting sourdough bread baking into your schedule (its a lot easier than it sounds)
  • Learn techniques for shaping, scoring and baking your bread
  •  Learn some great recipes for using sourdough starter in recipes like naan, pancakes and pie dough
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Intro to Sourdough Bread
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sourdough Bread

Learn to bake rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own kitchen.

Over the course of the day, you will:

  • Learn how to take care of a sourdough starter
  • Learn tips for fitting sourdough bread baking into your schedule (its a lot easier than it sounds)
  • Learn techniques for shaping, scoring and baking your bread
  •  Learn some great recipes for using sourdough starter in recipes like naan, pancakes and pie dough
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Local Colour with Julia Billings of Woollenflower
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Local Colour with Julia Billings of Woollenflower

Join horticulturist and craftsperson Julia Billings in a full-day workshop on the essentials of transferring colours found in plants onto (fabric and) yarn. We will cover the key aspects of natural dyeing: fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, the various steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath, safe dyeing practice, over-dyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials. This workshop has a special focus on finding dye materials in the local landscape and we'll be exploring the dye potential of the flora found both on the farm and in the kitchen pantry.

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Intro to Fermentation
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Fermentation

This full day, hands on course will cover:

  • The basic principles of fermentation and working with bacterias and wild yeasts
  • How to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch
  • Learn to lacto-ferment other veg, such as kosher pickles, carrots and beans.
  • An intro to fermented drinks such as water kefir, ginger beer and kombucha
  • An intro to sourdough bread
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The Wild Feast: Spring Greens
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Wild Feast: Spring Greens

Head into the woods with us to learn all about seasonal foraging!

If spring foraging had a colour, it would be the deep green of nettles, mixed with the white froth of elderflowers. The focus will be on the greens, flowers and roots readily available in late-Spring in Scotland.  The farm sits at a border between upland and lowland geography, giving us an excellent mix of plants to forage.  We will gather a range of easily accessible plants that you should be able to find in your own local areas, we will focus on clear identification and both food and medicinal uses to give you a wide range of uses for your treasured finds. 

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Learn to Crochet
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Learn to Crochet

Always wanted to learn to crochet, but never managed to get started? Spend the day learning how to wield a hook with Kat in her cozy studio.  Using the Crochet Project's new Learn to Crochet book, you will learn the basics while enjoying Gartur stitch Farm's cozy studio and homecooked food.

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Intro to Fermentation
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Fermentation

This full day, hands on course will cover:

  • The basic principles of fermentation and working with bacterias and wild yeasts
  • How to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch
  • Learn to lacto-ferment other veg, such as kosher pickles, carrots and beans.
  • An intro to fermented drinks such as water kefir, ginger beer and kombucha
  • An intro to sourdough bread
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Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir

The first of our guest tutors this year will be the amazing seamstress and owner of All That Is Braw, Eilidh Weir. 

You will learn to mend both knit and woven clothes using a variety of hand sewing, patching and darning techniques. Taking inspiration from the Japanese art form of Sashiko, using simple stitches to mend, reinforce and strengthen fabric in a beautiful, decorative way. Making the repair become a feature and treasured part of the garment's history. Taking the time to care for and extend the life of clothing helps to fight against the flow of fast fashion and show respect for garment industry workers.

Please bring some projects that need mending. Other materials will be provided.

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Tunisian Crochet
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet seems like such a different beast to "normal" crochet, people are often intimidated.  However, we always maintain that if you can crochet, you can Tunisian crochet.

This day long workshop attempts to demystify Tunisian. We will cover the basics of Tunisian crochet hooks, working flat and in the round, working with Tunisian fabric and cover some of the basic stitches.  

You will get a choice of one of Kat's Tunisian crochet shawl designs to work on during the day.

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Intro to Sock Knitting
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Sock Knitting

Always wanted to knit socks, but not known where to start? 

Nothing quite compares to handknit socks.  Whether for yourself or as a gift, socks are a fantastic canvas to play with colour and design and, being extremely portable projects, you can always have one on the go in addition to whatever else you are working on at the minute. 

This full day course will cover the basics of socks knitting, from choosing great sock wool, magic loop knitting, to selecting your knitting technique (top down or bottom up) to unravelling the mysteries of turning a sock heel.

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Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro Natural Dyeing
Sep
16
9:30 AM09:30

Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro Natural Dyeing

Before the mid-1800s the only colour available to dyers were those found in the natural world. If you know where to look a world of colour is available on your doorstep. 

This one-day course will be led in conjunction with local ranger, Callum McNeill-Richie. The morning will focus on identifying and collecting whole dyestuffs in forests around the studio.  After a homecooked lunch, we will then look at processing the dye materials, preparing materials for dying and completing a sample project. 

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