Natural Dye Retreat with Julia Billings
Jun
28
to Jul 1

Natural Dye Retreat with Julia Billings

Join horticulturist and plant dyer Julia Billings for a weekend-long intensive on transferring the colours found in natural dyes onto yarn and fabric… Set outside at Gartur Stitch Farm and full of practical skill-building and joyful exploration, it should give you the skills and confidence to develop your own dye practice!

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Gartur Stitch Retreats - Crochet and Knitting Retreat with Joanne Scrace and Rachel Coopey
Jul
5
to Jul 8

Gartur Stitch Retreats - Crochet and Knitting Retreat with Joanne Scrace and Rachel Coopey

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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Farm to Table Dinner
Jul
27
to Sep 14

Farm to Table Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal at Gartur Stitch Farm, with ingredients gathered from the farm and surrounding community.

Choose from the following dates -

  • Saturday 27th July 2019 7pm-9pm,

  • Saturday 24th August 2019 7pm-9pm

  • Saturday 7th September 2019 7pm-9pm

  • Saturday 14th September 2019 7pm-9pm

Tickets are £45 per person and strictly limited to 8 diners per date.

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Learn to Crochet
Sep
1
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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The Wild Kitchen: Autumn Abundance
Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

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 Dye Retreat with Julia Billings
Sep
20
to Sep 23

Natural Dye Retreat with Julia Billings

Join horticulturist and plant dyer Julia Billings for a weekend-long intensive on transferring the colours found in natural dyes onto yarn and fabric… Set outside at Gartur Stitch Farm and full of practical skill-building and joyful exploration, it should give you the skills and confidence to develop your own dye practice!

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A Life in the Making: Autumn Retreat
Oct
25
to Oct 27

A Life in the Making: Autumn Retreat

As passionate smallholders and makers, we have learned so much about from-scratch living over the last five years. Through a lot of trial and even more error, we have learned how to forage, care for animals, live close to the land and make the most out of the abundance around us.

This Autumn, we are thrilled to offer our first food-based retreat. Gather with us around our big farmhouse kitchen table and spend the weekend, foraging, making, gathering, learning and enjoying each other’s company as you become smallholders for the weekend.

The weekend will start on Friday evening. After settling into your accommodation, we will gather at the farm for an evening of “pick your own pizza” making. With sourdough pizza bases, we will let you loose on the kitchen garden to select your own toppings and make pizza to order, fired on our (soon to be built) wood-fired oven.

The rest of the weekend will be spent with a mix of foraging (Kat will show you her super secret chanterelle spots), cooking and eating. Focussing on the things we grow and forage here at Gartur Stitch Farm, we will cover:

  • Fermentation

  • Foraging

  • Sourdough breads and pastas

  • Cold and Hot Smoking Food

  • Canning and food preservation

  • Permaculture and garden planning

You will also have the opportunity to get hands on with our animals and their daily routines, including milking our goat and tending our flocks of chickens and sheep. There will be options for beautiful walks, wild swimming and visits with local food producers.

Whether you dream of having your own smallholding or just want to get out into rural life for a weekend, the skills you learn over our two days together will be invaluable no matter where your kitchen.

Included: Accommodation and all meals. Each participant will take away food we have preserved over the weekend.

Transport to the venue not included (but transfers Stirling train station can be arranged).


Room Options:

We are offering a range of housing options for your stay:

- Shared Bunk Room - £400

- Shared Twin Room - £450

- Single Room - £700

If you would like to share a room with someone specific, please let us know at checkout.

Payment Plans:

We are offering a series of payment plans to make the retreat accessible to everyone who wants to attend. We are asking for an initial deposit of £100 and then you will be invoiced according to the plan you have chosen.

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Sourdough Bread Basics
Oct
30
to Dec 11

Sourdough Bread Basics

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

Over the course of the morning, you will learn the basics of sourdough to get you started on baking at home.

£45 including a banneton, starter and book, plus tea coffee and homebaking.

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A Handmade Christmas
Nov
23
11:00 AM11:00

A Handmade Christmas

For as long as we’ve lived here, our favourite tradition is putting together handmade hampers as Christmas gifts for our loved ones. From fruit liqueurs, handmade salves, wreaths, hand poured candles  a range of jams and jellies have all featured in our hamper (alongside a homegrown chicken and a dozen of our eggs).

In this course, we share our best recipes and all the tips and tricks we’ve found for making the holiday season that little bit more special.

We will start with the gifts that take a bit longer and finish in week 4 with all of our best last-minute handmade gifts. You will come away with 12 different recipes and how tos for holiday gift giving, including salves, candles, natural decorating, baked goods, wooden spoons, homemade teas, and many more.

If you would like to add a kit to your order, please add it to the cart below.

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The Wild Kitchen: Spring Greens
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

The Wild Kitchen: 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. 

We will arrive at the farm for a hearty breakfast before we spend the morning in the woods foraging.  There will be walking, but with plenty of tea, coffee and cake to keep us going as we gather ingredients for the afternoon.  Then we will head back to the covered woodshed and studio for an afternoon of eating.  We will sample a range of recipes made from the ingredients we've foraged, as well as making a few useful botanical products for the home. There will even be some botanical cocktails to try, if you are so inclined. 

You will be able to take away the plants you forage for use in your own kitchen and home apothecary, as well as an extensive recipe pack and a very full belly!! This course will also include a mini farm tour and a chance to milk the goat and meet the other Gartur Stitch animals!

MATERIALS:

Please bring a pair of good walking boots or wellies and dress for Scotland in spring (ie probably wet and changeable). Also, please bring cloth bags or baskets for foraging on the day. 

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Gartur Stitch Retreats - Crochet and Knitting Retreat with Joanne Scrace and Rachel Coopey
May
10
to May 13

Gartur Stitch Retreats - Crochet and Knitting Retreat with Joanne Scrace and Rachel Coopey

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.

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 Sourdough Bread On Farm Workshop
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Sourdough Bread On Farm Workshop

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

Every workshop participant will leave with a sourdough starter, recipes, a banneton, 1kg of our favourite flour and a very full stomach.

Lunch provided.

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Intro to Cheesemaking On Farm Workshop
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Intro to Cheesemaking On Farm Workshop

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

In addition to basic cheesemaking techniques, you will learn how to make fresh ricotta, halloumi, mozarella, provolone, goat's chevre and kefir.

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A Homemade Christmas Online Workshop
Nov
1
to Nov 21

A Homemade Christmas Online Workshop

For as long as we’ve lived here, our favourite tradition is putting together handmade hampers as Christmas gifts for our loved ones. From fruit liqueurs, handmade salves, wreaths, hand poured candles  a range of jams and jellies have all featured in our hamper (alongside a homegrown chicken and a dozen of our eggs).

In this course, we share our best recipes and all the tips and tricks we’ve found for making the holiday season that little bit more special.

We will start with the gifts that take a bit longer and finish in week 4 with all of our best last-minute handmade gifts. You will come away with 12 different recipes and how tos for holiday gift giving, including salves, candles, natural decorating, baked goods, wooden spoons, homemade teas, and many more.

If you would like to add a kit to your order, please add it to the cart below.

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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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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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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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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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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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Bread and Cheese Two Day Course
May
1
to May 3

Bread and Cheese Two Day Course

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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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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