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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!

We’ll cover all the steps involved in dyeing; exploring the potential of the flora found in our landscape and our pantries and sourcing exotic, traditional dyestuffs; preparing and mordanting fibre; setting up and working with both a dyebath and an indigo vat; overdyeing to create complex colours; keeping records of dye experiments; safe dyeing practice and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials.

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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.

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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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!

We’ll cover all the steps involved in dyeing; exploring the potential of the flora found in our landscape and our pantries and sourcing exotic, traditional dyestuffs; preparing and mordanting fibre; setting up and working with both a dyebath and an indigo vat; overdyeing to create complex colours; keeping records of dye experiments; safe dyeing practice and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials.

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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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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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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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