Kristin Nicholas Design


 
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I have planned 3 Creative Weekends for 2018 here at Leyden Glen Farm. 

Two day Retreats will open up Sunday - April 15th. 

Single Day Retreats will open up Monday May 14th. 

Students signing up for 2 days are given priority. 


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Weekend 1 - Decorative Furniture Painting 

Fabric Printing

July 21/22

Two Day Retreat - $375 ($23 savings)

July 14 - Decorative Furniture Painting $199  Available AFTER May 14

July 15 - Fabric Printing $199 Available AFTER May 14


Weekend 2 - Fabric Printing

Decorative Embroidery

Ceramic Tile Design

July 28/29

Two Day Retreat - $375 ($23 savings)

July 29  - Fabric Printing + Decorative Embroidery $199 Available AFTER May 14

July 30 - Ceramic Tile Design $199 Available AFTER May 14


Weekend 3 - Color and Embroidery for Knitters and Crocheters

Crazy Quilt Swatch Afghan

September 22/23

Two Day Retreat - $375 ($23 savings)

September 23 - Color for Knitters and Crocheters and Embroidery on Knit/Crochet $199 Available AFTER May 14

September 24 - Crazy Swatch Afghan $199 Available AFTER May 14


Other days/weekends are available if you want to form a group of your own and take a trip to the farm. Costs will be the same as classes listed here. You will need a minimum of 4 people to book a class. See more about booking a class for you and your friends here

Information on Where To Stay. I suggest you book early as hotels can fill up.

Information on Where to Eat.

If you are not comfortable with PayPal, I can take credit card sales over the telephone. Please email me at kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom to arrange a telephone conversation for a credit card sale.

Checks are also possible. Please email me ASAP to let me know you are interested. I will send our address. 


 
 
Weekend 1 - Furniture Painting + Fabric Printing

 Weekend 1 - July 21/22, 2018

Saturday - Artistic Decorative Painted Furniture

Sunday - Fabric Printing


Dates: July 21-22, 2018

Come for both days ---- $375 ($23 savings)

Decorative Furniture Painting: July 21, 2018 ---- Saturday $199 -- Available AFTER May 15 (Limited to 6 students due to space requirements)

Fabric Printing: July 22, 2018 - Sunday ----  $199 - (Available AFTER May 14 - Limited to 8 students)

 


Hours: 9:30 to 4:00

Prices include morning snacks, farm-raised lunch, all supplies (except your small piece of furniture).

 

Photo by Rikki Snyder from Crafting A Patterned Home

Day One -- **NEW** Decorative Furniture Painting - 

July 21 Includes....

Tour of our farmhouse with its decoratively painted walls and handmade interiors.


In this class, you will bring a small piece of wood or metal furniture. You will learn how to paint it with a patterned design of your very own. 

You should bring a small table (or just the table top), a wooden box, or other flat surface to decorate. 

Preferably, you should have it painted a base color before you arrive. 

You will learn how to analyze the shape and how to add decoration to its surface.

We will explore different techniques such as sponging, dragging, combing, washing, finger painting, splodging, stippling, and stamping. 

If you are flying in from far away, I suggest purchasing this small table from Ikea and have it shipped to our farm before your arrival. This will slow you down a tad bit because your base coat will not painted. 


What is Included: All decorative paints and brushes. Bring your own small piece of furniture to paint. If you prefer, bring your own favorite brushes.

Food, beverages, snacks are included.

To see photos from past year's Retreats, click here and here and here and here

 


Day Two - Fabric Printing - July 22

Including Stamping, Linocut, and Computer Fabric Design 

•You will learn to design and print your own fabric using my easy favorite printing technique using kids fun foam. 

•Introduction to fabric design and what shapes and motifs are successful and why. 

•Make your very own foam printing blocks that you can take with you for further fabric and paper printing. 

•Learn about paints and fabrics to use for successful projects.

•Make a printed fabric bag or fabric for a printed dishtowel or napkin. The fabric can also be turned into a pretty pillow. Additional fabrics to print will be available.

 

• Afternoon Session will include demonstration and instructions for carving Linoleum Blocks for fabric and paper printing. Students will be able to carve a block and print depending on their interest.

• Afternoon Session will also include a demonstration of how to turn your stamped design into a pattern that can be digitally printed at Spoonflower. Check out my Spoonflower Shop to see many of my pattern designs. If you want to do this while at the studio, you will need to bring a laptop computer with Photoshop loaded on it. Or you can just watch me do it. 


What is included: 

Materials for making printing blocks. 

Fabric paints for printing will be supplied. 

Fabric for tea towel or a canvas bag to print on. 

If you want to purchase additional fabric, it will be available. Feel free to bring your own fabric. 

Food, beverages, snacks.


Hours: 9:30 to 4:00

Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch. 

 

Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.  

Shortly after purchasing the class, you will receive an email with more information on where to stay, directions to the farm and more. This is not an automated email, so please be patient. 


AS OF 4/16 - THERE ARE ONLY 4 SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEEKEND RETREAT.


Begins: July 21, 2018
Ends: July 22, 2018
Limited to 6 participants
Cost: $375.00
Deposit to Pre-register: $375.00

 
Weekend 2 - Fabric Printing, Embroidery + Ceramic Tile Design

 Weekend 2 - July 28/29, 2018

Saturday - Fabric Printing + Embroidery

Sunday - Ceramic Tile Design

 


Dates: July 28-29, 2018

Come for both days ---- $375 ($23 savings) - NOW AVAILABLE

Fabric Printing + Embroidery: July 28, 2016 - Saturday --- $199 - Available after May 15

Ceramic Tile Surface Design: July 29, 2016 ---- $199 - Available after May 15


Hours: 9:30 to 4:00

Class Limit 8 students


Day One: Fabric Printing + Embroidery - July 28

•You will learn to design and print your own fabric using my easy favorite printing technique. 

•Introduction to fabric design and what shapes and motifs are successful and why. 

•Make your very own foam printing blocks that you can take with you for further fabric and paper printing. 

•Learn about paints and fabrics to use for successful projects.

•In the afternoon, we will be adding embroidery stitches to our printed fabric. We will be working with crewel wool which will be supplied. The fabric can be turned into a pretty pillow for your sofa or a totebag. 

Day One will also include a tour of our farmhouse with its decoratively painted walls and handmade interiors.

To see photos from past Embroidery Retreats, click here

To see photos from past year's Fabric Printing Retreats, click here and here and here and here


What will you make? Printed fabric for stitching. What is included? Day One - Linen fabric to print and stitch on. Selection of crewel wool. Crewel needle.

What do you need to bring: Scissors, portable Ott-lite with magnifying glass if you have difficulty seeing small things. There will be additional embroidery supplies and fabric available for sale at the end of the class. 


 

 

 

 

Day Two: Simple Ceramic Tile Surface Design - July 29

• You will be introduced to pattern design. 

• You will learn how to hand paint a simple pattern. No painting experience is necessary. 

• You will hand paint a set of 4 ceramic tiles using underglazes, brushes, and with help and guidance from Kristin.

• If you are quick, extra tiles can be purchased and painted during the retreat.

• Your tiles will be fired in my electric kiln after the retreat is over. You can make arrangements to pick them up later or they will be shipped to you at the cost of shipping.  

What will you make? Day Two - Set of 4 ceramic tiles, underglazes and paintbrushes. 








Price: 

Come for both days ---- $375 ($23 savings) - OPEN NOW

Day One: Saturday July 28th - $199 - Registration Opens May 14th.

Day Two: Sunday July 29th - $199 - Registration Opens May 14th.


Class Size: Limited to 8 students


AS OF 4/16, THERE ARE 5 SPACES REMAINING FOR THIS CREATIVE RETREAT



Begins: July 28, 2018
Ends: July 29, 2018
Limited to 8 participants
Cost: $375.00
Deposit to Pre-register: $375.00

 
Weekend 3 - Color For Knitters + Embroidery + Crazy Swatch Blanket

 Weekend 3 - September 22/23, 2018

Saturday - Color + Embroidery for Knitters

Sunday - Crazy Quilt Swatch Blanket

 

Date: September 22-23, 2018

Come for both days ---- $375 ($23 savings) - NOW AVAILABLE

Day One: September 22, 2018 - Saturday --- $199 Registration Opens May 15th.

Day Two: September 23, 2018 - Sunday ---- $199 Registration Opens May 15th.

 

Hours: 9:30 to 4:00

Class Limit 8 students


Visit Leyden Glen Farm when the autumn leaves are beginning to turn gold, red, orange, and bronze (nature permitting). See growing lambs grazing in the pastures. This class is for anyone from advanced beginner to experienced knitter. You will leave incredibly inspired and you will never think of your knitting the same. 


You will be supplied with a couple homework assignments to bring along which will be used during the class.

To read past student's comments about their experiences on Kristin's Weekend Retreats, click here.


To see past knitting retreats, click here and here.  


Day One: Color and Embroidery for Knitters



Day One Morning: All about Working with Color for Making and In LifeYou will learn how Kristin sees color and how you too can become confident when working with color in your knitting and stitching life.



Day One Afternoon: Embroidery on Knit or Crochet

You will learn to embroider on your own fabrics. You will bring a knit or crochet homework swatch with you and you will decorate it similar to the swatches in this photo:



Day Two Crazy Quilt Swatch Blanket


Last year was the first time I have taught this class and it is was a big success. Bring all the knit and crochet swatches you own with you. You will learn how to sew them all together into your very own Crazy Quilt Swatch Blanket. 

• Learn how to piece different size swatches together.

• Learn how to cut your knit swatches into different sizes. 

• Learn how to add decorative embroidery to swatches.

• Watch a demo on how to dye swatches to create a more appealing color selection.

• Learn how to seam swatches together.

• Learn different types of edgings.

• Learn how to seam different swatches made with different weights of yarn together.


What is Included:

Full instruction and hand-outs. Homework and a supply list will be provided. Some studio yarn will be shared.


Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.


 

Class Fees:


Each class runs for one day from 9:30 to 4:30. Space is limited to 8 students (6 students for the furniture painting). You can come one day or both days. Registration will open up first for Two Day Workshops to accommodate those traveling from far away.

One day registration will open up May 15th. 

TWO DAY Pricing: $375 - SAVINGS OF $23.

ONE DAY Pricing: $199


Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.  

Shortly after purchasing the class, you will receive an email with more information on where to stay, directions to the farm and more. This is not an automated email, so please be patient. 


Includes: Instruction and necessary hand-outs

Most supplies: You will be sent a list of what to bring and "homework" if any depending on which class you choose.

Meals: Morning snacks, lunch, and beverages and end of day wrap-up session. You will be on your own for dinner - a list of suggested restaurants is here.


Where to Stay: 

This page gives suggestions of where to stay in our beautiful valley. A neighboring farm is now doing Airbnb. Eden Pond Farm is 4 miles from our farm. They rent an apartment that is available for up to 5 people. Here is the link to their accommodations


Our area is a perfect place to vacation. There are many activities for husbands and friends to do while you are taking class. 


Payment is by Paypal at check-out. If this doesn't work for you, I can take credit cards by phone. Please e-mail me and I can make arrangements for a credit card sale via a telephone call. Email - kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom

Check is fine too. Email me and I will send you our address. 

 

AS OF 4/14/18, THERE ARE ONLY 7 SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THE WEEKEND RETREAT. 


Begins: September 22, 2018
Ends: September 23, 2018
Limited to 8 participants
Cost: $375.00
Deposit to Pre-register: $375.00