The School for American Handweaving

Fiber arts workshops are conducted at bucolic Flat Rock Farm in Lyme, Connecticut.  Two antique barn looms and two vintage Macomber looms are housed in a barn in the alpaca paddock, surrounded by stone walls and antique homes.

Fiber arts workshops are conducted at bucolic Flat Rock Farm in Lyme, Connecticut.  Two antique barn looms and two vintage Macomber looms are housed in a barn in the alpaca paddock, surrounded by stone walls and antique homes.

A charming cottage on the Farm offers luxurious accommodations for up to four guests.  Farm Owner, Caryn Erickson, prepares delicious meals made with local, fresh ingredients for our retreat guests.

A charming cottage on the Farm offers luxurious accommodations for up to four guests.  Farm Owner, Caryn Erickson, prepares delicious meals made with local, fresh ingredients for our retreat guests.

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The mission of the school is to promote the use of local and American fibers through teaching and creating household textiles woven with local alpaca and wool, and American-grown, spun and woven cotton.  Unlike other weaving schools, we do not use tencel, silks, bamboo, linen or other fibers popular with handweavers because they do not originate from the fiber farms or spinning mills in our own country.  We build collaborations with Connecticut and New England fiber farmers in order to use their yarns in our weaving.  These farmers also use Connecticut and New England spinning mills to create their artisanal yarns.  Since cotton is grown in the southern United States the yarn comes from a distance, but all our warp is sourced in America.  We are convinced that we have enough fiber in this country to weave the most beautiful textiles we need, using time-honored traditions and tools.

Workshops range from two to five days depending on the length of time needed to complete a functional piece. Class sizes are small and intimate, with 4 or 6 participants depending on the workshop.  The goal is to create a finished, useful textile in an atmosphere of fun and sharing.  Rug workshop looms are pre-warped and ready to weave so that you can take home a 26" wide by 3' to 6' long rug.  Blanket and tartan class looms are prepared with dummy warps that are ready for you to tie on the warps that you design and wind at the workshop.  Contact me  at stephaniemortonhandweaver@gmail.com.  

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The Old Lyme studio focuses on Catalogne and Connecticut River Blanket workshops, and is the site for summertime Indigo Shibori workshops.

The Old Lyme studio focuses on Catalogne and Connecticut River Blanket workshops, and is the site for summertime Indigo Shibori workshops.

The Old Lyme studio also houses the 11-foot-wide Glimakra loom used for weaving large rugs.  A lot of smiling occurs in both studios!

The Old Lyme studio also houses the 11-foot-wide Glimakra loom used for weaving large rugs.  A lot of smiling occurs in both studios!

See individual workshops for more information on weaving retreat packages.