Alpaca, wool and rag rug weaving 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.

Alpaca, wool and rag rug weaving 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.  Choose to have your meals served or bring and prepare your own food in the full kitchen.

A charming cottage on the Farm offers luxurious accommodations for up to four guests.  Choose to have your meals served or bring and prepare your own food in the full kitchen.

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The mission of the school is to promote the use of local and American fibers by teaching and creating household textiles using 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 orinate from the fiber farms or spinning mills in our own country.  I 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 spinners to create their artisanal yarns.  Since cotton is grown in the southern United States the yarn comes from a distance, but all my warp is sourced in America.  I am convinced that we have enough fiber 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 atmostphere 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.  Individualized classes for students aged 12 and upwards can be arranged by contacting me directly 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!

Room rates to stay in the farm Lodge:  

Upstairs bedroom $100/ person double occupancy required.  The room features a king-sized bed with hand-tied, medium firm mattres, all natural fiber linens and a thick down comforter.  En suite bath, sitting area and a chaise lounge round out the space for a shared private retreat in the Lodge.   Additional beds are available if a group is interested in sharing the space; we offer an inflatable queen-size bed with memory foam topper or twin cots with feather bed toppers.  The cost per person for additional bedding is $50/person.

Downstairs  $75/person.  The downstairs bedroom is outfitted with two built in twin beds in an "L"shaped formation and is a shared room with full bath.

Room rate includes continental breakfast.  Additional menu options are available.  Guests staying in the farm Lodge have full use of the kitchen, and may bring their own food to prepare and store in the large refridgerator.  Coffee and tea are available during the day in the Barn Studio.