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8th annual Slater Mill KNITTING WEEKEND & Fiber Art Marketplace
January 15 – 17, 2016


January 15
Friday evening events 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception
Mingle, meet, and network with other fiber art practitioners and our Knitting Weekend participating artists.

Designer Salon and Book Signing, featuring Julia Farwell-Clay
Julia Farwell-Clay, author of From Folly Cove featuring designs inspired by the Folly Cove Designers of Cape Ann, Mass., who collaborated on hand printed textiles in the mid-20th century.  Salon runs from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Triple Trunk Show
Our KW teaching artists and noted knitwear designers Ellen Mason and Julia Farwell-Clay, and members of the Berroco Design Team, present their finished and published works for our annual trunk show.

Textile Art Exhibition
Artist Saberah Malik presents works of colorful and delicate shibori textile, surface design, and fiber sculpture of two and three dimensions.

January 16
Classes 8:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Open Tour, 1758 Sylvanus Brown House 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon & Wine with the Artists 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fiber Art Marketplace is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 – 11:50 a.m. ~ Concurrent Knitting Classes ~  

(Mid-session hospitality included)

  1. Design 101: Chart Original Knitted Motifs / Julia Farwell-Clay

Chart paper and a little visual inspiration is all it takes to design something truly original. Julia Farwell-Clay will talk a little about her design inspirations from the printed textiles of The Folly Cove Designers, and then lead you through the steps she takes to develop charted motifs for knit design. Bring a coffee table or art book you love, a few yarns (or more) of medium weight (DK or Worsted) in colors you like together, and needles to match. Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate.

  1. Crochet for Knitters / Alison Green

Crochet can be an easy and effective way to add beautiful edgings to knitted garments, and it also stands alone as an excellent craft to learn for accessories, home decor, and even sweaters! In this class you will gain a strong grasp of the basic crochet stitches, and we will explore what crochet does best and how it can complement your knitting. Bring one or more knitted swatches, 4″ square or larger, knit in worsted weight or DK yarn, plus the yarn you used for your swatch(es) and a couple other spare balls of yarn, and crochet hooks in appropriate sizes for your chosen yarns.

  1.  Build a Raglan by Yourself / Ellen Mason

Many knitters have a sweater quantity of lovely yarn that does not match up to a satisfying sweater pattern. Why not create your own pattern? Let’s dissect raglan sleeve construction – shaping every other row, shaping every fourth row, a smooth underarm curve, how to get the number of stitches and your stitch pattern to align with your sweater vision. Bring a calculator (ack, a calculator? no worries!), some yarn, and a variety of needle sizes appropriate for your yarn.

Noon – 12:30 p.m. 
 ~ Open tours of the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House  ~                                                                             (Included with all Saturday & Sunday classes)

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.   ~ Luncheon & Wine with the Artists ~
(Included with Full Weekend only, or as A là Carte registration; advance booking required)

Our KW teaching artists, exhibiting artists, and other textile and fiber artists from the region, join us for this catered luncheon and round-table discussion about design, craft, skill, inspiration, and any topics of importance to luncheon attendees. Wines and other beverages will be served. Live jazz by the Debra Mann Trio.


January 17
Classes 8:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Open Tour, 1758 Sylvanus Brown House 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Fiber Art Marketplace is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.  ~ Concurrent Knitting Classes ~  

(Mid-session hospitality included)

  1. Introduction to Fair Isle / Julia Farwell-Clay 

A traditional knitting technique named after a tiny island in the north of Scotland, Fair Isle is used to create patterns with multiple colors. We’ll cast on together with teacher provided yarn and practice different ways of working with 2 yarns at once, and reading color work from a chart. Adventurous Beginner.

  1. Magic Loop Fingerless Mitts / Alison Green

Do you find double-pointed needles fiddly and annoying for knitting small circumferences in the round, such as mittens or socks? Drop those dons, grab a long circular, and try out the Magic Loop method, while whipping up some cute, easy fingerless mitts. Bring a skein of DK, worsted or bulky weight yarn (the pattern is written for multiple weights), and a circular needle, 32″ or 36″ long, with a smooth join (Addi Turbos, for example), in a size appropriate for chosen yarn.

  1. A Knitter’s Recipe Box: Tips, Tricks & Unkept Secrets / Ellen Mason

Let’s dig into a recipe box full of choice tips and tricks from books, the internet, friends, family, and the knitter sitting next to you. Learn a handy cast-on, a simple trick to work faster on circular needles, how to keep track of rows, a secure method for setting stitches aside, hiding places for your stash, and other that-is-so-simple discoveries. Please bring a variety of needle styles and some scrap yarn for swatching, as well as your favorite trick. This is going to be fun!


Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, our popular Fiber Art Vendor Marketplace hosts some of the finest yarn producers, spinners, dyers, and micro-farmers in New England. The Rhode Island Hook and Needle Guild will hold their annual sale of home-baked goods, and on-site demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting will help adorn our historic space with live practice. The Slater Mill gift shop will also be open.


Autumn Olive

Ball and Skein

Bartlett Yarns

Dirty Water DyeWorks

Fiber Stash Dyeworks

Foxfire Fiber and Designs

Foxhill Farm


Play at Life Fiber Arts

Rag Hill Farm 

Simplybrook Knits

Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

Tails & Snouts

Third Floor Studio

Tidal Yarns

We Got the Buttons

~ Knitting Weekend REGISTRATION & FEES ~
Full Weekend Registration

(EARLY BIRD RATE $179.00 through 11/14/2015!)

Friday evening reception and designer salon
Two knitting classes (one Saturday, one Sunday)
Luncheon & Wine with the Artists
Berroco Gift Bag

Register here


Partial Weekend Registration

Friday evening reception and designer salon
One knitting class  (Saturday or Sunday, subject to availability)
Berroco Gift Bag

Register Here


A la Carte Registration
NOTE:  A La Carte registration period begins on 11/15/2015; subject to availability 

Friday Evening Salon and Reception Only
Register for Friday events


Individual Knitting Class
$79.00 each
Register for a class


Saturday Luncheon & Wine with the Artists
$47.50 (includes taxes and gratuity)
Register for luncheon




Alison Green
Alison Green
Alison has been working in the hand knitting industry since 2002. She joined the Berroco design team in 2014. Alison lives in Providence and loves singing blues and jazz, lounging on the beach, hiking in New Hampshire, and trying new things. Find Alison’s designs on Ravelry at

Julia Farwell-Clay
Julia Farwell-Clay photo
Julia Farwell-Clay was a college English teacher for about 10 years before she connected with the knitting scene. From there, her career as a knitter and knitwear designer evolved. She writes a blog, pens articles for magazines, and this year published From Folly Cove in collaboration with Classic Elite Yarns, with designs inspired by the hand-printed textiles of The Folly Cove Designers of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Sign up for Julia’s newsletter

Ellen Mason
Ellen Mason dot hat
Ellen lives with her family in a handmade home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. She has always been curious about textiles and would like to explore every process in the world before she kicks the bucket. So far, she has endeavored hand knitting, machine knitting, sewing, weaving, silk-screen and dyeing.  She earned a degree in studio art, with an emphasis on weaving, and has worked as a trim designer, illustrator, children’s clothing designer, and dyer. Follow her work at the Ellen Mason Design site,

Saberah Malik
Saberah Malik grew up in Pakistan and present day Bangladesh. She studied art and design at the prestigious Panjab University in the ancient cultural city of Lahore, earning a BFA and MFA in graphic design. She continued her study of design at Pratt Institute in New York, where she earned a Masters degree in industrial design. Her work has been shown from Providence and New York City, to Canada and Pakistan, and has been acquired for several significant corporate collections.   Learn more about Saberah at

Debra Mann
Premier Rhode Island jazz artist Debra Mann will perform for our Lunch with the Artist event on Saturday.  Though she has performed throughout New England for three decades, Debra’s roots are deeply planted in this humble little state. She is a seasoned songwriter and recording artist (Jobe Records) with several CDs to her credit, adding even more dimension to her artistry.

Michelle LeBrun
Michelle LeBrun is an actress and director, known for the Sundance Film Festival official selection documentary, Death: A Love Story (1999), which garnered numerous industry awards. ; The World Festival of Sacred Music: The Americas (2001); and One Hell of a Guy (2000). Michelle was a feverish knitter at one time, producing pieces for her personal wardrobe. As she inspires us with her passion for film, perhaps she will in turn will be inspired to revisit the craft.


Email info (at) slatermill (dot) org for printable registration form.