The Potluck Spinners and Weavers are planning a fall spinning retreat at the
Stonehame Lodge & Chalets which sits atop Fitzpatrick Mountain in Pictou
County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The lodge describes itself as being a special
‘peace’ of Pictou County. It offers spectacular vistas, inland over the
rolling farmland and forests of historic surroundings and outward over the
waters of the Northumberland Strait and beyond.
We decided as a group to hold the retreat so far from our home base here in
the Annapolis Valley for a couple of reasons. The first is because Delia
Burge, a fibre artist we all greatly respect is in Pictou County and has so
much to offer in the planning of this retreat. The second reason is that we
all wanted to have the excitement of going away from home for a retreat as
We would like to extend an invitation to all spinners (weavers, knitters,
felters, dyers, oh heck, anyone who likes anything fibery). If you require
any further information about the area, travelling to the province,
alternate accommodation choices, please drop me an email, or contact Marilyn
or Pia who’s information is below. Can’t wait to see everyone in November.
Second Annual Maritime Canada Spinning Retreat
Hosted by Potluck Spinners and Weavers Society
& assisted by Delia Burge
November 1, 2, 3- 2002
R.R. # 3 Scotsburn
Nova Scotia B0K 1R0
Toll Free- 1-877-646-3468
Send cheque or money order for $40.00 payable to Potluck Spinners and
C/O Brenda Gilmour
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail if available. We
would also like to have you send in any comments or suggestions to help
make our retreat as enjoyable as possible.
Registration will be limited to 45 spinners, with preference to those who
attended last year in P.E.I. So register early. If you register and are
unable to attend, your money will be refunded with the exception of a $5.00
We are asking vendors to register, and the charge for vending will be a
donation to the door prizes. Most meals will be covered by your registration
charge, but you are responsible for booking and paying for lodging on your
own with the Stonehame Lodge and Chalet. Book early because space is
Our aim is to keep things as relaxing and simple as possible , to try to
make your retreat as enjoyable as last year on Prince Edward Island. “Job
well done, Ladies!”
Here is our tentative agenda…
Friday 6 to 9pm Meet and Greet/ Set up wheels. Wool will be passed out for a
Saturday Morning: Starting at 9 am- Show and tell: Please bring all of
your finished products for a short introduction and label them so that we
can put them on display for the duration of the Retreat.
Also we plan to have a finished skein contest: numerous categories both
plied and single yarns and unusual techniques, fun dyes etc. These should
be labelled with content, method, dye, and your name. All of the retreat
guests will be able to vote on their favourites. Anyone who wants to can
also participate in a skein exchange and a fibre exchange. Scales will be
available throughout the weekend.
Dinner on Saturday evening will be a barbeque buffet put on by the staff at
Stonehame. Guests will be able to do as they wish for the remainder of the
Sunday morning things will be winding down, with the final door prizes given
out at the lunch at noon.
Delia Burge’s shop, Water Street Studio, in downtown Pictou and a few other
shops have been asked to open for the afternoon, as this time is beyond the
usual tourist season. We will also have Fleece Artist merchant Kathryn
Thomas with us at Retreat and other equipment and fibre merchants.
If you have a drum carder, please bring it along with your wheel and any
spinning equipment that would be of interest to fellow spinners.
If you have any questions please feel free to call
Marilyn Rand (902)582-7433/e-mail: m.rand@…
Pia Skaarer Nielsen (902)582-3971 e-mail: skaarer@…
We are planning a small handout of patterns, for knitting or woven items
that you have done, we will include the pattern in the handout if you want
to send it with your registration. If you have a business card, we would
like to have this in the handout, and if you want to gather anything from
your province or state as a memento to send along,, it would be appreciated,
approximately 45 small items in total. Example: lapel pins.