Jillian’s Spinning: Happy Camper Fiber Retreat

On the weekend of September 20th I will be hosting The Happy Camper Fiber Retreat along with two spectacular teachers, Beth Smith and Rita Petteys.

Spinning on the deck

From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon we will be immersed in dyeing and spinning with a focus on color. Our goal for this retreat is for each spinner to leave with  a more comfortable relationship with color. After taking all three classes you’ll have the tools to create and manipulate  your own color paths through dyeing, carding and spinning.   There will be three classes and each camper will rotate through all of them:

Dyeing Harmonious Color Combinations on Spinning Fiber

Hand Carding the Color Wheel

Color Play: Stress-free Ways to Spin with Color – Variegated Tops and Rovings.

Color ????
Lots of color!

We’ll dye, card and spin in class during the day and make s’more around a campfire at night (plus more spinning and silliness). We’re limiting the retreat to 30 spinners, so each class of 10 will be intimate with lots of time to get individual instruction.
All of this fun will take place in western Michigan at the Ronora Lodge, a retreat center on 350 acres of  beautiful wilderness.

Fall in western Michigan

We are so excited about this retreat and hope you will join us for spinning and silliness in the woods. The cost of the retreat includes lodging, food and all materials. Of course we’ll have a great fibery goodie bag and there will be a chance to shop at the Camp Store on Saturday night.

Will anyone’s underwear find their way to the top of the flagpole at this camp? I can’t answer that. But I do know I wrote a goofy song for this year. It’s sung to the tune of Little Cabin in the Woods:

In a cabin, in a wood

Happy spinners by the window stood

Had some sheep stop on by, knocking at the door,

“Spin us, dye us, girls” ,they said,  “pounds to go before you bed”

“Come little sheep, come be mine, we’ll even pour you a glass of wine”


We need to make our final commitment to the camp this week. We need to know if you are coming by this coming Friday, the 19th. If you sign up by Friday you’ll  be entered into a giant prize drawing. The drawing is for $300 worth of spinning prizes. If you’ve already registered for the retreat you are already entered.

Here’s the list:


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