Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Make a Picnic Blanket from Recycled Jeans and Corduroys

  • Shire City Sanctuary
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Make a Picnic Blanket from Recycled Jeans and Corduroys! YAY!

Spend a day in the well-outfitted sewing room at Shire City Sanctuary making a picnic blanket from used jeans and/or corduroys. Each student should bring with them 8-10 pairs of discarded cotton jeans and/or corduroys as well as 8 yards of 2inch wide cotton twill tape or bias binding to turn into a marvelous picnic blanket. Holes stains and other blemishes are celebrated with decorative patching. Patching materials are provided. Sewing machine comfort is necessary. Participants will bring home a durable and stylish picnic blanket! A GREAT way to kick off their summer festivities!

This workshop is Pay What You Can. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please send payment in a comfortable amount to Crispinaffrench@paypal.com or Crispina ffrench Shire City Sanctuary 40 Melville Street Pittsfield MA 01201.
See you on June 10th~
Happy Spring!

Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Screen Printing - Two Color Images

  • Shire City Sanctuary
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We gather each month for a silkscreen-printing class. Offered at Shire City Sanctuary by seasoned screen printer and co-owner of The Dolphin Studio, Crispina ffrench. Participants will help make a two color print to take home. Focus this month will be on designing multi-colored prints, registration options and ways to make multiple screen images a breeze to print.  These skills can be built upon at any point. All inks and emulsions are water based and non-toxic. Our paper is 100% recycled. Cost is $20 general public, $15 SCS Members.
Register here: https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/screen-printing-workshop/
Upon registration. Please send your two-color, original image to ShireCitySanctuary@gmail.com. Please size your images at 300 DPI. 8×10 for best quality printing. 

Questions? Please email us at shirecitysanctuary@gmail.com or call us at 413 236 9600

Jun
24
Jun 26

Save the World with 100% Recycled Potholder Rugs!

  • Snow Farm

Potholder Rugs were developed back in 1990 in response to a plethora of wool sweaters in the raw material bales I was buying, not suitable for the other products in my collection.
Potholder Rugs can be made from stained, torn and blemished clothing, and they are AMAZING! Since their inception potholder rugs have morphed and developed into super sturdy, colorful, chemical-free and environmentally correct carpeting for nearly any interior. Super simply woven on simple frame-looms, and customizable to any size and color, they are an inch thick, cushy and insulating. Beautiful in any setting AND - a real foot-gasm. Learn the whole process for making these good rugs you will enjoy for years.
This two day class is held at the idyllic Snow Farm in Wiliamsburg MA. where creatives gather to teach and learn and eat wonderful whole food, sleep over and generally kick up some high-jinx.


The process does take upper body strength - Most students will have time to make a 3x5ft rug to take home, yet those who want to work slower or smaller are welcome and accommodated.
No experience necessary.
Tools and most materials provided but if you want a specific color, or have used clothing to donate to the class, collect stretchy used clothing (including t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, wool sweaters (these work best), leggings, etc) in the color you desire. Machine wash and dry them and bring them with you! Each 3x5ft rug takes about 20 lbs of material - think of all the discarded clothing we can keep from the landfill!
Register at Snow Farm

Jul
8
11:00 am11:00

Hilltown Brouhaha - Community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave

  • Hilltown Brouhaha

On July 8th Crispina will be hosting a community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave at the second annual Hilltown Brouhaha in downtown North Becket Ma.  Bring your discarded sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, tights, leggings, and single socks!  Any clothing you are no longer using that is stretchy works perfectly for this process. Attendees are asked to contribute clothing and/or time weaving a row or two of a giant potholder rug made before our eyes!!  Proceeds from the sale of the rug will be donated to the Becket/Washington PTA.  Bring friends and family!  This activity is a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer afternoon hanging out with your peeps (or meeting new ones!) and supporting the community.  

Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Textile Alchemy/Repair Reduce Re-Use

  • Shire City Sanctuary

Celebrate imperfection and handwork ~
Repair Reduce Re-Use – a workshop for mending, ammending, reworking and renewing your favorite piece of clothing or other cherished textile item with wabi-sabi flare.

Students should bring a project to work on, a garment, blanket/quilt or accessory, to rework in some way as well as scrap fabric to use and share. Tools and some materials are available onsite. Students are encouraged to bring sewing tools they like to use. (Kits will be for sale onsite for those in need).

Samples of many traditional types of textile reapair will be shown, discussed and taught. Each student will get a consultation and will have time to begin their project.

This morning workshop is followed by open studio time for an additional charge for anyone who desires to stay and continue working.
Workshop 9-noon $75
Studio Time noon - 5pm
$35

Register here:
https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/textile-alchemyrepair-reduce-re-use/

Aug
5
Aug 6

Sweater Chop Shop

  • Shire City Sanctuary
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Transform a pile of used wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair and/or cotton sweaters or sweatshirts into a garment of your dreams! 

All the lovely people above made the sweaters they are wearing at a workshop!

Students will learn all the ins and outs of collaging different textures and fabrics together to make an amazing garment to take home.  Shaping, fit, zippers, hoods, pockets, and all sorts of embellishments will be taught.  Join the bespoke magic for this weekend of creative high-jinx.  

The use of all tools and materials is included in tuition although students are welcome to bring garments they would to include in their work.  Be sure any materials brought along is machine washed and dried prior to the weekend. 

Shire City Sanctuary is The Berkshires most notable makerspace, housed in a former Roman Catholic church right in the heart of Pittsfield.  Out of town participants have lots of options for evening entertainment and places to stay. 

Tuition for the weekend $395 including vegan lunch from Shire Kitchen

Register here: https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/sweater-chop-shop/

Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Screen Printing Class

  • Shire City Sanctuary

We gather each month for a silkscreen-printing class. Offered at Shire City Sanctuary by seasoned screen printer and co-owner of The Dolphin Studio, Crispina ffrench. Participants will help make a two color print to take home. Focus this month will be on designing multi-colored prints, registration options and ways to make multiple screen images a breeze to print.  These skills can be built upon at any point. All inks and emulsions are water based and non-toxic. Our paper is 100% recycled. Cost is $20 general public, $15 SCS Members.
Register here: https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/screen-printing-workshop/
Upon registration. Please send your two-color, original image to ShireCitySanctuary@gmail.com. Please size your images at 300 DPI. 8×10 for best quality printing. 

Questions? Please email us at shirecitysanctuary@gmail.com or call us at 413 236 9600

Oct
15
Oct 21

Wardrobe Alchemy - ReStyle ReFit ReUse Retreat at Snow Farm

  • Snow Farm
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Recreate your wardrobe by cutting, sewing and fitting out-of-style, stained, ill-fitted or otherwise un-wearable clothing into new favorites. Participants should bring 5-10 or even a dozen freshly laundered garments to restyle and/or swap. Things will kick off with off with demonstration/show of restyling techniques. Individual consultations will help devise a game-plan for the duration of the workshop. Once individual plans have been developed, a clothing/material swap will ensue comprised of the garments deemed share-able. Make a single masterpiece or develop a handful of wardrobe staples!

Register at Snow Farm HERE

Oct
28
Oct 29

Save the World with 100% Recycled Potholder Rugs

  • Shire City Sanctuary
Multi Colored 2.5x3.5ft Potholder Rug folded in half

Multi Colored 2.5x3.5ft Potholder Rug folded in half

Potholder Rugs were developed back in 1990 in response to a plethora of wool sweaters in the raw material bales I was buying, not suitable for the other products in my collection.

Potholder Rugs can be made from stained, torn and blemished clothing, AND they are AMAZING! Since their inception Potholder Rugs have morphed and developed into super sturdy, colorful, chemical-free and environmentally correct carpeting for nearly any interior. Super simply woven on frame-looms, and customizable to any size and color, they are an inch thick, cushy and insulating. Beautiful in any setting AND - a real foot-gasm. Learn the whole process for making these good rugs you will enjoy for years.

The process does take upper body strength - Most students will have time to make a 3x5ft rug to take home, yet those who want to work slower or smaller are welcome and accommodated.

No experience necessary.

Tools and most materials provided but if you want a specific color, or have used clothing to donate to the class, collect stretchy used clothing (including t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, wool sweaters (these work best), leggings, etc) in the color you desire. Machine wash and dry them and bring them with you! Each 3x5ft rug takes about 20 lbs of material - think of all the discarded clothing we can keep from the landfil!

This two day class is held in the heart of The Berkshires at Shire City Sanctuary, inc. A Makerspace where creatives gather to teach and learn.

Inquire about onsite and near-by accommodations available for out-of-town students. Register here: https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/learn-to-save-the-world-with-potholder-rugs-2/


May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Introduction to Screen Printing

  • Shire City Sanctuary
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Gather each month for an introduction to silkscreen-printing workshop. Offered at Shire City Sanctuary by seasoned screen printer and co-owner of The Dolphin Studio, Crispina ffrench. Participants will make a single color print to take home and learn the basics of stencil cutting, transparency printing, screen preparation, and touch upon multiple stencil creating techniques . These skills can be built upon at any point. All inks and emulsions are water based and non-toxic. Our paper is 100% recycled. Cost is $20 general public, $15 SCS Members.
Register here: https://shirecitysanctuary.org/events/screen-printing-workshop/
Upon registration. Please send your bold single-color, original images to ShireCitySanctuary@gmail.com. Please size your images at 300 DPI. 8×10 for best quality printing.

Questions? Please email us at shirecitysanctuary@gmail.com or call us at 413 236 9600

Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Sweater Chop Shop Kit Workshop

  • KAVA

Crispina is hosting a Sunday morning workshop in the heart of Kinvara at the Old Courthouse, homebase of KAVA, right in the middle of town.  She will be teaching the building blocks of a making bespoke sweater (jumper if you are Irish). 

A 'ChopShop' involves cutting up discarded wool jumpers and reconfiguring them into a wearable new garment. Each student should bring with them a garment they would like to use as a pattern, a sharp pair of fabric scissors and 4 -6 wool jumpers that they have collected and machine washed and dried.  (it is ok if they shrink.) Yarn, pins and needles will be supplied. Simple hand construction techniques will be taught and demonstrated.
Each student will complete a kit to take home and hand sew.

Class fee is €25Pre-Register or send any questions you might have here.

Feb
19
Feb 25

Weekly Theme - What's For Dinner?

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Each week a theme is posted and used to help me focus.   The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x480px (we can resize for you) with your full name, location, and url if you would like your image linked to more information.

Feb
12
Feb 18

Weekly Theme - Tools of the Trade

Each week a theme is posted and used to help me focus.   The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x480px (we can resize for you) with your full name, location, and url if you would like your image linked to more information.

Jan
29
Feb 4

Weekly Theme ~ Wool

Each week a theme is posted and used to help me focus.   The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x480px (we can resize for you) with your full name, location, and url if you would like your image linked to more information.

Jan
22
Jan 28

Weekly Theme ~ Let There Be Light

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Each week a theme is posted and used to help me focus.   The week begins on Sundays with a gallery of images from Etsy that speak to the Theme.  The week unfolds with posts that circle back to the theme and on Fridays 1000 Words is published - a 5 frame gallery of images submitted by readers that speak to the theme from their point of reference.   Readers are encouraged to submit original images for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 WORDS in the subject line.  Submissions should be horizontally formatted jpg files, sized 960x600px with your full name, location, and url if you would like your image linked to more information.

 

Jan
15
Jan 21

Weekly Theme ~ Screen Printing

Each week a theme is posted and used to help me focus.  Posts pertain to the subject and 1000 Words, my Friday feature, showcases a curated album of beautiful original images submitted by readers that correlate in some way to the theme.  Submissions should be created by the reader and sent to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com with 1000 Words followed by the theme name in the subject line for possible inclusion. 

Dec
10
Dec 11

Holiday Shindy

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 10th annual Holiday Shindy!!

This December 10th and 11th, Pittsfield’s own Shire City Sanctuary will again host one of the most spectacular craft fairs in the region. For 10 years the Holiday Shindy has featured strikingly accomplished artisans selling their wares in this majestic setting and this year is no exception. Local favorites like Aubry, Liz Olney, and Dan Bellow will be featured as well as first time sellers like Tiny Anvil.

The Shindy will Saturday, December 10th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, December 11th from 11AM to 4PM. The Taconic High School Chorus will be performing classic Holiday music on Saturday afternoon at 1PM. Gift wrapping will be provided by 4H with all proceeds going to the Elizabeth Freeman Center. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy. Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary.

Check out all our 2016 vendors at www.holidayshindy.com

SATURDAY 12/10 from 10am-6pm
SUNDAY 12/11 from 11am-4pm

Nov
25
Nov 27

Basilca Farm and Flea

Join me for the fourth annual "Anti-Black Friday" celebration this Thanksgiving weekend: Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market at Basilica Hudson!  I will be selling my latest work in a magical setting filled with amazing makers.

$5 at the door includes reentry all weekend
Children under 12 are free

Market Hours:
Fri Nov. 25, 2-5pm: Early Bird Kick-Off + sales
Fri, Nov. 25, 5-9pm: Black Friday Soirée with cocktails + sales
Sat, Nov. 28, 10am-6pm: Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market
Sun, Nov. 29, 10am-5pm: Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market

For more information, please visit:
http://basilicahudson.org/farmandflea/

Part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair, BFF Holiday Market showcases the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents, inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley.

The market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The markets embody love of vintage and recycled, locally-sourced agriculture and the beautifully handmade. With over 10,000 square feet of raw space, BFF Holiday Market is the only market of this scale in the region, an integral part of Basilica Hudson’s arts and cultural programs.

By participating in BFF Holiday Market, vendors and attendees directly support Basilica Hudson’s mission to foster sustainable community. With attendance growing each year, Basilica Hudson is reaching new local and regional audiences while offering important platforms for avant-garde and emerging artists, local chefs, farmers, artisans and other talents to engage and exchange with new audiences. Proceeds from admissions and vendor fees support ongoing operations for the organization, and allows Basilica Hudson to continue to develop and present its programs.

Basilica is an ADA-accessible venue.
Pets are not allowed inside the building due to Board of Health regulations (except service dogs).
For more information, please visit:
http://basilicahudson.org/farmandflea/

Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Sweater Chop Shop

  • Guilford Art Center
Simple pullover sweater made in a single day workshop.

Simple pullover sweater made in a single day workshop.

Sweater Chopshop is a full day class taught by used clothing alchemist Crispina Ffrench of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Students of all levels and experience are welcome and will be inspired, encouraged, and empowered. Her unmatched teaching style imparts a sense of enthusiasm and confidence. Learn directly from Crispina in an intimate setting. Leave with a simple pull over sweater you have made from start to finish in just one day. No experience necessary. No secrets withheld. The use of all tools and materials is provided and will be for sale on site to take home. Limited class size, register early. Please bring a bag lunch.