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Weaving Retreat in Historic Berea, Kentucky

Berea Weaving Retreat

Weaving classWe like to offer a weaving retreat in beautiful historic Berea, Kentucky twice a year. It’s a make & take experience taught by our veteran weaving instructor, Nancy Reid. She brings over 20 years of fine weaving instructing & experience to the table. You can learn to weave or perfect a new skill on a beautiful Schacht Wolf Pup loom.

The location of the retreat is Boone Tavern, which is owned by Berea College. Part of Berea College’s requirements is that students are required to work at least ten hours per week at any one of the 140+ college departments and work areas across campus. Boone Tavern is one of these establishments. Students earn money for books, room, and board at the College – but pay no tuition – thanks to the generosity of donors who support Berea College’s mission of providing a high-quality education for students primarily from Appalachia who have high academic potential and limited financial resources. Berea students make up about 50% of the staff at Boone Tavern.

Historic Boone Tavern

Weaving on the Schacht Wolf PupThe retreat is a two day class; on Day 1, students weave and complete a sampler, and on Day 2, students create a set of mug rugs or scarf. In addition to learning a ton you’ll have a lot of fun and make new fiber friends. Nancy is a fantastic teacher and even if 4-harness weaving intimates you, you’ll feel like a pro by the end of the retreat.


The class costs $475 and includes: cost of class, materials, breakfast, daily beverages/afternoon snacks, a copy of the class text Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler, and use of a Schacht Wolf Pup loom (room and meals besides breakfast not included). The class size for this experience is extremely limited (we only accept 6 students for each session) so you will have lots of individual help from our instructor, Nancy.

Berea Weaving Retreat

Our next Weaving Retreat is going to be over Memorial Day Weekend on May 27th and 28th, 2018. We do still have space available but it fills up fast so give us a call at 502-352-9800 to book your spot as soon as possible. If you want you could also book for Labor Day Weekend on September 1st and 2nd, 2018. These two weekends will be the only times we will have this experience available for all of 2018, so call us to reserve your space now. We’re so excited to weave with you!





Handmade Gift Giving at The Woolery

You probably already know this, but we have some talented people working here at The Woolery. Not only are they talented, they’re generous too! So many of our team members have made beautiful handmade gifts this holiday season, that we felt we had to share them with you. Theses gifts span all sorts of different fiber arts including; needle felting, weaving, knitting, and crochet.

Handmade plaid scarf

Some absolutely beautiful woven gifts have been floating around the shop. Our Customer Service Manager, Dani, has been weaving some plaid scarves on our floor model Schacht Wolf Pup.

We love the color schemes Dani is working with for these scarves! Also, the plaid patterns all all Dani’s own unique designs. How lucky are the members of Dani’s gift list?

Weaving on the Schacht Wolf Pup

Then, of course, our own Weaver Nancy has her own woven gift to show off! This beautifully textured towel was made on her Schacht Mighty Wolf using Maurice Brassard Cottolin Yarn in the Natural Lave color. The texture is a 5-thread huck lace 4 shaft pattern. The final effect is so stunning.


We don’t just weave here, Business Manager Mistene made a whole collection of incredibly intricate crochet doilies as a present for her mom and sister. The detail work on these is fantastic. They are so tiny and lacy!

Group of three crochet doilies

Detail of Mistene's Crocheted Doily

Handmade crochet cup cozy

Debbie, our Shipping Manager, has also been crocheting up some gifts. How adorable are these little canine inspired cup cozies? Debbie makes all sorts of different custom styles based off of different dog breeds. We are obsessed with the fuzzy eyebrows on the Yorkie one in the photo to the left. Too cute.


Debbie with her crochet dog cup cozy

Handknit shawl with tasselsOur knitters are not to be outdone, they have been working on some gift projects of their own. Annie, our newest Customer Service Representative, knit up a cozy shawl and cowl for some lucky recipients. Annie is going to be teaching some beginning knitting classes next year at the shop so if you’re wanting to make some gifts like Annie’s check out our class schedule!

Annie modeling her cowl

Socks are one of our favorite gifts this time of year and David, who is also a Customer Service Representative, has been knitting up some fabulous socks for his daughter. What an awesome dad! They aren’t quite done yet, but we’re confident he’ll finish in time for Christmas.

Handknit socks

Gradient Knit ShawlEmily, who works on our Creative Marketing (including writing this blog) has also been knitting away to finish some gifts in time for Christmas! The shawl to the left is for her grandma and if you’re curious, the pattern is Shaelyn on Ravelry.

Emily also has branched out into weaving since starting working at The Woolery (you can’t work here without wanting to try ALL the fiber arts)! And even wove up a scarf or two on her new Schacht Cricket Loom.

Handwoven scarf

And finally, our Customer Service Representative Anna, worked some needle felting magic to create gnomes for some of her Customer Service co-workers! They are one big happy gnome family!

Needle felted gnomes

Have you already made some gifts this year, or did any of our projects inspire you? We would love to hear about any handmade gifts you have been working on this season! Share your projects below or in our Raverly Group! We can’t wait to see your creations!

Woolery Favorites – Thanksgiving Recipes


We love this time of year, the leaves are changing and we are all anticipating eating some delicious food for Thanksgiving. Some of us here at Team Woolery are impressive chefs so we’re sharing some of our favorite side dishes to go with your turkey!

Our first recipe comes from our resident weaving expert, Nancy! Story time; NPR’s Susan Stamberg used to call her mother-in-law, on air, every year to get this recipe for Thanksgiving and her mother-in-law would read it to her. The first time Nancy heard it she was on a construction job site (she was an electrician in those years) and she grabbed a handy chunk of 2×4 to write it down. Later she copied it down on an index card so it would file more easily; this was before computers. Still later, Susan’s mother-in-law confessed that she had actually gotten the recipe from Craig Claiborne, so it has a long pedigree!

This really is a delicious relish and it compliments the turkey beautifully. Nancy notes that it does have a kick, so be sure to warn your diners of that. Nancy’s brother nearly choked after taking a large bite of it and, eyes watering, he gasped out, “But it looked so pink and innocent!”

Nancy’s (and Susan Stamberg’s and Craig Claiborne’s) Cranberry Relish


  • Fresh cranberries – 2 cups
  • Small onion – 1 onion
  • Sour cream – 3/4 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Horseradish – 2 tablespoons


  1. Put the cranberries and onion through a food grinder or use the food processor; chop finely.
  2. Combine the mixture with the sour cream, sugar, and horseradish; mix thoroughly.
  3. Refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Stir again before serving.

Our next offering is a very festive and delicious soup from our Business Manager, Mistene! Pro tip: this will go great with one of our recipes from last month, Perri’s Favorite Sweet Potato Cornbread.

Mistene’s Fall Potato Soup


  • Bacon, chopped – 1lb
  • Celery, diced – 2 stalks
  • Onion, chopped – 1 onion
  • Garlic, minced – 3 cloves
  • Red potato, cubed (peel if desired) – 8 potatoes
  • Chicken stock – 4-5 cups (enough to cover the potatoes)
  • Butter – 3 tablespoons
  • Flour – 1/4 cup
  • Heavy cream – 1 cup
  • Dried tarragon – 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped fresh cilantro – 3 teaspoons
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Optional cheese and green onions – for garnish
  1. In a dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until done. Remove bacon and save 1/4 cup bacon grease.
  2. Cook celery and onion in bacon drippings until onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in garlic. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add cubed potatoes, toss to coat. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add just enough stock to cover potatoes, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  6. In a separate pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Whisk in cream, tarragon, and cilantro.
  9. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  10. Stir cream mixture into potatoes. Puree 1/2 the soup and return to pan.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with bacon, cheese or green onions.

Natalie, our Purchasing Manager, has an adorable story to go with her recipe. Natalie’s niece sent Natalie a random text that read, “Aunt Natalie, I would love to bring your Sweet Potato Soufflé to my friend’s Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite! Would you be willing to make it for me?” Natalie was very flattered that her niece wanted her to bring the dish that she obviously loves so much, and she was excited she thought of her when they don’t see each other often.

Just before Natalie was going to fall for this sweetness, it hit her; her niece is 21 years old AND went to culinary school! After Natalie’s big head came back to reality, she turned the tables. The new offer was Natalie would buy all the ingredients and cook it at her house but her niece had to come cook with her! Natalie says “It was so nice to have her there and do something with just the two of us. We never had that before. It was a memory we made together and hopefully she enjoys sharing this story as much as a I do!”

And for even more sentimental value, this recipe is from Natalie’s own aunt who she misses dearly and the dish brings her memory back each time Natalie makes it!

Aunt Natalie’s Sweet Potato Soufflé 

Soufflé Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1 stick
  • Eggs – 2
  • Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Vanilla – 1 teaspoon

Topping Ingredients:

  • Brown sugar – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1 stick
  • Flour – 1/3 cup
  • Optional pecans
  1. Cook potatoes and mash them.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
  3. Pour into baking dish.
  4. Mix all topping ingredients together and pour on top.
  5. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


We hope you enjoy your holiday! Let us know if you use any of our recipes, we’d love to see your creations. Also a reminder that our store will be closed on Thanksgiving day so our staff can enjoy the day with their friends and family.


Artisan Spotlight: Constance Hall

constanceConstance Hall’s passion for fiber started at an early age , when her mother taught her to crochet at the age of five. Since then, she has been exploring the world of fiber arts, enjoying the process along the way and making creativity a way of life.

Constance has expanded her fiber arts exploration into the worlds of knitting, spinning, weaving, sewing, and felting. Along the way, she has studied with some of the top names in the fiber industry:  Jacey Boggs,  Celia Quinn, Sharon Costello, Jane Patrick, Liz Gipson, and Margaret Bouyack, to name a few. She is also a passionate and knowledgable instructor in her own right, delighting in sharing her knowledge with student and watching where it leads them as they embark on their own creative journey.

Dyeology Yarn

In addition to her work in the world of fiber, Constance has worked for 30 years as a glassblower, using a centuries-old tradition to create unique pieces of art. She also dyes yarn for Dyeology, which sources fiber from local farmers as much as possible. She is an active member of the fiber arts community: Constance is on the Spinzilla committee and leads several weaving, felting and other workshops throughout the year. We’re fortunate to have had Constance teach several workshops with us in recent years; she’ll be returning to The Woolery to teach a Nuno Felting Workshop this Saturday, July 13th!

All the best,

Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team