DOWN EAST DOORMAT CLASSES

Join us for fun, creative classes that any adult can do. You will hear fascinating stories about Maine lobstering as you receive professional weaving instruction. And, not only will you enjoy learning to weave, but you will take home a colorful, durable all-season doormat. 

Penny will describe the history behind the colorful rope used in lobstering and some interesting lobster lore you never knew. After her brief talk, you will dive right in. Your experienced instructor will help you choose your rope colors and doormat design, show you how to set up your jig, and splice the rope. She will provide ongoing assistance and tips as you nourish your soul, awaken your creative genius, and create your masterpiece. After everyone has finished their mat, we will hang them up for a photoshoot.

Where

Instruction takes place at Thistledown Farm, located on the Dutch Neck Peninsula in Waldoboro, Maine. 

Located on the shores of Muscongus Bay in midcoast Maine. It is a little more than an hour north of Portland. Midcoast Maine is home to what many believe is the best lobstering in Maine. In season, thousands of lobster boats, colorful buoys, and rope can be seen everywhere, dotting the cold coastal waters.

What

All equipment and materials are provided and included in the cost of the class.

Colorful lobster trap rope, handmade weaving jigs, rope burners, gloves, and expert, informative, and really fun instruction.

However, each participant should bring your own snacks, drinks and/or water bottles. A picnic table outside overlooking a small pond is available for breaks. A restroom and refrigeration are on the premises.

If you know the specific spot for your doormat, bring a picture of the door and house where the mat will be used so you can coordinate colors.  Also, it is best if you can bring the measurements of the width of the door along with the width and depth of your top landing/step. 

Weaving is done standing up, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Standing-time will be about an hour and a half to two hours. Chairs are available if you need to rest. 

Each weaving station is set up for safe social distancing. Class size is limited so there is plenty of space to spread out. 

Please note, due to Covid-19 and our efforts to follow social distancing guidelines, we can only permit registered participants inside the classroom. Please do not bring children, spouses or friends.

Be sure and arrive at Thistledown Farm 10-15 minutes before class starts to allow time to meet one another, choose a weaving jig, and settle in.  Classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

When

Classes are held Wednesdays and Saturdays, June to October 15. Morning classes begin at 9 a.m. and afternoon classes begin at 1 p.m. A minimum of two participants is needed to hold a class, and there is a maximum of 8 participants. Reservations must be made in advance.

If you have children 12-16 who may be interested in this experience, please inquire before signing up.  Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Due to liability, the accompanying adult is responsible for assisting with using the rope burner if needed.

Who

Please inquire if you would like to have instruction as a private group. You will have a really fun and memorable time. We require a minimum of 4 people.

Pricing

Cost of class is $135. Payable in advance via Visa, Venmo, Zelle. No refunds will be honored if cancellation is made less than 24 hours before a scheduled class.

Directions

Thistledown Farm is 1.9 miles from where you turn onto Dutch Neck Rd. from Route 32 South, AKA Bremen Rd.

On the left, look for the number 980 and Thistledown Farm sign. It will be immediately after the log cabin style house on the right. It is a large light grey barn/house with a grey metal roof. There is a dark green sliding barn door next to the front white french doors.  The driveway is diagonally across from a cluster of mailboxes. There is an outhouse at the top of the drive and two large stone posts.  Look for the vacancy sign if in dire need.