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Design Outside the Lines - Taos, NM June 23-27, 2024



Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: June 23-27, 2024 (sun -fri)
Cost:  $3,585.  

Commuter rate: $2,275.

 Experience the magic of Northern New Mexico! Situated at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, a historic adobe, looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. 

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                      Guest Teacher: Carol Lee Shanks   

"I’ve been stitching yarn onto and into cloth, not only to create interesting surface design patterns but also to provide support and reinforcement to this cloth for its’ life as a wearable garment.  The shared characteristics of the soft wooly materials complement each other nicely as patterns develop upon the cut-out blank “canvas”.  These garment shapes are intentionally simple for ease in construction and waste prevention as the smaller cut-away pieces can be used to create pockets, collars and other details to enhance the garment design".

                                                                                   Carol Lee Shanks September 2023

Borrowed from the Soil Design Challenge-

Fabric:  Lani Estill’s,  Lani’s Lana Fleece blend of 55% California Climate Beneficial Bare Ranch Wool, spun in Maine & 45% Organic Texas Cotton Double Knit, spun in North Carolina.  This cloth was knit in Ville Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada and finished in Ajax, ON, Canada. Yarn:  Mary Pettis-Sarley’s ,Twirl Yarn:   “Fatties”, a wool blend of Karakul, Romney and Cottswold sheep. “Ditto”, a blend of alpaca, kid mohair & wool.  “Twirling Petals” from the Sukumo Collection, a blend of alpaca, mohair & wool over dyed with farm grown indigo. Sewing thread:  Vreseis, Sally Fox Fiber, 100% Colorganic Cotton, US grown, spun in Japan.

                            CLOTH  •   PAPER  •   STITCH

Join Diane and Carol Lee Shanks, for dynamic week of inspiration, lectures and one-on-one instruction in our adobe conference center studio. Deepen your design experience, and focus on aspects of your work in new ways. We'll be on 'Taos time'  as they say, with plenty of opportunity to explore your ideas, and work in small, informal groups in our adobe studio and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards.  


     "Returning to New Mexico always inspires new work and vision influenced by its breath-taking landscapes.  Carol and I will be exploring and sharing our work in paper and textile. Held by thread, the world calls us to collaborate and celebrate new relationships in community and the materials we are drawn to....join us to  grow your work and bring in the new.  I'll be working in fabric, wood and paper, adding surface design and stitching to my work. Color, form and story find their way into my imagery and textile work there in Taos while the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath, settle in and celebrate the magic that takes form in the studio there".    Diane 

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Retreat Price includes: 5-day workshop with lodging and most meals. Rooms are single occupancy with private bath). Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s: breakfast and lunch. *2 Dinners is included on the first nite and our last evening together at Mabels. Downtown Taos is an easy 15-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities enroute. Studio time includes surface design tools and paints.

The Commuter Rate: includes workshop, studio time and surface design tools and paints, daily breakfasts & lunches and first and last nights group dinner. 


Send your full amount or $600. deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 45 days prior to your retreat. 

Cancellation policy: Your deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the retreat, your payments (less deposit) are refundable. For cancellations within 15 days of the retreat, there is no refund.

"This is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."                                                    Workshop Participant 2022

A Materials List, arrival information & teaching notes will be e-mailed 6 weeks out from the retreat.  


There may or may not be rooms available before and after the retreat. If you want to come early, please contact Julie or Vanessa at Mabel Dodge Luhan directly, 800-846-2235. 

GETTING TO TAOS: Fly into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then rent a car and drive to Taos or take a shuttle. The drive takes you past/through Santa Fe, then north, and is a magnificent BIG view ride. Allow 3 hours driving time from Albuquerque. If you possibly can, allow more time for stops and vistas. Shuttle services to contact are: Mountain View Shuttle or Taos Ski Valley Shuttle Call ahead to reserve and check times and verify the price before making plane reservations.   

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