Rug Braiding retreat in Alfred Maine

Tuesday, February 25, 2020@ 1:51 PM
Author: Pam

April In Alfred 2020 A Rug Braiding Retreat

April 3rd, 4th, & 5thNotre Dame Spiritual Center

133 Shaker Hill Road Alfred, Maine


Please join us for our 12th annual quiet, relaxing Rug Braiding weekend at this former Shaker Village. Bring your braiding project to work on or start a new one. Beginners are welcome to start here! There will be Rug Braiding Teachers on hand to help you. Pam Rowan will have wool and supplies for Rug Braiding from her Home Shop for sale.

A fee of $250 includes: ->2 nights lodging “dorm style”(2people/ room)* ->6 delicious home cooked meals-starting

Friday night and ending Sunday lunch ->Help with your project from teachers

Rug Braiding Supplies are not included but can be purchased from the teachers.

Please send your check plus the Registration Form below with check made out to: Carol Broadbent, 38 Dewey St., Rochester, NH 03867-1205

Arrival time is Friday morning anytime after 8:30 a.m.
You may come on Thursday night for an extra fee of $35, however, no meals will be included until Friday at 5 p.m. You may purchase meals or bring your own food as we have a refrigerator and microwave available to us.Departure time is Sunday 3 p.m.

*Single Room is $300

This is a total weekend event only.

2020 Registration Form April in Alfred

Rug Braiding Retreat

April 3.4.5 of 2020

Please mail this completed form along with your check for $250 (or $300 for a single room) as soon as possible.

Name:_______________________________________( Print please)

Your Signature:_______________________________________
Your signature indicates that you release Carol Broadbent of responsibility for any injury or illness that might occur during your weekend stay at Notre Dame Spiritual Center.

Address:_________________________________________ _______________________________________

Phone number:______________________________
Current email address:_____________________________________In case of emergency please notify:_____________________________

address: ______________________________phone number: _________________________________

Permission to share your name, address and email on the “Address list” ____yes ___noStaying an extra night: Thursday___________$35.00 no meals included

Room preference: Double__________ Triple_________ Single: _______ $300

Roommate(s) ____________________ ________________________
Please note: any dietary “Restrictions” along with suggested foods that you can eat:

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Rug braiding for the 2019 and 2020

Tuesday, September 17, 2019@ 7:20 PM
Author: Pam

Hours for Rug Braiding for the 2019-2020



Braiding Lessons at Pam for 2019 and 2020

Tuesday days 11-2 and nights are 6-9

November 5 & 12

December 3rd& 17

January 7 & 14th

February 4thand 11th

March 3rdand 10th

April 7thand 14th

May 5thand 12th

June 2ndand 9th

Friday day lessons are 11-2

November 8 & 15

December 6 & 20

January 10th, the 17thand 31st

February 14th

March 6 & 13

April 3 & 10

May 1 and 8

June 5thand 12th

Have a great summer everyone, thank you all for a good year.

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Rug Repairs

Sunday, April 29, 2018@ 10:54 AM
Author: Pam

Are you in need for a wool rug braided repair?

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3rd Newsletter

Saturday, November 26, 2016@ 2:38 PM
Author: Pam
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Welcome to my 3rd mailing newsletter, End of November and December of 2016
I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving. We had a week off from braiding, but now I hope we are all excited to getting back to either starting those Christmas projects, starting a new project or just working on an existing project.
I want to apologize to those that did not know we had a few days off in November. Please take note of our hours for the rest of November and December.The remaining dates for November are:

Tuesday day November 29th,1-4,Tuesday evening 6-9
December hours: Tuesday days: Dec. 6, 13th, and 20th 1-4,
Tuesday nights same dates Dec. 6, 13th and 20th 6-9
No braiding between Christmas and New Years, which is Dec, 27th
Friday Day Braiding: Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16 all 11-2,
Sat all Day Braiding is Dec 10th 10-4.
No Braiding  on Fridays Dec 23rd and Dec 30th.
Either mark these days down or check this newsletter or check my calendar on my website.

I would like to get new students into our braiding group. If you can spread the word and you bring a new student to start, I will either give you a yard of wool or 3 lessons on the book for your efforts, I appreciate it so much.
Thank you all for your support in our braiding group and my braiding business.

I had an experience of visiting a retreat center in Kennebunk Maine. It is called The Franciscan Guest House. A really nice place. Every bedroom has their own TV, Bathroom, refrigerator, your  own heating adjustment control.
I was wondering if there were 8-18 people interested in getting together the first weekend of February to have a get together there for braiding or craft time.I do not want to infringe on the Alfred Retreat or the PA Valley Forge Braid in, so do not go if you think you can’t do both. The cost would be compatible, except those wanting private rooms. Double rooms are $60.00 per person each night. You can come Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Sunday. It is in the Famous Kennebunk Maine,  it would be in the heart of winter.  Email me at
Thurstons first basket
Cathy’s getting good at these continuous rectangles
Here is Pat Weymouth’s pretty blue rug for her daughter for xmas
The 2nd basket  Thurston completed
Cathy Winships pretty hearts
Sandy O’s pretty Cat basket
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Years,
Don’t forget the 2nd Tuesday is our Christmas ornament exchange if you want to participate.
Carol Sullivan has made the prettiest quilt and matching rug for a member of her family. She’s working on another quilt and another rug, Stay tune for next month.
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2nd newsletter October 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016@ 9:27 AM
Author: Pam
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Welcome to my 2nd mailing newsletter, Oct and November 2016
Our braiding classes are well into place. We’ve had a slow start. A few have switched to Tuesday day classes and some will switch to Friday day classes. This makes me think that Tuesday evenings are starting to be slow, therefore I am thinking in the near future I might have every other Tuesday evenings, but everyone will be notified.

The remaining dates for October are:
Tuesday day Oct 25th 1-4,Tuesday evening Oct. 25th 6-9, and Friday Oct. 28th 11-2
November Tuesday days: November 1st, 8th, 15, 1-4 no braiding Thanksgiving week the 22nd, then resuming Tuesday day again on November 29th.
November Tuesday evenings: Nov 1st. 6-9, and November 15, and November 29. Please note I did do every other Tuesday in November because of election night and because of Thanksgiving week.
Fridays days in November are: November 4th, 11th, and the 18th. no braiding on November 25th, all from 11-2.
We can all discuss about November 11th, where it’s a holiday.

Our weekend in Methuen was a huge success with over 46 participants. Pam Landry taught her first beginners class in Methuen and did an excellent job. Congrats to you Pam.
We had a huge success in our discussion on hit or miss rugs. We all learned that everyone does a hit or miss a bit different but they all come out beautiful. Some have one color wool going through the entire rug, some have 2 of the same color, some put strips in a bag and just pull them out of different bags and have no idea what color is coming out to add on to each strip. Lots of great pretty rugs.
One of the pretty rugs displayed by Christine Manges
My ugly wool challenge turned into braided acorns
Delsie Hoyts new rug
We had an ugly wool challenge that some of us participated in and Pam Landry made this cute basket with her ugly wool which wasn’t so ugly any more.
Cathy Winships continuous rug was a big hit in Methuen as well.
Another great idea is to make a large basket and put over a foot stool.
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!st Newsletter

Sunday, September 11, 2016@ 7:56 AM
Author: Pam
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This is my first Mailing on my website. I am setting up this so I can email for my classes and occasionally send you pictures of everyones new rugs they complete monthly or any news that need to be reported.
Summer has come and gone and I’m looking forward to beginning our braiding sessions again.

I will have my first braiding session on Tuesday September 27th,  evening 6-9 or daytime will be 1-4.

again on October 4th,  October 11th, October 18th, and October 25th

Friday session I can’t begin until October 7th, 11-2, October 14th, No braiding on October 21st, and then we resume on October 28th. All Friday students are welcome to come on Tuesday afternoons, if I am not having braiding on Fridays. I look forward to working and seeing you all again.

My class in the Methuen Braid in is called NO UFO’s. I thought it would be great to have a time where we could bring our unfinished projects and get help to finish these rugs.
Or you can start a new rug with my assistance.
Also if you are stumped on a project I would like to help you, but if I can’t I will give you a fat quarter of washed wool.
We can work on butting, tapering perfection, starting a rug as mentioned. Anything you need help on.
I will have 3 time slots so pick the time slot that works for you around your other classes and work the me.
I worked on hit or miss rugs all summer. I completed 4.
Cathy Winships new matt this summer

The 9th Annual New England Braids 2016
A 3 Day Rug Braiding Event

October 14. 15 &16th, 2016St. Basil’s Center
30 East Street
Methuen, Massachusetts   01844

Carol Broadbent (contact)
38 Dewey St
Rochester NH 03867-1205

Picture is with me, Bobbie Mahler, Nancy Young and Verna Cox, at Verna Cox’s house this summer, what a blast.
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Some pictures of students achievements this past year.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016@ 11:55 AM
Author: Pam

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Needing wool?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015@ 7:10 AM
Author: Pam

If you are needing wool please call or email me. I have a lot of new wools in house.


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Looking for wool

Thursday, April 2, 2015@ 8:32 AM
Author: Pam

Do you have a stash of wool you would want to put to good use? We have student classes we could use to teach new students how to braid. Please call or write to Pam Rowan, 207-608-3606 or

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Group Rug Braiding Lessons for a Day

Thursday, April 2, 2015@ 8:31 AM
Author: Pam

Do you belong to a Guild or a group that is looking for something different to learn? How about learning how to braid in a day how to rug braid a small 8-9″ round Matt. Tools can be borrowed so to keep costs down. Call Pam Rowan or email, 207-608-3606,

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