Learn to Weave
a Lobster Rope Doormat

Weave a colorful, durable, all-season doormat made from lobster rope on the shore of the Medomak River in Waldoboro, Maine.

  • Learn about the history and lore of lobstering
  • Weave a beautiful 18” wide by 32 “ long doormat.
  • Choose your own rope colors, and design
  • Learn to set up a jig and splice the rope
  • Leave with your very own masterpiece!

“The most creative, fun, and educational experience in midcoast Maine. We loved it!”

Bob and Mimi, Boston, Ma

Class Information:

  • Classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from June 15 – October 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Classes are held outdoors under a tent and space is provided for social distancing.
  • Class size is limited to 8 people (minimum 2 people per class)
  • Minimum age requirement is 12 years (ages 12-16 years must be accompanied by a participating adult).

Reservations and Payment:

  • Reservations are required.
  • Cost is $150 per person and includes all materials and equipment.
  • Payment required in advance.
  • Cancellations required within 48-hours of class for full refund.

To make a reservation please contact:

classes@thistledownfarmmaine.com

Please include your name, phone number and the date(s) you are interested in. We will contact you to confirm your reservation and arrange for payment.

When You Come:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before class to meet fellow classmates and set up your weaving jig.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as weaving is done standing up.
  • To find us, set your GPS to: 980 Dutch Neck Rd. Waldoboro ME. (Off route 32 South/Bremen Road)
  • Look on the left for a large gray barn/house with dark green barn door. Our “Thistledown Farm” sign is at the top of the driveway. Follow the driveway down to park to the left of the house and park diagonally on the wood chips underneath the trees.
meet your instructor

Giselle White

Thistledown Farm was previously used as the location of The Maine Float Rope Co., home of the popular Down East Doormats. A cottage industry, The Maine Float Rope Co. made mats and rugs woven out of reclaimed lobster trap rope. Now, Giselle White, the former head weaver at Maine Float Rope Co. will share her extensive knowledge and design skills and teach you how to make your own lobster rope doormat.