Our Open House + Community Picnic—this year celebrating 10 years of Alabama Chanin—is fast approaching. At each picnic we get to relax with our families, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones, all over plates of delicious food. This year, we will be hosting the event at The Factory on Saturday, April 9th, alongside tours of The Factory, a lecture by Natalie, and a small sampling of workshops. The day’s activities begin at 10:00am and run throughout the afternoon.


10:00 Doors Open

10:30 – 11:30 One-Hour Biscuit Making Workshop

11:30 – 12:00 Guided Studio Tour – Free

12:00 – 1:00 Artisan recognition followed by Potluck-style Picnic Lunch. Barbeque and fixins’ provided by Alabama Chanin. Bring your favorite covered dish or dessert.

1:00 – 2:00 One-Hour Lecture: The History of Alabama Chanin – Free

2:00 – 2:30 Guided Studio Tour – Free

2:00 – 3:00 One-Hour Artisan Business Workshop

2:00 – 3:00 One-Hour Sewing Workshop

For those who wish to participate in one or more of our workshops, we are offering the following:


Biscuit Making with Natalie and Zachariah Chanin from 10:30am – 11:30am

Join Natalie and Zachariah Chanin, chef at The Factory Café, to learn different biscuit-making methods and recipes for making this staple of the Southern table. Participants can talk basics, branch out into new, savory recipes, and get advice on more advanced techniques. Everyone who attends will receive homemade baking powder in a Weck jar, a rolling pin, biscuit cloth, and biscuit recipes.

Artisan Business Basics from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

This workshop provides an opportunity to explore Alabama Chanin’s production process, and our practice of employing highly skilled artisans as independent contractors. Kasey Martin, The Factory’s Production Coordinator and our artisan liaison, will provide information on sustainable manufacturing and our processes—from product development to execution, including how we work with our artisans. Each participant will receive examples of select forms and paperwork and a stenciled journal for note taking.


Journal Sewing Workshop – 2:00pm – 3:00pm

This is a new offering to our workshop programming. Participants will work with Rachel Rohler, the Alabama Chanin Workshop Coordinator, to learn basics of beginning an Alabama Chanin project. You will learn how to get started sewing a project, basic construction methods, and our signature reverse appliqué technique. Attendees will receive a DIY Journal Kit (including fabric, thread, and all other necessary materials) and a Moleskine journal that will fit your completed journal cover. We will have basic supplies (needles, pins, scissors, etc.) available for participants to use.

All workshops are first come, first served. If we have availability the day of the event, we will continue to sell tickets; however, we encourage you to sign up in advance.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the workshops listed here, please contact us as workshops (at)

We at Alabama Chanin feel so embraced by our community—and our community and neighbors will always be central to the heart of our company. We look forward to welcoming you into The Factory once again.


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