my love affair with japanese indigo began long ago, dear friends showed us the magic of dyeing with a farm raised blue and i was hooked.
as with any good courtship, ours developed over many years. there was a lot of dyeing, even more experimentation, and all kinds of fun. there is no doubt in my mind a peak moment was when i dipped the first yarn our farm’s flock of sheep produced into a farm raised indigo vat and watched the magic before my eyes. it was my birthday and it was the best gift ever.
now, years later, i am ready to share the magic. in fact, i am not only planing to share the magic, i am extending an invitation to share the community that has developed around me, our farm’s fiber and our farm’s blue.
on august 22nd we will gather here at hill and hollow farm for our fist natural dye workshop. it is a significant day just 4 short weeks away. a day when we will formally begin a totally new series of educational opportunities here.
we are offering a full day of fiber fun. it will be an introduction to natural dyeing offering participants the opportunity to harvest and dye with our farm raised japanese indigo.
it is most importantly a day of community. sharing the role of educator with me will be a skilled weaver and natural dyer herself: erin. we met over a shared love for the highest quality of natural dyeing and fiber work. amazingly, she will travel from indiana to share the weekend with us.
as if this wasn’t exciting enough, we have welcomed back fiber enthusiast and 2013 hill and hollow apprentice for another year of learning and sharing on the farm. deanna is a skilled knitter, spinner and dyer herself and will offer guests the opportunity to work with a raw fleece. taking it through each phase: washing, picking, carding and spinning into yarn.
i have been secretly calling this fiber boot camp and i am so excited to create this space here on the farm. i am giddy to gather with such wonderful fiber enthusiasts and i thought i might just spread the word. y’all should join us.
anyone interested can email me for the specifics firstname.lastname@example.org or call, i love a good chat 270-432-0567.