the vision realized

the week gone by is really beyond words. the level of intensity required to achieve what we wanted was pretty high.  usually my man and i mediate each other. when one is pushing into superhuman mode, the other stops, makes tea, cooks some nourishing food. this time, not so. we were both so driven to accomplish, we went through these past days kind of, sort of, unstoppable. to the dear 2015 hill and hollow crew:  you deserve  the highest of accolades. the first of many events at the now blessed hill and hollow farm stay was, hands down, a huge success. the magic of blue: an introduction to natural dyeing at the farm stay at hill and hollow. done.

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the farm stay, still under renovation remember, was transformed. on it’s acres and in it’s rooms we gathered: 10 adults,  8 children, and a new flock of 10 sheep for a day of sharing. a day so rich we were each deeply nourished. we dyed. we dined. we wove. we spun. we made connections that will last and yarn in the deepest colors.

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i am still in awe of the event and still swirling in the delight of our day. creating such beauty with such amazing folks, wow.

harvesting the japanese indigo plant

harvesting the japanese indigo plant

 

picking the leaves off of the stems is way more fun with a group

picking the leaves off of the stems is way more fun with a group

 

oxygenating our dye vats

oxygenating our dye vats

one guest erin  is a skilled weaver. natural dyeing offers moments of down time, when a dye pot is steeping, when yarn is immersed in the vat, these are moments we took to offer even more opportunity to work with our farm’s fiber. with a table loom warped with hill and hollow yarn, each guest was able to weave a pouch. this weaving below was later cut into each individual’s pieces. what a lovely image representing the timeless beauty of fiber, friendship and collaboration.

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love blue? join us 8/22

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 hhcsa@scrtc.com or call, i love a good chat 270-432-0567.