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.


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.


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 or call, i love a good chat 270-432-0567.



we met

this might seem a bit strange to you all, odd coming from the fingers of a blogger, but i don’t really like the computer. it is a very useful tool for me, but i limit my time here at the screen and harbor a certain distrust for most electronic communications. i don’t have a cell phone at all and honestly, i just kind of shy away from a lot of technology that swirls around me these days.

based on this description of myself, you can only imagine i really did not think it possible to create a relationship through this world wide web.

i mean really.



and so this weekend it came to pass that i was proven wrong. yep. i made an internet friend. it was autumn of 2012 when a  weaver bought the first skeins of our hand dyed indigo yarn that i listed in our etsy shop. internet equivalent of love at first sight. over these years we have corresponded more and compared notes on natural dyeing. she has purchased more and more of our naturally dyed indigo yarn and remained our first and most devoted fan. needless to say when she asked she could stop by the farm with her family while traveling through the area, i was thrilled and a wee bit scared. we were friends, but were we?


we created this space, my fellow farmwives and i, as a place of sharing,  a spot to expand our community and to enhance our creative selves. these past days, when i so immensely enjoyed face to face time with folks that i NEVER would have met if not for this computer, this space and these tools, i felt so thankful. grateful for the community we can create around us with the technology offered us today.


i strongly believe in  great limits to screen time, for children of course, but adults too. everyone should learn how to put down the smart phone, walk away from the desktop, and enjoy the beauty of  the people and world around you. i met my new friend through this web and for that i am so thrilled. in those lovely 24 hours we spent this weekend, walking the creek, moving the sheep, touring the gardens and sharing meals, i never noticed anyone on their phone!



upping the ante

birthdays seem to come in pairs around here. paul’s birthday comes right on the heels of madeline’s and sometimes it is hard to muster up the energy to do another round of celebrating. so soon. more cake?


this year, with a new baker rising to the head position, honoring the day of dad’s birth seemed no trouble at all. luck would have it that we also had an errand day in town wedged between the birthdays. and so it happened  that we found ourselves in a crafts store. you can imagine how unsafe that can be with two artists in their birthday week, but i tried to keep calm and focused. we remained frugal and left with only one splurge: a 6 piece cake decorating set.

my daughter’s cake left little room for improvement, but she did a wonder on dad’s confection. a white cake with lemon curd filling, topped with lemon butter cream. piped with her new tool in basket weave. a cake honoring her dad, the weaver, and indulging in our own abundance of farm fresh meyer lemons.


our home is full of birthday love, our bellies ache for some greens, and a new week begins.