Date/Time Event Instructor
Oct 21 - Oct 22, 2017
All Day
Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival
at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 4 - Nov 5, 2017
All Day
7th Annual Fiber Festival of New England
at Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA


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Rhinebeck ~ NY Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 21 - Oct 22 2017 ~ Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY Building A booth 36 & 37

7th Annual Fiber Festival of New England Nov 4 - Nov 5 2017 ~ Eastern States Exposition, Mallary Complex, West Springfield, MA Booth 487/488 East



Velma Bolyard works in fiber, from handmade paper and artists’ books to shifu and tapestry. She studied textile design in the 70’s, and found that her fiber work took root when she moved to the New York State’s North Country and began exploring local sources for dyestuffs, fibers for papermaking, basketry and weaving and spinning. Her work has been shown in the US and Canada, and her artists’ books are in special collections across the country and abroad. Besides teaching papermaking and shifu to adults, Velma is a certified teacher of art, elementary and special education, and teaches in a high school alternative GED program. She has taught in all kinds of locations, from universities to a trail in the woods. She blogs at Wake Robin, which is also the name of her paper mill.

Sandra Brownlee

Sandra Brownlee is an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping, and teaching. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970’s. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, GGVMA Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, and Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fibers, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. She is currently working toward a solo exhibition to be held at Poet’s Ode, South Australia in July, 2017. Sandra Brownlee has earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Sandra has taught her Tactile Notebook & the Written Word workshop at many venues including Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Shakerag Workshop, Maiwa Textile Symposium, Long Ridge Farm, Big Cat Textiles, Committed to Cloth, and the Contemporary Textiles Studio (Toronto).

Nancy Zeller of Long Ridge Farm is celebrating seventeen years of raising sheep and particularly the most rare and endangered CVM/Romeldale. Long Ridge Farm has won numerous prize ribbons for raw fleeces, is recognized nationally for their involvement with CVM/Romeldales. Zeller received a BA in Art from the University of New Hampshire and has been immersed in natural dyeing since 2005. In 2007 she studied Khiva traditional crafts, in partnership with artisans of Khiva, Uzbekistan and American artisan mentors, focusing on natural dyeing. Zeller studied in France in 2010 with Denise Lambert, owner of Bleu de Pastel de Lectoure, and Michel Garcia, founder of Couleur Garance and of the Botanical Garden of Dye Plants and has also studied with Michele Wipplinger, Founder of Earthues, and Gasali Adeyemo, Nigerian Indigo and Adire Master. In April 2011 Zeller attended ISEND 2011, the International Symposium and Exposition on Natural Dyes in La Rochelle, France. In 2012 she traveled to Australia to study with India Flint. In June 2013 Zeller traveled to Rwanda, Africa, on a humanitarian project, to assist a group of 35 Rwandan women expand their color line of handspun, naturally dyed yarns. In May 2014 she returned to Rwanda to continue work under Rwanda~one4one. In 2015 Zeller completed a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. She is the Founder/CEO of Rwanda-one4one a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can read more about Zeller’s work in Rwanda under the Rwanda tab above. Long Ridge Farm is host to natural dyeing workshops with internationally known artists each summer. Zeller teaches natural dyeing by request, produces and naturally dyes her own line of fibers and textiles, has custom dyed for Green Mountain Spinnery and including other individual requests. You can visit Nancy at shows (See Events tab) or by visiting her studio at Long Ridge Farm.

Fabulous instructors that have taught at the farm across the years:

Gasali Adeyemo

Dorothy Caldwell

Michel Garcia

India Flint

Joan Morris

Michele Wipplinger

Sandra Brownlee

Velma Bolyard

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