About

Founded in 2005 by Nancy Zeller, Long Ridge Natural Dyes is located at Long Ridge Farm, a New England hillside farm in the Monadnock Region of the Connecticut River Valley, New Hampshire. We offer top quality natural dyes, mordants, fibers and textiles from fair-trade sources around the globe. Mother Nature is all around us providing plants, barks, roots, and berries yielding botanical colors to your creative work. Working with natural dyes is always evolving, the variables are endless, and the hues achieved on any natural substrate will bring you a lifetime of study and a dye palette par excellence. 

Background & Experience:

  • Nancy 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.
  • Nancy 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 Nancy 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 Nancy 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 Nancy completed a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. She is the Founder of Rwanda-one4one a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Founded in 2005 by Nancy Zeller, Long Ridge Natural Dyes is located at Long Ridge Farm, a hillside farm in the Monadnock Region of the Connecticut River Valley, New Hampshire. We offer top quality natural dyes, mordants, fibers and textiles from fair-trade sources around the globe. Mother Nature is all around us providing plants, barks, roots, and berries yielding botanical colors to your creative work. Working with natural dyes is always evolving, the variables are endless, and the hues achieved on any natural substrate will bring you a lifetime of study and a dye palette par excellence.

Background & Experience:

  • Nancy 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.
  • Nancy 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 Nancy 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 Nancy 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 Nancy completed a dye plant research project through INES-Ruhengeri University, Rwanda. She is the Founder of Rwanda-one4one a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.