Natural Dyeing

twenty years later…2020

twenty years later…2020

In 2000, my family started raising sheep. We bought 2 lambs, then 2 more, then 4 more a few times, lambed our own across two decades, and had many ups and some downs. A few years ago we decided it was time to ease out of shepherding. Now, in the fall of 2020, we have...

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symplocos in stock ~ dried leaf mordant

symplocos in stock ~ dried leaf mordant

Long Ridge Farm is pleased to be a retail partner in this most exciting project. The Plant Mordant Project offers natural dyers a unique opportunity to avoid mordants produced by industrial processes and make reliable colors 100% from plants. Powdered leaf from...

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look, see, run

Looking back a month, I guided a lovely group through the day learning to dye with indigo. Beautiful blues. A vintage dress that was a rather bland light peach morphed. It was dyed with the indigo I grew this summer which yielded a much greener blue. Love it! It was a...

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blue thumbs

thinking of the book from so long ago "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" where Sissy Hankshaw is a woman born with a mutation of enormously large thumbs, though she considers it a gift... mine are not so big but lately bluer than usual. the woad bed is growing quite...

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farm blues

the day began with the promise of blue... as I readied to teach a class of eight dyeing with indigo here at Long Ridge last weekend through the morning students learned how to make the indigo stock and prepare for dyeing. then the gloves went on, vats got adjusted,...

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Indiana indigo

down a country road in the heartland of Indiana and up a long driveway to Trading Post for Fiber Arts where even the livestock love the blues a fabulous group of folks from Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska converged June 9th and 10th to learn how to dye with indigo, the...

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Dye work continues

The beat goes on....focusing on the handpainted yarns. Katie prepped ...I got a dye lot of Rooster done. It's been a challenge between snow and rain, watching the weather for clear days...the color was developing here and turned out predictably beautiful!The...

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Hues to you!

My studio is brimming with color despite the backdrop of frigid and snowy weather outside. I frequently struggle with the yin and yang between the desk and dyepot with multiple projects and deadlines in both areas. Welcome to a glimpse of what has been cooking in the...

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Because of you

I am spurred on....by my family, friends, blogger buds and all the wonderful people I have met at shows and beyond. Such encouraging words, ideas and enthusiasm. I have heard from natural dyers who want to link up, knitters who want to knit with my yarns and some who...

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The Blues ~ For students not for me!

Recovery is treacherous, cruel and oh, so boring! Here is my existence to some degree. I mean from here I travel on crutches to the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen. I have a spot in the kitchen at the island where I can elevate the foot and at least converse...

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