Stitched, dyed and a wrap-up ~ Joan Morris Shaped Resist With Vegetal Dyes and Indigo

It was a stellar morning for the first day of the workshop with Joan Morris here at Long Ridge Farm. crisp and bright just like the fabrics we brought to class.
mine drying on the line at the last minute.
Joan asked us early on to “suspend disbelief” and “stay in the present”.
wonderful advice under any circumstances.
some pieces of Joan’s to spark a visual journey into the art of shaped resist dyeing
a view of ‘camp” after hours. my husband walked in to take a peek and said “wow, how do you all know what you are doing?”
we did with Joan’s wonderful teaching style and experience
we stitched and stitched and stitched
and took our dyeing tasks like masters…..madder root soaking
Anna in the indigo…the vat was central and ample
view from the field as pieces dry
magnificent color from cochineal bugs. our well water is a gift for natural dyeing
by day four students were working alone with confidence, the sign of a good teacher.
Joan was there to assist but the early first days of instruction paid off
with personal freedom and expression
on the last day we all wished for one more day;
we had so much we wanted to still try.
 what a lovely problem to have!
a piece I created that I love.
a technique I enjoyed learning
It was a wonderful week.
The weather cooperated, the students were a great group to be with and Joan Morris is an amazing artist and a very patient and thorough teacher.
pssst! for those with some experience, she will be back next year!

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