Thursday, June 23, 2011

Going down the road with the blues

...the indigo blues that is.
taking off in the early morn for the mid-west to teach a weekend workshop to a full house of 16.
boxes shipped, bags packed.
looking forward to sharing and teaching the magic of dyeing with the oldest and only natural blue dye in the world.
knowledge of indigo began in the tropics about 5,000 years ago. that's an ancient dye!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

An art exhibit perhaps?

Artist, Joan Morris' art exhibit opens today through July 31st
Aidron Duckworth Art Museum
21 Bean Rd, Meriden, NH
Textile Works of Art: 2009-2011

Be inspired! Please visit Joan's show. She is an artist extraordinaire and dedicated instructor in the art of shaped resist dyeing (shibori). You can learn more about Joan here

We are delighted to be hosting Joan for a five day workshop in August at Long Ridge Farm. The topic? Shaped Resist Dyeing with Indigo and Vegetal Dyes.
For more about the workshop

Perhaps this is just the inspiration you have been looking for? Come learn the ancient art of shaped resist using natural dyes all the while in the peaceful setting of Long Ridge Farm.

And please wend your way to Joan's exhibit...a lovely drive, a stunning exhibit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

love me two times

We enjoyed last evening here on the farm with a couple of friends, homemade venison pizza, beer, wine and good music. As we walked out to say our goodbyes two beautiful Golden Retrievers were looking at us in the yard...disconcerted at midnight. They were wet and needy. I set them up in the barn across from the house with blankets, and a midnight snack. They were so well behaved and thankful. We retired. This morning at 5am I walked our old lab, Sidney, up back on a leash so he wouldn't have to encounter two yearling un-cut pups at the crack of dawn in his most aged state. I put Sid back in, slept an hour and then got these beautiful boys down the lane and into the fields (after a handsome breakfast, thank you!) for a run.

That boy in the back is a gem. They are brothers, 17 months old, live not too far away (I learned all this after some help from our friend who did some sleuthing). I got the owner's number and by 9AM the pups were picked up and headed off Long Ridge Farm. It's nice to live in a small community where with a little help from our friends and an extra barn for the overnight we were able to reunite...

Tonight the flock got some dessert and a bit of love...