Monday, August 15, 2011

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!


  1. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Nancy, I love your pieces! The lines and patterns that come out of the stitching are amazing - it sounds like an inspiring workshop..

    Hugs to you!

    ~ Katie

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Looks like a wonderful workshop. Out of curiosity, what is it about your well water that is such a gift for natural dyeing?

  3. Thanks Amanda! Our well water has a nearly neutral pH, the hardness/softness factor is also nearly mid-range and we have very little mineral content, all within the "normal" range. Perhaps early settlers knew more about what makes a good farm with less tools and more tactile knowledge? We have a few old wells on the property, dug wells, our current well is a driven well. We are blessed with it's quantity and quality.

  4. Stunning. Love that spider web technique! What a wonderful time and yes, well water can be a blessing. We have nice water too and lucky to have so much of it up here in this particular area.
    Stay cool!