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Sunday at Windrush Farm

Posted on July 14 2015

20140404-042302.jpg What a gorgeous day! It rained hard and all day on Saturday but we woke up to blue bird sky's and the perfect temp for being outside. Windrush is so beautiful let me share (if you haven't been yet you will want to go after this!) We drove up a narrow driveway with green pastures on both sides. A barrier of trees surrounding us including some beautiful oak trees. Goat, lamb, sheep, llama, and cow all greeted us and grazed (this is all before parking!) 20140404-042150.jpg 20140404-042201.jpg 20140404-042214.jpg 20140404-042229.jpg 20140404-042251.jpg getting out of the car a mellow and fluffy pooch, named Grier, came up to say hello followed by Mimi our host and owner of Windrush Farm. Mimi and Marlie (the other dye instructor and owner of Black Mountain Weavers in Point Reyes) are part of a co op called the Fibershed. The two are teaching the workshop for the day. Everyone signs in and gets a name tag then grabs a seat in the "barn". (Where they host many events including children's music class) All the students shared their name and why they chose to attend. Some were spinners, knitters, seamstress, all were lovers of fiber and excited to learn some techniques to dye at home and with natural materials. The group of women were eclectic in age and on style. The class began with Mimi and Marlie explaining natural dyes and mordants and how each works and what to do to get certain colors. Then they began collecting fleece and dye materials and everyone got to work making a bag for dying. Then there was a tour of the ranch/ animals and a discussion on fiber and plant/ bug dyes. A delicious lunch break with healthy food made by the teachers. (So good!) Then the students went happily back to a new project and were collecting all kinds of things for the next dye process, while the first dye project sat in it's pots cooking. I'm sure everyone left inspired and full of ideas of things to create. My Mom, Shelli, had a small pop up shop and sold Indigo (my favorite jar- I want!) cochineal (bug skeleton), madder, Osage orange, madder, cream of tartar, alum and jams by Blue Chair (which we are selling in the shop. Try the Apple! Mmm) She weighed and packaged them herself (and SOOO darn cutely I must say😉) 20140404-042803.jpg 20140404-042823.jpg 20140404-042837.jpg 20140404-042847.jpg 20140404-042903.jpg 20140404-042927.jpg The day was fun, gorgeous and weather was perfect. The class was very educational and each student was given a folder with printed information to take home. Including recipes to recreate the day at Windrush (or at least the dying 😉). I will definitely be attending this class as a student in the future. Mimi and Marlie have a lot to offer and are inspiring to speak with. I have so much more information to share this week on what I learned at Windrush. Happy Creating! xx Ash

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