Fiber Arts

 

Fibers and textiles are an integral part of New England history. We’re exploring this history with workshops that teach traditional fiber crafts by modern makers and craftspeople. To us, the system of growing, harvesting, and creating beautiful, everyday items is as important now as when the farm was founded. You can explore our diverse fiber arts offerings below.

Natural Dye Studio

Coming in 2022!

Our new Natural Dye studio is coming in 2022. Sign up for our newsletter, The Farmhand, for updates on our natural dye program, including our developing work with Japanese Indigo, persicaria tinctoria. 

 

 

The Dye Garden

In 2020, a small garden was planted to grow Indigo, Rudbeckia, Marigold, Madder, and Weld. Led by Sara Goodman, the staff harvested and experimented with using live plants to create pigments. During the fall of 2020 the lower level of the Loudon Grange building was excavated and is destined to become a dye studio for the creation of natural dyes. The Dye Garden will be re-planted near the Grange and easily accessible to the workshop participants in the dye studio.

 
Sanborn Mills is proud to be the primary sponsor of the new Northern New England Fibershed Affiliate whose mission is to re-invigorate regional natural fiber systems in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, by supporting individuals and businesses in bringing fiber from raw material to finished product.