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Backyard Dye Studio

This past summer was just glorious dyeing weather!! I spent days on end out there dancing with the silk. Over 120 yards painted. With a sunny day and a nice breeze blowing, the silks can dry very quickly which make for some interesting textures where wet and dry patches meet. It requires lots of patience working with the wind. If I can catch a gust just right, it flies like a kite up to the heavens! Pure joy!!!

dyeing day

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in the breeze

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Posted 7 months ago.

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A farewell to my baby girl Leeloo

I’ve had a rough year with my pet family. I spent the better part of spring and summer doing doggie hospice for my 16 year old dog, Bowser. Then, just shy of two months after losing him, on September 19th I lost my kitty girl to a fisher cat, not something I would wish on anyone. Leeloo was such a cutie … ever curious and so helpful with my fiber work, lol. I miss them both terribly and it has taken a toll on my work and energy level, but I believe we all learned what we were meant to from one another.

They’re still with me everyday …



Posted 4 years, 7 months ago.


Best Dog Ever: My Bowser

~ June 4, 1996 – July 23, 2012 ~

Bowser was the best dog I ever had. No one could ask for a truer friend. Always the responsible one, he had the wisdom of an old soul.

It didn’t matter to him where we moved, he always appointed himself the Mayor of the neighborhood!

~ Enjoy being free of your body my sweet boy … I will always carry you in my heart.



Posted 4 years, 7 months ago.

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My on-line Nuno Felting Classes were featured in The Storybeader’s Journal!

Want to learn a really cool felting technique, but don’t have time to go to a workshop?

Try one of my on-line classes:


Thank you Storybeader for featuring me in your Saturday Link List!

Posted 5 years, 2 months ago.

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Hand-painted Silk scarves with Nancy Dorian at Bead + Fiber in Boston!

Just a reminder …

The Laugh-in Scarf
The Laugh-in Scarf

Silk painting workshop at Bead + Fiber 460 Harrison Avenue Boston MA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
You can register
HERE or by calling (617) 426-2323

Posted 5 years, 2 months ago.

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Fletcher Farm workshop

Hi Everyone!

I have a very special weekend workshop coming up at Fletcher Farm and would love for you to join me.

We’ll be hand-painting silk yardage and then creating wonderful artwear using Nuno felting techniques.

You can find out more about the class and sign up HERE.

If you aren’t the artsy type, please pass this on to someone who may enjoy the class.

~ Nancy

Posted 6 years, 4 months ago.

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My San Diego Workshops were great!!

As I was traveling 12 hours to san diego I wondered … what am I doing traveling across the country to do this?? I had never met Lisa before, she found me on facebook and summoned me to california to teach her nuno feltmaking.

I’m so glad we took the chance on each other and planned a felting party at her home in Chula Vista. Her family welcomed me with open arms and made me feel right at home. Special thanks to her daughter Sophia for giving up her mermaid themed bedroom for me!

The back patio made a perfect felting studio and everyone, as usual, made gorgeous scarves.

The next day I had another workshop booked in La Mesa at two sisters & ewe yarn and fiber arts. Jane, the owner, is a natural and will be including nuno felting as one of their many offerings. Again, as you can see, gorgeous scarves!

I spent my last day wandering up the coast to peddle my wares. I am now coast to coast! My work is being offered at Mila in La Jolla, a very upscale boutique located next to George’s, which I’m told is the best restaurant in San Diego. I ventured on to Solana Beach where the rest of my inventory is happily at OMG Goddess. Everyone has been telling me that my stuff would be great in California … and now you can get one of my laugh in scarves the next time you’re in San Diego!

Posted 6 years, 6 months ago.


The Fiber Festival of New England was fabulous!

Lots of folks came out to support local fiber art.  So much glorious COLOR! I’ve been flat out for two month preparing for this event and now that it’s past … time to prepare for more events!! Good problem to have, I say. This Friday, November 12, 2010 I’ll be at the Tower Square craft show in Springfield, MA from 11-2pm giving all the corporate soldiers a chance to shop for hand-crafted goods on their lunch hour.

AND at  Snow Farm, the holiday sale starts Friday, November 12, 2010 as well. My stuff will be in the fiber building. They open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday for three weekends each November to help everyone get a jump on their holiday shopping.

But the really big new is …

I’m being flown out to San Diego California to teach a private felting workshop!!

But that deserves it’s own post ….

Posted 6 years, 7 months ago.


The sixth annual Fiber Twist in Deerfield Mass was great!!

I’m still pumped with adrenaline! Such a nice size show with so much luscious fiber. I had really nice neighbors … Dirty Water DyeWorks with all their lovely hand dyed yarns on one side and Sojourner Design with piles of carded fiber among other beautiful supplies on the other. Wish I had had time to take a saunter around with so much gorgeousness all around me. The traffic was almost non-stop. Some of my things found new homes … the first one out of the nest was my lovely white-on-white shawl. It has been one of the inspirations for a wedding outfit I am designing with a bride-to-be.


Feeling really grateful today and everyday for being able to do what I LOVE and make a living at it besides! I feel so blessed. My company was founded on the belief that doing what you love brings JOY and right now my heart is BURSTING with it!! Keep it coming universe!

My next show is at The Fiber Festival of New England on Nov 6&7 at the BigE fair grounds in West Springfield Mass. Hope to see you all there!

Posted 6 years, 9 months ago.


The Fletcher Farm Nuno Felting Weekend was absolutely magical!!

I am still riding on the huge wave of creative energy that just kept building the whole weekend at Fletcher Farm in Ludlow VT!  I had eight beautiful ladies that did some incredible work!

Three of the staff were in my class … Layne Herschel – Chairman of the Board, School Committee Director, Laurie Marechaux – School Executive Director and Jane MacKugler – Camp Director, and we had a great time. They are a real treat to work with!

Here is Laurie’s scarf before:

and after

For more photos of the class look HERE.

I met so many wonderful people! Too many to even list, but here are just a few …

I stopped in at ChapterXIV,  a cool little boutique right on the main drag in Ludlow. Very funky and original clothing.  They are now carrying my nuno scarves and I’ll be working up some special hand-painted silk garments for them. The owner, Willow, is very sweet and has an incredible talent for attending to shopper’s needs. She lets you wonder off into the multiple,  connecting rooms of gorgeous garments and then seems to suddenly appear like a fairy god mother just when you need her! It’s a must see if you’re driving through town.

And after you’re done shopping … don’t forget to stop in at The Pot Belly Restaurant and Pub for a great meal and really friendly folks. Owners Barbara and Rich are very warm and genuine and their hospitality radiates throughout the place. I made a beautiful nuno scarf in coral hues before I left for Vermont, and apparently I was making it especially for Barbara even before I met her, cause she liked it so much she bought it right out of the back of my van!!

Oh ya … and one more great place to mention. For all you knitters out there and even anyone that loves fiber should stop in at Six Loose Ladies. How could you not with a name like that? I hear they’ll be offering a tee shirt soon … can’t wait!

Posted 6 years, 10 months ago.

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