Dyeing Yarns with Mushrooms and Plants Makes for Good Living

Nov 28, 2016

Naturally dyed wools
Credit Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert is a farmer and fiber artist on Martha’s Vineyard. Surrounded by plants and animals on the farm her grandparents bought in the 1920s, Rebecca shears her sheep, dyes their wool with natural plants, and spins it into colorful yarn. She has struggled with depression for much of her life, but Rebecca has found joy, healing, and art in the daily surprises of farm life. 

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Melody Rowell ​is a graduate of the workshop.  You can find out more about the program at Transom.org.

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