Thursday, February 28, 2008
Road Trip to Dorr Mill
Barb and I hit the road yesterday for a supply buying trip to Dorr Mill Store, the Holy Grail of rug hooking. Dorr is nestled in the little town of Guild (pronounced guy-uld), New Hampshire. It was about a 500 mile round-trip drive for me, covering no less than five states, but it was worth it to be able to touch and see all the woolly stuff Dorr has to offer.
We had a snow storm earlier this week here on Long Island, but it warmed up and rained and the snow melted. New England, however, was a wintry wonderland. The farther north we went, the snowier it got. Vermont was coated in sugary frosting. It was really lovely.
As always, we enjoyed our visit with Terry Dorr, who showed us some really great new wools -- including his Primitive Natural, a buttery-colored, textured wool that Barb is anxious to get into the dye pot. I found just the right poison for my mermaid rug, which I designed several years ago in a dye-and-design class with Dick LaBarge and George Kahnle. And we got our regular requisition of primitive linen and natural wool. (I'll post some pics of the wool tomorrow -- some of it is already in the washing machine. . . )
If you can't spare the time to visit Dorr in person (or the money for the gas -- what was I thinking?), you can visit them online at their newly updated website here. You can order through their website now -- an improvement Terry pointed out to us yesterday. (I always enjoy talking to Terry. He takes time to chat, and is full of good ideas for small rug hooking businesses.)
So now I have to knuckle down and get some new patterns onto linen for the 48th Annual Fairfield-Grace Rug Show in Fairfield, CT, on March 29. I have a lot of work to do . . .