Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Lani Estill

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with fiber artist and rancher, Lani Estill. Lani Estill and her family own and operate Bare Ranch, a vertically integrated diversified livestock operation producing cattle, sheep, alfalfa and grass hay. The ranch is in Northeastern California and Northwest Nevada. They practice regenerative agriculture and with the help of partners like Fibershed and Carbon Cycle Institute are now operating under a Carbon Farm Plan. Lani is also the founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool, a commercial wool business and small yarn line.

Watch the video recording here:

We talked about a lot of exciting things including:

Climate beneficial yarn

Fiber + carbon farming

Where to shop on Lani’s site

Where you might meet Lani in person at Warner Mountain Weavers

What Fibershed is all about.

Stephany Wilkes’ book Raw Material: Working Wool in the West that talks about Lani.

Join us this week, November 13th, 9am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY on the famous 1-2-3 indigo vat! Presenting this week? The best of the best, Botanical Colors Founder/President Kathy Hattori joined by Botanical Colors’ team member Kate Rosendale.

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We get more questions about indigo than any other dye, so we decided to update our online information and also do a deep dive into the variations of the recipe based on Michel Garcia’s 1-2-3 indigo vat. we did some pretty extensive experiments with  fructose, henna and iron that you won’t want to miss. Botanical Colors’ team member Kate Rosendale and Kathy tested the 1-2-3 indigo vats and have some very interesting and surprising results to share with you. Join us for a studio session and lots of time for Q&A.

Thinking that you have a dumb question? No question is ever dumb to us! To help decipher all the terms used in indigo dyeing, we even compiled an Indigo Facts page for you.

The top of the list? Indigo.


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder  Kathy Hattori. We even have our own original Zoom song. It’s true!