Misty Bleu Farm Blog

About Misty Bleu Farm

Misty Bleu Farm is located in beautiful Washington County, New York at the head of the Black Creek ValleyMisty Bleu Farm produces hops for the R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.

Located on 50 acres in the heart of the Hebron Hills, Misty Bleu Farm is the home of R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.  The Brewery and Taproom are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 9:00 pm.  Come experience true field to glass farm-brewed beer at our farm, nestled among green hills and stunning natural beauty.  Our farm boasts over 600 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Black Creek, with waterfalls and rushing cascades.  Tours of the brewery and grounds are available.  The Farm and Brewery are also available to be rented out for special events.  Please visit the brewery website, www.rstaylorbrewing.com for more details and directions.

Follow our journey as we create the Most Beautiful Farm Brewery in America!


Latest Project Updates

Arcadia Is Almost Finished

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, August 15, 2013

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this has taken me 11 years (on and off) to finish this, but I have been working diligently over the last year at the farm, and I can finally say that 'Arcadia' is almost done.   I have just a bit more to do along the border edges. It was my constant companion at the farm last winter, as I huddled in the trailer in the winter afternoons, watching the sun go down at 4:30 pm.  Not much else to do except snuggle in and needlepoint until my fingers ached.

Chester liked to burrow in my lap as I worked, underneath the frame; it was kind of like a den for him.  Another couple of weekends, and it will be finished. Then it will be off to be blocked, then stored safely until the Manor House can be built.  I plan on putting it in the living room.  Not quite sure on a frame yet - plenty of time to think that through.

 

Beasts of the Field Carpet Panel

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, May 06, 2013

I am planning on integrating several new needlepoint projects into the decor of the Manor House when it is completed.  Arcadia, a wall tapestry, is almost complete after 10 years.  I will be taking it off the stretcher frame soon and will post pictures when it is done. It will be framed and hopefully hung on the wall in the living room.

I have also been working on the Beasts of the Field needlepoint series by Elizabeth Bradley.  I have just completed the pig panel.  Here it is before it has been blocked:

There are four Beasts of the Field panels, which can be made up into a rug or a wall hanging or made into individual pillows.  The panels are connected by a greek key design border for the rug/wall hanging.  I intend on working these panels up into a rug to be used in the Manor House. 

I have also just started one of the panels of the Natural History Series of tapestries from Elizabeth Bradley, as well.  I will be stitching a total of six panels in this series to be made into another carpet. 

While I am a huge fan of the Ehrman Tapestry kits, I have to say I have been enamored with the Elizabeth Bradley needlepoint kits of late, as there are amazing possibilities for stitching many of her designs into fabulous carpets and wall hangings, all with beautiful borders.  And her designs can be customized with different color backgrounds, as well.  Her designs are charming and a bit old-fashioned, more of a vernacular style than the modern kits of Ehrman. 

 

Arcadia Still a Work in Progress

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, November 08, 2012

I have been a rabid fan of needlepoint since I was a child.  And of course, I could never really afford the best kits - like those sold by Ehrman Tapestry of England until I was an adult.  I've finished probably 12 or 13 Ehrman kits over the last 15 years or so.  I bit off more than I could chew when I purchased the "Arcadia" tapestry panel about 10 years or so ago.  It is about 36" x 45", the largest needlework I have ever done.  It's been on the frame now for about 10 years.  I let it sit, collecting dust, for many years, when I finally picked it back up again last summer during the lazy weekends at the farm when it was just too darn hot to do anything else.  Here's the progress so far:

 

        

You can only see a portion of it on the frame, but I'm a bit more than half done.  It has been tedious work and I cannot say that I love all of the wool colors, even though it was designed by Candace Bahouth, who is one of my favorite needlepoint designers next to Kaffe Fassett.  I plan on having it framed for our living room when the farmhouse is built.  I'm SURE it will be done by then, right?