Folk Fibers Blog

  • Coming Up For Air

    About a year ago we bought a house in the country and conceived a child. So much has been said and written about having a baby that it's difficult to summarize my experience without cliches. So I'll keep it simple, Chap and I welcomed our baby girl, Ada Mae Ambrose into the world July 6th 2014. We went the natural childbirth route, it's not for everyone but it was right for us. These first 3 months have been everything…amazing, challenging, purifying, and debilitating, all in a single day's time! I have fond memories of laboring at home. It was a hot summer...

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  • The Back Story on Quilts

    Sometimes the backsides of quilts are just as beautiful, if not even more desirable than the tops. When I make the backs for my quilts I construct a free-form design by sewing together large pieces of fabric, usually remnants leftover from making the quilt top. This process is improvisational and creates a moderate design compared to the front of the quilt. The large blocky designs on the backsides are a nice breather after the intensity of piecing together the formal and forward design that is intended to dedicate the quilt. It's always a delight to see the hand stitches come to life...

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  • Baby on the way!

    Just when I thought life couldn't get anymore exciting we find out a baby is on the way! Are little babe is arriving early July! Chap and I are over-the-moon with the beautiful changes happening in our life. I'm feeling wonderful now that the first trimester is behind us and the winter blues is slowly melting away. This past weekend our close friend Josh Goleman came to visit us in Texas and captured these awesome pregnancy photos. Josh is a photographer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Together Josh and his wife Murphy run a business that focuses on music and adventure.  I...

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  • Workshop Quilt

    This log cabin quilt was a group effort made by many hearts and hands- measuring 75 inches by 75 inches. I provided hand-dyed indigo cotton and linen fabrics for a 3 day intensive workshop, and I led a group of thirteen women with machine piecing and hand quilting this beautiful monochromatic quilt. This special weekend was hosted by Angela Ritchie's Ace Camps (here in Austin) back in October. It was a magical experience for many reasons but especially because we all worked diligently knowing the funds for this quilt will be donated to sending a kid to camp at Penland School of Crafts. And of course, like...

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  • Station to Station

    It's crazy to think making quilts would be my ticket to a train tour. Back in September I was invited to travel with the Makers yurt, a Levi's artistic contribution to Station to Station, Doug Aitken's latest art project. The Levi's Makers was curated by Jay Carroll and became a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods at speciality Levi's stores. We were on-the-road for a month, the train started in New York with stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Winslow, Barstow, and Los Angeles, and came to a stop in Oakland on September...

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  • Martha Stewart American Made 2013

    This year has bestowed Folk Fibers with an abundance of emotional support and encouragement. In October Chap and I headed to NYC to meet Martha Stewart and receive the 2013 American Made honoree award! When starting Folk Fibers in January 2011 I was not focused on being recognized and achieving public approval. The thoughts that propelled me was my desires to express myself artistically, while sharing my process and perfecting the craft of natural dyes and quilting. I was driven by passion; starting seeds in the greenhouse, planting a dye garden, harvesting color and making quilts. I wasn't looking to grow...

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  • Denim Canvas Project

    Our skills came together beautifully in a recent collaboration with Aaron De La Cruz. Aaron's work is in the realms of graffiti and illustration, in which I was able to translate his designs through sashiko stitches, on the yolk and cuffs of a Levi's Barstow Western Shirt. I'm so happy with the results! A big thanks to my welder and woodworker friend Travis Norman for modeling.  This collaboration is a one-of-a-kind exclusively for Hypebeast x Levi's Denim Canvas Project, on display at the Levi's headquarters in San Francisco.    X

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  • My Husband My Partner

    Finding my voice as an artist has been an incredible and fulfilling experience. It started with a vision and was propelled by passion. When your doing something you love people will notice. That's the truth from the inside out. I met my husband Chap in Savannah, Georgia while attending college. He was studding interaction design and I was focused on fiber arts. His primary career over the years has been programing, and it's his career that helped launched my career. When I opened the doors to Folk Fibers in 2011 he supported me emotionally and financially. As I grew the...

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  • The Story Behind The Box

     All my quilts come packaged in a handcrafted cedar box. These beautiful boxes are made by Kelly DeWitt here in Austin. Kelly is an amazing woodworker with a budding collection of well-crafted products. My favorite so far (besides the quilt boxes) is her garden toolbox and her coffee table. Both have elements of steel worked into the final design. Also, fun fact about Kelly, she has a piano in her workshop and enjoys making melodies on the ivory keys between projects. Check her out at KKDW.  

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  • Growing a Business

    I've been working through business exercises and in the midst of my 5 year plan I felt inspired to compile a list of example businesses that I relate to and feel inspired by. Thought this maybe helpful to share with you.    Alabama Chainin: Natalie Chainin has created a signature style using a reverse applique technique and everything is made by hand in the USA. From embroidery to seam, the garments are completely hand-sewn by artisans working in their own homes and business using a modern cottage industry method of manufacturing. A company and community.   Swans Island Blankets: Weaving and natural dyeing is a labor...

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