Folk Fibers Blog

  • Shibori Pillows: Cut From the Same Cloth

    I have had so much fun making these pillows, and they are now available in the SHOP ! Hand dyed with natural indigo, using traditional japanese sashiko clamp and resist techniques. 100% kona cotton fabric chosen for the strength, nice weight and softness! Sizes are 20 x 20 inches and 12 x 20 inches  filled with feather/down (cotton) pillow inserts Both sizes are fastened with invisible zippers, and the larger square pillows have been sewn with same-cloth piping

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  • Inspired by Antarctica

      My friend Murphy and I have been discussing a custom quilt inspired by the landscape of Antarctica. Murphy is currently on a 7 week expedition with Photographer Diane Tuft to document areas of Antarctica with a Nation Science Foundation grant. She created a blog where she shares photos of the icy landscape and details about extreme winter weather survival, as well as geographical information. In her blog she mentioned, "There are so many scientists here doing some incredible things! Some studies include : atmosphere, snowflakes, lake coreing, sea urchins, ice diving, seal tracking, penguin studies, and more." What an honor for her and...

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  • Shibori Sampler

      This is the first example of patch-worked indigo-dyed shibori that I have every really liked. I am now inspired to experiment with it, and maybe even make a quilt? I've been learning through my explorations of shibori and have been regularly practicing these historical techniques. I've yet to use my indigo dyed shibori in the making of my quilts; for a few reasons.  I love solid colors, and I especially love solid colors in (my) quilts. But I do enjoy a hand-dyed look to natural-dyed cloth.  The subtle variations of dye with saturation and folds shine with beauty in...

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  • The Double Wedding Ring Quilt

    Meg + Johnny met while working at a preschool in Philadelphia, fell in love, and got married! It's only appropriate then that their backyard wedding was the most kid friendly wedding I have ever been to, ever. It was an extravagant feast of homemade food (mostly the brides loving labor) and fellowship among friends and family alike. Their ceremony was Quaker style, meaning without a lot of fanfare. Often referred to as the silent ceremony, Quaker weddings differ from the traditional ceremony in four significant ways: there is no officiant; no giving away of the bride; a wedding certificate is signed; and there is a long period...

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  • Quilts That Fly in October

      These are my latest quilts using naturally dyed fabrics and hand quilted with the help of my friends Juliette, Monica, and Mercedes. I have gathered inspiration for these quilt patterns from traditional American quilts, singling out a quilt block and creating it on a large scale is reminisent of barn quilts. The colors in these quilts are all acheived using natural dyes such as onion skins, walnut hulls, madder root, osage orange wood, and natural indigo.  

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  • Making a Country Living

      Yesterday, all day, was spent on a photo shoot, here at my house/studio, for Country Living Magazine! As I smiled for the camera I had a small sense of what I would be smiling about in months to come when my spread debuted early next year. But really I don't know what will come of all this exposure?! I'm more than honred to have had this opportunity, and feel grateful for all the friends and family that have helped me get to where I'm at. I've been involved with quite a few photo shoots in the past but Country Living was a...

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  • Natural Dyes - Yellow Onion Skins

    Yellow onion skins create a golden range of earthy colors. With a concentrated dye bath and enough time for the fibers to soak, the colors achieved are a combination of red and yellow, usually resting in the middle as an orange. The results radiate warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. Protein fibers such as wool and silk, dye deep to medium shades of ochre, creating pigments in the cadmium-orange families. Referencing sienna, burnt orange, pumpkins, terra cotta, and rust. Cellulose fibers such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo dye a range of dark orange to a lighter orange peel, having deep notes of golden-yellow or...

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  • Natural Dyes - Red Onion Skins

    Red onion skins create a earthy range of colors. Protein fibers such as wool and silk, dye a pale to medium nutmeg brown, with a mix of rosewood, russet and rosy browns. Cellulose fibers such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo dye a range of seashell pinks, with a mix of champagne, pale, and silver pink. Natural dye colors are living colors, they are alive with the life that made them.  The dry outer skins of onions can be used for coloring natural textile materials and easter eggs. Red onion skins create a different range of colors than yellow onions skins, so it's important to keep...

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  • signature quilts

    Today I am hand embroidering a quilt to commemorate a special someones wedding day! I pulled out these embroidered vintage quilt blocks for inspiration. I love the subtle imperfections and the speckled stains acquired from age. I also love the individual differences in script and stitches, and the old fashion names. I found these blocks in an antique store many years back. A quilt that has names embroidered on it usually is called a "signature quilt". This style quilt was common around the late 19th century.  This type of quilt was a way in which people and organizations raised money for a cause.  People paid for the privilege...

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  • Song of a People

    Christina, Juliet, Me, Ruby Ku, Melba, Chiane, and Ryan took the photo!   Today a group of friends helped me tame my over grown indigo garden. It felt great to have the helping hands but it felt even better to be comfortable asking for the help I needed. It was a step in the direction I'm headed with Folk Fibers. I have been moved by the interest and request to teach and share the craft of gardening, natural dyes and quilt making. This positive energy is playing a part in my development and vision for the future, and I strive to offer more workshops and...

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