Folk Fibers Blog / America

  • This Wild Idea

      This Wild Idea is a project created by a great photographer and my friend Theron Humphry.  Thereon is traveling across America by spending 365 days to capture 365 stories from ordinary folks.  We meet in college but reconnected over our love for American road trips.  When he was passing through Austin I got to spend some time catching up with him and swapping stories about the road. We hung out and had lots of laughs, but he didn't leave town without conducting a touching interview with me. If your interested in hearing me share a short story about my family and...

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  • Fallen Flowers, Blending Blooms

    Fallen Flowers, Blending Blooms is the title of Reba Baggett's short story written about our shared experience gathering flowers last summer in the Wisconsin prairie, for Emily's wedding bouquet. I love her quote, "The event of picking flowers is more symbolic than we allowed to surface. It was the simplicity of it that was ever-so uniting".  The wedding was a complete effort of teamwork, it's hard to even claim one part of the work as my own. I was honored to assemble the brides bouquet from the flowers that us girls had gathered.  It all was Emily's vision, I was just the hands that helped.  Photos...

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  • Featured In This Weeks Johnson's Backyard Garden Newsletter

    When I was in need of a sufficient growing space for the Folk Fibers dye garden I went to a guy that I know has land, my former boss Brenton Johnson. The story about Brent starting his farm in his backyard here in Austin is no secret, it's sweet and simple, and printed on thousands of CSA boxes and produce labels.  Brent still owns the house on Holly Street where JBG got started in the backyard, and front yard, and both sides.  Brent rents out the Holly Street residence and one of the tenants is how he found his amazing graphic designer (and my pal) Ryan...

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  • The Story Behind The Delaware Baby Quilt

    The Delaware Baby Quilt is almost entirely made with natural dyed fabric, almost. The bright peach fabric is actually a vintage cotton Liz Claiborne skirt.  The bright turquoise fabric was in my fabric collection and I'm not exactly sure where I acquired it but I do know it is a sandwashed cotton, meaning it has been gently buffed into a smooth and soft texture, resembling a suede but having the practical qualities of a cotton. For this quilt I dyed the sashiko cotton thread used for the quilting in a red onion skin dyebath, the result is a pale pink thread. This quilt is entirely hand quilted.  I prefer to hand...

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