Folk Fibers Blog / work space

  • 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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  • Tools For Hand Quilting

      Pictured above are the tools that I use for hand quilting: japanese sashiko thread, sashiko needles, water soluble graphite pencil, a "nimble" leather thimble (with a reinforced metal tip), glass head long pins. I talk more about my love for sashiko thread in an earlier blog post, you can link to it here. Speaking about my tools, I was recently featured on Design Spong in the "what's in your tool box" column! I feel very honored to be mentioned on such a big blog. I went to college with Ginny Branch Stelling, the lady who manages the column (and wonderful stylist), so...

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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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  • INSIDE THE STUDIO

     

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  • MY LITTLE STUDIO

      The truth is every surface of our house has turned into my work space.  One of these days I will document the real craziness.  But I wanted to show a little peek at my new set-up.  It's wonderful how black paint seems to make everything pop!  Even rings true at grocery stores and farmers markets. If you haven't noticed before, next time try to be conscious of what farmers market booth draw you in...I bet they have black bins holding their produce. 

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