Folk Fibers Blog

  • Folk Fibers Quilts for Levis Made Here

      I am very excited to announce that I am making quilts for Levis!  You may have noticed a little lull in my online presents over the last couple of weeks. This was all due to my gusto and focus on getting a series of quilts designed and crafted for Levis - Made Here Stores. Made Here is a project created and run by Jay Carroll, a concept designer for Levis. Made Here are special Levis stores that deliver a bespoke interpretation of the Levi’s® brand. A meaningful component of the Made Here store is the initiative to sell beautiful objects...

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  • Monday April Ninth Two Thousand and Twelve

       everything your doing is cool Jay get a car without a top go camping in the canyon I'm loving squared off shots  I need to go float for awhile this feels like a wedding...  it's a partnership  Photo by: Jay Carroll

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  • INSIDE MY LIBRARY

           Inside the book "The Quilters" Women and Domestic Art: An Oral History, copyright 1978 

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  • The Wild Magazine

    It was a complete surprise to me when I discovered an article about me featured on The Wild Magazine Blog.  The post was written by Roxanne Fequiere, a writer and contributing editor for Oakazine and Wetpaint to name a few. Reading the article made me smile because she obviously did her homework, and got all her facts straight.  My favorite quote from the article discribes how I use social media platforms such as facebook, twitter and instagram, "Ambrose uses these methods to shine a light on a lifestyle that’s as anachronistic as social media is modern".  I love that quote because it discribes my enchanting contrasts, and validates...

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  • 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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  • INSIDE MY LIBRARY

      Inside the book "The Mountains" Life Nature Library, copyright 1962 

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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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  • Hawk

      Two hawks are building a nest next to my dye garden.  When I seen them I am mesmerized by their presents, they are powerful spirits in the sky. 

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