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Karen Rognsvoog

Golden Valley, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Karen Rognsvoog

Karen Rognsvoog has been dyeing fibers with natural plant dyes and growing dye plants since the mid 70s. Boiling plants to extract the colors of nature has been a passion an inexpensive hobby for her. Using her art degree and hands-on experience, she discovered that earth pigments and natural plant dye extracts can be made into permanent paints that can be used on a variety of pre-treated textiles and paper. She is a professional pianist and amateur celllist. When not painting or carving woodblocks, she teaches piano lessons to grown ups. She lives in Golden Valley with her two curious cats Ludwig and Wolffie who try their best to make cat-prints on her artwork.

Current Courses Offered by Karen Rognsvoog

Teaser image for Natural Plant Dyes

Natural Plant Dyes

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature’s palette, by learning the complete subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is more than a craft, it’s a fascinating and inexpensive hobby.…
Fri, Jul 30th, 2021  –  Sun, Aug 1st, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog

Past Courses Offered by Karen Rognsvoog

Natural Dyes & Earth Pigments for Basketry

Natural Dyes for Basket Making

Nordic-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric

Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings

Surface Design on Fabric