Karen has been dyeing natural fibers and growing plants for dye since the mid-70s. Always interested in the colors of nature, boiling plants, weeds, flowers and bark for use with fibers made this an inexpensive hobby for her. After some hands-on experience, she began teaching in schools and community centers in the Twin Cities area. She regularily teaches at North House Folk School and the Clearing Folk School, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Minnetonka Community Center. She is a professional pianist and amateur cellist and teaches piano lessons. Some of her other hobbies include fishing, Japanese ink painting, Japanese shibori, gardening (has her own dye garden), spinning and ham radio. She's always on the lookout for new and interesting dyestuffs, so don’t follow her on the road too closely. She notes, "I brake for roadside weeds."
Current Courses Offered by Karen Rognsvoog
Blooms, Berries, Bark and Baskets: Natural Dyes for Basket Making
For those prone to picking plants and wondering what can be made of them as they wander through the forests and fields of this region, both basketry and natural dying offer many possibilities for humble leaves and sticks to become something much more. In this team-taught session, students will learn…
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.…
Nordic-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric
In this one day course, students will learn to carve simple nordic-inspired designs on linoleum blocks and use permanent fabric inks to print the design on their fabric. By using a variety of design elements and shapes and colors in the printing process, a simple design can become a unique…