Grand Marais, MN
In an effort to un-earth herself from the mountains of scraps she accumulates as an avid fiber artist, Karen revels in recycling projects, like penny rugs, that make use of materials she already has. Karen works with both wool and paper to create an intensity of colors and textures in items of everyday use. She is a member of and exhibits through the Northwoods Fiber Guild and teaches bookbinding to local high school students.
Current Courses Offered by Karen Smaby
Flower Power: Dyeing Paper in the Steam Box
Capture summer color onto paper. We will steam a bounty of garden and wild flowers between layers of paper. Explore folding, design, and layering methods, then into the steam box the offering goes. Students will bind a 5"x8" notepad while we wait for the thrill of unwrapping bundles of color.
Leaf Printing in the Steam Box
Eco-prints are one-of-a-kind prints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used to create them—the colors come just from the plants themselves. The colors are sepia-toned, the patterns are beautiful, and the process is non-toxic. Leaves are collected, pressed, arranged on paper, stacked and tightly…
Natural Dyes in the Steam Box
Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit…
Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics
Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched…