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Karen Smaby

Grand Marais, MN
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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

1 Day
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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…
Thu, Sep 12th, 2019
9am-3pm
1 Day
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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…
Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
9am-4pm
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
2 Days
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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…
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Karen Smaby

Past Courses Offered by Karen Smaby

Bookbinding: Build Your Own Journal

Bookbinding: Fiber Journal

Bookbinding: Side Sewn Notepad and Album Binding

Flower Power: Dyeing Paper in the Steam Box