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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
Teaser image for Leaf Printing in the Steambox

Leaf Printing in the Steambox

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…
Thu, Aug 9th, 2018
Thu, Sep 13th, 2018
1 Day
Teaser image for Natural Dyes in the Steambox

Natural Dyes in the Steambox

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…
Fri, Aug 3rd, 2018
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
Sun, Aug 26th, 2018
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby

Past Courses Offered by Karen Smaby

Bookbinding: Fiber Journal

Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics