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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

2 Days
Teaser image for Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

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
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

Leaf Printing in the Steam Box

Natural Dyes in the Steam Box