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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

1.5 days
Teaser image for Bookbinding: Build Your Own Journal

Bookbinding: Build Your Own Journal

Building a book is like building a a timber frame - the parts are smaller and they do bend easier, but they must all fit together for it to work!  In this introductory bookbinding class, students will bind a 7 x 10 hard-cover, multi-section book, perfect for recording details of…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
1 day
Side sewn notepad

Bookbinding: Side Sewn Notepad and Album Binding

Side-sewn binding is one solution for binding together single sheet pages. Any number of sheets can be bound, and additional sheets can be added or removed even after the book is bound. Using a sewing machine, and a Dremel drill, students will make two versions of side sewn bindings -…
Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
1½ 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…
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby

Past Courses Offered by Karen Smaby

Bookbinding: Fiber Journal

Leaf Printing in the Steambox

Natural Dyes in the Steambox