Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Waning Summer Days...Autumn Hook-In info...and more...


Our weather is shifting...
I was lucky to escape the city heat this past weekend and spend time with my dear friend at her cabin. The butterflies...and bees loved this sedum plant.
The lake was warmer than it had been when I was there in July and we spent a lot of time in the water!

Yesterday another sweet friend brought me some of the bounty from her fabulous gardens...

Here is some Hops I started simmering this morning. Isn't it a pretty plant? I've never liked the smell or taste of beer ( now wine is another story! ) I'm so glad it smells like green beans cooking.

Looks like it will be a soft apricot color on the wool...but we will see;)

After the storms that blew threw yesterday and overnite, our weather has shifted towards Autumn...time to finish the scrappy quilt I've been hand piecing while sitting and visiting my folks at the nursing home. I have to keep my hands busy...and so, this is kind of my therapy blanket!

Between checking the dyepot and packing orders, I've been pressing the quilt top. I've picked out a soft antique-y cotton flannel for the back. Once I get it basted with a lightweight cotton batting, I will hand quilt it with Valdani #12 Perle Cotton.

If you are near, I hope you'll stop by and visit me at the Autumn Valley Hook-In in Stillwater, Minnesota on Saturday October 6th...

Wishing you all a wonderful last week of Summer, Laurie

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Are YOU Registered?

Only 2 weeks until my Natural Plant Dyeing for Wool Workshop at Minnetonka Center for the Arts…
are YOU registered?
If not….PLEASE join us…Friday, September 14th from 9:30 til 4
Learn how to dye wool with the rich, earthy colors growing all around us. This class will cover growing, harvesting and preparing both dye materials and wool for truly unique fabrics to use in rug hooking, wool applique, sewing and quilting.

Contact MCFTA at 952-473-7361 x 160 or on the web at minnetonkaARTS.org

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Golden leaves on the boulevard…

While I was away teaching at Sauder Village Rug Week in Ohio…
Summer moved a little closer to Autumn. I can hardly believe it…but this IS a sign of the glory to come!
There were hints of Autumn in the early morning and evening breezes for a week or so before I left…and we saw many trees on the verge of turning on our drive thru 5 states.
And so it’s time to register for Fall Classes…
There is still space in my Folk Art Rug Hooking class beginning Wednesday, September 5th at Minnetonka Center for the Arts
This is an all-level class meeting Wednesdays from 1-4pm

I’ll be teaching a Natural Dyeing class on Friday September 14th

and an Intro to Rug Hooking on Saturday, October 13th.

Call Minnetonka Center for The Arts at 952-473-7361 for more info and to register
Or vist their website at http://www.minnetonkaarts.org

Thanks for visiting ~ Laurie

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bee Runner Finale and Morning Visitor...


One of the HAPPIEST rugs I've ever hooked. I designed Bee Runner as a showcase for the my adventures in natural dyeing.
A much softer palette than my normal work...I'm embracing and loving it!
Linen patterns for Bee Runner will be in the Etsy Shop and on the website later TODAY;)

Well hello...

a morning visit from this 4 Horned Sphinx (Elm) Moth Caterpillar...
Wishing you a lovely Saturday, Laurie

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

My post today is not about fireworks, picnics or parades…
it’s about the magic in my dye pots…

Natural dyeing…or as I prefer to call it Plant Dyeing is a SLOW process, often spanning several days. I want to coax every bit of loveliness nature has to offer out of each plant.

To begin, I mordant the wool in alum and cream of tartar, then wash and dry it to have ready for the gardens bounty. I harvest a bit each day and save until enough for a dye run. A good ratio of plant material to wool is 1:1…so to dye a fat quarter of wool it takes about 3 to 4 ounces of plant material…that’s a lot of blossoms;) The 1st run gives rich, saturated colors. Subsequent runs yield softer values that sometime shift in color. Playing with modifiers often dramatically… magically changes things.


I’ll be back soon with results from run #3

Wishing you a magical, safe and happy 4th
~ Laurie

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Merry Solstice...

A quick peek of what's on my rug frame...
"Thank the Bees" runner...
I'm hooking it with my naturally, plant-dyed wools...
Thank YOU Bees:)

Hope you have a beautiful day...I'm heading back to the gardens!
~Laurie