A road trip across America compelled Maura to begin quilting and soon after she started Folk Fibers. She hoped Folk Fibers would be a line of quilted products that are “centered on community and reviving, sharing and teaching of heritage crafts”. Her goal is to share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting - here is your opportunity to learn from her, see the plants she grows and create a quilt to send a kid to camp - a communal learning workshop for a great cause.
Maura organically grows, harvests, and forages for natural dyes around Austin with a focus is on "substantive dyes" also know as direct dyes, such as indigo, cochineal, walnut hulls, and onion skins and other natural plants which do not harm the environment. This past year she cultivated 525 Japanese indigo plants.
She is a artist and master quilter who harvests her natural dyes from her very own dye garden, has worked with Levi’s to create one of a kind quilts from their recycled jeans, has been featured in Country Living, interviewed by Ginny Branch and featured on Design*Sponge, and hand-crafted a collection of heirloom quilts for terrain.
This workshop is based on the communal nature of the quilting, in it you will learn the skills to dye fabrics with natural dyes, the quilting process and stitch together an entire "log cabin" quilt in 3 days.
Maura Grace Ambrose was educated in Textile Design + Fiber Arts, at Savannah College of Art & Design. Maura worked for a few years in preschools, on a couple organic farms, and then spent some time traveling America.
Her goal is to share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting. She uses natural dyes to dye some of the fabrics used in the making of
her quilts and is faithful to using 100% natural fibers; they feel
better and live longer.
Her passion for quilting is rooted in the love and beauty achieved from hand stitching. .
• 3 day workshop with Maura Grace Ambrose
• 4 nights at a private home in Austin, Texas
• 4 breakfasts
• 3 lunches
• 2 dinners including a special barbecue with Maura Grace Ambrose and her husband Chap.
• Snacks + beverages during the workshop
• Most supplies for quilt are included: sashiko needles / thread / thimbles / hand dyed fabric / organic cotton batting
*You are asked to bring a sewing machine.
Workshop with accommodations, meals + supplies is limited to 8 participants.
Workshop only limited to 4 participants.
Workshop only participants fees include supplies, breakfasts, lunches, some dinners and all snacks + beverages.
Workshop with accommodation
Fee: $1195.00 - airfare is not included (based on double occupancy)
Deposit: $600.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed.
Final Payment of $595.00 due August 10, 2013
$775.00 - Full payment is due when registration is accepted for workshop only participants.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - please know you can make it before your registration.
Folk Fiber quilts are for sale - click on quilt above to be directed to the collection.