Maura Ambrose, the woman behind Folk Fibers, is a thriving part of the revival of American Handmade goods. She attended Savannah College of Art & Design and studied Textile Design and Fiber Arts (not unlike my studies in Fibers and Fashion design!). Now based in Austin, Texas, Folk Fibers is best known for its beautiful handmade quilts, though she makes quilted and Shibori dyed pillows as well, and has garnered attention from the likes of Martha Stewart American Handmade last year.
Maura hand dyes her fabrics using organically grown or foraged natural substantive dyes such as Indigo, Cochineal, and Onion Skins. Using substantive dyes means she can forgo chemicals to set the color. She pairs her dyed fabrics with other vintage and new fabric, all 100% natural fibers. The results are exquisitely stitched, vibrant, heirloom pieces. Every quilt is sent to its new home in a cedar box, too.
Today’s post makes me want to jump back into my latest in-progress quilt. I love finding inspiration in other craftspeople’s work and Maura is indeed a design and entrepreneurial inspiration!