Saturday, June 13

Texas Earth Notes

I am excited to be teaching in Boerne, Texas, again this fall.

I hope you can join me at the lovely home of our hostess - Laura Roberts of HastyPearl - as we explore the ecodyeing materials found in the hill country outside of San Antonio.

After spending three days with Laura last year, I can tell you that those hills are rich with color for the dye pot!

We pulled amazing prints from leaves found right outside the door.

During the 2-day workshop, we will ecodye fabric and paper using natural materials found on the property, and then stitch them together into a small wool-covered book. We will embellish our covers with bits of vintage fabric and lace, beads, sticks, metal findings and lots of stitches. 

And all through the two days, we will be pampered by the lady of the house, who will provide snacks and drinks, a home-cooked lunch and the best darn ice cream sandwich you will ever eat in your life! (photo by Laura)

We're holding a seat for you! But hurry. Space is limited.

The cost for this two-day workshop is $275. Cost of transportation and accommodations are not included. A list of hotels close to the venue will be sent when your have secured your spot with a $100 deposit. You can send your payment to via PayPal or check to:

Leslie Marsh
919 Saratoga Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

Your final payment will be due by October 1.

There is also a $15 kit fee payable on the first day of the workshop.

For more information, email me at

Saturday, October 18

Earth Notes

I'm just back from a week-long workshop at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. This was the view from the deck there. It was a beautiful location and wonderful workshop.

I taught two classes on ecodyeing with paper and cloth to an awesome group of printers.

Some people even bound their results into books, but most were too captivated by the process of dyeing to quit!

I took a couple of classes too.

One was printing leaves using a brayer. It was a lot of fun, and I printed a LOT of cool paper.

The other was printing precious metal clay using natural material and making molds. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Making a few books too.

Finished my project for Roxanne Evans Stout's book that will be published in the spring. I can't share more than a little sneak peek right now.

Next week I'll be on the road again. Teaching in Texas with Roxanne at our Red Oaks Book Arts workshop. I'm really looking forward to seeing Roxanne and meeting Laura and our students.

Wednesday, October 1

Red Oak Book Arts II

There are a few spots left in the workshop Roxanne Evans Stout and I are teaching in the hill country outside of San Antonio later this month. 

October 24 - 26, participants will be busy making a 3-inch by 4-inch book...

They'll make eco-dyed paper for some pages ...

Roxanne will guide them through embellishing the rest of them.

And Laura's (HastyPearl) glorious home, nestled in these hills, will serve as the gateway to an idyllic palette of color, inspiration and material. She's feeding us lunch too.

For more information, visit here. But, hurry.

Thursday, September 18

Studio Table

Seth, at The Altered Page, has invited readers to share photos of their studio tables today - regardless of the shape they're in. Mine have looked worse, but they've also looked better!

I am fortunate to have a studio with lots of light off the back of my house. There are four tables in that room that generally look something like this . . . or worse. My assistant and I often sit facing each other at this table. It's counter high, which I love, because then I can stand or sit, depending on my mood or the task at hand.

This drafting table sits perpendicular to the table above. It's also counter high. My flexible shaft is attached to the right side, and I drill into the stack of Rio Grande catalogs. Sometimes, I even shop from those catalogs when I'm cleaning out the shavings that accumulate. 
Those large spools of yarn are for a project I hope to take on after the holidays. 
You may notice a crack in the glass of this table. It cracked one winter when I thought it was too cold to solder outside, and that a solderite pad was enough protection. A bad idea for several reasons.

 I love the surface of this old work table, and often use it as a backdrop when I'm shooting photos of projects. Most recently, we used it for sanding and adding patina. It's also a catch-all table when things simply must be removed from the kitchen table because someone wants to eat or something.

Work often spills over onto the kitchen table. Like today. I've blacked out a project that I can't share yet. My phone screen really needs to be cleaned.

This is the garage studio, where we solder, since learning a valuable lesson in cracking the glass on the drafting table. The fan sucks fumes out the open door. Another excellent reason NOT to solder in the house is fumes.

And this is the driveway studio, where we dye paper and fabric using this repurposed turkey fryer! There are a couple of other fryers in the garage, but no need to have the neighbors talking more than they already do!

Head over to Seth's blog for a list of other artists' studio tables shared today.

Monday, September 15

Books and Lambkins

I wasn't a very good blogger this summer.

But here are some of the things I've been doing. Gifts for a bride and groom.

And for my blue-loving granddaughter.

Also, a wearable book for my cousin - the subject in the photo on the book below.

A business card holder for my man's desk.

Making bunnies and lambs. . . 

Out of mink, silk and mohair . . . 

Lots of them.

Just because I wanted a little lamb for newborn photos of my newest grandson. The first one I made was too large, so I missed it, but, I am prepared now!

You can see more of his photos over here.

Monday, September 8

Feeling Lucky

I mentioned in my last post that I was getting ready for a few shows. I'm thrilled to be involved with three Clover Markets this fall. Sunday, September 14, in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, is the first one. I will also be in Ardmore September 28 and November 2. I hope to see you there!

Below are some photos of my booth from the June market.

Saturday, September 6

The colors of fall

I've been dyeing with black walnut leaves.

Experimenting with different papers.

And different processes.

I'm thrilled, really, with the results.

Taking note of the things that work.

And the things that don't work as well.

Gearing up for several shows I'm doing this fall.

And some workshops that I'm teaching.

Trying hard to remember the lessons of my mentor - India Flint.

Patience, Grasshopper.