Sunday, August 23

Nature Bound - Omaha, Nebraska

I hope you can join me in Omaha, Nebraska, October 17 and 18 when I teach Nature Bound at The Makery. We'll be making a 4" by 3" soldered Coptic bound book with ecodyed pages, but the techniques you learn will arm you to make books of all sizes. 

We will focus on ecodyeing paper to use in our books, but your kit will include a piece of wool felt to be ecodyed and sewn into a bag to hold your finished book. (You can see the little bags beneath books in the upper right and lower left corners of the flyer above.)

Workshop hours are Saturday from 10 - 5 and Sunday 12 - 3. You will be on your own for food, but there are several choices in the area.

Your kit is included in the cost of the workshop and will contain everything you need to complete your book. The cost of transportation and accommodations are not included. A list of hotels close to the venue will be sent when you have secured your spot. You can send payment to via PayPal or contact me for an address to mail a check.

The cost for this two-day workshop is $265.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 5

ABC in New York

 We went up to New York last weekend. Every time I go, I think that I should go more often, and then it's years before I do.
Last weekend was beautiful, and we walked all over Manhattan.

I met my friend, Elizabeth, on Saturday, and she gave me a tour of her section of town. You may know Elizabeth from one of her blogs. She has several, and she was a great tour guide.

Our first stop was ABC Carpet, and you may think that was the only place we went, because the rest of these photos were all taken there.

There are so many cool things in that store. I had never been before.

It may have been my first trip there, but it definitely won't be my last.

We also went to the Union Square Green Market, but I didn't take any photos there.

And the Chelsea Market. Nope. No photos there either.

And the High Line. I took a couple of a photos there, but they really didn't capture the feel of the place, so you won't see them here.

The first photo in this post was taken from Elizabeth's rooftop garden. It was spectacular up there.

So, enjoy these views of ABC Carpet, and if you're ever in New York, stop in. You won't be sorry!

Thursday, July 30

Rose Villa Book Workshop

Last month I was delighted to teach a book class in Michigan with Roxanne Evans Stout. You may know her from her blog River Garden Studio. If you aren't familiar with her work, head over. I'll wait.

I've known Roxanne for years, and I've been a fan of her beautiful nature work, her prose and her gentle ways for all of them. She is full of inspiration and so generous with it!

We had a full house at Rose Villa in the charming little town of Laingsburg. It was like a large slumber party with 12 creative friends!

Roxanne led participants through a wealth of page treatments and techniques, while I focused on the book's structure and ecodyeing some of the paper for the inside of their books. 

Our days were filled to the brim with creativity and excitement and sharing.

We went out to Kip's farm on Day 3 to gather leaves for ecodyeing. Karrie took advantage of the beautiful day. I have a feeling that she doesn't let a single opportunity for joy get past her.

Ecodyeing was a big hit with the ladies. It always is!

At the end of our time together . . . 

I'm happy to say . . . 

That every . . . 

single . . .

book was finished! Everyone finished a small, Coptic-bound book as well.

And tons of other beautiful things!

(This isn't all of the books, of course. A few folks got away before I thought to bring out my camera!)

Kip and Camille - our hostesses - were wonderful. They even brought in a masseuse for Roxanne and me on Day 4! It was greatly appreciated!

Two weeks after our workshop, Sharon (above) drove out from Michigan with her husband and took the workshop by herself at my studio in West Chester! This was after seeing the work that one of the participants completed in class. 

You can check out Tina's review of the workshop here. She took a lot more photos than I did! Thanks, Tina.

And see some of the work done on pages on Roxanne's blog here.

It was a wonderful week, and one I'll remember fondly forever.

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

This workshop is full. Thank you, and check back for others!

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.