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Maura Grace Ambrose  quilt maker + natural dyer living my dreams on a hilltop in the woods in the heart of Texas

soon to be bags with @forestbound ✨(feet for scale) 💙dark indigo paired with golden osage💛 #naturaldye

Making bags with Alice @forestbound ~ going to hand deliver them soon💙🖤💙🖤

The art of taking the day off and outdoor lounging✨🌞

inspiration came. catching the sunrise at home. visiting the wild plum tree covered in bees. Still chipping away at my bag collaboration with Alice @forestbound see you soon babe😘

🌻 I am a woman 🌝 hear me be grateful for it all.🌻

Today’s task: mail ordering dye plants (from Sandy Mush Herb in North Carolina). It’s a magical feeling receiving live healthy transplants in the mail. A great tip for those wanting to get started on a dye garden: Madder/ Rubia Tinctoria is an excellent dye plant that grows easily everywhere, it’s perennial, comes back every year, and the roots dye a lovely pink-red-orange✨get it in the ground before your even ready to use it because it takes 3-5 years for the roots to produce color. Something about the wait calms me, I busy myself with more immediate tasks and feel grateful time is at work. I hope it’s the same for you. 🙏 #dyegarden

There’s an art to trimming rabbit toenails. There’s an art to everything.

Holding onto that Oaxaca light. Feeling incredibly thankful for the friendships that have swung open the doors to my love for Mexico. I must return for the food and mescal yes, for the abundant flora and natural beauty yes, but mostly the incredibly kind and talented people that vividly create a brilliant and colorful life using the resources readily available to them. What calls you back to a place you love?

To produce a variety of natural colors with plants, minerals and insects it takes time. Time to learn, time to experiment and time to grow in your practice. @porfirio_gutierrez_y_familia

Our trip to Oaxaca was inspired by friendship and it shines though as we explore and meet new people. We received the warmest welcome from the Gutierrez Familia. Juana Gutierrez Contreras, The Master Dyer spoke of her love for color and the plants that provide them. There’s more to collecting dye plants than gathering, how to gather, how to trim, and how to take care of the plant so it thrives and provides. It’s a symbiotic relationship. @porfirio_gutierrez_y_familia

When a friend from college expresses an interest in making a quilt while on maternity leave, and wishes for naturally dyed fabric, I will provide 💌

Happy Birthday to the deeply talented person behind the lens 📷 @joshgoleman ~ I hope all the positive light and energy you give and create is reflected back to you today, and everyday.✨

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