Kolrosing, and some rude puns

Kolrosing is one of those great “peasant” crafts in which you can get amazing results with a bare minimum of supplies. Basic form – seal the wood, incise a line in the wood, rub in bark dust or soot, then sand and wax to hold the colorant in.

I’ve got a nice Pinewood Forge kolrosing knife, but you can use a chip-carving knife or an X-acto. Cinnamon is technically bark dust, and super easy to find; powdered instant coffee works too, or a bit of tree bark rubbed over sandpaper. This spoon is a birch “disposable” spoon you can find in bulk on Amazon, for a test piece, but the technique works on any piece you have in mind.

Not saying the technical skill displayed here is amazing – but I am certainly tickled at my own pun.

Lampwork Leaves and Feathers

After a work trip to San Antonio afforded enough free time for a lampwork class with Sam Hibler, I’ve really been enjoying making beads again.

Glass has been a summer thing for me – as winter temps in my garage have been cold enough to thermally shock stringer into bits from the heat¬†of my hand picking it up. Summer of course has many competing activities – such as battling the thistle colonies left behind by the previous owners of my house – and I don’t think I got to beads at all, last summer. The serendipitous class time in a well-arranged, safe studio with an established library of techniques was a nice kickstart to me doing things on my own again.

(Stealing the crockpot to heat up my insulating vermiculite has also made a difference in the number of surviving beads.)


From a March 2019 Soda Lime Times tutorial on feathers: not especially GOOD work, but a heck of a lot of fun, and great practice in encased stringer and its applications.

  • Oak leaves in CIM Toto, Moccasin, and Effetre Apple Blush, with That Frit Girl “Hare and the Tortoise” unexpectedly-reducing frit
  • Acorn headpins in the same, still missing caps
  • Feathers in CIM Aloha, Poison Apple, Envy and Effetre Dark Ivory


Maynard Plaza quilt

I forget how much I like my quilts when I give them away immediately after finishing!


This is “Maynard Plaza”, a throw-size pattern by Esch House Quilts. Made as a wedding present.


The windows are a Quilt-Con pack of Kona from several years back. Background is Kona Kale. Backing is a teal wave from a local quilt shop.