I finished Sketchbook Revival 2022 and embarked on a clean up and reorganization of my studio this week. I finally parted with a box of old original artwork. I hope the thrift stores we donated to recognize the value of what they have and can actually earn some money from it for a good cause. At any rate things are looking a lot better. My main objective was to get my art supplies out in the open so I can easily grab them to use them!
I also managed to repair one of the old rugs I purchased in February and placed it on the studio floor. It was going to go under the tables in the sitting area, but I was very nervous of having it under the coffee table and chair legs. Plus the design would be hidden. So I pulled it out into the middle of the floor.
I also worked on my South Korean appliqué quilt this week. I have eleven blocks finished, and am working on the twelfth. I’m trying to decide if I want to go any larger. It’s a lot of work and I really would prefer to rug hook.
To that end, I decided to buy my own scanner and printer. I picked up my scanner last week. My printer has to be brought in from Toronto and won’t arrive until this week at the earliest. I used the scanner and photo editing software to scan, enlarge and print my largest Parker’s Cove pattern. I did it the hard way. A friend later told me the easy way!
I am working my way through “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron for the third time in my life. I do it, but with a few modifications. It takes time to do. The tasks and exercises are often time and energy consuming. However, it is worthwhile to do it once every five to ten years…to refresh my memory and see where I’m at…how I’ve progressed.
I attended several crafting events last week. Wednesday I attended three! In the morning I got together with some crafty family members and friends online to chat and craft. That’s when I work on my appliqué quilt.
Wednesday afternoon I got together on Zoom with a group of rug hookers. This week I worked on repairing the large vintage rug I purchased.
Wednesday evening was special. I was at an online event hosted by Beth Miller on her Mighty Networks site, Paris House Creative Community. It was a Q&A on book proposals and publishing. It was very helpful and informative.
I’m really enjoying Beth’s Mighty Networks site, and encourage you to check it out! It’s an inspiring and encouraging place to be. Topics are not only about rug hooking, but also soap making, beekeeping, chicken raising, cooking, knitting, etcetera. There is a lot of variety, especially if you start a thread or sign up to attend a Zoom event.
Thursday I reorganized the studio in the morning and hosted a rug hooking friend there in the afternoon. She had some good ideas on reorganization. I finished repairing the large vintage hooked rug and placed it on the floor. Then switched to designing the layout for my appliqué quilt.
Friday I attended a Zoom rug hooking group in the afternoon. I cleaned my studio more while chatting with the other rug hookers. Towards the end of the meeting I took them on a virtual studio tour.
Last week was business taxes as well. I have those finished and in to the accountant. Now I’m just filing receipts.
I am not sure what this week holds. It may be time for a bit of a slower pace. I have some other projects to work on that don’t involve rug hooking. I need to sit down and prioritize.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!