Playing catch up!

Playing catch up!

I’m busy trying to work on a new website on a different platform.  Will let you know when it’s ready for viewing.  In the meantime…you can keep track of what I’m up to on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.

The Introductory Rug Hooking class I taught on the weekend went well.  The students were naturals and were able to hook quite a bit on their stars.  I look forward to seeing them again and wish them well in their future rug hooking endeavors.

“Escapees” is about to get sidelined for a while.  I am designing a new pattern for my Curves class, where I teach circles, curves, backgrounds, and lettering.  I’ve simplified it considerably.  Now I want to hook a sample and see how it goes.  I transferred two patterns to backing last night – one for myself and one for a potential student.  I’ll hook a bit and then post a photo on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!  I’ll write more later.

I’m on TV!

This morning I had the fun of rising early and going to the CTV station to be interviewed by Alex Brown for “CTV Morning Live”.  Alex is a great interviewer.  It was a great experience and I hope Alex finishes her star this summer.

CTV Morning Live 

I packed up a lot of my work last night, along with tools and supplies, and my various frames, and headed out at about 6:50 AM to arrive just in time at 7:05 AM.  I quickly set up and the first segment started at 7:20 AM!  The two hours went quickly as I basically taught Alex my Introductory Rug Hooking class on and off camera.  I think she did a fine job of learning to hook and I hope she finds time to finish her piece.

For those of you interested, feel free to check my classes offered this summer and fall.  I have a “From Start to Finish” class starting this coming Saturday.  Please let me know by this Wednesday, July 26th, if you’re interested.  I will be taking a one weekend break in the middle of that class to go to Winnipeg and watch my niece swim in the Canada Games.

If you want a shorter introduction, just to see if rug hooking is “your thing”, I will be offering an Introductory Rug Hooking class in September.  You will be hooking the star that Alex hooked, only you get to choose your own colours from the red, green, and yellow shown in the video clip.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Look where I am!!!

Look where I am folks!!!  I’m in Canadian Living magazine’s July issue – Canada’s 150th Birthday issue!  So pleased and happy with Canadian Living staff.  They did a great job.  Short but sweet.  I’ve been tracking the response to the mention this weekend.  It’s looking good so far.  Subscribers to my blog have doubled already.  And views of my website are up.

On top of that we were celebrating Mosaic – Regina’s multicultural festival – and hosting company.  Company was very agreeable to attending Mosaic with us, which was good.  We managed to see 15 out of 20 pavilions this year, along with watching at least part of the show in each pavilion.  It was fun again, as usual.

I’ve also been posting old burlap patterns I bought from my old rug hooking teacher online to sell on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.  Check them out!  Some Bluenose patterns (also posted for sale here under “Patterns”), an old Jane Olson pattern, and a Mildred Sprout pattern.  Also a couple of small stained glass patterns.  I have a couple more patterns to photograph and upload this week.

And I’ve been busy organizing my work for the summer.  I am hooking a small “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” wall hanging at the moment.  Using up scrap pieces of backing in my rug hooking studio.  That will be my fun for the next few days.

Anyone interested in summer classes, now is the time to contact me.  Use the form on my Classes page.  Due to family issues I have had to change the class schedule for the summer and fall.  Please check the current schedule to make sure the class you want is being offered.  If you want a specific class and the time is not working for you, please contact me and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.

This week will see me

  • hooking more,
  • posting more patterns online,
  • adding more product to the website,
  • adding hanging sleeves to some smaller wall hangings,
  • cutting up some wool strips for sale,
  • finishing up my mini-portfolio photo book, and
  • hopefully finding my file folders for my classes!  I’ve managed to lose those…

I hope everyone has a great week!  I’ll check back in with everyone on Friday. 🙂

 

In my studio…

I’m back in my studio after sale day at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.   I actually sold well and had lots of inquiries, but the wind was gusting so badly in the afternoon we had to close up shop early.  Product was hitting the ground.  That was not cool.  So we packed it in and came home.

I’ll have to rethink my plans for next year.  I’m thinking of doing another sale later in the year, after all the inclement weather we seem to get at the CVAF Street Fair.  But we shall see.  The cost of the other sales are quite high…over $200 for a small booth 10’x10’…  I don’t know…  Hubby and I are thinking of alternatives.

Meanwhile, if you were at the sale and planning to pick something up the last hour or so of it, you can contact me through email <jo6865@gmail.com> or phone: 306-737-9950.  If you’re from outside of Canada it’s best to contact me by email.  We can arrange appointments for viewing rug hooking, and purchasing supplies, and materials.  If you are interested in signing up for classes you can check out my classes page here on the website and send me a note through the contact form at the bottom.

I managed to start “Escapees”, my nasturtium wall hanging, at the Street Fair, but honestly the wind was so bad I spent most of my time holding up the display, especially in the afternoon.  Still, I have some of it picked out and ready to go.  I’m nailing down more colours right now.

After coming home and putting away sale stuff, I decided a good cleaning out of the studio was in order.  I’ve spent the last two days on that.  I have a huge garbage bag of stuff to get rid of either by selling or donating, but the bulk of it is done.  I don’t know.  I use a lot of fibre and sell a fair bit, but it seems like the stuff multiplies!  My shelves are full to bursting!

This week I’ll be cleaning more, and finishing up some odds and ends in the studio.  I have a few wall hangings that need hanging sleeves, price tags, and to be uploaded to the website.  I have some narrow strips that need to be cut and put into my extra stripettes bin for future hooking or sale.

I have company arriving the end of the week, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are the annual multicultural festival days in town – Mosaic.  I hope to enjoy both. 🙂

Inspiration Monday – Wascana Creek

We live near a creek beside which the City has kindly placed a walking and biking path.  Every now and then we go out to enjoy it.  Yesterday afternoon was one of those times.  We went on an hour and twenty minutes long walk.  The Creek is a great place to people watch, as well as bird watch.  I took plenty of photos and narrowed it down to this slideshow for my readers to view.

I told Hubby we need to go on more walks the next few weeks.  I’m trying to get in shape for South Korea.  I hear there will be a lot of walking.  Lots to see and do!  And I could use the exercise.

In the meantime, Saturday was the last From Start to Finish class.  I had an excellent student who wasn’t afraid to ask questions and gave quality feedback when I asked.  I really appreciated everything she had to say.  I have revised some areas of the course based on her experiences, and mine.

I cleaned up the dining room and put everything back where it belongs.  My dining room is looking more like a dining room than a rug hooking studio.  It will stay that way until May, when a new set of classes will begin.  Feel free to check out my classes and contact me if you are interested in taking any.

I am still hooking on “Moss”.

My current event is the exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I have two pieces on exhibit: “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass”.

The last Saturday in May, the 27th, will be the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.   It runs from 10 am – 5 pm.  I will be demonstrating and selling work.  I hope to see people there!

 

 

 

Weekly Review – Loose Ends

I am busy preparing for our trip to South Korea in April.  Looking forward to new scenery and meeting friends and new people.  As a result I am tying up loose ends.  I am busy hooking more on “Moss” and hope to finish the hooking before I go.  I’m two thirds finished.

This week I finished preparing for the final From Start to Finish class tomorrow. I have to hook one more sample for me to demonstrate to my student, but that should not take long.

I spent this morning filling an ETSY order.  Just to let people know, I’ll be shutting down my ETSY shop gradually this spring and summer.  People will have to order from here on my website if they want my work, visit the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, or visit me in person at my studio (please contact me for an appointment).  I will maintain my presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  But my main focus will be Facebook and here on www.jeanottosen.ca .  I have nothing against Etsy.  I am just trying to streamline my online business.

I will be changing things around on my blog for awhile to see what works for my readers.  I have had a drop in readership since switching to the new blog.  Not sure what the issue is, but it is a significant drop, so I will be messing with things to see if I can get it back up there.

Hubby and I walked over to the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale opening night Wednesday evening.  It was filled with people!  The exhibit is really good this year.  I encourage people to head over to the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to take a look.  Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant, La Bodega, for a decadent chocolate fondue for two and a cup of tea.

In my studio – Mohair Blanket

A friend gifted me this lovely mohair blanket this week.  Not entirely sure how I’m going to handle it and prep it for hooking.  Any ideas anyone?  It’s a very loose weave.

I finished deconstructing my greys and blacks this week.  It took six hours total.  I have a lot of greys and blacks.  I put them back on the shelf today.

Works in Progress

I’m also back at “Moss”.  It is taking a long time for a variety of reasons.  One has been developing my new website.  Then there was the rewriting of course syllabuses lost in the computer switch over that didn’t happen in the end, earlier this year.  Another is it is a large wall hanging for me at 1′ x 5′.  I am finding it a bit of a challenge staying focused on that large a piece.  Then there’s the colour planning of the piece.  I like the colours well enough, but I’m not sure I’m conveying the image I want with the piece.  But I do plan to finish it.  Hopefully in time for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 27th.

Classes

I had a great class again on Saturday and plan to prepare for another one this coming weekend.  Sorry, I will not be teaching any classes in April.  Instead I will be preparing for, going to, and recovering from a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to the change of scenery for a bit.  Classes will resume Saturday, May 6th with a Finishing class.  If you want to register contact me by April 24th.

Exhibit at the AGR

I dropped off my wall hangings Friday afternoon for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  The show starts Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Regina in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I will be in attendance at the opening from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  As mentioned Friday, those wanting a studio tour please let me know and I can arrange to open my home studio in the evenings for guests.

Talk to you all later.

 

Weekly Review – Upcoming Show

Hi everyone.  This week has been busy.  I have been preparing for an upcoming show and sale.  I relabeled and packaged up “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass” for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I’ll drop them off at the gallery in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre later today.  The show starts March 22nd, 2017 and goes till May 5th.  I’ll be at the opening briefly on March 22nd, which is between 7 and 9 PM.  If you want to meet me there, contact me first to make sure we don’t miss each other.

If you’d like a studio tour while you’re in town for the show, please let me know ahead of time.  I will be away from the studio for two weeks in April.

I also managed to update and write more of a lesson plan for my student this weekend.  I am looking forward to exploring the world of rug hooking with her.

This week I am sorting through my greys and blacks and doing a full deconstruction of wool clothing.  In the past it was partly done, but not wholly.  So now I am cutting off seam finishes, ripping the fabric (pants, jackets, and skirts) down to a size that a cutter will handle easily, and pressing the pieces.  Then I’ll put them away.  This is taking surprisingly longer than I thought it would.  So far I’ve devoted four hours to the greys alone.  I figure I have about that to go.  I have a lot of grey and black fiber.  My goal is to save some space in my storage units.

Hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ll be celebrating with the boarder today.  Hubby is off to a supper with some ex-coworkers to talk shop and do some mentoring.  It’s pizza night here.  Might have to throw in a green salad! 🙂

In my studio…and out – Inspiration

Hi everyone!  This weekend we had a great time, both teaching a class and attending a multicultural festival that greatly inspired me.  I didn’t get away unscathed.  I found some inspiration to purchase!

The Buddhist temple paper cut was actually a gift from the ladies at the Chinese booth.  There were some very delicate paper cuts available there.  The watch was $5 and is actually a gorgeous bracelet.  The Pashmina shawl has a wonderful paisley design I just couldn’t pass up.  The bright green and pink fabric is handwoven by the Chakra people from Bangladesh.  It is beautiful cloth!  The lady selling it suggested I make a traditional skirt out of it.  But I am hesitant to cut into it.  It’s just gorgeous!

So that was my inspiration for this month.

In other news…

  • my class on Saturday went really well.  My student and I colour planned a monochromatic grey, black, and white rug.  Lest you think that’s easy, let me remind you that grey has many different coloured undertones.  You have to have a good eye for shades and tints (value) to colour plan a grey rug properly.  Other “colours” have the same issue.  There are warm and cool versions of all colours.  But some have more undertones than usual…black and grey for sure.  At any rate, we got it done and she is off with lots of cut fibre to hook rug the next couple of weeks.
  • The Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale is coming up.  This week I have to prepare and pack my pieces for the show.  I’ll be taking them “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-Eyed Grass”.
  • I will be preparing for this coming Saturday’s class.
  • I will be hooking on “Moss”.

A reminder that after the end of March my next class will be May 6th and will be a Finishing class.  May 13th is tentatively set as a design class.  The Finishing class is 2 hours long, and the Design class is 3 hours long.  Both Saturday afternoons.  If you can’t make Saturday afternoon class and would like classes, feel free to contact me and we can arrange a mutually beneficial time for a class.

That’s the rug hooking plan so far this week.  Hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for reading! 🙂

In my studio – Dye week!

Hi everyone.   This week is the first dye week I’ve had in a long time.  I’ve been putting off dyeing since Hubby retired last fall.  Now is the time.  I warned the boarder and Hubby and we had a discussion about mealtimes around dyeing time – I do not mix the two!  Our Chinese boarder had to struggle with the English a bit, but once he figured out dyeing meant adding colour to fibre he was okay.  Have to watch how I use the word ‘dyeing’!

I am running out of my bright coloured fabrics.  Lots of the more sombre colours in my stash still, but not so much the bright ones.  Today will be yellows and oranges.  By the end of the week I hope to have some bright colours to showcase in my Friday Weekly Review.

I had a great From Start to Finish class on Saturday, even if it was a bit rushed.  My student learned a lot, and I learned a few things about teaching too!  I am looking forward to this coming weekend’s class, in which hopefully we’ll move at a slower pace.  I am excited to see how my student’s rug progresses.  I love the simplicity of the design already.

Sunday Hubby and I went for a drive to a small community to check out a new restaurant – 641 Restaurant.  We really enjoyed our time there and I took time to take photos for some ideas for rug making.  Lots of cool things there.

A half finished Shortbread Cookie Cream, or some such. It was raspberry and strawberry sauce with lemon curd, whipped cream, and a shortbread cookie. Lots of fresh raspberries and strawberries for garnish! Excellent!

An interesting chandelier…

Another interesting light fixture.

Hubby and I loved these glasses. Easy to handle and easy to drink from.

A funny sign.

I plan to work on “Moss” more this week as well.

I also want to delve into the rug hooking books that arrived last week more.  We’ll see if I have time.

Hoping to have a successful week, and hoping you do too.

 

Weekly Review – Moss and other news

WIP Moss

I hooked a bit more on “Moss” this week.  It’s slow going, but it’s coming along.

I spent this week in preparation for the From Start to Finish class which starts this Saturday.  It is a four week class which includes lessons on idea finding, design, colour planning, technique, and finishing.

New books arrived!  “Designing Handmade Rugs” by Annie Sherburne, “Hooking Animals” by Judy Carter, and “Creative Techniques for Rug Hooking” by Donna Hrkman.  I am enjoying “Designing Handmade Rugs” at the moment.  The author uses a different tool for her hooking.  She uses a Brown’s tool and hooks with a variety of fibres.

Information on the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale arrived.  The Show and Sale is March 22nd to May 5th at the Art Gallery of Regina located in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

In my studio…From Start to Finish

Hi everyone!  This past weekend I had a blast with a lady who took my Curves class.  My pattern didn’t quite work out the way I’d hoped, so I’ll be changing it.  The lettering was too small to hook.  I suggested switching from cursive to block lettering, as that might be more readable.  That’s what I’ll be doing with the future version of this pattern.  Plus, the pattern will simply be made larger, making it easier to hook.  Both my student and I agreed this pattern is good practice for lettering.  If you can hook it this size, any other size will be easy!

Meanwhile, this same student took my Introductory Rug Hooking class two weeks ago and finished the star above.  Didn’t she do a great job for a beginner?!  It still has to be clipped properly.

This coming weekend is the beginning of the Start to Finish class.  It’s a four week long class running Saturday afternoons from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Cost is $300CAD and includes supplies.  For further information contact me and I’ll send out an information email.  This week I’ll be putting the final touches on the course syllabus, picking up supplies, and creating the handouts.

Other than that, I plan to hook more on “Moss”, upload more product to the website, and design more courses.  Oh, and then there’s the business plan.  That will take a lot of work.  I’ve been putting it off.

Weekly Review – Moss, and other things…

Hi everyone!  I’ve been working more on “Moss” this week.  Not much, but some.  I might have just enough of the bright green to finish it.  It is looking better now more of it is done.  I might do a few corrections on it, but mostly that will be to correct the values in the piece.

I’ve been busy preparing for the Curves class this weekend.  I have everything ready for tomorrow.  Here’s hoping we have a great time learning to hook and everything goes smoothly.

 

I’ve also been spending time working on the From Start to Finish class for March (Saturdays 1:30-3:30 PM), and putting together the kit for it.  This is a four week class that includes instruction and materials for an 18″ x 18″ wall hanging or smaller, for $300CAD.  It starts with  idea finding, designing, transferring it to backing, colour planning, hooking, and finishing.  I still have room for two more students if anyone is interested.   Contact me by Monday Feb. 27th using the form below.

In my studio…and out – the Mackenzie Art Gallery

Inuit tapestry weaving on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, SK until April 30th, 2017.

Yesterday Hubby and I headed out for a little inspiration and a bit of a break.  We headed to the Mackenzie Art Gallery here in Regina, SK.  There was a wonderful exhibit of Indigenous Peoples artwork on display!  It is the collection of Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.  If you are in the area I highly recommend going to see it.  There are a lot of different media types represented, including fiber art.  Lots of new and interesting ideas.  Check it out!

Good news!  I was up to pay my entry fee into the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on Friday.  We are IN!  The Street Fair is the last Saturday in May, so I have adjusted my class schedule for that weekend.  I will hold the Onion Skin Dyeing class another weekend.  Looking forward to another fun day at the Fair!

I’m gearing up for my Curves rug hooking class this weekend.  I plan on having a fun time teaching.  I love teaching, though I have been told that I tend to overwhelm at times.  I am concerned my students feel they get what they paid for!  I’d rather give too much information than not enough.  Still, I do have to slow my pace for new rug hookers.  After all, I want them to enjoy rug hooking and come back for more lessons!

Current reading…still working on my business plan, and some online courses.  The courses finish this week and then next week I’ll write the finals for them.  After that I’m taking a break and spending more time rug hooking!  I will finish “Moss” yet!  I am hoping to have it done before we leave for South Korea in April.  Then it would be ready for display at the CVAF Street Fair.

Weekly Review – Exhibits & Sales

 

I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales.  I’ve applied for two so far.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales.  I’ll fill you in when I learn more.

I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.

I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.

I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday.   I have also written more on my course outlines.

I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan.  One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee.  I’ve used these two books before with considerable success.  So I’m not really starting from scratch.  Just planning what to do this year.

I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art.  The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read.  However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall.  I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.

Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer.  The rugs in the photos are beautiful!  She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs.  I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine.  Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing.  An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.

In My Studio – Rug Hooking Classes

 

I had a great Introductory Rug Hooking class Saturday with a couple of wonderful women.  It was a good time getting to know each other while getting to know a new craft.

Next class is February 25th and is a Curves class that teaches how to hook curves, circles, letters, and backgrounds. If we have time we’ll learn to hook bubbles too.  I have space for two more students in that class.  Class runs on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at my studio and requires you bring basic equipment and very basic knowledge of rug hooking (ie. how to hook a straight line and points).  I will provide a fibre kit for you to hook – “Beauty”, as seen above.  The pattern will be slightly enlarged at 7.5″ x 8″ to make it easier for beginners to hook.  You will be learning how to transfer a pattern to backing as well.

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I finished scan reading “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by McDermet, Manges, and Tobias.  It has detailed instructions for creating beautiful braided edges and rugs, as well as instructions for rug hooking.  Excellent job ladies!  I highly recommend this book for people interested in adding braiding to their repertoire of techniques.

I also scan read “The Rug Hook Book” by Thom Boswell.  It has a good section on the history, followed by samples of work from well known rug hookers.  He then gives explicit directions on what you need and what to do.  The rest of the book contains patterns you can copy and hook.  This is a good book for beginner to intermediate rug hookers.

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As for this week’s plans…

  • back in my studio hooking on “Moss”,
  • working on more ideas for the website,
  • uploading more product on the website,
  • preparing for the Curves class on the 25th,
  • writing more class outlines, and,
  • now it’s February, it’s time I got a move on and developed my business plan for the year!

Hope everyone is having a great day today! Enjoy your week! 🙂

 

Weekly Review

Spent some time preparing for my class of beginners on Saturday.  Have the table all set and ready to go! 🙂

I also spent time writing the outline for a design class.

Finished reading “Ageless Entrepreneur” by Fred Dawkins.  A good book told in narrative style.  It turned out the emphasis was on creating businesses to support startups.  It encouraged young and old to work together to build off the strengths of each age group, and to take away the weaknesses of each age group.  I know from first hand experience that this is a good idea.  The tech knowledge of the younger generation has been a great help to me.  And their enthusiasm to get things done has really lifted my spirits.   I love working with them!   A good and easy read.

 

In my studio…

Hi everyone! I’m back at it today.  I’ve been busy creating my Design 101 class.  The maiden voyage of the class will be March 11th.  It’s a 3 hour class with theory and activities.  Lots to organize and do by then.

I’m back at “Moss” this week.  I’m half waiting for the weather to warm up so I can open the windows and start dyeing again.  I think I’m going to need more bright greens.

I’m enjoying “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  It’s a very readable book, once you get past the introduction.  Loving all the photos of folk art too.

I also started reading “Ageless Entrepreneur”.  So far it’s been an interesting read too.  The concept is on being a creative entrepreneur and everyone being their own boss these days.  The author thinks we all need to brand ourselves as a business entity, even if we work for a corporation or government.  He thinks we really work for ourselves, no matter where we work.  It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this line of thinking.

 

I am also looking more in-depth at “The Rug Hook Book” by Thomas Boswell (this is a re-read) and “Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding” by McDermet, Manges, and Tobias.

I am all geared up for the  Introductory Rug Hooking class this coming weekend.  We’ll be hooking a star mat similar to the photo at the top of this post.

Next class is Feb. 25th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and is my Curves class.  I will teach curves, circles, lettering and backgrounds in that class.  I also have a handout on hooking bubbles for that class.  The Curves class practice piece is Beauty.   I’ve enlarged it a bit to make it easier for beginners to hook.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Take care all.  It’s been snowing like crazy here.  Hope the rest of you are having nice weather.

Weekly Review

I just finished reading Michael Bird’s “Canadian Folk Art: Old Ways in a New Land”.  It’s a good brief introduction to Canadian folk art, complete with wonderful glossy paged photos of some nice examples.  Now I’ve moved onto a much thicker book “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by John Fleming and Michael Rowan.  I’m really enjoying it too, but taking it a bit slower.  There is a lot to digest in this one.

I also found another book at the library entitled “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias.  What a feast for the eyes!  I had no idea you could do the things with braiding that were done for that book!  Some beautiful examples of work. There are also detailed descriptions and explanations as to how to achieve the many different looks.  I plan on delving a bit deeper into the book this coming week.

Other than that I continue to work on rewriting my course syllabuses.  If you’ve checked the menu at the top of the page you’ll notice there is a tab for classes.  If you are interested in a class, but aren’t sure, be sure to contact me for further information.  I can give you an idea of the topics covered in each class.

I’ve also been hooking more on “Moss” this week.

For those of you waiting to see if my shipping has been sorted out yet, it has.  It is now safe and secure to pay and have items shipped across Canada and the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.

I am thoroughly enjoying the work of my website developer and delighted she has sorted out my shipping mess for me.  Stay tuned for further changes/additions to the website.

Monday Meanderings

WIP – “Moss”

I am still working away at “Moss”, and I am still reconstructing my class syllabuses from their loss trying to shift them from one laptop to another.  This time I’ve backed them up on our cloud drive AND on flash drive.  I finished rewriting my “Introductory Rug Hooking” and “Curves” class, plus their handouts.  Next up is to finish the “Start to Finish” class.

I found out I was too eager in decluttering my books last year, and managed to declutter a book I need to redevelop one of my courses.  I am checking online sources to see if I can find it fairly cheap.  I can find it cheap, but the shipping is horrendous!  I haven’t exhausted my possibilities locally yet.  I’m hoping to check used bookstores for it this week.

Work continues on this website.

I’ve been very busy with three online courses that are taking up more time than I anticipated.  However all is good.  They are good courses.

Weekly Review

I have a copy of Kris Miller’s “Introduction to Rug Hooking” in my hands today.  I found it at our local library.  It’s a great book Kris!  Thank-you for putting the essentials of rug hooking so well in words and photos.  If you’re a beginner I highly encourage you to check out your local library and see if you can find Kris’ book.  If not, check Amazon or her website – Spruce Ridge Studios.  Kris covers history, tools, materials, and techniques in her book.  A very clear description and a great read.  Thanks for writing it Kris!

Had an interesting week business wise.  I wrote up two of the ten courses rather quickly.  But then realized I had given one of my crucial books for developing my Finishing 201 course away!  Hmmm…I’m in the process of re-purchasing that.  I am also halfway done rewriting the From Start to Finish course.

I decided that, what with this situation and taking three online courses at the moment, I needed outside help with my website.  So I hired a website developer to look things over and come at me with ideas.  She did.  We talked for over an hour.  She has some great ideas.  I look forward to seeing the changes that will make my website more functional and appealing.  Please note, the first thing she did was to make the site fully secure.

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UPCOMING CLASS!!!

I am offering an Introductory Rug Hooking class on Feb. 11th, from 1:30-3:30 PM here in Regina, SK, Canada.  I have one space left.  If you’re interested contact me by Monday, Jan. 30th, and I can give you further details.

This two hour class covers a lot of ground.  The primary goal is to teach you simple rug hooking of straight lines and points.  The secondary goal is to give you some time trying out different supplies and materials and seeing what you like to use best before buying.  We’ll also be talking a bit about the history of rug hooking, different tools and materials, where to find them, how to prepare a backing for hooking, and a simple way to finish  your piece.

You use my tools and equipment for the class.  If you want to buy afterwards you can, but you don’t have to purchase from me.  The class costs $75 CAD + the kit costs $25 CAD.  The kit is a 6″ square star mat that can be used as a home decoration item.  You can find samples here.  You have a choice of two of three colors (red, green, and yellow) for the mat – one for the background and one for the star.

These classes are full of learning and fun.  Let me know if you’re interested and come to learn how to rug hook!

Better Late Than Never!

Well after my Fantastic Friday I had a terrible, horrible, rotten, no-good day yesterday.  I discovered that my rug hooking course syllabus files on my computer had disappeared.  Where to we don’t know.  But they are gone.  I’ve checked for print copies – zip.  I’ve checked for back ups on flash drives and external hard drives – zip.  Old laptop and new laptop – zip.  So I’ve been madly rewriting my courses.  So frustrated right now!  But I learned my lesson.  Always, always, always, have back ups, and back ups of back ups.

I am thankful I found out though.  I wouldn’t have found out if someone hadn’t contacted me about classes I was offering this winter.  This will slow things down a bit, but I should be able to get up to speed in a week or so.  I do have rough outlines I did many years ago.  It is a case of extracting information and putting it in the right course at the right level.

Then today we had other issues with my new laptop.  I ended up returning it.  I’ll wait till later this spring and buy another Apple product.  It’s been quite the 48 hours!

“Moss” is coming along fine.  Though it will be put on the back burner until the courses are sorted out again.  I hope to work some on it this week.  The warmer weather here is giving me the dyeing bug though.  I so want to play more with my ProChem dyes.

Have a great day everyone! 🙂

Fantastic Friday!

Hi everyone!  Today is nice and warm.  We are taking a break from our usual cold winter weather and sporting a lovely 0 degrees Celsius this afternoon!  Hubby and I went for a walk, as we have every day this past week.  The weather this week has been fantastic!

I’ve been busy studying and reading about folk art.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the origins of folk art, seeing as that is what my work is described as, and the various expressions of other folk artists.  I am, in particular, interested in the Canadian scene.

I dropped off my application to be part of the Art Gallery of Regina show and sale this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing what other local artists have been doing come March when the show opens.

I have had a request to offer another rug hooking class.  If anyone is local or interested in attending, please let me know.  I will be taking up to five students in my home for lessons.  Right now I have yet to decide the topic of the class.  So if you have a preference now is the time to give input!

Aside from the above, I am still hooking on “Moss”.

Weekly Review

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It’s been a busy week.  I finished the hanging systems for Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.  Hubby hung them on the wall for me.  They are now up for sale folks!

Sprouts is 6″ x 36″ and $225 CAD + shipping.  Blue-eyed Grass is 7″ x 36″ and $260 CAD + shipping.  Shipping via UPS runs about $75 CAD.  All pieces are insured for shipping.  Both pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity as well.  Also, the hanging system (dowel) is included.

I had a delightful lady in Wednesday afternoon for a finishing class.  She is doing a wonderful job with her rug hooking and I hope to see her again soon.

I managed to package up Prairie Sky, the large version, and ship it off to its new owner.  Hopefully it will arrive safely.

I’ve been updating my business books as well.

AND, last, but not least, I actually cleaned up my studio!  I sorted out a mess of worms (small leftover strips of fibre).  I am feeling the need to do a scrappy wall hanging.  Hmm…will have to think about it.

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