I promised y’all a post on Friday, and here it is Saturday evening! I’ve been busy and wiped by turn. This past week has been busy.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook will have seen the cushion covers I finished this week. I knit the cream coloured ones as the front and back of a pullover sweater for myself. They are from Handcrafter Cotton. I had to resize the sweater to fit, and design my own sleeve pattern. That’s where I stopped many years ago. So I decided enough is enough. I did not want to finish the sweater and I liked the colour to go in my living room. Into two cushion covers it went! A friend gave me some fabric for backing.
What really started me going was the desire to finish the cushion covers from the pieces I knit last January (2020). This yarn is a gorgeous soft bamboo. I used the same fabric to back these as the previous cushions.
Having finished cushions, I turned my eye towards rug hooking. I watched Tracy Jamar’s retrospective of her work over the last twenty years and really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed my time with Donna Mulholland and the other ladies on Thursday.
I finished “Autumn” while on Zoom with Donna, et al, but I’m not showing it here until I’m satisfied with it. If you want to see it in its current condition you’ll have to check Jean Ottosen Studios on Instagram or Facebook. I’m not happy with it and plan to change it until I am.
I then turned to home reorganization and decluttering. A friend came over Friday afternoon and evening to help. She has very good spatial sense. I was impressed. I’ve only had to change a few things since she left.
Today I went for a walk with my walking buddy. We just started walking regularly this week. It’s been very good for me. I hope it is for her too.
I’ve also been exploring new recipes with my new Instant Pot. It’s been illuminating, and yummy!
Well,, that’s been my week in a nutshell. I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, but I did finish the cushion project. One baby step at a time!
Hi everyone! I have made some moves in planning more crafting this weekend. I definitely took a good long break over the holidays. This week I will be off sewing cushion covers with a friend. Time to change up the cushions in my living room and bedroom. I’m also contemplating seat pads in the eating area of our kitchen. Now if I were smart I’d be hooking all these! But I need these, like yesterday, and have more hooking plans on the horizon.
I’ll also be attending Tracy Jamar’s Zoom talk through In The Studio on how she went from there to here in her hooking. I am curious about her work and her transition when she downsized, as I am in that position myself.
I’ll also be attending a show and tell with another group of rug hookers via Zoom. Donna Mulholland will be demonstrating how she finishes or stretches her pieces over a frame. Should be fun!
I received some homework questions from Nadine Flagel for Workshop Week, which is Feb. 1st – 5th. I’m looking forward to getting in the groove again. I’ve signed up for three classes.
I still have two hooked pieces I want to finish – Autumn and my South Korea rug.
As for my reorganization efforts, I finished the spice cabinet.
Then worked on clearing my counter. Here is a before picture:
Here is an after photo:
Finally! I can see the back of the counter!
Then I emptied my linen closet and moved all my fibre dyeing equipment and supplies, and most of my dye books, into it. I had about $30 CAD worth of help from Dollarama in the form of portable shelving and lidded bins. I’m going try and get decent photos for you. Here it is from two angles – a dye kitchen in a 24” linen closet!
It is a lot of work settling into a new home. But it’s also very satisfying when you find a good home for the things that matter. I had hoped to do my dyeing separate from the food kitchen, in my laundry room. However someone had other plans for the laundry room. Thankfully I use fairly safe dyes and follow strict dyeing procedures!
Well that’s my current update. It’s a busy week and I better get at it! Have a great week everyone!
Hi everyone! I had lots of rest this past weekend. Guess I needed it. Today I’m back and eager to get back at things.
I finished sewing on hanging sleeves and Hubby hung the Old Tyme Scrappy quilt on the wall. I hemmed my jeans. I’m done the face mask order. I’m almost finished Autumn. I’m hand sewing the binding on the Trip-Around-The-World quilt.
The cushion cover is a bear I have to face this week. It’s a mess and I have to rip about one quarter of the blanket stitch out. I also have to fix the rip in the back. Sigh. Have you ever had one of those projects where nothing seems to be going right? Well this is one of mine.
Once all those are done I want to get back to my South Korea roof tile end caps wall hanging. Hubby already has a place he wants to hang it. I’m a bit miffed with myself that it’s taken a whole year to complete one medium sized wall hanging. But I have done many things besides it, including a major move in April. While I had it on backing and started in January, I was living in someone else’s home and didn’t want to overtake it with exploding boxes of fibre. I did for a while anyways, the few days I searched for fibre for the piece, but I quickly packed it all away. I found my accommodations more suited to knitting and quilting small pieces. I worked on a gorgeous appliqué quilt pattern while there! Which reminds me I still have a couple of knitted cushion covers and the appliqué quilt to finish.
Lots of projects to finish! Looks like I’m going to get some time to do them. Nova Scotia’s Covid-19 cases are rising again and we’re limited to our five person bubble. I’m staying home for the most part, and working on my projects.
If you’ve been reading, thanks! And have a productive week everyone!
Of mice and men often go awry.” (Robert Burns, adapted from “To A Mouse”) .
You know I planned all that sewing and rug hooking this week. Well, we had a wee surprise. A good friend out west lost her job and is struggling emotionally right now. She booked a one way ticket to Halifax to visit us without consulting us in advance.
She is not native to Canada and her grasp of English is not great. She has never lost a job before and is down because of it. We explained the Atlantic Bubble and that she’d have to do 2 weeks quarantine in the basement. We had to phone our doctor, the local 811 Covid-19 line, and check a few websites to see what is required.
Out of an abundance of caution my hubby and I have decided to self isolate at the same time as her…just in case. She arrives next weekend.
So instead of sewing and rug hooking I’ve been running around town with Hubby buying stuff to make our basement suitable for self sufficient living. We bought a small freezer because our upright one hasn’t arrived yet. We’re looking at purchasing a mini fridge, microwave and kettle as well. It’s going to be Air BnB status by the time we’re done! 😂
Because there’s no closet in the guest room we spent an entire morning in IKEA trying to find something suitable. Hubby spent yesterday afternoon and this morning building it. Looks great!
I’ve been listing items for sale on Kijiji. I may list elsewhere. I’m getting little to no response there.
To complicate matters we already had company planned for the weekend our friend decided to come. So we quickly talked to them and they, thankfully, adjusted their plans to miss her. We still have a couple of dinner engagements to bow out of during the quarantine time.
We’ll be rearranging our home to make room for her. I won’t have access to my studio for 2 weeks, as it’s in the basement. So my iMac and rug hooking will have to come upstairs. Hubby and I are trying to figure out where to put things.
My other friends and family members are not impressed. But I understand our friend needs a place to heal right now.
In sewing news, I’ve started the face masks. They are looking good. I hope to be finished by Monday.
In rug hooking news, I’ve started hooking the letters in the Autumn wall hanging from Beth Miller’s Workshop Week class. It’s slow going.
This weekend I worked on my hooked mat from Beth Miller‘s class last week. Here’s how far I’ve come to date. I changed the way the words sit on the pattern to make them more readable
Friday we had our new TV installed. We’ve been without a TV for over a year now. I took the opportunity to watch Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Thursday Live You Tube video. I also watched Textile Talks: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafil, A Creative Conversation. It was wonderful! I found out about the Textile Talks during Workshop Week last week. My TV and I will be busy the next while.
I have some sewing that needs doing. I am sewing face masks for some relatives this week.
I am also sewing a gift for my one remaining nephew who didn’t get one yet, from his Grandpy’s LL Bean shirts (see the moose appliqué at the top of this post). Grampy passed away a couple of years ago and somehow this one nephew fell through the cracks. I managed to sew something for the other 27 people, but this young man was difficult to get ahold of during that time. You can find a video of this project under The Shirt Project May-June 2018 on my YouTube channel – Jean Ottosen.
I also have a quilt I started when I was seventeen to work on. That was a long time ago. I was up to a friend’s this morning for her help in cutting off a border that just wasn’t working. It will make the quilt smaller, but it will still be a memory quilt for me. I hand quilted 2” squares together in the Trip-Around-The-World pattern from sewing remnants of family dresses, shirts, pyjamas, nightees, etc. While at my friend’s we also prepared and cut the binding for the quilt. I am much happier about the quilt now. This week I hope to attach the binding to the quilt.
As you can see, the bulk of this week will be sewing. However, in the rug hooking arena I am going to be watching Nadine Flagel’s In The Studio talk on Wednesday afternoon. I’m looking forward to hearing her approach to rug hooking. I’m also going to be exploring some art and rug hooking links online. I’ll let you know what I find of interest.
This afternoon I had a visitor from the Kingfisher Rug Hooking Guild in Halifax. We had a great time chatting. She shared where all the hook-ins normally are in our area. Covid has shut a lot down for now. She was very encouraging. It was great visiting with another hooker!
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Hi everyone! It’s been an exciting week full of learning, struggle, and fun. I took three very different classes during the In The Studio Workshop Week, and was impressed with all of them. I took Karen Miller’s Travel Design course and came away with more ideas for my South Korean mats.
I was hesitant to take Beth Miller’s Here and Now Words and Fibre course because I don’t really read poetry, much less write it. But she was very flexible and forgiving. I wondered if I could use it with my children’s poetry and after her approval I gave it a try. I found a “here and now” image that means a lot to me. It’s the view out our living room window about a week ago, with trees blazing set off against a bright blue sky, and my favourite cup of tea on the table, waiting for me to sit down to surf the Net on my iPad or read a book. I was surprised by how quickly this piece came together and how fast I was able to hook it.
Yesterday I stretched myself. I took Meryl Cook’s class. It was hard but good for me. I am a very practical person. Meryl’s class caused us to look deep inside ourselves for design ideas. I have Meryl’s book and I’m working more from it after the class. I was not Meryl’s star student I’m afraid. Sorry Meryl. The class was great for getting me thinking though. I love learning about the different approaches people take to rug hooking! It is energizing to be around other rug hookers learning something new.
Wednesday evening was a great hook in with some lovely ladies. Friday night was the final panel discussion. I loved all the links and resources that came from the week.
I understand Karen Miller will be organizing another Workshop Week in the future. I plan on being there. It was a great week ladies! Thank-you to all the teachers and others who made it possible.
Are you ready? Or more accurately, am I ready? Today marks the first class in the In My Studio Workshop Week for me. I’m excited to be in Karen Miller’s Travel class. I have several sketches from my South Korea trip to work with, and several photos otherwise. I’m looking forward to learning her process for taking an idea to pattern to finished piece.
I finally finished the centre of the South Korean wall hanging! Now I’m onto the border. Last Thursday I dyed some fibre with a friend. Last evening I finished off the dye job. Hopefully these colours will work with the rest of the wall hanging.
I also checked in with the local spinning group via Zoom and spent time at my wheel spinning some gorgeous alpaca. This will not be going into a hooked piece. It will be used for knitting. It is spinning up very fine. Just right for some lace knitting.
I hope this finds everyone well and safe, and looking forward to the week. If you have been, thanks for reading. ❤️
Hi everyone! I thought I’d do an update on the studio makeover. The main part of my studio is ready. However we are storing stuff in it until the basement guest room cum family room cum classroom is completed. The paint is drying as I type!
I’ve been working in my new studio, enjoying it for a couple of months now. It has been a great space to work! I have projects strewn everywhere. I could wish for improved lighting still. But the LED overhead lights are a great start. I wish I had some kind of track lighting to light up my gallery walls. I have two gallery walls at the moment, and hope to have a third before too long.
Check out my current photos. It’s a bit messy because of all the work going on here, but it functions for me. That is good!
My current projects are:
an appliquéd moose wall hanging or cushion cover for my nephew, in memory of his grandfather. I’m not sure which will be better for him.
Fixing a hand quilted quilt I started when I was seventeen. We won’t say how long ago that was!
Dyeing the border colors for my South Korean roof tile end caps wall hanging,
preparing for Workshop Week next week, and
getting the guest room stuff out of my studio!
Hoping to get considerable movement done on these in the next couple of weeks.
Happy Friday everyone! This week was short, but productive. I’ve been busy reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. I wrote down everything I had in my mind that needed doing, then created a project list from the things I needed to focus on, and then a next actions list for the list of things to do. I’m swamped! I’m also loving it! But I can’t take on anymore.
I’ve also been working on my South Korean roof tile end cap wall hanging. It’s slow going, but looking better these days. A friend was over to help me pick out fibre for the border. I will be doing some dyeing and overdyeing.
We also went through the poetry wall hangings I want to hook. They are on backing and ready to go. I just have to finish this South Korean wall hanging and swing back to them for awhile.
I’m still sketching the South Korean designs in my sketchbook. Lots to do yet. Plus I’m still working through Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”. I’m enjoying the inspiration of the fall colours around me.
I’ve been listening to Cindi Gay’s rug hooking podcasts while hooking or afterwards. She is a very wise lady full of all kinds of knowledge about rug hooking. I don’t hook the primitive style, but I still learn from her. Thanks for doing the podcasts Cindi!
The last week of October will be a busy week. The In My Studio Workshop Week is on then. I have a Travel class with Karen Miller, a Words and Images class with Elizabeth Miller, and Intuitive Hooking with Meryl Cook. There will also be a group hook-in and a panel discussion I’m looking forward to stepping outside my comfort zone to learn more from these talented teachers and others.
If you’re interested in taking classes I believe there are a few openings left. Contact Karen D. Miller on Facebook and check into the events she is hosting.
If you’ve been reading, thanks! Have a great weekend!
I found myself really fighting my South Korea roof tile end caps wall hanging this week. I decided to not rush it and just work on it briefly each day. Instead I’ve been busy sketching more designs – both of South Korea and from Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”.
Despite spending more time this week drawing designs for South Korea wall hangings, I’m not sure how many will actually make it onto backing. I’m seriously thinking about the viewer, as well as the creative act (by me). There’s a balance that has to be struck there for me. In previous years I hooked too much for the viewer, with the odd exception. Now I’m wanting to get back to the act of just creating. It’s important for me to know what I want to say with my work first though. So I’m thinking.
I’ve been working through Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”. I am paused on finding a design that expresses how I feel joy. I did go and experience a couple of things that give me joy – walking in nature amongst the fall foliage. I picked up a variety of shapes and colors of tree leaves and have been busy designing leaf patterns and templates. But to actually draw joy is another matter altogether. I think I know the color/s of joy for me, but not sure of the shape of it…yet.
Wednesday I joined an In My Studio Zoom meeting to listen to Judi Miller talk about artist residencies. It was a very informative talk about the options available, what you need to have a successful one, and her experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and would like to thank Judi publicly for making the time and effort to do it, and to thank Karen Miller for organizing and facilitating it.
I received my ProChem dye powder shipment this week. I’m looking forward to more dyeing. I’m wanting to dye the pine trees, ocean and skies using Lucy Richard’s spot dye formulas. I’ll be dyeing the old-fashioned way – in the oven – rather than in a microwave I do not have a microwave to dedicate to dyeing, nor a place to put it.
Well that’s my review for this week. If you’ve been reading, thanks! I wish you all a happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, wherever you may be. My next blog post will probably be posted Tuesday. Take care everyone!
I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Susan Logue this weekend when she showed up on my doorstep to look at some wool for a friend. I really enjoyed contact with another rug hooker. Susan wrote the “Past & Present Antique Dyes” books, which I have and have used in the past. It was a fun time chatting with her about rug hooking, and it was nice to meet her friend.
One thing the visit made me realize was how starved I am for other artistic people in my life. I’m enjoying the online classes because of that, but somehow they aren’t the same as real live one-to-one encounters. They have their good points too though. I sure am glad to have the online experience too!
Saturday I tuned in to Lucy Richard’s FaceBook LIVE dye workshop. It was an interesting experience for me. I hadn’t microwave dyed before meeting Lucy. To be able to do a spot dye by microwave is great! And the pine tree, ocean, sky colours were great! If you head over to her website or FaceBook page you can find a link to donate to her video making efforts. If you donate $10 or more your name is entered to win a gift box of goodies. This time she is including the wool she dyed, among other things. It’s a half yard of wool folks…just saying. It’s a great deal! And a great gift. And it keeps Lucy doing videos.
I’m so anxious to get my dye studio up and going. Hubby is finishing painting the upstairs hall and then wants to do the guest room. It will be awhile before he gets to the dye studio/laundry room.
I hooked more on my South Korea roof tile end cap wall hanging. It’s slow going. It’s been awhile since I’ve hooked circles. There are a lot of circles in this wall hanging. It’s a challenge.
I started Meryl Cook’s exercises in her book “One Loop At A Time: The Creativity Workbook”. I was surprised how I could pull out one issue that was really bothering me, journal it positively, and create a rug design in under half an hour! I now have at least an 18”x18” design to put on backing and hook! I may have to expand it to 20”x20” or larger to fit in all the lettering, or cut back on the lettering.
Two new sofa beds are in the house! That completes the seating for the studio and the guest bedroom cum family room cum classroom. I do not have room in the studio for my comfy chair and the sofa bed. So we will be rearranging furniture in the near future.
Karen Miller’s class on Tuesday was a blast! I had to design a piece on the fly…like a minute or two…and start hooking. I’m a slow hooker, especially with materials new to me. The object was to experiment with new materials. I tried dental floss, pink elastics (off broccoli folks!), fabric strips, parchment paper (yes, the kind you bake on), acrylic eyelash yarn, wool yarn, wool fabric, silk fabric, cotton fabric, sewing with buttonhole thread, some twill weave tweed that shreds like crazy, and more. It was a fascinating exercise! Karen is an excellent teacher. Here’s the results.
The South Korea rug is slowly progressing. I’m sticking to wool, silk, and nylon for that one…so far.
I spent more time sketching the South Korea photos. Lots of options for wall hangings. Lots of elements I might piece together to form one wall hanging.
Branding progress…I think I have what I need now. I’ll be visiting a local printer eventually for new business cards, hang tags, greeting cards, etc. I’m hoping to find a local affordable printer who can do an excellent job. I currently use an outfit in the US, but I’d rather use local, if I can keep the quality.
Meryl Cook’s book “One Loop At A Time – The Creativity Workbook” arrived this week. I’m looking forward to her class during the In My Studio Workshop Week the end of October. I may sidetrack into some of that workbook before the October class. I don’t believe it’s required for the class, but it is a good little thought provoking book I hope will get my creative juices flowing along different lines.
I am thoroughly enjoying online learning. I hope once Covid-19 is behind us it will continue. It is just so much easier for me, not just financially (no hotels or air fares), but logistically too. Three cheers for the rug hooking artists out there putting in the tremendous time and effort it takes to create these online courses. Know that I, at least, appreciate all you’re doing!
And that’s my review for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend if you’ve been reading, thank-you .
Our sofa beds come today! That means everything will be in the house to finish the studio. It’s been a long haul! I will be so happy to have everything done. Next up will be the dye kitchen. Hubby and I are already talking.
This past weekend has been very productive for me. I was able to select photos from our 2017 trip to South Korea and put them in an inspiration folder on my computer. This past weekend I’ve been sketching possible compositions.
Sketches of South Korea
I will be taking another Karen Miller class tomorrow on materials and techniques. I’ve also signed up to listen to a talk on In My Studio by Judi Miller on artist residences on Oct. 7th. Plus I will be taking part in the Workshop Week through In My Studio the end of October. A busy fall of learning! So nice to be able to do this online.
I have also been hooking more on the South Korea roof tile end caps wall hanging. I am going slow, having stopped several times for dyeing and travels this summer. I am hoping to be finished by Christmas.
I managed to tear my Dorr wool into one yard pieces and wash and dry them in preparation for dyeing. My front loader really shrank the fabric, but it is still great for dyeing and rug hooking. It is all stacked neatly, awaiting dyeing.
I listed the fall colours swatches for sale. There are 15 of them at $3 each + shipping. They are 3” x 16” and Dorr wool. If you’re interested, contact me either here, through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
I also listed the small landscape I hooked using the swatches for sale It is 8” x 5” and unfinished. I’m asking $60CAD “as is”, or $80 CAD if you want me to finish it and include the hidden hanging system. Again, you can either contact me through this website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
This week I’ll be working more on the South Korea wall hangings. I also want to get the issues surrounding my rug photos and branding sorted out. I am likely going to order more fabric dye powder.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week everyone!
This past weekend we were busy cleaning out the house and preparing the yard for an upcoming tropical cyclone heading our way. Typical fall weather for here, but Hubby and I have never experienced one. We are a bit nervous, but we’re inland a bit so hopefully it won’t be bad.
One of the things we did was hang some artwork up on my studio walls. Check out the photos of them so far. We still have more to hang above the straight row on the end wall.
I’m really enjoying working in my studio and looking forward to the arrival of the sofa bed sometime in early October. That should give me seating for 4 or 5 people, should Covid ever end. Plus it will allow extra sleeping space for guests.
I’ve hit a roadblock on the South Korea roof tile end caps rug. I need to dye some wool from Lucy Richard’s dye system. I’m trying to arrange a time to get together with a friend to do some dyeing. First, I need to check and see how many other colours I’m short on. No point pulling out the dye equipment just for one piece of wool if I need to do more!
I’ve been working with a young woman on branding for my studio. It’s been an interesting and educational experience. I’m looking forward to using my new logo!
I’m slowly building up my gallery on ArtPal.com. I’ll be posting a wall hanging for sale once a day for five days of the week. It will automatically post to Twitter, Instagram, and my FaceBook business page – Jean Ottosen Studios. Follow along, and if you see anything you like, contact me through any of those platforms or through my contact button here on this website.
I had the opportunity of taking Karen Miller’s online course, “Getting Inspired” last Tuesday. It was a great shake me up course. I knew most of the concepts, but had never put them together the way Karen did. She gave me a fresh perspective. It worked great for giving me ideas on how to approach a new series or work of art. Thank-you Karen!
This week I’ll be enjoying another Karen Miller course – All About Design! Check it out by searching for Karen D. Miller on FaceBook. It’s hosted on the Zoom platform. Looking forward to class Karen!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great week!
This week will be a bit of redirection in my studio. I have an appointment today to see about having a small wall hanging framed. I’m not sure how it will go. It’s a new custom framer. I’m hoping it’s not too expensive. I have other work that needs framing.
Tuesday I’m busy taking Karen Miller’s creativity class “Getting Inspired: How to Find Ideas for your Art”. I’m looking forward to it. If other rug hookers are interested there may be more spaces. Search for Karen D. Miller rug hooker and contact her.
Tuesday I’m also fielding a call from a client wishing to order some art. Wednesday I’ll be preparing the order and attending my cardiac gym program. Thursday I’ll be shipping the order out.
Meanwhile I am continuing my studio makeover. We are hanging artwork on the walls. I’m having to make tough decisions on what to hang and what to store away. It does, however, look a lot more homey down there.
Throughout all this, and in-between it, I will be hooking on my South Korean roof tile end caps rug again. Hubby and I have decided it will hang above the electric fireplace. But we shall see. The colours are not what I had planned for that space. Still, it’s the right size, we think. We’ll see.
Artist Retreat, that is. This week I had a lovely time at a friend’s cottage on the Bay of Fundy with my husband and my creative gear.
I took far too much stuff. We could barely fit it all in the car! But we did! Aside from gear we had to take clothes, bedding, food, and water for five days. Hubby took his bicycle to fit in some riding. We both took technology to work on various projects. It was forecast to rain.
I took work to finish. I took my camera for inspiration photos. And the tripod, just in case. I took my rug hooking frame and South Korea rug. I took my sketchbook and watercolour pencils. I took reading material and watching material. Also I downloaded some podcasts. I took linen and Red Dot interfacing to transfer those patterns I enlarged last weekend.
Our destination had no internet, so I used my cell phone to create a hot spot every day in order to finish an Udemy course on composition.
I organized for this retreat using an app called Simple Mind. It is a mind mapping app that allows me to see a lot of information in point form at one glance, and how it’s all interrelated. I was able to adjust my retreat plans as it happened, to accommodate for finishing things early. Not being distracted can really be a big boon to productivity.
We went on a lot of walks, with and without camera. Some to the beach, some not. Some with sketchbook, some without.
I read “The Art of Botanical Painting” by Margaret Stevens. It’s a great book if you want to be a botanical painter. I am not that detail oriented. I did garner quite a few colour and composition ideas for an upcoming series of wallhangings I plan to develop.
I also took Keith West’s “How to Draw Plants”, “Nature Drawing “ by Clare Walker Leslie, and “Drawing Scenery: landscapes and Seascapes” by Jack Hamm. These were more for reference. I haven’t drawn a seashore close up before.
I did manage some watercolour sketching for future design ideas. Lus I finished the Hearts wall hanging and coasters.
The last coat of paint was finished on the last wall this morning. Tomorrow we can start moving things around again, including furniture. We need to fill the hole in the floor where the pellet stove used to sit. Then I’m placing a chair over it.
It was an interesting weekend. I spent time with Historian and figuring out just where my early photos were stored. Next up is to move everything to the PC laptop. I’ve been transferring fifteen years of photos the hard way due to technical difficulties with the PC and Apple products. I’m using a 4 GB USB stick on over 12,000 photos. It’s slow going. The iMac stopped acknowledging the 64 GB USB stick even existed! Tomorrow I hope to finish the job.
I’m also learning how to develop online courses. So far it’s been a steep learning curve, but enjoyable. I ended up purchasing Screen Flow to help with the editing process. It’s supposed to be an excellent program for developing video courses. We’ll see.
I’m also working on updating my website. At some point in the past my blog posts all had their authorship switched over to my web designer. My web designer has moved onto other things, and I just figured out how to bulk edit the posts. But there are thousands to go through. I can only do 20 at a time. That’s one page worth. I have over 120 pages of posts, old and new. It will take awhile.
Plus my shipping is way out of whack on my website. If you want to buy something, please use the “contact me” form. I will figure out shipping and get back to you.
I’m starting to get excited about my studio. Painting the walls white was a good call. The LED lights are on their halfway point between blue and yellow light. It’s nice and bright down there. I hope my studio will be ready soon for some hooking!
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.
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.
I am late posting again. It’s been a wild day. My final lessons and final exams came in for my online courses. I had Christmas presents to finish buying this morning and afternoon. We ended up dealing with more health insurance stuff this morning. It was unplanned for, but necessary.
However, despite all that…this week I have been accomplishing a lot of behind the scenes work on my website and old blog. I finally have the old blog where it’s going to be for the next while. I’ll slowly be deleting old posts off it. If you are looking for something in particular, the old posts are here now. Use the search feature to find it.
I’ve also managed to upload a fair bit of product to the website shop. I still have more to go.
I did finish reading/browsing through “Create Your Own Website the Easy Way” by Alannah Moore. It is a good outline and framework for creating a website, but I’ve come to the conclusion there is no “Easy Way” when it comes to creating websites.
I did not have a chance to work on “Moss”, and I certainly did not have time or space to work on designing new wall hangings. There will definitely be changes in the new year…
This week I am preparing for the upcoming Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair. I’m a tad early, but I do need to purchase shipping supplies for my rugs, make sure everything is tagged properly, and the certificates of authenticity are filled out.
Looking forward to a couple lovely drives to Saskatoon come mid-September to deliver and, possibly, pickup. Thanks to our new vehicle being so cheap on gas, it’s cheaper to drive them there and back than it is to actually ship them!
I will also continue working on African Dream. I am very close to finishing the hooking.
Plus the knit baby blanket.
I’ve finished and passed both Gale courses, and would like to start working on a website now. So I’ll be seeing what I can do about that.