Archive / Education

RSS feed for this section

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.

In my studio…

This week is a week of preparation for Christmas for us.  I have yet to do any Christmas baking or cooking.  I will do a bit, but not a lot.  We are not in great need of a lot of fat and sugar! 🙂

I am focused on cleaning up the sunroom studio.  I am halfway there.

I am also focusing on uploading the end of the wall hangings on the website.

Plus I am focused on finishing my online courses.

Wishing everyone a fun and productive week this week!  Don’t forget to enjoy the season amidst all the preparations. 🙂

Weekly Review

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…

WIP Thursday

I am still working on “Moss”.

Mainly I am learning my way around my website still.

We have enjoyed a lot of company this week.

Plus I continue to work on my online courses.

I have one chapter to finish in “Everyone’s an Artist” by Tite, Kavanagh, and Novais before returning it to the library.

 

Rest and rejuvenate

Yesterday we were on the road again.  Today we’re resting, doing laundry, and visiting with relatives.

I’ve been interested in what’s been happening while we’ve been gone.  Seems it’s snowed every place but where we currently are.  I am hoping to have clear roads all the way home.

In the meantime, here are some rug hooking videos to check out on YouTube:

Cindi Gay – rug hooking channel – An entire channel on rug hooking I’ve yet to explore! 🙂

Deanne Fitzpatrick – hooking smooth curves – Deanne has an entire YouTube video on rug hooking.

Wanda Kerr – Dye fixes for ugly wool – Wanda has an entire YouTube channel on dyeing.

 

In my studio…

unnamed

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.

Weekly Review

Hi everyone!  It’s been a fun and challenging week, both at the same time.  I’ve had difficulties getting onto WordPress today and so my blog post is a tad late.  I was able to work more on African Dream and the knit cellular baby blanket.  As I noted yesterday, I am not happy with the latter and am glad it was a freebie – free yarn, free pattern.

On the other hand I am happy with African Dream.  It’s bright cheery colors keep me going on these dull rainy days we’ve been having lately.

Today we’re supposed to head out for a wiener roast and outdoor movie night with friends, but it’s raining right now.  I’ll have to contact her and find out their alternative plans, if they have any.  Hopefully by this afternoon it will stop raining and be nice and dry out for the event.

This week also saw me catch up as much as possible in the Gale courses I’m taking.  Unfortunately the website development course is having problems.  Not with me and getting work done, but the course itself is missing material such as crucial coding and links in it.  The instructor has apologized, and I feel sorry for him.  But I’m a bit miffed.  On the other hand, it is a free course for me, so I’m not complaining too loudly.  I’ll just try it on my own later.

WIP Thursday

WIP African Dream - 1

I am working on the same three projects as last week – the knit cellular baby blanket, African Dream, and my Gale courses.

The Gale courses have been taking up a great deal of my time.  There is a lot more work involved in these last two compared to the earlier two.  However the last lessons are tomorrow, and the exams will be next week.  Then it’s onto other things.  I’ve decided to give the courses a break for the next while.

I can see the end of the knit cellular baby blanket.  I am not happy with that pattern and am resigning the blanket, with its many mistakes, to the goodwill.  The yarn was a freebie and had a kink in it that made it difficult to knit.  It was too hard to see where I was in the lace pattern while knitting.  But now I’m almost finished I can see all my mistakes.  I am beyond frustrated.  I’ve decided I will not knit lace for awhile.  Back to good old garter and stocking stitch.  I have some homespun to knit next anyway, and I think that shows off better in plainer stitches.

African Dream is coming along fine.  A little slow, but it’s happening.  I am enjoying it – both the pattern and the hooking.  If I didn’t have to spend so much time on my courses it would be done by now.  I am looking forward to finishing the edge and deciding where to put it.  It’s almost too pretty to put on the floor.  But my bedroom floor…maybe…

 

In my studio…

Studio Aug 15 2016 - 1

My Gale courses finish this week.  But I still have finals to write.

This week I want to:

  • Continue hooking on African Dream.
  • Finish sorting business email.
  • Knit on the cellular baby blanket.
  • Determine if I need to take wall hangings to the SK Art & Fine Craft Fair in Saskatoon and back myself mid-September, or if someone else is going up there and can take them and bring them back.  It turns out I have company that weekend.  Plus Hubby’s last day of work is that Friday.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂