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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! 🙂

WIP Thursday

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The Barn is coming along.  As you can see, it is a very small barn.  It is in real life too!  Very small, and very red.  It’s really a stable.  Actually, it’s been renovated into a picnic shelter.  But it was a barn I’m assured.  🙂

I’m still working on the Cellular Baby Blanket.  I haven’t really progressed enough to take another photo of it.  It takes a long time to knit a lace baby blanket I’ve discovered!

I’ve been side tracked with another project I started before Christmas – printing off my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years.  My posts are so photo heavy that I create files for each month and then print them month by month.  I’ve only managed to print from Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.  It’s going to be a long, tough slog.  I am transferring all the posts into Open Office, editing them, saving, and then printing them.

The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished, but that’s for tomorrow’s post. 🙂

Next up I’ll be working on the oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments.

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Weekly Review

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This week centred on starting the hooking for The Barn.  I’ve made a start, but am not happy with the fence. There may be later changes there.

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I also decided to focus in on knitting the Cellular Blanket, a baby blanket pattern from a library book.

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Plus I worked more on Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  I figure I’m about half finished I need to rustle up some clothes pins for makeshift clamps.

I started in on some oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments I found tucked away in a box in a cupboard.

I took some time to update my business books and visit the bank.

I did work a bit on my portfolio, but, as noted yesterday, we need more ink for the printer.

I also found out about an upcoming show in March and April, and quickly sent in my application to take part.

I took part in Blogging 101 and am nearing the end of the course. Hopefully the changes have improved the look of the blog.

That’s my review for this week.  No spinning…yet. 🙂

WIP Thursday…

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What’s on the go this week?  I’ve been having fun playing with different ideas and working on different projects.

  • The Barn is started and the actual barn is mostly hooked,
  • I continued knitting the baby blanket.  I tried stitch markers for the lace pattern, but it did not work due to the nature of the pattern.  So I am back to doing without.

Hardanger oval christmas ornaments

  • I went through my Hardanger box to file everything away on shelves, and came across a couple of kits, one already started.  Both are for Christmas ornaments. I decided to work on the one that was already started.  It has some nice cotton, linen, and metallic thread oval ornaments decorated with beads.

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  • I am still working on the Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  It requires a lot of gluing and I spend time waiting for it to dry.  By the time it’s dry I’m onto another project!  I am not going to have enough glue to finish this.  I’m thinking I may need to make a trip to Walmart to pick some up.

Planning Journals

  • See these lovely notebooks?  Aside from being inspiration themselves, I use them to help organize my days.  These have been in use since 2009, when I first read David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  I use David Allen’s ideas to keep me on task and productive.  Why are they in a WIP post?  Because I updated them. 🙂
  • Work on my portfolio has halted because we are running out of ink.  Need to buy new colour ink cartridges for our printer.
  • I haven’t even looked at my spinning yet.  Maybe this weekend.

Well that’s my works in progress everyone.  Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

Inspiration Wednesday

Inspiration doesn’t only come from photos for me.  It also comes from other bloggers…and they don’t have to be rug hooking blogs either.  Here are a few blogs and blog posts I’ve been inspired by lately.

Elizabeth Barton’s Art and Quilts, cogitations thereon

Danny Gregory’s blog by the same name.

If you’re a knitter like I am as well, check out KnittingHelp.com for free videos on how to knit.

Anna Hergert’s Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Katie and Dori Hobbies Up To Here

If you are a stitcher or needlewoman, Sharon Boggins has a blog, Pintangle, with lots of inspiration and ideas.

And for a good change of pace I love to follow this blog out of the border country in Great Britain.

Weekly Review

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Hardanger Bell Pull – a modification of the EAC (Embroiderer’s Association of Canada) Intermediate Hardanger course.

In keeping with the list theme, you notice you see a lot of lists on this blog.  I find them easier to navigate and scan as a reader, and very concise as an author.  This week I accomplished a few things to put on my “Done” list.

  • I finished my Hardanger bell pull,
  • I finished, I mean totally finished, Wascana Creek,
  • I did the finishing on Wascana Creek – Study, the original plein air piece for Wascana Creek,
  • I worked on updating my portfolio, and
  • I continued with my Blogging 101 course.

Today I will continue with my portfolio and color planning The Barn.

Planning next week soon.

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“Wascana Creek” and its plein air piece “Wascana Creek – Study”.

Inspiration Wednesday

It’s not that I don’t have a lot to do.  I really do!  And when I look around my home and start pulling out all the half finished projects and projects to do around the house, or making a list of them, or…well…in this case, photographing them, I find it’s inspiration to get on and finish a few of them.

If you didn’t guess it, last week’s Inspiration Wednesday theme was Warmth.  Can you guess today’s?   I gave it away above.  It’s my “To Do” list of projects.  All except my rug hooking…of which I have sketchbooks full of ideas.  Should keep me out of trouble for a while. 🙂

I hope everyone has a busy and productive day.  I know I will! 🙂

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A baby blanket

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The hanging sleeve

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A Korean applique quilt pattern.

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Plein air “Wascana Creek – Study”.

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Yarn!  It’s emptier than it was!  The rest I’ve already either used, given away, or sold.

 

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Spinning fibre

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An Irish chain quilt.

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A sweater

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Goldwork embroidery

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A gorgeous Needle Box.

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Needlepainting

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Crewel embroidery

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Needlepoint cushion

In My Studio

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This week in my studio I am…

  • busy organizing my receipts from last year to file away for any future use.
  • finishing the hardanger bellpull.
  • sewing a hanging sleeve on Wascana Creek.
  • start to hook The Barn.

The barn pattern 1

I am also considering work on a laptop case and a footstool cover.  My footstool cover is sprouting holes.

Footstool

I have the laptop case drawn on linen backing, but haven’t started hooking it.  I am not happy with the actual design of the case itself.  I need to do some zipper shopping online and off to see if I can find what I need for it.  Local selection is limited.

I am also looking at more sewing.  I have everything I need for a camera case except some foam padding.  Hmm…

Lots to keep me busy the next while!

 

WIP Thursday

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“Wascana Creek” – 22.5″ x 16″ – $345 CAD

WIP is crafter lingo for Works in Progress, otherwise known as UFOs, or UnFinished Objects.  🙂

Today’s WIP is none other than Wascana Creek!

I am technically finished, as the photo above shows.  What I need to do is sew a hanging sleeve on the back to insert a dowel to hang the wall hanging from.

Part of my dallying has been around deciding which hanging system to use – the hook and loop tape or the hanging sleeve. Both have their merits.  It’s a question of whether the wall hanging is heavy enough it would bend the dowel that goes through the hanging sleeve system.  I think, over time, it would bend a 1/4″ dowel, my standard dowel size.  I am going to try a wider diameter dowel.

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Hanging sleeves attached to the back of wall hangings, awaiting 1/4″ dowels to be inserted for hanging from cup hooks.

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Hook and loop hanging system.  Hook attached to shellacked oak and loop attached to the wall hanging backing.

The hook and loop system is failproof.  The loop side is attached to the back of the wall hanging.  While the hook side is attached to a piece of oak trim that has been shellacked.  I put holes at either end of the oak board and screw it to the wall through those holes.  Then just pop the wall hanging up on the board.  Very sturdy.  This system can handle a lot of weight.  I have come to the realization that my larger rugs are definitely on the heavy side.

Whenever I speak to patrons about the two systems they invariably prefer the hanging sleeve system because they view it as not damaging the wall as much as the hook and loop system, and as being easier to install.  I can’t blame them.  My Hubby feels the same way.  But if you want to prevent sag in a large heavy hooked wall hanging, you really need to use the hook and loop system.  Plus have some reinforcing done on the back of the wall hanging.

Next up?  My unfinished project for the remainder of the week is a Hardanger bell pull I started many years ago and never finished.  It has a very small section of stitches to fill in to complete.  I am hoping to complete it in short order.

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