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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.

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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!

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

In my studio…

It’s been a busy weekend.  I uploaded more swatches to my website.  Unfortunately I am still concerned about my shipping section of the website.  It’s fine if you order one thing, but doesn’t increase if you order more than one.  Giving you, my customer, a steal of a deal!  But I could be losing money on the swatches if that keeps up.  I’m going to have to change it.

This week I hope to upload the rest of the swatches, the equipment, and supplies.

In-between all that I am hoping to hook more on “Moss”.  Plus I have some interesting books on folk art coming to me through the public library.  I am looking forward to lots of inspiration from those.

Inspiration Wednesday

Not much time to take photos for Inspiration Wednesday this week.  I have another busy day of baking and cleaning today.  I’m signing off for Christmas.  For now enjoy my larger works I produced this year, soon to be up on this website for sale.  “See” everyone on December 27th. 🙂

“Wascana Creek”

 

“The Barn”

 

“Sprouts”

“Blue-eyed Grass”

 

“Dancing Tree”

 

“African Dream”

Inspiration Wednesday

Today I’m drawing inspiration from my Christmas tree and what others have done creatively.    I’ll also be uploading more product on my website, and working on it in general.  I have three appointments today as well.  Plus two new lessons were published overnight for my online courses.  It will be a busy day here! 🙂

2016 CP Holiday Train

We really enjoyed seeing Dallas Smith and The Odds perform in -19 C weather in Regina…outdoors.  Poor guys.  The drummer’s fingers must have been frozen solid by the time they were done.  He didn’t wear gloves the entire time they performed.

So today I have a video for inspiration and some Christmas spirit. I hope everyone has a great Christmas Season this year.

 

 

Inspiration Wednesday

Last weekend Hubby and I went for a drive to a nearby town, Lumsden, for lunch.  We took the back roads home and stopped in at Wascana Trails to walk off the lunch.

It was a beautiful sunshiny day, with nary a breeze!  We were surprised to see paragliders in the area.  But realized quickly these were motorized.  Lots of fun taking photos of them over the outhouse at Wascana Trails parking lot!

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Wascana Creek

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Inspiration Wednesday?

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Today is a different kind of inspiration.

I went through my magazine baskets (yes, that’s plural) by my big chair in the living room and turned up some old business journals with notes from past years.  One had considerable room in it, so I pulled it out for note taking related to my new website.

On doing so, I looked at the cover and realized, yep, design ideas come from everywhere.  I love the leaf pattern in the background of the butterflies.  Some day…

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I also save or photograph the designs on facial tissue boxes.  There are some cool design elements there too.

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The other thing I do to find designs is look through the pretty coffee table picture books of nature and landscapes, or whatever takes my fancy really.  Sometimes if I find a scene I love, I’ll make a photocopy to add to my sketchbook for later adaptation as a hooked wall hanging.

And of course in the modern age I browse Pinterest and pin any interesting design and color ideas to my Pinterest boards.

Design is all around us.  If we are open to it and really see it for its worth, then we can go on to create beautiful original pieces of work.

Where do you find design and inspiration?  Post in the comments below to share your inspiration. 🙂