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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.

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

A bit about me…

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WIP “Prairie Sky – Cirrus” wall hanging.

People sometimes ask me what took me so long to actually sell my work and start a business?  The answer, as with most things in life, is complicated.

I’ve been absorbed and immersed in fibre most of my life, from a very young age.  Learning sewing, embroidery, and knitting before entering the double digits in age.  None of it was very good, mind you, but I had the rudiments taught to me by my paternal grandmother.  She was an excellent seamstress and needlewoman, often winning prizes for her work.

As I entered my teen years I drifted away from fibre, encouraged by a school system that felt I was “matriculation” and didn’t need to learn to sew or create art.  I balked at the latter.   It was in my teen years I took up painting.  My interest continued into my 30s.

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“North Mountain Lookout” and “Azaleas”

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“White Elephant Inn”

But I kept coming back to fibre…  My grandmother taught me to tat lace as a teen.   My mother bought me needlepoint patterns and supplies.  I continued to embroider and sew.  I learned cross-stitch.  I attempted my first quilt at seventeen.  It’s still unfinished!  I did finish the quilt for my  first baby’s crib though.

Needlepoint-deer misc-embroidery Bird-cross-stitchWhen I had my first child I learned to hook rugs.  That was 30 years ago now.  I hooked rug and painted side-by-side for some time.  We moved and the paints were put away.  The rug hooking too.

Our new community had a wide variety of fibre craft opportunities.  I took up quilting…

Quilt-1 Quilt-2 Quilt-3And stitching…

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Hardanger embroidery from the Hardanger Fjord region of Norway.

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Goldwork

And finally settled on rug hooking again about 16 years ago.  From the beginning I knew I wanted to design my own work.  I also knew I didn’t want to just hook wool fabric.  It creates beautiful work, but it just wasn’t me.  And so the experimenting began…

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“Pennsylvania Dutch” – t-shirts and double knits.

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“Cohasset” a free pattern from a magazine. Yarn and wool fabric, sculpted border.

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“Family Reunion” – wool yarn, wool fabric, beads, wire, silk thread, cotton threads, polyester thread, rayon thread.

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“Hollyhocks” – wool yarn and fabric, polyester yarn, roving, mohair locks.

And I took up spinning…

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Canola fields art yarn drying for my “Prairie Sky” wall hangings.

I was happily hooking along one day at the annual local fair, demonstrating, when a man came up to me and started asking about my work.  By the end of the conversation he wanted to know why I had not become a juried member of the Saskatchewan Crafts Council.  It was the first time I’d heard of the Crafts Council.

It took a few years, but finally I decided I was ready to take the plunge.  I applied to be juried in and was.  That was 2 1/2 years ago.  Since then I’ve had a lot of fun learning the ropes of having a craft business.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long!

It seems like yesterday I was in the “upper room” of the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon having my work juried.  I look forward to many more years of fun and learning in this business.

A big shout out to all the people who have helped and encouraged me along the way.  Both online and in real life.  Without you I would not have had the courage to try and have a craft business. 🙂

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.  Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂