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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.

 

Weekly Review – Moss and other news

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I hooked a bit more on “Moss” this week.  It’s slow going, but it’s coming along.

I spent this week in preparation for the From Start to Finish class which starts this Saturday.  It is a four week class which includes lessons on idea finding, design, colour planning, technique, and finishing.

New books arrived!  “Designing Handmade Rugs” by Annie Sherburne, “Hooking Animals” by Judy Carter, and “Creative Techniques for Rug Hooking” by Donna Hrkman.  I am enjoying “Designing Handmade Rugs” at the moment.  The author uses a different tool for her hooking.  She uses a Brown’s tool and hooks with a variety of fibres.

Information on the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale arrived.  The Show and Sale is March 22nd to May 5th at the Art Gallery of Regina located in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Weekly Review – Exhibits & Sales

 

I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales.  I’ve applied for two so far.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales.  I’ll fill you in when I learn more.

I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.

I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.

I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday.   I have also written more on my course outlines.

I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan.  One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee.  I’ve used these two books before with considerable success.  So I’m not really starting from scratch.  Just planning what to do this year.

I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art.  The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read.  However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall.  I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.

Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer.  The rugs in the photos are beautiful!  She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs.  I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine.  Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing.  An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.

Weekly Review

Spent some time preparing for my class of beginners on Saturday.  Have the table all set and ready to go! 🙂

I also spent time writing the outline for a design class.

Finished reading “Ageless Entrepreneur” by Fred Dawkins.  A good book told in narrative style.  It turned out the emphasis was on creating businesses to support startups.  It encouraged young and old to work together to build off the strengths of each age group, and to take away the weaknesses of each age group.  I know from first hand experience that this is a good idea.  The tech knowledge of the younger generation has been a great help to me.  And their enthusiasm to get things done has really lifted my spirits.   I love working with them!   A good and easy read.

 

In my studio…

Hi everyone! I’m back at it today.  I’ve been busy creating my Design 101 class.  The maiden voyage of the class will be March 11th.  It’s a 3 hour class with theory and activities.  Lots to organize and do by then.

I’m back at “Moss” this week.  I’m half waiting for the weather to warm up so I can open the windows and start dyeing again.  I think I’m going to need more bright greens.

I’m enjoying “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  It’s a very readable book, once you get past the introduction.  Loving all the photos of folk art too.

I also started reading “Ageless Entrepreneur”.  So far it’s been an interesting read too.  The concept is on being a creative entrepreneur and everyone being their own boss these days.  The author thinks we all need to brand ourselves as a business entity, even if we work for a corporation or government.  He thinks we really work for ourselves, no matter where we work.  It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this line of thinking.

 

I am also looking more in-depth at “The Rug Hook Book” by Thomas Boswell (this is a re-read) and “Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding” by McDermet, Manges, and Tobias.

I am all geared up for the  Introductory Rug Hooking class this coming weekend.  We’ll be hooking a star mat similar to the photo at the top of this post.

Next class is Feb. 25th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and is my Curves class.  I will teach curves, circles, lettering and backgrounds in that class.  I also have a handout on hooking bubbles for that class.  The Curves class practice piece is Beauty.   I’ve enlarged it a bit to make it easier for beginners to hook.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Take care all.  It’s been snowing like crazy here.  Hope the rest of you are having nice weather.

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.

 

WIP Thursday

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My work corner

Sorry my post is a bit late folks.  Lots of running around doing Christmas stuff.  Trying to get a package in the mail and off to my girls and their men.

I’ve also been working on the jeanottosen.ca some more.  It’s slow going sometimes.  Keep an eye on things!  I plan to run a contest in early January on the new blog.   Today I’m uploading more product to the website.

I’m almost finished reading “Everyone’s An Artist” by Tite, et al.  I really am enjoying this little book.  It has some editing issues (mostly typos), but the content is good stuff.

I’m partly gearing up for International Rug Hooking Day on Sunday, December 4th!  I plan to spend the afternoon hooking along with my online friends.  “Moss” won’t get finished if I just look at it!

WIP Thursday

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Hi everyone!  I’m up early today.  For some reason my sleep patterns are off kilter. I wish my American friends a very

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve spent most of this week working on my website.  It’s not finished or ready yet, but it’s getting there.  Mostly I’m posting product.  I hope to finish product posting next week, but we’ll see.  I’m still coming across the odd wall hanging I don’t have a picture of yet!

No hooking on “Moss” this week. Or knitting for that matter.  I’ve been working on my Gale courses as well as the website.

Plus I’m still reading “Everyone’s an Artist”.  It’s a pretty good read. It starts out by saying how everyone needs to be a bit creative to be the best at their job, and then the rest of the book goes on to say how you can be more creative.  It covers the main character traits of artists and relates them to the every day person.

I’m also trying to decide if I want to take my artwork in a different direction or not. This is always a touchy subject, as my inclination touches a raw nerve with some people.  My nature work and children’s work is an extension of my past experiences.  This new direction would be darker, and I’m not sure the world needs that right now.  Still, I may hook a few pieces just for myself…to work some things out of my system.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

 

WIP Thursday

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A very bad photo of some gorgeous yarn.  I love this yarn.  I visited the ranch the wool came from and bought these from the rancher’s wife.  I over-dyed the pinkish red color with a green and got this beautiful variegated brown.  It will be interesting to see how it knits up.

I’ve started making a sweater from this yarn.  I hope it works.  I’m currently still knitting swatches to make sure I have the right gauge.  I want something that fits in the end!

“Moss” is at a standstill.  I’m busy creating my new website and uploading new items to my Etsy shop.  I need a clone.

Current reading is “Everyone’s An Artist” by Ron Tite, Scott Kavanagh, and Christopher Novais.  I just started and so far so good.  Makes me feel a lot better about my Liberal Arts degree.  Did you know one third of the top Fortune 500 CEOs have an arts degree of some sort behind them?  Makes me feel better already!  Looking forward to this read…

Lots happening on the home front today.  So we’ll see what actually gets accomplished here.

 

In my studio…

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Autumn Spot Dyed Wool Blanket – 7″ x 17″-18″ – $30 CAD for all three pieces, plus shipping.  $15 CAD for one piece, plus shipping.

Look what went on Etsy for sale this weekend! Yes, I put up some of the spot dyed blanket I used for the background in “Rose Hips”.  It is $30 CAD + shipping for the entire lot of three pieces.  If you are interested in only one piece, which is 7″ x 17-18″, I will sell it for $15 + shipping.

I also put up these two dark green wool and silk bundles for sale for $25 CAD + shipping each.

This week I am continuing my hooking on “Moss”.

I also plan to make more bundles for sale.

I also plan to knit more on the cellular baby blanket at Crafting.

I am currently reading my way through “Professional Blogging for Dummies”.  That will be followed by “WordPress Web Design for Dummies”.  Hopefully, between the two of them I’ll be able to get a website up and running by the new year.

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Rose Hips