I had a delightful day trip last week to Dilke, SK. Found this gorgeous fieldstone church there. One of the town residents opened the door for us to peek inside. I believe it was called St. Lucy’s Anglican when it was being used. It hasn’t been used in over two years.
This past weekend was interesting. We were creative in finding places with air conditioning to hide out in. Our house doesn’t have a/c. One of the places we ended up was the MacKenzie Art Gallery. I really loved viewing the Alex Janvier exhibit. It was awesome, informative, and sad at the same time. I wished Mr. Janvier was there to talk to though. The placards describing the work didn’t go near far enough!
After seeing Janvier’s exhibit we did a quick walkthrough of the rest of the Gallery, then headed to the Gallery shop. Hubby waited outside while I went in to look around. About 15 minutes later I went to leave. To my surprise there was no one else there! No staff, no customers. AND the grated doors were closed and locked up! With a sign saying the staff member would be back in half an hour! Oh my! Locked in a museum shop! Not exactly my worst nightmare. Ha! Actually, it would have been nice, if the staff had been there to answer some questions.
I caught the attention of a woman trying to get into the shop. We were laughing at our predicaments – me trying to get out and her trying to get in. I caught the attention of the security guards who by then had figured out something was going on that was abnormal. One of them came through a side door, through a workroom, and into the shop to escort me out.
Hubby decided I needed to be treated to dessert out to help me deal with the “trauma”. LOL! We headed to a lovely Regina restaurant called La Kasbah de Maroc for dessert crepes. They have a lovely Toasted Coconut, Banana Crepe, with Caramel Sauce.
It will be a mixed bag kind of week. We are having work done on the house. It may cause some disruptions. That, plus selling items online.
I will be working more on “Escapees”.
I also have some Certificates of Authenticity to print and fill out.
Plus I want to prepare a couple wall hangings for sale with new hang tags.
I’m wanting to design some wall hangings, but it’s too hot to do anything here. We do not have air conditioning. The outside air temperature hit 36 C yesterday. Thankfully we live in a big old house that takes a long time to heat up. Especially if doors, windows, and curtains are left closed. Unfortunately that makes it too dark for hooking. But even with our fans running, it’s hot!!!
Hi folks! My exciting news is that Monday I will be on CTV Morning Live locally, in four different two minute segments teaching and talking about rug hooking! Could be interesting! I’m taking my supplies to the studio to be filmed talking to Alexandra Brown about rug hooking and teaching her how to hook. In honour of the occasion I stopped by the hair salon for a ‘touch up’ with my hair. Not much helps in that department, but it’s worth a try.
I am also hooking more on “Escapees”. Next up is to work on the fence and the nasturtiums behind it. Could be interesting. I’ve never tried to depict a metal fence in my rug hooking before.
I sold those hooked rugs Monday and spent time Tuesday trying to balance the business books. Hubby took sympathy on me and treated me to ice-cream at the local Dairy Queen. The business side of rug hooking is not my strong suit!
I’m looking forward to a weekend of hooking and preparing for the show on Monday morning. Talk to you all later!
I had a busy day today, so a late post. I sold a wood pile among other things! I sold some sewing patterns and an old wood gardening tray as well, and I posted some jewelry and china online for sale.
I also had the pleasure of meeting a new patron. She stopped by to deliver a cheque for a piece she tried to purchase online. There seemed to be difficulties with PayPal not recognizing my correct email address. My web developer and I sorted that out. But as the buyer was local, I just emailed her and suggested dropping by the studio to pay me the money owed.
She dropped by this afternoon and we had a wonderful chat about my work, whether I would work on commission (I will, given the right situation), what the biggest size is that I make and why (2′ x 5′ because of my frame size), and to just admire my work. In the end she purchased two of my larger pieces – “Wascana Creek” and “The Barn”. I told her the story behind each piece. She was delighted.
Both pieces are based on smaller plein air pieces. “Wascana Creek” was hooked on a local man-made island called “Boreal Island”. It’s near a friend’s place and for part of the hooking of the plein air piece I had her and her dog’s company. The final studio piece was hooked at home in my studio. It is hooked from home spun yarn and wool and silk fibers on primitive linen backing. I hand dye most of my fiber.
“The Barn” is at The Crossings on the edge of Grasslands National Park. It’s been turned into a picnic shelter now. You can drive around the dugout and go into the paddock, which is where the barn is, park your car, and picnic at the picnic tables in the barn. The Crossings has rooms for rent above their old garage (now turned laundry and maintenance area for the nearby campground). I hooked “The Barn” plein air piece from a second floor window, as the mosquitoes were too thick to sit on the balcony and hook. Once again the finished piece was hooked in my studio.
I really enjoyed visiting with my new patron and was pleased to know my work would be hanging alongside the likes of Allen Sapp!
This week’s plan is to work more on “Escapees”. I may be planning a few larger prairie sky pieces as well. I have noticed an interest in the larger pieces among people in general.
Sorry for the late post this week folks. Managed a few things last couple of weeks. I finished re-reading “Vacations for the Spirit” by Alan Walker. Also designed another poetry wall hanging based on a poem my youngest daughter wrote when she was sixteen.
I am currently hooking “Escapees”, my nasturtium wall hanging. I will be working on it more this coming week.
I am also knitting a shawl from Sea Turtle Lagoon DK yarn, I only had one skein of bright blue and bright green to work with, so it will be a very bright and interesting striped shawl. But I love bright colors.
Mostly I am getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Hubby has been re-laying our front walkway after it was torn up for a sewer and water line replacement a couple years ago. I’ve been helping and cheering him on. We’ve been resetting field stone borders and back filling with dirt. Also spending time getting quotes on work to be done on the house.
I am also culling through our belongings and selling them or giving them away. We have lived here over 20 years and it shows when you walk through the house! There is more stuff here than we reasonably need or want. In the process of culling through things I am also reorganizing things to take up less space. Hubby and I are wanting to downsize from our big old house in a year or so. It’s a good time to be getting rid of things.
Dancing Sheep – CASA art gallery – “Ganglamb Style”
For those of you following me on social media, you know I’ve been busy buying supplies, touring art facilities, and visiting art galleries. I’ve also been researching artist retreats and residencies. Unfortunately my iPad and iPhone would not let me post to my blog. That will have to be remedied somehow. Not sure how. That’s the quick recap, now for the details.
We headed to Edmonton to check in with family and relax. My stepmother is a prolific knitter and I spent a good hour or so one day going through part of her book collection, taking photos of ones that might interest me. I’ll check them out at the library first.
Elk Island National Park – beaver lodge
While visiting Edmonton we went to Elk Island National Park for an inspirational (?) outing. We went on a walk by Astotin Lake with tons of mosquitoes and frogs! I think I managed to take some good beaver lodge photos. Plus later we were able to catch a bison photo or two in the bison paddock. Three cheers for Parks Canada and their free pass for Canada’s 150th birthday!
After a few days in Edmonton we headed south on the old highway – Hwy. 2A – through Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, to Lacombe. Hubby and I like to find local places to eat – places with homemade meals and unusual items on the menu. On the way to Edmonton it was Lionel’s Place in Vegreville, where we had the Ukrainian platter, with perogies, cabbage rolls, and kobassa. It was delicious! It also came with a tossed salad with olives and pickled beets! And how could we turn down home baked lemon meringue pie and a cup of tea? So when we were closing in on Lacombe I pulled out my cell phone, did a trusty Google search, and turned up the Morrison House Cafe. It is a lovely older home where the main floor was turned into a cafe and the upstairs is where the owners live. It was very busy and I was glad I called ahead to reserve a table. We had a wonderful meal there. However, because it was so busy it was an hour before we were on the road again.
Legacy Studio – wool, linen, “Primary Fusion” kit, bent handled scissors, and ProChem sample cards.
That made us a bit late for meeting up with Laura Johnson at her home studio – Legacy Studio – in Cochrane, Alberta. But Laura is very kind and accommodating. We arrived an hour after we thought we would and I spent another hour in her studio shopping and purchasing supplies for this coming year. I am now supplied with wool and linen. Laura also solved my problem with cleaning my drum carder. I purchased her flick carder out from under her. It works like a charm Laura! I was also able to pick up two rug hooking books – “Scrappy Hooked Rugs” and Deanne Fitzpatrick’s new book,”Rug Hooking with Deanne Fitzpatrick” – and a “Primary Fusion” kit on how to use ProChem dyes.
We raced from Laura’s studio to relatives in Okotoks via Bragg Creek. Originally we were going to stop in Bragg Creek, but we just didn’t have time. We were already an hour late arriving at Okotoks. We are glad we arrived when we did, because not long after our niece arrived with a birthday cake for her mom. I had no idea it was my sister-in-law’s birthday! To say we were unprepared is putting it mildly. I went out with my sister-in-law in the evening and was glad to see her friends, where we went, celebrated her birthday too.
Unwind Wool – yarn and book
While in Okotoks I had the pleasure of visiting the new knitting shop downtown, Unwind Wool. It just opened in February and is quite small, but packs quite a bit into a small space! I walked out with a lot of yarn, and a new knitting book.
“Prairie Sky – Altocumulus 13”
My sister-in-law also took me to a spin-in at a friend’s place. I took some rug hooking with me and finished a “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” wall hanging there. I was fascinated by what I was seeing at Robin’s house. Robin had a weaving studio too. We wandered upstairs to see her Canada 150 project – a large blanket she had spun and dyed warp for that was on the floor loom awaiting her weft. It was the most beautiful warp I’ve ever seen! Every colour of the rainbow! And I didn’t get a picture of it. Sigh…too caught up in her studio and how she did things. I quizzed her up about her dyeing methods. I noticed a sketchbook being used to record weaving patterns and asked about that as well. I need to use my sketchbook more.
Which brings me to our next stop – Michaels. There was a Buy One Get 50% Off the second deal on large sketchbooks. I bought. I now have two large sketchbooks to work in this year.
Later that day Hubby and I headed off to Lethbridge. It was quite funny because it turned out my sister-in-law was heading to Lethbridge the day after with a group of weavers. They were going to have lunch, visit the Lethbridge weavers, and tour CASA – the art center there. My sister-in-law wanted to know if I wanted to join them for lunch and the tour. You bet I did! So we had a wonderful time of it. The weavers took us up to their studio in CASA and we spent time looking at warp and chatting with them.
CASA – Weaving studio
One of the ladies had just come back from a residency in Iceland. That got me thinking. It never occurred to me there would be residencies for fibre artists. I chatted her up a bit and noted the link for where she found the residency. I spent considerable time later in the evening and during our visit researching art residencies. There really is nothing out there for rug hookers. The more I thought about it, the more problematic it became. In discussing it with other relatives we were visiting the question came up “What is your goal for the retreat/residency?” and “Why not design your own?”. Both very good points. I sat down and designed one on the spot. I think I will be giving the idea a dry run at home though. I may have some quiet time in July for it. We’ll see.
After spending time at CASA in the weaving studio a young man showed up to give us a tour of the facility. We asked a lot of questions I’m afraid, and he ran over his allotted time, but it was fascinating! An artist can become a member for $200 per year, and rent a cupboard space that is about 3′ x 8′ with a locked door for another $200 per year. That gives you access to a shared studio space for 24/7. I could go for that. Just over $1/day for studio space! What a deal!
CASA – 3D studio
CASA – Pottery classroom. They have a gas fired kiln too.
My sister-in-law and I parted at CASA and I met up with Hubby at the public library. We didn’t spend time looking around however. Instead we headed right out to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. We had a relaxing time walking the gardens and taking photos. I have lots to work with for awhile.
In the morning, before I went to lunch with the weavers and to CASA, my husband’s cousin took me to the CCWG (Canadian Wool Growers) shop. I picked up some roving to spin. Then we went to Knitting Time, the local yarn shop, and I picked up yarn to hook and knit. Then it was off to Marshall’s – the local fabric store – to check it out and pick up a few sundry items.
Lopi destined for wall hangings or rugs.
A word about Knitting Time…I was fascinated by this small shop. The proprietor not only carries yarn for knitting, but also fibre for crocheting, thread for tatting, rayon thread for Brazilian embroidery, cross-stitch supplies, felting supplies, and spinning supplies. Plus she has pattern books too. For a small shop she packs a lot in there!
The next day found us at SAAG (the Southern Alberta Art Gallery) checking out exhibits we did not understand. I wish I could have talked to one artist in particular. I liked her exhibit. I think I understand what it’s about, but when my very logical and practical Hubby started asking questions, I was at a loss for words.
We also went to the University of Lethbridge to check out their gallery, only to find it closed. But they did have the hallway exhibit – “Habits and Habitats” – up for viewing. That was good.
Habits and Habitats
On Monday, yesterday, we headed home. We stopped in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Tried to get into the art gallery in Swift Current, only to find it closed and them taking down the exhibit we wanted to see. Oh well. They did have a few pieces of the artist’s work in a display case in the library in the same building as the art gallery. So we ended up checking out the library.
I found a book, “Where Women Create” by Jo Packham, which I took out and read on the way home. There are a few good ideas in the book that I will implement. I was reading the description of some of the studio spaces to Hubby. He was floored to think some people have more space than I do. lol. I must admit, my crafting takes up two rooms in the house – one for rug hooking, and one for everything else. I keep trying to get it in order, but it seems as fast as I empty a space, it fills with something else.
We had supper in Moose Jaw at the Mitsu Cafe. There is a sushi bar in the back of the cafe, and you can order dessert from the cafe out front. We shared a Caramel Apple Crepe. It was huge! And delicious!
I had a great week and managed to complete almost everything on my list.
I hooked more on “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus”. I hope to work more on it today.
I posted the remaining old patterns for sale on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.
I added some 6″ square Prairie Sky wall hangings for sale to my website. They sell for $60 each + shipping.
I finished cutting up plaids and checks into #6 wide strips for sale for rug hookers. They are sold in 1/2 pound bags for $20 each bag + shipping. I will be posting them on the website soon.
I am working on my mini-portfolio book today.
I am sewing on the hanging sleeve for “Wascana Creek – Study” today.
And finally, yes, I found my file folders for my classes!
Plaid and check wool strips cut to #6 width, packed in half pound bags and ready for sale.
Some of these patterns are available on the website now, and some have yet to be listed. Look for these patterns to be available on the website soon. They are old patterns purchased long ago (about 20 years ago) and on old burlap. It is suggested people trace them on Red Dot and re-draw them on new backing before hooking them. These are not my own original patterns, but the patterns of a few very talented rug hooking artists from the past.
Bluenose – 3 Little Pigs
Bluenose – Flying Cloud
Buenose – Floral
Be sure to check out the website for new product this coming week!
Look where I am folks!!! I’m in Canadian Living magazine’s July issue – Canada’s 150th Birthday issue! So pleased and happy with Canadian Living staff. They did a great job. Short but sweet. I’ve been tracking the response to the mention this weekend. It’s looking good so far. Subscribers to my blog have doubled already. And views of my website are up.
On top of that we were celebrating Mosaic – Regina’s multicultural festival – and hosting company. Company was very agreeable to attending Mosaic with us, which was good. We managed to see 15 out of 20 pavilions this year, along with watching at least part of the show in each pavilion. It was fun again, as usual.
I’ve also been posting old burlap patterns I bought from my old rug hooking teacher online to sell on my Facebook page – JLT Studios. Check them out! Some Bluenose patterns (also posted for sale here under “Patterns”), an old Jane Olson pattern, and a Mildred Sprout pattern. Also a couple of small stained glass patterns. I have a couple more patterns to photograph and upload this week.
And I’ve been busy organizing my work for the summer. I am hooking a small “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” wall hanging at the moment. Using up scrap pieces of backing in my rug hooking studio. That will be my fun for the next few days.
Anyone interested in summer classes, now is the time to contact me. Use the form on my Classes page. Due to family issues I have had to change the class schedule for the summer and fall. Please check the current schedule to make sure the class you want is being offered. If you want a specific class and the time is not working for you, please contact me and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.
This week will see me
posting more patterns online,
adding more product to the website,
adding hanging sleeves to some smaller wall hangings,
cutting up some wool strips for sale,
finishing up my mini-portfolio photo book, and
hopefully finding my file folders for my classes! I’ve managed to lose those…
I hope everyone has a great week! I’ll check back in with everyone on Friday. 🙂
Hi everyone! I’m up early this morning, for a wonder. I wasn’t in bed till after midnight. I suspect an afternoon rest will be in order! Mosaic was great though! Both for fun and inspiration. The food was excellent too.
I finished my little “Prairie Sky – Cirrus” wall hanging and am onto a “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” one. I have a lot of bits and pieces of linen backing that need to be used up. They will most likely become ornaments and small wall hangings.
I’ve also managed to take photos of all the old patterns I have and will post those on my website and Facebook page for sale.
I made a list of things that need to be done in my little studio to finish up loose ends. I’ll be working on those gradually.
I’ve also been working on creating a mini-portfolio photo book of my work to take to shows and show galleries. It’s finally reached the point where I can’t take all my work with me. So this serves as a detailed look at my development as an artist and shows potential patrons the width and depth of my style.
Today I’m looking forward to listing items online for sale, resting, enjoying company, and another evening at Mosaic. Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂
I’m back in my studio after sale day at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair. I actually sold well and had lots of inquiries, but the wind was gusting so badly in the afternoon we had to close up shop early. Product was hitting the ground. That was not cool. So we packed it in and came home.
I’ll have to rethink my plans for next year. I’m thinking of doing another sale later in the year, after all the inclement weather we seem to get at the CVAF Street Fair. But we shall see. The cost of the other sales are quite high…over $200 for a small booth 10’x10’… I don’t know… Hubby and I are thinking of alternatives.
Meanwhile, if you were at the sale and planning to pick something up the last hour or so of it, you can contact me through email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or phone: 306-737-9950. If you’re from outside of Canada it’s best to contact me by email. We can arrange appointments for viewing rug hooking, and purchasing supplies, and materials. If you are interested in signing up for classes you can check out my classes page here on the website and send me a note through the contact form at the bottom.
I managed to start “Escapees”, my nasturtium wall hanging, at the Street Fair, but honestly the wind was so bad I spent most of my time holding up the display, especially in the afternoon. Still, I have some of it picked out and ready to go. I’m nailing down more colours right now.
After coming home and putting away sale stuff, I decided a good cleaning out of the studio was in order. I’ve spent the last two days on that. I have a huge garbage bag of stuff to get rid of either by selling or donating, but the bulk of it is done. I don’t know. I use a lot of fibre and sell a fair bit, but it seems like the stuff multiplies! My shelves are full to bursting!
This week I’ll be cleaning more, and finishing up some odds and ends in the studio. I have a few wall hangings that need hanging sleeves, price tags, and to be uploaded to the website. I have some narrow strips that need to be cut and put into my extra stripettes bin for future hooking or sale.
I have company arriving the end of the week, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are the annual multicultural festival days in town – Mosaic. I hope to enjoy both. 🙂
I will be starting my wall hanging called “Escapees”. Come see the pattern and fibres! I’ll be selling greeting cards for $5 each and ornaments and wall hangings from $25 up.
If anyone is interested in buying supplies or fibre for hooking you can either do so on this website in the shop area, or stop by the booth and we’ll make an appointment for you to come by the house, or take an order and mail it out to you.
I am currently charging $20/half pound of wool (approximately a half yard of wool yardage). It will be irregular shapes. If you want it cut, it will be another $5 on top of that. I only cut #6 width.
If you want silk and wool yarns and fibre it will be $25 uncut, and $30 cut. Again these are half pound bags.
Hope to see people at the Fair. It’s supposed to rain, so bring your umbrellas and rain coats!
I finished hooking “Moss” late tonight. I purposely put off typing this blog post till it was finished! There is no excuse for it not being finished long before this. But there you go. I started it in September of 2016 and finished it in April 2017. That is pretty slow going for me. Though I did manage to get this website up and running in there.
“Moss” is, like “Dancing Tree”, an actual tree along the shoreline of Victoria, BC, this time down in the Oak Bay area. We stopped at a viewpoint nearby to gaze out at the ocean under leaden gray skies. It did rain eventually, as it is wont to do on Vancouver Island in the Fall. But my, I do love Vancouver Island!
I’m taking a break from hooking rug until we are back from South Korea. Who knows what kind of inspiration I’ll find there and what direction it will take my work.
I notice while I am very interested in nature, I am often more interested in man’s interaction with nature. My prairie canola fields under the bright blue skies, the children in a quinzhee or playing in a mud puddle, parks here in the city, a tree in full autumn foliage with a garage roof poking into the frame, a planted garden sprouting. Hmm…something to think about. I may end up re-writing my artist statement.
On the business side of things, I dropped off my business books this week so the accountant could do my taxes for me.
I’ve also had a magazine express an interest in writing about my work. But we shall see. The last time this did not pan out, so no more information unless it does! They did send a few questions to ask me. I’m hoping they rewrite my answers and don’t publish them verbatim!
Hubby and I wandered over to the Art Gallery of Regina on the weekend to check out the Salon Show and Sale with fewer people around. We took the opportunity to snap a few photos as well. The show seems to be going well.
I am not fond of the way they wanted my work hung, but in order to meet the conditions of being in the show there was no alternative but to follow their directions. They wanted all work hung from one nail, mine with a cord. I prefer a hidden hanging system for my work and hang it that way at home. I use two cup hooks at either side, just behind the edges of the wall hanging, and slip my hanging rods into those. I think the cord and one nail cheapens the look of my work, and am not happy with it.
I hooked more this weekend. “Moss” is coming along fine. I should be finished hooking it by the end of the week.
Other than that, I’m busy switching to Korean time early to give me more time to enjoy the trip while I’m there. I currently arise around 1 PM and go to bed around 4 AM. It gives me lots of peace and quiet to think and read…and to watch the odd movie! Ultimately my goal is to go to bed at 7 AM and get up at 3 or 4 PM. Time is short to make that shift.
I am also getting my walking legs back in shape. I see from our proposed schedule that there will be a lot of walking in South Korea. So I am putting in a couple hours a day walking. Thankfully I live in a good neighborhood for walking, though there aren’t many hills to practice climbing. South Korea is quite mountainous, especially around Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju, where we will be.
This week I’ll continue to hook on “Moss” and prepare for South Korea. I have to provide my books to the accountant to do my business taxes while we’re gone, so it will be a busy week. And I need to pick up an extra SD card for my DSLR camera. It will be a productive week I hope. But come Friday I’ll have fewer daytime hours to do things in. I want everything purchased for the trip by then.
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.
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 busy preparing for our trip to South Korea in April. Looking forward to new scenery and meeting friends and new people. As a result I am tying up loose ends. I am busy hooking more on “Moss” and hope to finish the hooking before I go. I’m two thirds finished.
This week I finished preparing for the final From Start to Finish class tomorrow. I have to hook one more sample for me to demonstrate to my student, but that should not take long.
I spent this morning filling an ETSY order. Just to let people know, I’ll be shutting down my ETSY shop gradually this spring and summer. People will have to order from here on my website if they want my work, visit the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, or visit me in person at my studio (please contact me for an appointment). I will maintain my presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. But my main focus will be Facebook and here on www.jeanottosen.ca . I have nothing against Etsy. I am just trying to streamline my online business.
I will be changing things around on my blog for awhile to see what works for my readers. I have had a drop in readership since switching to the new blog. Not sure what the issue is, but it is a significant drop, so I will be messing with things to see if I can get it back up there.
Hubby and I walked over to the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale opening night Wednesday evening. It was filled with people! The exhibit is really good this year. I encourage people to head over to the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to take a look. Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant, La Bodega, for a decadent chocolate fondue for two and a cup of tea.
A friend gifted me this lovely mohair blanket this week. Not entirely sure how I’m going to handle it and prep it for hooking. Any ideas anyone? It’s a very loose weave.
I finished deconstructing my greys and blacks this week. It took six hours total. I have a lot of greys and blacks. I put them back on the shelf today.
Works in Progress
I’m also back at “Moss”. It is taking a long time for a variety of reasons. One has been developing my new website. Then there was the rewriting of course syllabuses lost in the computer switch over that didn’t happen in the end, earlier this year. Another is it is a large wall hanging for me at 1′ x 5′. I am finding it a bit of a challenge staying focused on that large a piece. Then there’s the colour planning of the piece. I like the colours well enough, but I’m not sure I’m conveying the image I want with the piece. But I do plan to finish it. Hopefully in time for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 27th.
I had a great class again on Saturday and plan to prepare for another one this coming weekend. Sorry, I will not be teaching any classes in April. Instead I will be preparing for, going to, and recovering from a trip to South Korea! Looking forward to the change of scenery for a bit. Classes will resume Saturday, May 6th with a Finishing class. If you want to register contact me by April 24th.
Exhibit at the AGR
I dropped off my wall hangings Friday afternoon for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale. The show starts Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Regina in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I will be in attendance at the opening from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. As mentioned Friday, those wanting a studio tour please let me know and I can arrange to open my home studio in the evenings for guests.
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! 🙂
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.
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.
Hi everyone! This past weekend I had a blast with a lady who took my Curves class. My pattern didn’t quite work out the way I’d hoped, so I’ll be changing it. The lettering was too small to hook. I suggested switching from cursive to block lettering, as that might be more readable. That’s what I’ll be doing with the future version of this pattern. Plus, the pattern will simply be made larger, making it easier to hook. Both my student and I agreed this pattern is good practice for lettering. If you can hook it this size, any other size will be easy!
Meanwhile, this same student took my Introductory Rug Hooking class two weeks ago and finished the star above. Didn’t she do a great job for a beginner?! It still has to be clipped properly.
This coming weekend is the beginning of the Start to Finish class. It’s a four week long class running Saturday afternoons from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Cost is $300CAD and includes supplies. For further information contact me and I’ll send out an information email. This week I’ll be putting the final touches on the course syllabus, picking up supplies, and creating the handouts.
Other than that, I plan to hook more on “Moss”, upload more product to the website, and design more courses. Oh, and then there’s the business plan. That will take a lot of work. I’ve been putting it off.
Hi everyone! I’ve been working more on “Moss” this week. Not much, but some. I might have just enough of the bright green to finish it. It is looking better now more of it is done. I might do a few corrections on it, but mostly that will be to correct the values in the piece.
I’ve been busy preparing for the Curves class this weekend. I have everything ready for tomorrow. Here’s hoping we have a great time learning to hook and everything goes smoothly.
I’ve also been spending time working on the From Start to Finish class for March (Saturdays 1:30-3:30 PM), and putting together the kit for it. This is a four week class that includes instruction and materials for an 18″ x 18″ wall hanging or smaller, for $300CAD. It starts with idea finding, designing, transferring it to backing, colour planning, hooking, and finishing. I still have room for two more students if anyone is interested. Contact me by Monday Feb. 27th using the form below.
I had a great Introductory Rug Hooking class Saturday with a couple of wonderful women. It was a good time getting to know each other while getting to know a new craft.
Next class is February 25th and is a Curves class that teaches how to hook curves, circles, letters, and backgrounds. If we have time we’ll learn to hook bubbles too. I have space for two more students in that class. Class runs on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at my studio and requires you bring basic equipment and very basic knowledge of rug hooking (ie. how to hook a straight line and points). I will provide a fibre kit for you to hook – “Beauty”, as seen above. The pattern will be slightly enlarged at 7.5″ x 8″ to make it easier for beginners to hook. You will be learning how to transfer a pattern to backing as well.
I finished scan reading “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by McDermet, Manges, and Tobias. It has detailed instructions for creating beautiful braided edges and rugs, as well as instructions for rug hooking. Excellent job ladies! I highly recommend this book for people interested in adding braiding to their repertoire of techniques.
I also scan read “The Rug Hook Book” by Thom Boswell. It has a good section on the history, followed by samples of work from well known rug hookers. He then gives explicit directions on what you need and what to do. The rest of the book contains patterns you can copy and hook. This is a good book for beginner to intermediate rug hookers.
As for this week’s plans…
back in my studio hooking on “Moss”,
working on more ideas for the website,
uploading more product on the website,
preparing for the Curves class on the 25th,
writing more class outlines, and,
now it’s February, it’s time I got a move on and developed my business plan for the year!
Hope everyone is having a great day today! Enjoy your week! 🙂