Weekly Review – Loose Ends

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.

In my studio – Mohair Blanket

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.

Classes

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.

Talk to you all later.

 

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.

 

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.

 

In my studio…From Start to Finish

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.

Weekly Review – Moss, and other things…

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.

In My Studio – Rug Hooking Classes

 

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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

 

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.

Weekly Review

I just finished reading Michael Bird’s “Canadian Folk Art: Old Ways in a New Land”.  It’s a good brief introduction to Canadian folk art, complete with wonderful glossy paged photos of some nice examples.  Now I’ve moved onto a much thicker book “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by John Fleming and Michael Rowan.  I’m really enjoying it too, but taking it a bit slower.  There is a lot to digest in this one.

I also found another book at the library entitled “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias.  What a feast for the eyes!  I had no idea you could do the things with braiding that were done for that book!  Some beautiful examples of work. There are also detailed descriptions and explanations as to how to achieve the many different looks.  I plan on delving a bit deeper into the book this coming week.

Other than that I continue to work on rewriting my course syllabuses.  If you’ve checked the menu at the top of the page you’ll notice there is a tab for classes.  If you are interested in a class, but aren’t sure, be sure to contact me for further information.  I can give you an idea of the topics covered in each class.

I’ve also been hooking more on “Moss” this week.

For those of you waiting to see if my shipping has been sorted out yet, it has.  It is now safe and secure to pay and have items shipped across Canada and the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.

I am thoroughly enjoying the work of my website developer and delighted she has sorted out my shipping mess for me.  Stay tuned for further changes/additions to the website.

Monday Meanderings

WIP – “Moss”

I am still working away at “Moss”, and I am still reconstructing my class syllabuses from their loss trying to shift them from one laptop to another.  This time I’ve backed them up on our cloud drive AND on flash drive.  I finished rewriting my “Introductory Rug Hooking” and “Curves” class, plus their handouts.  Next up is to finish the “Start to Finish” class.

I found out I was too eager in decluttering my books last year, and managed to declutter a book I need to redevelop one of my courses.  I am checking online sources to see if I can find it fairly cheap.  I can find it cheap, but the shipping is horrendous!  I haven’t exhausted my possibilities locally yet.  I’m hoping to check used bookstores for it this week.

Work continues on this website.

I’ve been very busy with three online courses that are taking up more time than I anticipated.  However all is good.  They are good courses.

Fantastic Friday!

Hi everyone!  Today is nice and warm.  We are taking a break from our usual cold winter weather and sporting a lovely 0 degrees Celsius this afternoon!  Hubby and I went for a walk, as we have every day this past week.  The weather this week has been fantastic!

I’ve been busy studying and reading about folk art.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the origins of folk art, seeing as that is what my work is described as, and the various expressions of other folk artists.  I am, in particular, interested in the Canadian scene.

I dropped off my application to be part of the Art Gallery of Regina show and sale this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing what other local artists have been doing come March when the show opens.

I have had a request to offer another rug hooking class.  If anyone is local or interested in attending, please let me know.  I will be taking up to five students in my home for lessons.  Right now I have yet to decide the topic of the class.  So if you have a preference now is the time to give input!

Aside from the above, I am still hooking on “Moss”.

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.

In my studio…

In my studio…

I will actually be OUT of my studio most of this week.  I have last minute Christmas shopping and grocery shopping to do.  I have three social events this week…at least.  I have two appointments. And when I’m home I have company, and my two online classes to finish up.

If I have time I will be…

~ posting more product to the website,
~ hooking on “Moss” for relaxation,
~ designing more wall hangings (okay, that’s probably a pipe dream, but we’ll see)

I hope everyone has a wonderful time this week preparing for the Holiday Season.  🙂

 

WIP Thursday

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

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! 🙂

 

In My Studio…

In My Studio…

Time to reboot here and redirect energies.  This week I’m hoping to get a few things accomplished.

  • I have a few wall hangings by my chair that require finishing,
  • I have “Moss” to work on,
  • I think I need to focus on my website,
  • I need to seriously clean up my sunroom studio.  It’s a mess.

Hope everyone has a great week! 🙂

Weekly Review

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Sorry for the late post folks.  It’s been a busy day.  Unexpected company and some running around town.  I’ve been busy working on my website.  I think I’m done transferring files from the old blog to the new.  Next up is to post a few more items for sale.  We’ll see how it goes next week.

Also been creating draft listings on Etsy and posting items for sale on Etsy in my JLT Studios shop.

I did manage to hook a bit more on “Moss”.  I had a friend hold it up a distance away from me and decided the problem is values again.  Seems if I have color issues it’s usually in the values.

I started knitting swatches for a sweater pattern I want to knit.  A friend helped me wind two skeins into balls of wool yarn.

I had fun this evening at Nouveau Gallery’s 11th Anniversary Celebration!  I love this gallery.  If you’re ever in Regina I highly recommend it.  They represent a variety of local artists working in a wide variety of different media and styles.  Tonight’s work did not disappoint.  It was wonderful!

WIP Thursday

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…

In my studio…

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My bin of things to be worked on…

Good morning everyone!  I am looking forward to this week in my studio.

  • I will be posting more ornaments on Etsy.
  • I have to put a phone call in to WordPress. Apparently I have two premium accounts they want me to pay for when I only use one.
  • I also want to work on my website and uploading more content for sale.
  • Plus there’s “Moss” to hook.
  • I have yet to finish the Certificates of Authenticity.  I was sidetracked last week.
  • I have some photos to take still.
  • I have some hang tags to print off and attach to hangings.
  • I have a few wall hangings and ornaments that need some ‘fixing’.
  • And I have a bit of packaging to do yet.

Having said all that, I also have a busy social week coming up.  Looks like a busy week ahead.  I better get a move on!

In my studio…

In my studio…

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This week things are chugging along.  I spent part of the weekend creating draft posts on Etsy for Christmas ornaments.  They will be up for sale this week.  Shipping in Canada is free.  Shipping to the US is $5 CAD.

I am finishing a few wall hangings and packaging some as well.  Some will need certificates of authenticity, and some will not.  I include certificates for original work 6″ x 6″ and larger.  Each certificate includes:

  • the name and size of the piece,
  • the materials it is made from,
  • the number it is on my inventory list,
  • the date it was completed,
  • my signature, and the date I signed it.
  • cleaning instructions and
  • my contact information.

I do hope to figure out what to do with “Moss” this week.  I may have to do some dyeing yet.

Also I hope to get in and pick up my sunroom studio a bit.  It looks like a tornado hit!

I’m putting the creation of more fiber bundles to sell on hold for now.  My priority needs to be putting things up on Etsy for Christmas, and then the new website, and lastly making more fiber bundles for sale.

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WIP Thursday

WIP Thursday

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Knit Cellular Baby Blanket – almost finished!

I am almost finished the knit baby blanket!  Only a few more rows to go!  I want to try a new cast off method.  I’ll be checking in with my friend about that.

As for “Moss”…I am decidedly unhappy with it and haven’t worked on it all week.

Instead I’ve been preparing wall hangings for sale on Etsy and working on my new website.

I did not get to the Certificates of Authenticity yesterday.  So I will be working on those today.  I did manage to get about 150 cup hooks into little plastic bags (2 each) and into the wall hanging packages.

I have spent a lot of time planning our trip and studying Korean.

 

In my studio…

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This weekend I was busy with my Etsy shop.  I uploaded more items for sale.

I was also busy on my new website.  Still trying to figure out the shipping issues with WooCommerce.  Seems they aren’t as cheap as they claim to be.  I’ll be looking at other options this week.

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Upcoming this week…

~ I plan to hook more on “Moss”.
~ I need to add cup hooks to the packages of wall hangings I am selling.
~ I need to sew a hanging sleeve on one of the wall hangings.
~ I need to take some photos of others before posting them on Etsy.
~ I need to fill out Certificates of Authenticity for most of the wall hangings.
~ And I need to photograph and load more fiber bundles for sale.

I doubt I’ll finish all this in one week, but I’ll make a stab at it.  The Certificates of Authenticity will take some time to fill out.  They are quite detailed and I have quite a number to do.

Well I hope everyone is off to a great start of a new week!  Enjoy the nice fall weather and try not to eat too much candy then next couple of days.

Cheers,
Jean

 

 

 

Weekly Review

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Wall hangings and ornaments yet to be posted on Etsy.

It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been posting wall hangings and fiber bundles on Etsy for sale.  Check out my shop to see what’s new!  I’ll be posting more work next week.

I hooked a bit on “Moss”.

I knit on the cellular baby blanket.

I worked a lot on my new website I hope to have up and running by January.

I finished putting together my green wool and silk fiber bundles…for now.  I have a lot of green fiber!

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