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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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. 🙂