I’m back at it again! I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”. I’m about one quarter done.
I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join. Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.
This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.
I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!
I missed writing a blog post for yesterday! Sorry to leave my readers hanging for a day or so. My blog writing was delayed. More details below.
In the rug hooking arena, “Dancing Tree” found a new home! I sincerely hope it gives joy and puts a smile on the face of the new owner for many years to come.
I haven’t progressed any further on “Gyeongju” or “Time” due to upcoming renovations. We picked up the last of the kitchen cabinets last week. This weekend and Monday we shopped for flooring and countertops. Mission accomplished! Everything should be on site in two weeks. The guy removing our old kitchen and installing the new is thinking it will be four weeks before he gets to us. However, we have a planning meeting with him coming up.
But before the kitchen renovation we have a front and side yard overhaul happening! So if I’m a little scarce on here and don’t have much rug hooking to talk about, forgive me!
We are also talking about culling trees on the property. We have a lot of mature trees between us and the neighbours. But that and planting a new perennial bed between us and them won’t happen until late August into early September.
While I’ve been negligent on the rug hooking front, I’ve been busy preparing for the nature journaling conference, Wild Wonder. It takes place next weekend. It starts at noon Atlantic Time on the 23rd and continues through to 1:30 AM Atlantic Time on Monday, the 28th. It will be 13 1/2 hour days. Friends and family are taking bets how long I’ll last. That’s a lot of Zoom time for me and a lot of sitting. I will definitely be talking advantage of breaks to stretch and exercise.
I am also planning to squeeze an artist retreat in between the lawn renewal and the kitchen renovation. So June and July will be busy.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! I’ll keep you posted on the renovations AND any rug hooking. Have a great week everyone!
I had a great weekend! A rug hooking friend was over Saturday and we dyed fibre. She is relatively new to dyeing and I am showing her how. She, meanwhile, is a great help to me in terms of being much taller and having more stamina. Her height came in handy, as we did dip dyeing and transition dyeing of 18” long swatches!
What is dip dyeing and transition dyeing you ask? Dip dyeing is when the swatch of wool is a darker version of the colour at one end than the other, and it moves gradually through the shades from dark to light. It is achieved by constant dipping into the dyebath, until you get the right colour in the right place. Hopefully no horizontal colour lines can be seen in the finished product. Here are our finished swatches.
We also did some transition dyeing. Transition dyeing is dip dyeing two colours from opposite ends of the swatch. When they meet in the middle there should be a gradually shift from one colour to another. Ours didn’t work out that well, but it will serve my purpose, which is to hook sunsets
Aside from that I needed blues for skies. So we tried a partial gradated dye process. Gradated dyeing is when you have several swatches (usually 6-8) and dye the entire swatch one solid colour, but there are several others lighter and darker of the same colour. Here’s a selection of blues for an example. There are actually five different colours of blue here and two to three shades each, at least, of each colour!
We also dyed other fibre. This was done to exhaust dyebaths (use all the dye in the water), and to use up some leftover dyebaths from previous dye jobs. Here are the blues…
From left to right: nylon (old pantyhose), wool fleece, wool bouclé, hand spun Shetland wool, silk bouclé, and Merino wool yarn.
Here’s the orange leftover from dyeing the transition sunset swatches.
Left to right: nylon, wool bouclé, wool fleece, more lighter coloured wool bouclé, hand spun Shetland wool, and Merino wool yarn.
If anyone is interested, I sell my dyed fibre. I also will teach dyeing after Covid is over. Just contact me using the form below.
Our sofa beds come today! That means everything will be in the house to finish the studio. It’s been a long haul! I will be so happy to have everything done. Next up will be the dye kitchen. Hubby and I are already talking.
This past weekend has been very productive for me. I was able to select photos from our 2017 trip to South Korea and put them in an inspiration folder on my computer. This past weekend I’ve been sketching possible compositions.
Sketches of South Korea
I will be taking another Karen Miller class tomorrow on materials and techniques. I’ve also signed up to listen to a talk on In My Studio by Judi Miller on artist residences on Oct. 7th. Plus I will be taking part in the Workshop Week through In My Studio the end of October. A busy fall of learning! So nice to be able to do this online.
I have also been hooking more on the South Korea roof tile end caps wall hanging. I am going slow, having stopped several times for dyeing and travels this summer. I am hoping to be finished by Christmas.
I managed to tear my Dorr wool into one yard pieces and wash and dry them in preparation for dyeing. My front loader really shrank the fabric, but it is still great for dyeing and rug hooking. It is all stacked neatly, awaiting dyeing.
I listed the fall colours swatches for sale. There are 15 of them at $3 each + shipping. They are 3” x 16” and Dorr wool. If you’re interested, contact me either here, through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
I also listed the small landscape I hooked using the swatches for sale It is 8” x 5” and unfinished. I’m asking $60CAD “as is”, or $80 CAD if you want me to finish it and include the hidden hanging system. Again, you can either contact me through this website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
This week I’ll be working more on the South Korea wall hangings. I also want to get the issues surrounding my rug photos and branding sorted out. I am likely going to order more fabric dye powder.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week everyone!
This past weekend we were busy cleaning out the house and preparing the yard for an upcoming tropical cyclone heading our way. Typical fall weather for here, but Hubby and I have never experienced one. We are a bit nervous, but we’re inland a bit so hopefully it won’t be bad.
One of the things we did was hang some artwork up on my studio walls. Check out the photos of them so far. We still have more to hang above the straight row on the end wall.
I’m really enjoying working in my studio and looking forward to the arrival of the sofa bed sometime in early October. That should give me seating for 4 or 5 people, should Covid ever end. Plus it will allow extra sleeping space for guests.
I’ve hit a roadblock on the South Korea roof tile end caps rug. I need to dye some wool from Lucy Richard’s dye system. I’m trying to arrange a time to get together with a friend to do some dyeing. First, I need to check and see how many other colours I’m short on. No point pulling out the dye equipment just for one piece of wool if I need to do more!
I’ve been working with a young woman on branding for my studio. It’s been an interesting and educational experience. I’m looking forward to using my new logo!
I’m slowly building up my gallery on ArtPal.com. I’ll be posting a wall hanging for sale once a day for five days of the week. It will automatically post to Twitter, Instagram, and my FaceBook business page – Jean Ottosen Studios. Follow along, and if you see anything you like, contact me through any of those platforms or through my contact button here on this website.
I had the opportunity of taking Karen Miller’s online course, “Getting Inspired” last Tuesday. It was a great shake me up course. I knew most of the concepts, but had never put them together the way Karen did. She gave me a fresh perspective. It worked great for giving me ideas on how to approach a new series or work of art. Thank-you Karen!
This week I’ll be enjoying another Karen Miller course – All About Design! Check it out by searching for Karen D. Miller on FaceBook. It’s hosted on the Zoom platform. Looking forward to class Karen!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great week!
There’s been a lot happening this week. I put my website shop on vacation for an extended period of time, maybe for good. I’m debating rebuilding my entire website from scratch. I am frustrated with my inability to navigate WordPress and WooCommerce. I hope to consult with someone in October about the situation.
Highlights of this week were: finding a new platform for selling my wall hangings, selling several wall hangings, and seeing the new logo my branding expert developed.
The new platform is ArtPal. It is free to use, with no commission, but people pay you through PayPal. PayPal still takes their cut – about 3%. Still, it’s good for advertising what you have for sale across various platforms. I can set it to share my listing on FaceBook, InstaGram, and Twitter.
I am delighted I can say that three Prairie Sky pieces, Moss (a.k.a. Northern Exposure), and Sprouts have found new homes. I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
As you know,if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve hired a branding expert to work with me in developing a new look for my business. One of the items she’s working on is a new logo. I’m not ready to divulge my new logo yet, but it’s coming! It’s simple and classy, but not too pretentious. I’m really excited about the change and hope to use it for many years!
Well that’s my update for this week folks. I wish you all a great weekend. Stay safe everyone!
Things are moving along here. I spent this past weekend hooking on the “African Dream Mini” for a friend. I’ve finished the hooking. Now for the binding and hanging sleeve. I hope to finish it this week.
I’m also planning my second and third retreats this year. Nothing like making hay while the sun shines! I have no idea if I’ll be able to take advantage of my friend’s cottage in the future. One of the retreats I’m planning isn’t really a retreat. It’s a visit to see relatives. But while there I’m hoping to fit in some photography, sketching, and painting.
Later this month I’ll be talking to a new web designer/graphic artist about redesigning my website and logo. We’ll be talking branding and marketing.
In the meantime I continue to sell supplies and greeting cards on the Facebook group Buy and Sell – Rug Hooking – Canada. I’m slowly emptying out bins in my studio.
Currently I am editing another video on my studio. It is an almost final peek at it. It is not perfect. The sofa bed won’t arrive till the end of September into October. That means I’ll be short sleeping and seating in the basement till then. I also am using the studio “as is”, so it’s a bit cluttered.
I hope everyone is geared up for a great August! Take care and catch up with you on Friday.
Hi everyone! It’s been a productive week for me. I’ve been practicing my watercolour painting, preparing for another art trip.
I’ve also started a small “African Dream” wall hanging for a friend. I drew the pattern on backing during my last retreat. It’s taken awhile to get to it.
I’ve also been selling plaid and check swatches on Facebook’s Rug Hooking Buy and Sell Canada. This is a group for rug hookers who live in Canada. I’ll be listing more plaids and checks throughout the weekend. I have fifteen listed and another fifteen to go. Then I have some heavier woollens, more like tweed, which I’d like to try hooking before selling. I’m just not sure they’ll hold together to hook well. Perhaps on a wider cut they might.
Plus I cleaned up my studio to entertain a photographer who is going to photograph some of my wall hangings. I spent Wednesday evening auditioning and selecting pieces for him to photograph. The resulting images will be used for greeting cards, promotional material, show applications, and my website.
Well that’s it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Take care!
Hi everyone! Just a quick post to let you know I’m listing plaid and check swatches for sale again in my website shop. These are wool and mostly wool garments that have been washed and deconstructed and torn into swatches roughly 4” x 12” or larger.
I cannot guarantee they are 100% wool because, well, I don’t know. I did a burn test on everything so know they are mostly wool at the very least.
If you want any please do NOT order through the website.
My shipping feature is not working properly at the moment. Instead send me a message through my “contact” page or to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling me which ones you’d like. I’ll tell you the total and the real cost of shipping.
Payment will be by e-transfer at this time, until I can get the shipping feature mess sorted out.
The last coat of paint was finished on the last wall this morning. Tomorrow we can start moving things around again, including furniture. We need to fill the hole in the floor where the pellet stove used to sit. Then I’m placing a chair over it.
It was an interesting weekend. I spent time with Historian and figuring out just where my early photos were stored. Next up is to move everything to the PC laptop. I’ve been transferring fifteen years of photos the hard way due to technical difficulties with the PC and Apple products. I’m using a 4 GB USB stick on over 12,000 photos. It’s slow going. The iMac stopped acknowledging the 64 GB USB stick even existed! Tomorrow I hope to finish the job.
I’m also learning how to develop online courses. So far it’s been a steep learning curve, but enjoyable. I ended up purchasing Screen Flow to help with the editing process. It’s supposed to be an excellent program for developing video courses. We’ll see.
I’m also working on updating my website. At some point in the past my blog posts all had their authorship switched over to my web designer. My web designer has moved onto other things, and I just figured out how to bulk edit the posts. But there are thousands to go through. I can only do 20 at a time. That’s one page worth. I have over 120 pages of posts, old and new. It will take awhile.
Plus my shipping is way out of whack on my website. If you want to buy something, please use the “contact me” form. I will figure out shipping and get back to you.
I’m starting to get excited about my studio. Painting the walls white was a good call. The LED lights are on their halfway point between blue and yellow light. It’s nice and bright down there. I hope my studio will be ready soon for some hooking!
It’s amazing how much we collect, both in our personal and business lives. Nothing has shown me that more clearly than this move. I have STUFF! As fast as Charlie puts together IKEA storage units I fill them.
I made a decision. I’m selling all my scrapbooking supplies and going digital and online. I’ve been toying with the idea for a couple of years now. I don’t do much scrapbooking, but when I do I like to attend weekend scrapbook meetings and accomplish something in one fell swoop. I notice hauling around the supplies is getting to be an issue for me. That would be alleviated by going online and doing everything in the comfort of my own home.
I’ve made photo books online before and have had moderate success. I discovered an online business, forever.com, at one of the scrapbook meetings I attended. I’m giving them a try. I’ve seen some of their finished photo books and they’re great! They seem to be using good paper and good ink. Owners of the books claim the books are as good now as when they bought them years ago. I’m ready to try and find out.
I’ve also discovered I have a lot more rug hooking supplies than I thought I had. I’m sorting them out now and preparing to list some for sale online. I’m using my Facebook page – JLT Studios – and the newly formed Rug Hooking Buy n Sell Canada Facebook page. I will also use the local Kijiji and VarageSale.
Charlie and I took a break from working on the house last weekend and headed up beyond Canning, Nova Scotia. It is beautiful country up there. We stopped at Grand Pre National Historic Park on the way. We walked through the woods to the old Acadian church. I really enjoyed all the wild flowers on the way. There is also a great planting of coleus just before the statue of Evangeline of Longfellow fame. The colours were magnificent! I sense another rug coming on…
A friend has offered us the use of her cottage this summer, whenever we want it. We could both use it. I’m thinking of taking an artist retreat out there for about five days. Charlie has been trying to write a book on his laptop. There are trails in the area we could hike. It was very kind of our friend to offer the cottage, and we hope to take some advantage of it.
I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I wrote a blog post! I managed to contract another virus and was sick for all of March as well. April was spent furiously playing catchup.
We picked out new carpet for the basement, had the carpet contractor in, only to discover we had a damp corner in the basement. That is not unusual with a house over 90 years old. So we called in a basement contractor to look at it. They said we need a sump pump and are installing one as I write this.
After the sump pump is installed Hubby has some more wall repair and painting to do before the carpet contractor arrives with the new carpet early May. There should be no problem with that timeline…we hope. Two days after the carpet is laid everything is put into storage. We managed to rent a storage locker already for the beginning of May. Hopefully before the day everything goes into storage we will be taking loads to donation locations across the city.
As for creative projects, nothing has been happening. I have been busy packaging up wool and selling it to people, but that’s about it.
I’ve also been busy watching far too many YouTube videos on moving, selling and buying houses, the area we plan to move to, and budget binders (which we’re going to need due to the higher cost of living where we’re going!). It’s been a very exciting time.
Health-wise things seem to be looking up. I’m feeling much better. Unfortunately the medical system is under a great deal of stress in the area I’m moving to. I will need a family doctor almost immediately and there are none to be found. I have two leads and I hope and pray one of them pans out.
I’m growing weary of living out of boxes. We first packed up last February (2018) and have been living out of them ever since. I can hardly wait to be in a new place with our reduced possessions in their rightful places. I miss having a “home”.
We had a great Easter this year and hope all of you did too. I’ve got to get back to work selling things here. Enjoy spring everyone!
Hello everyone. Despite being thwarted by a day long power outage on Tuesday I was able to update my shop section of the website by Thursday. You will notice a few changes. For one, I’ve taken all the plaids to zero inventory because I appear to have lost them somewhere…in a moving box no doubt…somewhere…
Secondly, I have listed more fiber bundles for sale – a Lemon Yellow and a Gold bundle. Right now there are five of each, with a variety of wool fabric and wool and silk yarns in each one. Each bundle has five pieces of wool fabric at least 3.5″ x 12″ (up to 5″ x 14″) and five 5 yard pieces of wool/silk yarn or roving of different types for texture. No two bundles are exactly the same, but the colorway is the same. I plan to create more fiber bundles in the near future.
The past week or so I’ve been busy organizing my knitting and actually knitting. I’ve knit two beanies – one a cream colored beanie and one a hand dyed variegated brown wool beanie – and am currently working on a hand dyed variegated brown wool neck warmer. I’ll update you later. I have a lot of knitting to do before Christmas!
Also, I seem to be working on a new WordPress platform that is giving me a headache. Below are some knitting photos I wanted to share with you, but they seem to permanently be stuck on their sides, despite my best efforts to rotate them so they are right side up! I will continue to work on this issue in hopes of sharing more photos. Otherwise photos could become sparse on my blog.
I have a full weekend planned. I hope my readers are enjoying the season. Thanks for reading.
We worked a lot on decluttering the house last week. Two carloads of stuff went to the charity shops. I’ve been selling our old stuff like crazy online. I’ve had friends come pick through my stuff too. It feels good to see others get excited about my cast offs and to know they will give them new life.
Saturday we drove up to Saskatoon to pick up my wall hangings and cards from the Saskatchewan Craft Council Fine Craft Boutique. I am no longer a member of the Craft Council, nor sell my work through them. From now on anyone wanting a piece of my work will have to purchase through this website.
I’ve been contemplating what to do for creative work these days. I can’t get into my rug hooking studio, let alone pull a project out to work on. I am unhappy with a knitting project I worked on last fall, and am procrastinating finishing it as a result. I do have a needlepoint project I’m thinking of pulling out. I need a bigger frame than I have to put it on. Hmm…time to get creative. I really don’t want to buy anything more specifically for this project.
As well as pondering my creative life at the moment and decluttering for the move ahead, I have been busy trying out Ryder Carroll’s bullet journal system. So far I’m impressed. It is meeting my needs. Thanks for sharing Ryder! I am specifically figuring out how to tailor the system to a retirement lifestyle and our move.
This week will be more decluttering, as well as company for awhile. Hope everyone has a great week!
Hi everyone. This week I’ve been busy dyeing fibre in-between being sick with a cold. I must admit, the humidity from the dye pot is soothing on my system. I’ve been opening the window a bit to air out the place. Right now our temperatures are well above freezing. Hopefully tomorrow I can do some more dyeing.
I’ve embarked on a hooked wall hanging project based on our South Korean trip that uses different colors and a different palette than I’m used to using. I don’t have those colors in my stash. Consequently there is a lot of dyeing to do. I am only about half done. So far I have dyed silk, wool, and nylon. Also yarn and fabric in both silk and wool, and some old nylons. I am getting some lovely mid-tone colors.
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.
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 <email@example.com> 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 knuckled down yesterday and dyed some fibre for “Escapees”. I needed a variety of lighter greens. My stash is mostly blue greens at this point, and I have a lot of them. Might need to colour plan a wall hanging to use some of those up. I also need oranges and grays for “Escapees”, but I have the grays from a long time ago, and the oranges were dyed earlier this year.
My website has been up and down this past week. There seems to be irregularities with it. I have my web developer working on it.
I’m thinking of sorting through my leftover worms and offering some for sale in the near future. I’ve been thinking of doing a scrappy rug for some time, but now “Escapees” has come up and it will probably be a while before I start something else. I seem to produce leftover worms at an amazing rate!
I’ve finished designing the photo book for our South Korea trip. Hubby and I are “letting it sit” for a few days before we send it in to be printed. He may have extra photos and text to add. I’ve been impressed enough with the program from this company that I’ve decided to create a mini portfolio through them. It would be more like a look book – just a taste of my work. It’s much smaller than the large book we’re doing for our trip. The trip book is 12″ x 12″ and 145 pages long. The portfolio book will be 5″x7″ and 100 pages long…or thereabouts. Not entirely sure yet. First we’ll see if the trip book turns out okay.
In big news: I will be off August 7th – 12th to watch my niece swim in the Canada Games. This is a great achievement for her and we are extremely proud of her.
Below are some of the results of Dye Day in more detail. I’m loving the casserole dye jobs. The photos are showing more white than there really is on the fabric. That’s wool on the left and silk on the right.
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.
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! 🙂
I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales. I’ve applied for two so far. I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales. I’ll fill you in when I learn more.
I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.
I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.
I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday. I have also written more on my course outlines.
I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan. One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee. I’ve used these two books before with considerable success. So I’m not really starting from scratch. Just planning what to do this year.
I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan. Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art. The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read. However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall. I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.
Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer. The rugs in the photos are beautiful! She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs. I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine. Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing. An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.
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!