I’ve been working steady on the Parker’s Cove fishing shack series. I have finished hooking eight, and have five more on backing, ready to go. I’m currently looking for a venue that will exhibit my work and sell it for me.
I finished appliquéing all the blocks for the South Korean appliqué quilt top. I decided to stop at twelve. I spent time drawing out the quilt top, including the sashing and borders. There will be white-on-white sashing, a batik border, and a second narrower border of more white-on-white ..if I have enough. I delved into my tote bins and found batting big enough for the quilt. Next up I will have to look for backing.
I attended the Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks Embellishment workshop this past week. It was fun and informative. I worked some on “The Farm” during the demonstration. Some of the other students shared embellishment work they had done. Very interesting and educational.
I also attended Parris House Creative Community’s monthly Crafternoon. I managed to hook another fishing shack piece there, as well as exchange a lot of rug hooking related information.
I attended the ASH guild Fibre Day this past weekend via Zoom. I am still spinning wool and alpaca. I need to process some skeins of yarn.
That’s been my week as far as fibre is concerned. If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
I finished Sketchbook Revival 2022 and embarked on a clean up and reorganization of my studio this week. I finally parted with a box of old original artwork. I hope the thrift stores we donated to recognize the value of what they have and can actually earn some money from it for a good cause. At any rate things are looking a lot better. My main objective was to get my art supplies out in the open so I can easily grab them to use them!
I also managed to repair one of the old rugs I purchased in February and placed it on the studio floor. It was going to go under the tables in the sitting area, but I was very nervous of having it under the coffee table and chair legs. Plus the design would be hidden. So I pulled it out into the middle of the floor.
I also worked on my South Korean appliqué quilt this week. I have eleven blocks finished, and am working on the twelfth. I’m trying to decide if I want to go any larger. It’s a lot of work and I really would prefer to rug hook.
To that end, I decided to buy my own scanner and printer. I picked up my scanner last week. My printer has to be brought in from Toronto and won’t arrive until this week at the earliest. I used the scanner and photo editing software to scan, enlarge and print my largest Parker’s Cove pattern. I did it the hard way. A friend later told me the easy way!
I am working my way through “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron for the third time in my life. I do it, but with a few modifications. It takes time to do. The tasks and exercises are often time and energy consuming. However, it is worthwhile to do it once every five to ten years…to refresh my memory and see where I’m at…how I’ve progressed.
I attended several crafting events last week. Wednesday I attended three! In the morning I got together with some crafty family members and friends online to chat and craft. That’s when I work on my appliqué quilt.
Wednesday afternoon I got together on Zoom with a group of rug hookers. This week I worked on repairing the large vintage rug I purchased.
Wednesday evening was special. I was at an online event hosted by Beth Miller on her Mighty Networks site, Paris House Creative Community. It was a Q&A on book proposals and publishing. It was very helpful and informative.
I’m really enjoying Beth’s Mighty Networks site, and encourage you to check it out! It’s an inspiring and encouraging place to be. Topics are not only about rug hooking, but also soap making, beekeeping, chicken raising, cooking, knitting, etcetera. There is a lot of variety, especially if you start a thread or sign up to attend a Zoom event.
Thursday I reorganized the studio in the morning and hosted a rug hooking friend there in the afternoon. She had some good ideas on reorganization. I finished repairing the large vintage hooked rug and placed it on the floor. Then switched to designing the layout for my appliqué quilt.
Friday I attended a Zoom rug hooking group in the afternoon. I cleaned my studio more while chatting with the other rug hookers. Towards the end of the meeting I took them on a virtual studio tour.
Last week was business taxes as well. I have those finished and in to the accountant. Now I’m just filing receipts.
I am not sure what this week holds. It may be time for a bit of a slower pace. I have some other projects to work on that don’t involve rug hooking. I need to sit down and prioritize.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
Good morning everyone! This past week has been busy and fun. I enjoyed time spent hemming the two Parker’s Cove wallhangings and the Boucherouite wallhanging. Next up is hanging sleeves on the backs. Then to add the titles.
Coming up with titles for pieces has always been a struggle for me. I try to somehow relate the title to the concept or idea that inspired the piece. Other times it is based on memories, like “The Farm”. Sometimes, if I’m really lacking in creative ideas, it’s just a numbering system, like “Parker’s Cove #1”, “Parker’s Cove #2”, etcetera.
I decided to call the Boucherouite wallhanging “Moroccan Dream”. It was inspired by the Moroccan Boucherouite rugs, but isn’t really a Boucherouite. From what I can find online, there are no circles in true Boucherouite rugs. So “Moroccan Dream” is more in the style of a Boucherouite rug, but not a true Boucherouite.
I’m still waiting for inspiration on the Parker’s Cove series of wall hangings. They deserve better than just a numbering system. I wanted to name them after the owners of the fishing shacks, but I don’t know who they are or how to find out, short of going there one day and bothering the fishermen and women as they either leave or come back from fishing. Hmmm…
In other news…I am still preparing for the onion skin dyeing workshop. I have also started video taping for an online video course on onion skin dyeing. I’ve had great fun dyeing wool fabric this week, and experimenting with mordants and different dyeing techniques.
I have also been experimenting with “stories” on Facebook and Instagram. I am hoping to place more content on Instagram in the coming days. Check out my Jean Ottosen Studios Instagram account for updates. Next up is to learn how to effectively create and use Reels.
I attended a great Biz/Studio Q&A on Beth Miller’s Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks this past week. A lot of topics were covered and good ideas were discussed. I have a lot of ideas to work on.
In other news…after months of struggling with a rug hooking frame that was virtually falling apart, I finally gave it and some Chair Doctor glue to a carpenter friend to fix it for me. I have had this frame over ten years, and used it heavily. It owes me nothing. Still it is my favourite frame. It’s great to have it back and in working order.
In yet more news…I have been busy spinning up some alpaca, Corriedale wool and wool roping to make a nice fuzzy yarn for dyeing and hooking into my wallhangings. The people of the ASH Guild (Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers) have been very helpful. I attend their Zoom Fibre Days and learn a lot.
Well, if you have made it this far, thank-you for reading. I hope everyone has a great week! Until next time, take care!
We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground this morning, and more snow falling. It was quiet and beautiful!
A snow day for us means an at home day. So today I’ve been doing “errands” and paying bills online. I’ve also been transferring files from my iMac to my Lenovo laptop. My iMac is on its last legs and I will not be replacing it.
I managed to copy four more Parker’s Cove fishing shack wall hangings onto backing. I have at least one more long one to transfer to backing, and several smaller ones yet.
I have not worked on the Boucherouite rug since Friday. Nor have I worked on “The Farm”.
I have finished spinning and plying some dark green Corriedale wool for rug hooking.
Plus I attended a Zoom lecture by Tom Hannihar, sponsored by the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, on the molas of Panama and Columbia. A mola is a type of handwork created using reverse appliqué, appliqué and embroidery. It is often made by girls and women, and sewn to their blouses. It was a fascinating lecture.
This weekend they have one on the women artists of Morocco. I plan to attend that Zoom lecture too.
I am currently reading “Color Choices” by Stephen Quiller. This book is aimed at artists and uses manufactured paint names for the various colours on the colour wheel. The concepts are good for all media though. I am enjoying it. I hope to finish it by the end of the month.
I am also embarking on a re-reading of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. I am doing it with a group of people on Beth Miller’s Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks. I learned a lot about myself the first time through this book over 20 years ago, and I’m thinking it might be time to revisit it now.
Mighty Networks is a paid platform, and Beth is just getting started there. However she already has some demos, a crafting afternoon, and a finishing afternoon once a month in the works. There are plans to offer courses through the site as well. Plus there are boards on a wide variety of topics. You can check out her site on a free 3 day trial. After that it’s $9.99 USD per month.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
This weekend I pulled weeds, finished preparing the alpaca yarn for sale, and pulled more weeds. Hubby and I had several serious conversations about the yard. Something has to be done sooner rather than later. We have a major goutweed (aka Bishop’s weed) infestation happening.
Our new mat for the deck gazebo came Saturday. It’s gorgeous and it’s from Costco. It was a very good deal. We are pleased to have a nice place to read, rug hook and spin on the deck out of the sun.
Plans for this week include more weed pulling. But also more creative work. I want to get “Gyeongju” finished and off my frame. I also want it steamed and blocked. I’m stuck on hemming until I can either have my serger repaired or get to someone else’s serger to do the job. Right now no one is going anywhere due to Covid lockdown.
I’ve been playing around with the project management app, Trello, and one thing it shows me clearly is how many of my projects are stuck because of lockdown. We aren’t supposed to go out except for essentials, and even then only one person is to go. That’s Hubby. I can’t call repairing a serger or buying supplies for a hanging system essential. And I certainly wouldn’t want Hubby to handle those transactions on his own. So…I can go so far with “Gyeongju” and then I wait…
I am also hoping to enter all my projects into Trello to see how many years of work I have ahead of me. I need to break it down into a reasonable workload.
Well, if you have been reading, thanks! I hope you have a good week. Take care everyone, and stay safe.
I’m trying out Trello project management app due to a reader’s comment not long ago. I have mixed feelings. I like it for breaking big projects down into smaller steps and creating a daily to do list. But I find it difficult to get a good global overview. I haven’t decided if that’s good or bad. Sometimes a global overview can be overwhelming and freeze you up. Other times it can show you where duplication is happening.
I’ve used mind maps since 1993. I’m used to them. But I think that’s part of the problem with me assessing Trello – I’m biased. So I’m going to keep experimenting with both and see if one works better than the other. I’m using SimpleMind for mind mapping…the paid version. It may be they complement each other. I don’t know. I have to play with Trello more.
In other news, I discovered a new website this week for budding artists and experienced alike. Check out Jeanne Oliver’s website. There are free courses, self study courses and actual paid classes I notice Deanne Fitzpatrick has a class being offered there as well. Lots to work with. I plan on exploring some.
I’ve been reading a new-to-me book called “Desire to Inspire” by Christine Mason Miller. It is a book on various artists with creative exercises in it to help you use your “creative passion to transform the world “. I’m on chapter two. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m still hooking on the border of “Gyeongju”. It’s a lot bigger than I thought, but it’s looking good! I figure I have two more hours of hooking to do and it will be finished!
I processed (or finished) some hand spun alpaca yarn for knitting. It’s hanging to dry as I write.
I attended a free nature journaling lecture via Zoom yesterday afternoon. It was hosted by John Muir Laws. It was about flower and leaf configurations. In it I found out the first week of June is International Nature Journalling Week. John’s website offers a series of Zoom workshops for free or donation (as you are able) during the week. I’m debating taking some. It depends on my time.
There is also a nature journaling conference called Wild Wonder June 23-27th. That is a paid event. More information can be found on John’s website.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Enjoy your weekend!
This week was a week of moving forward on various projects.
I finished spinning an alpaca fibre I acquired from a lady out in Regina, Saskatchewan many years ago (thank-you Sharon!). It’s a beautiful soft yarn, and I haven’t processed it yet! This yarn will be used for knitting.
In the process of cleaning up my studio last week I found my old doll. It’s over 50 years old! It needs new clothes. I believe the last time I sewed for her was in the 1980s, and it was just a pajama top and panties set. This time she’s going to sport a coordinating sailor dress, panties and bonnet in various patterns of hot pink! The sewing pattern is decided and cut. Today I plan to do some sewing.
In the rug hooking arena I dyed more purple wool fabric to finish hooking the border on “Gyeongju”. I figure I have 6-8 hours of hooking left to do. Then it’s onto blocking and hemming the edges. I have to decide what kind of hanging system to use with it. It’s a pretty heavy piece, so I may take the time to make a full museum quality hanging system.
What’s that? You ask?
Well, I take a strip of thin wood (check out the trim section of your lumber store), cut it to length, and shellac it. Then I staple hook and loop tape to it – the hook side. I sew the loop side to the top of the rug. I drill a couple of holes either end of the trim…right through the hook and loop tape. I screw it to the wall where I want to hang the piece, making sure it’s level. Then I just push the loop part of the tape onto the hook part, making fine adjustments as I go to make sure the rug is hanging level.
It is a time consuming way to hang a rug, and is not cheap. But it’s the best system I’ve seen for big heavy rugs like mine in the long run.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a productive weekend and day, primarily thanks to some unpredictable weather. Today has been raining off and on, making it a wonderful day to be in my studio.
I finished the doll clothes for the 16” Briar dolls. Here are the last few items I made. I shipped them all off Friday. I hope they all fit.
I moved onto the knife sheath. I had a chat with a friend who is a more experienced seamstress than I am and determined, after careful thought, that it just wasn’t going to work. The moose hide I have is actually quite soft. It used to be a woman’s suit jacket. I don’t think it will hold its shape well enough to hold a jackknife. I decided to make another gift for my nephew, and possibly include the moose hide in that.
I moved onto printing and cutting out the Ken doll patterns. Today I cut out all the pieces to sew. However…
I received a phone call from someone looking for the face masks this week. So I switched gears and cut out face masks. I’m in the middle of sewing them at the moment. I’m using the Olson pattern still. I use a batik quilting cotton for the front fabric, cotton sheeting for the liner, and a filter of diaper flannelette (single layer).
This weekend I decided to try selling some items on the Facebook Canada Rug Hooking Buy and Sell group. It was quite successful. I’m quite pleased with how it went. I sold several patterns. Time to update my website store to reflect the changes. I will be selling more that way.
My studio update as of Sunday? Hubby and I are slowly getting things sorted out. I went through all my rug hooking and made piles of what to mend, what to hang upstairs, and what to hang in the studio or downstairs. Basically we keep whatever is upstairs and whatever is downstairs is for sale. I sold a bin of old patterns over the weekend. Here’s the current messy, but functional, state of my studio.
Well that’s it for this weekend! I hope everyone has a great week! Take care!
I finished my first bed sock and am almost done the second. They are a bit large, but that’s okay. If I knit myself a real pair for walking I’ll go down one size.
I finished the first eight appliqué quilt blocks and am onto the next eight. Having a hard time finding time to do this, what with other distractions and only being able to do it during daylight hours. My appliqué stitching is a mess after the sun goes down, even with lights on!
I am reading “Eyes Open to the World” by Karen Miller. I’m really enjoying it! I’m halfway through the book now. I’m a slow reader.
I missed rug hooking, so I scrounged around in bins and boxes for some scrap linen backing. I freehand drew some hearts on it, on top of some squares that were already on the backing.
I commandeered Hubby to move boxes of fibre around so I could find the appropriate colours to prepare for hooking. I settled on pink, red, purple, and white. I am using my usual wool, silk, and nylon.
Then I discovered my portable lap frame had cracked during our move. I quickly mentioned it to a friend and she offered to bring one to our group meeting this week for me to borrow. I took my cracked frame to the meeting and asked for advice on fixing or replacing it. I was surprised the answer was try Gorilla Glue! So Hubby went out for some Gorilla Glue and is poised to try and repair my frame.
I hope everyone else is having a productive time. Take care and I’ll try and check in next week.
Hi everyone! I’ve been spinning and knitting away. I managed to finish spinning the red purple and the golden yellow for my current project – the South Korea rug. We’ll see how that hooking project goes. I’ve determined the pattern is too detailed to add my silk fibre strips. The pattern loses definition when I do. This project will definitely be a learning one, but then, what project isn’t? I find I learn something with every project I do.
I’m also knitting more on the silk/alpaca Dropped Stitch Scarf. It’s a free pattern from Ravelry. Almost done. Only about ten inches to go! Looking forward to blocking and wearing it.
Aside from the fibre activity I’ve been to the local rug hooking guild. They are a very talented group of ladies! They are a huge group! I visited on a day when some of them were selling crafts as well. I bought some beautiful small dove Christmas tree ornaments and took the phone number of a knitter. That reminds me, I must call her. I’m thinking I’ll put in an after New Year’s order. She knits wool socks and shawls.
I’m also reading. I finished reading “Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador” and was struck by the diversity of design within the region. There is a history of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador at the beginning of the book. That is followed by many examples of hooked mats from various parts of the region. I found the history of the mats fascinating.
I’m currently reading “Silk Stocking Mats” by Paula Laverty and enjoying the history in that. I’m not a big history fan, but these two books include a lot of visuals to make it interesting and clarify what happened when.
Two days ago I processed the yarn I spun. I’m already noticing the difference between the humidity here and on the Prairies. It’s taken two days to dry instead of one!
Earlier this week we dug out Christmas decorations and decorated a tree and the main floor of the house where we’re staying.
We baked up a storm and hosted a cookie exchange for our landlady, daughters, and our son-in-laws. I hate to tell them, but our cookies are already gone! That’s probably a good thing, and we probably shouldn’t eat any more! However I know I’ll be making chocolates soon. So there will be lots of goodies yet for Hubby and I to share with others.
Well, it’s time to get going here. Take care everyone. Have a safe holiday season!
The house sold and we’re busy preparing for the move and saying good-bye to our many good friends. We will miss you all.
We moved everything back to the house from storage and decided that was enough. We hired a real moving company for the actual move. We were going to do UHaul, but it was just too much work.
I’ve been busy listing items for sale online, and selling them. Hubby has been making trips to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to drop items off. It’s amazing how little you need when faced with paying for a move!
We continue to have our weekly Pizza and Games night with friends. I’m still sick, but it’s only a cold I’ve been told. As long as I don’t laugh too much I’ll be fine. When I laugh I cough.
Creativity these days consists of planning, organizing, and getting things done. Not much. Thankfully my whiteboard is starting to look a little emptier.
In rug hooking news, Karen Miller’s new book is out! I am represented in its pages in the plein air hooking section. I’m looking forward to receiving my copy.
I packed my car bag for the road trip east today. It has knitting in it. I’ll also be spinning some roving into yarn.
Hubby and I were a bit concerned about all the stuff we want to take in the car. So we hauled it all into one room in one pile for a visual assessment. It should be good.
We celebrated a friend’s birthday recently. Baked a cake and had it with ice-cream for dessert. She wanted to learn to make pizza from scratch, so a couple of friends gave her a pizza stone and pizza cutter, while we gave her a couple grocery store gift cards. She and her sister were here visiting about a week ago and I showed them how to do it. They are excited to try.
Well, that’s it. The goal for today is to check the emergency kit in the car and to visit the lawyer to sign the final paperwork for the house sale.
I was to the Open Fibre Night for the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild this week. Had a blast with about nine other people in attendance. There were three of us newcomers. Though truthfully I’m not entirely new. I was there once last year, before my Dad became really sick and I started having health issues. Hopefully I’ll have time to make it from now on. Met one of my followers on Facebook. Always such a surprise and delight to meet someone who takes the time to follow me. Thank-you to everyone who does.
Today I’m off to a local knitting group. I want to work on those wrist warmers. I also want to get into the boxes of rug hooking fibre and see what I can conjure up in the way of fibre bundles to sell on my website. I have lots of fibre, it’s just getting at it right now is problematic. But it sure would be nice to organize and sell some of it before we move.
I’ve been exploring some interesting facets of bullet journaling this week. Ryder Carroll, the originator of the system, released his first book on the subject last Monday. It’s called “The Bullet Journal Method” and it is very good as an introduction to the system. I haven’t finished the book yet, but there is promise of it having material for seasoned bullet journalists too.
Meanwhile I am in the Minimalist Bullet Journal group on Facebook. There another member has posted a video explaining what he refers to as his “Frankinlog”. It really condenses a lot of information into a few pages…well…actually a double page spread with a couple of Dutch doors. Dutch doors are pages where part of the page (top or bottom) has been cut off, giving you a shorter page in-between two full size pages to write more notes. The advantage is you can see the top (or bottom) of a page (say a calendar) and still have oodles of pages below it to write task lists. I’m going to try it starting January. I’ll post a photo then to show you how it works.
I hope everyone enjoys a lovely fall (or spring) weekend. Take care my friends.
People who have been reading my blog for a while know that my dad passed away the end of April. I was totally immersed in dealing with “The Shirt Project” for the two months following his death. “The Shirt Project” was the remaking of about twenty of his old L.L. Bean shirts into mementos for his descendants. That gave me time to think about Dad and to grieve. My projects received rave reviews from the recipients. I am glad they like them.
We are still planning on moving to the Halifax area in the future. But, added to that has been my own health problems. My old ticker just ain’t what it used to be. So I’ve been put on medication and had several medical tests. I’ve joined a gym and am receiving classes on how to take care of my heart. Hence I’ve decided to not teach rug hooking classes till after things have settled down a bit.
We’ve also been preparing for some interior painting and floor refinishing in our old house. It’s been a long haul of decluttering, selling stuff, donating stuff, and packing stuff to go into storage. And we aren’t near finished! We’ll be working on it throughout the rest of August and beyond.
I’ve done absolutely no handwork to speak of…short of re-spinning some cotton yarn for a friend. That was an experiment with mixed results. She decided not to ask me to spin any more of the yarn. It just was not designed for knitting. When knit up it made a hard surface on the finished project – both spun and unspun. It was a yarn of six strands, about DK weight, originally intended for crochet, and will be donated to some crocheters.
I have been keeping up with my bullet journalling. Now the doctors know it exists they are interested in all kinds of records I keep in it. I’ve switched to using a Traveller’s Notebook style bullet journal, but not the authentic TN…it’s too pricy for me. I picked up my look alike at Michaels one day while out shopping. They also had refills for it, much to my delight! I am finding this less time consuming than using the Lechtturm 1917 journal. Also cheaper. The TN style bullet journal allows you to slip four separate notebooks into one cover. That means information that doesn’t change from month-to-month can go in one notebook, and my day-to-day planner can go in another. I also have a notebook for my trackers for sleep, habits, productivity, weight, water consumption, expenditures/earnings, gratitudes, and blood pressure. And the final notebook is a food and exercise diary. It is really convenient to have all that information in one place. When I finish a notebook, I just slip it out of the cover, put in a new notebook, and continue on. Not near as much wasted paper as in the Lechtturm, and better organization for me.
Well that’s my post for this week folks! I’m afraid blog posts will be a bit sparse until I get back to my handwork. Hope everyone is having a great summer! Take care!
Hi everyone! I’m back from our little trip. The trip was a great time to engage other artists about their work. I was able to attend the Okotoks, Alberta spinning drop in and take my knitting. It was interesting talking to the ladies and I was able to wind my next ball of yarn there.
I was also able to visit a fantastic fibre artist – Deb Loosely – while in the area, and had a tour of her huge studio! Deb quilts, spins, knits, and weaves. Oh, and she sews as well. Found a wonderful costume book on her bookshelves that I haven’t seen in years!
By the time we made our way to Edmonton, I was in need of another fibre fix. I met up with an excellent intuitive painter. She is just on the cusp of deciding whether to go professional or not. I encouraged it as her work is very good. When she is ready, and gives the go ahead, I will post some more about her and her work here.
While away I took some time to knit. I finished the neck warmer to go with the hat I knit. Next up are the wrist warmers. They are knit from Fleece Artist’s Canada’s 150th National Parks yarn, in the Sable Island, NS colourway. The pattern is a free one from DROPS. I found it through Ravelry.
I’ve also been spinning a bit. A friend had some very fine stranded yarn given to her. It’s actually six fine strands laying together to form one strand. However, because it’s not plied it will probably split easily when knit. So I plied one ball and we processed it. It’s hanging to dry. Once it’s dry I’ll wind it into a ball and we’ll pass it off to our expert knitters to compare with the original yarn, to see which is easier to knit. If they like the plied ball better, I’ll ply the rest of them. There are a lot of balls.
In-between all that Hubby and I have been packing stuff, selling stuff, and designating stuff for charity. It’s a time consuming process. But we are managing to whittle things down slowly. We want to be done the process by the end of the month, when the painters come to move most of our stuff into storage before painting the interior of the house.
Welcome to my new website everyone! Take a look around and tell me how you’re liking the new look by posting a comment below. I welcome feedback. 🙂
The last month’s posts are missing on this blog, but that’s okay. I’ll update you here.
Since the middle of September I’ve finished “Escapees”.
I’ve also been out plein air hooking at Echo Lake Provincial Park here in Saskatchewan. It’s beautiful in the fall with golden yellow leaves on the trees against the bright blue prairie sky. Here’s what I was hooking in.
The other side of the lake looked a bit barren though. The leaves had already fallen and the golden brown of the grassy hills was showing through the bare dark branches.
The end result was a small approximately 5″ x 9″ piece I call simply “Echo Lake”.
I attended Art Now! in Regina this fall. It was an inspiring event for me. I was able to spend Saturday listening to presentations, and enjoy the artwork in-between sessions.
I’ve also been spelling off my hooking with knitting. I’ve finished my Painted Desert Shawl by Karen Klein (available free on Ravelry) from Sea Turtle yarn.
I’ve been knitting some baby items… a hat and some mitts with an i-cord string attaching them. I am currently working on this baby sweater, which requires I pick up stitches around the neck and down the front to knit a collar and button band. I am knitting to learn new techniques. I’m finding baby items ideal for this. They are small and quick to knit…when I’m not distracted by other things… The patterns for these come from “60 Quick Baby Knits”.
I’ve also been spinning. It’s come to my attention that I have a lot of fibre that needs to be spun. I just had my wheel serviced and will be working, when I have time, to spin it up. Here’s a couple of small skeins of old singles that I plied together to make yarn. I will overdye these to make them usable.
And, now that Canadian Thanksgiving is over, my eye is turned towards the upcoming Christmas season. To that end I diverted myself to scrapbooking last week. My daughter was married about twelve years ago and I promised her a wedding scrapbook. I think twelve years is a long enough wait! I had the tools, the time, and the money to finish it off. Traditional scrapbooking is not cheap! It is my daughter’s Christmas gift this year.
On September 23rd I took part in Sunrise Library’s Old Fashioned Fair. Sunrise Library is a branch of the local Regina Public Library. I had a blast! So much so I forgot to have photos taken of me there! I was with a group of weavers and spinners and we had a great time chatting and demonstrating to the public. Definitely on my repeat list if asked next year.
As a result of the Old Fashioned Fair I ended up at the local Weavers and Spinners Guild one evening. Had a blast spinning away while listening to the meeting. Lots of people doing interesting things there.
I’ve also been approached for information to include on myself and my hooking in a book to possibly be published in 2019. Writing everything down about my en plein air hooking was a bit of a novelty. I didn’t realize it was such a process, or that I knew as much as I did. It was good for me.
And in-between all that I’ve been helping my web designer with the new website, including the new videos for my classes that help explain what they are about. Please feel free to provide constructive feedback.
Here it is! All finished. African Dream. I need to make hang tags for it, but that can wait.
Sunday we were up to Saskatoon to check in with ArtNow. It was a cool exhibit! A great variety of work from a variety of artists and in a variety of mediums. Great stuff!
Company has gone home now. In-between visiting I was hooking and re-carding some alpaca fibre a friend gave me.
I met up with another friend last week. She’s coming over this week to give me more fibre and some carding paddles. I hear there is some upholstery fabric she’s wanting to get rid of as well. I feel blessed to have such generous friends.
I decided to change the name of my new wall hanging to simply “Moss”. I am going to have to give more thought to the colour planning for this wall hanging.
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I look forward to another busy week. Happy hooking everyone! 🙂
I finished my online Gale courses in communication and teaching writing: K-3 with flying colors on Friday. They were fun courses to take to shake up my brain again and bring out the appropriate knowledge for teaching. I think I’ll take a few more of these courses in the future.
I haven’t done a lick of work on African Dream or my g-mail account this weekend. A true weekend off! I was at a meeting on growth principles, and helping prepare food, serve it, and clean up for the church’s graduation luncheon. By Sunday afternoon, when it was all over, I was wiped and took a good long nap! Spent some time weeding the yard/garden.
This week’s plans definitely include African Dream and sorting through email. I’m not sure what else I’ll do. Depending on the weather I may spin a bit or do some plein air hooking in the backyard. I’m feeling a bit of a need for a change. Maybe some dyeing.
Friday is Canada Day and we are hosting a small gathering of friends. So some time will be spent planning and preparing for that. I’m looking forward to a week with a relatively clean slate.
What’s on the go this week? I’ve been having fun playing with different ideas and working on different projects.
The Barn is started and the actual barn is mostly hooked,
I continued knitting the baby blanket. I tried stitch markers for the lace pattern, but it did not work due to the nature of the pattern. So I am back to doing without.
I went through my Hardanger box to file everything away on shelves, and came across a couple of kits, one already started. Both are for Christmas ornaments. I decided to work on the one that was already started. It has some nice cotton, linen, and metallic thread oval ornaments decorated with beads.
I am still working on the Granddaughter’s Needle Box. It requires a lot of gluing and I spend time waiting for it to dry. By the time it’s dry I’m onto another project! I am not going to have enough glue to finish this. I’m thinking I may need to make a trip to Walmart to pick some up.
See these lovely notebooks? Aside from being inspiration themselves, I use them to help organize my days. These have been in use since 2009, when I first read David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I use David Allen’s ideas to keep me on task and productive. Why are they in a WIP post? Because I updated them. 🙂
Work on my portfolio has halted because we are running out of ink. Need to buy new colour ink cartridges for our printer.
I haven’t even looked at my spinning yet. Maybe this weekend.
Well that’s my works in progress everyone. Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂
Colour planning “The Barn”…no yarn yet, but I’m getting there!
I spent Friday afternoon colour planning The Barn. This week I will start hooking it. I have also decided I need to pick up the pace on a few other things. Less computer time and more crafting time is needed. So, aside from The Barn, I plan on…
working on my porfolio,
spinning some fibre,
knitting the baby blanket,
working on Blogging 101. Don’t be surprised if you see extra posts popping up this week. 🙂
And look what I started yesterday. A gigantic needle box! I have a lot of needles to capture in one space. Hopefully this will help when completed.
People sometimes ask me what took me so long to actually sell my work and start a business? The answer, as with most things in life, is complicated.
I’ve been absorbed and immersed in fibre most of my life, from a very young age. Learning sewing, embroidery, and knitting before entering the double digits in age. None of it was very good, mind you, but I had the rudiments taught to me by my paternal grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress and needlewoman, often winning prizes for her work.
As I entered my teen years I drifted away from fibre, encouraged by a school system that felt I was “matriculation” and didn’t need to learn to sew or create art. I balked at the latter. It was in my teen years I took up painting. My interest continued into my 30s.
“North Mountain Lookout” and “Azaleas”
“White Elephant Inn”
But I kept coming back to fibre… My grandmother taught me to tat lace as a teen. My mother bought me needlepoint patterns and supplies. I continued to embroider and sew. I learned cross-stitch. I attempted my first quilt at seventeen. It’s still unfinished! I did finish the quilt for my first baby’s crib though.
When I had my first child I learned to hook rugs. That was 30 years ago now. I hooked rug and painted side-by-side for some time. We moved and the paints were put away. The rug hooking too.
Our new community had a wide variety of fibre craft opportunities. I took up quilting…
Hardanger embroidery from the Hardanger Fjord region of Norway.
And finally settled on rug hooking again about 16 years ago. From the beginning I knew I wanted to design my own work. I also knew I didn’t want to just hook wool fabric. It creates beautiful work, but it just wasn’t me. And so the experimenting began…
“Pennsylvania Dutch” – t-shirts and double knits.
“Cohasset” a free pattern from a magazine. Yarn and wool fabric, sculpted border.
Canola fields art yarn drying for my “Prairie Sky” wall hangings.
I was happily hooking along one day at the annual local fair, demonstrating, when a man came up to me and started asking about my work. By the end of the conversation he wanted to know why I had not become a juried member of the Saskatchewan Crafts Council. It was the first time I’d heard of the Crafts Council.
It took a few years, but finally I decided I was ready to take the plunge. I applied to be juried in and was. That was 2 1/2 years ago. Since then I’ve had a lot of fun learning the ropes of having a craft business. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long!
It seems like yesterday I was in the “upper room” of the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon having my work juried. I look forward to many more years of fun and learning in this business.
A big shout out to all the people who have helped and encouraged me along the way. Both online and in real life. Without you I would not have had the courage to try and have a craft business. 🙂
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂
It’s another one I want to keep. The patterns and instructions for these bowls are from this book…
The indecision came after I finished the bowl. It was only about 9:30 am and the plumber had not shown up yet. What to do? Go to the gym? Stay put and wait? And do what? I was very unsettled for some reason.
I decided to stay home and draw more small Prairie Sky rugettes on backing. I started hooking them. I also did an exercise workout DVD to appease my guilty conscience about skipping gym. I also spun another skein of art yarn for my Prairie Sky wall hangings.
The tiler phoned late morning to re-schedule. The contractor arrived around noon to check in and check things out. The plumber arrived around 2 pm. Company arrived at 3:30 pm and stayed till 5 pm. A friend picked me up after supper and we went to watch “The Green Prince”, a documentary film about the son of an Hamas leader, who worked for Shin Bet, the Isreali secret service, for ten years before immigrating to America.
I managed to pick up a parcel from The Woolery last evening and pulled out the necessary parts and equipment to get my Patrick Green drum carder fixed. I am mega happy about that and will spend time today on that… And processing that skein of art yarn.
Wall hangings and ornaments are in the process of being finished as we speak. Serged and blocked them on Saturday. Couldn’t sleep so was up around 1 AM pressing in edges/hems in preparation for finishing. Sewed the hems yesterday in the car on a road trip.
Was at the gallery that sells my work yesterday. A lady came in and bought 7 of my wall hangings! The gallery wants more inventory. Must finish these wall hangings and get them up there for them.
But the big news of the day yesterday? I scored a Patrick Green drum carder for free!
Granted, it needs a lot of work. About $200 worth. But a new carder is about $600 CAD. I am already scoping out sources for parts and accessories.