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In my studio…

african-dream

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! 🙂

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In My Studio…

Tea-tray

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.

WIP Thursday…

The Barn 2

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.

Hardanger oval christmas ornaments

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Planning Journals

  • 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! 🙂

In My Studio…

The barn wool

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.

Have a great day everyone!

A bit about me…

WIP

WIP “Prairie Sky – Cirrus” wall hanging.

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.

Painting-2-&-3

“North Mountain Lookout” and “Azaleas”

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“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.

Needlepoint-deer misc-embroidery Bird-cross-stitchWhen 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…

Quilt-1 Quilt-2 Quilt-3And stitching…

Hardanger

Hardanger embroidery from the Hardanger Fjord region of Norway.

Goldwork

Goldwork

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

“Pennsylvania Dutch” – t-shirts and double knits.

blog cohasset

“Cohasset” a free pattern from a magazine. Yarn and wool fabric, sculpted border.

Azeri

“Family Reunion” – wool yarn, wool fabric, beads, wire, silk thread, cotton threads, polyester thread, rayon thread.

blog hollyhocks

“Hollyhocks” – wool yarn and fabric, polyester yarn, roving, mohair locks.

And I took up spinning…

Canola fields art yarn drying for my

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! 🙂

LOL! Indecision Reigns!

I sewed another fabric bowl yesterday.

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It’s another one I want to keep. The patterns and instructions for these bowls are from this book…

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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.

Backing Finished!

WIP-Etsy-wall-hangingsWall 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!

drum-carderGranted, 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.

 

 

Shifting Gears

Almost finished the backing.  Two more ornaments to go.  So glad to have it almost finished.  It will be the end of the Christmas inventory for me.  Then I can get to work on some other larger projects. 🙂

The larger projects I’m thinking of?

  • finishing the large Prairie Sky wall hanging,
  • hooking the larger Geranium wall hanging,
  • hooking the larger Golden Leaves wall hanging (the tree),
  • and, so help me, I am going to start and finish that Goldfish wall hanging this winter!

Other plans for this winter?  I must spin some more art yarn for hooked wall hangings next year.

Plan of the Day

Fall-Merino

Today is Wednesday.  Above is the photo of the lovely Merino I spun on Monday.  I am thinking it would look gorgeous in those autumn rugettes I plan to hook. 🙂

Today is gym day and Crafting.  I will be taking my large Prairie Sky rug to hook.  Lost Soul will have to wait another day to be finished. 🙂

I love orange!

Bright-Orange

I finished processing the bright orange yarn and it is dry.  Yesterday I spun the variegated orange/gold/brown yarn and it is dry too.  Yum!

I managed some hooking on the border of Lost Soul and some sketching as well.

I also updated my website.  I have taken the galleries down from here on my blog and on the website.  I am directing everyone to my Etsy shop.  Keeping up all those galleries was too much work and they were always out of date as a result.  I may do more with my website in the future.  For now it directs people to different parts of the web where I am active. 

I also edited my web page to be consistent with my Etsy shop and the rest of my online presence.  It is easy to become too spread out on the web and lose track of what is written where.  Hopefully I have clarified things for my readers.