Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings

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!

 

 

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy week.  Monday I heard from my branding expert. She sent an email instructing me what to do with her files.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to even look at her email till Thursday.

Tuesday it rained and blew and thundered. I spent the morning taking Karen D. Miller’s online design course.  It was excellent!  It motivated me to sort through my over 1000 photos of South Korea and pull out about fifty or so to work on for wall hangings.  Some of those are of the same subject, so in reality I’ve only got about 20 different works of art there…enough to develop a theme.  Thank-you Karen!  I’m looking forward to the “Materials and Techniques” course next week.

Hubby and I also spent some time Tuesday downstairs hanging more wall hangings on the second wall of the studio.  We made the call to put our not yet purchased TV in the guest bedroom, rather than on my studio wall.  We can watch it from the sofa bed we’re going to have in that room.

Wednesday Hurricane Teddy was supposed to blow through town, but it didn’t blow very much.  So instead I phoned a friend and invited her over for dyeing fibre using Lucy Richard’s Woolly Mason Jar System.  We did some spot dyeing and some pot dyeing.  We dyed wool fabric while my friend was here.

Dorr wool dyed with the Woolly Mason Jar Dye System.

Drying fibre after dyeing.

After she left I continued dyeing fabric and yarn for my South Korean wall hanging.  I also used up the rest of the fall colours dye solutions I’d mixed up a week or so ago.  I was rewarded with this beautiful spot dyed piece of wool.

Front of piece.

Back of piece.

Wednesday morning I also received the link to the photos the photographer took of my wall hangings.  I have some editing to do.

I also received my shipment from Dorr Woolen Mill Wednesday.  I have natural wool for the next 3-5 years! I don’t go through it fast, but when I need it, I really need it.  I also purchased some different types of backing to try: bleached linen, monk’s cloth, and rug warp.

Bleached linen, rug warp, and monk’s cloth.

I’ve tried a Walmart version of monk’s cloth before and it was not pleasant to work with. This time I want to try the real stuff for rug hooking.

Likewise I’ve tried rug warp before and found it difficult for my wrist and hand. But I wanted samples for my courses.  Now I’ll have them.

The bleached linen is a novelty for me.  I normally use unbleached primitive linen. But I’m thinking I might  be trying some pieces with exposed backings.  We’ll see. If not, I’ll use it for regular hooking.

Thursday my short shank medium Moshimer hooks arrived.  If anyone wants one I’ll sell one for $20 CAD plus shipping.

I continue to hook on my South Korean roof tile end caps rug, ever so slowly.  I’m going to have to pick up speed.  I’d like to be finished it and onto other wall hangings.

If you have been, thank-you for reading everyone.  I hope each of us has a wonderful weekend.  Take care!

 

Frenchy’s!

Frenchy’s!

I was on a wonderful trip to New Brunswick this past weekend. Partly to see family and partly to deliver all my scrapbooking cabinets and supplies. While there I had the opportunity to visit the gardens at the Irving Plantation in Bouctouche. I took a lot of photographs and did some sketching.

While in New Brunswick I also stopped at the Art Shack store in Moncton. It’s a friendly little store with knowledgeable staff. I picked up a couple of watercolour pads for my next retreat. I’m hoping to go to the cottage again before fall – this time for photography, sketching, painting, and hooking.

Frenchy’s!!! Need I say more? All the local rug hookers know Frenchy’s means fun! We stopped in Shediac and I went into a Frenchy’s thrift store for the first time in about ten years the other day. To be fair I lived about 1500 miles from the nearest Frenchy’s up until six months ago. I spent half an hour in the store and came out with two silk blouses, a wool skirt, a long wool vest, and lots and lots of pantyhose. Total cost was under $45 CAD.

What am I going to do with this haul? I am going to wash it, deconstruct it, and dye the nylons in preparation for rug hooking. Then I will cut it into swatches and strips to use some and sell some. It all sounds like a fun time to me!

That’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Back at it again!

Back at it again!

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.

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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.

Cookies for the Cookie Exchange.

Well, it’s time to get going here. Take care everyone. Have a safe holiday season!

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

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…  

Gold Fiber Bundle

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.

Hand dyed brown wool DK weight toque.
Toque from Berroco Vintage DK weight yarn.

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. 

Sick Day!

Sick Day!

I’ve been busy catching up from our trip a week or so ago.  I’ve been reviewing my photos from the South Korea trip and have plans to sketch a wall hanging using roof tile end caps at the inspiration.

However, I managed to pick up a weird cold that is on again off again, or has been for over a week now.  BUT I have also been busy restocking our freezer and pantry for the remainder of the year.  Lots of baking and cooking happening.  Our boarder is happy.  Or at least will be until I present him with some vegetarian dishes.  They are now added to our rotation in the interests of me losing some weight and improving my overall health.

While in British Columbia, I stopped by Granville Island in Vancouver.  Had a great time chatting with shop proprietors and purchased some lovely silk yarn and ribbon, and some wonderful wool yarn.  I’ve already sold one of the skeins of silk ribbon.  I look forward to trying the others out before putting them up for sale.

Silk yarn and ribbon.

Here’s to feeling better and hope to soon be able to do something around here!  Have a good week!  Talk to you later.

 

Home Again!

Home Again!

We had a great time on our trip to B.C.  A beautiful drive down the Fraser Canyon led us to a very busy lower mainland. Spent time visiting with family and checked out 10th Ave. Found the lovely Figaro’s for a real cup of tea and dessert.

Saturday we headed out to Granville Island. We checked out the Market. I had great fun poking around, and picked up yarn for hooking at SanJo Silk and the Fibre Art Studio.  Also checked out Maiwa and Paper-Ya.  Picked up a quality notebook for next year’s household bullet journal.

Sunday we went on a very informative walking tour of Chinatown.  It was a free tour, which meant you tipped for it.  The lady who gave the tour was excellent.  She talked and walked us for 1 1/2 – 2 hours!  We finished at a Chinese pharmacy that had dried geckos in it, to treat asthma and back problems.  I’m curious how they’d use it…

We had a late lunch, and then walked back to my sister-in-law’s condo.  Checked out some design features in the cityscape on the way.

Monday we checked out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and the Britannia Museum. It was a day of lots of walking.  We had a beautiful walk down by the shore in Steveston.

Tuesday we headed to Vancouver Island to visit friends.

Brentwood Bay, B.C.

We spent Wednesday in Sidney shopping thrift stores and bookstores for anything rug hooking related.  I found a book on Celtic knotwork and calligraphy I plan to make use of.  I found a rug hooking book for my friend who is learning to hook now.

Thursday we headed up Island to Chemainus in the rain to visit Val Galvin of Renditions in Rugs in her home studio.  We took the Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry.  Quaint and small, but got the job done.  A fun ride, even in the rain!

View from ferry heading to Mill Bay from Brentwood Bay, BC.

Val is very friendly and helpful.  I was able to purchase some pencil hooks from her, so if you’re looking, keep an eye on my page or contact me to have a look and a try.  Thanks Val!

Jean Ottosen and Val Galvin

Friday we took the ferry back to Vancouver to be with family.

Ferry to Vancouver (Tsawwassen), B.C.

My sister-in-law and I had a great time checking out Michelle Sirois-Silver’s studio on her Open Studio Saturday.  It was nice to see her again and chat.  I loved seeing her work with zippers in it!  While there I took a quick photo of the books on the counter.  I’m always on the lookout for a good book!  I’m curious to know which of these Michelle found most helpful.  Guess I’ll have to interlibrary loan them and check them out. 🙂

My sister-in-law and I checked out the Artisan Market in the West Vancouver Community Centre.  I dropped a fair bit of change on homemade jams and jellies, chocolates, etc. It was deadly on the pocketbook because everyone was using Square, meaning they all took credit cards!

We also attended the Vancouver Institute’s lecture Saturday evening on the global arms trade.  It was very interesting.  Mr. Andrew Feinstein from South Africa (well now from London) spoke.  I had no idea how widespread it was and how bad it was.

Sunday we were at the Vancouver Art Guild Show and Sale.  Lots of good work there, but the artists who stuck out for me were Beatrice Watson and Robert Kitt.  Margaret Stott had some whimsical work that was excellent as well.

Monday and Tuesday we spent the days driving home.

Evening in the Rockies.

Dawn in the Rockies.

It’s a long haul from Vancouver to Regina!  But Hubby was eager and I was glad to arrive before another snow storm.  Yes, Regina was covered in a blanket of beautiful white snow when we arrived, and more followed.  Hubby has been out shoveling and I’ve been busy with laundry and making a grocery list. And so life goes on!  A wonderful trip and a great big thank-you to everyone who made it possible!

 

In my studio – Mohair Blanket

A friend gifted me this lovely mohair blanket this week.  Not entirely sure how I’m going to handle it and prep it for hooking.  Any ideas anyone?  It’s a very loose weave.

I finished deconstructing my greys and blacks this week.  It took six hours total.  I have a lot of greys and blacks.  I put them back on the shelf today.

Works in Progress

I’m also back at “Moss”.  It is taking a long time for a variety of reasons.  One has been developing my new website.  Then there was the rewriting of course syllabuses lost in the computer switch over that didn’t happen in the end, earlier this year.  Another is it is a large wall hanging for me at 1′ x 5′.  I am finding it a bit of a challenge staying focused on that large a piece.  Then there’s the colour planning of the piece.  I like the colours well enough, but I’m not sure I’m conveying the image I want with the piece.  But I do plan to finish it.  Hopefully in time for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 27th.

Classes

I had a great class again on Saturday and plan to prepare for another one this coming weekend.  Sorry, I will not be teaching any classes in April.  Instead I will be preparing for, going to, and recovering from a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to the change of scenery for a bit.  Classes will resume Saturday, May 6th with a Finishing class.  If you want to register contact me by April 24th.

Exhibit at the AGR

I dropped off my wall hangings Friday afternoon for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  The show starts Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Regina in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I will be in attendance at the opening from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  As mentioned Friday, those wanting a studio tour please let me know and I can arrange to open my home studio in the evenings for guests.

Talk to you all later.

 

Weekly Review – Upcoming Show

Hi everyone.  This week has been busy.  I have been preparing for an upcoming show and sale.  I relabeled and packaged up “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass” for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I’ll drop them off at the gallery in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre later today.  The show starts March 22nd, 2017 and goes till May 5th.  I’ll be at the opening briefly on March 22nd, which is between 7 and 9 PM.  If you want to meet me there, contact me first to make sure we don’t miss each other.

If you’d like a studio tour while you’re in town for the show, please let me know ahead of time.  I will be away from the studio for two weeks in April.

I also managed to update and write more of a lesson plan for my student this weekend.  I am looking forward to exploring the world of rug hooking with her.

This week I am sorting through my greys and blacks and doing a full deconstruction of wool clothing.  In the past it was partly done, but not wholly.  So now I am cutting off seam finishes, ripping the fabric (pants, jackets, and skirts) down to a size that a cutter will handle easily, and pressing the pieces.  Then I’ll put them away.  This is taking surprisingly longer than I thought it would.  So far I’ve devoted four hours to the greys alone.  I figure I have about that to go.  I have a lot of grey and black fiber.  My goal is to save some space in my storage units.

Hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ll be celebrating with the boarder today.  Hubby is off to a supper with some ex-coworkers to talk shop and do some mentoring.  It’s pizza night here.  Might have to throw in a green salad! 🙂

Weekly Review – Dye Jobs and other news

Well, here are the results of this week’s dye jobs.  The photos do not do the colours justice.  They are more intense and deeper than the photos show.  I really enjoyed dyeing these colours.  I’ve been away from the dye pot too long!

An added bonus this week was receiving Gene Shepherd’s “Prepared to Dye” DVD set in the mail Monday.  When I wasn’t dyeing fabric I was watching his DVDs.  He does an excellent job of making what some see as complicated into a much easier to understand and do process.  The first DVD in the set covers the basic traditional rug hooking dyeing methods.  The second DVD is devoted to various spot dyeing techniques.  And the third DVD is devoted to various dye bleeding techniques.  I am excited and eager to try some of his techniques.

All this dyeing and class prep got me thinking it might be time for another trip to my favourite rug hooking supplier in Cochrane, Alberta – Legacy Studio – for more supplies.  I’ve been making a wish list for the trip.

I am also busy preparing for tomorrow’s Start to Finish class.  It’s on colour planning and material selection.  By the end of the class we should be hooking rug.

I hope everyone has a good weekend planned.  This weekend is a special event for us.  Hubby is being honoured at a community event and his 65th birthday is Monday!  We plan to make the most of it.

Weekly Review

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Wall hangings and ornaments yet to be posted on Etsy.

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

I hooked a bit on “Moss”.

I knit on the cellular baby blanket.

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

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

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WIP Thursday

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I’ve been busy knitting on the cellular baby blanket.  I was joking to some friends that there were so many mistakes in it it looked like a pattern!  The pattern is going to be thrown out when I’m finished.  I never could get it to work properly.  Next time I’ll pick up some plain knitting to work on in the company of other people.  It appears I cannot stay focused on a basic lace pattern.  I’m going to block the blanket when it’s done, see how it looks, and then decide what to do with it.  But I strongly suspect it will find its way to the local thrift store.  Note to self: not all projects work out…and that’s okay.

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I hooked a bit on “Moss” this week.  I am not overly happy with the values I’ve chosen for different colors.  I am trying not to go to the dye pot because I have so much fiber in the house already.  I’ll hook a tad more on it and then take it off the frame on a nice sunny day in natural light to make some color decisions/revisions.

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I’ve also been loading a lot of wall hangings on Etsy for sale.  I started uploading Christmas wall hangings.  I know. I’m a bit early.  But I’m sitting beside a big tote of wall hangings and ornaments that have yet to be listed.  It’s going to take a while.

I’ve also been making more fiber bundles and uploading them to Etsy.

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And I’m working on my new website.

I think that’s enough “Works in Progress” for one week!  Time to get busy on them.  Talk to you all tomorrow. 🙂

In my studio…

Hi everyone!  I had a good weekend and hope you did too. 🙂

On Friday I posted more finished hooked wall hangings for sale on Etsy.  Check them out! They are also available direct from me.  Email me at <jo6865@gmail.com> for more information.

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The Barn

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Wascana Creek

Above the Garage

Above the Garage

 

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Dancing Tree

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Blue-eyed Grass

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Sprouts

Saturday was dreary and rainy here.  So I bundled up more fabric and yarns and posted them on Etsy too.  They are $25 each + shipping. They also are available direct from me. 🙂

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This week I would like to post more finished work on Etsy and more bundles as well.

If the weather clears up and it’s sunny, then I’m hoping to work some outside in the yard.  The patio garden still needs some work.  We still have herbs growing!

 

 

WIP Thursday

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I haven’t hooked at all this week.  But I have been knitting on the baby blanket.  I can smell the end!  Just need to knit 2″ more in ribbing and cast off.

I’ve been a bit preoccupied since Hubby retired the end of September.  We’ve been running errands, on a trip to see extended family, and busy learning Korean.  Yes, we are going to South Korea next spring.  A friend invited us to meet her family and show us around her home country.  We said “yes!”

So we’ve been busy planning immunizations, travel insurance, booking flights (there was a really good deal if you had Aeroplan), and learning Korean.  At least I am learning some Korean.  Hubby thinks they will all speak to him in English over there.  He’s never traveled outside of North America.

I’ve been trying to think of fiber things to see and do in South Korea.  Not coming up with much.  I know they quilt and embroider.  But I don’t know of any rug hookers in South Korea.  There is a special cloth made from local plant materials on the west coast.  But we will be focusing our visit on Seoul and the east coast I think.  At least that’s the plans so far.

In rug hooking news:  I sent more “Star Rug” blank greeting cards up to Saskatoon for the SCC Fine Craft Boutique.  So if anyone is wanting any for Christmas they can contact the Boutique or me.   I’m hoping to get back to making more bundles today.  Lots of fun and inspiration in those. 🙂

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Star Rug blank greeting card – $5 CAD

Other Christmas themed or winter themed cards people might be interested in purchasing are below:

In my studio…

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Autumn Spot Dyed Wool Blanket – 7″ x 17″-18″ – $30 CAD for all three pieces, plus shipping.  $15 CAD for one piece, plus shipping.

Look what went on Etsy for sale this weekend! Yes, I put up some of the spot dyed blanket I used for the background in “Rose Hips”.  It is $30 CAD + shipping for the entire lot of three pieces.  If you are interested in only one piece, which is 7″ x 17-18″, I will sell it for $15 + shipping.

I also put up these two dark green wool and silk bundles for sale for $25 CAD + shipping each.

This week I am continuing my hooking on “Moss”.

I also plan to make more bundles for sale.

I also plan to knit more on the cellular baby blanket at Crafting.

I am currently reading my way through “Professional Blogging for Dummies”.  That will be followed by “WordPress Web Design for Dummies”.  Hopefully, between the two of them I’ll be able to get a website up and running by the new year.

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Rose Hips

Weekly Review

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Cranberry Red Fiber Bundle – wool and silk

Well this is kinda a weekly review.  Let’s face it, we didn’t get home till Tuesday evening.  Still, I did manage to knit on my baby blanket.  I’ve finished the pattern area and am on the final 3″ of ribbing before casting off, blocking, and donating to the local thrift store.

I also hooked more on “Moss”. 

And I’ve made a few bundles of fiber for sale.  Check out my Etsy shop to see them.  They’ll be selling for $25 CAD each plus shipping of $15 each.  They are a mix of silk and wool fabric and yarns.  There is at least one color coordinated plaid in each bundle as well.

Aside from that I tried my first video blog.  I’m going to have to figure out a different way to do it.  The file was way too big for WordPress and in the wrong form.  Had to convert from .m4v to .mp4.  Also the wrong format for YouTube.  I have a lot to learn about filming yet.  I also need a proper video editing program.  I have to decide if I’m going to shell out money for this or see if there is an open source program available.

I put holds on more library books related to website development.  And picked up “WordPress Web Design for Dummies” at Chapter’s last night.

I also listed items on Etsy.  More will be coming next week.

WIP Thursday

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I’m back into my regular routine here.  Today I’m working on cleaning up the studio and hooking “Moss”.  I’m also going to create some fibre  bundles to list on Etsy for sale.

Speaking of Etsy, I renewed a lot of expired listings last evening.  I plan to have more listings up in the next few days.  It would be a good time to do your Christmas shopping early.  We need time for shipping from this end.  Anything ordered after December 2nd cannot be guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.  A reminder: we ship by courier, unless you’re in Canada.  Then we ship using Canada Post.

 

 

 

WIP Thursday

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WIP – “Moss” 

Well nothing’s changed in the WIP department.  Still a baby blanket to finish knitting and a wall hanging to finish hooking. Hopefully today I’ll find some time to work on them. I plan to change the values on the left side of the tree in “Moss”.  Too close in value to the background.

I have a friend coming over this afternoon.  I want to rest a bit, do laundry, and prepare for our upcoming trip.  We’ll be off to fair Alberta for a week to ten days to visit family again.

I’ve been thinking about my sewing room and studio, and realizing I have a lot of fibre and supplies to work my way through.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it all.  I’m thinking it might be an idea to pack up fibre kits to sell.  I did sell some fibre in a kit the other weekend.  But it’s not something I’ve focused on up till now.

Do any of you think there might be a market for fibre kits?

 

Weekly Review…

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Hi all.  It was another busy week.  We saw another couple of insurance brokers, had the cleaner in for a couple hours, ran a mess of errands, and visited with friends and co-workers at Hubby’s retirement party.  A big shout out to the people who made it a very successful get together!  Hubby really enjoyed himself, and so did I.  We came home laden with chocolate, his chosen theme for the party.  🙂

I did manage to hook a bit, a very little bit, on “Moss”.  My friend stopped by with not one, but two fleeces!  One is dirty and needs cleaning.  The other is perfectly clean and coarse.  I’ll try to spin it and see if it can be used for rug hooking.

She also dropped off a gorgeous piece of velour upholstery fabric.  I have no use for it, but I’m thinking what might be the best thing to do.  It’s creased and faded in spots where it was folded.  I’ve called in another friend to assess the situation and see what can be done with it.

Hoping to get back to more hooking next week. 🙂

 

Fibre Day!

Last Import - 1 of 2Had great fun today! My hostess took me to Shuttleworks outside Calgary.  I told her I was “just going in to look”.  What happened is I bought yarn…a fair bit of it.  They had Briggs & Little yarn there, and I love to use that for dyeing and hooking.  I also found Lamb’s Pride wool, which I use in my wall hangings.

Last Import - 2 of 2Then my hostess took me to meet a friend of hers.  This lady is a quilter, a spinner, a weaver, and a knitter.  I felt like I’d met a kindred soul.  But she is much better at her crafts than I am.  I was humbled.  Such beautiful work!  She showed me her dye workshop and her quilting/spinning/weaving studio.  Sigh…serious crafter envy!  She generously gave me some of her excess yarn.

Last Import - 2 of 29She is also a horsewoman and has gorgeous horses – which I am slightly terrified of, being city slicker folk and not being close to a horse in years.  We walked them to the barn with her and played with the dogs while she fed the horses and treated them.  My chief accomplishment was keeping her three dogs from knocking me over.  She was not impressed with them.  I was having a great time petting them, but they did vie for my attention!

My hostess took me on a driving tour of High River, Alberta – an area hit hard by floods two summer’s ago.  I spent some time there when I was younger. We stopped in to visit another friend before heading grocery shopping.

We had a delightful supper of GF Sweet and Sour Meatballs, broccoli, brown and wild rice, and tossed salad.  And we had a dessert of homemade GF Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.  I’m back on my diet for this trip. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful day today.  I plan to. 🙂

A side trip…

View from the road. Love the gold leaves against the blue sky and evergreens. The blue is washed out in this photo.

View from the road. Love the gold leaves against the blue sky and evergreens. The blue is washed out in this photo.

Had a great time today taking the back roads from Okotoks, AB to Cochrane via Bragg Creek.

Red Barn

Red Barn

We saw this gorgeous red barn.

Horse enjoying the sunshine.

Horse enjoying the sunshine.

Beautiful pastoral scenes stretched in all directions with the foothills and mountains as backdrops.

We stopped in Bragg Creek for lunch at the Creek Bistro.  No food pics, sorry.  Too hungry.  Ate it before I had a chance to take a photo.  It was a wonderful roast beef panini with tossed salad.  As you can tell, I have largely been off my diet so far this trip.  Hubby and I declined the two gluten free desserts on the menu.  We figured we’d be having dessert at our hosts tonight.  There was also Tim Horton’s to consider for afternoon snack.

We left Bragg Creek and went up to Legacy Studio in Cochrane.  I spent a lovely hour with the proprietress, Laura, fondling her fibre and picking up things to buy…and sell.  I now have some beginner hoops for rug hookers just starting out.  And I have the coveted Red Dot! 🙂

The haul from Laura's Legacy Studio! :)  I really had to control myself there.

The haul from Laura’s Legacy Studio! 🙂 I really had to control myself there.

Hubby and I came home through Calgary, stopping by Best Buy to scout out the best laptop deals in tax free Alberta.  We save 5% by buying in Alberta.  That can be $50-100 or more off the price of a laptop.

I came back to our hosts, who had to work late, and made a delicious supper of GF breaded fish, pan fried carrots and parsnips, beets, wild and brown rice, and…totally off diet…the remains of a saskatoon pie.  We dined fashionably late and enjoyed the remainder of the evening together.

Friday Finale

Silk Habotai

Silk Habotai

I did not accomplish my planned hooking this week due to a cold and processing food for winter use.  I did manage to mail and receive some orders though, including this lovely silk habotai from the US.  Not cheap, but great texture!

One of my orders came with mistakes…this is the third time for that particular company.  I think I will stop buying from there…unless I make the cross-Canada jaunt to actually walk in and pick up what I want.  It is so frustrating because it is a well known rug hooking store with some wonderful choices of fibres.  The colours sent are not in my palette range for use.  Nor do I want them to be…  I am not returning the order because of shipping costs and the lack of a return policy on their website.  Instead I took my time to over dye them.  It is a good reminder to me about what not to do in business.

Here are the before and after pics…

Gold before dyeing. I ordered orange.

Gold before dyeing. I ordered orange.


My

My “new” orange boucle!


The original variegated green, which was beautiful, just not what I ordered or wanted.

The original variegated green, which was beautiful, just not what I ordered or wanted.


My new to me yellow greens. It remains to be seen if I've got good colours or mud here. I'll take photos when they dry and post those too.

My new to me yellow greens. It remains to be seen if I’ve got good colours or mud here. I’ll take photos when they dry and post those too.

Aside from that small frustration, I am doing fine here.  I have a source for the undyed fibre and I will dye it myself from now on for my personal use and for my students.  I had hoped to create a bit of a shortcut to my time involvement, but apparently that is not to be.

For my students and customers this is good news!  It means I will eventually be offering up specially dyed fibres for sale in keeping with the palette and style I hook.  🙂

In my studio this week…

WIP - Prairie Sky - Cirrus 10

WIP – Prairie Sky – Cirrus 10

A little late, but better late than never, I always say! 🙂

Today is more food processing with rug hooking in-between.  I started the Prairie Sky wall hangings for one of the shops.  Hoping to finish them before heading out the end of the month to TIGHR Tri-ennial Conference in Victoria, B.C.  Hubby and I are doing a road trip out to the coast so I can do some shopping for supplies along the way.

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!  Ooooh, I’m gonna have so much fun with these! 🙂

Silk yarn from SilkDivine on Etsy in Quebec, Canada. 🙂

Silk Yarn

Silk Yarn