Today I hooked in-person for the first time in 18 months! It was a great time, and nice to see everyone who came. I worked on “The Weave”. I’m almost finished the hooking. I’m trying to decide how to finish it. I think, in the end, it will be my standard fold over the edges, mitre the corners, and stitch in place.
I am taking advantage of the local situation and reaching out to others interested in learning what I know. I recognize I do a poor job of marketing myself! I, like a lot of people, find it difficult to “blow my own horn”! However, I am interested in connecting up with other artists who rug hook as well as produce work other ways. I find the work and process of creating art by other artists inspirational. I am also offering to teach individuals rug hooking on a one-on-one basis.
This week I have been thinking ahead to September. Hubby and I have booked a cottage for five days for retreat. I’m looking forward to some time away to work uninterrupted. Hopefully to start a new series. To that end I have been busy photographing and sketching local scenes. I am in the process of trying to decide how to translate them into hooked items.
Also in September we are hoping to go on a bicycle trip. Hubby likes to bike, while I ride sag wagon (the car). This time we will have people riding and driving with us, so we won’t be taking our car. I’m hoping to spend some time rug hooking in Chester, N.S., and possibly Lunenburg, while I wait for cyclists, but we shall see.
Well if you have been, thanks for reading! Take care everyone!
This morning I had the fun of rising early and going to the CTV station to be interviewed by Alex Brown for “CTV Morning Live”. Alex is a great interviewer. It was a great experience and I hope Alex finishes her star this summer.
CTV Morning Live
I packed up a lot of my work last night, along with tools and supplies, and my various frames, and headed out at about 6:50 AM to arrive just in time at 7:05 AM. I quickly set up and the first segment started at 7:20 AM! The two hours went quickly as I basically taught Alex my Introductory Rug Hooking class on and off camera. I think she did a fine job of learning to hook and I hope she finds time to finish her piece.
For those of you interested, feel free to check my classes offered this summer and fall. I have a “From Start to Finish” class starting this coming Saturday. Please let me know by this Wednesday, July 26th, if you’re interested. I will be taking a one weekend break in the middle of that class to go to Winnipeg and watch my niece swim in the Canada Games.
If you want a shorter introduction, just to see if rug hooking is “your thing”, I will be offering an Introductory Rug Hooking class in September. You will be hooking the star that Alex hooked, only you get to choose your own colours from the red, green, and yellow shown in the video clip.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Hi folks! My exciting news is that Monday I will be on CTV Morning Live locally, in four different two minute segments teaching and talking about rug hooking! Could be interesting! I’m taking my supplies to the studio to be filmed talking to Alexandra Brown about rug hooking and teaching her how to hook. In honour of the occasion I stopped by the hair salon for a ‘touch up’ with my hair. Not much helps in that department, but it’s worth a try.
I am also hooking more on “Escapees”. Next up is to work on the fence and the nasturtiums behind it. Could be interesting. I’ve never tried to depict a metal fence in my rug hooking before.
I sold those hooked rugs Monday and spent time Tuesday trying to balance the business books. Hubby took sympathy on me and treated me to ice-cream at the local Dairy Queen. The business side of rug hooking is not my strong suit!
I’m looking forward to a weekend of hooking and preparing for the show on Monday morning. Talk to you all later!
Hi everyone! This weekend we had a great time, both teaching a class and attending a multicultural festival that greatly inspired me. I didn’t get away unscathed. I found some inspiration to purchase!
The Buddhist temple paper cut was actually a gift from the ladies at the Chinese booth. There were some very delicate paper cuts available there. The watch was $5 and is actually a gorgeous bracelet. The Pashmina shawl has a wonderful paisley design I just couldn’t pass up. The bright green and pink fabric is handwoven by the Chakra people from Bangladesh. It is beautiful cloth! The lady selling it suggested I make a traditional skirt out of it. But I am hesitant to cut into it. It’s just gorgeous!
So that was my inspiration for this month.
In other news…
- my class on Saturday went really well. My student and I colour planned a monochromatic grey, black, and white rug. Lest you think that’s easy, let me remind you that grey has many different coloured undertones. You have to have a good eye for shades and tints (value) to colour plan a grey rug properly. Other “colours” have the same issue. There are warm and cool versions of all colours. But some have more undertones than usual…black and grey for sure. At any rate, we got it done and she is off with lots of cut fibre to hook rug the next couple of weeks.
- The Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale is coming up. This week I have to prepare and pack my pieces for the show. I’ll be taking them “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-Eyed Grass”.
- I will be preparing for this coming Saturday’s class.
- I will be hooking on “Moss”.
A reminder that after the end of March my next class will be May 6th and will be a Finishing class. May 13th is tentatively set as a design class. The Finishing class is 2 hours long, and the Design class is 3 hours long. Both Saturday afternoons. If you can’t make Saturday afternoon class and would like classes, feel free to contact me and we can arrange a mutually beneficial time for a class.
That’s the rug hooking plan so far this week. Hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Hi everyone! Today is nice and warm. We are taking a break from our usual cold winter weather and sporting a lovely 0 degrees Celsius this afternoon! Hubby and I went for a walk, as we have every day this past week. The weather this week has been fantastic!
I’ve been busy studying and reading about folk art. I figure it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the origins of folk art, seeing as that is what my work is described as, and the various expressions of other folk artists. I am, in particular, interested in the Canadian scene.
I dropped off my application to be part of the Art Gallery of Regina show and sale this year. I’m looking forward to seeing what other local artists have been doing come March when the show opens.
I have had a request to offer another rug hooking class. If anyone is local or interested in attending, please let me know. I will be taking up to five students in my home for lessons. Right now I have yet to decide the topic of the class. So if you have a preference now is the time to give input!
Aside from the above, I am still hooking on “Moss”.
I’ve been working on the knit cellular baby blanket again. But not very much. I’m about half finished now.
And I’ve been preparing for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair. Mostly I’ve been playing with the display for the booth. I’ve also been sorting through my wall hangings and double checking to make sure I have photos of them and appropriate hang tags on them. I’ve also been packaging up the extras in clear zippered plastic bags for people to look through, should they decide they don’t like what’s on the display panels.
That’s about it for WIPs for this week. I’ve been reading a lot in preparation for a teaching course I’ll be starting in a week’s time. There are five books to go through in 6 weeks. So I’m getting a head start! One and a half down, three and a half to go!
Well I did accomplish more on Dancing Tree. But I am not saying when I will complete it anymore! I have about half of the sky to hook, and then there’s the blocking and finishing.
I also knit an extra couple of inches on the cellular baby blanket.
This week I’ve been adjusting to having a new boarder in the house. He is very congenial, but has a wonky schedule. I provide supper for him, and his schedule is making it difficult to find time to cook and eat, what with everything else we do.
I have also been doing a bit of extra tutoring, which looks like a permanent side gig till the end of the school year. I enjoy the little tykes. They have personality and they are not afraid of saying what’s on their minds. However I do have to attend to shopping for supplies as we are mostly doing project based learning. And that is taking a fair bit more time than I anticipated. We are currently meeting three times a week.
I’ve prepared the rug hooking lesson for the two boys. A big shout out to Karen Miller for giving me an idea on how to approach it in an affordable way. We went to Michaels craft store and picked up the supplies. I hope this will work for the boys.
And tonight is pizza night at our place! The boys are staying for supper with their mom and making pizza from their own pizza cookbook. 🙂
Hope everyone has a great weekend! 🙂
I’ve been having a great time tutoring two little boys. They keep gravitating to my rug hooking frame and trying to hook. They are six and eight years old. I think I’ll try them with a piece of linen and a frame the next time I see them. Their mother is in favor of me giving them “life experiences” and “doing crafts” with them, as well as teaching writing…which is what I was originally asked to do. So today they sat down and drew a basic picture on half of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Friday I’ll show them how to transfer it to backing and start to hook.
Part of our lesson yesterday was to make some blackberry ink and use it to write a letter. Well the boys made it and drew on paper with it using calligraphy pens, but they decided it would take too long to write a letter with it. So we re-arranged the sentences we had written previously, editing out some unwanted ones, and I ended up typing the letter on the computer. They, though, drew pictures with labels on them, to accompany the letter.
The blackberry ink recipe we used? One half cup blackberries, 1/2 tsp. white vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt. Mash the blackberries real well. Put them through a sieve so you just have juice. Add the vinegar and salt to set and preserve the ink. Use as a wash in drawings/paintings, or to write. I have no idea how fugitive this ink is. I’m testing it now.
So here are the blackberries and the equipment for the experiment. I have to admit, the second container of blackberries was eaten…
It’s been a busy week. I finished the hanging systems for Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass. Hubby hung them on the wall for me. They are now up for sale folks!
Sprouts is 6″ x 36″ and $225 CAD + shipping. Blue-eyed Grass is 7″ x 36″ and $260 CAD + shipping. Shipping via UPS runs about $75 CAD. All pieces are insured for shipping. Both pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity as well. Also, the hanging system (dowel) is included.
I had a delightful lady in Wednesday afternoon for a finishing class. She is doing a wonderful job with her rug hooking and I hope to see her again soon.
I managed to package up Prairie Sky, the large version, and ship it off to its new owner. Hopefully it will arrive safely.
I’ve been updating my business books as well.
AND, last, but not least, I actually cleaned up my studio! I sorted out a mess of worms (small leftover strips of fibre). I am feeling the need to do a scrappy wall hanging. Hmm…will have to think about it.
I finished sewing the hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass. Had to make a run to Lowe’s to pick up some doweling to use as hanging rods. Just waiting for Hubby to help hang them as they are both being hung in high places I cannot reach even standing on a chair!
Not much accomplished on the knitting the baby blanket again. I’ve been busy with teaching a finishing class and tutoring this week.
Today I’m focusing on putting new patterns on backing. I still haven’t decided which patterns I’m going to put on backing. So maybe I’ll just put a bunch on and see what strikes my fancy to start hooking.
Getting ready to go the Makers 2015! 🙂
This is a short post before I start preparing to head out to the makerspace at Regent Place Library here in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I’m taking Wascana Creek with me for hooking. I’m also taking a couple of star decoration patterns for the public to try hooking. And I will set up a display for people to see some finished wall hangings.
I’m only there for this afternoon, so come on by if you’re in the area. I’ll post some pics later today… 🙂
Later… My oh my! What a day! Rug Hooking Rules folks! I was only going to stay till 5 PM, but my table was so busy with people – young and old – that I stayed right till 8 PM, when the makerspace closed. AND I was asked if I would please consider coming back tomorrow. I agreed. So I will be at Regent Place Library from 11 AM – 5 PM tomorrow as well. 🙂
My biggest surprise today were the number of young people wanting to learn to hook. The youngest was five, and it went up from there. I was surprised by the amount of talent in the children, and some of the adults. I did not have enough hoops or small patterns to hook. I’m going to try and prepare some small Christmas tree ornaments for the children to hook tomorrow and, hopefully take home with them. I have no idea how I’ll have them finish them…yet.
Here are the photos I promised. Unfortunately none of people. I’m not kosher about posting photos of kids online without their parents permission. And yes, that is the grass finished on Wascana Creek!
I have to make my curves class design larger. 🙂
I forgot it was Saturday when I posted my Saturday post. So for the second week in a row my Weekly Review is late. I spent a lot of last week sketching, working on the Christmas ornaments, and designing the curves class.
Company came over this weekend with a 12 year old young lady. She gravitated towards my sketchbook and watercolour pencils quickly. I pulled out an old watercolour pad I have and let her experiment. Ended up showing her the colour wheel, which she already knew, one point perspective, which she also knew, but added the gray scale and value to her vocabulary. Also showed her various colour schemes and how they work. She knew some of it, but not as in-depth as I was teaching her. We had a blast, and she turned out a decent painting of her mom.
Sorry, no photos today folks…I am mega busy with service people – chimney sweep, plumber, etc. Maybe this afternoon I’ll actually get something done and be able to post a photo of it. 🙂
A quick review. Need to clean my house this morning so I can teach rug hooking this afternoon! Or at least pick up some.
Had a great trip up to Saskatoon yesterday afternoon to see Our Prairie in Fibre. It was a wonderful exhibit and the opening was well attended. Hubby counted fifty people about halfway through the evening, and people kept coming and going. The trip home was a bit more stressful as it was late in the evening and snowing most of the way. But we made it. Next time we stay overnight!
This week I managed to attach hanging sleeves on several wall hangings, submit my tax information to the accountant, and start hooking Goldfish.
I also made contact with other fibre artists in Saskatoon and potentially lined up another exhibit this summer.
As well I managed to negotiate acquiring a room for the TIGHR Tri-ennial and sent in my registration form.
I have also been listening to The Thriving Artist Summit.
See these lovelies? Do they look hemmed? No? I did go to the gym yesterday, and had some welcome, but unexpected company at home. So today I will work on them.
My review for the week? I had a long chat with my mentor the other day. She gave me a lot of ideas to follow up on. Hopefully they will clarify the direction in which I would like to go.
My mind map has grown exponentially as a result. I decided to split the business mind map off from my personal one. I have been struggling with breaking things down into baby steps, but I managed to make a stab at it. Now I am slowly working through what priority to put on various activities.
I finished updating the titles on my Etsy shop JLT Studios. I have a stack of items to list online this coming week. I think I will list three a week. We shall see the response first.
My big achievement this week is to finally get my taxes in order and off to my accountant to figure out the PST I owe the government. Deadline to pay is the 20th. I still have to photocopy some credit card statements for my business records, but overall I am done…I think. My accountant sent me an email instead of a phone call. I like those better. 🙂
Hubby and I made the decision to go to Saskatoon for the opening reception of Our Prairie in Fibre on January 16th, from 7-9 PM. It is undecided whether we will come home that evening or not. A lot depends on road and weather conditions. My goal is to be home by noon hour Saturday, the 17th, so I can teach a new student to rug hook! 🙂
I put together the three fibre kits for my student to choose from next Saturday.
I registered for the social media and photography workshops offered through the SCC and CARFAC. I also became a member of CARFAC.
I investigated, and still am investigating, TIGHR membership and the conference this fall in Victoria, B.C.
I have been trying to make a habit of filling a page in my sketchbook every day. So far I have been hit and miss about it. But it is important to keep up that particular skill.
I did finish hooking the above Prairie Sky wall hangings the other day, but really not much actual rug hooking done this past week. But there was a lot of planning going on!
All the orders are finished. However I do have to take photos of all the finished wall hangings before they head out the door. And I am waiting on one shop to get back to me about how many Christmas cards they want of what type in their order.
Other than that, it is clean up time! I am working on my sewing room. The landing is cluttered with stuff from my room, but the room doesn’t look any better. I need to get rid of more stuff yet.
Had an interesting chat with my contractor yesterday. He asked if I knew how to can food. I do. He wanted to know if I could teach him. His wife works long hours and he is not only a contractor but a house husband too! I agreed to do it after the renovation is over. Maybe this winter sometime. I have crabapples in the freezer we can make into applesauce.
The contractors managed to finish mudding the drywall yesterday. Wednesday they will sand it all.
I have had a busy week. I managed to finish Lost Soul and block it. Even received feedback from a few friends. So far the feedback is mostly positive. One person asked where I planned to exhibit it. I had to admit I had not thought about that yet. I am a bit nervous to exhibit it because it seems to elicit strong feelings from people. It was intended to hang with the poetry series I am doing, as they both actually have their genesis in our early homeschooling days. But we shall see.
I also hooked, reverse hooked, and then hooked again, parts of the sky on Prairie Sky. It looks a bit better, but I am still not happy with it. I will forge ahead and see what I can do. Truth be told, cloudscapes on a large scale are more difficult than I thought they would be. I have done plenty on a small scale, but for some reason this large one is eluding me. I am sure I will be doing considerable “tweaking” before I am finished.
I received an email requesting a class this weekend. I dyed fabric and prepared kits for the two women who will be coming today for a brief introductory class. This resulted in ordering supplies as well. Unfortunately only the hooks made it this week. The rest will not arrive till next week. I had not planned on teaching till Fall.
I connected with the two galleries that sell my work and asked them about future inventory needs. Good thing I did! They were very enthused about acquiring more work and sent me orders/lists of items they would like to see.
One gallery really wants some Christmas cards of my work. To that end I contacted a photographer to edit some of my photos for cards. I can do the editing, but am a bit nervous of the quality when it comes to doing cards. Said gallery was almost out of my regular cards, so I walked up to deliver some more.
I was on another walk today and stopped into the local yarn shop. Met a new rug hooker and her sister. The new rug hooker is looking for some supplies. I happen to have some to sell. We’ve made arrangements. Before I left she and her sister were talking about lessons, even though she really doesn’t need them again.
I am in need of a new cutter. To that end I chatted with hubby about the cost and where to take it from. My current cutter is okay most of the time. But if the humidity is high it tends to cut a little funny. At least I’m blaming it on the humidity. Sometimes it will cut me three perfect strips of fabric, and other times it will not cut the first strip the whole way through the fabric. Drives me crazy! And it slows down production. But a new cutter is going to be over $800 for what I want. So I will wait.
Tonight I started hooking more small Prairie Sky rugettes. One of the galleries has put in a request for twelve more. They sell well for me there. I am also planning ahead to hook 18 Christmas ornaments, at least, for the galleries.
I did manage some sketching and reading as well. Finally into the International Artist magazines.
I posted two more small rugs – poppy coasters actually – on Etsy.
I tried reprinting the label for Mud Fight and a few other rugs, and the ink still ran. I think I need to try new plastic backed fabric. This paper is a couple years old.
So that’s my week in review folks! Hope everyone has a fun weekend. I plan to. 🙂
Here are some of the yellows I dyed the other day. They will do just fine.
I spent time putting together the kits for this weekend’s class. There will be lots of fiber for the students to hook whatever colour star they wish with whatever colour background they wish…as long as they choose from green, yellow, or red.
I still have to add the wool strips to these packs. And I may have to dye some green to complete them. But we shall see.
I heard from one of the shops. They say my Prairie Sky series is selling well and they would like more rugettes please! Good thing I put some on backing last week. I will have to take a break in the large Prairie Sky rug and hook some small ones. It is gratifying to know people like my work enough to pay for it.
Will be teaching this weekend and we will need yellow. So to the dye pot I went this evening and dyed up some yellow. Hopefully it will be dark enough when it dries to do the job.
I printed off class handouts, have the patterns on backing. The dye job is okay. Will think about it. It is still drying. I will post a picture when it is dry. Just have to cut some strips tomorrow for the ladies. And will wait at home Friday till the package of hooks arrive…assuming it does not, by some miracle, arrive earlier!
I was up late yesterday morning…just in time to swallow down breakfast and put the dye pot on before my ESL student arrived for tutoring. While he was here the boarder came up for breakfast. She had a day off from work. While she was sitting at the table the man from the flooring company came to measure our hardwood floors and assess them for refinishing. It was an interesting half hour or so. 🙂
Basically our kitchen and entry floors cannot be saved. We probably should not lay tile because we would need a plywood subfloor, which would raise everything to high above the surrounding hardwood, resulting in a situation where people could trip. Means linoleum.
My ESL student did not do well yesterday. He is learning to write paragraphs and essays. We will see what he accomplishes over the weekend.
My dye job came out lighter than I thought it would, but it’s nice. I may keep it. I will compare it to my other dye jobs and see if it is too similar or if I have too much light blue before proceeding.
I cleaned in the afternoon. Also made a couple GF Rhubarb Custard Pies for company that arrived last evening before supper. And I ended up talking on the phone with a cousin in Australia whom I have not heard from for ages! We are “friends” on Facebook, but I have not seen her since I was thirteen!!! It sure was nice to hear from her again. We chatted for over an hour!
Left me scrambling for supper for company. I ended up ordering a pizza meal for four and baking my own GF pizza. Had to walk to the store for some ingredients in a nice summer shower.
Company arrived and we visited. They wanted to see my work. It took a while to show them what I was doing. They were very supportive and excited. We went for a walk after eating. We were all feeling very bloated. I think it will be a green smoothie breakfast for me today!
Yesterday we brought home the graduate and her friend from China after convocation and a nice supper out. The friend from China had no idea what rug hooking was, so I took the opportunity to enlighten him. 🙂
I pulled out the poetry series I have been working on the last couple of years and he got a chuckle from some of them. Here are the five poetry rugs I have so far.
Next up is going to be “Goldfish” finally! Ideally I would like to have 8 or 10 of the poetry rugs hooked before having an exhibit. But I may have to combine them with other rugs. I am hooking rather slowly on them as I am interrupted often to hook rugs for sale.
Speaking of sales, I had another sale on ETSY yesterday. My Spring 6 rug is going to a new home in the USA. I hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.
I am hoping to pull a few loops today on Lost Soul. And possibly pull out Goldfish to do some colour planning and see what dyeing needs to be done, if any.
Finished the third star rugette. One to go and I am finished the rugs on this backing. Then it is on to finishing them.
One of my ESL students canceled out Friday, due to a job coming up. So I will have all day Friday for hooking. 🙂
Today has been fruitful and frustrating by turn. My ESL student this morning wanted to practice conversation. We worked through a values exercise and an introduction to the English Phonetic Alphabet.
I hooked for a couple of hours after she left, and then decided it was time to face the piper. My finances have been a mess for a while. Especially my business finances. It was seriously time to do some “paperwork”, only on the computer. I am using YNAB (You-Need-A-Budget) to track expenses. I am thinking I may need to switch to Quicken soon…or some other program. I am going to talk to my accountant about it at the end of the month. At any rate, I spent about 1 1/2 hours on it today before giving up in frustration. I just cannot make the program work for me. At least it has the right amounts in my cash and bank accounts. Just the budget part is wacky.
It’s a gorgeous day out today and I took my camera for a brief walk. 🙂
It’s cold today. Had another lovely walk yesterday. I took my camera and snapped a few more photos.
I also managed to finish another piece of rug hooking…a winter scene.
Today I will be finishing a star rugette. 🙂
Had a lovely visit with a South Korean ESL student yesterday. She brought her hanbok – traditional Korean dress – over for me to look at. It was beautiful! Wish I had thought to snap a photo of it. Ah well…next time…
We talked about the Canadian government, the difference between Canada and United States, and why Canadian goods are so much cheaper in the United States than they are in Canada. It was a challenging lesson. She learned about tariffs, profitability, all kinds of taxes, deductions, etc. In the end she gave up in frustration (also a new word she learned), saying she would ask again next year, when she understood more English! Hubby and I are not letting her off the hook so easily. He is very interested in history and economics. Next time she visits when he’s home we will chat with her again. 🙂
Today is my birthday. I am spending it tutoring, visiting with a friend, rug hooking and shopping for an iPad. Well, that’s it for today folks! Have a great day! 🙂
Had a successful class on Saturday.
And finished sewing sleeves on rugs for sale in Saskatoon. Still have the ornaments to do.
Yesterday and today are a dye days…and I am going to have to do it when hubby is off work. This is not a very good plan normally. However he has a meeting this afternoon.
One of my students I tutor had their car vandalized on the weekend. That is putting me behind. They need someone with English to negotiate the landlord, the police, and the insurance company. Honestly, why would someone want to steal the cover off a side mirror?!
ETA: Life never turns out like you think it will. I left a message with my student’s landlord, talked to the police, and left the insurance company out of it. Decided not to visit my student today. A friend called and they are stopping in on their way back from a conference. I am dyeing fibre…and then preparing for supper and a visit. I finished the ornaments. My order for the SCC Boutique is ready to go! Now to find a box to put it all in…
Today will be a busy day. I am busy preparing rugs for the SCC Boutique in the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon. Most of them have been changed from hanging ribbons to hanging sleeves. But I have a few more to do, and a few ornaments. That’s this morning’s job.
This afternoon I have a class and have prepared for that. I hope it will be fun! 🙂
And once I am finished both of those, it’s onto these rugs for Traditions in Regina. Lots to do and little time. Life is good. 🙂