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In my studio…and out – Inspiration

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! 🙂

Fantastic Friday!

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”.

WIP Thursday

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!

 

Weekly Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

 

Inspiration Wednesday

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…

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Weekly Review

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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.

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WIP Thursday

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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.

Happy International Rug Hooking Day!

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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 was right…

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. 🙂

Saturday Review

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.