Today we’re having an “at home” day. The wind outside is howling and blowing snow around. Police are advising people to stay off the roads. There are a lot of snow drifts developing and accidents. We are taking their advice!
I thought I’d take some time to fill you in on my latest reading:
I finished Meryl Cook’s “One Loop At A Time”. I found it a very interesting way to rug hook, having never heard of chakra colors before. I love the look of her work! I am so glad Meryl decided to pick up the hook and work her way through recovery using rug hooking! This book is the story of how Meryl worked towards wellness and recovery following surgery using rug hooking and her creativity. I find times of sudden illness have been life changing for me as well.
I am finally getting serious about Karen Miller’s book, “Eyes Open To The World”. I am loving her writing style! Both she and Meryl have great writing styles. They don’t waste words and they are very clear in what they say and mean. I like that.
I’ve finished chapter 1 on traveling and really seeing what’s around you. And I agree. It’s too easy to just go, go, go and not really see what’s around you. That’s what happened on our South Korean trip in 2017. Thankfully I captured a lot with my camera on that trip. It definitely helps to be a decent photographer when you travel, or to travel with one!
As one of the featured rug hooking artists in her book, I can see where I have an unusual word cloud of artists and people who’ve inspired me. I think sometimes we’re too narrow in defining which “artists” have inspired us. I have to include my grandmother, a fibre artist long before they were called such. She was an excellent needlewoman, seamstress, quilter, etc. She inspired me to make time for my creative work and to aspire to excellence in technique, as well as interpretation. She inspired me to create works with meaning – something I am still working towards at this time.
I also find my children’s poetry to be inspirational. They were pretty good poets as children – far better than I was! They created a large body of work and have given me permission to use some of it in my rug hooking. I am currently planning a three day retreat for myself in order to put more patterns on backing, color plan, and dye fibre for them. That’s a tall order for three days, but we’ll see how far I get.
Of course I am inspired by the usual Impressionist, Van Gogh, Emily Carr, Group of Seven, Georgia O’Keefe, etc. They all affect how I perceive and interpret what I observe. They teach me, as Karen writes, about light, perspective, and color.
I am also finding inspiration in unusual places. Take for instance, the manhole covers in downtown Vancouver. Don’t laugh! They have great designs I’d love to do a rubbing of some day. Unfortunately it’s rather crowded for that. I settled for snapping quick photos!
Aside from reading and being inspired by Karen and Meryl, I’ve been busy quilting. The quilt I’m currently working on is from a South Korean quilt book a friend owns. I have no idea who the designer is or the name of the quilt, let alone the book. All I could decipher was the pattern diagram. A friend who used to be a quilt instructor gave me instruction on how much to enlarge it and how to quilt it using the freezer paper appliqué method. So far it’s working great! I have one block I have redesigned, as it requires tricky machine quilting to determine what it is exactly.
I’m hoping to turn it into a queen size quilt for our bed. We still don’t have a quilt for our bed. I’ve made lots of quilts for other people, so now it’s our turn. I have eight blocks completed and need at least forty-two total. That’s another thirty-four blocks! I can appliqué one a day.
I’m also knitting a pair of Merino wool socks from Ella Rae yarn. I was originally planning on making a shawl, but the yarn had breaks in it. In the end I decided to not only make socks, but to make bed socks. It’s cold where we live…especially at night. The breaks won’t matter if I’m just keeping my feet warm at night in them.
This morning I gathered up all my unfinished projects and took them to the upstairs living room, where it’s warmer. I stored them all in the large tote I have of projects I want to do or finish. I’m hoping to make strong headway on emptying that tote this year!
That’s my Weekly Review folks! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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!
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.
This past week I’ve been busy listing items for sale online, and selling them. I spent too much time this week sorting LEGO for sale. LOL Also listing furniture and selling it. We’ll gradually get this house cleared out! I had no idea we had so much stuff packed into it! I guess after 24 years you collect a lot of junk.
I’ve also been following my rug hooking friends on Facebook and Instagram. There’s some really cool stuff going on in the world of rug hooking. Check out: Val Galvin, Della Ackles, and Janine Broscious. Della and Janine are on the road! I love following along on their adventures! Val is busy offering hook-ins and workshops out of Chemainus, BC, where she lives. Wish I was there Val! 🙂
I’m busy planning upcoming projects and resting my wrist after a minor medical procedure. Next week I start at a gym three days a week. Hopefully it won’t tire me out for the rest of the week. I’m planning to start some new projects.
Wednesday evening I finished off the fourth and final quilt of The Shirt Project. Those who recall the origins of the project know that my goal was to make about 30 items from Dad’s old L.L. Bean shirts for descendants of my father who wanted them. To see the projects check out the slide show below this post. Wednesday evening we packed like mad and we mailed most of the packages Thursday morning.
All told I made 29 items in 2 months. That is record sewing for me! I had a lot of fun doing it too. One person hasn’t responded to texts related to his memento, so I haven’t been able to start it. Another doesn’t want anything. That’s fine.
Total cost of the project was just under $500CAD. Most of that was for postage. I had to mail fifteen parcels across Canada. Other than that the costs were for the Moda fabric for the puppy quilt, thread, sewing machine needles, and some sewing machine pressure feet.
I made quite a dent in my supplies, but not as much as I thought I would. I have less quilt batting and less muslin. Also donated one sheet set to the cause for quilt backing. It was an old set with holes near the edges from being caught in our hide-a-bed mechanism. It was destined for the garbage anyways.
Next up is a major freezer cooking session. I’m due at hospital for a procedure next week and am not sure how long I’ll be out of commission. Will try to post next Friday again. Have a great week everyone!
I’ve been working off and on, between company, on Dad’s L.L. Bean shirt project. I finished the third moose and flying geese quilt and am onto the fourth quilt – a puppy quilt. The puppy fabric arrived in the mail Tuesday. It is Woof-Woof-Meow from Moda. I purchased through Dinkydoo Fabrics.
Third quilt finished.
Moda puppy fabric from DinkydooFabrics.com
Design for the puppy quilt.
I packaged up six of the thirteen batches of work to send to the recipients. Had to confirm addresses before shipping. Also notified them all their packages were in the mail. So satisfying to see this project come to a close! I have to finish the last quilt and a jackknife pouch, and that’s it!
The Shirt Project continues! I’ve moved on to designing quilts from Dad’s old L.L. Bean shirts and quilting this week. I started out trying to keep it simple, so it would go quickly and look good – a simple 4.5″ square quilt with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. When I moved my design board downstairs to the dining room the plain quilt looked, well, a little plain. So I added some flying geese squares. Not too many because I’m starting to run out of fabric to make things match. It still looked plain. I decided to add appliqued moose to the centre blocks of the quilts. Still not totally happy with the design, but it has elements that reflect my dad’s interests. I’m sure the recipients will be happy with whatever they receive.
Running low on fabric has its challenges. I was scouring YouTube looking for ways to make quilts from scraps. I discovered crumb quilting this week! A crumb quilt is a quilt made from pieces of fabric too small to make a piece for regular quilting – meaning usually less than 2 1/2″ in any direction. (This is my generic definition.) I watched all ten videos in one series by Darlene Michaud. I tried to make a 4.5″ x 4.5″ square. It took an hour to come up with a very poor looking one. I think I made my crumbs too small. Lesson learned. Having taken the time and thread to do that though, I think it will be easier on my time and thread to make a plain scrap quilt from leftover blocks 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and larger. I’m going to try and design one that way first. If I don’t come up with enough blocks, then I’ll switch to doing a version of a crumb quilt…with larger pieces of fabric.
Other than that, not much exciting happening this week. I am debating the best and most affordable way to bind these toddler quilts, and the best and most affordable way to get all these mementos to their recipients. I think a trip to Alberta is in order as thirteen recipients live there. It’s cheaper in gas to drive there and back than it will be to mail to the thirteen different recipients. Plus we get to visit and stay with relatives.
I’ve now taken to referring to all this sewing and quilting of Dad’s old L.L. Bean shirts to “The Shirt Project”. I finished the moose wall hangings Sunday evening. So far I am a week ahead of my overall schedule for sewing items. That is good because the quilts may take longer than I expect. I want to hand stitch those bindings to finish them.
Here are the finished “flying geese” pot holders. I found a basic flying geese quilt pattern online (just google “flying geese pot holders”) and adapted it to my materials. Each one of these has two layers of Radiantex (R) in the centre, facing outward on both sides. That makes both sides suitable to use with hot pots and pans. These are really designed as hot pads for the table as they have no hanging loop. However they will serve as both pot holders and hot pads. They are 8″ square.
And here is the table runner in various stages. It is roughly three feet long by twelve inches wide.
Table runner pieces.
The border added.
The finished table runner.
Next up are four 40″ square toddler quilts. I have designs drawn in my bullet journal and have cut out the pieces for two and a half of the quilts. I am waiting for coordinating fabric to arrive in the mail for one of the quilts. I had a special order for “a puppy quilt”. Dad didn’t have any puppy shirts, so I am augmenting his shirts with some puppy fabric. I don’t think I have enough shirt fabric for the final quilt to be similar block style to the others. I may end up making a form of strip quilt, or something like it. Something that will use up scraps and still look good. But first I have to do an assessment tomorrow and see if I have enough fabric left for one hundred 4.5″ squares.
Having a great week and hope to have a better weekend. Take care everyone!
We made the trip to Calgary area one day later than planned. There was a snowstorm in Calgary Monday and we decided to avoid it. Or so we thought. We headed out on the road Tuesday and found the snowstorm between Moose Jaw and Swift Current. But it was okay. Only an hour long drive at 80 kph behind a semi-truck before we drove out of it. Otherwise our trip over was smooth sailing. Stopped at the Swift Current and Medicine Hat malls to do some shopping and to stretch our legs. Arrived in Calgary area by suppertime. Our hosts fed us a wonderful supper and we chatted the evening away, while knitting.
Hubby and I have been busy visiting IKEA in Calgary, checking out their furniture. When we move we want to leave most of our furniture behind. We’re checking out what we might replace it with and how much it will cost us. In case you’re wondering, it works out to about $1500-2000 per room to furnish an entire room. We decided to keep our old Billy bookcases because they are 1.5″ deeper and more stable than the new ones.
We also visited Okotoks and stopped in at the Heartland Cafe for tea and dessert. I had the best Carrot Cake with Pecans there. And huge slices! After snack I headed to Unwind Wool, while Hubby headed to the bike shop. I found some of the 150th Birthday yarn from Fleece Artist there and purchased enough to make quite a few hats and neck warmers. I have plans to gift these ones.
Since being here I have finished another homespun hat and started a homespun garter stitch scarf. Hope to finish it by the time I go home.
I hope everyone has had a good week and will continue to have a great weekend! Take care and God bless.
Hi everyone! Finished my slouch tam hat from the free pattern, Three Way Chunky Hat, on Ravelry. Had to take off the ribbed edging and reknit it on needles two sizes smaller. It worked! Fits like a charm now. Though one lady did comment the hat was too big for me.
Not much happening here…well…not rug hooking related, unless you count ‘liking’ various rugs on Facebook and Instagram! I’m loving what I’m seeing from other rug hookers these days. Lots of variety, and excellent quality work.
I’ve been focused on knitting. I started the blue Corriedale/BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) wool hat from handspun yarn. It is a pattern from Ann Budd’s book “A Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns”, modified of course. I’ve knit the pattern once before for someone, slightly different yet again. This will take a while to knit as it’s on 4 mm circular needles. However, it will be a nice, warm, comfy hat.
Aside from that we’ve been busy with friends. Last night I was out with a friend to a movie called “I Can Only Imagine”. It was a stunning movie of forgiveness. A great theme song too.
We’ve had friends in several times for meals and games. I thoroughly enjoy those times too.
I took a friend out to an art gallery opening reception. The art was gorgeous. The people were a bit of a disappointment. No one greeted us or talked to us the entire time. Really weird. Usually gallery staff are right there to answer questions.
We had a gentleman come look at the house, but I suspect no sale yet. No problem. We actually were going to hold off putting the house up for sale till next year, due to extenuating circumstances in the extended family. The only way this man made it through the door to look is because he knew someone who knew Hubby, and well, one thing led to another. Right now there is far too much work to be done on the house to make it desirable to a buyer. It’s in a great location, but it definitely is a fixer-upper! Solid house, just we haven’t been able to keep on top of things over the years, what with everything else going on in our lives.
I’m off to visit relatives the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to post, but can’t make any promises. My iPad Mini and iPhone don’t like the Word Press app for posting to blogs. Frustrating. We’ll see. I’ll keep posting to my Facebook page – JLT Studios though.
Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week. It started with Easter and all our company. We had great food (see photo above) and a great time. Reports back from company indicated they all had a great time too. We finally called a halt to festivities at midnight and everyone either went home or to bed by 1 AM.
We’ve been dealing with taxes and our accountant this week. It’s tax season here in Canada!
We’ve also been dealing with our health insurance provider. Some funny doings happening there that need a little explanation!
We’ve had company twice this week for games nights. The life of leisure we lead!
I continue to sell excess stuff online…downsizing for our eventual move.
I’ve been preparing a Traveller’s Notebook style bullet journal for the second half of this year. It’s a bit early, but I have a feeling it could get busy, especially if we sell the house.
I finished knitting my wrist warmers to match the neck warmer and hat. I loved spinning and knitting the silk/Merino blend. It is so soft!
I started knitting a slouch tam hat out of some homespun Corriedale wool. It, too, is soft, but it has more body than the silk/Merino. We’ll have to see how it turns out.
I’m eyeing up my next homespun wool to knit up. I’m not sure what I’ll knit with it. It’s finer than the other two yarns I’ve knit. I have a lot of hats now, but I do love the blue color. I think it would make a lovely hat!
Well that’s it for this week! I hope everyone is enjoying spring, wherever they may be. We are currently in a deep freeze of -20 C weather. Sunny, but cold. Have a great weekend everyone!
Sorry folks. Not much to report here. Hubby and I have both been sick with colds. We had company last weekend, company this weekend, and company in-between. We’re still sick, but slowly getting over it.
My sole creative activity has been setting up my bullet journal for the next three to six months. I’m starting a new book. I wish I could afford the Traveller’s Notebook. I suppose I could, but if push comes to shove, I’d rather spend my money on fibre!
I’ve also been half-heartedly looking for my short lace 4mm knit needle tips for my Addi Clicks. I cannot remember what project I used them on last. So frustrating. I need them to knit the fingerless mitts I want to knit next. I don’t want to unpack boxes and I don’t want to buy a new needle if I can help it.
I’m hoping I’m better by Monday, so I can do a more thorough search of the house for those needle tips. If I can’t find them I’ll move onto another pattern. I still have lots of yarn to knit!
After sitting around directionless for about a week, I decided to grab what was handy and work on it. That would be my yarn and knit needles. I have most of my yarn still accessible in a plastic tote bin.
So this week I knit two hats, or toques, as we Canadians like to call them – one for Hubby and one for myself. I used the Emergency Rolled Brim Hat pattern in the back of “Knit: a Personal Notebook”. It’s by Melanie Falick and it’s a quick knit. Plus the instructions are varied enough to use with my homespun Romney wool yarn. Hubby and I are both pleased as punch with the results.
I’ve started knitting a neck warmer from an unnamed free pattern off Ravelry. It’s by Garnstudio DROPS. There are fingerless mitts to go with it, but I think I’ll use a different pattern for those. I’m knitting these from some 2 ply silk/Merino wool blend I spun many moons ago.
In fact, I have quite a bit of homespun that needs to be knit up. I am going to focus on that for now.
Another thing that caught my interest was an email from Craftsy saying classes were under $20USD. I checked out their site and found several for sale for that, and some for sale for $25USD. What really got me though was the unlimited access for a year for $150CAD. I might bite. We’ll see. There’s no rug hooking there, but there are some mighty fine short courses. I’ve taken a few before. I’m just not sure what happens to your classes if you don’t renew your membership after a year or two. Must ask…
Aside from the knitting I’ve been preparing a new bullet journal for April. I’ve whizzed through my first official one in three months. I’m hoping the second one lasts a bit longer. I’m trying to stick to using it primarily as a planner and place to record health data for the medical profession. Still, I’m having difficulties keeping it under control. There are so many things you can do with a bullet journal! All this free time, now I’m not hooking, is driving me crazy! I’m thinking once I get my yarn stash under control I just might crack into my rug hooking again…
We had a great week this week. From celebrating Lunar New Year last Friday to playing games with friends. We also have been getting outdoors more, which makes a huge difference in our dispositions. We’ve had some snowfall cover the icy sidewalks and streets so we can walk on them again, albeit carefully!
I’ve been updating my bullet journal and coming up with more efficient ways to use the paper. I don’t like wasting paper. I’m in the process of preparing for March.
Creatively, I’ve been doing more colouring in my adult colouring book. I’ve also finished reading Deanne Fitzpatrick’s latest book, “Rug Hooking”, which was excellent, as usual. And I found the art section of the DVDs in our branch of the library!
Today I watched “Art is a Mirror” – a look at an exhibit originally created and curated by Canadian artist Jeremie Giles. It is about Canadian artists – who they were/are, and what they contributed to Canada. Most of the 72 paintings were purchased by a couple of teachers who show the paintings on occasion, particularly in school settings. The DVD was produced in 2007, so things may have changed. It is a great way to study Canadian history through the eyes of Canadian artists.
The other DVDs I am checking out this week are: Simon Schama’s “Power of Art – Picasso” (episode 7), “Understanding Art – Baroque & Rococo”, and “Art 21 – season 7”. “Art 21” covers a wide range of artists from the USA to Sweden, Germany, and Mexico. Should be fun! If I can’t hook right now, I can read and immerse myself in art regardless!
Hi all. Not much creative happening this week. We’ve been visiting a lot with friends. We’re still busy packing and selling stuff. Hubby is repairing the walls and ceiling in the bathroom. When we had our kitchen renovated in 2014 we had the house leveled. The result has been the development of cracks in our plaster walls and ceilings. We want everything fixed for painting and sale of the house. Current deadline has been shifted to May 21st, when we have a major festival in our neighborhood. Lots of foot traffic to see a ”For Sale” sign.
I did get out and buy a new waterproof down jacket for myself this week. It was on sale and the zipper on my previous one bit the dust. I may have the zipper replaced come spring. We’ll see. My previous jacket is light colored and I can’t get some of the dirt out of it, despite three washings in special down wash. It just may become my ‘about the yard’ jacket for winter.
Today we are preparing to celebrate Lunar New Year with some Asian friends. Our Chinese boarder is taking me shopping for Chinese ingredients. Then one of his friends and some Korean friends of ours are coming over to celebrate. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Talk to you all later… 🙂
Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week. We’ve had three rounds of company that we thoroughly enjoyed for three days of the week. We are getting very good at playing card and board games with people.
I’ve been baking and cleaning. Plus we’ve been decluttering, listing items online, and selling them.
I’ve also been preparing my bullet journal for the next few months. I don’t think I’ll have much time in April or May, so I’m setting it up ahead of time. I also am setting up March now. I’m keeping it very simple. The one exception I made was to color the heart design above from an adult coloring book, to tape over a major mistake in my journal. It’s my one soul creative endeavor this past week.
We revised our plan for moving to extend our time preparing for the move by a month. We decided that our weather was just too cold to do work in March on the house, and particularly the outside of the house. So we are currently planning to have the house up for sale by May 21st. We’ll see if we meet the revised deadline.
Why May 21st? It’s the beginning of a week long festival that draws thousands of people to our neighborhood on foot and by car. It would be nice to have a “For Sale” sign on the front lawn during that time.
Hubby is busy patching walls at the moment. The walls were fine until we had the house leveled before we had the kitchen renovated in 2014. Since then fine cracks have appeared in the plaster walls in different places. So there is need for some repair work and painting. Hubby thinks he can do it all. I’m a bit nervous about him doing it in a timely fashion, but I know he’ll do an excellent job of it. If push comes to shove, we’ll call in help to finish up.
We also have a front entry to finish off, and floors to refinish. That’s the inside. Not sure what to do about the outside. We’d like to replace one fence, and redo 75 year old parging on the outside of the foundation, but don’t know if there will be time.
Our weekend plans are to go to a party, and check out the church annual meeting. And sell more stuff. 🙂 Talk to you all next week! 🙂
I had a great week and managed to complete almost everything on my list.
I hooked more on “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus”. I hope to work more on it today.
I posted the remaining old patterns for sale on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.
I added some 6″ square Prairie Sky wall hangings for sale to my website. They sell for $60 each + shipping.
I finished cutting up plaids and checks into #6 wide strips for sale for rug hookers. They are sold in 1/2 pound bags for $20 each bag + shipping. I will be posting them on the website soon.
I am working on my mini-portfolio book today.
I am sewing on the hanging sleeve for “Wascana Creek – Study” today.
And finally, yes, I found my file folders for my classes!
Plaid and check wool strips cut to #6 width, packed in half pound bags and ready for sale.
Some of these patterns are available on the website now, and some have yet to be listed. Look for these patterns to be available on the website soon. They are old patterns purchased long ago (about 20 years ago) and on old burlap. It is suggested people trace them on Red Dot and re-draw them on new backing before hooking them. These are not my own original patterns, but the patterns of a few very talented rug hooking artists from the past.
Bluenose – 3 Little Pigs
Bluenose – Flying Cloud
Buenose – Floral
Be sure to check out the website for new product this coming week!
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.
Hi everyone! I’ve been working more on “Moss” this week. Not much, but some. I might have just enough of the bright green to finish it. It is looking better now more of it is done. I might do a few corrections on it, but mostly that will be to correct the values in the piece.
I’ve been busy preparing for the Curves class this weekend. I have everything ready for tomorrow. Here’s hoping we have a great time learning to hook and everything goes smoothly.
I’ve also been spending time working on the From Start to Finish class for March (Saturdays 1:30-3:30 PM), and putting together the kit for it. This is a four week class that includes instruction and materials for an 18″ x 18″ wall hanging or smaller, for $300CAD. It starts with idea finding, designing, transferring it to backing, colour planning, hooking, and finishing. I still have room for two more students if anyone is interested. Contact me by Monday Feb. 27th using the form below.
I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales. I’ve applied for two so far. I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales. I’ll fill you in when I learn more.
I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.
I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.
I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday. I have also written more on my course outlines.
I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan. One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee. I’ve used these two books before with considerable success. So I’m not really starting from scratch. Just planning what to do this year.
I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan. Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art. The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read. However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall. I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.
Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer. The rugs in the photos are beautiful! She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs. I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine. Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing. An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.
I just finished reading Michael Bird’s “Canadian Folk Art: Old Ways in a New Land”. It’s a good brief introduction to Canadian folk art, complete with wonderful glossy paged photos of some nice examples. Now I’ve moved onto a much thicker book “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by John Fleming and Michael Rowan. I’m really enjoying it too, but taking it a bit slower. There is a lot to digest in this one.
I also found another book at the library entitled “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias. What a feast for the eyes! I had no idea you could do the things with braiding that were done for that book! Some beautiful examples of work. There are also detailed descriptions and explanations as to how to achieve the many different looks. I plan on delving a bit deeper into the book this coming week.
Other than that I continue to work on rewriting my course syllabuses. If you’ve checked the menu at the top of the page you’ll notice there is a tab for classes. If you are interested in a class, but aren’t sure, be sure to contact me for further information. I can give you an idea of the topics covered in each class.
I’ve also been hooking more on “Moss” this week.
For those of you waiting to see if my shipping has been sorted out yet, it has. It is now safe and secure to pay and have items shipped across Canada and the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.
I am thoroughly enjoying the work of my website developer and delighted she has sorted out my shipping mess for me. Stay tuned for further changes/additions to the website.
It’s been mostly a week of planning for the new year. I have a list of goals a page long that need some editing and narrowing to focus on what’s really important for the year.
A little website housekeeping. I discovered the links under the “Recipes” tab were not working. I sorted that out yesterday and the links now work.
I posted more wall hangings on the site for sale and I’ve started posting plaid swatches. Keep your eye open for interesting swatches. I’ll be posting more over the weekend and into next week.
I have also been searching glossy picture books for inspiration. The latest one is “500 Art Quilts: an inspiring collection of contemporary work” by Ray Hemachandra and Julie Hale. It’s a delicious repository of quilt photographs. Loved the book, loved the photography. Lots of color combination and design ideas there. I have a lot to think about and do to design some new work.
I am late posting again. It’s been a wild day. My final lessons and final exams came in for my online courses. I had Christmas presents to finish buying this morning and afternoon. We ended up dealing with more health insurance stuff this morning. It was unplanned for, but necessary.
However, despite all that…this week I have been accomplishing a lot of behind the scenes work on my website and old blog. I finally have the old blog where it’s going to be for the next while. I’ll slowly be deleting old posts off it. If you are looking for something in particular, the old posts are here now. Use the search feature to find it.
I’ve also managed to upload a fair bit of product to the website shop. I still have more to go.
I did finish reading/browsing through “Create Your Own Website the Easy Way” by Alannah Moore. It is a good outline and framework for creating a website, but I’ve come to the conclusion there is no “Easy Way” when it comes to creating websites.
I did not have a chance to work on “Moss”, and I certainly did not have time or space to work on designing new wall hangings. There will definitely be changes in the new year…
Hi everyone! Hope you had a productive and good week. I’ve been busy with company, creating a gift list for friends, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, mailing gifts, writing Christmas cards, and generally being side tracked from setting up my website.
There are a few changes to my blog. I learned how to upload a video. That is good. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do things. Please let me know if you have any troubles accessing anything on the site. Your feedback is valued.
I did manage to hook briefly on “Moss”, but very briefly. It’s not worthy of another photo just yet.
I also finished reading “Everyone’s an Artist” by Tite, et al. It is a good little book that encourages people who think they aren’t creative to look again. Everyone is or can be creative in some way. It proceeds to outline different ways to be creative using characteristics of artists.