A New Look!

A New Look!

Welcome to my new website everyone!  Take a look around and tell me how you’re liking the new look by posting a comment below.  I welcome feedback.  🙂

The last month’s posts are missing on this blog, but that’s okay.  I’ll update you here.

Since the middle of September I’ve finished “Escapees”.

I’ve also been out plein air hooking at Echo Lake Provincial Park here in Saskatchewan.  It’s beautiful in the fall with golden yellow leaves on the trees against the bright blue prairie sky.  Here’s what I was hooking in.

The other side of the lake looked a bit barren though.  The leaves had already fallen and the golden brown of the grassy hills was showing through the bare dark branches.

The end result was a small approximately 5″ x 9″ piece I call simply “Echo Lake”.

I attended Art Now! in Regina this fall.  It was an inspiring event for me.  I was able to spend Saturday listening to presentations, and enjoy the artwork in-between sessions.

I’ve also been spelling off my hooking with knitting.  I’ve finished my Painted Desert Shawl by Karen Klein (available free on Ravelry) from Sea Turtle yarn.

I’ve been knitting some baby items… a hat and some mitts with an i-cord string attaching them.  I am currently working on this baby sweater, which requires I pick up stitches around the neck and down the front to knit a collar and button band.  I am knitting to learn new techniques.  I’m finding baby items ideal for this.  They are small and quick to knit…when I’m not distracted by other things… The patterns for these come from “60 Quick Baby Knits”.

I’ve also been spinning.  It’s come to my attention that I have a lot of fibre that needs to be spun.  I just had my wheel serviced and will be working, when I have time, to spin it up.  Here’s a couple of small skeins of old singles that I plied together to make yarn.  I will overdye these to make them usable.

And, now that Canadian Thanksgiving is over, my eye is turned towards the upcoming Christmas season.  To that end I diverted myself to scrapbooking last week.  My daughter was married about twelve years ago and I promised her a wedding scrapbook.  I think twelve years is a long enough wait!  I had the tools, the time, and the money to finish it off.  Traditional scrapbooking is not cheap! It is my daughter’s Christmas gift this year.

On September 23rd I took part in Sunrise Library’s Old Fashioned Fair.  Sunrise Library is a branch of the local Regina Public Library.  I had a blast!  So much so I forgot to have photos taken of me there!  I was with a group of weavers and spinners and we had a great time chatting and demonstrating to the public.  Definitely on my repeat list if asked next year.

As a result of the Old Fashioned Fair I ended up at the local Weavers and Spinners Guild one evening.  Had a blast spinning away while listening to the meeting.  Lots of people doing interesting things there.

I’ve also been approached for information to include on myself and my hooking in a book to possibly be published in 2019.  Writing everything down about my en plein air hooking was a bit of a novelty.  I didn’t realize it was such a process, or that I knew as much as I did.  It was good for me.

And in-between all that I’ve been helping my web designer with the new website, including the new videos for my classes that help explain what they are about. Please feel free to provide constructive feedback.

 

 

 

In my studio…

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This week I want to finish organizing my online email account. It only has 550 emails in the inbox, so should be relatively easy to sort through.  We’ll see.  I find gmail a little more awkward to move things around in.

I also plan to create some draft listings on Etsy.  I hope to take some live by the end of the week.

I also want to hook more on African Dream.

I have two more online classes starting this week as well.

WIP Thursday

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Having fun with African Dream.  I am going to have to cut some wool for it though.  Just not enough worms the right color to finish it properly.

Still knitting away on the baby blanket.  Getting there!

In my studio…

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Today I’ll be back at my rug hooking frame working on what has been named “African Dream”.  Thanks for the suggestion in the comments last week.  🙂

I will also be working on organizing and cleaning out email…still.

And I will be taking photos of wall hangings and listing them on Etsy.

Those are my goals for this week.   I hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

WIP Thursday

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I’ve been having a slow week for rug hooking.  I decided to take the week off for some personal growth work, and to work on my online courses.

I did work more on the knit cellular baby blanket.  It’s 21″ long now.  I am going for 33″ before doing the ribbed edging for another 2.5″.  Then it will be done.

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And here is what was accomplished on the floor rug without a name so far.  What shall I call it?  Any ideas anyone?

In my studio…

Sorry folks. No photo today. I’m on the road already.  It’s the beginning of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and Hubby and I are taking in the festivities.  I’ll add photos throughout the week. 

This week I will finish labeling and making hang tags for Dancing Tree and Beauty.  I did not have time to do that on Friday.

I will finalize my booth design as well.

And I need to design a quick scrappy rug/wall hanging to demonstrate on at the Street Fair.

 

Weekly Review

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“Beauty” – still hemming this.

I managed a few things this week.

  • I sorted through inventory and checked to see if I had photos of everything,
  • I didn’t.  So I took photos of the wall hangings without.
  • I made draft listings on ETSY for everything.  They are ready to go live after the street fair.
  • I made hang tags for the wall hangings that needed them, and attached them.
  • I updated my business books,
  • I blocked and started hemming Beauty,
  • I finished hooking Dancing Tree,
  • And I hemmed and attached a hanging sleeve to Dancing Tree.

Today’s goal is to label Dancing Tree and put on hang tags. But we shall see.  It’s shaping up to be a busy day.

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“Dancing Tree” – only the labeling left to do…and the hang tags.

Weekly Review

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Awaiting new hang tags

Hmm…I actually gave most of my weekly review yesterday.

I did manage to finish photographing all my wall hangings…at least the 6″ square ones.  I notice I have to replace hang tags on some of them.  Then it’s into zippered plastic bags they go to protect them from little fingers at the Street Fair.  Seems there’s always lots of ice-cream and ketchup at the Street Fair!  And rightly so.  What would a street fair be without hot dogs and ice-cream?

I also posted 25 draft listings to Etsy.  They will go live after the Street Fair.  And, fair warning, I will be shutting down the option to buy from this site after the Street Fair.  I am streamlining things so I don’t have two people trying to buy the same item at the same time on two different platforms.  So if you are interested in purchasing any of my work, please go to my Etsy shop, JLT Studios.

An update on my rug hooking class for the two students I tutor.  Apparently they both were busy as little beavers and worked until they ran out of fiber.  They came back this week all excited, asking for more fiber to finish their pieces.  So I gave them some.  They wanted all fresh new cut wool.  No worms!  What a hoot.  I cut it for them while they worked on another project.

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Ready to go!

In my studio…

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This week I will be focusing on preparing for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  I already had the beginnings of the display set up in the living room.  I’m slowly putting up work.

As part of this process I am creating draft entries on Etsy for the work I pulled out of Traditions.  That way, if the wall hangings do not sell at the Street Fair, it will be a quick matter to list them on Etsy for sale.

Aside from that, I am seriously de-cluttering my email accounts.  Plus I will continue working on Dancing Tree.

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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In my Studio…

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Our new boarder from China moved in on the weekend.  Today, without warning, he gave his mother an iPad FaceTime tour of our place, including my studio.  I was appalled!  My studio is in its usual state of disarray.  He said he wanted to show him mother what I used to make my work. Moral of story = always leave my studio picked up at the end of the day.  Sigh.

It’s been a busy weekend.  No rug hooking to speak of.  Lots of tutoring though.  And lots of errands.  Hubby is in great angst about whether to retire this year or next, when he turns 65.  He spent yesterday crunching numbers and the evening talking to me about his results.  I told him to do what he wants.  He’s put in over 30 years supporting the family.  I think that’s enough.

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So, back on track this week.  I sorted out the tax mess last week.  So it’s back to rug hooking this week.  I’ll be working on Dancing Tree.

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I removed my work from Traditions Hand Craft Gallery a couple weeks ago, due to a change in commission structure.  So I have all that inventory to reintegrate into my system at home and prepare to post on Etsy.  Ideally I would like it posted by mid-June.  But it’s a lot of prep work as there are close to thirty pieces to add to my Etsy shop.

And I’ll be starting to think about my booth display for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair the last Saturday of May.

Oh, plus two days tutoring.  A busy week for me.

WIP Thursday

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Not many works in progress.  I knit a few more inches on the Cellular Baby Blanket.

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I dyed more pastel blues yesterday.  I’m trying out the colours in my Pro Chem dyes.

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Today I’ll be dyeing more pastel blues and hooking more on Dancing Tree.

I also hope to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  I hope everyone has a great day!

 

In my studio…

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This week I am focusing on the background for Dancing Tree.

It is also looking warm enough to open windows and dye some mid-tone and light blues.

And I want to be thinking about what to hook next.  I’m seriously thinking something scrappy might be in order.  For those of you who do not know, a scrappy rug or piece of hooking is a piece made of leftover scraps (also known as worms) from other projects.  I have a huge bag and some boxes of worms that seriously need to be used up.

Weekly Review

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It’s been pretty busy with people around here.  I like that.  I’ve been working on Dancing Tree.  I have a few changes to make to it.  I think my goal of finishing it in one week was a bit optimistic, what with everything else that’s happening.  However, maybe next week?

I’ve been able to go on walks almost every day, which is a joy for me.  Lots of inspiration and exercise.

And some exciting news I can’t tell you just yet…but it’s good news! 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

In my studio…

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I’ve started a new wall hanging – Dancing Tree.  This is a real live tree that grows outside of The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, B.C.  Such form, grace, and movement I’ve never seen before.  I understand Emily Carr’s tree explorations more fully for seeing this tree.

My goal this week is to hook this.  Not sure I’ll finish the background, but I’m taking an honest stab at it.  To be honest, I’m not sure how I’m going to hook the background yet.  I’ll think about it as the work progresses.

In…and out…of my studio…

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Hubby and I were over to the Art Gallery of Regina this weekend to see my wall hangings on exhibit.  It’s nice to see them hanging with so many other local artists.

This week will be a mix of in and out around here.  A lucky someone purchased Prairie Sky – the large version.   So today I’ll be packing it up and hopefully, shipping it off. 🙂

The weather is forecast to be in the teens for most of the week.  That means yard work, and maybe just some general fun with the camera and my rug hooking frame outdoors.  I will also be working on cleaning the room our new boarder will be going into the end of the month.

I still need to put hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.

Still contemplating my next piece to put on backing.  I may pause to dye some silk fabric, especially if I can open the windows.  Might have to wait till next week for this though.  We are getting a couple of cooler days midweek this week.

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Weekly Review

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It was a short week, but I did manage to finish hooking Blue-eyed Grass.  Today I’ll block it and hem it.  And that’s all I’ve done for rug hooking.

I think I’ll work some on hanging sleeves today.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

 

In my studio…

In my studio this week I have a lot of catching up to do.

I have yet to put a hanging sleeve on Sprouts.  It’s been lying on my ironing board awaiting a pressing before I make the hanging sleeve.

I did not hook a many loops the past four days, and it’s been killing me.  But I am forcing myself to take breaks for the good of my body and disposition.  I need to remember to spend time with family and friends too.  But with everyone back home and back to work this week I hope to finish hooking Blue-eyed Grass as well.

 

Happy Easter everyone!

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Today is my last post before Easter holidays.  It’s been a mixed up week for my blog, what with the router going and the snowstorm interfering with my plans for an outside photo shoot again.  However I did manage to work some more on Blue-eyed Grass, as you can see above.

I did cruise through another sketchbook, but I have not scanned more sketches into my computer for editing yet.  I am deep in debate with myself over what direction to take my work.  I seem to have two streams going: realistic work based on nature, and abstract…also most often based on nature, but not necessarily.

This angst is holding me back in starting new pieces.  This is part of being an artist.  I just have to continue my work and let it decide my future I think.

 

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I’m posting from my iPhone. We’re having a doozy of a spring snowstorm here and power was out for a while. I cannot get our modem up and running again. 

So on today’s agenda is more hooking.  I did do some research yesterday on eagles for a wall hanging based on my youngest daughter’s poem. She wrote it in grade 9 I believe.  But I’ll leave it till I finish the wall hanging to share.  

I will also be sketching and planning more wall hangings. I badly need a new footstool cover and may work on that as well.  

In My Studio…

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This week the emphasis is on Blue-eyed Grass.

I also intend to put more patterns on backing.

And I intend to do some research and more detailed sketching for more poetry pieces.  We’ll see how that goes.

I also need to clean up my computer a bit.  My business email is out of control.  Plus I need to create a digital file of recent work completed.

It promises to be a busy week…

Weekly Review

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I was able to finish removing the colour from the nylons.  It required a trip to Micheals for more RIT colour remover, but I did find a couple of packages.  I started hooking Blue-eyed Grass this week.  I’m afraid I did not accomplish much, but it’s a start.

I didn’t accomplish much because I also took time to go through my sketchbooks and scan in potential images for future wall hangings.  I also edited them and resized them into something that might approximate a wall hanging.  Note, these are not small 6″ square wall hangings.  They are larger ones.

That’s about it from here for this week.  Not much, but it’s something.  Spring is in the air and I’m busy cleaning out the basement at the moment.  We’re preparing for the new boarder come the end of April.  We have a ways to go to make room for him. 🙂

In My Studio

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This week in my studio I am…

  • busy organizing my receipts from last year to file away for any future use.
  • finishing the hardanger bellpull.
  • sewing a hanging sleeve on Wascana Creek.
  • start to hook The Barn.

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I am also considering work on a laptop case and a footstool cover.  My footstool cover is sprouting holes.

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I have the laptop case drawn on linen backing, but haven’t started hooking it.  I am not happy with the actual design of the case itself.  I need to do some zipper shopping online and off to see if I can find what I need for it.  Local selection is limited.

I am also looking at more sewing.  I have everything I need for a camera case except some foam padding.  Hmm…

Lots to keep me busy the next while!