A Sales Day!

I had a busy day today, so a late post.  I sold a wood pile among other things!  I sold some sewing patterns and an old wood gardening tray as well, and I posted some jewelry and china online for sale.

I also had the pleasure of meeting a new patron.  She stopped by to deliver a cheque for a piece she tried to purchase online.  There seemed to be difficulties with PayPal not recognizing my correct email address.  My web developer and I sorted that out.  But as the buyer was local, I just emailed her and suggested dropping by the studio to pay me the money owed.

She dropped by this afternoon and we had a wonderful chat about my work, whether I would work on commission (I will, given the right situation), what the biggest size is that I make and why (2′ x 5′ because of my frame size), and to just admire my work.  In the end she purchased two of my larger pieces – “Wascana Creek” and “The Barn”.  I told her the story behind each piece.  She was delighted.

Both pieces are based on smaller plein air pieces.  “Wascana Creek” was hooked on a local man-made island called “Boreal Island”.  It’s near a friend’s place and for part of the hooking of the plein air piece I had her and her dog’s company.  The final studio piece was hooked at home in my studio.  It is hooked from home spun yarn and wool and silk fibers on primitive linen backing.  I hand dye most of my fiber.

“The Barn” is at The Crossings on the edge of Grasslands National Park.  It’s been turned into a picnic shelter now.  You can drive around the dugout and go into the paddock, which is where the barn is, park your car, and picnic at the picnic tables in the barn.  The Crossings has rooms for rent above their old garage (now turned laundry and maintenance area for the nearby campground).  I hooked “The Barn” plein air piece from a second floor window, as the mosquitoes were too thick to sit on the balcony and hook.  Once again the finished piece was hooked in my studio.

I really enjoyed visiting with my new patron and was pleased to know my work would be hanging alongside the likes of Allen Sapp!

This week’s plan is to work more on “Escapees”.  I may be planning a few larger prairie sky pieces as well.  I have noticed an interest in the larger pieces among people in general.

Inspiration Wednesday

Inspiration Wednesday

Not much time to take photos for Inspiration Wednesday this week.  I have another busy day of baking and cleaning today.  I’m signing off for Christmas.  For now enjoy my larger works I produced this year, soon to be up on this website for sale.  “See” everyone on December 27th. 🙂

“Wascana Creek”

 

“The Barn”

 

“Sprouts”

“Blue-eyed Grass”

 

“Dancing Tree”

 

“African Dream”

In my studio…

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

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

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The Barn

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Wascana Creek

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Above the Garage

 

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Dancing Tree

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Blue-eyed Grass

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Sprouts

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

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

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

 

 

In my studio…

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Sketch I will base my Blue-eyed Grass on.

It was a busy weekend.  I dropped The Barn, Wascana Creek, and Dead of Winter off to be exhibited in the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show.  Now to focus on this week.  I’ll be busy finishing Sprouts and starting my next piece.

I think my next piece will be a tall, thin, blue-eyed grass wall hanging.  I’m thinking of trying to bleach some nylons for the background for it…to mix with wool and silk yarn and fabric.  But first I need to put the pattern on backing.  So I’ll be enlarging it considerably.  The piece will be about 3′ high.

In My Studio …

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Entries for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show: “Dead of Winter”, “Wascana Creek”, and “The Barn”.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I know I did. 🙂  On my plate in the studio this week…

  • I have to put proper labels and tags on my pieces for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show.
  • I need to buy sturdier dowels to hang Wascana Creek and The Barn.
  • I also want to finish Sprouts, which was forgotten in the excitement of the return of Moose & Mountains. 
  • If I have time, I have to sit down with my portfolio again and see what I’m missing.

What’s up in your world this week?

 

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WIP: “Sprouts”

WIP Thursday

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My works in progress Thursday has been sidetracked by the news I’ve been accepted into the 40th Salon Show of the Art Gallery of Regina.   I’ve been busy devising an appropriate hanging system that will hang securely from nails, and will be working on proper hang tags today.

I’ve already decided to display Wascana Creek and The Barn.  I have one more framed Prairie Sky – Cirrus piece I will enter in the exhibit as well.  It will be interesting to see how my work shows in that space.  It will be crowded.

I always attend this show though.  It’s a great cross-section of local artists and art.  It is a great place to view up and coming artists’ work as well as more established ones.

Well, I better get to it!  Hope to see you there! 🙂

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In my Studio…

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A different kind of weekend this past weekend.  I taught rug hooking to a beginner Saturday.  We had a great time!

Company arrived shortly after my student left to help make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.  They left after tea and I prepared a quick supper.  Afterwards Hubby and I settled down to watch all 3+ hours of “Gandhi”.

Sunday found me at church, followed by a potluck lunch, celebrating birthdays.  And an afternoon of sleeping!  The latter was totally unplanned and unexpected, but obviously needed, as I slept long and deep.

We enjoyed dinner out before coming home to enjoy a fire in the fireplace while chatting.

Today I’m back at my frame and eagerly anticipating finishing The Barn.

I also have no excuse to avoid my portfolio.  It may mean taking new photos, but we shall see.  I’ll manipulate what I’ve got on my computer first.  Thankfully the weather is nice and warm and, if need be, I can take wall hangings outside to the patio for proper photos.

 

 

Weekly Review

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Hmm…these are sounding an awful lot like my WIP Thursday.  I’ve been having a great time hooking The Barn.  It’s almost finished.  I must admit I’ve been sidetracked by preparing handouts for an upcoming class.  I did finish that job though and am ready for the weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll be teaching my first “From Start to Finish” class.  I’m teaching it over two afternoons, with hooking time in-between, so the student has time to finish her work before we address the various ways to finish a hooked piece.

I’ve also been thinking about the portfolio…but still not doing.  My big catch, as I mentioned before, is photo quality.  I will be working on that today, along with The Barn.

 

In my studio…

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A busy weekend this past weekend.  Hubby and I went to see Brooklyn in the theatre and appreciated the thought-provoking look it gave immigration.  We’ve dealt a lot with the immigrant community in town and know a bit about how difficult it is for newcomers to Canada.  I marvel at how some of them hold up and manage.

This week I continue to work on The Barn.  I can hopefully finish hooking it this week. 🙂

I also continue work on printing out my blog.  A tough slog and break in my rug hooking.

And working on my portfolio.  Hmm…must get back to that.  To be honest, I am not happy with the quality of the photographs in it.  This is going to take some concentrated time to improve to the point I am satisfied.  I want photos of high quality that I can also use for greeting cards.

Plus I need to finish preparing some handouts for a class this coming weekend.  Looking forward to some fun. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoys the day.  🙂

Weekly Review

 

I finished it!  The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished.  I’m spending some time gathering needles and thimbles from all over this house to put in here.  Here’s hoping there’s enough room!

Other activities this week?

The Barn is well underway.  The more I hook around the fence, the more I like it.  It shows the scale of The Barn, which is really a stable turned picnic shelter. 🙂

I’ve been busy transferring my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years to Open Office to edit formatting and print.  I’m keeping a hard copy in binders.

I’ve also been applying to sales and exhibits.  I’ve been accepted at one sale – the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – and have yet to hear from another.

I’ve also been negotiating with the shops that sell my work.  Prices are $60 for my 6″ square wall hangings and $25 for Christmas ornaments.  Other, larger works, are priced at $150/sq. ft. which is mid-range for this type of work.

I’ve been arranging classes as well.  If anyone is interested in classes in February, I hold them on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  They are $50 for a teaching fee, and $75 for materials, if you need a hoop and hook, backing and fibre.  The fee will be adjusted if you bring your own supplies.

I have two classes I teach currently: a Beginner Class, and a Curves Class.  The Beginner Class is a simple 6″ square star that familiarizes the student with technique, tools, and fibre types.  The Curves Class teaches circles, backgrounds, and lettering using a floral design.  Both are one day classes.

Today will be busy with more hooking on The Barn, and creating and editing more files for my blog.  I need to buy more paper for the printer Saturday. 🙂

WIP Thursday

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The Barn is coming along.  As you can see, it is a very small barn.  It is in real life too!  Very small, and very red.  It’s really a stable.  Actually, it’s been renovated into a picnic shelter.  But it was a barn I’m assured.  🙂

I’m still working on the Cellular Baby Blanket.  I haven’t really progressed enough to take another photo of it.  It takes a long time to knit a lace baby blanket I’ve discovered!

I’ve been side tracked with another project I started before Christmas – printing off my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years.  My posts are so photo heavy that I create files for each month and then print them month by month.  I’ve only managed to print from Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.  It’s going to be a long, tough slog.  I am transferring all the posts into Open Office, editing them, saving, and then printing them.

The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished, but that’s for tomorrow’s post. 🙂

Next up I’ll be working on the oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments.

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In My Studio…

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Blogging 101 has finished.  So this week I’m hoping to work more on…

  • my plein air studio wall hanging, The Barn,
  • the Cellular Blanket I’m knitting,
  • the Granddaughter’s Needle Box, and
  • my portfolio.

Hubby and I went shopping this past weekend to pick up more of Alene’s Tacky Glue for the needle box.  While out we picked up some ink for the printer.  I’m all set for the week!

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Weekly Review

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This week centred on starting the hooking for The Barn.  I’ve made a start, but am not happy with the fence. There may be later changes there.

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I also decided to focus in on knitting the Cellular Blanket, a baby blanket pattern from a library book.

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Plus I worked more on Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  I figure I’m about half finished I need to rustle up some clothes pins for makeshift clamps.

I started in on some oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments I found tucked away in a box in a cupboard.

I took some time to update my business books and visit the bank.

I did work a bit on my portfolio, but, as noted yesterday, we need more ink for the printer.

I also found out about an upcoming show in March and April, and quickly sent in my application to take part.

I took part in Blogging 101 and am nearing the end of the course. Hopefully the changes have improved the look of the blog.

That’s my review for this week.  No spinning…yet. 🙂

WIP Thursday…

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What’s on the go this week?  I’ve been having fun playing with different ideas and working on different projects.

  • The Barn is started and the actual barn is mostly hooked,
  • I continued knitting the baby blanket.  I tried stitch markers for the lace pattern, but it did not work due to the nature of the pattern.  So I am back to doing without.

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  • I went through my Hardanger box to file everything away on shelves, and came across a couple of kits, one already started.  Both are for Christmas ornaments. I decided to work on the one that was already started.  It has some nice cotton, linen, and metallic thread oval ornaments decorated with beads.

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  • I am still working on the Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  It requires a lot of gluing and I spend time waiting for it to dry.  By the time it’s dry I’m onto another project!  I am not going to have enough glue to finish this.  I’m thinking I may need to make a trip to Walmart to pick some up.

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  • See these lovely notebooks?  Aside from being inspiration themselves, I use them to help organize my days.  These have been in use since 2009, when I first read David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  I use David Allen’s ideas to keep me on task and productive.  Why are they in a WIP post?  Because I updated them. 🙂
  • Work on my portfolio has halted because we are running out of ink.  Need to buy new colour ink cartridges for our printer.
  • I haven’t even looked at my spinning yet.  Maybe this weekend.

Well that’s my works in progress everyone.  Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

In My Studio…

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Colour planning “The Barn”…no yarn yet, but I’m getting there!

I spent Friday afternoon colour planning The Barn.  This week I will start hooking it.  I have also decided I need to pick up the pace on a few other things.  Less computer time and more crafting time is needed.  So, aside from The Barn, I plan on…

  • working on my porfolio,
  • spinning some fibre,
  • knitting the baby blanket,
  • working on Blogging 101. Don’t be surprised if you see extra posts popping up this week. 🙂

And look what I started yesterday.  A gigantic needle box!  I have a lot of needles to capture in one space.  Hopefully this will help when completed.

Have a great day everyone!

Weekly Review

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Hardanger Bell Pull – a modification of the EAC (Embroiderer’s Association of Canada) Intermediate Hardanger course.

In keeping with the list theme, you notice you see a lot of lists on this blog.  I find them easier to navigate and scan as a reader, and very concise as an author.  This week I accomplished a few things to put on my “Done” list.

  • I finished my Hardanger bell pull,
  • I finished, I mean totally finished, Wascana Creek,
  • I did the finishing on Wascana Creek – Study, the original plein air piece for Wascana Creek,
  • I worked on updating my portfolio, and
  • I continued with my Blogging 101 course.

Today I will continue with my portfolio and color planning The Barn.

Planning next week soon.

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“Wascana Creek” and its plein air piece “Wascana Creek – Study”.

WIP Thursday

My current rug hooking WIP is The Barn.  Colour planning is the objective for today.  It could be a challenge that sees me hanging about the kitchen over dye pots again.  We’ll see.  I’m trying very hard to use up what fibre I already have…and I have a lot.

The Barn is a slightly larger pattern than Wascana Creek.  It has similar elements and started out as a plein air piece also.  It will be interesting to see this develop into a larger piece.

I will also be working on updating my hooking portfolio.  I have let it get sadly out of date.

My non-hooking project for the time being is the knit baby blanket.  I tend to put it aside until I know I have an hour to work on it, because it takes that long to knit a full repeat of the pattern.  I’m a slow knitter.  It is a lace pattern that also requires concentration, so I prefer to do it when I’m alone.

That’s my plan for today.

What’s everyone else up to out there in Internet land?

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!

 

Works in Progress Wednesday

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Hi all!  What am I up to?  I am working on the Christmas ornaments this week.  Variations of burgundy and gold.  Lots of fun and quick to do. 🙂

Also still working through my photos sketching interesting images.

Projects I’d like to work on…

  • The Barn, a studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • The Creek, another studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • a larger poppy wall hanging.

I’m finding myself drawn towards more abstract images these days. Well, actually close ups.  I am fascinated by what goes on in our lives and around us at the microscopic level.  I am a firm believer that it is the small things that matter in life – both in how we interact with people and in what is beneath our feet or in front of our eyes.  Small things are important.  They grow or support or build bigger things.

I discovered I love curves.  A lot of the images I am choosing to sketch from photos include scrolls and curves.  This surprises me.  I have been fond of straight lines for a long time now.  Maybe I am having a style shift?

Other upcoming projects?  I’m designing a mini-course on hooking curves, lettering, and different backgrounds. I am also looking at developing a course to show beginners how to design, transfer to backing, hook, and finish a piece.

For now…it is time to do some sketching and finishing of Christmas ornaments…

Ready to be cut apart and finished.

Ready to be cut apart and finished.