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* * * Dog River Days (linked) / Farmers' Market * * * I will have an art booth on Saturday July 26th from 11am - 4pm in Rouleau, SK (South of Regina)
* * * SK Craft Council Boutique (linked) - 'Wish You Were Here' Quilted Prairie Postcards stocked for summer! 710 Broadway Ave
* * * PRAIRIES Fibre Art Group Exhibition - 3 embroideries in FFAA juried competition @ Enterprise Square, 2nd Floor, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton until Aug 30.
* * * Dimensions - touring, juried group show of SK fine craft is at Woodstock Gallery Ontario (linked) from July 5 - Sept 13, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love matching thread colours.  It's like playing I Spy.  It's a most enjoyable process.

grey-green


charcoal / rusts


blondes / soft grey / a hint of smokey mauve


pewter

Then I start to 'paint'.



I call the the 'ugly phase'.  : )

I love the 'ugly phase' too.

I love the point where I am done the main threadpainting and move into the details.

I love how thread looks like grass.  I love how grass looks like thread.

: )  I will show you the finished version soon. : )

Happy Thursday!  I'm off to Regina / White City / Rouleau.  Looking forward to the fun!

linking to WIP Wednesday at TN&TN

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days!?  Hmmm.  Doesn't that mean to relax?  Hopefully that will come in August.  So far July has been a whirlwind of activities!  I had a great time at Handmade House last Thursday afternoon, set up out on the sidewalk for a meet & greet.  The weather was perfect.  Thank you so much to the folks there - it's been incredible.


Between their Showcase Gallery and the work I've had in the SK Craft Council Boutique, things have been just hopping on Broadway!  I'm a little in shock at how much work has just flown out of there.  My goodness.  Thank you!!  But - my goodness!  The show ends later this week at HH, but I may have a few smaller things or hand stitched art remaining there as part of the regular shop items.  I haven't decided what yet.  My bigger feature pieces and Prairie Postcards will remain at the SCC boutique year-round.

So here's the fun stuff!  I went to the Battleford's Handcraft Festival over the weekend, but not as a vendor.  I went as a demonstrator.  It was super fun.  Again, the weather was perfect.  I took my ten year old with me because he knows how to run a machine.  At the demo site, I have threadpainting and hand embroidery set up with lots of samples and some work in progress.  For the most part, I had lots of conversation with the people who came by to see what we were up to.  Lots of the local stitchers and quilt guild came by.  My Highschool Home-Ec teacher from 25 years ago came out to say hello.  That was so very wonderful and certainly the highlight of my day!  She thought all this was pretty amazing and told me she would have to go tell my Highschool Art teacher all about my work. ; )

Alex Dillabough Centre, Battleford SK

My son though - he was the star of the show.  It was SO cool.  I had him set up with a pile of charm squares - 5" fabrics in bright solid colours.  We used cardstock for stabilizer.  When people approached him, he asked them to pick a colour of thread & fabric, and tell him what to draw.  He made two dozen thread-sketches on Saturdayafternoon - on the spot for people to keep!  He did it all 'freehand', drawn with thread on the sewing machine.  He blew them away!  

waiting for her Butterfly

He had children lined up waiting for on-the-spot sketches.  He had some adults make requests too.  He made a CAT bulldozer, a horse, a heart for someone's 40th anniversary, he made his name in script, drew dragonflies, butterflies, minecraft characters, swords, shamrocks... whatever the people requested.  We made a lot of samples and strung them up like a bunting banner.  It was very pretty.

One woman asked him, "So how long have you been doing this?"  He thought a moment and then replied, "well... since yesterday."  And she nearly fell over backwards!  lol  It was very cute.  ; )


* * * Later this week, I will be driving 4 hours south to be part of the Dog River Days Farmers' Market.  It's coming up fast!!  The folks down in Rouleau are so excited.  The Corner Gas movie is done being filmed now and the town is about to hold a three day celebration.  It's a very, VERY small place that has just been transformed back into the set of a popular TV series that ran for 6 years.  Some of the cast members will be there for the events and I am so excited to take part!

see more about Dog River Days on Facebook or google them.

While I'm down there, I'll be teaching a Creative Quilted Postcards challenge class in White City with some of the members of the Regina Stitch guild.  It is hosted at one of the member's homes.  I'm excited to meet them!

But wait - there's more...  The Saskatoon Exhibition is coming to town.  My boy and I will be doing more public demonstrations there at Prairieland Park.  We are booked for the evening of Friday, August 8th from 7 to 10.  I think I'll dust off my Prairie Dress and put it on display in the SK Arts Showcase, so please stop by and take a peek!  There's always lots of amazing things to see if you can't handle the rides.  : )

Enjoy your week!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Snapshots

And now, for something COMPETELY different!

My son and I did some hiking around on a relative's farmland thismorning.  Look what we found!  It's a graveyard!  It was fantastic.  It was no where near any road. 


First I saw one.

Then another.


Then another.

the photo is level.  fyi : )

Still more, and more, and MORE the deeper I looked.

I love how the vehicle matches the sky.

I thought they looked gorgeous!  It was quite a find.
I had so much fun taking photos.


The closer I looked, the more it seemed they had so much history.
So many untold stories!


It was a graveyard indeed.  Suddenly I got totally creeped out and wondered if those zombies would begin to make themselves seen and slowly walk toward us.  EEEEEK!!!!  I think I've watch too many of those Walking Dead episodes.  (shudder!)


p.s.
All photos were taken from our property... just so you know.  If anyone recognizes the land, we didn't trespass.  My camera has a terrific zoom lens, and most of these were near the fence.


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