* * * An Exhibition of Prairie Inspired Ceramics & Stitchery by Monika Kinner-Whalen & Ken Wilkinson @ Shervin Smith Gallery, Melfort. May 1 - May 29. Reception 7pm, Friday May 1. ***All works available for purchase.
* * * TEACHING @ Melfort Creative Quilted Postcards (1-4pm Thurs. April 30) & Threadpainting (1-5pm Sat. May 2) Monika@MySweetPrairie.ca to register.
* * * PUBLISHED - Stitch Magazine (UK) 'Let the Yarn Speak' technique article issue #94 (not in Canada yet... I'll keep you posted)

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Things I Love Thursday

I ventured out one more time to enjoy them - those lovely crocuses!  This time I went to Crocus Prairie, where Central Avenue turns in to a gravel road.  When I arrived, I grabbed my little camera and started down a path.  A woman I had never met was just heading back to the parking lot.  She had a big smile on her face and said, "There's lots of them out there!"

I guess we all know what we're looking for. ; )

There must be two dozen in this 'nest'!  What a bouquet.  They are bursting, but becoming paler which was beautiful in the early evening sun.

I love when the light changes!  The birds were chirping shortly after 5 am this week.  The sun rises when we do, and it sets when the children go to bed.  It's a wonderful time of balance.

Look at them stretching!  I love this group.  It's like they are trying to see something out there.  It was a longer image, but I cropped the sky and pulled it down a bit.  Can you see there?   I love taking photos so much.  It feels so good to get out.

I love this time of year.  It sure was nice to get out and take a short break from the studio.  WHEW!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015



I've been having a lot of creative fun in my studio - probably in retaliation to having a deadline for a new batch of threapaintings for the exhibit in Melfort.  The good news is that some of my creations are working out great.  The other good news is that I still managed to create a good sized batch of new threadpaintings anyhow!  They also turned out great.  : )  I'll have some of my Crewel prairie embroidery in the show as well as several surprises.

I am not sure if this will make it into the Melfort show, but I sure like it!  I did some paint - stamp - stitch with opaque metallic paint and gold thread on batiks.  I really like stitching with this gold thread.  I have a lot of it but haven't really used it much.  It's the metallic line from Wonderfil.  So far, so awesome!

I've also prepared a new stack of 2015 Wish You Were Here prairie postcards.  These are ready for stitching, though I might not get to completing them until May.

There are still a good amount for sale at the SK Craft Council (Saskatoon) and a new batch at the Mackenzie Art Gallery Shop (Regina).  Both locations have new threadpaintings as well for a total of 3 each.

I'm about to add the finishing touches so that they will be ready for framing and available in Melfort at my show with ceramic artist Ken Wilkinson.

I'm excited about that show, as I said.  I'm off to his studio this week to see what he's done regarding collaborated pieces.  I made him some cloth, and he used it when making pieces for me to be able to add fibre to once more.  Aaaah... mmore creativity.

If you look at the colours and motifs in his work, you can probably see why I thought our art would make a good pair.  I took this photo at his studio.  It's a cropped portion of a HUGE wall full of pottery.  When I was on the lookout for a pottery partner last summer, and I spied these grasses and landscape colours, I knew this was what I was looking for!

creations of Ken Wilkinson, Saskatoon

There's my little update, and a very minimal sneak peak of the 'Ceramics & Stitchery' show.  I'm so excited that this will be up for May.  Embroidery and Teapots sound just fitting for a show that will be on display for Mother's Day.  : )

Have a good week and enjoy the sun and the pops of green out there!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Snapshots

Oh the blue, blue, blue of Spring!

Waiting for green, but enjoying the blue.  This will be a fun photo to play with.

I'll be stitching that one.  These are terrific cropped versions as well.

These were all taken on the grid road when I headed to my friend's place to see the crocuses last weekend.

Oh, isn't that just gorgeous!?   It was a really hot say and my daughter stared at that blue and finally said, 'can we jump in and swim?'

: )

Happy Sunday

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