* * * The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK & the SK Craft Council Boutique, Saskatoon carry my work.
* * * Prairies juried fibre exhibition Oct 2 - Nov 28 @ DOW Centennial Centre Fort Saskatchewan, AB
* * * Young at Art - Visiting Artist Sessions for 5-10yr olds Saturday Nov 15th @ the Children's Discovery Museum in Saskatoon. sign up via Picatic (linked)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love fibres!  In particular, I love these fibres!

One of the class participants who came all the way from Manitoba had this amazing box full that she said she bought in PEI.  Looooovely.  : )  These curls are to die for!  She let me oogle over them after class and let me adopt this sweet little bunch.  ooh yummy.

I made up a bunch of new stash pack colourways.  They are yarns to dmc, silk ribbon to 12 weights.  I am really enjoying putting these together.  It's like creating paints.  I'm surprised how creative I feel when I'm making them.

I love this next one too!  It's threads and yarns from walmart to the the local kitting shops, garage sales and special hand dyes from garage sales.

Someone asked, 'what on earth do you do with that!?'  (They weren't a fibre artist.)  I suppose I cold be honest and say, 'ah... just stare at their lusciousness, then go put together more'.  However, the intention was to use them for embellishing postcards and little art quilts.  I've been selling them for a couple years now on Etsy.  Recently I made this embroidery sampler to show another method of experimenting with the different thicknesses, sheens, and colours.

These were Sorbello Knots that Margot Lindsay taught me when I first met her.  They are so wonderful.  I did a 'Jan Beaney style' experiment here and just loaded them up.  I chose to use thickest first, thinnest last.  I love how fun it is to try this out!  I want to try the berries colours next.

I want to try lots of fibre things next.  !

And - thank you.  Thank you to all the readers, followers, FB stalkers, and folks from near and far who sent their love and congratulations over the weekend.  It was really wonderful.  (Hello Miriam!  Your fabulous postcard arrived today!!  Thank you xo)

Happy Thursday to everyone.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Openings and Opportunities

Saturday was awesome.  There weren't more than a half dozen people at any given time, but a steady flow came all day without a break.  It was so great to see familiar and new faces.  Pretty much everyone who came bought art - it was an incredibly successful day that way!  I don't feel guilt anymore about giving up the December show.  So, thank you for that!  : )  And thank you also to all those who sent a sweet message with regrets.  You all made me smile and I appreciate you so much.

Monika & Verna - she's only drinking pink ginger ale : )

I personally love the smurks on our faces.  : )

The interesting parts of Saturday were when two guests were really interested in purchasing some of my stash!  lol  I had some of my Etsy shop stock and so they had fun picking their favourites.  I had someone fall in love with a handstitched piece I had on the display table.  I hadn't planned for it to be for sale because I didn't have it finished / mounted.  So, we talked about how she would like it displayed in a wrapped canvas style with no framed.  I'll show you a photo once I have it all put together.  That was a nice surprise!  I'm glad she asked for the piece she really loved the best.  Another woman spied a prairie rug hooking on a lower shelf in the room and ended up going home with that one.  : )

On Monday, I ran a 4 hr Beginner Threadpainting Class.  There were 5 in the classroom.  I had capped it at 4, but I got an email from a woman in Manitoba who happened to be coming this way.  Of course I added her too!  What great timing.  I have a friend name Lauren from my mom's group who came to try it out.  She had never free motioned before - 110% beginner.  SHE DID SO AWESOME!  So I have to show her off just to prove that I don't need my students to have any experience whatsoever, and you really will amaze yourself.

There she is on my machine.  We had some issues with jamming on hers and so I wanted to get her going.  (p.s. Lauren, your manual was left behind here.)

And then I spent some time refilling stock for the Etsy shop as well.  The postcard supplies were dwindling.  I have yet to upload those pics but I'll do that next.

OKAY - on with the BIG commissions.  I have one more going to Australia, the USA, a couple for Canada, and even one headed to Africa.  WOWEE.  But for the moment, I think I am quite exhausted and will take today off.  I don't remember the last time I had a good rest and me-day.  Talk soon folks!  Thanks for everything,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love when things come together.  I am officially done creating what I wanted to have displayed at my Open Studio / Studio Warming on Saturday.  I love working.  I love creating.

I have 20 new postcards ready to display.  THIS one is MY FAVOURITE!  The yarn you see was from some packages I bought at the Grandmothers for Grandmothers sale last weekend.  Isn't is simply perfect on this card!??

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I just love yellow skies.  There's something about yellow that makes me happy.  There was a little trail I found that was so soft and lush with teeny spots of yellow within the grasses.  I snapped a photo and put it into my 'to stitch' folder.  Lastnight I decided it needed to be done.  And I did it!  Here it is:

It's very small, but it's very sweet.  I love it.  Part of me wants to keep it.  : )  I have a lot of framed art too, so I think I'm all set!

Well folks, the next 2 days are cleaning, decluttering, hanging the work, prettying up the studio, preparing the food.  I do not love cleaning, but I do love a freshly cleaned home.  : )  Maybe we'll see you Saturday?

Studio Warming & Art Sale October 25 
351 Crean Crescent, Saskatoon SK
11am to 4pm  &  6pm to 8pm

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