Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rug retreat and kilim progress

Yes, it's been a long time since I last posted.  I've been in and out of town, dyeing wool, doing lots of yard work etc.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.

A couple of things to report.  First,  I got to the beach last weekend for our guild's annual retreat.  We had beautiful weather.  This was great for getting out and getting some fresh air but not so good for progressing on my rug.  However,  I have been working on it fairly steady and now am happy to say I've past the half way mark.  Yeah!  Here's the latest photo.

Here's a few of the gals at work.  As I said previously, the weather was a bit of a distraction.  When I took this photo I didn't realize how many of our group was out on the beach.

Lisa got a good amount done on her trout.  That's SOME trout!

One more fin and then to the background.

And here's Pat's very, very large floral.  It's at least 6' x 6'.
I had to stand on a chair with the camera way above my head to get this shot. Some really lovely leaves and flowers.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Time flies but winter just won't quit!

This is the longest, coldest, nastiest winter that I can remember since living in the south.  Everyone is just sick and tired of it and it just doesn't want to quit.  Being stuck inside one would think I would have gotten a lot done in the past 2 months since my last post.  I can't believe it's been 2 months.  Time flies but winter won't quit.

In these past months I have gotten a few things done.  I taught 2 beginning workshops. Had some nice thank you notes afterwards.  It's always nice to know your class was an enjoyable one.  I've already had one student finish their first piece and is ready to get going on the next one!  She's hooked.  I was so busy teaching I didn't get any pictures.  They were all great students and they caught on quickly.

I also have my advanced class going.  I do these in a 5 class block, once a week for 5 weeks.  We were supposed to have our last class today, an extended day as we were going to makeup for a snow day we had the second week.  Well, wouldn't you know it, mother nature slammed us again.  There has been sleet, freezing rain and now all rain. It has been going non stop since last night.  I do have a picture of Annmarie's ewe to show you.  She's just started but she'll move right along, she's got a natural artist inside her.  Her only bit of problem was with value, but I got out the value scale and I got her back on the right track.  I can't wait to see what she's got done when she comes back next week.

Lisa's working on a trout.  She found a great visual aid and next week when I see her she'll have it hooked, filleted and grilled. ha ha.

I got a request to design a series of fruit chair seats.  I was so pleased with the pear one I decided to hook it myself.

I also got the crazy idea to design a large kilim rug.  I've always liked kilims and have always wanted to do one.  I bought a book years ago filled with pictures of kilims.  I got it out and went through it noting the different motifs that interested me.  The one that really caught my attention was the motif they call "the goddess". I used it as a repeating theme across the entire rug.  To separate the bands of goddesses I made up a simple geometric band.  The border was just me playing and fitting something that I though would work.  The colors I chose to go in my home.  The rug is 32" x 78" so I'll be working on it for a while.  The one thing I really like is the strong graphic look that it has.

I think I'm mostly caught up now.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jumping into the New Year

After a really,really busy December I just keep going with a fast start to the New Year.  This Friday and Saturday is the annual Quilting and Fiber Arts Marketplace in Sanford.  I hope to see you there.
Here's the info...

Also, a few things I've been up to...

I managed to design and assemble a new purse pattern.  I call it Country Shoulder Bag.  I used some oatmeal and taupy wools for the purse body, did the appliques in some muted reds,blues and greens, and found a wonderful linen remnant for the lining.  Here it is...

Patterns and woolens will be available at the show. 

At the show I will also have info on rug hooking classes for the New Year.  I have a couple of beginning classes set up for February. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hee Haw count down to Christmas

After the Carolina Designer Craftsmen show ended I crashed.  I got a nasty cold and had no energy for anything.  After the cold subsided I had to finish up my second commission.  I had started it prior to the show but just didn't have enough time to get it done.  I finished it up and sent it on its way.  It is a gift from daughter to parents. A portrait of one of their adorable donkeys.  Hee Haw!

A cute little fella...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time for the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show

It has been a busy past couple of weeks.  In the middle of November I exhibited at the Piedmont Craftsmen Show In Winston-Salem.  There was a good crowd and it was good to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones.  Sales were good and I  received 2 commissions to top it off.

I was able to get one of the commissions done since the show.  This client had purchased a small still life piece from me previously and wanted another, this time an apple.  She collects pear and apple art/craft.  I had some Cortland apples in my fridge waiting to become pie.  (My mother always made pie with Cortlands and I have to agree with her on this one, they make the best pies.)  Back to the point... I set my apple out and went to work.  The finished piece...

I've started the other commission and I'll talk about that in a future post.

Now to the get to the titled subject of this post.  The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show opens this weekend in Raleigh.  For more info click here and watch a youtube segment of the show and get all the info.  If you're able to go be sure to stop by and see my newest work. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yet another bird...

I'm having a great time with these feathery creatures.  I just finished up the latest.  Here he is all framed and matted.  I again, as with the previous birds, struggled with the eye.  They are just SO tiny.  I am happy with the way it turned out.  He looks so knowing.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dye workshop

A week ago I taught a color class. I did a thorough walk through of the Color Wheel Company's color wheel.  Have you ever read ALL the information it contains?  It is a whole lot of good stuff packed into one handy little tool. Every artist, no matter their medium, needs to have a color wheel!  We discussed primary, secondary and tertiary colors as well as tint, tone and shade.  Also discussed were color harmonies and value.  After my students had been totally overwhelmed I sent them home to absorb and rest.

Color Wheel Company colorwheel

 Yesterday I did a follow on class.  Using what we learned the previous week and applying it in the dye pot.  First we did a simple color wheel, primary and secondary colors only.  In doing this we had to decide what primaries we would use.  Because  we were trying to imitate the Color Wheel Company's color wheel we chose Prochem 351 (bright red), Prochem 119 (sun yellow) and Prochem 490  (brilliant blue).  We then had to decide what amounts of yellow to add to red to make orange.  It ended up being a 4:1 ratio of yellow to red.  With the green we used a 4:1 ratio as well, yellow to blue.  For the violet we did a 1:1 ratio.  The only secondary that I felt was not quite right was the orange.  It needs a tad more yellow.  It leans towards the red-orange side.  Here's our results in a photo.

They look a lot brighter and truer to color in real life.

We then did some toning of colors using the colors complement.  Here we have the mixing of Prochem 808 (raspberry), a red-violet with Prochem 719 (grasshopper), a yellow-green. This is the grouping on the bottom row.  In mixing various amounts one gets a beautiful array of complex colors.

The top row is a combination of 228 (saffron), a yellow-orange and 401 (colonial blue), a blue-violet.

We then just did some playing to make some beautiful things...