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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Blossoms Living

It warms my heart to announce that you can now find my work at Blossoms Living / Anthology Home Collection in Saskatoon!

On the weekend, I delivered 9 new framed yarn embroideries to their gorgeous store!  I'm so thrilled!

I had such a great time photographing all the beautiful treasures in there.

It's a huge space, and every floral you see in the room is live.  It looks & smells so gorgeous in there.  I'm really grateful to have this venue for my available art!

Thank you so much to Carla and her staff for welcoming me in, and to my friend Nicki for being such a good match-maker.  If you are in the area, the shop is at the corner of 20th St and Ave B in Saskatoon.  They are open 7 days a week.

Happy Valentines!  : )

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

First Class

I finished up teaching my first class of the year.  It was a 3-part course offered through the Refinery in Saskatoon where participants learned embroidery techniques, tips, tricks, and a handful of beginner stitches.  They were worked on by repetitive stitches in the hoop that created rings and patterns of colours like a mandala or kaleidoscope.  We marked the fabric to help maintain some symmetry.  Here is an example of how the embroidery evolved into a design.

Through this project, they practiced Seed stitches, Crossed stitches, Satin stitches, Weaving, Stem stitch, Chain Stitch, Detached Chain, Twisted Chain, Fly stitch, French Knots and extended French Knots.  We even did a little needle felting.  After the second class, the women took their pieces home to work on.  During the third, nearly everyone finished and I did a little instruction on mounting, stretching, and framing.

I think it was a good way to practice, and I love that each woman's piece was completely original.  Check it out!

And you know me... gotta photograph the backsides because they are so fun and expressive!

The tails will be woven in and clipped, but they are super fun seeing them this way!  : )

I've done several different Beginner Embroidery classes, and I think this format is my top choice so far.  It's always tough to practice something new that is technique based, repetitive enough to build skills, and end up with something enjoyable to look at.  Coupled with the fact that my classes do not include pre-planned designs, I think this class is a keeper and something I'd run again.

If you are interested, please drop me a line.  It might be a while before I offer more adult classes.  This is a really busy year for me in terms of exhibitions, kids' classes, and other events.  If you are interested in tutorials on this blog, you can click on the 'Tutorials' tab or type 'Saturday Stitches' in the search box at the top left of the page.

Have a good week! 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Three for Three

Hello again!

Monday was my third full day with Artists' Workshop Saskatoon group.  I didn't want to get my hopes up too much for myself and had fully expected to either be unproductive or produce crap on Mondays until I get settled in.  Fortunately, that has not been my experience at all.  I think I was nervous because I'm not used to being deep into the 'work in progress' phase with people around!  That's something I've always done in complete solitude.  It's not like anyone is standing guard looking over my shoulder while I create, but we do walk around to stretch and peek at what others are working on every Monday. 

So far, so good!  I can't get over how productive I can be.  I know I've already said that, but it still stands true.  I'm at 3 for 3.  I really love everything I've produced.  I couldn't be happier.  Here's some 'pre-textile art' creations.

Monday # 2

So, there I am, working on sketches with oil pastels, with my photographs as reference.  What am I learning?  I'm learning more about identifying colour.  I'm learning more about what it is that makes me love a certain scene.  I'm learning about which oil pastels SUCK and which are too incredible to waste on paper.  I'm learning that most of the art I enjoy are ones which have mediums that smudge and smear.  That's not a thing with embroidery, and it's something I need to figure out.  I'm dealing with oils that never seem to dry and chalks that never hold tight no matter how much you spray them.  The whites disappear.  I'm learning.

I'm also learning that if I'm in an environment free of family or housework, there are no interruptions and no down time either.  Every moment is spent making.  I was able to scoot around the room last week and do up some sketches of some of the members.  That was a great self imposed exercise!  These were all large, fast drawings with graphite.

Monday #2

Today (the third Monday), I spent the morning dying fabric for skies in my prairie thread paintings.  It went so well!  I think I have a good stock now for the spring/summer.  They dried over lunch, and then in the afternoon I packed them away and returned to creating some more oil pastel sketches.

Monday #3

This one in particular... the image above shows my sketch with the original photo I took underneath.  I used oil pastel with some charcoal in this one.  I'm really surprised at second glance just how much that looks like my mother's artwork.  She used chalk pastels ('soft' pastels) and charcoal on coloured pastel paper.  Her prairie landscapes always included the bush or trees and often NOT summertime scenes.  I can remember the way she twisted and rolled her charcoal across the paper to get those loose, bare branches just right.  I suppose recognizing my mother's hand in my own art is inevitable, but it was still quite unexpected!

I'm not sure how many of my sketches will become threadpaintings and how many will become yarn embroideries.  Our group has a big Spring Show & Sale in mid April.  I plan to have a good balance of both available then. : ) 

As for the original sketches, I think I'll be framing them up and placing them around my home.  I really love them.  There's something special about them because they are not made to please or impress anyone.  There's no pressure to make a living from them.  They are the exploration phase and they carry such good energy.  I want to fully enjoy them.

How's THAT for a happy story!?  ; )

Have a beautiful day,

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