Thursday, November 20, 2014

Never to old to play with Snowmen

Snowman Workshop on November 15,2014

I've made a lot of snowmen this fall. I was having so much fun making them and then lining them up in my studio so they could smile upon me. Though they all were a bit different, they were definitely my style
The snowmen from my students had a different look and it was lots of fun to see them create.
Now, I am sure, their snowmen are smiling upon their faces now.
 My snowmen will be on sale at Bottega on November 29/30, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Okay, Snowmen are cute too

I know its summer and I am really not trying to hurry up the winter, but these guys are just cute.
I have spent the last couple of days in the studio playing with snowmen and I was having fun. It's so much warmer to make them out of wool than snow.
I love the way each one takes on a personality of its own and together they are group.

They will be available for sale at Etsy Made in Canada Market on September 27, 2014 at  Sandhill Winery located at 1125 Richter St, Kelowna

Monday, August 11, 2014

Colour in Neutral

Now that I'm moving forward after my trip to visit family in Toronto, I am back in my studio and exploring new ideas and new ways to felt/
I love colour and I use it a lot in my art practice. I understand that some people like neutral, but I'm just not one of them. I am, though, learning to do colour in neutral and this piece is my interpretation of just that.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Waldorf Gnomes still make me smile

Waldorf knitted gnomes still make me smile. When I'm feeling a little blue, I get out my plant dyed yarn and start knitting gnomes. It's like comfort food without the calories. The knit up quick, I can make a few in the evening if I'm watching TV and then into my studio  to sew them together.

The colours of the plant dyed yarn are special and as they come together each gnome has its own individual character. I've tried photographing them inside, but they truly want to be placed in the garden and captured there.


Yes, sometimes things can be challenging, but after 10 gnomes I'm ready to face the day.  And I didn't gain a pound.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Felting Workshop: What Else is Possible?

 I'm offering a Felting Class called What Else is Possible? This class gives you the opportunity to explore the wet felting process through colour, design, surface texture, fiber manipulation or whatever you choose. It's a way to take your felting to the next level and allow your creativity to flow.
We will be working on either a 3 dimensional piece such as a vase, bowl or slippers, or are flat piece to hang on a wall or sew into a pillow. The choice is yours.
Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Flowers and Vessels

 I have been working on vessels for the last little while. I have them sitting in various places around the house. Yesterday my neighbour brough me some Russian sage and I stuck the branches into the vessels. Loved the look. This morning I picked some Yarrow and cut back the red bush...don't know what its needed a haircut anyway, and stuck them in the rest of the vessels.
I loved the look both inside and outside. It makes me want to more.
I will be offering a vessels workshop in Augusts...stay tuned.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Worsted...What the Heck is That?

As a newbie knitter. you walk into a yarn store and want to buy yarn. The sales person asks you about gauge and weight of yarn...Huh? The pattern says worsted...what the heck does that mean?

Knitting terms can be, aran, 16 stitches to 4", bulk, super bulky, gauge...There are many basic charts on the internet that will help you become more familar with the standards set by the Craft Yarn Council of America  The chart lays out the different names used through the ages by different countries and the numbers that now go with them.

The term worsted originally comes from the 12th century weaving industry in Worstead England. It is also a term used for the carding of wool and the spinning of wool and the subsequent fabric made from it. Interesting but not relevant for the knitter who wants to know what size needles she needs and what yarn to buy.
In the end, its quite simple, its about creating a fabric that you like that will work with the pattern that you have chosen.If the pattern calls for a 4.5 mm needle and the fabric is too tight, then you are best to go up a needle size, and consequently if it is too loose go down. Making a swatch may seem silly or unnecessary, but it helps test the yarn you have chosen to see  if it works and mostly importantly whether you like it.  In the end its sillier to knit a whole garment to find out you don't like it or it doesn't fit.