Monday, April 30, 2012

Saltscape Expo and the Red Boat

Yesterday I attended the Saltscape Expo and I was demonstrating rug hooking at the Lunenburg Booth. I was working on this little boat and was fortunate to meet so many kind people who were interested in rug hooking. I am an introvert so when I was asked to do this, I became a little panicky. But, as with most things, I worry too much, and it turned out just fine.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Crying Fish is Completed for Titanica

This is another rug I am going to submit for the Titanica show. I remembered reading that the rescue workers said all they could see for miles were life jackets..and, so that is the yellow dots you can see on the surface of the water.
The gray sky was very different for me, but it had to be gray.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saltscape Expo in Halifax

Come to Saltscapes and see folk artists at work: Barry Colpitts, Gordon Clements, Laura Kenney and Joe Winters.
Entering its eighth year, this fast-growing and immensely popular consumer show is custom-designed for the prosperous Atlantic Canadian consumer audience served by Saltscapes magazine. The carefully crafted atmosphere makes people smile as they enter through the door.
I will be here this weekend Sun12-2pm, so please stop by and chat!

Rugs Ready to be Shipped To Sunset Gallery

A lot of galleries in Nova Scotia are closed in the winter months and reopen in May...and so this week is mailing week! These rugs are off to Sunset Gallery in Cheticamp, Cape Breton. William Roach, a very talented Folk Artist, approached me a couple of years ago asking if I would be interested in having my rugs for sale at Sunset Gallery. Bill's lovely wife, Linda, runs the gallery and I am so pleased to be represented this gallery.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Colour Planning for Crying Fish

"Crying Fish" is another rug for the Titanic show.

So basically to colour plan I just keep throwing different wool pieces down on the burlap and see what works. I did end up changing the colour of the sky to gray as thought it was looking a bit too cheerful.

 Hoping to have this completed by Friday, so stay tuned for the final creation!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Titanic - The Little Boy's Shoes are you go Sidney.

This is titled "First Class Women and Children First". 

I first became aware of these little shoes when I was doing research for a show. When I saw the image, I just felt so sad that this boy wasn't saved and that he should have his shoes back. Strange maybe..but that is what hit me.

So, I am sending the shoes back to Body No. 4..the "Unknown Child".

It was later determined that  the child's shoes were identified as those of 19 month old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England. 

Things are Happening

I got a call from Nancy Wilson, asking if I would participate in the Saltscape Expo in Halifax the end of April and recieved an email from Jonathan Otter asking for more rugs for his gallery. Yes to both!

I am starting to see a cycle to this little art life of mine. Jan-mid April... hook hook hook ..end of April mail rugs to galleries for tourist season. May, June hook some more for Folk Art Festival. July, with kids. September-November..hook some more for Designer Craft Show. December..sell, sell, for Christmas. ..and back to January. It is a very nice life indeed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Boy's Shoes - In Progress

This is coming along very nicely. Gold and black always work well together and once I get more gold in, the red is really going to pop!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Little Boys Shoes From The Titanic

This one is going to be titled "First Class Women and Children First"

Crying Fish

Just put this on the burlap for a upcoming Titanic Show. The dots on the water are going to be yellow..for the life jackets.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Yipeeeee! New Batch of Sari-Ribbon has Arrived.

Just like Christmas morning when the sari-ribbon arrives. This is a good day...and many great rugs will be created with this lovely, juicy, yummy sari-ribbon.

Tools For Rug Hooking

On my blue table we have: the hook, scissors and cutter. The hook has a nice wide handle and large hook for wide cuts. The scissors are bent to make it easier to cut the wool from the top. Last but not least, the cutter. This baby can cut three strips at a time.