2017 Show Season

Busy times ahead. This weekend, August 19 and 20th at Longstock in Longview Alberta. It is a weekend full of art and music. This event is always a great time. The 26th sees me in Glenwood Alberta for the day. Many special events planned. Hope to see some familiar faces!

Show Season 2016

After a lovely five week road trip it is time to dedicate time to the studio. This year will see more of the collapse scarves in many different and wonderful colours. 2016 shows are now listed on the front page but as many of you know the studio is always open by chance or appointment. Hope to see you soon!

Relaxing

It was a busy show season and a big thank you to all that supported us. It was a tough go this year with the economy in the tank. We are back in Mexico and, a month later, still getting our feet on the ground. The Mexican loom is threaded and ready to go with a few tea towels. Hope everyone’s Christmas was good and that all your new year wishes come through.IMG_6473

Wonderful times

The wonderful people from the retreat at Jane Stafford Textiles

The wonderful people from the retreat at Jane Stafford Textiles

Weaving, weaving and more weaving! It has been great. Jane Stafford’s deluxe retreat on Salt Spring Island was truly a wonderful experience. Wonderful weaving projects (samples of what we wove can be seen in on the ironing board) fun people and the best food ever. We just got home and Alberta Culture days were upon us. This forces my annual ‘clean the studio’ project. Thanks for all that came out to the studio to support me. Actually this year more paintings sold then woven items. ‘Our Best to You in Red Deer is coming up quickly as it runs October 23rd, 24th and 25th at the Westerner Park.

New Ideas

As fall comes into view the inventory continues to grow in the studio.  Some new unusual buttons I purchased in Seattle look great on the wrap around scarves.  Pat Moore’s fabulous felting continues to inspire great fronts for purses.  We, including Don and Wallis, are off to Salt Spring island where they will do their thing and I will enjoy a retreat at Jane Stafford’s Textiles.

New Buttons

New Buttons

Ocean influenced purse

Ocean influenced purse

Seattle and Longview

What a wonderful trip to Seattle we had and the fiber stores were out of this world so got lots of new threads to work with.  The selection of buttons for the new wrap scarves was fantastic.  I was like a kid in a candy shop.  Thank you all that came to see me at ‘Longstock’ the Longview music festival this past weekend.  Although the weather was a trial, spirits were high and the music great!

Color Combinations

Perhaps it has to do with teaching a workshop on color theory at the recent HWSDA conference this spring but I find that my color combinations are expanding.  Not so many monochromatic schemes.  Also some new purses with felted fronts and finished and decorated.  I love the decorating part.  One is ocean influenced with blues and cool pearl beads.  I am having fun!

Working hard

Off to the mountains today but takings scarves with me to get those ends tied.  Some new color combinations this year.  I am making both the traditional long scarves and the button on wrap around ones as well.

So far

An apology is in order here.  A frustration at my lack of computer skill has not allowed me to keep up to date here.  Yes, I am back in the studio an weaving my little fingers to the bone.  Yesterday I had the better part of the day there and what a peace of mind that gives me.  Is it the rhythm of the loom or the thrill of embellishing a purse front that gives me such satisfaction?  I shall try to keep my web site more up to date so please don’t stop checking.

Working in tandem

Working with felted pieces provided by Pat Moore from Yellowknife has been a very positive experience.  Each envelope that arrives contains a variety of felted pieces that I then design bags around. Collaboration is a great motivator!

Working with Pat Moore felting

Working with Pat Moore felting