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PURSE WORKSHOP AND RUGS TO SHARE…

I am happy to say that we have a few people who want to try purses and the workshop (or rather both of them!) are filled. I may do another in the summer when we can have lunch on the dock… Thank you to everyone who emailed and will be joining us.

In the meantime I have a few lovely rugs and punch needle pieces to share…

Toni’s version of Grandmother’s Flower Garden – I love how this turned out – done with mostly as is recycled (or up cycled) wool…


Shelagh found this lovely little rug in an antique store… and then hooked her own version…

Barbara’s lovely canola Quail… Holly is hooking my River Otters with some variations and I love the way this is turning out… and Sylvie sent me pix of her completed Swirl Trees (most of the flowers are done in silk fabric that Sylvie had left over from sewing projects!)… her punch needle Village Street (kits are available for this)…

and her Two Birds…

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PURSE WORKSHOP – APRIL 7 – 10 – 4

Over the course of my many years of rughooking I developed a pattern for an easy, across-the-chest small flapped purse. I have probably hooked around 100 of these purses and love to do them as they are small, fast, functional and portable works of art! The purses measure about 10 x 11 finished with a flap that hangs over the body of the purse. I do my body in heavier wool that I would not normally hook with as it gives the purse more body although I have been known to use my beautiful hooking wool for the whole thing. I will be teaching this workshop here in the studio.

It will be done in 2 stages i.e.

1. prior to the workshop you will get your blank flap outline on linen along with templates and instructions so that you can design your flap (although if you prefer I can draw out one of the many purse designs I have for you) and complete the hooking and homework on your own.

2. we will then spend the day in the studio constructing the body of the purse and strap and putting the whole thing together so that by the end of the day you are walking out with a completed purse.

Once you know the construction process you can, and will want to, make more purses as you will have the templates which can be reused many times over. These fun purses make great gifts. Workshop and pattern and instructions fee is $90.00 plus HST (plus the cost of mailing the purse pattern and instructions to you). To be held in my studio April 7 from 10 – 4. Bring along lunch and I will provide snacks and drinks.

Class size is limited so email me soon to register.

 

 

MORE PIX…

Elaine sent me a picture of her lovely rug – design by Eugenia Koupouli  available from Martina Lesar…

and Kathy of Briarwoodfolkart sent me a picture of her latest wonderfully primitive rug (you can get this pattern from Kathy at  www.briarwoodfolkart.etsy.com)…

Tara has done it again – finished off another rug in record time – this is one of the new Karla patterns I offer…

 

and Meg’s lovely little bird – so sweet!…

Marilyn sent me a picture of her rug in progress which she had started working on again recently – check out her storage of cut strips in the background! Brilliant!…

A FEW MORE RUGS TO SHARE…

Elizabeth sent me a picture of her wonderful Shelly Atkinson Winter Skate adaptation (or as she calls it 4 Skaters representing her soon to be 4 grandchildren!). Notice the little one on the far right in the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey sweater! …

and Pauline sent me this about her stunning rug… “my rug designed by Christine Little. Apparently Percy Inglis drew rug hooking patterns in Mahone Bay a very long time ago and Christine did this pattern adaptation in honour of him(I think).”…

A FEW PICTURES TO SHARE…

Tara sent me a photo of her latest lovely rug…

and Heather came for a visit and brought along her Vegetable Garden which I love! and her Karla Gerard rug almost finished…

and what have I done – finished off a small punch needle piece and painted and distressed an old frame for it…


DYEING THOSE SWATCHES – WELL OVERDYEING…

I had a few people ask me to clarify my instructions – so I decided it might be a good idea to redo them with maybe a few pix! Because a picture is worth… And aren’t we all very very visual!

So here goes!

I used a very bright green 6 value swatch by Rittermere Hurst Field. As I mentioned, I do not do fine shading so valued swatches are not something I use. They are too solid for the kind of hooking I do and also very short as they ARE meant for shading. However, for a landscape or Van Gogh or Group of Seven style hooked rug they will be perfect as you want to use shorter “strokes”. But first they need hmmmmm, upcycling!

Step 1. Take apart your valued swatch – it should normally range from ultra light to dark – in my case there were no ultra lights or ultra darks but rather a variety of greens.  Soak well in warm water with a touch of soap…
Step 2. Mix up 1/16 of 3 different colours that you want to use to “spot” your swatch – one colour per 2 cup measuring cup.  I chose the following colours Magic Carpet Red Brown in one cup; Moss green in another and Yellow in the third.  Add a table spoon of vineagar and 1 cup boiling water. So you now have 3 measuring cups with 1/16 of a different dye colour in each cup and 1 cup of boiling water and a dash of vinegar.

Step 3.  Take the 6 (or 8 depending on your swatch) pieces of soaked wool and squish together in a 2 cup measuring cup or 4 cup measuring cup if you want your wool less spotty and pour one of the cups of dye over top and microwave for 3.5 minutes (I have a short 3.5 minute reheat button on my microwave but could be 3 or 4 minutes or more depending on how dark the dye is as you want it to totally absorb).  Remove from microwave and flip the wool over (use gloves as it will be hot) and dump out most of the clear hot water and pour on the second dye and microwave for 3.5 minutes.  Remove from microwave and flip again mixing it up a bit and repeat.  Make sure allll the colour is absorbed and throw into a pot (I have an old metal salad bowl) and let it sit till cool.  Your wool should  have a wonderful spotty texture in a variety of colours for fields or trees.

I only used about half the red brown and decided to stop there… Once it was done microwaving I flipped it over…
and poured on about half the moss green…back into the microwave and then same process with the full yellow formula and mixed up the wool well so that the yellow would overdye all the wool equally…resting in my metal bowl…

 et voila – from solid bright greens to spot dyed fall colours…
And now for a few pix of completed projects by others:
 While Diane was here for a visit over New Years she completed her SNOW (not SOW as I kept reading it) punch needle and put it in this vintage pan (for ashes?)…
 Jill was finishing her most recent Karla Gerard pattern (SLED) – love that sky…
Linda brought her beautiful completed rug of her own design to SBS – we are going to add a 2 inch wide border to it in navy wool…
Diane attached her Fall Frolic (one of my punch needle designs) to one of Vince’s Sheep boards (I do have a few of these sheep boards in stock!)… I love the way she finished this with a scalloped wool border…

 

Van Gogh IS DONE!!!!

And it only took 4 months!!!! Yikes! Should not have taken that long but this was the kind of piece where I could not just sit and hook away and have fun. This one required concentration, a LOTTTTTTT of different wools and a lot of ripping out and rehooking. So was it a fun piece – hmmmmm – it was a challenging piece! And challenge is good! And I am happy with the end result. Will I do another VG – yes!!!! I love his sunflowers and of course Starry Night is one of my favourite paintings – will it be soon? Probably not – for now I need to just play for a while – something a little LESS CHALLENGING 🙂 .

To hook this piece I used exclusively 6 – 8 value swatches which I had taken apart and spot dyed in a measuring cup in the microwave! So there were no solid wools or even textures except the very outside row which was a wonderful texture. So lots of short, spot dyed swatches. I love taking swatches (which I do not use as I do not do fine shading) and spot dyeing them in the microwave.  Soak a bunch of related colours in all the values, squish them into a two cup measuring cup and pour on one related colour and microwave for 3.5 minutes; flip the wool and pour on the second related colour and microwave for 3.5 minutes and then do this process one final time with another related colour. By related colours I mean if I started with a blue solid swatch in 8 values I would make up three blue formulas in say sky blue, turquoise and smoky blue. This gave me amazing spot dyed valued pieces of wool to work with. I used about 1/16 of each colour to spot dye about 8 pieces of swatch. It was a wonderful, fun way to repurpose something which I would not have otherwise used.

So here is my Wheatfields – not perfect but perfect for me! And yes I used artistic license to darken things up a bit and make alllllll that blue a blue I could live with (cause you KNOW I am NOT a blue person 🙂 )… (started this in September in a class taught by Carol Shewan – thanks Carol for all your tips and help).