Here is a pattern I picked up a few years ago when I was at Hooking by the Sea in Nanimo, B,C. I found it a challenge and a delight. Jay made the frame for it from the wood I have in my studio. I love the colors Emily used. I would have never used these colors but doing pictures like this helps me push into other color choices. I seem to want to do realistic colors. It will go to the TIGHR convention in Victoria this fall
This is the back of the rug I fixed awhile ago and posted in another entry in my journal. I took some foundation material, cut it and put glue on the edges. I then hooked through it with the wool I had pulled out of the rug and some newer wool I had on hand. It worked well. I did not see another hole until I was done with the big one so I had to add another patch. Here are the pictures of the back. It will not go back into the bathroom again.
My sister=in-law, Sheryl, was so very generous in giving me two dolls for myself and my grand daughter, Emma. She also gave me patterns for the doll clothes. I made some clothes for Emma for Easter to fit into the backpack doll case I bought her. The clothes were fun to make and easy. I never got t make doll clothes for my daughter as she was into stuffed animals and not dolls. I did make her some stuffed animals. The dolls are from the 1970's and there were four of them.
Emma and her backpack, which is almost as big as she is.
I did this rug in an 8 cut. It was a good way to use my scraps. I have many antique pasiley shawls. I used one to do the leaves. I do like the affect. This rug went fast and I did not have to think about it while I hooked. I have always like this pattern and finally finished it.
The rug school is just getting better every year. We had great teachers and fimilar faces joning us for the four days of learning and creating. I was in Mary Ann Wise's class (she may be related) and did not take many pictures this year. I will share some rugs from my classroom that just happened to be on the floor. We enjoyed good food, wine and classes. Lynne Powell taught a zentangles class whch was full and everyone had a good time creating zentangles. I forgot to bring many things, including my zen pillow. I did show my Emily Carr picture and will post it when I get it framed. We will be having Susan Feller, Laura Pierce and Diane Learmonth next year (2016).
Arlene's Great Santa rug
Arlene's wonderful Emily Carr rug. This onw needs to be seen in person.
Caryn Hill's self portrait
Tanya Graham's rug
Lynne Powell's zentangle
Lynne Powell's design
Val Flannigan;s design-Love the Rocks!
One of many attempts to use templates to help design a rug.
I liked playing around with Zentangles so made this pillow based on that idea. I saw a long pillow on the tv show "Modern Family" on their sofa so I made this one for my sofa. I used up some wool I had dyed for the zendoddle pillow at Teacher's Workshop. I designed and hooked it as I went. I made it into a pilow but it probably needs more stuffing.
These are some of the rugs shown at the January retreat. I tried to get the names and the rug but may have missed some of them.
Yvonne Renwick (my bad photo
I bought a sticky basket at Michaels (hobby shop) and made it into a hooked piece, I used my scrapes. I did the picture sides first. The Wool Therapist lettering looks like, Wool The Rapist. I am using the excuse that I was sick when I hooked this whole thing.
I wanted to also experiment with graffitti so the other two sides are that attempt, The TRASH one looks better than the REFUSE one so I learned a lesson there as well. I could have used a bigger cut or doubled the letter in size so REFUSE would have stood out better. I did go on line to look up graffitti images for the lettering.
The rug below was taught well by Laurie wiles at Teacher's workshop. Why I did not do it like she taught, I do not know. I wanted to take the pattern and change it up. I first changed the fish because the original fish to me, were too cutesy. I made each fish a different kind but used the orange wool. I put a compass rose in the middle and used orange wool. That was not a problem. I should have stopped. But no, I added the words, "Surf's Up" around the rug in the cirlces and that made it too busy. Not to be out done with too busy, I then made each circle left into a different motif. Not done yet, I made the end of the pie shapes into beach-related items. Not realizng I shoud stop, I added a larger border. I then dyed wool to whip it but did not like it so took it apart then I edged it with bias cut pendelton wool. This was a plaid. I had to stop. If you want to get dizzy after your bath, have this rug in your bathroom. You will either get dizzy seeing it on the floor or throw-up on it, which might, in the end, make it appear better.
What was I thinking anyway. A lesson to learn. No mistakes-just lessons
I love this demonstration of values. Most probems with rugs is not the color but the value. Sometimes students do not have practice in seeing the value of colors. If you want to make an impact in your rug, then use sharp changes in values. It does get confusing when deciding between values and intensity. It just takes practice.
I am so looking forward to 2015 being a great year. I have 2 more radiation treatments left to go and then some procedures. I will only have to get checkups every three months. I am getting my energy back and wanting to get back into the studio. Spent time with my family over the holidays and that is what it is all about.
One of the things I miss more than my head of hair, or eyelashes. is my eyebrows. They were not famous; no one ever said to me, "Nice eyebrows"; but they were mine and they make a big difference in the face appearance. I do not want to try and learn how to put them on the right way--I WANT MINE BACK, NOW.
In May of 2014, being post menopausal, I discovered some spots of blood on my underwear. A friend had just gone through a hysterectomy to take cae of her endometrial cancer so I made an appointment with my GP doctor. On Monday I had a pap smear, an ultrasound and the appointments began.
The ultrasound discovered a thickening of the uterine wall, which is not a good sign. It is suppose to be getting thinner. Being overweight does cause more estrogen to be produced so that also does not help with preventing cancer.
I was scheduled for a biopsy and knew I would at the very least, need a hysterectomy. The next day the call came in that I had grade 2 endometrial cancer and would be hearing from them about operations.
I did research and decided after awhile that it was too much. I had a CT scan where they saw a tumor and also that one of my kidneys had a stone which had blocked the kidney completely. My kidney had shrunk to half its size.
I had the hysterectomy at Overlake Hospital in Seattle. After the operation my family was told that it all looked good-she got the tumor. I went back a week later and she told me I had Stage 3A endometrial cancer. I am pretty sure that is all I heard. She said it had traveled to the fallopian tubes and there was positive (not good) signs from the saline washing they do at the end of the operation. The good news is it did not go too far into the uterine lining and the lymph nodes were clear.
I had the kidney stone removed next and they placed a stent between the bad kidney to the bladder. It is a geen coated wire to keep things open until everything dealing with the cancer is done. It looks like a wire hanger coated with plastic.
I had a port placed in my chest for the chemo treatments. When I talked to the chemo doctor he discussed the possibility of Stage 4 cancer. That was not what I wanted to hear. We called my surgeon and she called him and said that the stage never changes and he was wrong. It was not a good day for me.
A week after my first treatment in Tacoma, Washington, I lost my hair. It does feel weird but it is just hair!
Six treatments from July 3rd to October 17. Each one was harder and took a longer time to recover. My body was able to take the treatments so I never had to cancel any or get any shots. At times it was harder than I thought. The lack of breath and energy was surprising but you are having poison put into your body so it will react. I did get mouth sores and bone aches as well.
The next treatment will be pelvic radiation every day for 6 weeks. I was not prepared for this as I had discussed with the doctor I wanted less invasive radiation as that is what my second opinion doctor suggested. I used some choice words and cried a little hearing the news.
Radiation treatments start with a CT scan where they line up your body and tatoo your skin. There are some other gross things they do but I leave it to your imagination.
I washed this rug in the washer, cold water, no spin, and this is what it looked like after I pulled out the wool in the bad part of the rug. It is a mystery to me what happened. I am now washing my other rugs by hand. This will be good practice to repair the rug. I will update this blog and let you know how it goes.
I have many purse patterns so I chose this one. Anna wanted a bag lined in plastic for the grand daughter's wet things. I made the plastic insert and then the bag out of wool, adding the pennie circles to the outside. Grommets and leather straps completed the bag. I notice that Anna uses it all the time. That is good.
Here is the project I am teaching at Western McGown in Oregon this year. One of our teachers could not attend this year so I took it on. The pattern is new and it is called Zendoddle. I love zentangles and have several books on them, all the pens and sketch books but do not take the time to mess with them as much as I would like. I thought on this pattern I would color plan it and dye the wool and away I would go. I ended up pulling colors out and re-dyeing. It was hard for me to color plan. I wanted to use embellishments on it so I have beads, shisha mirrors, yarns, plumbers chain, mtallic threads and buttons, I would change a few things on it but needed to finish it and get on with the other projects.
In May on Hood Canal there are four to five special days. Those days are when the state of Washington allows the public to spend lots of money on gas licenses lines, traps, bait, etc. to catch the world's best tasting shrimp. The first day of shrimping was raining so hard it hurt. There were many lost pots as the current took those traps and lines to all areas of the canal. You catch shrimp between 200 to 400 feet. Easy going down but the you have to turn around and pull that trap up all 400+ feet hoping there are shrimp in the trap. I made chili and hot chocolate and all the shrimpers were able to get their limit of 80 day. Here is the smallest shrimper we had with use this year.