This is a rug I tried to embellish and make sense to anyone. It has faux shirring, quillies, shirred, inset, yarn, wrapped wire, beads, needle felting, embroidery, applique, silk, cotton, velour, stuffed objects and proggy.I learned a lot from this piece. When I teach embellishments it takes boxes of materials and equipment but it is a labor of love to see what people do with it and the inspiration it creates.





I love what Cec Caswell did with her sampler from the embellishemnt class I taught in Canada.  She has her black and white bead stitch signature technique on it but what a fun piece this is. She makes me look so good.



I am having a class in my studio for three days separated by a week. A windstorm hits the region and the first day I am without power. No phones, power or heat. Half the people show up for class. I have snacks, coffee and a propane heater going when they arrive. I have no way to contact the other people to tell them one way or another if we are having class. My cell phone is dead. My power point presentation is from my powered up computer screen on the lapstop. We had the class, stayed warm and used the natural light from the windows wich I had cleared space in front of the windows to get all the natural light in the studio.  We accomplished a lot and had fun. 

I arrange the next week to have a makeup class. I have power, snacks and heat. All is going well until after lunch when the power goes off again and we finish class on time but the light is fading. The days asre getting shorter in the northwest so I should probably schedule classes for earlier and leave later if the power is not going to cooperate. 

The second schedule day of class goes without a hitch. I had power the whole time. It was touch and go as the day before we did not have power. I came on about 10pm. I was going to cancel but did not havr to.  Since they "fixed" the power problem this summer it has been so much worse.  In the house we are fine because we have a heat source with wood and stay cozy. We use the propane cook stove and wood stove for eating and gas laterns for light but it does get old. I hear there is another storm coming today. We wil see. Here are some pictures of my students in class.

Zentangle Class Day 1

Makeup class

Second Day.



The tool case was taught by Sheila Mitchell at the TIGHR conference in Victoria. It was a quick and fun project and I have my tools placed in it. Sheila is a good teacher with thorough instructions.




I only tok a few pictures of the exchange mats at TIGHR.  I now hoave two mats.  They get better every year.




I forget that Victoria B.C. is so close to my house.  You drive to Port Angeles and then cross the waters for 90 minutes on the Black Ball Ferry right into the inner harbor where the hotel and the downtown area is located.  The Vancouver Island ladies did a fantastic job having a variety of classes and speakers throughout the conference. The hotel and food was good and Jay helped with the rug show and went on a couple tours.

This was the view from our corner room.  I guess I should work on my photography.

Government Buildings in Victoria.

This is the family home of Emily Carr. She is the famous artist and rug maker from the area. Her dad was a merchant and she had sisters.

This is the sun room off of the kitchen of the house.

This is the house of all sorts built by Emily Carr to paint. It is privately owned so no tours inside.

This is Emily's sister's house where Emily painted in the room located on right side of the house.


This is an actress who played Emily Carr and did an excellent performance.  She is standing next to the statute of Emily on the corner near the Empress Hotel. Emily had a pet monkey for a long time.

Some of the totems near the harbor. Emily was able to visit the first nations and record their totem poles.

A hooked piece looking something like what Emily Carr would wear. Emily made her own clothes and it looks at though she only used one pattern. She also usually wore a hat to keep her hair out of her paint.  I have only read one of her books but she became well known for her writing.

Kris McDermet braided pieces at the show.

I taught a wool applique class at the conference.

Part of the class working on their needle cases.

Some of the finished needle cases from the class.

I hooked a tool kit with a Steller Jay on the front in a good class from Sheila Mitchell.






After three years since our trip to Australia, Miriam and Jacqui finally made it to our house so we could repay the hospitality they provided us during our stay in their country.  I had a pot luck with the ladies in the studio one of the days.  We had a large turnout.'

Judi's show and tells.

Linda's quilt.

Miriam's embroidery from Jerusalem.

All working hard.

Jacqui and Jay.

Miriam and Jay.





Rugs from Prairie Harvest

There were many great rugs in the show at the school. Here are a few of them and I did not get the artist names.

Cheryl made thid darling rug using yarn and other embellishments.  I love the face.

Dragonfly with embellishment

interesting background.

Interesting antlers.

Circus themed echasnge mats.



Prairie Harvest - Saskatchewan Canada - September

I spend August getting ready for teaching embellishments in Canada and finishing up the flooring on the second and third floors.  There is still more to go on the florring and it was lots of work, mostly on the huband's part, but we both love how the floors and trim turned out.  We also got the hand rails in on both floors.

I collect lots of books and I liked this idea I found in one of the books.  Now to find a way to use it

The trip to Blackstrap Lake was easy driving I hear.  I mostly slept through the trip.  We took three days to get there and camped out at the lodge but ate deicious meals with everyone.  It is a fun group of women.  I brought quite a bit of supplies to let the women try everything.  I did not get to all the things I had brought, but most of it.  The women were troopers and worked hard the whole time we were at camp.  Each night I tried to get ready for the next day.  I had a wonderful time and worked hard.  I took a few pictures of their samplers.



Joann felting a ball in an egg.  Shake it after a tiny bit of soap and water.




I was going to teach a class on making a pouch with the zipper already sewn so I made myself a steampunk pouch.  I learned sokme things from this exercise.



The family started to arrive on July 1st.  We had the Holly 4th parade and then fireworks in the evening.  The weather was hot and family spent time in the water everyday.  There was lots of crab caught as well. theme and then the fireworks.  We had about 60 people just in our group alone.



This is the small pattern I hooked and taught at workshop.  We worked on fingering and it was fun hooking this little pillow.  I added the fringe to the pillow to use up my leftover wool.  It is bright and now is sitting on a purple chair in my bathroom.  I had a great class to teach.


I taught on Thursday when the show was going but was able to randomly take pictures.  I do not have the owners names as I was in a hurry so I apologize.

Brigitta Phy Leaves

Laurie Wiles textures

Janet McLean adaptation

Another of Janet's Moose rugs

Laurie Wiles' Cat

Chris Ward's Scottie McGruff with own plaid

I think this is Barb Powells'  

I think this is Gail Becker's rug with nylons Grenfel style

Patty Yates' version


Laura Pierce's rug

Tanya Graham's flowers.

Brigitta Phy's rug

Lynne Howard's Zendoddle-Love her interpretation.



Here is my favorite shrimper, who is 2 1/2 now.  She is a fashion statement, choosing her own outfits now.  She does love her dresses but it is not always dress weather.  The shrimping season was only four days from 9-1.  They all got their limit of 80 a piece.





Darren is 22 and married now.  Makes me feel old sometimes.  He is a great young man and I am wishing the couple a very happy marriage.  So proud of him.




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



Repaired Rug

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.





Hooking on the Second Wednesday of the Month

It is always fun to get together and hook with friends.  We had braiding, wool applique and hooking.  Wonderful day.



Making Doll Clothes - What Fun

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.



Majorcia Rug - Karen Kahle design

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).


Gail's class

Ingrid's class

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.