Monday
Sep232013

HOOKER TAT

Thought, while waiting for ATHA biennial to start, I should get a tattoo so here it is-----

Thursday
Sep192013

ATHA BIENNIAL AT LONG BEACH

I am in Venice Beach right now visiting my son and his fiance.  It is always good to spend time with your adult children.  Jay and I will be attending the ATHA conference next week.

Thursday
Sep192013

TRAVELING TO TEACH

On my way to North Dakota I stopped in Yakma and then traveled through Idaho by way of Lewiston.  It is a beautiful drive following the Snake River but the rain along with thunder and lightening started making the trip longer and more difficult.  I was scheduled to meet a childhood friend in Missoula, Montana at about 7 pm--it was now 9:30 pm and I was driving on fumes as there were no gas stations open for business at that time of night.  I finally pulled over into a pothole covered lot where I could see some bright lights.  I thought it might be a gas station.  It was a bar and grill.  It was pouring down rain so I ran into the bar, went to the bathroom and then asked some patrons where I was.  They told me, Lolo Pass, and did not know where the next gas station was located.  I talked to some ladies at the bar but got no where.  I could not call my friend or home because I had no service.  In the meantime my friend had spent four hours at Perkins in Missoula and had called the state patrol to find out if there had been an accident.  Unfortunately she did not know my real name only my nick name as we have known each other since I was 7 years old.  She did not know my married name, my husband's last name or what kind of car I was driving.  We have known each other for over 50 years.  I was going to sleep in my car but a guy came out and poured in a gallon of gas so I made it to the next gas station.  There it took me some time to find my credit card as I had not put it away since I had gotten gas in Washington.  My friend lived one hour north of Missoula so I was to meet her at the Dairy Queen.  Relying on the navigator I waited at the wrong one.  We finally met up and she drove my car to her house.  I had a lovely visit with her and stayed two nights.

On my way home I decided to take the northern route through the Washington Cascade passes as I had not been on those roads for a long time.  I also wanted to see my friends finish their art certification in LaConnor.  It is another beautiful trip through Eastern Washington but long.  I could not find a place to stay as all the villages were full.  On my way over North Cascades Pass it started to thunder and pour down rain.  On my way down the pass I came upon  a family of four whose car was stuck in a massive mud slide.  I turned around and found a camp ground to settle in for the night.  I had found a spot to park but discovered it was occupied.  I told them my story and they let me stay until the early morning.  My car is packed so I took out some wool and spread it out on the front seat of my car to sleep on.  My knees honked the horn twice during the night as I turned in my sleep.  You do not get much sleep this way but enough.  I left at 5:30am and started up the pass again only to find more mud slides.  I gave up and back tracked my way through Blewitt pass and Snoqualmie pass and eventully home.  There is always some excitement on my trips.

Thursday
Sep192013

Prairie Rose-Assumption Abbey-North Dakota

I had a wonderful time at the Abbey teaching this year.  The weather was perfect and the students could not have been nicer.  I made a pattern of the Abbey and sold a couple patterns.  I hope to see them done sometime.  The setting overlooks the farming valley below and this year, because we had a novice in the class, we toured the monestary which is just up the road.  The food is good and the company is wonderful.  I will be back in 2015 for sure!



   

Friday
Jul122013

Western McGown Teachers Workshop

 I had a wonderful week at Western McGown Teachers Workshop dressing up each day to present the program, telling jokes and stories and getting an assistant to help me.  We filled most of the spots for teaching and I met the new owner of Charco patterns.  Jane is still on board with making new patterns.  I always look forward to the next year.  We have very talented artist at Western McGown.

 

I taught Herez again to the trainees. It is to teach color planning.   A very good and talented group.  I did not take many pictures as usual.

 




 Here is my audience for each morning meeting.

Here are just a few photos of the projects.  Kathy Stephens did this art deco one to look like different kinds of wood of the time.

It was William Morris day.

This was done by Val Flannigan.

I took this class from Tanya Graham.

Art Deco Day and I took Gitta's class who did this rug

I loved this art deco reflections by Lynne Powell.

We also had Kilim day.

Loved Vivily's poppy

I did finish my Snowy Egret which Bonnie Pelczar taught for her teaching assignment.  I changed the background.

 

Friday
Jul122013

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art - my hooked pieces

The two pieces I sold are being displayed at the new museum.  I am thrilled.

I finally was able to demonstrate at the hospital today.  Met some new people and taught my helper how to hook.  It was fun!  Hope I get to do it agan.  I forgot to take pictures. 

Sunday
Jun092013

WINNER OF PEOPLE'S CHOICE

My "Ram Tough" rug was entered into the Port Gamble Fiber Festival and WON People'sChoice.  I was very happy and a little richer with the cash prize.  

Sunday
Jun092013

ART AND RUG HOOKING

I just sold two pieces to an art patron.  I was planning on joining the art gallery so I could demonstrate at our local hospital where I have been volunteering for 9 years.  In order to do the demonstrations you have to belong to the art galery.  In order to belong you have to be juried into it.  In the process of doing this, a member of the group and a supporter of a new art museum bought the following two pieces.  The "RedTent" and my art journal "Poets".

 

 

 

Monday
May132013

New Studio and Shrimping on Hood Canal

Here is a picture of my granddaughter standing next to a large bucket of Hood Canal shrimp.  My son is shrimping this year and these are large and very sweet tasting shrimp.  They truly are the best I have ever had.  One can only shrimp four days a year and only from 9am to 1pm so it is very limited in scope but so very tasty.

 

The other pictures show the progress on the new studio.  I have the second floor for my studio and it is slowly coming together.  I built my house and now this rebuilt garage with recycled material when I can.  The garage has more new stuff like lumber and roofing material than the house does but when I can find stuff at Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill, then it goes into the studio.  The top studio will be Jay's upholstery studio, etc. and of course he will have the bottom floor for automobiles.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr022013

HAPPY EASTER

Here is my little Easter granddaughter wishing you a Happy Easter.

Friday
Mar222013

2013 Puget Sound Rug School and announcing the 2014 teachers

We had a wonderful time at Dumas Bay.  All students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the instructors.  Dumas had a new chef and it was the best food I have ever had at any event.  I cannot wait to eat there again.  The weather was delightful with sun, some fog, mist and wind, but mostly sun.  Good weather to take a walk around the park and to the beach.

 

Next year we will be hosting Donna Hrkman, Liz Alpert Fay and Nola Heidberder.  It will be very hard to choose just one.  These are fantastic teachers and they have not been to the west coast, except for Nol who was there this year.  What a line up!  I am very excited.


 

Monday
Feb182013

Puget Sound Rug School




March 15th through 18th are the dates for the rug school.  This year I will be teaching "hooked books".  Tantya Graham from Canada will be teaching composition in rugs and helping students look at their rugs from an artist's perspective to improve their art.  Nola Heldberger will be teaching a class on how to use "off the bolt" wool.  This will be wonderful for studying values in primitive wide cut rugs.  

www.nolahooks.com is her site and she has many patterns.

 

Monday
Feb182013

Missing journal pages

I have lost all of my pages so I am starting over on this web site so stay with me.

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