colour block trivet 3

Here is another trivet with night sky and colour blocks. I’m working out a plan for a bigger rug and I find it helpful to do these little pieces to see how value, shape and direction of hooking come together. I then sew a square of recycled wool on the back of the piece to make a trivet which is both functional and a splash of colour on the table.super-moon-2


house at night–another colour block trivet

I finished my last big project as those of you who follow the blog will know.  So, I am in an in-between time and am working out ideas for the next rug by hooking small trivets. It’s a great way to think through your ideas and, because each trivet goes quickly, quite satisfying as well. Each is a little design statement. I’ve been watching episodes of The Queen and working with colour blocks. What a great way to spend the last dreary days of November. house-at-night-trivet


colour block hooking

There are three colour block pouches left in the store. If you are interested click on the on-line store under Navigation on the right of the page. colour-block-4

I’m now carrying the idea of colour blocks to some hooked trivets. This is the first in a series using the same colours as the pouches above. A great way to use left-over strips and ‘sketch’ ideas for a bigger piece. I’ve drawn up a few more and will post as I complete them.colour-block-house-1


colour block pouches

Here are some bright pouches made from recycled and/or remnant pieces of buttery leather. They are so much fun to assemble, each one a riff on the last. They are 7″ wide and 5.5″tall with coordinating zipper and cotton lining. They are great storage for the small things you carry in your big bag and are bright enough that you can find them in the darkest and largest tote. They can also travel solo with your phone and cards and other small essentials. These will be in the on-line store tomorrow. What a great gift!colour-block-1




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sketching in wool

I’ve been working some ideas out in small wool ‘sketches’.  This is a great way to experiment with shape and colour and texture. These are not the best photos as it is very overcast and snowing here today!

The first is based on a white oak tree ring, the second on the memories of my time in a village in Spain this time last year. I like the repeated pattern in both pieces but not sure where either will take me. I’m going to try another version of the houses and colour blocks and see if I can work out what I’m not happy with in this first one. Maybe be more organized and methodical in my overlapping pattern? Or maybe fewer houses? I’ll try out some drawings this week. After all with snow on the ground, it’s a perfect hooking time.tree-ring


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darkest darks

Earlier this week I was in Dundas for a watercolour class. At lunchtime I walked to the Detour Cafe for a cup of their coffee. It was a beautiful day and the shadows were deep under the awning. I did very little of this sketch on site–instead I took a photo and worked on it later at my open studio day. There I had lots of encouragement to ‘go darker’.   I had only time to finish the building and add the xmas wreath hanging from the lamp post, but somehow this seemed ok. A memory of the wonderful November sunlight (happily not an oxymoron this year) we have been enjoying.

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pages from my sketchbook


I have been trying to sketch more these days, both at home and on the road. These sketches are from the last couple of weeks–stretching my grasp of perspective and pushing myself to add more colour and depth. The sketch below was the hardest as I was angled above my beloved train station. I spent so much time getting the angle that I had no time for colour even though the train was 25 minutes late! The notes on the page make the rest clear enough–I wondered about leaving them and decided it was fine to record publicly the sad events of last week and the wonderful restorative power of Mystical Landscapes at the AGO.

Most of these were done from inside–but the last one, in Guelph, was done sitting outdoors at a cafe–in mid November!






I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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