Posts made in April, 2011

two new books from favourite blogs

I have always loved drawings of birds but it wasn’t until I read Jenna’s post on Tuesday that I discovered Charlie Harper.  I had to order his book right away!  It is a charming reprint by Todd Oldham of a 1972 book of Harper’s silk-screened images created for the Ford Times. You may recognize his cardinal and bluebird.

I also ordered a book I’ve been wanting for a while.  I’ve followed Heidi Swanson’s incredible blog 101 Cookbooks for some time.  Now I have her beautiful book, Super Natural Cooking as well.  This may be my gift of choice for some up-coming occasions I have!


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a new bag and an old friend

This is a new bag made with my screen-printed canvas and a recycled leather jacket.  I have drawn four birds which I am using for various projects.  This is the spiky bird, a bird with attitude.

The bag has a leather bottom and screen-printed turquoise lining.

And here is my rug Fireworks, begun last year in Jule-Marie Smith’s class at Green Mountain.  I am back at it after many months and will soon be designing the border.  The finished rug will be 53″x72″ and I am about 2/3 done the middle section.  I think the border will be a long project!

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new bag with silk ribbon

Last weekend at the workshop, I bought a skein of beautiful silk ribbon from Jennifer.  It is fair trade and created by women’s cooperatives in India and Tibet using mill remnants.  I have been using it as an accent in a new bag that I am making.  I love the way it glows.

This bag is made of the smoothest teal leather with hooked panels front and back.

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dyeing to whip

Good Friday tulips in my grandmother’s crystal vase–a tradition.  In the background Bookhou’s wonderful alphabet.

I dyed the Briggs and Little two ply that I will use to whip Peruvian images–yes it is hooked.  I used Prochem 1 tsp 818, 1/4 tsp 440 and 1/4 tsp 728, loosely laid the skein in a wide frying pan and simmered until the water was clear.  Then I washed the skein on the gentle cycle and hung it to dry.  Now to turn it into balls and begin to whip.

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ottawa day two

We always make a visit to the Famous Five, those outstanding women who changed the Canadian political landscape at the start of the last century.  And here are some women following in those footsteps.  Bravo!

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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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