Posts made in December, 2011

favourites


For the new year, I thought I would make a list of my favourite sites, (apart from my very favourites listed on the side bar.) But these sites are the ones I go to almost daily for inspiration, information or company–there a couple of food blogs, two or three sketching and design blogs and an excellent place for essays and book reviews. It’s hard to narrow down the choice, there is so much wonderful stuff available, but these are the ones that I have visited most this year.

1. brain pickings

2. Liz and Borromini  and Sketching Architecture

3. Danny Gregory

4. 101 Cookbooks

5. Miss Moss

6. Sketch Away

7. Sara Barner. Her site has not been updated for a while, but you can also see her amazing leather  here.

8. Lottie and Dorf 

9. Skinny Laminx

10. Nina Johansson

 

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perfectly imperfect

This time of year is always a time of reflection for me.  The company has gone home, the leftovers still comprise a meal and the hours are open for quiet time. I am back at hooking my big rug, realizing just how long each of those paddles of coloured circles takes and how much time I still have to devote. There is little actually creative now, apart from combining the colours, but it is still a pleasure. And while hooking I am thinking about the past year. These photos and notes are the record of my perfectly imperfect life, the days and the creations. It was a big step for me, this public record, but overall, I think a good one. I would never have documented each product, each event, without it. And I would not have encountered so many lovely people through comments and notes. Thank you all so much for your support and interest.

Below is a poem about the beauty and necessity of imperfection by Molly Peacock and then a quotation from a recent blog entry by Danny Gregory, one of my favourite creators, reflecting on his son’s application to RISD.  I hope you enjoy them and are encouraged to let your own red bird fly.

     The Flaw

The best thing about a hand-made pattern
is the flaw.
Sooner or later in a hand-loomed rug,
among the squares and flattened triangles,
a little red nub might soar above a blue field,
or a purple cross might sneak in between
the neat ochre teeth of the border.
The flaw we live by, the wrong color floss,
now wreathes among the uniform strands
and, because it does not match,
makes a red bird fly,
turning blue field into sky.
It is almost, after long silence, a word
spoken aloud, a hand saying through the flaw,
I’m alive, discovered by your eye.

Molly Peacock © 2008
Used with permission of W.W. Norton and Company

 

“If a half-century of living on this sphere has taught me anything, it’s that regret is a waste of time, that one should seize every opportunity that comes one’s way, and that the fear of the unknown is just a one-way ticket into darkness. Fortunately, my son is braver than I am, less damaged, brighter, more confident in his abilities to change the world. He is my greatest work of art, of course I can’t claim all the credit.”

 

 

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happy holiday

I want to wish everyone the very best of the holiday season. Thank you so much for visiting throughout the year and for leaving your lovely comments.

Christine

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some endings and a beginning

I am winding down and ready for a break. Below is the last pile of mittens for 2011. Included in the pile is my first pair of men’s mittens (hidden in the back–dark, masculine tones, I assure you!) These are a special pair, lined with cashmere. Making these mittens is addictive–such fun to put the colours and patterns together. But ENOUGH!

And this is my final apron and my last piece of Marimekko fabric.  I found some a couple of years ago in a store on Queen St. West in Toronto and of course, did not buy enough. And now the store is no longer there. Like Vera’s work, I have loved Marimekko since the 60′s when it was very available.  This photo does not do justice to the wonderful designs on this coated fabric. If you click on Marimekko, you can view their fall fashion show–the fabrics are so inspiring. If you know where I can find some of this fabulous fabric, please let me know.

But on to new things. Below are two skirts I found in a thrift shop this week. They are both great quality leather, but the magenta is an amazing colour and not readily available in thrift stores. So…I am already planning a new bag. My inspiration is visiting on Christmas day, so we may have time to draft up a new design!

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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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