I am back home and back at it. I still have photos from the show and from the class to post. I hope to do that tomorrow–so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some of the new canvas items I am working on. I love the geometric quality of the new patterns. The pouches are lined with red cotton print and are a perfect size, 8×5″. The tote is 13x18x4″ with two recycled leather interior pockets, heavy-duty leather straps and a leather bottom. Also a clip for your keys, soon to be riveted in! The canvas is canoe-grade, so the tote is up to carrying all your gear. These items will be available at the December show.
Archives for November 2012
Here are a few more rugs from this outstanding show in Shelburne Vermont. Still, it is just a small selection from the many pieces on the two floors of the Round Barn. It is our last day here, our class finishes up–but the show goes on until next weekend. I encourage you to see it if you can. If not, I will be posting more pictures here. There is so much to appreciate and learn from in this show.
This rug designed and hooked by Jen Lavoie is a piece I kept coming back to as I walked around the show. The photo does not convey its size which is over 5 feet wide–it is breathtaking. It is accompanied by the lyrics of the Bruce Springsteen song, This Train.The next two wonderful rugs are by Kathy Henning, a featured artist at the show.
I loved this miniature Morris chair, a salesman’s sample, which Gail Duclos Lapierre inherited from her grandmother. As you can see the hand hooked upholstery, which Gail also tailored, is reversible.
The opening of the rug show was last night. What a show! I took photos as I wandered through and want to share some with you here. But, for sure, I will be back today and tomorrow. It is hard to see everything on your first visit. These are just a very few of the highlights on the first floor. There are two large floors full of rugs!
This People’s Choice Winner from 2011 was designed and hooked by Donna Hrkman of Dayton Ohio.
Notes from a very messy studio! You can see I am into making pouches. These are made of black denim and lined with colourful batiks and African screen prints. BUT, today I am heading out for Vermont — Shelburne VT specifically, and the wonderful Hooked in the Mountains rug show. I am also taking a class! Hope to share all the glorious rugs and other excitement with you here, so check back when you can.
I had some heavy green leather and some turquoise handles–and the marriage seemed to work. This is the fourth in a series of unlined totes–great for shopping or travel. Ultra heavy duty, 14x13x5″ with two large outside pockets and one inside. So functional, and a great jolt of colour.
I have been making some Finger Free Gloves out of recycled cashmere and boiled wool. They are great for sketching, texting or photography — surprisingly cozy. I wore mine every day in chilly Paris. And Carissa tells me it is so cold at work that she needs a pair there!
I am also back at mitten-making. These take a lot of time as I line them with recycled wool, mostly soft cashmere scarves — but I do enjoy making them, combining the colours and textures. Recycled sweaters are such a source of fabulous colour and design.
The Gaspé Rough Tote is finished. This is a large travel bag, 16x14x7″, made of durable leather from two recycled jackets, one black and the other a lovely worn brown bomber jacket. The tote has two slip pockets on the outside, and inside four more pockets, one zippered. The heavy-duty strap is adjustable. I have a version of this bag myself and I find it ideal for travelling. Good size and strong enough to carry all you need.
The second tote is a new design — I call it the Flat Tote. It is 13x13x2 and great for carrying a few things, like your papers and ipad–my MacBook actually fits in here too. This bag is unlined, but the inside is red suede, a nice surprise! Below you will see my favourite model carrying this tote (and wearing some Finger-Free Gloves, but more on them in a later post). This tote is made from a remnant of upholstery leather and the exterior pocket is from a recycled jacket. It also has an interior slip pocket.t
It has been a dark, drab week in Southern Ontario. I am not complaining–how could I in the face of such destruction and pain to the south of us? But I am commenting that there has been no sun and little colour since I got home. S0…I did a very quick sketch of the beautiful flowers on our counter and felt better immediately. Then I took out out the fabric I brought home from France. Now, last year when I was in the south of France I bought some wonderful striped fabric in Collioure and made a few of these pouches. I didn’t buy enough, of course — and the few pouches sold quickly. I was delighted this year in Chartres to find a whole store devoted to this striped fabric from the Basque region.