Archives for September 2012
Today we walked a mile along the Lake Ontario shoreline. There is something so grounding about walking along a shoreline. I love to pick up stones, to feel their smooth story in my hand, to bring the most beautiful home. I have little cairns all over the house. The weather was glorious and the inspiration all around. I could see abstract hooked rugs everywhere. Although I am usually enthralled with colour, I could be tempted to do something tonal like this sand and stone.
I have been working on a tote made from two leather jackets, both wonderful leather–rugged brown and pebbly black. I have always liked the black, brown combination and it seems to really work here. This tote is a bit oversized, 16″ wide, 13″ high and a 7″ bottom, so it will hold lots of stuff including an ipad, or laptop.
This clutch is made of the softest recycled cobalt leather. It is 6 x 8.5 x 1.5 with a zippered closing and a detachable leather wrist strap. Inside it is lined with yellow cotton and has a small leather pocket for cards and coins. A great pouch to carry on a night out, or to fit inside a larger bag.
$45.00 plus shipping
This leather originated in a bomber jacket, circa 1982. I am calling it cobalt, but it is a bit more on the purple side than earlier clutches. Beautiful. I have been saving this leather which is soft and smooth for some time, but this week decided to make a clutch. This is a very useful size (6 x 8.5 x 1.5″) as it holds all your essentials, so can stand on its own, or can be stowed in a larger bag.
Inside is a small pocket which is a good size for your cards and a lining of sunshine yellow cotton print. The wristlet has a detachable clip for those days when you want to use it inside a bigger bag. You can find this pouch in the shop.
I love September. Last week I bought yet another half-bushel of tomatoes. They are in a big pile in the kitchen challenging me. So, yesterday I made 12 jars of Tomato Marmalade. I had never heard of it before, never mind made it. My version, found here, had tomatoes, oranges, lemons, sugar and ginger. That’s it. I doubled the recipe–and then read that reaching the gel stage is difficult, especially if you double the amounts. Well…no worries…in an hour and a bit I had a wonderful gooey tomato concoction which is very delicious! I’m imagining it with roast pork. I like the sound of this recipe too–and may try it next.
I really like this design. It is useful, durable and a wonderful punch of colour. Below are the three sizes I have made so far. I am working up to making a computer bag and large tote in this style. Stay tuned…
I have long had a romance with turquoise and magenta. I remember a hot mat I wove in Brownies on a box loom my father made for me. It was–turquoise and magenta–and I thought it was beautiful. At a recent workshop we talked a lot about emotional connection to colour–Deanne talked about her mother’s turquoise fridge and the memories it evoked. I think these rich colours evoke the excitement I felt as a little girl when the brown paper packages arrived from my Scottish grandmother containing hand-knitted sweaters in the most beautiful hues. Those packages spoke love to me.
I had a number of small zippers and some small pieces of my favourite leathers. I decided to make some small rough pouches–no lining but a little pocket for subway tokens or other small treasures. And I have fallen for them–the little ones for change and the larger ones to pop in your tote with phone, cash, cards etc. A perfect injection of colour!
I was in Toronto yesterday to make some new screens and get some materials. I love the light in Arounna’s shop and I love her quiet encouragement even more. I don’t make new screens very often and I certainly needed lots of prodding on the process yesterday. Here is a glimpse of what is to come. I am thinking small pouches, larger canvas totes and lining for leather bags.
Carissa’s birthday is 12 12 12 this year–a special day–and I would like to have this rug done! I set a goal for the weekend’s hooking and I managed to get there. It helped that I was beside a window with a great view, listening to good music and good radio. Each of the circles in the wandering border is like its own little colour study. I would chose three primaries, or three shades or analgous colours or complementaries etc., a little challenge for myself. I guess I like to set challenges and play games as I am hooking; it keeps things interesting.
Still some decisions to make on the right-hand side of the rug, but mostly just more of the same. I am going to set a hooking schedule. It gets harder now, as I start to work with leather and sweaters. Am making some small colour therapy pouches, working my way up to some new bags. Need to get back into the groove. And mittens will be appearing soon too. I love the fall!
Meanwhile, tomorrow I will be making new screens for printing some of the new designs. Will be at Bookhou, one of my favourite places! I will try to take some pictures to show you.
I have been out of touch for a few days. The wedding rug and I were at the lake and it seems to be one of the few places left around here with no connection to the outside world. The cottage is four miles from the marina by boat–a distance which enhances the sense of isolation. Yes, there is a landline and a radio–but no cell coverage and no internet. It is blissful. This weekend, the fall colours were just beginning and the lake was at its most intense blue.
I spent some time in the kayak, read, but mostly I hooked and listened to the CBC. Michael Enright, my Sunday staple, had a great interview with David Carr which I recommend. I’ll post a picture of the developments in the rug soon–but meanwhile I just want to share the glories of Canada’s shield country.