Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Turkey Dinner Done and Dusted

It was a great weekend with both kids and their partners plus Jackson. Weather cooperated enough for nice long walks on the road. I don't remember ever seeing so many other walkers on a Thanksgiving weekend.

Now the turkey leftovers are all gone and I am packing my bags for my big trek to Edmonton to teach two rug hooking workshops. I was contacted by the Focus on Fibre Arts Association In November 2012 to see if I would be interested in coming there to teach.  Our rug hooking community sure does plan in advance. After nearly two years in the making (lol) I will be heading there on Thursday to start the first class on Friday.

I am teaching my Photo to Mat class the first week and have received very interesting images from the students for this class. A lot of my pre-work is done, so we should be ready to get hooking right away, and I will teach all the little computer shortcuts I use during class.

The second class is Hooking in an Impressionist style and again, very different selections for their pieces. I was surprised to find that 10 of the students are taking both classes. I hope they aren't sick of me by the time it is all over.

It appears there are some very very talented hookers in my classes.  Here is a link to the entries in their 2014 juried Prairies Competition. Fortunately for me, the entire show will still be hanging while I am there and I will get to see it.

Here are the rug hooking entries. Karen is not in the class. Her group exhibit is hanging  in the Niagara Pump House in Niagara-on-the-Lake until the end of November. But the rest are.

Heading West by Karen Miller

Moose by Janet McLean (Best of Category)

Prairie Landscape by Laurie Wiles (Best of Show)

Sunflowers by Laurie Wiles

Autumn Work by Faye Swenson

Blizzard by Lynn Roth

I have not been to Edmonton since I was 21 and on my way to the Yukon. I was flying stand by and got bumped there. Spent 3 days at the YWCA before getting my next flight out. Needless to say, that was "quite a few" years ago. This is a fun reason for a visit and through all the email preparations and correspondence, I feel like I already know this group.

Will try to post progress while I am there.

Cozy Evvie is Complete - well at least the hooking part.

Here she is. She is all hooked. She has the "best saying ever" on her shirt - printed on fabric, since it was way too small to h...