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.