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Monday, October 27, 2008

Needlepoint Lessons

Last week my friend Yvonne said I must go downtown to Gwyn Gryffon (needlepoint, knitting and winery) to help her choose a needlepoint for a Winter project. She pops over to my studio in the evening now and again with her lovely yellow lab. We chat while I work so this would be a golden opportunity to work on a project through the long evenings when I'm knitting my way through my orders. She chose a lovely piece of art from a painter who was around with the Group of Seven in the '3o's (I'll find out the name) but will take her a long time to complete... hey, it'll keep her off the streets and out of trouble!!!!


Susan at GG was very knowledgeable about the canvas and the yarns (even though she works in wine in the back!!) and had all the skeins of yarn and the needles chosen and packed up for Yvonne in no time. Then Susan gave Yvonne a quick lesson in the best stitch to use, and refreshed my memory as I haven't needlepointed in years but loved it when I did. I seem to remember doing basket stitch which took a while.

I got out my books when I got home and later that evening Yvonne came over to start putting small samples into the coloured squares at the bottom. She didn't quite get finished...

..... to be continued!!!




Monday, October 20, 2008

Town and Country Studio Tour

Georgia and me in our witch's hats!!!! Boo!
(note the tulle w/spiders over my face)

Well, what a weekend. It was the Town and Country Studio Tour in and around Kingston and though I didn't think I had done the prep I would have liked it went well. The weather cooperated and sales were made.

I have been mired in getting orders done in the past few weeks since returning from England and concentrated on that rather than make any new stock. I've got new designs in my head and they'll have to wait a bit longer. However I did take the time to clear out some stuff, tidy up a lot. Hoover and dust. tasks long over due.

Georgia came to help me and keep me company, so I wouldn't be alone in the studio, she wasn't participating this time as she and two partners are running Artemisia gallery in Westport now. She brought he laptop and worked on the gallery web site while greeting visitors and chatting to friends. I had started some buttons Friday night and decided not to put that mess away so folk could see a bit of that side of the designs and work. It was fun to show people how the buttons begin, but there were no children visiting this year to whom I usually give a bit of a lesson then a small bit of clay to take home.

Georgia and I had made a trip to Toronto on Thursday for me to pick up one of my jackets which had been on display there. The Beach Studio Tour was founded by me and another textile artist Susan MacDonald back in 1994 while we were living in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto. The current organizers did a retrospective using work from some of the original participants and founders.

It was great to get together with some of my Toronto artisan friends over coffee to chat and catch up. So often we are grabbing a chat between clients at shows.

Georgia and I then headed downtown and hit Mocuba Ribbon, Curry's Art Supplies, MacFab notions for my clear button stays, Romni Wools to drool and pick up a few balls of wool, then on to the Paper Place (formerly the Japanese Paper Place). How great to wander along Queen St West again. It's been a long time and something Georgia had never done! My friend Susan had asked me to check out elastic in Mokuba..... I've never seen so much
elastic in colours and designs!!!



Anyway, back to this weekend. I madly had to finish a cardi for a US client who's friends were staying on Wolfe Island and wanted to pick it up and save the sending. I ended up delivering it (in a way) I took it over on the ferry to the docks on the Island side where the lady met me, giving me a hug for my troubles (how sweet, we had only met over the phone) and then I turned around and came back. I took some pictures ( I keep a small camera in my purse at all times) of the beautiful sunset over Lake Ontario. Though cold it was well worth the rush to catch the ferry at that time... as you can see. Fortunately I found my leather gloves in the pocket of my jacket ..... left over from the trip to the coast in England last month.




Wolfe Island Ferry view of Kingston



I headed home to prepare my studio, lugging forms and grids up from the basement. Preparing an area for my hot apple cider and cookies.

On Saturday morning as G and I were getting settled I decided to make up a 'tickle trunk' with a few pieces I really did not want to display again, though they were nice and had had ordered taken from them I just was tired of looking at them. Rather than 'Free to a good home' I put 'Half Ticketed Price' on them and sold three to women who looked fabulous in them! It makes room for more new and gives me some $$$ for yarn bills and to get one of the things fixed on my care that I have in a list.

Today was quieter and one of my clients dropped in, asked how I wast and told me her breast cancer was back. However it sounds as if it has been caught early (mammogram) and I'm sure she will do well. I'm praying for her, she had it 11 years ago and has been fine.... this is why I want a bilateral mastectomy, even though I had a clear mammogram a month ago. I need to feel I'm taking some care of the future.

On the lighter side, the pic above is of Georgia and me in our witch's hats. I said I would lend her mine then reneged as I wanted to wear it for the opening night on Hallowe'en of Maker's Hand show at the end of this month. I found another one, very chic so I can lend her my plainer one, here we are at the end of the studio tour modelling our chapeaus.

Anyway, I'm bushed and must quit doing stuff and bag some zzzzz's. Nite nite.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Run for the Cure


These three young women are Guelph uni students and the one in the scarf is my lovely niece Sarah at the Run for the Cure. Though her Mum and I didn't walk this year as planned (stuff got in the way) Sarah went out and don't you just love her outfit?

Good on ya Sarah, Mum and I will get in shape for next year.

Love, AC.