Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun at French General


We arrived at French General at 10 am and set up the tables for the workshop. Such a wonderful setting for a place to share your love of creating with like minded spirits! Fabric, beads, yarn, paper, books, ribbon...so many vintage things to take in and be surrounded by and the lovely owners, Kaari and Molly Meng and their mother Kick all had everything so artfully prepared for us with yummy snacks and drinks to keep us going for the day long class. So grateful for being able to teach a workshop here with all the inspiration from everyone and everything!


Each person had a spot at the table with a rabbit pattern and supplies to get started.


The ladies began to arrive and find a spot for the day.


I brought a few things to sell and quite a few found new homes...Thank You, every one!


Just had to share a few photos of the lovely colors of French General...








Pam Garrison's wonderful Sailor's Heart for an upcoming class.





Display of upcoming workshop samples...we have signed up for Mandy Patullo's workshop in September..appliqued piece on upper left. She is coming all the way from England to teach and I love her work so much!


Fun doll kits for sale.


Sandy and Syd at the end of the workshop....Sandy joined us on our Oaxaca trip and came to the hooking class, too. We all went to dinner at a local place called "Home" after we packed up and had a fun visit, nice meal, and yummy cake for dessert.  Special thanks to Syd for all her help with the workshop and encouraging the beginning rug hookers with their rabbit pattern. And a big Thank You to all the wonderful women who came to the rug hooking workshop and were ready try a new craft with true American folk art roots.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Off to French General for the Springtime Rabbit Workshop


I've been busy preparing to teach my rug hooked rabbit workshop at French General in Los Angeles for weeks. Drawing over 20 patterns, putting on frames, cutting over 2000 strips of wool, writing and printing directions and resources, and hooking little gift pins have been a part of the preparations. Then this week I decided to dye up some nice wool to sell in case the new hookers wanted something to take home to play with.


linen burlap patterns on wooden frames...


we will be making a little rabbit..


I hooked up another sample for color ideas...


and got the little pins ready for tomorrow. Hope to get some photos of the workshop in action.  My art pal Syd McCutcheon is coming along to help, so grateful for her company and the new hookers will be too!


Hooked up a new heart just for fun.


And a new wolf couple posed out in the front yard for a photo.


Boy bunnies went to our shop, the Art Hus in Solvang just in time for Easter baskets.

Hope you have a sunny and creative weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Painting rocks and hooking..


I have been having fun painting the beach rocks that I collected on my walk a week ago.


Just the hearts....




and hooked up some little circles that will become flower pins for my rug hooking students in April...


Had to paint some owls! These are now over in our shop in Solvang.
 I used acrylic paint and very small paint brushes.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Oaxaca ...stitching and dyeing


Meanwhile back at the Casa....


the workshop got underway. So many talented creative women created wonderful fiber jewelry and wall pieces.


Our hostress, Jane Robison, brought some of her textile collection to share with us. The Casa Colonial is our home away from home in Oaxaca and we are so grateful that she has created this wonderful art filled place for us to come to.


We all gathered in the dining area for our "show and tell"....so many lovely pieces were created..


Constanza's work in progress...


Mary Price's velvet heart...


Carol's necklace...


Susan's Healing Heart Milagros for 
Colleen and my broken bones...


Kaari and Kick's necklaces...


Amy's pom pom and milagro necklace


Kick's necklace..


Edith's indigo and velvet necklaces...


Edith's kimono silk necklace


Susan's pouch necklace


We made little dolls tied together in a little banner to leave for the Casa...


Here's Ellen! We met Ellen last year at the Casa and she greeted us again this year. Always full of great places to visit and things to see and stories to tell, she makes wonderful paper mache dolls and collage pieces using her finds from the local mercado.


And another local resident, Carol from Savannah, joined our workshop and made the beautiful necklace she is wearing.


We only had a little time to work with our Indigo textiles. We hung them up to dry on the clothesline at the Casa...


We all had fun seeing how our fabric turned out. Everyone did different shibori techniques and the patterns and color came out so nice.









so many things to do, we were busy every day with either workshops, field trips or shopping excursions. Ellen and Suzanne took me on a short visit to a small mercado  and the Stamp museum...with both postage stamp art, mail art and rubber stamps...


Suzanne and flower vendor...


fun little embroidered bags...


And there was time for a visit to a few of the museums that we missed last year...




a view of the Botanic Gardens from the Soledad Church...


fiber art bird at the textile museum...


and time for some last minute shopping for tiny fabric hearts and milagros and yummy ice cream on the plaza below...


We said our fond farewells to all of our inspiring creative companions and the Casa Colonial after a wonderful week of colorful adventures...it couldn't have been any better!


When I got home I got a new cast in indigo blue this time. And now it is off and my wrist is healing well and barely a scar where the pins were...


And I am back to making stuff once again for the Art Hus and getting ready for an upcoming 
workshop at French General in Los Angeles.