Monday, November 30, 2009
That Good Old Fashioned Look
Last week someone was asking about that good old fashioned look and how to achieve it.
I think this is a great example and it has leaves, I love leaves in a very up fashioned style.
I like the mind tease of this rug from Copake Auctions in 2007 , expecting between $200 and $300 they got $50.
In the same auction this cats paw was expected to get between $50 and $100, it brought in $175 Could more contrasting coloration have made a difference ?
It's That TIME Again !
With low light and lots of others things to be taken care of I NEED to create to remain sane.
Meanwhile here is a beautiful inspiring piece of eye Candy from Kerry Taylor Auctions There is a great involved description at the link. I love the geometric elements interspersed with the figural.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This rug is one of a kind from Baker and Co, look at the hooked sawtooth !
Inspiration from the Past
I found this beautiful rug along with many other textiles and cloth made things like toys at Baker and Co Antiques. What a great selection of stock. Here is a close up. It is called Grandmother's Dream.
Does this look hooked ?
While perusing antiques I saw this rug here
I'm pretty sure it isn't hooked and you should see the price of it !
What do you think ?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We have NEVER seen the like let alone belong to such a place.
We gorge ourselves on all manners of delights, we meet amazing people, we admire them,they admire us, we sup together, we take joy in the splendid, delightful and groaning buffet arrayed, we are very thankful to the provider, chefs and servers. We are glad and feel blessed to be part of such an arrangement and show appreciation every chance we get. We have never had it so good.
A Beautiful Crow enjoys a free buffet
After awhile slight unrest sets in. Why are the servers using those table cloths, my fork is dirty, I don't want to sit by so & so, where is my dessert, I want to take mine home, can't we have two meals a day, could you come and pick me up so I can come, don't tell me there are no rice dishes today, I don't like green peppers, why are you not giving me what I want?
This stinky thinking continues, escalates and expands.
The servers get thanked less and complained to more. Even though they continue to do everything just as they had and are even doing better than before with quicker service, choicer cuts and fresher vegetables. The chef and provider gets no or little thanks at all.
It takes time for this to evolve and it is a bit of a virus. Other people catch the misgivings. The marvelous arrangement is taken for granted and then quickly slides into being a source of irritation. Familiarity breeds contempt. Contempt grows demands.
How can such a marvelous thing be the cause for any kind of vexation?
I dreamt of pearls last night. Pearls of joy and wisdom coming from irritation. I wish for you the same with things that vex.
Enjoy your holiday and remember, be thankful. It's hard sometimes but it always bears peaceful results. Graditude, yeah that's the stuff rich lives are built on.
They all say change is good for you and change is really the only constant in our lives.
Recently my most visited grocery store had a rejuvenation. You know what that means... you can't find a damn thing and all your favorite brands are not on the shelves because they are only stocking 40 kinds of yogurt instead of 75.
I found I was irritated and discombobulated slightly as I tried to get my goods. And of course I knew this 2 month long process had started up in late October so I was getting right down to only lentils and lima beans left because I wanted to avoid this very feeling and situation.
Then I had a sort of redress midstream. What in the dicken's was the problem anyway ? I decided I was going to have fun on my "hunt" for red tandoori powder, ground sumac and whatever else I needed.
That brings me to the subject of changing visual things up to refresh and re-energize our surroundings.
Sure, I like things to stay the same for my ease and convenience. But I realize as time goes by when we keep things exactly the same, in routine, in our surroundings, we become stultified.
When you come to a website and the same info is on there after a year ( guilty as charged on wandaworks.ca) or the layout of your favorite magazine doesn't bring any surprises, YOU WILL GET BORED.
Even if you don't want to you will.
It is in our hunter gatherer nature to crave shifts, to look for something different in our field of vision. This yields harvest. That means survival. We want that ! Artists need to think about survival too. It's important to embrace changes as well. Stimulate all your senses, you have 6 of them. Have a treat for your eyes, your skin, your ears, your nose and your tongue, don't forget about your heart.... loving is the most important sense of all.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tony's New Blog
"Sad Old Sadie"
The Spiritual Home of The Group of Seven
• the use and placement of unexpected colour provided a richness and quality to the skies
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is a great website about the lies our eyes tell us.
Maybe it help our hooking ... if we have the knowledge it can be a sharp tool.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Pictures From Woolgathering ... Finally !
Friendship Rug - Markdale Hookers
Running Rabbit- Pam Grundmann
Christmas Ornaments ( sorry for my poor memory )
Irma Grundmann- various penny rugs and wool works
Stained Glass ( again memory fails me )
My Playing Card Rug- Nine of Spades
Suzanne Hill's Scrappy Rug
Faye's Fine shaded flowers
Hooking Honey's Provincial Flowers Friendship Rug
Leaf rug , also Fayes I think !
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Inspired Yarn !
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Other Side of the Teacher Tawk from a Camp Director
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Woolgathering Report !
Friday, November 6, 2009
Teacher Tawk - Thought you might want to know
I have a bit more time today so I'd like to expand on this topic.
You all brought up lots of good comments.
Teachers fees vary widely.
There is a general Ontario Hooking Craft Guild fee of $175 but whether the teachers demand or are given this varies even in Ontario.
Generally you can be asked by rug schools or camps to accept any where from around $125 a day to $350 a day.
Doesn't this seem like such a lot of money for a day's work ?
What isn't taken into consideration is the expenses and time incurred before class for the class participants sake alone as well as the expenses and time educating yourself as a teacher. This could be in the accustomed manner, teachers workshops or through any self development and education.
The most I've been paid at rug schools is at Caraway, $100 per student for the week. This is a better system. If I attract a full class I'm paid accordingly. In other systems the person who has 8 in their class is paid the same as someone who has 15. This is where day care wins out ahead of rug teaching.
I often said a return to my first career in day care would pay me better than rug camps. My husband pays more to go in a race for a day. Something is wrong with this picture.
At least two weeks if not more of steady prep work, traveling time need to be taken into account.
Not to mention unforseen events you will need to pay for and never be compensated for such as supplementing inadequate meals, sudden needs for adequate or quiet lodging or a need for a fan when you thought there would be air conditioning, the list is long of what could go wrong.
Most often your fees for traveling are a fixed rate. If you have a long way to go, too bad. Suddenly your family is subsidizing the rug school.
There are many other ways teachers can teach, in guild or group settings my fee was $100 a day per student. Now I charge this for studio classes, size is restricted. I like teaching quite a bit. I will continue to offer courses here in my studio and online. These suit me best. The online classes are wonderfully affordable, only $20 a lesson ! You do it when you want to, and frankly people seem to absorb the materials better.
By my reading on tipping I'm afraid people are misinformed about rug school teaching and I pray teachers are not teaching the same thing over and over without revision and expansion. Each time you teach something you should be learning something too. Depending on the participants, a similarly schemed class could vary widely and should in my mind. Prepare, prepare prepare, then settle in and be ready for anything.
No good teacher expects you to buy anything they bring.
Too bad we aren't all good !
You would be surprised how people of all kinds will under estimate their value. There are many teachers who are just glad for a job and don't take into consideration economics or who accept poor pay in the hopes wool sales will fill in the cracks. Many teachers will not talk because they fear they will not get hired or be poorly thought of by students.
There is teaching on all levels and I like to think of them in terms of regular school.
Grade school, you teach the basics.
High school, you teach about what you are good at and what you like, show and teach a deeper understanding of the basics.
University, you are deep into your subject, specializing, learning it inside and out. You teach in a way that engenders abstract thinking and problem solving with your students, you give them tools to work alone in their own expression.
You mostly you get what you pay for.
Teachers who have excused themselves from the system by charging a bit more or even a lot more are giving a deeper, usually a richer learning environment. You are not going to hear the same old same old, regurgitation of simple ideas. You will hear fresh ways to do things. You will have your mind expanded if you wish it.
Making $13.33 before expenses... I did it for fun.
But the wear and tear on me, which is my cost of supporting this system by accepting poorly paid jobs, the economics of good health and well being; the valuing of myself and my time to create - priceless
T'was the night before Woolgathering
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Heavy Weather Coming from the West/Beginning Dyeing
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I saw RED and orange
Yesterday I was pepping up my line up of reds and oranges.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Seen and Heard
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Surroundings, down right inspiring !
The car hurdles down the road, lashed by wind and rain. The sky is a study in steel and royal navy, light and shadow. The last of the leaves have fallen from trees and are cast over plowed fields, corn rows and rocky fences in a perfect spume, a triangle shadow shape angled north west. Confetti of fine glory soon to be forgotten under a blanket of white.
Great Beauty - a wandering recipe
Great Beauty over 1/2 yd of natural wool with Majic Carpet Dyes with the Wandering method.
My Master - a wandering recipe
New Wandering Recipe - Duck Duck Teal
Duck Duck Teal
Patinated Pewter Revised
Running out of Patinated Pewter caused me to remake it.