Monday, November 23, 2015

Open House/ Make Something Every day

Traditionally in the month of November I like to ignore it or kick it's ass with some creativity. This is even a class you can take as part of your Welcome Mat subscription fee. It's worth $36 just to get through November or any dark time in your creative life.

Traditionally in the month of December I try to make something every day.
I need to make things.
Like I need to breathe.

This practice helps while away the dismal days of Northern Hemisphere living in early winter.
All the Vitamin D in the world cannot substitute for making.

Last year I was awfully involved in recovery, every move I made was clumsy and The Majic Carpet Dye Company needed constant tending. So I had a pass on Make Something Every Day for 2014.

Brainstorms were apparently drifting elsewhere this fall.
And I had a deep lack of clever precipitation.

On Saturday night the heavens opened up with big fat flakes of snow.
And with it came some big fat ideas. I hope they don't turn out to be flakey.

I plan to hook something every day in December, not something in totality, but parts of things which I may finish by Dec 31 or may not. I welcome your company as you try to hook every day.

Hooking can take a back seat in the flurry of activity that is this three ring circus I conduct.
This Hook Something Every Day will get me back to my frame.
I'm getting excited about my 2016 Exploratorium classes and will turn my hand as well as my mind to these colourful looks at the very close up or far away.

Now down in my splendid studio I'm having an Open House.

Wool, Batts and silk scarves

Why don't you stop by on Saturday, December 12? You can come between 10 until 2, I hope this is the first of many. You can see what I'm up to and get inspired wool for clever hooking, batts and interesting inclusions for spinning, hand dyed gorgeous yarns for the knitting, Majic Carpet Dyes and beautiful Wandawear items and you can also just sit and visit. Write me to subscribe to my newsletter list to be informed on all upcoming WandaWorks opportunities.

Spinning sparkle and Majic Carpet Dyes

I'll see you as I account for my hooking each day here.
With pictures and pithy reports of eureka moments and dismalities.
Yes I made that word up right this minute. 
Seems accurate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Got Style?

This is our Tuesday Tip from The Welcome Mat today.

Got Style?

Want to have a recognizable style unique to you?
When you throw down your hooked rug we will all know it's yours immediately.
This is easier to achieve than you think.

It takes action:
Sit down at your frame every day, show up.
Hook just as you please. No apologies for your winsome ways.
Do small studies and sketches.
Critique each day. Is it as beautiful as you imagined?
Correct it
After about a month of two of this steady work you will see some important movement towards your style.
You will also have gorgeous studies you can develop into larger works whenever you like.
Things you probably shouldn't do during this period:
take your work to be gazed upon and commented on by other hookers unless you are thick skinned
ask for a critique
take hooking classes
use somebody else's pattern
look a lot at others rugs, it doesn't matter what they've made.
Things you can do during this period:
Observe closely that which you think about with pleasure and kindles your heart
Take in inspirational things that create vivid spark in your soul
Have plenty of experiences and love flowing in and out
Free yourself from your beliefs that impede what you want, cut ties, burn bridges, stand erect and alone if you must
Go towards the people and places that support you
Have kindness and acceptance for the style in you and how it emerges
Remind yourself of your incredible potential every 1/4 of the day - Morning, Noon, Evening, Night
Have perseverance, even the ugliest of things we make work towards our beautiful
Accept, respond lovingly, continue to work EVERY DAY
What will be possible?
Terrifyingly exciting isn't it?
But oh so welcome.
What do you think? Yay or nay?

Sometimes these Tuesday tips are practical; how to finish a round hooked object say or deep thinking, why do we make the same things or mistakes over and over or quirky but they are just one of our daily informational, inspirational and interesting columns on The Welcome Mat. Join us today right here!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I'm making!

I'm making things, how about you?
Since we last talked we've refurbished and rejigged the studio

The during

The after

 This area's still a little untamed!
I need wildlife to work.

It just all seems lighter airier and all about one thing, a focus on wool!
I moved my clothier stuff up to the spare room. The first time I've sewn upstairs for 25 years. Out of the dungeon, I'm free at last!

I finished a big rug hooking project I've mulled up down sideways and in and out for two years.
It's a tarot card.

I've dyed two articles for Rug Hooking

Taught an online landscape class on The Welcome Mat about getting depth in your scenes and my students  made incredible projects, I was so happy and proud of their individuality shining through.
Here is a kit I sent to one of my students.

 Here is our diorama to help break down the components to create good depth.

I've been teaching our yearly free class on The Mat, The Spirit Hare too.

This cute pattern was designed for The Mat by Caryn Devlin of The Wool Garden

I also spun 1850 yds of wool for Spinzilla, I am on the Koigu Team!
I used some Koigu roving and Koigu yarn ends from the factory to spin into yarn.
Top right yarn ends, middle skein yarn ends and bottom row third from the left is my Koigu Roving.
The rest were spun from my own Wild Wanda Big Batts.

Here is my latest Dyeing to Know Column on The Welcome Mat where I'm focusing on French colours.
I've completed the French Farmhouse and the Parisian Apt. Next month we will be looking at 
Le Cafe for colours to dye from using Majic Carpet Dyes.

I'm looking forward to November when I can hunker down and have a November /December Romance with some of my unfinished projects and start the new hooking year fresh!

Until next time,

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are you game for a toothsome online class?

Here I am at the shore of Lake Huron near the Fishing Islands.  I love the wonderful, beautiful place I live and consequently I've hooked many landscapes. I've learned so much over time and now I'd like to share this with you.
 I hope you are eager to dive into a new topic in this summer's lab study. We will dive into landscapes and how to make them more artistic.  What do we need to consider and how can we get some "feeling" into our pieces? And this lab is everything you are looking for to develop your skills doing ANY hooking where you require depth including portraits!
 I'll be providing a new beautiful pattern, great visuals,  help with fabrics and maybe even dyeing aid if needed, I will be interacting with you as though we were together. You can use your own fabrics or order some of mine. Just let me know what you'd like. I encourage the use of many "kinds of stuff" to hook with in this lab.
The project will not be large, about 9 X13" but it can be enlarged if you wish. The concepts are easy and so fruitful!
At $100, this lab is a fraction of going to rug school and you can work in your pyjamas and anytime during the day or night. 
Our Lab will commence August 5th! You will have 3 months access to class with the bulk of information being presented in the first month but I will attend to you during all three months.

Everyone is welcome to join even if they just finished studying on this in person.
I'm so looking forward to working with you on my favourite topic! 

How do these classes work?
I present you with any digital materials, pattern, notes on transferring etc I think you need or you ask for.
I start presenting lessons in the lab once a week or every 10 days or so. 
You ask any and all questions you need to. I answer your questions tailored to suit your needs and experience.
You do the required work, send in homework for help or commentary. Ask more questions if you need to.
You move on to the next lesson.
You have 3 months to complete the lab.
We all have a ball.

When can I join?
You can join this class anytime and your 3 months will start ticking away.
It is more lively to join the class when it is first introduced because you can interact with all the participants as well as myself.
Can anyone take this class?
Yes even if you are a beginner and have never taken a class online or just learned to hook.
This class is meant for Mat members only, to take this class you must be a member.

Please send any other questions about this lab to Join our landscape lab right here.
See you there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Warm Dark Wandering

Contrary to the title this is not a dyeing formula inspired by a nighttime search for the water closet.

It is for this amazing wool:
Over 1/2 yd natural wool using my Majic Carpet Dyes and my wandering dye method.

Toasty Warm Dark Wandering
1/4 tsp. Yellow
1/8th tsp. Orange
1/8th tsp. Blue
1/8th tsp. Blue Violet
3/8th tsp. Black

Join the free Majic Carpet Dye Club for more a cool dark wandering formula - go here and look on the comment wall.
Happy Dyeing

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Manistee Ten - Making Rugs of Distinction

Here is a list I made in 2008 of important key things to think about when you want to hook rugs of distinction.

Know yourself and what you want and like, then do it.
Use a full range of values, that means white and black and every value step between.
Create glow
Create iridescent events
Let the rug tell a story, something happened, something is happening, something is about to happen
Let your rug be meaningful for you
Go beyond expected outcomes
Have new experiences
Don't look to rug hookers to see how or what to hook - this is key!
Try anything you may think of, if you can think it, you can do it.

You CAN do anything you wish, just make a start, you have to put something in to know what to take out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time to blossom

I'm not sure you know what you are capable of.
I think you extend yourself only so long as it feels comfortable.

Sometimes you even put on the appearance of others to sop in their "significance"

Where are you? Are you in there?
It's time to come out and play.

Who cares if you fail or incur some criticism?
Isn't that just part of being authentic?
Even the most boring and goofed up display or version of yourself is leagues greater than a copy of someone else.

Be your own magician,hero or idol.
Don't look up to others, look up to yourself.
You are right there waiting to blossom.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dyeing in a Wanderful Way

Today on The Welcome Mat we are trying something brand spanking new in Dyeing Matters.
Look at my results:

We are doing it two ways.... two videos full of great, fun instructions and lots of photos and I answer all your questions.
I can't wait to hook this up!
(You know Vim is a great product, just saying....)

Wanna get you some of that?
Join us here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rug Show TODAY In Owen Sound, Ontario

some of my gorgeous co-ordin8s

I'm sitting here writing to you when I should be getting my presentable on. I'm vending at the Lee Manor Rug Show. You should see the amazing beauties I'm bringing and that is just my wonderful assistant (what a stupid word to describe her) saviour.
We've got wool, wool, lovely piles of wool and more and even more!

Tons of Majic Carpet dyes, Wandawear, nylons, handspun, hand dyed yarn, my rugs to see and even some great deals.

Yes I'm bringing my famous Flesh Pot

Ok here the blurb, the who, what whenfor and where, no one needs to ask why do they? It's all for the love of hooking!!!!

You are invited to attend The Lee Manor Rug Show March 29th, 2015.
It will be held from 12:00 until 4 pm at the Lee Manor Nursing Home Auditorium, look for the signs.
There is a tea room, rugs to see and vendors Cozy Nook, WandaWorks, Freda McDonnell, and Holly McLay to date. There will be cutter and scissor sharpening available.
Admisson $3

875 6th St. E Owen Sound Ontario.

See you there!


PS am I the only person you know who takes a dressmaker's dummy with her everywhere she goes?