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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Guttormson's Farm

Last month I was contacted for a commission by a father and daughter, for a threadpainting of their family farmland to gift to their mother for her birthday.  The mother, Doris, lives in Manitoba and I met her last fall when I was teaching at Heidi Hunter's studio.  It was really special to make art for someone I met.

Usually I'm doing this for strangers and I typically never hear back from the recipient.  Doris filmed herself with the art on the day she opened it, telling me how much this means to her.  It was beautiful!  She cried.  I cried.  It makes me feel so good about creating when a piece can be so special to someone.

Thank you Doris, Chelsea and Clayton! : )

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Blossoms Living

It warms my heart to announce that you can now find my work at Blossoms Living / Anthology Home Collection in Saskatoon!

On the weekend, I delivered 9 new framed yarn embroideries to their gorgeous store!  I'm so thrilled!

I had such a great time photographing all the beautiful treasures in there.

It's a huge space, and every floral you see in the room is live.  It looks & smells so gorgeous in there.  I'm really grateful to have this venue for my available art!

Thank you so much to Carla and her staff for welcoming me in, and to my friend Nicki for being such a good match-maker.  If you are in the area, the shop is at the corner of 20th St and Ave B in Saskatoon.  They are open 7 days a week.

Happy Valentines!  : )

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

First Class

I finished up teaching my first class of the year.  It was a 3-part course offered through the Refinery in Saskatoon where participants learned embroidery techniques, tips, tricks, and a handful of beginner stitches.  They were worked on by repetitive stitches in the hoop that created rings and patterns of colours like a mandala or kaleidoscope.  We marked the fabric to help maintain some symmetry.  Here is an example of how the embroidery evolved into a design.

Through this project, they practiced Seed stitches, Crossed stitches, Satin stitches, Weaving, Stem stitch, Chain Stitch, Detached Chain, Twisted Chain, Fly stitch, French Knots and extended French Knots.  We even did a little needle felting.  After the second class, the women took their pieces home to work on.  During the third, nearly everyone finished and I did a little instruction on mounting, stretching, and framing.

I think it was a good way to practice, and I love that each woman's piece was completely original.  Check it out!

And you know me... gotta photograph the backsides because they are so fun and expressive!

The tails will be woven in and clipped, but they are super fun seeing them this way!  : )

I've done several different Beginner Embroidery classes, and I think this format is my top choice so far.  It's always tough to practice something new that is technique based, repetitive enough to build skills, and end up with something enjoyable to look at.  Coupled with the fact that my classes do not include pre-planned designs, I think this class is a keeper and something I'd run again.

If you are interested, please drop me a line.  It might be a while before I offer more adult classes.  This is a really busy year for me in terms of exhibitions, kids' classes, and other events.  If you are interested in tutorials on this blog, you can click on the 'Tutorials' tab or type 'Saturday Stitches' in the search box at the top left of the page.

Have a good week! 

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