BLISS

The perfect spring day!!

A beautiful day here in Norwood, with the temp at at 73, clear skies, the gentlest breeze and all is at peace. The studio is all in order and several rugs were finished this week. Clothes on the line and the laundry finished.

I love having everything  caught up, at least what is important. Yards of new wool dyed in bright and beautiful colors for the shelves, flowers all planted to add more color to the beds.  Taking a coffee break in the warm sun and being thankful for doing what I love is really bliss.

A dye class with happy dyers, new projects, new visitors to the studio are all inspirations for for more bliss days and new hooking and other finery projects.

While in Wisconsin three weeks ago, my part time residence, I was surprised by a familiar  face about 17 miles from home. It took about 2 sentences to figure out that we both attend the Searsport Hook-in and Manistee workshop. I am so delighted for that moment as now I have a group to hook with in Land o Lakes! See you in a few days Kathie and looking forward to meeting some of the others!

Suit case packed and ready to head out on Sunday with Joanne, Marlene and Kathie for a week of study and fun, fun, fun! I was very fortunate to be able to get into Wanda Kerr’s class. She is the dye Guhru that writes for Rug Hooking magazine.

More posts on all of the fun we are looking forward to, later!

To add to a day of bliss  beautiful flowers in bloom that topped it off!

Be back soon!

DeEtta

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William Morris

f055a0a2-ca27-4425-b8e5-217b32c2cc4b  Let me introduce you to an “old friend” that Kitty reminded me of. You know the feeling of seeing an old friend that you have not seen in a while? Well I felt the same way with this William Morris rug that has been on the back burner for some time.

As I gazed at the 8 values of each color in this rug, the memory of my “wool painting” came to the fore front and my hand was once again eager to continue this rendition of a long ago artist, but not forgotten one. To capture his work in color and fiber is a wonderful lesson for the art that I love.

I give tribute to Carolyn Clemens who sadly is not with us, but her memory is worked into this rug. By phone and mail, we executed my color plan for this rug. Carolyn was an expert in dying, and indeed she did so for me on this project. Thank you dear friend!

In conjunction with Gaylord Area Council of the Arts  “One Hundred Days Of Art”, I chose to work on fiber, color,value and inspiration and working on my William Morris rug again.

Along with needle in hand, I started a daily journal again of inspiration and meditation that stirs my creative process. I am glad I challenged myself for this one hundred days of art

Welcome to the studio of creativity including, artists who inspire, various needles, a wide variety of fibers, textures and colors!

William Morris was a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement during the middle 18oo’s. He was a break through  from the Victorian period and very popular today. He was a textile artist as well as many other areas of the Arts.  A special thank you to William also!

Happy creating everyone. Until the next posting, from DeEtta at the studio of Fiddlehead Finery!

 

 

A TISKET A TASKET, WHAT IS IN THE BASKET

WELCOME MAY!

GO, GO, GO,  ……….CLEAN, ORGANIZE,POLISH,RAKE, THROW,ORGANIZE,HOOK,DYE,QUILT,KNIT,BAKE,FARM ……AND SO IT GOES. LIFE IS GOOD!

WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE OF CREATIVITY AND CONSTANT LEARNING. I AM STILL WORKING ON “OLD FRIENDS”  BUT GETTING SOME OF THEM FINISHED. I HAVE MY APPLIQUE QUILT READY FOR JUDY TO QUILT.

SPRING CLEANING FINISHED, YARD RAKED, BRANCHES BURNED,WOOD PILE STACKED,CUPBOARDS CLEANED AND PURGED,SWEATER READY TO BE SEWN, SMALL QUILT FINISHED, WOOL DYED, “I LOVE HOME’ RUG FINISHED, UNDIES FOR EMMA TUDOR DOLL, HANDS ON STUDY OF FARMING ! WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE IT IS!

GARRY AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO  TRY OUR HAND AT FARMING, AND LOVE IT DID WE. WE CARED FOR 3 SHEEP, 3 LAMBS AND TINKERBELLE THE GOAT. TINKERBELLE NEEDED TO BE MILKED TWICE A DAY , FILL THE CRIB WITH HAY, FEED THE CHICKENS ETC. WHEN DUTY CALLS YOU WILL BE THERE. IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND EVEN THE SMALLEST OF LIFE WAS SO AUDIBLE AND VISIBLE. A MOUSE WOULD SCAMPER UNDER FOOT AND SQUEEK WAITING FOR A PIECE OF GRAIN TO FALL. TINKERBELLE KNEW IT WELL AND WAS JUST AS WELCOME. THE BABY LAMBS WOULD STAND UP AGAINST YOUR BACK AS THE MILKING PROCESS WAS TAKING PLACE AND ENJOYED NIBBLING ON MY BOOT STRINGS.

EACH DAY WE MILKED ABOUT 2 1/2 QUARTS OF MILK (SO GOOD WHEN IT IS WARM) SO WE MADE CHEESE. THE SWEETEST I HAVE EVER EATEN. WITH THE NEW HERBS IN MY BEDS, WE TOOK A VARIETY AND THE CHEESE LOGS WERE ROLLED GENTLY INTO THEM FOR A SWEET AND SAVORY SPRING TREAT.

EVEN THE COOL AND RAINY DAYS OF SPRING ARE WELCOME AS I CALL THEM PLAY DAYS IN THE STUDIO, TRYING NEW SWATCHES OF HAND DYED WOOL INTO NEW PROJECTS.

LAST WEEKS STUDENTS CAME WITH QUESTIONS WHICH WE TOOK APART AND FOUND THE ANSWERS. THANK YOU JOANNE FOR QUESTION ON BACKGROUNDS AND MOVEMENT. WE CONCLUDED THAT THE FOREMOST PROTRUDING AREA THAT LEADS THE WAY THROUGH THE WATER, MAKES A RIPPLE EFFECT THAT GIVES THE DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT. FILED AND WILL BE USED FOR FURTHER USE.

WE ALSO HAVE A CHALLENGE OF A TRADING CARD. I HAD VERY GOOD SUCCESS SEVERAL YEARS AGO WITH THIS PROJECT. CARDS CAME FROM B.C. , NOVA SCOTIA, AUSTRALIA AND THE US. WE WILL SEE WHAT SURFACES THIS TIME. IF ANY ONE OUT THERE WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, JUST LET US KNOW HERE !

LOOKING FORWARD  TO A WEEKS STUDY WITH WANDA KERR  AT MAISTEE RUG SCHOOL IN JUNE! SOO MUCH INFORMATION TO BE ABSORBED.

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY CALLS ME TO A NEW DAY OF DISCOVERY WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN TO GRASP ALL THAT IT HAS TO OFFER!

“LOOK RIGHT WHERE YOUR LIFE CALLS YOU TODAY AND ENJOY IT’ !

P.S.  HIGH LIZ AND KRIS! THOUGHT OF YOU EVER DAY AND THE JOYS OF BEING A MILK MAID!

CHAT LATER……DeETTA AT THE STUDIO OF FIDDLEHEAD FINERY !

HELLO OCTOBER!

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HELLO October with all your beauty and splendor! We welcome you to grace us with beauty in exploding color, bountiful harvests,cool evenings and gentle warm days!

We love your yearly visit and wish you could stay longer, but because you cannot, you are a well anticipated friend!  You come and leave us with many gifts of beauty  that last until the next season.

Speaking of harvest, my sketch book and photo library of the summer with all of the memories  are ready to give birth to new works of art. Gathering wild grapes, walnuts, sumac, beets are a few of the natural things for dying more wool. A fall evening in the studio with a candle glowing in the corner, soft music as the kettles set the color for one of a kind pieces of dyed wool are inviting me to play once again.

Designs for new totes, art clothes and accessories will be available at Artist North in Charlevoix in the coming months. Please stop by and attend our Gallery Walk Friday October 9  from 5:00 – 8:00, meet the artist and enjoy the warm hospitality and beautiful art.

In conjunction with True North Design and Antiques in Petoskey, I will be demonstrating rug hooking with kits available for purchase. It is my favorite shop in Northern Michigan as well as great friends, something new and exciting all of the time. Go to their Face Book page and stay posted! Thank you CJ and Dan!

Share with us your gathered memories, treasures and we can help you with your new creation!

Enjoy and welcome October!

Warmly,     DeEtta

 

 

 

A TIME OF REFRESHMENT AND TRANQUILITY

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When was the last time you really felt tranquil?

Tranquility is a state of peacefulness that transcends you to your inner self. It is such an important part of who we are and what we need, not only for our health but also our creativity. Take the time to go away to a quiet place and meet with your self! Here is the gold mine of creativity. For each one of us it is a haven for whatever we are seeking to create a balance in our lives.

I took this time frequently this summer not far from home to listen and touch the beauty all around me. I discovered so much: clouds in another whole way, trickling streams n rivers, the feel of stones on my bare feet,color, new friends and trying new ways to express myself through art.

This peacefulness is a new way of really seeing what I am looking at.  Taking in what is right near me and inspiring. The creek that flows through the Jordon Valley here in Northern Michigan whispers in my memory so vivid and real that it allows me enter my creative world that I am looking to discover. Another part of who is “ME” !

This summer the dye pots revealed a new joy and also simple pieces of hooking that make me happy and creative in a new way!

Take the time to discover “YOU”  in your time away!

Share the difference in your art with us here on my blog! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Keep being inspired and enjoy the art of Hooking!

DISCOVERY !

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Discovery….. inspiration from guests, friends and local fair!

I decided to stay right here..and spend my vacation close to home, and what a good time..it is not over yet!

If you are not from Michigan…hold up your left hand , palm down, travel up around the Pinkie up the side of the ring finger. up to the nail…..here is my location at the studio, over  and around the nail, up over the middle finger and north east into Lake Huron.   This were all the discovery and fun has taken place. That is how we describe “OUR Michigan” !

This includes Traverse City and the peninsula, up to Norwood and Charlevoix, north to Petoskey and over to Mackinaw Island. Every day was a new adventure nd discovery right here at home! New restaurants,  entertainment and new friends!

Time walking on the beach, hunting Petoskey Stones, concerts, poetry at Stone Circle, welcomed my new great grandson, Kristophar Cash, time with grand children and great grand children, canning, over night guests, kayaking, tubeing, dye class, “uncorked” painting class at the studio, antique shows, sunsets ……..!

I must say it has been one of the best summers of my life discovering right at home!

To top it off, new  friends have been made: Sharon Smithem, Ray and Tami Bier, Kathie and Steve Liebert, Tami Watson Small and Louise, Glory Wood, Steve, Julie and Cyd, friends at True North, what a wonderful gathering of talented people.

Judith came for 11 days from Va. and the time just flew by…crafting in the studio, dying wool, designing patterns, resaling, picking berries, creating fun summer meals, painting.

It is no wonder I sleep so well at night! Life could not be better!

Many inspirations for fall and winter classes gathered from summer inspiration!

 

Fall classes will begin soon:

Beginning Hooking Schedule:  Flower Table Matt with Fringed Edge

Wednesdays 1:30 – 4:00

Sept 9 and 30, Oct 7, 21, 28

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6 Week Hooking Class for the Seasoned Hooker:

Designing, color planning, hooking a Christmas rug for personal Christmas Card!

Time to think about how to wish family and friends a Christmas Greeting! classes run 6 weeks onThursdays from 10:00 – 2:00

Sept 10, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th.

please sign up by email or calling the studio at 941-740-4019

Another dye class will be offered in October for those of you that missed the summer class.

I will be Partnering up with CJ at True North for some classes in small hooking and sewing projects. Info will be posted at a later date. CJ is located in Petoskey just south of the light at Bay Harbor in the plaza! Wonderful sore full of creativity, antiques and clothing!

Artists North is rolling along with new artists and a variety of very nice art, all Michigan artist. Watch for our Gallery Walks and visit any time: Artists North.com

Creativity is just around the corner, view your photos from summer and get inspired!

To be continued!

DeEtta !

 

FINSIHING IDEA :  Spray your hooked piece with Lavender water, smells wonderful and keeps the bugs ways.. press… Fresh!

 

DYE HAPPY

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And Happy we are!!!   Girl fun, girl play, girl creativity!

We started the morning off with some color theory in understanding color and the color wheel.  Terminology of describing color and how we use it for everything in life. “The brain rejects what is not in balance”, but what do we do to balance it? We played with wool, color charts and dyes, first understanding  our base color and design on the wool.  The pots were boiling, the oven on and everyone was anxious to play. Aprons on, loud chatter, oohs and ahhs and ready to go!

We used 3 of the many methods for dying: spot dying in the oven, trans dying in a pan and set in the oven, and stove top in a large kettle.  The results were wonderful and like children, they absorbed new and some complex techniques , even while the chatter and laughter were non stop!

Happy Hookers!

Their creations of art where hung on the line and modeled for all! Looking forward to see how they use the wool in their hooking!

Great day, Holly, Deb, Marlene, Kathy and Ellen! We will dye happy!

New dye classes with natural ingredients will follow.

Portraits

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When hooking a portrait you will need more values than you think.Being able to dye your own wool as you need it keeps you moving along without waiting to have it done for you.
Dying is an art in itself and the possibilities are endless.A dye pot or two and few simple colors to mix gives you the values you need. You do not need to use flesh tones to do a portrait as long as you can SEE what you are looking at. That is different values and where they are placed.
In this self portrait I started with hooking the eyes and found that my eyes were not drawn in the right placement apart from the nose, so lesson number one. Really look at everything to be sure they are placed right. I hooked the lids first and then moved to the iris and then the pupil.
If you turn your photo upside down and not concentrate on the full face, you can see the direct spot that you are hooking and is easier to focus the value of the area to be worked.
Look where your light source is coming from. In this case the left side of the face and the highest point which is the bridge of the nose would be hooked in lightest values.The cheeks are also a light value but somewhat darker than the bridge of the nose as they are lower and so on.
The real key to study and really “see” what you are looking at.Once you train your eye to do this you are on your way to understanding value!

DYE CLASS:

There will be an all day dyeing class at the studio and you will learn 3 methods of dying and you may choose to do one of each or or your favorite. You will go home with 1 1/2 yards of dyed wool from your color choice!

Registration is required and limited to 6 people. An additional class can be scheduled with over flow.
Thursday July 9
10:00 – 4:00
$75.00 includes instruction, wool and dye.

Bring an apron, notebook and a sack lunch
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JUNE COLORS

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Some wool, linen and cotton fibers dyed in the colors of my spring gardens! It was fun to go through the shelves and drawers of wool thread and Dreads to begin another project. Some times creativity begins this way.

I spent the morning shopping for shrubs, annuals and a few perennials to add texture and color to the studios well established flower beds. What fun looking and touching and creating a new theme for this year. The already blooming Forget Me Nots, Pink and white Bleeding Hearts, Primrose, Lily of the Valley, Lilacs, Bearded Iris  will welcome the new additions. Gardening for me is much like designing a new Hooked project. Color and texture get me really going. So in conjunction with the out of doors, another piece will be on the loom and in progress.

As a member of Artists North , the finished pieces of fiber will be displayed and for sale at the Art Center. Please stop by when in Charlevoix. The address is 17959 Ferry Road. you will enjoy many talented artist in residence here in Norwood’s historic Inwood Corners. Be sure and visit Biers Gallery housed in the red school house down the hill.

To top the day off I stopped at a new shop south of Petoskey and filled a few empty spaces in the car,plants, antiques, cloth napkins and a new blouse! Thank you C.J.

Another beautiful day spent with friends and laughs from one of my partners in crime!

Off to hooking outside with the views of June in Bloom!

DeEtta