Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Off to Oaxaca for our Art Journal workshop

Colleen, Syd, and I will be heading off to Oaxaca again for our art workshop- "Colors of Oaxaca"with a great group of creative women.
We will have fun making some paper and fabric art journals and visit some new museums and art studios with plenty of time for shopping for textiles, wood carvings and all manner of other goodies.
Back around Oct.24 just in time to get busy making things for the Holiday season.

We will be playing with stamps, paints, colored pencils, and collage.

Got in a quick visit to the Art Hus in Solvang to take a few things over before we leave. Here's my little spot- managed to get a few new hooked things in there.

Our home in Oaxaca, Casa Colonial...just a quick walk to the city center.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and have time for some creative fun!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hooked Crow

Just got this hooked crow finished up. I have two more in the works. I think they look best in a group. Hope to put them into our shop in Solvang next week. 
Heat wave here again...may have to go cool off in the Pacific Ocean today!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkins and Owls at French General

We had a great time hooking Saturday at French General in Los Angeles. Everyone got a good start on their projects. These are the fun faces that showed up! 
Wonderful ladies and wonderful work!
Hope I get to see them when they are all completed. 

Now I need to go and get some hooking done for some upcoming shows and sales.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Owl and Pumpkin Workshop at French General-Coming soon!

If you would like to learn to rug hook I will be teaching a workshop in Los Angeles this September 27, a Saturday, at French General, 2009 Riverside Dr., LA, CA 90039.
to sign up or 
email: notions@frenchgeneral.com
for more information.
We will be hooking either an owl or pumpkin just in time for the fall season.
all materials will be provided including some nice hand dyed wool!
Would love to have you join us and have fun with this unique fiber art that you can use in many different ways....rugs, purses, book covers, stuffed animals, ornaments, fiber jewelry and more!
For more ideas check out my Rug Hooking board on Pinterest!

I wanted to hook another pumpkin that wasn't "orange"...and a new crow and squirrel.

Spent half a day dyeing some nice "Pumpkin" colors for the workshop using Dorr wool.

Of course, Henry had to help!
Hope to get some more hooking done this week. I have a new colorful owl to show you.
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Colors of Oaxaca - Journal Workshop Adventure


Would love to have you join us on our next art adventure to magical Oaxaca!

October 16-23, 2014

Syd McCutcheon, Colleen Darling and I invite you to join us for a fun and art filled adventure in the beautiful city of Oaxaca, a Unesco World Heritage site known for its friendly people, delicious food, world renowned artists, pre-Columbian ruins and colonial architecture.

We will be visiting artists studios, wonderful local mercados, making our travel journals and staying at the wonderful Casa Colonial, walking distance to the heart of Oaxaca. 

Please contact Colleen Darling for more information and to reserve a spot.

Hope to have you join the wonderful group of artists that have signed up already!

Beautiful textiles and embroidery!

Inspiring art everywhere!

Time to work on our art journal creations in the Art Room at Casa Colonial!

Time for shopping at the many marketplaces in Beautiful Oaxaca!

We will visit the unique Stamp Museum....Actual letters from Frida are here!

Baskets at the Mercado!

Our retreat at the wonderful Casa Colonial filled with local folk art!

Plenty of time for shopping!

Our dining room at the Casa...sun filled and lots of fresh fruit and delicious meals!

We include delicious dinners out in special restaurants reserved for our group with homemade specialties of Oaxacan food!  Fresh corn tortillas, mole and more! Come enjoy the wonderful 
Colors of Oaxaca!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

French General workshop in France

We had a wonderful 2 weeks in France, with a few days in Amsterdam at the beginning and end of our trip. Lots of sunshine and a few sprinkles, warm summer weather for lots of walking and visits to farmers markets and local flea markets- so fun!

Our wonderful group at Chateau Dumas where we spent a week of stitching, shopping and dyeing. We are all wearing our "woad dyed" clothing from our day of dyeing with Denise Lambert, woad expert. 
We were expertly taken care of by the amazing Meng family, Kaari, Molly and Kick and their special helpers,  Cathy and Monica.

We explored the beautiful grounds of the chateau and had our workshop upstairs in this building at the entrance surrounded by lavender and a forest of trees.

In our rooms we found a treasure bag with lots of special goods for our week of creating. Moda French General fabric to play with, a sampler to stitch of the chateau, threads, a hoop and special soap.

Everyone got to work on their fiber collages and fiber jewelry projects and in the first day of stitching so many beautiful creations appeared. The following photos are of the first days work....we didn't have time for a show and tell at the end of the week so this is a taste of what was made.

I love the wonderful creativity and variety of pieces that were made. Everyone did such different and lovely work.


This is the photo of the Chateau crew of lovely folks who took such good care of us. The food was divine and all of our needs so carefully met. Thank you to all who made our stay such an amazing experience! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

On our way to France and the Netherlands...

Colleen Darling and I are heading off to France and the Netherlands to take part in the wonderful world of French General's Chateau workshop. I was given the incredible opportunity to teach a fiber workshop in an 18th century chateau near Toulouse, France. But first we will spend a few days in Amsterdam and visit with one of our art buddies from our adventures last year. Hopefully Giova will be available for a little lunch and shopping while we are there. Then off to Toulouse to meet up with the lovely Meng women, Kaari, Molly and their mother Kick. We had so much fun in Oaxaca with them that this will be a fun reunion. We look forward to meeting all the adventurous women who come from all over the world to share a week of creating, dyeing and a bit of shopping!

These are some of the little fabric collages that we are calling "Souvenirs of France".

Inspired by Mandy Patullo...I made this piece from old vintage quilt pieces...

A work in progress....a collage of vintage laces, embroideries, and other odd pieces of fabric.

We may have time to make some fiber jewelry too...
this one is made from Liberty of London fabrics...

and some little necklaces from vintage fabric...

Some little house collages for everyone to embellish if they wish...

OH! And just before I left on my trip Syd and I had the pleasure of hosting an ART DAY at my home with sisters Carol and Mary Ann Moss, the famous creator of "Dispatch from LA" blogdom! What fun! I gave sweet Carol a rug hooking lesson and she took off and got hooking her bird right away. Mary Ann got into her sketch mode and then water colored her wonderful owl below. That hooked birdie flew home with her to join her rabbit. Super fun to have the Moss sisters in the house!


We all had  fun visiting and inspiring each other and catching up on everyone's creative activities.

Syd got some painting done in her art journal after ice cream and cake. A fun way to end a busy week.

Back in about 2 weeks...until then have a creative sun filled June!