What I’m Reading……

I have long been interested in the works of the Group of Seven.  I’m currently spending quite a bit of time really trying to study their works and figure out how to translate that into my medium- no easy feat since it is hard to achieve the same layering effects when working with yarn- but by no means impossible.  So, to learn a little more I picked up this book.  It is really quite a fascinating read- it goes beyond just the art itself and provides the context of the times.  You gain a lot of insight into the techniques and subject matter of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson when you understand the political climate in Canada at the time, artistic trends and the influence of World War II.  I would highly recommend this book to any art lovers.

I also wanted to thank all of those who voted for my piece “Hesturinn” at the Selections 2011 exhibit.  The exhibit is now over, and while I didn’t in the end win the Viewer’s Choice Award, the organizers did let me know that I received a lot of votes.  That so many of you took the time to see the exhibit and vote for me is much appreciated! 🙂

Happy Halloween weekend!

 

Karen

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

New Piece: Fall Fire!

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

 

I have started working on a really large piece which I hope to sneak peek soon.  But I took a little break from that to create this newest piece.  The colours of autumn are everywhere and hard to ignore and I felt I had to try and capture them in a small piece.

The hooked portion of this piece measures 8″ x 10″ and with the mat and frame it measures 10″ x 13″.  I used a lot of different textured yarns- from nubbly to shiny- and some interesting materials such as strips of silk and Leicester locks sheared right from the sheep and then hand-dyed.  The use of such bold colours is a bit of a departure for me but I really like how the colours all seem to work together and translate into the feel I was looking for.

This piece is now available for sale here.

 

Karen

Thanksgiving in New Hampshire…

Last year we spent Thanksgiving in Lake Placid, New York.  We were in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in late May this year and decided that we wanted to spend this Thanksgiving in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire.  So, off we went.  The weather was beautiful and the leaves were at their colourful peak.  It was a terrific weekend of exploring caves, leaf peeping and together time.

Karen