A Whole Mess of Frames

 

Remember this photo of the driftwood that my sister collected for us in Newfoundland?  Well, over the past two weeks this driftwood turned into this:

My husband has been working super hard to get these frames done.  I cannot even express how grateful I am for him putting in the amount of time that he has and making these pieces look so incredible!  “Atlantic Mascot” you have seen before but the other three are older pieces that have been completely re-vamped and I’m going to show before and after photos of each one on the blog over the coming days.  I think this will highlight just how important a frame can be to completing many pieces and more importantly how the right frame can totally change the look of a piece!

My sister has now headed home (Boo!) and has the three re-vamped pieces in tow for selling in Corner Brook!

Karen

What I’m Reading……

 

Yeah, I’m surprised that I have time to read anything too.  Other than a little sleep-deprivation I’m pretty much back to doing everything that I was doing before. The whole waiting two weeks post-c-section to start driving again is total overkill if you ask me and I’m so glad to be able to drive again!

But, there is still the sleep-deprivation and lack of time.  All I can say is that it is amazing the multi-tasking that you can do while nursing or pumping, like say reading a book.  Especially at 3 in the morning…and again at 5…If I can only figure out how to hook at the same time I’ll really be ahead of the game!!

Anyway, I ordered this book before I had the baby and it arrived just after I got home from the hospital.  It is a really interesting book in that that author likes to design and hook unconventional designs which is an approach I like.  She also discusses extensively the use of non-traditional materials and recycling in rugs and has given me a lot of ideas for materials that I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of hooking with.  Finally, it has exposed me to a few new tools that are out there to hook with that I think could give me some interesting results and so I am looking into how to get my hands on at least one of them to give it a try.  Think lots of dimension and 3-D effects.

This is a book that definitely belongs in my rug-hooking library if for no other reason than that it gets me thinking about new approaches- which is never a bad thing!

 

Karen

This Past Week……

Feels like forever since I’ve blogged (even though it has really only been over a week).  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

1.  My sister arrived from Newfoundland and on the long weekend she ran her first Half-Marathon here in Ottawa!  We parked ourselves at the finish line (me in a lawn chair) to cheer her across and were so very proud of her accomplishment- even if I do think she is slightly crazy for putting herself through that…… 🙂

2.  My husband went into turbo-frame-production using the driftwood that my sister lined her suitcase with.   One of the frames you’ve seen (on my new piece “Atlantic Mascot”) and there are a couple more frames in different stages in the basement, waiting to be completed.  I’m really loving how the right frame on the right rug really sets it off and can’t wait to frame up a few more of my older pieces to give them a whole new look!

3.  And, oh yeah, last week I had a baby!  My daughter now has a little brother to love and to spoil and we are thrilled to welcome him into our little family.  I project lots of good times ahead for the four of us- lots of travel and adventures, quiet moments, snuggles and “I love you’s” and memories made.  He has already been a busy little guy meeting oodles of family and friends and has even gone on his first major outing downtown to shop and sit in a coffee shop watching the rain fall outside.  This is just the beginning of magical times…  As we often say, you have to be tough to be in this family as we are always off on some new adventure or following through on some new idea.  I’m sure this little guy will fit right in.

That being said, I just had a baby.  I project that things in the “art production” department will be a little slow for awhile.  My husband has told me to set the goal of accomplishing just a postage sized amount of hooking each day so that I will continue to feel like I am making progress while keeping it achievable.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I will merely see that as a challenge to do an envelope sized amount a day so I don’t imagine it will be long before a new piece is started.  In fact, the day before going to the hospital I sketched up a new piece on rug warp and am firming up ideas on a piece that I’ve been toying with for awhile that will be quite meaningful to me.

In the meantime, I think there will be some framing going on and when some of the existing pieces are transformed I will share them here.

Will check back in soon!

Karen

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

The Big Reveal!

Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

 

Here it is- the reveal of my new piece- “Atlantic Mascot.”   This puffin is nestled in the grass of a hill near its burrow and I purposefully went with a more abstract background.  I think it sets off the piece nicely without competing with the wind-blown grass and the puffin itself.

It was hand-hooked and designed by me on rug warp and measures 15″ x 15″ unframed (21″ x 21″ framed).  I used a variety of wool yarns and some silk sari.  And of course there is a generous amount of “fun fur” used in the grass to give it that textured effect.  I love using it when I want to represent a really grassy area!

The frame was custom made by my wonderful frame-producing husband who put a lot of time and effort into getting it just right using select pieces of Newfoundland driftwood.  I think the frame is FANTASTIC and totally completes the piece.

I’m so very happy with how this one turned out!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!

Karen

 

Teamwork

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I could not do what I do without my husband, my sister and my daughter.  I am very lucky to have this trio in my life with whom I am very, super close.  My husband is my chief frame maker and problem solver.  My daughter is my critic, my inspiration and from time to time chief piece namer.

But today I’m going to talk about my sister.  She and I are very close and have shared much together- many low times but more importantly and especially in recent years a lot of happy, awesome times.  We laugh, we cry, we make fun of each other.  And just about not a day goes by that we don’t chat in one form or another.  On the business side, she is my “on the ground Newfoundland person”.  She rotates pieces at the coffee shops and other venues, collects the money when there is a sale and basically keeps the business running in Newfoundland.  Every time I make a sale out there, it is thanks to her.

 

Because she is always willing to help out and supports me without question (well, sometimes she questions some of our ideas and schemes but usually in the end we get her on board)  I knew that when my husband tasked (yes, not “asked” but rather “tasked”) her with collecting driftwood for possible future frames she would get right on it.  And she did!  Look at the gems she found and will be lugging all the way to Ontario for us.

Thanks for the wood, sista! 🙂

Karen

P.S.  Watch for a final sneak peek of what I’m working on before the end of the week.  Contrary to my previous belief, I think I will have it done before the weekend!