Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller Hand Hooked Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland- Northern Peninsula

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This piece was inspired by the Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula.  The farther up the peninsula you drive the more sparse and barren it becomes.  A hint, perhaps, at what lies even further ahead in Labrador. Like the others this piece measures 5″ x 7″.

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I’m taking another breather from making these pieces and am going to return to some of my other projects.  I will return to the series later in the year as my supply out east diminishes.  🙂   I have been thinking they would be a good thing to take to work on during travel as they are pretty compact.  I have the next few ideas all lined up:  a couple of Corner Brook scenes and the Tablelands in Gros Morne amongst others.  I really enjoy making these pieces and I think they look really nice once framed!

 

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #10

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What: A spindly, small maple tree along the Ottawa River.

Why did this catch my eye:  There was something about how this little tree was standing all alone, facing the wind and trying to grow bigger and taller.  There was something about the colours of the leaves.   One of my upcoming pieces will be incorporating maple leaves and I think I had that in the back of my mind as I was studying this little sapling.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014.  The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone:  finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings.  This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller Hand Hooked Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Lupins at Cape Onion

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Another new piece that will be making its way out to the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook for display and sale.

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Photo of Cape Onion by Kirsten Miller

Photo of Cape Onion by Kirsten Miller

 

Cape Onion is located at the very tip of the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland.  And while I have been in that area (it is very near the Viking ruins at L’Anse aux Meadows) I have not been in Cape Onion itself.

But, my sister was there last Fall and kindly shared her photos with me.  I was struck by this one with the contrast between the water, the white fence and the brilliantly purple lupins.   Lupins are almost a symbol of Atlantic Canada- you see them in ditches all through PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and even Newfoundland.

This piece measures 7″ x 5″ and is framed.  It will be available for purchase in Newfoundland in the near future!

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Long Weekend

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  I love weekends.  With my daughter now at school all day this year and my husband sometimes working a lot of extra hours, it is really the only time that we get to all be together and be a family.

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And even more rare is a weekend where there aren’t a million things to do:  stuff around the house, kid’s activities to go to, Birthday parties to attend and the list goes on and on…..

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That’s why long weekends are THE best! This past weekend we all took a long walk along the Ottawa River. It is becoming one of my favourite places to go- there is some much nature to see and it is a different palette every time I go there.

So much to observe both in my surroundings and how my little family interacts with it.  🙂

 

Karen

Hand Hooked Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Hanging Out The Wash

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I’ve been pushing ahead with several small pieces to sell out in Newfoundland.  This is my latest and it is a part of my ongoing “Postcards from Newfoundland” series.  A typical scene in that atlantic province where the winds are ideal for drying your laundry outside, this piece is aptly entitled ‘Hanging out the Wash.’

 

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It is small- measuring 5″ x 7″ and is framed.  I love these small pieces where I can play around with ideas and materials on a small-scale!

Karen

Prairies Catalogue

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As I have mentioned in the past, my piece “Heading West” is currently in the Focus on Fibre Arts’  ‘Prairies’ exhibit that is touring Alberta until the end of November.  As a part of the show, they made a catalogue.  It is really beautiful!  Each piece has its own page.

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Since I was unable to make it out to Edmonton for the opening and to see the show, this is a really cool way to see all of the fibre art pieces that are on display!

 

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #9

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What:   A fragile, barely-there skeletal leaf that my daughter found on our way to the school bus stop.

Why did this catch my eye:   I adore the delicate lacy look of this leaf.  I adore the pattern that its shadow makes.  I love everything about this little piece of art found in nature.  Delicateness is something that I find hard to achieve in rug-hooking due to the nature of the medium.  This leaf reminds me that it is worth trying.  And it reminds me that if I can’t achieve the look that I want through rug-hooking it is totally worth it to incorporate other techniques.

 

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014.  The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone:  finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings.  This series will continue throughout the year.

Hand Hooked Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller

Moonlight Flight

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This week and probably next I am taking a break from making more big pieces.  There are still a number of big pieces on my agenda, but for now I want to get a good three or four smaller pieces done to send out to Newfoundland for selling at the coffee shop.  My sister still has two or three pieces out there to rotate through but I like to keep her stocked up!

For my first piece I decided to revisit the birch bark birds.  I haven’t yet hung one of these at the coffee shop- all of the other pieces sold before they even hit the wall.  So I am interested to see how it will do.  I went with a night-time concept on this one and I love how sparkly and shimmery it is.  It is small- 5″ x 7″ but it is amazing what you can do even with a small space.  It is called “Moonlight Flight”.

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The rest of the pieces that I am going to make will be a part of my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series of small pieces.   I have so many ideas to explore for that series and I love that I can play around with new techniques!

 

Karen

Karen