A lot has been going on so I thought it would be best to just do a large recap post to bring you up to date!
The other week I taught a really fun class to a group of young girls at a Birthday Party! I knew that time would be limited because there are so many other things on the agenda at a party, so I chose a design in advance. I went with a Peace sign and I painted the really cool heart frames that I found purple. I thought that that would be much more in keeping with a Birthday party feel. I stocked up on some really fun yarns too- some fluffy, some shiny, lots of pinks and purples. The girls had so much fun. Always interesting to see how each child will approach their project. Some are happy to just do a little bit and then call it a day. Some become completely focused and give it their all. The finished projects were fantastic and I think they were thrilled to take them home with them to show their parents. We wrapped up just in time for Birthday cake- always a fun time teaching kids!
Right after I finished teaching the class, we hopped in the car for an impromptu staycation at a hotel downtown. Sometimes a little change of scene goes a long way and this certainly did. We had a fantastic room on the 23rd floor overlooking the city. We wandered the Tulip Festival, had a wonderful breakfast the next day and had a swim in the hotel pool. Loved every minute of it and it has made me even more excited about all the little road trips and bigger trips that we have planned for the coming months!
My friend Monika Kinner-Whalen of My Sweet Prairie recently posted about a fabric bombing that she did with some others in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I loved it so much- truly a creative endeavour. And it got me thinking. We have a large gap in our backyard hedge and I have grown tired of everyone passing on the street being able to look in at us. Then it came to me- what about doing a large hooked installation piece that would both block the gap and be interesting to look at!
The next day my son and I hit the hardware store and thrift store, loading up on wire fencing and old bedsheets and shower curtains. The colour selection was guided by hostas as inspiration. This became our weekend project. My son was not so interested in it but my daughter and I put in quite a bit of time together, ripping strips, looping them through, and chatting. She coined the term ‘finger hooking’, which is essentially what we were doing- using our fingers to pull up the loops as it soon became apparent that using a traditional hook was not going to work very well. For this project I quickly had to embrace the imperfection- it would be almost impossible to get a lot of detail on such a large scale, and I wanted to really encourage her to take an abstract approach to her hooking rather than having it all mapped out. As well, I know that being outdoors, it will face the elements. Likely by the end of the summer the entire thing will look pretty ratty. But the beauty of it is that we can then just rip out the loops and replace them with a new design next year! I love that it can evolve in this way.
The whole thing took a bit longer than I thought. I think I had imagined that it would only require one loop per square, but in the end it required three to hold it all in. It is all completed though and waiting for the weekend when my husband will wire it to poles and we will install it in its location in the garden. I will post photos once it is in place!
And last but not least are these! I love these! I had some blank greeting cards made up with some of my kids pieces on them. There are five in total, and they are available for purchase- $5 Cdn each (plus shipping) or 5 for $20Cdn (plus shipping). If you are interested, send me a message and we will work out payment! You may also be interested in the giveaway that I am having on my Facebook page! I am giving away one set of 5 cards to someone that I will select by random draw. You just have to like my facebook page and leave a comment on the giveaway telling me who you would send a card to if you won. The contest closes on Monday, June 6th!