Monday, June 30, 2014

The Show

The West Prince Arts Council, Showcase of the Arts was a whole lot of fun.  We were hoping for more foot traffic but all in all it was a successful day.  I was able to sell enough pieces to make the day pay and I made some valuable contacts.  I was a little concerned at first that I would not have enough pieces to fill my table.  I was mistaken.  The table was full and lush and I was very happy with how it all turned out.

There were many other Artisans at the show.  Pam was there with her amazing hooked rugs and wall hangings....

Michelle had a table filled with her quilted lovelies.

Sandy did not disappoint with her paintings.

And Deborah...well she blew me away with her amazing paper sculptures.

I really enjoyed myself.  Thank you to everyone who was in attendance,  council members, volunteers and members of the public.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two More Sleep

I recently became a member of the West Prince Arts Council, and as luck would have it, just in time to have a table of my own at the Showcase of the Arts.  The event takes place this Saturday, 28th of June at The Parish Centre in Tignish, PEI.  If you happen to be in the area it promises to be a fun day.  The showcase with be featuring different artists from this area's Arts Council (WPAC) using quite a variety of media.  There will be an Oil Painter, Basket Weaver, Portrait Sketcher, Wood Turner, Sculpture, Quilter, Rug Hooker and of course my woolly treasures will be in attendance also.  Of course this is only one piece of a larger event called the Tignish Irish Moss Festival, so there will be quite a few things going on that day.  I am lucky to live in a mostly rural area where all Summer long, some community somewhere, is having their annual festival. Just like they did 100 years ago.

So, it's only two more sleeps until the event and I've been playing around with different boxes and baskets to see what kind of display I can put together for my table.  I'll be sure to take some pictures of the event and share them here next week.

One of the new items that I'm taking with me to the showcase is this beautiful shawl, hot off of the pins last night.  It's made with a wool/mohair blend in a natural silvery grey and I took the liberty of adding islets up the spine to lace in this gorgeous ribbon.  Knit from side to side in two pieces and joined in the centre using a Singer 151 Chunky Knitting Machine.  I love it and I wish it was going to be cool enough to wear one on Saturday so that I can really show it off.  (Words only a knitter would say at the end of June.)

I will be using my array of knitting machines much more in the future.  My first love is of course hand knitting but to make larger quantities of larger pieces and still be able to fill the shelves, I need a little help along the way.  It's the same as a quilter using a sewing machine, they're still doing ALL of the work, just not every stitch is by hand.

Hope to see you in Tignish on Saturday, xo.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's For Afters?

Here are some after shots of the Trillium with her pretty things on....

I love how bright and colourful it all turned out.  The Turquoise and Olive go so well with the yellow of the fiberglass.  It's all so shiny and clean now and I must say that I'm glad that all of the hard scrubbing is finished.  I had enough fabric left over from making the curtain tops, to put together the fitted table cloth too.  I think the layering of fabric really brings the look together.

Mr. installed a laminate floor in a colour and texture very similar to the faux wood doors.  The under seat, porta-potty cupboard still needs it's door put back on the hinges.  You can just see a glimpse of a turquoise throw on the right seat...another layer of fabric!

And here's the sweet wall pocket that I mentioned in an earlier post.  Made with the same fabric as the main part of the curtains.  I think it's looking swell.  One last project is to dress the bed (where the larger dinette is), we spent all of last evening building a quasi-permanent plywood bed in the forward dinette/bed combo.  With the little dinette, the two of us don't need to use the larger, so we are putting a proper foam mattress on it.  After all...while we're camping, we live outside and only really use the inside for sleep.

It's been an exciting couple of weeks all in all, what with getting the camper shiny and ready and having several stitching projects on the go.  Oh, and I must tell you that I've become a member of the West Prince Arts Council and am very excited to be doing my first show on the 28th of June at the Parish Hall in Tignish, PEI.  Drop in if you're in the neighbourhood, there will be lots to see and do.