The museum will be CLOSED from Dec 23 to Jan 9, 2017.
Opening hours changed to 10 am to 2 pm.
I am gearing up for three weekends of shows starting on November 18 but first I decided to take a weekend off and attend a quilt retreat. I can't believe I am doing this the weekend before a show but I have worked hard and have lots of work to show. The trouble is I keep getting inspired to start more works when I know I really should wait till January. I will probably be finishing up some small embroideries at the retreat or maybe pricing and packaging necklaces:) Or just eat and drink and walk in the woods:)))
Please check my Exhibition page if you are in the Ottawa area. I will post details and posters. Besides the three craft and artisan shows, I am taking part in an exhibition at the Textile Museum in Almonte starting in mid December with my fibre arts group Out of the Box. It promises to be a wonderful exhibition of fibre art. I will post that one too.
I have been embroidering birds this fall. I used to draw birds and sculpt them in clay (many years ago) and have done a few embroidered or appliqued birds but these are very tiny - made to fit into mini frames and hanging ornaments. The difficult part is setting a price on them. They take a long time to stitch using one or two strands of thread but in the end they are tiny ornaments or framed minis. They are fun to make though!
|Red Breasted Nuthatch on the side of a tree trunk|
|Cardinal, Chickadee, Loon and Nuthatch|
|this 2" high goldfinch is ready to frame|
|Ornaments - loon, cardinal and downy woodpecker|
Besides birds, and as far removed as one can get, I have been playing with needle felting and embroidering abstracts. I started a series called Building Character, looking at the ways we can describe people using shapes and expressions - it started with a piece called Spiralling Out of Control (I was having a bad day). This one is called When Edgy Meets Calm
|When Edgy Meets Calm|
I am finishing up two others - "With Eyes Wide Open" (ie aware) and "The Flash" (ie appearing like a bolt of lightning). I'm thinking about Diva, Firecracker, Sunny Personality, Bubbly etc etc ..........all to come. This could be fun.
Talk about Serendipity, last week I unknowingly parked my car under a Ginkgo Biloba tree. I returned to find my car covered with beautiful Ginkgo leaves. Luckily none of the gunky fruit landed on the car but they were scattered on the ground. I took some photos then rescued a few leaves from my car and brought them home. Their shape is so beautiful! I am still finding some stuck around the trunk of my car.
When I was gathering photos to post I saw this little reminder of my hiking trip to Cape Breton in September - seems so long ago. These Adirondack chairs behind our rented cottage in Neils Harbour beckon but we barely had time to sit in them....next year..