The Apothic Inn has newly opened in Amherst

We have a beautiful new inn opened very near the studio in Amherst and I wanted to share the pictures with you. The innkeeper, Rhonda Kelly gave me a tour just the other day….

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Apothic Inn exterior169 Victoria St. East
Amherst, NS
B4H 1Y6
1-902-661-8654

A luxury Bed & Breakfast in a fully restored 1870 Victorian Home. Three well appointed rooms, all with private bathrooms – 2 ensuite. Large comfortable common areas inside and out for relaxing and unwinding. Full breakfast included. Ideal for special events and retreats. 5 minute walk to downtown. Licensed by the province of Nova Scotia. VISA, Mastercard, Amex & cash accepted.

– Planning assistance with travel available
– Private meeting room onsite which comfortably seats 8-10; direct access to printing, scanning and wifi

Catherine Bussiere: Festival in Beckwith

there is plenty going on in August
people getting married, trips, reunions, festivals

Festivals!

do you know about the Beckwith Bash
I did mention it last August and now a whole year has gone by
yes, the time has come again
yoga, drums, music, gumbo, baklavas
the works
there is a lot to do but it’s a lot of fun and it’s next Saturday
August 16th
on our property in Beckwith

On my to do list:
make roux (for the gumbo)
paint signs
get the art shack ready for kids

if you are in Cumberland County it’s worth a drive
look for the yellow signs in Port Howe
and outside of Oxford

for the line up and more info click Beckwith Bash

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what a week it’s been

Last week was so much fun, I missed it on the weekend. We had a wonderful workshop with seven people on working big. You can see Fiona and Paul leaving the workshop in their convertible.

Then we launched the Yarnstormer, our new mascot for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival, along with our brochure for 2014. There was over forty people out at town hall for the launch and the website s just now getting revamped.

We also had a group of travel writers come, sponsored by the NS Dept of Tourism and it was lots of fun to teach some new people how to hook. I gave them the studio tour and Megan taught them. Lots of hooker jokes on twitter with their visit. People love hooker jokes so we might as well join them I guess.

And that bicycle I showed you…well I made it all the way up the big hill on Academy street with out stopping on Sunday. woo hoo! The weekend was filled with family and visiting and my bike. On Saturday I had to stop part way up the hill and walk the bike but Sunday was triumph!

This week we are working on a new online lesson on Hooking Water so keep your eye open for that.

So lets hope this week is just as delightful . It has started out nice with a visit from one of our Pattern of the Month Club members!

 

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Catherine Bussiere: Pomquet

Friday and Saturday I went to the acadian community of Pomquet.
I had a video workshop to give to a small group of teens at the local school. I’ve never been to Pomquet before. It’s right past Antigonish, on the way to Cape Breton. You wouldn’t really know it’s there driving on the highway. It’s easy to miss.

I took a left on Taylor road to what seemed like a road to nowhere. After a few kilometers I found a good sized new looking school. It’s a primary to 12 school, one floor, two wings, brightly colored inside. Nice, nice school. Inside I found something for you: a beautiful hooked rug depicting “Le grand dérangement” which, as you may know, is when the acadian were deported.

The youth I had the chance to meet and work with were simply wonderful. Knowledgable, pleasant, talented. What a treat. And, as it is a french speaking school, I had the pleasure to lead the workshop in French. So much fun.

The first evening, before going to the local B&B I went to look at the area a little. As I approached the harbor I found a lovely community bordering the main street. The iconic Catholic church stood nicely in the middle of it. Around it a cemetery with graves dating to at least the 1800. A little further I found a beach road to the local provincial park. Originally I thought I’d grab a bite to eat at a restaurant located on the highway but the site of that beautiful empty beach enticed me to go for a walk. I had some snacks, I decided to have a little picnic on the beach.

Nova Scotia is filled with gems. Next time you visit, or if you live here already, go for a drive, take a left turn on a unassuming road, it’ll be worth your while.

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You should come to Our May Workshop…The Beauty of Small

The Beauty of Small: Creating Great Detail in Small Rugs

May 13/14/15 2014 $350 – deposit is $50 Working Small with Deanne Fitzpatrick

There is nothing like finishing a beautiful rug to inspire you to create.

I have learned over the years that it is the beauty of the hooked rug that matters. This course is about taking wider cuts of wool , and interesting textures and using them to create interesting details in smaller rugs. It is about learning how to simplify your design and create designs that work as small pieces. You can choose any theme or themes to work on. This workshop is not limited by theme you choose the subject matter you want to hook: landscape, people, coastal designs, abstract, or any other theme In this workshop we are going to explore what is important in hooking smaller rugs. I would consider small anything less that 12 by 20″. We can look at the ideas of working on a theme, creating dyptychs and tryptchs, and creating smaller rugs that are both beautiful and interesting. Small rugs can be exquisitely beautiful when you approach them the right way. I find that I go from working big to working small, and when I do working small feels so rewarding because you can see gorgeous results fast. I will help you create and design one or a series of smaller rugs, and teach you how to make them stand out. Learn how to make every loop count. Express your big ideas in a small format. Small scale peices hooked with a #6, #8, or hand cut wool are the focus of this two day workshop. Please note! The Workshop takes place on Tuesday the 13th, and Wednesday the 14th from 10-3pm. There won’t be any instruction on the Thursday – but you are welcome to gather with your hooking in the studio to socialize and work on your project. Lunch, Coffee, Tea, and Oakcakes are all included. Also, some workshop materials are included (bring your frame and hook and the wool you love).

Five Minute Studio Tour with Deanne

Katie Allman from Ohio has asked that we post a video with a welcome to the studio for her group that is coming for a workshop next fall.

Welcome to the Studio…..A  Five Minute Video Tour


So come join us for a workshop… see them here…Workshops 2014

 

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Only Two More Days to Register for Hooking People Online Course and Check out our New Studio Clubs!

This winter we are Hooking People. Make the winter go by as you learn to hook people in your rugs. The course will focus on hooking faces, portraiture, movement , clothing and all the important aspects of making your people rugs beautiful and interesting. I participate daily in the course, answering your questions and responding to the pictures you upload. The online courses are an excellent way to learn in your own home , at your own convenience. The course is five weeks long, but we leave it up for ten weeks . You can do it at your own pace.

Join me for Hooking People Online Course. Register Here.

Purchase the Hooking People Supplies Pack

We have also started two new Monthly Clubs. I am really excited about these

because they are based on the new work I am creating!

Our Mystery Pattern of the Month Club

Our Bundle of the Month Club

It works like this. You sign up online or by calling us at 1-800-328-7756 and we enroll you. Each month you will receive a new pattern inspired by what I am creating that month, and if you like we’ll send you a wool bundle to go with it.

If you want you can enrol for just the wool bundle if you like to create your own designs.

Join us for Monthly inspiration and create beauty everyday…

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Scenes from this years’s Big Workshop

I know it is a tease to show you what you missed but the good thing is that every October during The Nova Scotia Fibre Art Festival I host a big workshop. Here we are at the grand opening at the festival and a few scenes from the workshop we had on the Joy of Rug Hooking.

My friend Beth was decked out in her piping outfit for the grand opening. My workshop began with a little cello recital from a local rug hooker.

We really focused on the joy of creativity and rug hooking. Next year we are doing Modern Design for Hooked Rugs.  I know it is early but be sure to make plans and book your space. It will coincide with the launch of my next book, Simply Modern.

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Make your Heart Sing…Take a workshop with Jennifer Manuel November 15 and 16th at my studio

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I have known Jennifer for many years and have really been impressed with her creativity , her energy and her imagination. We have invited her to my studio so we can share that passion with you.

Oh these purses …they are so pretty. Come learn how to make them. Jennifer Manuel is coming all the way from Ontario for two days to teach you how to make coin purses and hooked jewelry. Join us in the studio for a day or two and soak up Jennifer’s lively spirit and knowledge.

 

Register for Hooked Coin Purses Workshop

 

Register for Hooked Jewelry Workshop

 

Create some interesting statement Jewelry for yourself or your friends for Christmas. Come learn from Jennifer how to hook and construct these pieces

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Only One day left to Register: Online Course Wild with Style starts November 12

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Wild with Style my online course about designing hooked rugs and developing your style and creativity in rug hooking starts next week. You can Register Here.

We will leave it up for you to access until mid January so you have lots of time to review or work on it after the holidays.

People who have taken this course tell me that it really motivated them and made the idea of designing rugs seem and feel easier. It is a good course and I check in daily to answer your questions and see what you have been posting on the activity stream. Join me !
Register Now!  

There is no prerequisite, you can start with this course if you like.

If you want a texture package to accompany the course you can order it here

This next course will focus on design and creativity with an introduction to hooking faces, and hooking abstract design. It will be about creating your own style as you hook rugs, and being expressive and creative with it.

www.hookingrugs.com 

You can order anytime online or by calling 1-800-328-7756
Getting Wild with Style, level two of Getting Wild with Wool
will start November

 You can find out more information and register online by clicking on the link above. The course will start September 10 and will be an independent study class with articles, video, audio, and community participation. You can register anytime .

 Here are some of the comments from participants in my online courses….

“I wanted to say if anyone is thinking of signing up for Deanne’s online course – do it! As anyone who’s taken a course with Deanne knows, she’s  a great and generous yeacher who brings alot of experience, imagination, and , always, creativity to her courses. Getting Wild with Wool is no exception. I found the course chock full of information and inspiration with many different avenues of learning. And best of all was the communication with other participants from all over the world. It just made me so proud.”  Maile in Seattle

“Thanks so much Deanne. I have thoroughly enjoyed your writings , videos etc. In a previous time I taugt painting and it was incredible when a person realized they could produce art  when they always said, “I have no artistic talent.” I have thoroughly enjoyed your class and all the lessons and I keep going back and reading everything over and over”

“I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it because I would be a rich woman. Wow, do you ever inspire a person.”

“Great Workshop Deanne, so much info and ideas. these lesssons have been really packed.”
 

How the course works:

The course website has been set up and once you register you create your personal password.
Once you go to the course site you use your password to log in. The lessons will begin on the start date of your course.

I will post the first lesson  on the site on the day the course begins.

Once you are on the course website all lessons will be on the private course website.

if you want to learn more with me, we can do it online

 visit the website, there is some thing new everday!

all aflutter….

Those of you who follow the blog regularly will know we had some issues yesterday and today with our website as we were doing some site maintenance. Thanks for your patience. We should be good to go now.

The weekend here was busy with hockey and friends. There are still lots of people traveling here so we are getting lots of studio gusts still which we really appreciate. It is so fun to come to work in the morning and wonder who’ll walk in. Today we have a school librarian from outside of Boston. Yesterday, we had a friend of Carol Zimmerman’s who so often comments on the blog.

We are running Wild with Wool and it is going well. Wild with Style starts in late October. So get registered if you can join us. We often get people who have taken or are taking online courses dropping in as well.

I am working on a new brochure and am happy with everything but the covers. It is a big beautiful  seven panel fold out . I am  also working on a coupon book for downtown Amherst that will be printed today. It is a little community project that I agreed to do for the town who funded it so we would have a booklet to give out to visitors in town, and towns people as well. We gave a great little downtown marketing committee that works together nicely.

So as for me, I am getting ready for next weeks big workshop and I am so excited. I should make myself crazy busy this week but instead I slow down to prepare for next week. This of course makes me want it to hurry up and come. So this week I’ll work on readying the shop. I’ll make some patterns, cut up some balls of wool in batches. Redo a few displays. Mary is working today and she likes to move furniture! It is a make work week. I have all the work done for next week’s workshop. In fact I have been preparing for it all year, since last fall in fact. That is what makes this workshop so very special. It is a years work in culmination, that I get to share with everyone.

Next year we are doing Simply Modern.…so plan to come. I have put it on the website. So if you are not coming this year , think about next year. I will have a new book coming out next fall about modern design for hooked rugs so it will be a lot of learning on that theme, I have started working on it already.

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Look with Lorna

Join us for a 1 to 3 day workshop with Jennifer Manuell on Nov 15-17, 2013.

Friday, November  15 – Hooked Coin Purses $135 includes Coin Purse Kit

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Saturday, November  16 – Hooked Jewellery $135 includes Kit to make 2 necklaces

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Sunday, November  17 – Hooked Christmas Stockings $135 includes pattern booklet and Scottish Burlap

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Online Course starts September 26

Wild with Wool Starts again September 26

 

df2What we will cover:

Week one:Getting into the groove of the hook and understanding technique

Week two:understanding materials, movement

Week three:Colour and Texture

Week four:Creativity and Rug hooking

Week Five: Webinar with Questions and Answers and show of our work.. we will see what technology will work best for this.

 

Register Here

Marcy and Kim

Here are Kim Miles and Marcye Gough two participants who travelled up from Ohio for our June Landscape/Abstract workshop.  Below you will also see Kim’s Hot Flashes quilt. I thought it was very beautiful so included it here for you to see. Both had very different styles, and really enjoyed each other’s styles. They were sister’s in law and they travelled here together for the workshop.

One of the things I love about hosting workshops is all the interesting and fun people who come to the studio for a few days. This group said they even planned on coming back for a reunion in a few years!

I am planning next years workshops. I will have one in May, one in June and one in October, 2014. I hope you will plan to join me in the studio for three days next year.

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learning more and more

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, April De Conick came from Texas to do a rug hooking workshop at my studio. April is a biblical scholar and chair of her department at Rice Universtity in Houston, Texas. I asked her this winter if she might like to come to the studio and teach a class. She is also an outstanding rug hooker, and of course that is what she taught, not biblical studies! For years I have considered having a guest artist at the studio to teach but never got around to having one.  I am so glad I did.

For one thing I believe that in order to be creative you have to be open minded , curious and a learner. These things feed the creative spirit. I actually took April’s workshop and though I was not a perfect student ( you can just imagine) I did get some great ideas and thought of ways I could blend the things she was teaching into my own style.

I really liked the idea of having a new teacher at the studio because for people who have come to many of my workshops it was a chance to offer the people who have taken quite a few of my workshops something unique and different. To develop your own style, it is important to learn lots of ideas from lots of sources  and then integrate that into what you already know.

April was an easy going teacher who was open minded. She also had lots of good concrete information for us and circled the room giving people ideas of what would make their work better. She was confident in her approach and had a great energy that she shared with the group.

We have quite the line up  of guest fibre artists for 2013/14. Our workshop studio will have a lot more life in it this year, I am happy to say. You can register for them on our workshops page.

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One Day Summer Workshop Floral Pillowtop

I saw a beautiful hooked pillow the other night then I came home and made my own. I did that yesterday morning and was so excited by it that I decided to add a summer workshop on July 29. Come for the day and create this bit of beauty….a gorgeous accent for a couch, chair or bed.

We’ll have a nice day….tea and oatcakes, I’ll lay the wool on your frame, and I’ll show you how it is made. We’ll all go out for a nice lunch together.

Come join me for a day in the studio and make something beautiful….

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Register Now with your $20 Deposit

Also available as a kit

 

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workshop….mmmm…so nice

After I give a workshop I always feel  so inspired. It is a bit of  high to be in the studio for three days with people who just want to make beautiful rugs. It gives me a kind of high. This week, we had fourteen people for landscape and abstract together. Some were from Ohio, Maine, New Jersey, Ontario, New Hampshire, New Brunswick and Ontario.

We started out and no one had an idea on the frame. Inside myself I wondered…will everyone get their idea on the frame. By the end of the first day everyone was hooking something they designed and created themselves, or at least they had a lot of input into it. It gets me excited to see this, to watch people create.

Three days of questions and answers, of handling wool, of laying  colour down on the frame.

Three days of oatcakes and tea, and good lunches…oh and that coconut cake with butter cream….remember that….yum

Three days of stories , or learning about where everyone came from.

Three days of watching light bulbs turn on, and seeing ideas click.

Three days of creating beauty

Three Glorious Days.

Now they all go off full of ideas and energy.

The studio gets a little quiet.

We miss all the energy, all that verve.

We settle in again and think about next year…what are the workshops for next year?

Let me think about that.

I hope you come.

 

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Hooking People DVD has Arrived- Free Shipping

 I am pleased to tell you …..Its here! Hot of the DVD  Press….Two full hours 

How to Hook People Rugs with Deanne Fitzpatrick

Order Now- Free Shipping

 

This two lesson based DVD Deanne Fitzpatrick will teach you everthing you need to know about hooking inspiring people rugs.

Professionally Filmed by Catherine Bussiere it is beautiful, entertaining and rich with story.

It includes lesons on :

Hooking Portraits

Hooking Small People

Hooking People in Groups

Hooking Faces, Hair, Clothing

as well there are lessons on context and the importance of details.

 

 

 

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in bloom

It is a nice surprise to see something in bloom after it has been dormant for a while. You can say this for the garden, but really it is a metaphor for anything. When your imagination has been quiet but it springs back to life, or your desire for cooking has slowed down but suddenly your taste buds get re awakened by a new flavour. When I went around the corner of my house the other day I was suddenly surprised by the rhododendron in full bloom in the corner on a grey day. I snapped it quickly on my phone in the rain.

I spent most of today writing my newsletter and it went out by email. If you have not signed up , please do. I send out a notice or a newsletter about once a month. If you are already a subscriber it should be landing in your in box sometime today. I send it out on a schedule so everyone does not rush to the site at the same time.

I have planned a one day summer workshop that you can read about here. I hope you’ll take the day and come.

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teach until the lights start to flicker

Dear Diary, I cannot begin to tell you what a workshop in the studio is like. I can only tell you this..

I get excited before people come and a little anxious.

After they leave I feel like I lost something.

I love to be able to lay a hand full of wool on the frame and know that it is exactly the right thing.

I like the light that happens in people’s eyes when I do that.

I love to teach in a natural way with out pressure or curriculum.

I love the variety of people who gather with different abilities and ideas.

I learn myself.

I teach.

Other’s learn.

People leave different then they came some how…at least that Is what I hope.

That lights go on and glimmer for months after wards when they sketch and see their own wool.

I want to keep teaching here in the studio. I want lights to be flickering here all the time.

Megan Ingman, who works with me is planning a studio series with many great teachers.

So we can use that workshop space and fill it with ideas, energy, life.

So that we can take ideas and make them tangible.

So that we can help others

Create beauty everyday.

Stay tuned…..

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We had a cancellation….Two spots left in next week’s Landscape Workshop

Dear Diary, I have been working downtown at the studio lots this week planning and writing for next week’s landscape workshop. We had two cancellations so if you want to come call us at 1 800 328 7756. As I lean over my computer examining hundreds of images of landscapes I made , I really began considering how I made them. Looking closely at each area of the mat and remembering, how I did what I did. That is the thing about doing, you are not always thinking about what you are doing, or how you are doing it. You are mostly just doing it on a sort of auto pilot so you really need to step back from it to figure out what it is you do.  So when I look up from my desk, I see this birdhouse and rock, this gads been my view too much this week. I need to get out from behind the desk!

One of the fun things we did this week in the studio was the chalk board on our counter. Brenda and Meaghan ,hung this mac tac chalk board and then I wrote on it with some special chalkboard markers that I had   purchased. It looks really pretty. I had wanted to be part of the hanging but Brenda said it was a tricky job and drove me out of the room. Anyone who knows me will understand that I would have had the mac tac stuck to me, to itself, and all kinds of places where it should not have been stuck. Brenda drove me away and enlisted Meaghan, who has just started working with us.

We also changed around our back studio room so it looks more like a cozy living room now than a teaching space. I bought some new comfortable chairs for workshop participants.

Come if you can, we’ll have a nice week next week.

 

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Catherine Bussiere: to catch a whirlwind

I spent the day with Deanne yesterday
As you may know she has created a new online course about hooking people
She asked me out of the blue a week ago if we could shoot a video
I didn’t ask much, I said sure, when

There’s no point asking too much
I like working with Deanne
it’s always a little bit of a challenge and it’s always fun
so I just say yes

Working with her is like trying to capture a whirlwind
you never quite know which way it’s gonna go
Be ready, place your nets around and hope for the best

I had to be bossy a couple time
I actually had to take her sharpie away from her
when she wasn’t able to stop herself from moving on when the cameras were not rolling
Sure enough a sharpie magically appeared in her hands again
There is no stopping her

I tell you

I love seeing someone create
it is beautiful and somewhat magical all at once
In front of me over the course of the day
I saw different figures appear
as Deanne was talking away
I heard the story of these woolen figure come to life
In a group of sisters one got a flamboyant red dress
Not to be left out, pouting
the one in plain blue
was given a colorful scarf
She seemed content after that

No doubt
whoever is in for that course
is in for a good time
No one gets left out

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Only Two Days Left to Register Hooking People Online Course

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Register or find out more information here:

 

 Hooking People Course starts March 18.

It will be a five week course but will you will have access to it until mid April.

If you need materials we have also created an:


Online Course pack for Hooking People which includes wools needed for the course and four patterns

 

or choose

 

online course pack for faces and skin tones

 

 

Hooking People is Coming Soon

Dear Diary, After an overwhelming response today from people who are interested in hooking people I have decided to try to offer the course in Mid March after Wild with Wool. I have been looking closely at the People rugs I have hooked over the years and one that stands out for me is Standing Before the Monument. It is a beautiful rug. I think I will use it as the title  picture for the course. Every time I look at it, I think, “My goodness, you made that.”  That is the thing about making art. When we look at what we made sometimes we are lucky and it surprises us.

This only happens once in a while but when it does you really hang on to that feeling for a long time. It is a feeling you savour.

Today in the studio we had fifteen new shelves come in. They are all white squares so  that we can display our wools and yarns better. After a year or two of improving our yarn selection, we have now started improving our cloth selection and wanted the right shelves to display it better. Brenda and Lorna and I lugged all afternoon and left the studio in a terrible mess. We’ll go back at it tomorrow. We love changing things around but fifteen shelves is a heft project. We are all tired tonight I am sure.

Remember tomorrow is our Fibre Arts Group, come if you can, 10 am to 2pm…….

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Are you interested in an online Hooking People Course?

Dear Diary, I am getting near finishing the lessons for an online course on Hooking People. I am wondering if you want me to offer it this March? Let me know if you do and I’ll work on getting the lasts bits ready. How many of you want to learn Hooking People in March?

Comment here and let me know please!

Today on our radio show we interviewed Brian Doncaster from Sackville , NB, about his music barn. He has preserved a historical barn and hosts community events and live music , mostly bluegrass shows there.  The thing I love about doing our interviews  is that we get to talk to people who love what they do, and are excited about their daily  activities. I have seen that over and over again in our interviews. Mostly we get to talk to people who are passionate about something. Passion is something that just rises up in people . It is fun to watch it in other people and see them make good things happen in their community.

Last weekend in the big storm, I moved every piece of wool in my studio. You have to be familiar with your wool , know what you got so you can know how to use it. Then I put on a rug that let me really use some of the wools I discovered again in the clean up. About every six months I do that. I really go through the place with a fine tooth comb and I start using up what I discover in the process, and I make room for new wool. Handling the wool gets me excited about hooking and renews me. I have a large rug on, about five ft by three ft, and it is using up a lot of interesting textures.

Here are the shots of my studio in the process of the clean up. It is a small space but I certainly love it, even more now that it is all tidy.

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Nancy Pierce: Follow up from Last Spring’s workshop at the Studio

Last May Nancy Pierce came to my hooking people workshop . She created this beautiful rug of her mother with a grandchild. I just wanted to show it to you because it is so lovely and she did such a stunning job on it.
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Last Day to Register: My Online Course Starts Tomorrow.


Top ten reasons why you should take Wild with Wool, my online rug hooking course this Winter

1.You’ll find it will make the winter fly by.
2.You’ll learn to be free with the hook.
3. You’ll learn how to use up that stash of wool more quickly.
4.You’ll meet interesting rug hookers from everywhere.
5.You’ll have a good reason to buy more wool.
6.You’ll learn to design quickly and simply.
7.You’ll learn at your own pace on your own computer any time you like.
8.You really will get wild with wool.
9.You will become a more confident rug hooker.
10. You will discover new ideas for rug hooking

I could go on and on, but mostly I hope this just entices you to join me as we get Wild with Wool this Winter. Register Now!

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Getting Wild with Wool Online Workshop Next Session: February, 2013

Online Rug Hooking Course

$99.00

Getting Wild with Wool

Register Here

Hooking Rugs with Style and Substance an online introductory course about hooking rugs with Deanne Fitzpatrick
Getting Wild with Wool: An online course about hooking rugs with Deanne Fitzpatrick
This course is an introductory course to the style in which I hook and will focus on the techniques and ideas that I use to create rugs. There will be emphasis on explaining the style in which I hook through video lessons created especially for this course.

What we will cover:
Week one:Getting into the groove of the hook and understanding technique.
Week two:Understanding materials, movement
Week three:Colour and Texture Week four:Creativity and Rug Hooking
Week Five: Webinar/Chat(we have to see which technology will work best) with questions and answers and show of our work
What is the plan for the course:
Each week I will post the articles and videos about the topic. It will be self directed, you can go online at anytime and look at the course materials, read, watch and learn. The assignments and tips and ideas will be there for you to carry out through the week.
We will email you with a password so you can alone can access the course materials. In our online learning community you can post pictures and stories about your progress which I will read and comment directly on. You will be given a password for the weekly lesson and the online learning community.
You will need:
  • a computer that allows you to watch video and basic computer skills, a camera so you can share your images if you wish,
  • an email address,
  • rug hook, frame, pattern and backing, and a selection of wool in a variety of textures. You can purchase a course materials package on line as an add on to the course and any pattern if you wish, but remember shipping can take up to two weeks to the states. You can also create your own pattern and use your own wools. That is up to you. A landscape pattern is most suitable for this course.
  • a few hours each week to spend on your hooking and assignments

You will receive:

  •  detailed posts each week about the topic at hand with video each week explaining the section with close ups
  •  photo tutorials about the ideas discussed in the post an assignment for you to complete that will help integrate your learning on the weeks topic
  •  a section of tips and ideas for the weeks topic inspiration and ideas about rug hooking, creativity, and art instruction on technique
  • a place to ask questions and get direct feedback from Deanne, and my honest effort to teach the group as well as I possibly can. I want it to be a lovely experience for everyone involved, as well as a learning experience for me.
  •  at the end of the weekly post you can post comments, questions, and input and I will respond


How do I communicate with others in the course?

There will be an online community/group where you can post pictures of your work in progress and other information on the topic. You can also interact through the comments on the blog post or by emailing each other directly if you both agree to share your email address with someone else. I will not be working with people privately and independently in this course but as part of the community. I will be viewing all the images, comments and notes that are posted and offering comprehensive, honest feedback as much as possible. If you want private lessons online, that can be arranged separately from the course, through skype.
Start date: Sept. 10, 2012
End date: Oct. 15 ,2012
Cost: $99
How do I pay: You can pay by ordering online with visa or master card anytime.
 Do I have to show my work and complete the assignments?
That is completely up to you. You can just follow along quietly if you prefer, or you can participate a lot in the community and the assignments. I work on an adult learning model , understanding that the easier we make it for people to learn at different times, in their own ways, the more they can learn.
 Do I have to be available at a certain time?
No, because we are working in so many different time zones the course will be available to you when your schedule permits.I would encourage you to check in several times a week to keep yourself updated.
If you have more questions you can email me at info@hookingrugs.com

Online Workshop Starts: February 18, 2013

Register  Now!

Registration Deadline: February 11,2013

What People Say About My Online Course:

“Based on my experience with Deanne’s first online course in February, I can recommend her as a teacher. She communicates openly both in her written and spoken words.  Her explanations of “the what to do – why to do – and how to do” via her videos, her writings, her photos of the work, are clear, very helpful and motivating. In addition, those online members who respond and ask questions have also added to my learning experience. This is a worthwhile 5 week opportunity in which you are encouraged and guided to go at your own pace.”

Continue reading “Getting Wild with Wool Online Workshop Next Session: February, 2013”

Online Course:Sign up or Give Getting Wild With Wool for Christmas: February 2013

Join me for our next session of Wild with Wool. It is so exciting to be running the course on our new site, especially designed for the online courses.

It also makes a great Christmas present to yourself or someone else.

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Next Session : February 18 to March 20, 2012

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Getting Wild with Wool: An online course about hooking rugs with Deanne Fitzpatrick
Hooking Rugs with Style and Substance

Deadline for Registration will be February 11, 2013

You can sign up here by clicking on the add to cart button and going through online checkout.

We are offering this course again as so many missed the deadline and requested it. It will not be offered again for quite sometime so if you are interested please register this session.

With our first session well under way and going really well, I decided to offer this course again this spring as so many people have expressed an interest.

This course will focus on the techniques and ideas that I use to create rugs. There will be emphasis on explaining the style in which I hook through video lessons created for this course.

As this is the first time I have ever offered an online course you will be on a bit of a learning curve with me. I promise to make it as easy and useful as I can. Please know that I am learning to as we work together.

What we will cover:

Week one:Getting into the groove of the hook and understanding technique

Week two:understanding materials, movement

Week three:Colour and Texture

Week four:Creativity and Rug hooking

Week Five: Webinar with Questions and Answers and show of our work.. we will see what technology will work best for this.

What is the plan for the course:

Each week I will post the articles and videos about the topic. It will be self directed, you can go online at anytime and look at the course materials, read, watch and learn. The assignments and tips and ideas will be there for you to carry out through the week.

In our online learning community you can post pictures and stories about your progress which I will read and comment directly on.

You will be given a password for the weekly lesson and the online learning community.

You will need:

  • a computer that allows you to watch video and basic computer skills
  • a camera so you can share your images if you wish
  • an email address to receive information
  • rug hook, frame, pattern and backing, and a selection of wool in a variety of textures.

You can purchase a course materials package on line as an add on to the course if you wish, but remember shipping can take up to two weeks to the states.

a few hours each week to spend on your hooking and assignments

You will receive:

  • detailed posts each week about the topic at hand with
  • video each week explaining the section with close ups
  • photo tutorials about the ideas discussed in the post
  • an assignment for you to complete that will help integrate your learning on the weeks topic
  • a section of tips and ideas for the weeks topic
  • inspiration and ideas about rug hooking, creativity, and art

instruction on technique

  • a place to ask questions and get direct feedback from Deanne
  • at the end of the weekly post you can post comments , questions, and input and I will respond

How do I communicate with others in the course?

There will be an online community where you can post pictures of your work in progress and other information on the topic.

You can also interact through the comments on the blog post or by emailing each other directly if you both agree to share your email address with someone else.

I will not be working with people privately and independently in this course but as part of the community. I will be viewing all the images, comments and notes that are posting and offering comprehensive, honest feedback as much as possible.

If you want private lessons online, that can be arranged separately from the course, through skype.

Start date: February, 2013

End date: March , 2013

Cost: $99

How do I pay?

You can pay by ordering online with visa or master card anytime. Payment will be processed upon registration.

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Do I have to show my work and complete the assignments?

That is completely up to you. You can just follow along quietly if you prefer, or you can participate a lot in the community and the assignments. I work on an adult learning model , understanding that the easier we make it for people to learn at different times, in their own ways, the more they can learn.

Do I have to be available at a certain time?

No, because we are working in so many different time zones the course will be available to you when your schedule permits.I would encourage you to check in several times a week to keep yourself updated. We will leave the material up for four weeks after the course is over for you to review.

You can sign up here by clicking on the add to cart button and going through online checkout

If you have more questions you can email me at info@hookingrugs.com

Please note I have added an optional textured wool package for the course to the online shop if you want it because people asked for it.

You can work with your own materials or purchase any kit or pattern to work along with on this course. I am designing it for independent study so you choose the project you want to work on. If you want the textured package or supplies from the course please order it early so you will have it in time, thanks so much.

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What people say about my online workshop:

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What People Say About My Online Course:

“Based on my experience with Deanne’s first online course in February, I can recommend her as a teacher. She communicates openly both in her written and spoken words. Her explanations of “the what to do – why to do – and how to do” via her videos, her writings, her photos of the work, are clear, very helpful and motivating. In addition, those online members who respond and ask questions have also added to my learning experience. This is a worthwhile 5 week opportunity in which you are encouraged and guided to go at your own pace.”

“Thanks so much Deanne. I have thoroughly enjoyed your writings , videos etc. In a previous time I taught painting and it was incredible when a person realized they could produce art when they always said, “I have no artistic talent.” I have thoroughly enjoyed your class and all the lessons and I keep going back and reading everything over and over””I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it because I would be a rich woman. Wow, do you ever inspire a person.””Great Workshop Deanne, so much info and ideas. these lesssons have been really packed.

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I wanted to say if anyone is thinking of signing up for Deanne’s online course do it! As anyone who’s taken a course with Deanne knows, she is a great and generous yeacher who brings alot of experience, imagination, and , always, creativity to her courses. Getting Wild with Wool is no exception. I found the course chock full of information and inspiration with many different avenues of learning. And best of all was the communication with other participants from all over the world. It just made me so proud. Maile in Seattle

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Online Courses for Winter 2013

I hope you will join me online for learning about art, rug hooking and creativity this winter.

 

Register Now for Wild with Wool: Level One  Starts February 18

 

You purchase the texture package and we will design it for the Wild with Style Course.

You can work with your own materials or purchase any kit or pattern to work along with on this course.

I am designing it for independent study so you choose the project you want to work on.
If you want the textured package or supplies from the course please order
it early so you will have it in time, thanks so much.

 

What People Say About My Online Courses:

“Based on my experience with Deanne’s first online
course in February, I can recommend her as a teacher.
She communicates openly both in her written and spoken words.
Her explanations of “the what to do – why to do – and how to
do” via her videos, her writings, her photos of the work,
are clear, very helpful and motivating. In addition,
those online members who respond and ask questions
have also added to my learning experience.
This is a worthwhile 5 week opportunity in which you are
encouraged and guided to go at your own pace.”

“Thanks so much Deanne. I have thoroughly enjoyed
your writings , videos etc. In a previous time
I taught painting and it was incredible when a person
realized they could produce art  when they always said,
“I have no artistic talent.” I have thoroughly enjoyed
your class and all the lessons and I keep
going back and reading everything over and over”
“I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it because
I would be a rich woman.
Wow, do you ever inspire a person.”
“Great Workshop Deanne,
so much info and ideas. these lesssons have been really packed.

I wanted to say if anyone is thinking of signing up for Deanne’s online course  do it!
As anyone who’s taken a course with
Deanne knows, she is a great and generous yeacher who brings alot
of experience, imagination, and , always,
creativity to her courses. Getting Wild with Wool is no exception.
I found the course chock full of information and inspiration
with many different avenues of learning. And best of all
was the communication with other participants
from all over the world. It just made me so proud. Maile in Seattle
Regular Price: $129.00 CAD

 

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Follow up to Wild with Wool: Wild with Style, only one day left to register!

For those of you who took our online course last winter, get ready for the next level. Over the last few months I have been creating level two, of our series of online courses. In the Wild with Style Course we will be looking at the importance of creating your own style as you hook rugs. We’ll be talking about design, colour , creativity, and rug hooking of course. It will be run in the same way as Wild with Wool with weekly posts and lessons, videos and activities.

Wild with Style: Developing Design Sense and Style for Hooked Rugs $129 Next  Start Date: November 12 to December 10

Style is hard to define but we know it when we see it. This course is a followup to Getting Wild with Wool and it will be about the importance of design and creativity in developing style in your hooked rugs.
Designing hooked rugs can be a real challenge and this course is going to lead you through the steps so that you can design hooked rugs easily and confidently. Carefully designed , this course will lead you step by step through the process of designing and creating unique hooked rugs that speak of your personal style.

With guidance and support you will begin to design  rugs that reflect who you are, and start to develop your own personal style of rug hooking.

It will cover many topics including an introduction to hooking people and an introduction to hooking abstract rugs.

 

 

 

Getting Wild With Style


Wild with Style: Developing Design Sense and Style for Hooked Rugs $129 
Next  Start Date: November 12 to December 10

Style is hard to define but we know it when we see it.
This course is a followup to Getting Wild
with Wool and it will be about the importance of
design and creativity in developing style in your hooked rugs.
Designing hooked rugs can be a real challenge
and this course is going to lead you through the steps
so that you can design hooked rugs easily
and confidently. Carefully designed ,
this course will lead you step by step
through the process of designing and
creating unique hooked rugs
that speak of your personal style.

With guidance and support you will
begin to design  rugs that reflect who you are,
and start to develop your own personal style of rug hooking.

It will cover many topics including an introduction to
hooking people and an introduction to hooking abstract rugs.

 

We will cover topics such as:

Design Basics

The Elements of Design

Creating an identifiable style

Self expression for Hooked Rugs

Personal style  and Rug Hooking

Introduction to Contemporary Design for Hooked Rugs

Exploring Artistic Styles

Introduction to Hooking People

Introduction to Creating  Abstract Rugs
What is the plan for the course:

Each week I will post the articles and videos about the topic. It will be self directed,
you can go online at anytime and look at the course materials, read, watch and learn.

The assignments and tips and ideas will be there for you to carry out through the week.

In our online learning community you can post pictures and stories about your
progress which I will read and comment directly on.

You will be given a password for the weekly lesson and the online learning community.

You will need:

a computer that allows you to watch video and basic computer skills
a camera so you can share your images if you wish
an email address to receive information
rug hook, frame, pattern and backing, and a selection
of wool in a variety of textures.
You can purchase a course materials package
( texture pack) on line as an add on
to the course if you wish, but remember shipping
can take up to two weeks to the states.

The texture packs will be suited to the projects in the course you have registered for.

a few hours each week to spend on your hooking and assignments

You will receive:

detailed posts each week about the topic at hand with

video each week explaining the section with close ups

photo tutorials about the ideas discussed in the post

an assignment for you to complete that will help
integrate your learning on the weeks topic

a section of tips and ideas for the weeks topic

inspiration and ideas about rug hooking, creativity, and art

instruction on technique

a place to ask questions and get direct feedback from Deanne

at the end of the weekly post you can post comments ,
questions, and input and I will respond

How do I communicate with others in the course?

There will be an online community where you can post
pictures of your work in progress and other information on the topic.

You can also interact through the comments on the blog post or by
emailing each other directly

if you both agree to share your email address with someone else.

I will not be working with people privately and independently
in this course but as part of the community.

I will be viewing all the images, comments and notes that are posting and
offering comprehensive, honest feedback as much as possible.

If you want private lessons online, that can be arranged separately
from the course, through skype.

Start date: November, 2012

End date: December,2012

Cost: $129

How do I pay?

You can pay by ordering online with visa or master card anytime.
Payment will be processed upon registration.

Do I have to show my work and complete the assignments?

That is completely up to you. You can just follow along quietly if you prefer,
or you can participate a lot in the community and the assignments.

I work on an adult learning model , understanding that the easier
we make it for people to learn at different times, in their own ways, the more they can learn.

Do I have to be available at a certain time?

No, because we are working in so many different time zones
the course will be available to you when your schedule permits.

I would encourage you to check in several times a week to keep yourself
updated. We will leave the material up for four weeks after the course is over for you to review.

You can sign up here by clicking on the add to cart button and going through online checkout

If you have more questions you can email me at info@hookingrugs.com

Please note I have added an optional textured wool package for the
course to the online shop if you want it because people asked for it.

You purchase the texture package and we will design it for the Wild with Style Course.

You can work with your own materials or purchase any kit or pattern to work along with on this course.

I am designing it for independent study so you choose the project you want to work on.
If you want the textured package or supplies from the course please order
it early so you will have it in time, thanks so much.

 

What People Say About My Online Courses:

“Based on my experience with Deanne’s first online
course in February, I can recommend her as a teacher.
She communicates openly both in her written and spoken words.
Her explanations of “the what to do – why to do – and how to
do” via her videos, her writings, her photos of the work,
are clear, very helpful and motivating. In addition,
those online members who respond and ask questions
have also added to my learning experience.
This is a worthwhile 5 week opportunity in which you are
encouraged and guided to go at your own pace.”

“Thanks so much Deanne. I have thoroughly enjoyed
your writings , videos etc. In a previous time
I taught painting and it was incredible when a person
realized they could produce art  when they always said,
“I have no artistic talent.” I have thoroughly enjoyed
your class and all the lessons and I keep
going back and reading everything over and over”
“I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it because
I would be a rich woman.
Wow, do you ever inspire a person.”
“Great Workshop Deanne,
so much info and ideas. these lesssons have been really packed.

I wanted to say if anyone is thinking of signing up for Deanne’s online course  do it!
As anyone who’s taken a course with
Deanne knows, she is a great and generous yeacher who brings alot
of experience, imagination, and , always,
creativity to her courses. Getting Wild with Wool is no exception.
I found the course chock full of information and inspiration
with many different avenues of learning. And best of all
was the communication with other participants
from all over the world. It just made me so proud. Maile in Seattle
Regular Price: $129.00 CAD

 

Quantity

Look with Lorna

As another week comes to an end so does our second workshop of the fall. We had 12 wonderful ladies here from Canada and the United States. One of the ladies in our group came with her accordion and this morning we had a great treat as she played us a  song.

Enjoy !

 

Look with Lorna

Well our first workshop of the fall is coming to an end, but it has been wonderful to have the studio full of conversation and excitment. So many great ideas being shared and bought to life. The oatcakes have been a great hit as usual and even a birthday cake for our Brenda. Thank you ladies, as always a wonderful experience. Can’t wait until next week to do it all over again !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour Workshop Tomorrow

Dear Diary, It is workshop season so my energy this week is in getting ready for the colour workshop that starts tomorrow. It is an exciting time in the studio . I get all revved up. I used to get kinda cranky revved, now I get excited revved, finding it hard to relax and focus. I am looking forward to working with Phyllis Cameron who will focus on the theoretical, I will focus on creating rugs that use the theoretical with the intuitive. Tomorrow we start!

 

Look with Lorna

It has a been a crazy day here in the studio, watching Brenda fly around getting things ready for our Magic of Color workshop starting on Thursday. The shelves are full and the serger has been going steady. Tomorrow will be Norma’s turn, dying some awesome colors and getting lots of swatches cut. Let the fun begin !

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops with Deanne Fitzpatrick 2013

Workshop Schedule for 2013

I am just preparing the dates for next years workshops. Please note that this year I am only planning three workshops so they may fill up quite quickly. I have not worked out all the details for the 2013 Workshop Schedule but I wanted to let you know the dates and topics as many people have requested information on the schedule for 2013.

The Details for these Workshops will be posted in late September.

Hooking the Landscape May 8, 9, 10, 2013

This workshop will cover all area of hooking landscape rugs from rocks and sea, to hillsides and fields, trees, bushes, and sky. Details to follow, $495

Hooking the Abstract June 3,4,5

This workshop will focus on Creating and hooking Contemporary designs in Hooked Rugs $495

Create Beauty Everyday :The Joy of Hooking Rugs ( as part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Art Festival) October 16, 17, 18, 2013

Together with some special guests This workshop will focus on the pleasure found in hooking rugs. You can design or create from a series of joyful patterns provided, and we will learn as well as be playful and have fun with rug hooking techniques that include hooking people, hooking landscapes, dreamscapes, and creating rugs that have a message of thankfulness, playfulness, and joy.$495

To register for any of these workshops you just purchase the Workshop Deposit in our online shop and tell us which course you want in the comments section of our order form.

Hooking the Abstract, Landscape and the Art of Rug Hooking June 25 to 27, 2013

Hooking the Abstract, Landscapes and the Art of Rug Hooking

Abstract Design and Landscape for Hooked Rugs

Hooking the Abstract June 25, 26, and 27, 2013

I am offering this workshop again this year because I learned so much from giving it last year. I think we all came together thinking that creating abstract rugs would be easy and fun, and learned that it is demanding and challenging, as well as fun. This year there will be an emphasis on the elements of designing for the abstract, and the meaning of expressionism. This will offer  a solid ground upon which to design and hook abstract rugs. This workshop on expressive rug hooking will focus on creating abstract rugs of our own design.

We will also be focusing on the art of rug hooking, and creating rugs in an artful way, developing a studio practice, and enhancing creativity. This workshop on the abstract will also be about developing ourselves as artists. Whether you identify yourself as an artist or not, does not matter ( most people don’t). This workshop is for anyone who loves to hook rugs, the art will happen just because you do.

 

It will emphasize creativity, flow, using colour, and hooking in the absence of design or pattern. Looking to the natural world, and seeing things up close has led me to my interest in abstract design.  I  have discovered the beauty of working with abstracts over the last few years, learning to hook freely on a backing with out drawing anything on it. The backing becomes a place for expressiveness, and the lines are created with the hook. It is a place to make majestic rugs in a freestyle. The abstract style is forever interesting, and adds a contemporary edge to an age old tradition. This workshop is about taking an old tradition  and making it contemporary. $ 475 plus hst

To register, contact Deanne at 1 800 328 7756 or register by adding a workshop deposit online.

Specify which workshop you want to register for in the comments section of the order form and we will confirm your registration with you.A $75 non refundable deposit is payable upon registration. Deposits are for the specific workshop you register for and will hold your place for that workshop. They are not transferable to other workshops, or studio supplies should you cancel.

 

Local Accommodation and Getting Here to Amherst, Nova Scotia

What People Say about My Workshops

 

 

 

getting ready for the workshops

Dear Diary, It is the time again where I get ready to prepare for workshops. On Saturday I went to the studio and I painted for two hours on a canvas that I have been working on for over a year. In the morning I drew a rug on the frame here. It is three Mothers with Babes. I could not decide what colour palette to even begin with so I sat and stared at it, then wet to the town studio to paint, visit with studio guests. It felt so good to be there in shorts and t shirt, an old apron, with my paints, that I have no idea how house. Beginner. Everyone is a beginner at something. As I prepare in my head for your visit in the fall to my workshops, I first must relax. You see I get all over excited about people coming. Then I must prepare. When you prepare, and know you are ready, relaxation is easier. On Saturday, I got the studio ready for tomorrows workshop on design and the sea. I have spent lots of time at the shore this summer walking the beach so I have lots of design ideas to share with the group tomorrow.Phyllis and I are meeting next week, to continue prep for the colour workshop. I need to sit down and think some more on Big Lessons on a Small canvas, though, I got a great idea for it on the weekend, and a surprise to add to it last week! As for the Art of Rug Hooking in September, I love doing this workshop because it is so very different every time. I just try to approach it as artfully as I can.  So time to settle in and get ready for the beautiful visits to come. Looking forward to the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild with Wool Visitors

Dear Diary, One of the things I love about the online course that I teach is that the people who take them come visit. Here is a visitor who took last winter’s getting Wild with Wool and she brought us her rugs to see. It was so much fun to see them, meet her, and see that the people who take the courses are real! See it’s not virtual…it’s the real thing! Quite often some one will tell me that they took my online course last winter.

If you get a chance this summer come vista the studio. We keep the tea pot ready to boil, and if we’re to busy we encourage you to storm the kettle yourself. Don’t drive by Amherst , Nova Scotia with out stopping in to see us…

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shots from the abstract workshop

Dear Diary, I started out teaching not knowing that I would love it. It just started as something to try, to see what it might be like. It has grown and grown. Sometimes other artists tell me that teaching drains their creativity but I have to say that it drives mine. After a few days in the workshops I just want to get back to the frame and re invent the way I do things. I also feel though that it is the hardest kind of work , teaching. It drains me after the day, I am exhausted, but not creatively, more physically. I love watching people do more than they thought they could, create something more beautiful than they knew was in them. I like to watch people make stuff. I love to see people create beauty everyday…Here are some shots from the abstract workshop I had here in May at my studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

last week’s workshop

Dear Diary, I had a wonderful group of fifteen women for last week’s Hooking Abstract. Everyone created their own design , with some help from myself and the rest of the group and I think most left with an idea of what they wanted to make next!

There was a lot of thinking, and playing going on in the room. I found that one idea, quickly morphed into another. It was three days of peace, creativity, and learning. A retreat,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane visits the studio after the online course

Dear Diary, Here is what I love about teaching online. Diane took the online course this winter while she was sitting beside Lake Michigan, not outside mind you ! But she was there and I was here and we learned together. Then she came to visit at the studio with her sister. It was so nice to have her here. That has happened quite a bit. Once someone takes the online course, they often do show up at the studio and we like that.

She enjoyed her visit I think, and got to know the Mocker, who is now an off broadway star. She is starring in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” , which Showcase is having this week at the High School. If you can go I hear she kissing a young stranger, who is no longer a stranger apparently. Anyway if you can be sure to go out and support the mocker. I’ll be there ! Plus she’s wearing a bed sheet and she said to tell you that she has no tan lines.

I hope Diane still likes us after this visit!

 

 

 

learning online is easy

Dear Diary, Learning online is easy. I just wanted you to know that. If you can use Facebook, you’ll be an expert in my online course site. If you can upload a picture and send email then you’ll be an expert. It is easy to learn online. I just started teaching online this winter and at the same time I started learning online and taking courses.

I took a creative business course and I learned that I can just read, listen and watch, and participate as much as I wanted. I did not have to be an expert in anything I just had to be able to read , watch and listen. It was like taking any course. I also took a photography course and learned the same thing. Learning online is not complicated. If you are concerned you do not know enough about computers to do it, don’t be because many of the women who took the course this winter felt the same. They discovered that the online course taught them a lot about rug hooking and just naturally through doing it they learned about computers.

In the course I gave I was able to help lots of people just by answering a few simple questions about the computer.  I just wanted you to know that if you are thinking of taking the online course it is easy to do. You do not have to be computer savvy. If you are, like some of our first participants, you can teach me a thing or two about computers as we go along. If you are not, then we will help you get online, find the website, look at the lessons, and from there it is easy to upload pictures of your work to show to the class if you like.

I am writing this today because someone told me last week that they were nervous to take the online class. I know that is true for some people because it is new. I understand that. I just got into online learning this year. It opened up so many new ideas for me that I was astounded. I am really glad I got over my cautiousness about it and embraced it. So don’t be afraid of it cause it’s easy as pie, just like opening a book full of new ideas.

So many of the people who took this years Getting Wild with Wool Course said that they really gained a lot of confidence in their computer skills from taking it as well. They learned that they already knew lots and going on the computer each day with their cup of tea  to learn became something they really looked forward to.

The course works like this, Several times a week I post lessons that include videos, audios, written articles and activities for you to do. You click on a button enter in your user name and password and the lessons come up. It is as easy as that. If you want me to see what you have been working on there is a button that allows you to send pictures from your computer to the course site. You can also ask questions and I will answer them on the site. It is a great way to learn from the comfort of your own home. In some communities across North America , four or five women all registered for the course and they got together in their communities to discuss and hook together and learned even more.

Our next online course will be Getting Wild with Wool in September. By October I hope to have the second level of Getting Wild with Wool. I’d love to have you join me. We are having a lot of fun.