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Thursday, 26 November 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like...

...shopping season!  : )  The sale at Autism Services was better than I had expected!  I thank them so much for having me there.  I'm not involved in any other markets this year.  I was happy to sell a handful of threadpaintings Tuesday night.  I also got a commission request for a 4 yr boy old who loves snowglobes.  I can officially now say that I've made specially-ordered art for folks from 4 to 94.  How fun is that!?

My places stocked now so if you are looking to purchase art from me, you can check out the following (or send loved ones to 'surprise' you with something under the tree).

First - I added a handful of things to my Etsy Shop including print cards of  some of my art. I hope to have a selection of affordable minis in there very soon.  ps- I ship everywhere and the Canadian dollar is pretty sad, so if you are from any other country, you are getting a deal.  Shipping from Canada is not to expensive, and my high end art has free shipping.  So there you go! : )  You can click the image to link.

The MacKenzie Art Galllery Shop, Regina SK
They have a whole selection of Snowglobes with little handmade landscapes in them, a pile of mini art quilt / Prairie Postcards (traditional and modern), and 3 matted and framed original threadpaintings.  I am shipping off a box full of my greeting cards there today.  You can expect those to be restocked next week.

Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique 
813 Broadway Eve, Saskatoon SK
Here you can find a half dozen matted and framed Prairie Threadpaintings in a variety of sizes and prices.  They carry piles of my mini art quilts / Wish You Were Here Prairie Postcards as well.  They are affordable and great to mail or frame as a set.  Also, as of Dec 11th, Dimensions 2015 will be on exhibition there.  That will be such a treat!

Handmade House
710 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon SK
The shop is really filling up for the holidays!  I keep my mini threadpaintings stocked, as well as my art print greeting cards.  I have little hand stamped gift tags that go great with them as well.  Handmade House carries my hand stitched yarn embroideries as well.  I call them, 'yarnies'.  I don't know why.  I suppose they could be labelled as yarn paintings?

For your convenience, the SCC and HMH are within a block of each other, so it's worth checking out both venues as they each carry different stock from the same artists.

All of the art I have at True Potential Health Services on 8th Strees in Saskatoon is for sale.  However, because it's not a public gallery, you can find some of them listed at my etsy shop.  All sales are handled by me, not the Dr.'s Offices, so I know exactly what's available at all times.  They carry larger yarn embroideries plus the once threadpainting that was in the SCC members' show last summer.

Roadside, 2015  @ True Potential Health Services ' reception area.
1810 8th St East, Saskatoon SK

I have two commissions to complete before the holiday season, and so I am unable to commit to any more unless you are okay with waiting for the new year.

I have a small amount of art in my home studio as well if you don't see what you like elsewhere.

Okay then - off to shovel some snow.  Have a great day everyone, and THANK YOU for your support this year.  I am ever grateful.  : )

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Sale & Autism Fundraiser

Just a quick note that I have a table tonight along with a dozen other vendors/artists on the west side of Saskatoon at the new offices of Autism Services.  Its 6-9pm only, and a portion of proceeds go the agency.

Maybe I'll see you there?  I'll have cards, mini threadpaintings and snowglobes for sale.  The details are on the poster below.  Happy shopping!  : )

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

And Then There Were Nine.

Well, I hope you aren't getting bored of my classroom photos.  I love posting them.  This is my last class for the year I think.  After the postcards workshop in my studio, I tidied up the supplies, put them away and began to set up for Threadpainting Class.  Two women from Postcards class were coming back and so they left their machines for Threadpainting.  Two more requested the use of my classroom machines.  Once I had it all set up, I looked around the room and had a sense of, 'Ooooooooh.  Aaaaaaaaah!'





five, six, seven

And then my old machine 'Fiona' the Kenmore, along with my mom's old built in Kenmore are also in the house.  That makes nine.  Do I count the felting machine on the shelf?  Can I just say I feel pretty giddy about all this!?  : )

Let the games begin!

Not all of the women had threadpainted before.  There was some free motion experience in the room.  One of the students was not a quilter, but a painter.  I explained that the process is similar to colouring, but in reverse.  I passed around a clip board with paper.  Standing with my arm extended while holding a bic marker in my fist, I said, "Pretend I am the sewing machine.  Now hold the clip board and write your name."  I held still and waited.  Here are the results!  : )

It's so fun to see that!  It's like eating with your left hand while blindfolded.  lol  We fired up the machines and after a bit of practice, they were stitching away.

I personally love to see work in progress.

We stopped for coffee, tea, cookies and a stretch.  Then it was back to work.  It's interesting.  Most people start this project with the black cap on the chickadee.  Paige, the painter, started with the undercolour she saw on the belly of her bird.  Like a painter would, right?  And then she proceeded to layer the colours on top.  She did the black cap last.  Interesting.  Here is her finished project.

Everyone did so wonderful!  It's pretty fun to go back and look at the names they wrote.  It really doesn't take long to get better at free motion stitching.  It's just a matter of practice and guidelines.

So, about Paige...  she and I spoke about collaborating a while back.  We met at her studio and I got to look through her work.  She asked me about stitching on her batik paintings.  I had taken one small sample home and did a little bit of embellishing on it.  It was really great to stitch on, though I was nervous about wrecking it.  She assured me this was experimental.  Here's a little peek at it.

Paige currently has an exhibit of her work at the Centre Galleries.  They are her batik paintings (but not our collaboration).  It's worth checking out!  Here's her announcement:

Have a great day!

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