This was my second year instructing on the staff of Loyalist College in Belleville, ON, Canada. Again an inspiring group of students, who kept me working them for five full days. I have enjoyed traveling and seeing how different groups approach rughooking studies. The Canadian’s are serious and dedicated to improving their skills.
The new director of Continuing Studies is Holly Cockeline, who come to find out hails from Nova Scotia where she was exposed to rughooking by association with Dianne Fitzpatrick. Seems from her interest during the week she will be pulling a few loops again in her new home.
This workshop centered around the basics : Elements and Principles of Design. We gradually built on these concepts using small 5 inch mats and the same materials. By mid week the suggestion for next year’s lesson plan was to zero in on VALUE. Everyone mentioned and showed me with their pieces that the session helped them see, and grow in their art.
Registration opens in mid February,
While in Belleville, the residents of the Dormitories (myself included) entertained ourselves with sidetrips. Pictured are Andrea and Peggy at the honor system seed box for wild hollyhocks. We travelled to the far eastern side of gorgeous, artistic Prince Edward County one evening in search of these flowers.
Stopped along the way in one of the towns for very local ice cream… delicious. Then saw the Lake on the Mountain, an unexplained phenonomen (high above the water line of waterway)… and ended up eating dinner at a Tim Horton’s.
There was a great seafood restaurant in Belleville on Sydney Street just north of the bridge (would be on your right if heading north immediately after coming over the bridge) Name escapes me right now.