Feeling abit like the Royal Couple, (Will and Kate), I have been in Canada since June 24th, hosted by Susan Sutherland in the Kitchener/Waterloo area to conduct a fraktur design workshop within the Mennonite region of the design source. The following hostess was Anne Boissinot who lives near the McMichael Collection in Kleinburg. We toured this museum complex for a full day, exchanging our artistic views. What a great way to learn– visit a museum with a friend with similar interests.
I stopped briefly at Rittermere-Hurst-Field to lunch with Jeanne Field, Andrea Shepphard and the family/workers. Will be back for the Circle of Friends on July 9th in Aurora. See www.Letshookrugs.com for information.
Now in Belleville for the two weeks, enjoyed Canada Day by touring Prince Edward County. Art exhibits, farmers markets, and a beautiful day all recorded in my mind or on camera. Took shots of the sun moving across a mowed field highlighting bands at a time. The square bales were stacked in pyramids to be picked up later. Shapes, light and values were on my mind since this is the theme for the Loyalist College class beginning July 11th. www.Loyalistfocus.com see Susan Feller for details, opening in class still.
Just a quick note, and I will update this post with images later in July.The Western Shore Ruggers of Manistee and Onekama areas in Central Michigan, hosted another successful weeklong rug hooking camp.
The work which came out into the hallway to be viewed on Thursday from the five classes proved there were very serious teaching and learning going on.
Since this was my first time as an instructor, not to be my last (coming back in 2014), I was thrilled to spend evenings with the others and our tour guide. We visited the 95 tall Giant Sequoia, the sand dunes and Lake Michigan and numerous lakes along the way. More details to come.
A week on the Central Coast of California in early June extended our Spring weather right when it was 100 degrees and humid in West Virginia!
Cambria Rug School is held at Cambria Pines Lodge and filled with wonderfully talented people. Seven instructors with a wide range of experiences, and 90 students with guests filled classrooms and dining areas from Sunday evening until Friday at lunch.
Gene and Nola Heidbreder looking at the Pacific Ocean
Gene Shepherd coordinated a great week with teaching, as auctioneer and as tour guide. The Pacific Ocean was very cold, but exhilarating as Nola and I got our feet washed, and warmed again on the dark black sand on Wednesday afternoon. We saw pelicans bathing and flying overhead along with seagulls of all shades.
We also squeezed in a trip to Hearst Castle after classes on Thursday. There is a view! Thankfully the family and state have preserved 13 miles of coastline with conservation easements.
Again a great group of students and wonderful weather for the 47th Cedar Lakes Rug Camp in Ripley, WV. Registration for 2012 is open now. Contact Nancy Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-895-6378. The dates are May 13-18, 2012.
Seems the theme for rug designs included birds, flowers and geometrics. Wow! Must have had some inspiration from the FRAKTURS. They sure did. We also learned about the elements and principles of design and used these lessons when looking at the rug exhibit on Wednesday.
Chris Collins incorporated elements from family frakturs
Wonderful new friends, great outdoors and many steps along our fiber journey are some of the memories we took away from the RETREAT INTO THE MOUNTAINS 2011 at Peterkin Camp and Conference Center.
Texture, Shapes, Form
The design sessions were very rewarding. Many of the 5 inch squares were completed by Sunday afternoon. Plans are for the 5th RETREAT to be held on April 13-15, 2012. Registration material available soon, contact Susan for a copy at email@example.com. Sure to fill up quickly.
Results from one of the Dye Sessions with Jim
Four participants worked with Jim Lilly in the Dye Studio and created wonderful ARTWOOLS.
The summer program for Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, Canada will be online at www.LoyalistFocus.com on March 25. My class is listed for the week of July 11-15 and can be found on page 19 of the catalog. I am thrilled to add that one of my pieces was selected for the back cover also. Rug hooking on the cover of a college brochure!
Value scale and swatches
The class will focus on VALUE and the other Elements and Principles of design. Bring a work in progress for consultation. There will be daily exercises using rughooking and we will work up a new pattern for each person. Expect to incorporate contrast, and values into your design. Geometrics would be a great way to address this subtle, yet very valuable element.
I will be studying at the McMichaels Collection outside of Toronto the week before and expect to bring these experiences to the class.
I lodge at the College also and am looking forward to spending evening hours with resident students. We had a great time the last two years visiting Belleville restaurants, eating on campus and going out to the County.