* * * GARDENSCAPE ART SHOW & SALE * * * This will be my 8th consecutive year! Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK March 23, 24, 25

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

March. Really!?

I can hardly believe it's MARCH.  We've had the coldest, sunniest winter ever I think.  It just warmed up and wouldn't you know it?  There's a big snow blizzard floating across North America.  Need some cheering up?  How about this?  "3 more weeks to Spring!" and "3 more weeks to GARDENSCAPE!"

This will be my 8th consecutive year selling my art at this event.  The artists will all be set up again in Hall E.  I believe this year will be the biggest art event there yet.  I'm working away...  getting my threadpaintings ready!  I'm currently working on this big one that will be in a 15x20" frame.

work in progress

All of the work I'll have available at Gardenscape in Saskatoon will be my Threadpaintings which are framed and matted under glass.  I won't have my yarn embroideries available in such a public space because those are not put under glass.  And... you know, people get a little too 'handsy' around yarn.  : )  Three days and thousands of spectators will require some glass as a barrier.

I have yet another show & sale the very next month with my new group!  That's exciting, and a lot of production while maintaining stock at Handmade House.  So... I guess I'll sign off here and get back to stitching!  : )

Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Amber Waves

I finished a large threadpainting last week that I'm very excited to show you!  I created it solely based on the patterns in a piece of stripy batik fabric. 

After nearly a decade of threadpainting the prairies, I figured I could follow my heart on this one.  With the exception of my mini threadpaintings, I recreate landscapes from the inspiration of my images and sketches.  They are always real places with real stories behind them.  I've made several hundred mini landscapes also from my heart that I am quite happy with, so I thought I would just go where the wind took me.

It measures 5x14" and is now beautifully displayed in a 10x20" frame.

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!  Isn't that a great story?  I love how this one worked out.  I adore the wind in it too.  It's free motion machine stitched and there's loads of handwork in the foreground.  This piece is not available for purchase yet.  It's waiting on a jury selection to see if it will be given a new home.  I'm not sure how long that will take, but I'll keep you posted!  : )

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Guttormson's Farm

Last month I was contacted for a commission by a father and daughter, for a threadpainting of their family farmland to gift to their mother for her birthday.  The mother, Doris, lives in Manitoba and I met her last fall when I was teaching at Heidi Hunter's studio.  It was really special to make art for someone I met.

Usually I'm doing this for strangers and I typically never hear back from the recipient.  Doris filmed herself with the art on the day she opened it, telling me how much this means to her.  It was beautiful!  She cried.  I cried.  It makes me feel so good about creating when a piece can be so special to someone.

Thank you Doris, Chelsea and Clayton! : )

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