2016 workshop coming up


10Announcing the 2 in 1 Creative Workshop

Join Karen Kahle and Alice Strebel

on Oct. 26 – Oct 29, 2016

For a new and creative approach to rug hooking, and an opportunity to have two teachers, two different design concepts, but work on one project. Students will experience teaching from both teachers filled with fun and learning, providing options to make a piece uniquely yours. Linen backing, patterns, and some wool will be included, along with morning tea and lunches. A supply list will be sent following registration along with information on accommodations in the area. Tipp City is a great location for the workshop, a quaint historic town filled with shops, antiquing, and great food.

Our theme for this year is ‘In A Garden’.

click here to see Ali’s contact page.

To register for your place download the forms:

2 in 1 Workshop Info – 2016

2 in 1 Creative Workshop Registration Form – 2016

5As many of you know, I rarely travel these days to teach, and this workshop is the one that I have done every year for the past several years. Alice and I have fun teaching together and sharing our own spin on rug hooking. We both have lots of wool and things for sale in our workshop store where you will find things for sale that you can’t get online.

Thanks for stopping by today ~ Karen

 

A surprising class and other projects

I have wanted to start painting for a long time, and when my neighbor encouraged me to take an oil painting with her a month ago, I felt that this was my call. You can see my class painting on Sarah Sedwick‘s blog by clicking here. It is the second from the right, the last photo in that post.

One fortuitous thing led to another, and I jumped at the chance to take a class from local painter Carol Marine (click here to see her blog) whose breath-taking brushwork I admire.

brushworkShe has published a wonderful book called Daily Painting which is full of helpful instruction.

I felt so lucky to be able to get into her class. The class was  held this past week, 16 others and I had 5 days to immerse ourselves in Carol’s method of working with oils on still life subjects.

carol classroom

Carol has so much to share, and each day we had a lecture and painting demo.

carol setup

carol 1

We had assignments each day such as value studies. This is mine.

my value studies

Here are a couple of fellow students work. Click on their names to go to see more of their painting.

jayne's work

Jayne Morgan

victoria's work?

Victoria Biedron

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I loved the demos, seeing each brush stroke and watching Carol mix paint and all the colors that go into a painting. I came away with such great experiences and new knowledge. Thanks Carol!

Other projects on my desk have been crochet. I finished a small pillow that has been in my work basket for a long time. Nice to get things done!

This is crocheted in lightweight linen/cotton yarn. It is an old 50’s pillow design but done in natural instead of variegated colors. I love how it looks with my old lace spread.

I also have crocheted a patchwork vest with granny squares. Here I am working on the back, unblocked and then blocked with pins.

crochet vest4

And here is the front. I saw  a photo of this vest online and wanted the pattern to make it. Since I couldn’t find one, I made it up as I went by trial and error. So I don’t have a pattern to share for it. I am using Knitpicks yarn called Lindy Chain, which is linen. I loved crocheting with it. I will have to post a photo of me wearing it.

My new rug is moving along at a snail’s pace. But I find that these things can’t be rushed. The creative process must be honored. I feel that taking a break from rug hooking gives me a fresh perspective when I pick it up again.

karen smiling

This weekend my garden is calling me, so that is where I will be planting tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and basil among other things. I hope that you all are having a wonderful Spring, and are creating your own melangé of crafty and arty things!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen

 

 

 

Happy January with more on Etsy

 

spring is here Z3etsy 2With the new year comes re-evaluating my business and deciding what changes I may like to make. One thing I have decided to do is make my Etsy business bigger. I love Etsy as a creative marketplace, and it is so convenient to have a place to sell my patterns, books, and tools in one location. So today I have begun to add more of my catalog items to my Etsy shop. I would like to add everything from my catalog– which is daunting! If there is anything that you are particularly excited to see added to my shop sooner than later, send me a comment. I can’t promise that it will be added immediately, but I will try to put it toward the top of the list.

If you want to track my progress pop over to primitivespirit.etsy.com.

go make stuffAfter all that work, I hope to have some time to create something! Here’s a hint from a fellow craftsman on Etsy, and I am going to take it to heart! How about you?

Be creative, Karen

 

mug found on MUGOOS Etsy shop

Travels…

rumi quote

As I travel, Rumi inspires me with his faith. If I could only grasp that my trip is part of my creative process, and see new possibilities with each step of my journey. In the bustle of an airport I will attempt to quiet my heart with his wisdom.  ~ Karen