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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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


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