Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The following are shots of Ukrainian Easter eggs that my mother made over the years. The process is called Pysanky, and is a layering process done with wax and dyes. The eggs are not only decorated and given at Easter, but any occasion where you want to bring good luck to someone. The symbols all have special meanings, so the occasion determines what design will go on the egg. My mother made these for about 20+ years and did many art shows where people were just amazed with her beautiful colors and details. She always sold out of eggs way before the end of the show!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
This is my latest rug design. A couple of weeks ago we had "yet another" day off from school due to weather, so I decided to put it to good use. I wanted to draw and hook a rug using only materials I had at home (didn't want to go out in the ice and snow). Out of this evolved my little Tea Time rug. I've had the idea that I wanted to design a rug using a cup and saucer for some time. I've been "hooked" on the lavender, purple, and gold color combination I used a year ago on my Raven Highlight rug. Since I had lots of those colors on hand, that's what I decided to go with. I haven't bound it off yet, but plan on doing a crocheted border. I did buy yarn for that in a rosy-purple. I'll post again when it's completely finished.
Katie and I have been looking forward for the last several months to our little day trip to Lenexa in Kansas City. Not only were we planning on getting together with some of our fun and creative hooking friends, but we couldn't wait to shop and browse all the beautiful rugs! Here are a few pictures of our day. I included pictures of three of my favorite rugs. I think it's obvious from what I chose that I'm a fan of color and lots of it!