DH and I moved to the burbs after decades of living in the hustle and bustle of the big city, it’s the only place we could hope to finally afford a home. We
have cohabitate with 1 Devon Rex cat and 2 Pug dogs and a plethora of marine fish in a saltwater coral reef tank two small dogs, a Shih-Tzu mix named Pippi and a miniature Poodle named Leeloo. I love our little Chalet and the little town we’ve adopted, you don’t have drive far to see cows and sheep, a simpler, calmer life.
I can knit and crochet as well as sew, have been since my early teens, I come from very crafty parents. My mother painted china, cross stitched, knitted, crocheted and now paints in watercolour. My father is a carpenter, has worked in stained glass and leather. I’m the only one of three children who really had an interest in arts and crafts.
I attended Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec in Fine Arts and the Ottawa School of Art.
My paternal grandmother was what I consider a master quilter who quilted beautifully by hand and made each and every grandchild (over 30!) a quilt or two! My mother’s family were farmers, there was no time for quilting with 10 children and a farm to run, darning (by hand, of course) was the order of the day. I don’t expect to reach the level of my Grandmother’s skill and talents but I’m going to enjoy trying!
Update: After a long sewing/quilting journey I needed a change so returned to knitting. Yarns have come a long way with gorgeous hand dyed, multi-coloured yarns. I also discovered the highly toxic process of making superwash wool after having items stretch out uncontrollably. I also discovered different breeds of sheep other than merino! Then spinning, dying and now weaving! That’s what keeps like interesting and exciting for me, new to me techniques, new ways to create.
Thank you for joining me on my handmade journey!