The signs of Spring

I have mentioned it before, that change is something we generally dislike. It erupts our routines we come to expect and understand in our lives. But like this leaf in the ice I captured yesterday on my walk in the park, it is the change of weather that brings new states of being. Hurray for change as Spring is close at hand. This year the Persian Calendar has it landing on March 20th. A favourite day to visit the Khorak Supermarket a Persian shop here in Toronto. This supermarket has a bakery that makes delicious flat breads, has unusual fruits, dried herbs, persian sweets and a hot lunch counter to grab a taste of Persian food. I will definitely be taking some friends to see this side of our city next week.

Hand embroidered winter tree with snow falling

This years Embroidery Workshop it has been a lot of fun. The fresh apple pie ritual is now part of our weekly delights and the exploration of new stitches has inspired me for new works a head. This Sunday the 17th is the last workshop. My Winter Tree is finally complete.

A red banner with the words Make things Happen in white block letters attached to a tennis fence photo shot in the night

Many years ago as William and I were riding on our bikes to home we came across this banner “MAKE THINGS HAPPEN”. Someone had attached this banner to the tennis fence in Bellwoods Park Toronto. It was a magical moment to discover it, as it spoke volumes about making life have more purpose. Someone anonymously spent some energy to share this powerful message and finally today I am sharing it to inspire you for this year ahead.

If you feel like commenting on this post I would love to hear from you. Also if you think you might be interested in joining a future Embroidery Workshop this year I encourage you to drop me a message to let me know when that might be the right time in your calendar year for Atelier Gwendolyne.

The Stitching Begins

On January 3rd this year I uploaded the new website that took me 3 months to make. During those focused months, my office became a wild untamed mess. Like all projects once they feel finished it’s time to clean it up. Visual chaos can make a space become so small. It looks great now, feels up lifting, and is still cozy.

Before I began on the website journey, I made myself 6 different shirts designs. The final shirt was the most fun because I made the pattern using my own measurements, putting darts and a single arm stripe in it. It has a sporty feel and I love it. Looking forward to the next one now that I have some time ahead. It is so fun to make things for myself now.

I feel renewed and excited for what this 2019 year will offer. More studio time is definitely in my picture.

This Sunday my Embroidery Workshop began. I was so pumped to get back into embroidery and share my skills with others. I made one of my weekly Apple Pies to celebrate and share with my students. If you are inclined to read my older blog post “No February Blues” click HERE

I was fortunate to have one to one time with my new student Nicole. We covered a lot of ground working together with practicing stitches and working out her artwork layout.

Opening UP

 

 

I closed my brick and mortar shop in the Fall of 2012. It is hard to believe that was 6 years ago. Change is something we all find hard to accept but it is necessary for us to experience what’s waiting for us on the other side.

I was fortunate to have made the change as my mothers and brothers health were failing and they needed my help. I went to care for my mother while my brother went through cancer treatment. I got the chance to have a close loving relationship with my Mom that allowed us to share our joy and love. She had dementia so not all days were easy. I look back and see those 3 months were a big gift. She passed away the following January.

My last studio at the 401 Richmond building in Toronto, was an amazing place. Visit my studio gallery  to catch a glimpse of out time there. It makes sense to me now, that I feel open with space to become more involved with Gwendolyne Hats. So in November I decided to create this new website on my own and it has been a wonderful experience.

It has refreshed my memories on all the wonderful moments that Gwendolyne Hats gave to me. My love William is still with me but his health has made it impossible to work in the business. I am truly grateful to have his presence in my life as it continues to inspire me and make me grow as a person.

Come this January I am presenting my Fiber Art Workshops again. The classes will be limited to 3 people. Read more about them on my Workshop page.