Firstly big birthday wishes to Ross, number 3 child who celebrates his 26th birthday today. This is the last birthday he has before embarking on a new role as a father...not long to go now, only about 4 weeks.
Mmm...I need to take some better photos of him.
Whilst I have been recuperating there has been plenty of time for knitting, my skills are slowly improving and I have completed a little cardigan and hat for Henry and have also started a baby blanket, as you can see I am not much into traditional colours and somehow always tend to veer towards the more subdued earthy tones.
I intend to knit a pair of britches (now that is an old fashioned word) to go with the cardigan and hat, perhaps in the chocolate brown used in some of the design. I have also started this baby blanket in similar colours it is a half log cabin where you flip and rotate your work picking up a new lot of stitches as you go. The name of the blanket sold me, an Ombre Blanket for the new little man who will soon be part of my life.
On a previous post I mentioned that I was doing a hand printing workshop at the local community centre, whilst that evening was quite poorly attended, those that did see what I was doing were very interested and as with most things I have found doors open from one event to another in life. I have since been asked by Hús Fritímans to participate in their summer program for children to provide 4 day workshops per week over the 8 week summer holidays to two groups of children 5-8 years and 9-12 years each day. Maximum number of participants for each workshop will be 10 but I am provided with a helper for the duration, the actual number of weeks I do will be determined by the number of participants that sign up.
So yesterday I wracked my brain for a project that could be spread over 4 sessions and include a variety of things so they would not get too bored but still go home with something they had created and was personal to them at the end of the workshop. What I came up with was a book which I spent yesterday creating a protoype. The front and back covers are prints from the handprinting demonstration I did. The children will print their own covers for the book.
Graphite pencil rubbing of a metal teapot stand.
Graphite pencil rubbing of a fancy brass stopper lid.
Graphite pencil rubbing of a fancy cut glass bottle.
Graphite pencil rubbings of a small selection of fossils I have.
Graphite pencil rubbings of old Aussie coins
At the moment I have bookbinding on the brain as I am in the process of restoring an old early 20th century book press which I bought with me from Australia and I welcome any opportunity to explore the book making process further.
Part of my long term plan once I have the studio set up is too offer more art workshops to the community.