Canada Geese Circle 2007

We were looking through our 1,000’s of older photos and came across this pair of Canada Geese in a circle pattern. Unfortunately this is the only photograph of the piece that we have. If memory serves us correctly the diameter of the piece was approximately 10 – 12 inches. With the return of spring, lots of Canada Geese make Alberta their home to raise their families in our lakes and sloughs.

Designer Unknown

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Alberta Rose Transom Interior Window 2017

Once again we were given the opportunity to make an Alberta Rose interior transom window for a new duplex in Olds Alberta. The window measured 36 inches wide x 12 inches high. For the border we used Spectrum’s 6022.82CC Congo Pearl Opal and in the centre we were fortunate to obtain a full sheet of Spectrum’s 100B Clear Barnwood which we matched across the window.

We previously made a similar Alberta Rose window using different glass which we featured on our website a few years ago for the same clients farm home SW of Olds, Alberta. (see link below)

The first photo shows the completed window prior to installation in our clients new duplex.


The next photo shows the transom window installed above the bedroom door way.

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Please meet THE ARTISAN FELTMAKER !!   I have a new title to wear !

The name came from my milliner daughter, of Lotus Millinery at The Beaumont Studios, in Vancouver, B.C.  She wanted a supplier of hand-made felt for her hats, and who better to turn to than Mum ?  It does help that I had some simple felting/fulling experience several years ago when I was making felted slippers.

The presence of Custom Woolen Mills less than an hour’s drive from my home is an enormous boost to the ensuing projects.  So far I have not had the patience to have my order posted to me, but happily take to the roads out onto the Alberta Prairie to stuff the car with bags of wool in fabulous colours (one of my favourites is Genuine Black Sheep) for both felting and knitting.  Deciding where to begin is the hard part, as each choice seems irresistable.

Several basic styles have emerged from literally playing with the piles of wool.  Gumdrops were the first (that humpy shape is so familiar !), followed by slightly calmer Cloches.  Those morphed into floppy brimmed ones, resulting in the generic name of Floppsies.  Some are floppier than others, continuing that stubborn insistence on individuality.  By now I had learned a thing or two about different felting rates, the unexpected outcomes simply from the effects of the different dyes used, and the fun of adding extra bits for texture and contrast. Squishies are the latest style addition–literally being squished and squashed into intriguing shapes, and frequently decorated with a free hand and a sense of humour.  If I am going to work, it might as well be fun !

I wonder if I should send her a “blank” or two instead of continuing on and creating the hat, too ?  Mind you, she is a wizard at seeing possibilities in even a limp and bedraggled treasure, and with her steamer fired up can create miracles.

Judi   aka  The Artisan Feltmaker


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My Fedora

Although “MyFedora” is not for sale (It’s MINE !!!) I would happily make one for you in your choice of colours and  size.  This can take up to a week, weather permitting  (snow storm season is due any minute and the woolen mill that I use is out on the wilds of the Alberta Prairies.)   I do have several colours of wool on hand, as well.  This is my own design, obtained by working from a very basic cloche style and building on the features that I wanted.  Each is unique, as the different colours of wool actually do behave differently in the working and shaping that is required.  It is like Christmas Morning, every time !

At least the cats have learned to (mostly) just watch while I work with the wool, which they go positively ga-ga over if they start pawing and digging in it;  the peacock feathers are a different matter entirely.  I had parked “MyFedora” on the top of a high book shelf near the front door, thinking that they wouldn’t even know it was there.  Strange rumblings and thuds brought me on the run, to find the best-behaved cat happily perched on that high shelf, ready to help herself to my feather.  Back to the top of the fridge for my hat.  I don’t need more fridge space–I need more top.


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