Year End Roundup 2012

Time passes so quickly, doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe another year is almost over. It’s fun to review what I have been able to accomplish in the last year and see if I followed my intentions for the year. My word for 2012 was ‘Focus’ and you can read about how I chose that word and what my intentions were in this post. My main focus this year was to get as much I could from the stitch class I am taking from Gail Harker. Many times, I had other things that popped up that I might have considered participating in but I kept reminding myself of my focus for the year. I think choosing this word really helped me to learn more and practice my skills from this class. Our last session will be in February of 2013 and the exciting news is that we will be having an exhibition of our class work at my store, The Purple Pomegranate in Whitefish, MT the first Thursday in September of 2013. Hopefully, my classmates will be able to join me for opening night so we can have a reunion. I’m already a bit sad that the class is going to be over so soon.

slip stitch

Looking back at the rest of my intentions, I did manage to follow through with most of them. My book The Complete Photo Guide to Felting came out in August and I held several book signings, book giveaways and promotions. I was on an internet talk show which was fun and I did better than I had hoped I would. I am happy with the book and proud that I was able to accomplish having a book published.

I began teaching classes at my local yarn store. I taught several classes including how to felt a hat over a flat resist and a two-day course in making a nuno felted cocoon style jacket. I found that I really enjoy teaching but I wasn’t able to teach as many classes as I might have since I was focusing on my stitch class homework. I do have plans to begin teaching at the local community college next year and continue classes through the yarn store.

The mentoring program for Montana Arts Council MAP students went well. I mentored a quilt artist in critiquing her work and hand stitch. I also had several artist internships through my store where I shared my knowledge about the business of being an artist. It’s nice to be able to give back to the artistic community and help emerging artists begin their business life with a better foundation of business understanding.

I have continued to meet with my local group and explore further fiber art and surface design techniques. We also have recently begun researching art history and discussing it with the group each time we meet. We started with paleolithic art and are moving forward in time. I also organized a felting retreat locally and it was a big success. Plans are in the works for a second retreat. Another group has formed just recently to promote the awareness of the fiber arts and to increase exhibitions of fiber art. I am sure I will be telling you more about this group in the coming year.

The three intentions that I didn’t complete this year were learning more about Photoshop, making video tutorials and working on the yurt. I have had the intention about Photoshop on my list for several years and have never really done much about it. Perhaps I don’t really care that much? I don’t think I’ll put it on the list this coming year. I did get a video camera for the tutorials but never got further than that. I will work on this for 2013 and I hope to have video tutorials up on this blog soon. The yurt project is still in the works. I have been sourcing wool suppliers and 2013 will definitely be the year of the yurt at my house so stay tuned.

What have you accomplished in 2012? Do you have plans for 2013? I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing this year and where your path will be heading in 2013. Happy Holidays!

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21 Responses to Year End Roundup 2012

  1. You are a very impressive person, Ruth. Such lofty goals are to be admired. I wish I lived close enough to take some of your classes. My goal for the last few years was to finish enough work to have a one man (woman) show, if asked. I did accomplish that and have enough for 2 years of exhibits. This year I would like to start a new journey into a more Mixed Media world. I have already started this process, by purchasing your book. Merry Christmas.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Judy! I would like to develop a body of work too. I have so many ideas but wish I had more time. Can’t wait to see how your journey into mixed media develops. Merry Christmas to you too! :)

  2. Lyn says:

    Wow – is it really a year since you told us all about ‘Focus’?

    Anyway, you’ve done well and achieved much. It’s been a good year for you. As far as photoshop goes, that’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while and I really think it’s time I knocked it off. Deep down I’m not interested enough to dedicate the time….and the idea of a video tutorial has been knocking around for while, but I know I’m too nervous to do anything about it!

    Good luck with the yurt – I think that will be one project you will do next year.

  3. Linda Spreen says:

    I have wanted to learn to do layers and brushes in photoshop. I just can’t seem to find a good tutorial on it. I have seen online classes for 40 dollars to learn brushes but that seems like a bit much.Can anyone pointme in the right direction? Linda Spreen

  4. zedster66 says:

    Wow, you really have done a lot, Ruth :)
    It sounds like you love teaching as much as learning, if not more. I’m going to start on my review, I don’t think I did half of what I hoped.

    As for Photoshop, maybe we should start something on the forum for learning? I’d be happy to do what I can.

  5. Wow Ruth you did get a lot done. I don’t think I did as well. I don’t know how you do it and the store as well. I wish you were closer I would love to be in your fiber groups.

  6. I don’t follow a specific focus or goal as such. I aim to get better and follow my ideas wherever they lead. I think I did it again this past year. I made some changes with shows and foresee more changes again this coming year. I leave room for the unexpected. This next year will be marked by travels and learning, something way outside my comfort zone!

  7. Karen says:

    Oh Ruth you did accomplish so much this year, i wish i could have got through 1/4 of that, i would have been happy. I’m so looking forward to seeing your yurt project taking shape and i know you’ll definitely get that started in 2013. I’m just looking forward to an exeptional year ahead with no drama’s at all for me lol fingers crossed xo
    Well done on your very eventfull year Ruth xo

    • ruthlane says:

      I just do little bits at a time but it all starts adding up so I can get more done than I thought I could. I hope you have a wonderful 2013.

  8. jane dolan says:

    Belated New Years greetings Ruth. What a great end of year round up. I really liked your book, I thought it was a very well put together and comprehensive guide to all aspects of felting, informative and encouraging, just like your posts here on the forum.

  9. jane dolan says:

    Whoops!! this bit got cut off, my post before this (I think my year ahead should definitely include learning how to use technology a bit better!!!)
    Much Thanks for all the effort and time you founding four have put in to make this such a positive, inspiring and wonderful felting resource. All the best for 2013.

  10. Ginger says:

    I love your book on felting! It’s the best I’ve seen by far. I keep thinking about getting a palm sander for nuno felting, but haven’t yet.

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