Toby began her glass journey works in painted glass, copper foiled stained glass and fused glass, and some are a combination of processes. She enjoys reverse painting on clear glass using frits or crushed glass incorporating textures and patterns. She also paints pieces integrating three dimensional pieces with the traditional copper foiled method. She began her glass journey working with stained glass panels, then adding fused elements to a stained glass panel to incorporate texture and interest. There are so many exciting techniques available to challenge the boundaries to achieve the envisioned finished piece.
Toby’s work in textile arts is comprised of traditional rug hooking, embroidery, knitting and sewing. Learning the basics of knitting with her grandmother, and sewing with her mother, she learned to macrame, embroider and hook rugs using the traditional tools, wools, and foundation cloths. She designs her own work, and color plans her work in advance in watercolors. Her first works were mainly primitives, and abstract landscapes, and recently she is gravitating toward portraiture pieces based on her own photographs and family photographs. She finds rug hooking an outlet for expression both in the technical form and color planning, designing and developing the finished piece. She often hand-dyes her wools from botanicals and plants. Currently designing patterns for beaded knitting and knitting patterns. She has several items currently on exhibition at Dimensions 2019 tour, and Sauder Village in Ohio. Her items are installed at Our Lady of La Sallette Shrine and are available for sale on the Borealis1Boutique Etsy store and at Black Fox Farm & Distillery.
In 2019, she has won an Excellence in Textile Arts in the Dimension 2019 show with her piece adapted from a family photo entitled ‘Capilano’.
In 2018, she won Best in Show and 1st Place in Rug Hooking ta the Focus on Fibre Biennial show for her piece entitled ‘Sinking Like A Sunset’
In 2016, she won 2nd Place for ‘River Spirit’ and 3rd Place for her entry ‘We Used To Play Outside’
In 2012, Saskatoon Glass Workers Guild Show: Random Acts of Light
In 2016, Saskatoon Glass Workers Guild Show: Colour Outside the Lines
She is part of the annual exhibition for the Saskatoon Glass Workers Guild show ‘GlassArt’ @ The Galleria