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RVBB VENDOR DAY…

Just a little reminder that our guild, Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets, is holding its annual Vendor Day. This has become a popular eastern Ontario event and is held every year on the first Thursday of November (this year it is November 7 11 – 2). Details are below – open to all. Come for a coffee or tea and treat and bring your wallets. If you would like to hook with us there will be a small area in the entrance hall dedicated to hooking:

Burritts Rapids Community Hall
23 Grenville Street
Burritts Rapids, Ontario

Vendor Day with:
Hooked On The Lake – Loretta Moore
Willow Creek – Carol Shewan
Oxford Punch Hooks – Dawna Matthew
Dreams & Creations Fraser Dealer – Maureen Robertson
Jacques and Isabelle
and more Surprise Vendors

RUG RETREAT SHOW AND TELL…

There was soooooo much creativity going on this weekend. Some of the girls had just returned from a workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick and were working on ENORMOUS landscape rugs, some brought their finished tessellations (our challenge for this year) along for show and tell – just a wonderful mix of fun pieces being hooked. Some I cannot show as they are part of a challenge for next spring and sadly some I missed because people had to leave early but here is a good sampling of what was going on…

Diane finished her Karla Gerard adaptation that will be attached to an antique door she has…

I almost finished water in Copenhagen… Sherri was working on her Lisa Ferguson Fox and Crow… Louise was working on a lonngggggg scrappy runner… Donna’s piece from her DF workshop… Sheila’s piece from her DF workshop… Karen’s piece from her DF workshop… Susan was working on a huge DF pattern… Edie brought her Martina Lesar piece for show and tell… Susan’s tessellation (somehow her pieces always look 100 years old!)… Sheila’s lovely rug for her grandson… Diane’s tessellation… Edie framed Mom… Donna’s gorgeous tessellation… and her stash for her landscape… my tessellation… Andrea’s tessellation and moose (I think the moose is a Martinal Lesar pattern)…Sandi’s Christmas stocking…
Sandi’s Koi tessellation mounted on a wooden fish… hmmmm, Louise did not do a tessellation because her current rug is so big but she did bring her sisters 🙂 … Grace’s chickens (mounted in a glass tray)… and her snow crow… Chris’ Christmas runner… and her tessellation… Andrea’s rug hooked in Briggs and Little yarn…And a few rugs by others who were not at Iawah but kindly sent me pictures of their finished pieces…

Michelle finished her Canola Goose…



Anne’s Eagle(pattern from Two Old Crows)…

and her Rebekah Smith wool applique (I do still have one of these patterns left)…

A FEW NEW LISA FERGUSON PATTERNS…

Just home from a wonderful weekend hooking, chatting, laughing and being inspired at hooker camp! Oh, and probably eating way too much food (no weigh in tomorrow!!!). I cleaned the lens on my iPad and holy cow what a difference in the quality of the pictures – no more fuzziness! Who knew you had to actually clean the lens 🙂 . So tomorrow I will tidy up the pictures (crop out my feet) and share some of the amazing pieces being worked on and finished. But for now I have a few lovely new Lisa Ferguson patterns I will be adding to the online store this week. These will be available as rughooking and miniature punch needle patterns – just in time for Christmas! And for those of you who live in the area (Kingston Ontario) Lisa will be part of an exhibition at the Tett Centre – an opportunity to see some of her work in person!…

FLEECE FESTIVAL IN WOODSTOCK ONTARIO…

Takes place this Saturday 9-5 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. Hope some of you can come and enjoy this wonderful, fibrous event!  Everything from roving to rughooking (with felting and knitting and crocheting etc. in between!). Demonstrations and workshops (starting Friday) to keep everyone entertained in between shopping.

For more info please check http://www.fleecefestival.com .

Leslie sent me pictures of her fun halloween stockings (I believe the pattern was a freebie in Create and Decorate magazine a few years ago)…

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING…

Thanksgiving is upon us and I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday with friends, family and hopefully at some point a hook in your hand! Not just a turkey leg! Oh yikes, turkeys in my back yard might not appreciate that comment! If they are looking for acorns they are out of luck! Squirrel got them all 🙂 .

(Happy Fall pattern by Shelly Atkinson is available on my Rughooking patterns page).

TOM THOMSON…

A wonderful class being taught by Carol Shewan – Tom Thomson is one of my favourite artists and since I cannot afford an original painting by this fabulous Canadian artist I will hook my own original! Because each one is different. There are a few spots left so come join us…

 

A WALK IN THE WOODS WITH Tom Thomson

Nov 16th , McMartin House, Perth
9:30-3:00

This is a one day workshop where you will hook a pictorial based on the work of Tom Thomson. Workshop fee $85 includes the small 12×14 pattern or $100 for the larger 18×18 pattern both on linen.
We will discuss hooking in a painterly fashion and how to achieve the impressionistic style of this iconic Canadian artist. 
I encourage you to search your stash for wool that you think will work. Spot dyes and textures work extremely well. The patterns are hooked in a #4 cut for the small patterns and a #5 or 6 for the larger ones. 
Please email me with any questions. (there are a few other pattern options)
cshewan@kingston.net

FALL IS IN THE AIR…

and on the ground… That darned black squirrel has cut even more branches off our oak tree – the ground is littered with branches small and large and chomped upon acorns! Which means clean up has become a chore. Unlike the beaver who years ago decided to chomp down all our saplings the squirrels do not clean up. Beaver chopped down and then cleaned up! Squirrel chops down and just leaves the mess for ME to clean up 😦 . Soon however, there will be no acorns left. In fact, yesterday Gord filled up a container with acorns at the golf course and brought them back hoping the squirrel would stop!!!! chopping down the tree – don’t think it worked Gord! There were more downed branches this morning!

I do love fall – love the cold nights and cool days and sunny skies (well some days they are sunny). Makes me want to pull out a really big rug to hook – and so today I start Copenhagen for a friend in the states. This is a relatively large but whimsical pattern by Sharon Smith – I love her patterns – and will be such fun to hook. 

I have already dyed the water and some of the houses and plan to use up little bits and pieces and leftover worms in the sky.

And now a few finished pieces for show and tell…

Wendy finished hooking her granddaughter – the hair is AMAZING!…


and Denise finished Old Dog and Cat (one of the Briarwood Folkart patterns I carry)… I love love love scrappy rugs…