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After the inspiration of the rug show we HAD to keep the excitement level up there! What better way to get the brain churning and the heart pumping but a little junking! Since we spent a good part of Wednesday viewing rugs and being inspired (and of course buying some MUCH NEEDED (or was that just COVETED!) wool and patterns we headed off early Thursday morning to 5 Corners Antiques in Essex Junction for a little additional shopping! WELLLLLL, we both (Diane and I) bought a few items that we will turn into treasures with either some punch needle or small hooked pieces. Spurred on by hubbies (Gord must have been feeling guilty about the golf watch he bought in the spring that cost so much it could keep me in wool for months!) we spent a few hours rummaging and came up with the following treasures:

Diane’s buys!


and mine… 

Hmmmm, looks like Diane out bought me! And of course she found a scoop after I had already bought mine with wonderful red paint and rust! Oh well – I can dab a bit of red on mine and age it up so it looks a bit grungier. I did find one later that had a big bite out of it!

Meryl sent me this picture of her recently completed Shelly Atkinson Streetscape colour planned by her and Bev Vandershoor with mounting and framing courtesy of Nick Vandershoor. Love this piece!!!


A little reminder about our Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Vendor Day on Thursday November 3 in Burritts Rapids (community centre) from 11 – 2. We will be hosting a number of vendors including Carol Shewan, Cathy Ivory of Baa Baa Bundles, Maureen Robertson with her lovely yarns and handspuns, myself and a few other of our guild members who will have wonderful items for sale. Please join us (we are a scent free environment) – bring your mug and your lunch and your $(well lets make that $$$🙂 ). We are open to everyone!


Just returned last night from the Hooked in the Mountains rug show in Essex Junction, Vermont. What a wonderful show!!! So much beauty and creativity to share with you. We would have taken even more pix if the iPhone had not stopped taking pictures. Now I know usually I complain about my camera running out of battery power but this time it was the iPhone that let me down! It was FULL! How did that happen??? Well when we loaded the pix on the computer last night we realized that every second picture was a 2 – 3 second video!!! whyyyyyyyy… Apparently this is something new Apple has decided is necessary (or at least that’s Gords explanation). In any event, thankfully I had packed my 11 year old free camera and the rest of the pix were taken with it and only 2 recharged batteries!!!!

The rugs are amazing so if you have the opportunity to go to the show (it does, unfortunately, end tomorrow afternoon) do so! For us it was a 6 hour drive (well that did include many bathroom stops – and one junkin stop) lovely drive on Wednesday through the fall foliage… but it was worth every second of the drive to see these rugs. And, of course, to visit the vendors! So without further ado … (I have tried as much as possible to give credit to the hooker and designer of each piece either but I think I may have missed a couple😦 – my apologies)…img_1221


Davey was one of the three featured artists (Davey Degraff, Jackye Hansen and Liz Alpert-Fay) and I am excited to say I am taking a class with her at the Green Mountain Rug School next June!!!)… The next few rugs are all hers… hpim6599







As we walked in Jane grabbed us and hauled us over to a presentation being given by another of the featured artists, Jackye Hansen, who is well known for her Waldeboro style rugs (raised and clipped hooking) (thank you Jane as we would probably have missed this very interesting presentation). These next few rugs are some of the ones Jackye had on display…




Roxy designed and hooked by Heather Wright… hpim6608

Nude designed and hooked by Jon Sullivan…hpim6610

Madame designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…hpim6612

Golden Moment designed and hooked by Rae Harrell…hpim6614

Miscou Decoy designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…hpim6616

The Old Lady’s Shoes designed and hooked by Louise de Tonnancour…hpim6618

Taylor’s Pork Roll designed and hooked by Weezie Huntington…hpim6621

So sorry to the designer and hooker as I missed the card for this one but decided it was too wonderful not to share…hpim6623

Dream Stream designed and hooked by Sandy Haller…hpim6625

Lovely display by one of the hooking groups… (I want those punkins!)…hpim6627


So sorry I know the designer is Margaret Shaw but did not get the name of the rughooker…hpim6633

Designer Tish Murphy but oh again I don’t have the name of the hooker but HAD TO POST as this stool is just toooooo fun…


This amazing rug was designed and hooked by Nancy Thun and is entitled Mirror Mirror…img_1223

The Guardian designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…

Heating with Wool designed and hooked by Anne Cox…


Mergansers designed and hooked by Jennifer Davey…img_1231

Under your Soles 1 and 2 (left and right) also designed and hooked by Jennifer Davey… and so very sorry but I could not read the label on the lovely centre rug…


A wonderful display of hooked pets (if you zoom in you should be able to see the name of the various rughookers)…


In Praise of Autumn designed by Blackbird Designs and hooked by Marilou Leclaire…


Flower Power designed by Carol Feeney and hooked by Carol Murphy…


Geometric designed and hooked by Susan Longchamps…img_1250

Mz Zinnia designed and hooked by Pam Bartlett…img_1252

Everything Comes Around designed and hooked by Julie Rogers…img_1254

The Muse designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…img_1256

Autumn Memories designed by Lin Wells and hooked by Tricia Tague Miller…img_1258

Sultans #291 hooked by Yvonne Isabelle…img_1260

Daisies in the Sky designed by Martina Lesar and hooked by Jen Nunnally…img_1262

Rocking Chair Seat Pad designed and hooked by Barb Ackemann…img_1264

Molly’s Fall Tree designed by Molly Colegrove and hooked by Dawna Matthew…

Apothecary Rose designed by Karen Kahle and hooked by Janice McKnight…img_1271

Tessellating Oak Leaves designed by Beth Calabrese and hooked by Priscilla Heininger…img_1273

Coriolus designed and hooked by Anne Cox…img_1276

Crazy Horse designed by Alex and Alma Shelly and hooked by Alma Shelly…img_1278

Kensington OSV designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Yvonne Isabelle…img_1280

Oh oh, the bottom rug is Happy Hour designed and hooked by Grace Collette but not sure about the top rug… img_1284

The Shaman designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…img_1286

51 Shades of Purple designed and hooked by Heather Wright… img_1288

Ipswich Clammers designed by Pam Kirk and hooked by Denise Commons…img_1291

Cosmo adapted from Leigh Standley card and hooked by Judith Phillips…

If I lead will you Follow designed and hooked by Sharon O’Neill…img_1296

Mer-Cat designed by Margaret Shaw and hooked by Jaime Jacobs…img_1298

Angel and Sheep designed by Karla Gerard and hooked by Georgette Provencher…

Birds can Coexist adapted from a card by Vickie Sawyer and hooked by Judith Phillips…

With wings and Prayer designed and hooked by Sharon O’Neill…img_1302

The Road Home designed and hooked by Julie Rogers…img_1305

Girl and Basket designed by Karla Gerard and hooked by Suzy Senecal…

Geometric Hit or Miss Runner designed and hooked by Bonnie Olson…img_1309

Domestic Zoo designed by Sandra Porter and hooked by Jen Nunnally…img_1311

Birds in the Border designed by Lin Wells and hooked by Jane Griswold…img_1314

Oh To Dance with Flowers designed by Heart to Hand and stitched by Peggy Stanilonis…img_1316

Primitive Flower designed and hooked by Noriko Manago…img_1332

Jane’s Magdalena designed by Norma Batistini and hooked by Jane Griswold…img_1334

Mr. Iggy designed by Star Rug Company and hooked by Dorothy Walsh…img_1336

Colonial Table Runner designed by Cheryl Brubaker and hooked by Sharon Jerome…img_1338

Nouveau designed and hooked by Grace Collette…img_1340

A Sheep named Goat designed by Fabric Foote and hooked by Lynn Soule…img_1342

Chilly Winter Evening designed and hooked by Sue Barton-Kelly…img_1344

Carmi Sunrise designed by A. Dunne and hooked by Anita Rogers (top)…

Picken Apples designed by Jodi Desjardins and hooked by KC Carr (centre left)…

Good Morning designed and hooked by Beth McDermet (centre right)…

15 Mile Falls designed and hooked by Roberta Smith (bottom)…


Beyond the Bridge designed and hooked by Reggie Price…


Oceans of Tears designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick and hooked by Cheryl Orcutt…img_1357

Design for the back of the (Tarot) card designed and hooked by Pris Buttler (part of the Tarot card display)…img_1360

Horse designed and hooked by Mary Lee O’Connor…img_1362

My Vermont Cow designed and hooked by Dayle Young-Wheeler…

Bobcat designed by Jon Ciemiewiecz and hooked by Mary Aman…img_1364

Wood Duck adapted from a Kelly Quinn painting by Pam Bartlett and hooked by Dayle Young-Wheeler… img_1367

Hola Mola adapted from a Kuna Mola and hooked by Beth McDermet…img_1369

Heathen Hill designed and hooked by Nancy Thun…img_1371

Crocodile Mola II designed by Norma Batistini and hooked by Suzanne Girouard…img_1373

Up North designed by Cabin Creek Designs and hooked by Sue Burton-Kelly…img_1375

Blooming Floral designed and hooked by Dorothy Walsh…img_1377

The Fisherman designed by Bev Conway and hooked by Alma Shelly…img_1379

Pineapple Antique designed by Marion Ham and hooked by Fran Oken…img_1381

Jazz and Poppy designed by Margaret Shaw and hooked by Jaime Jacobs…img_1383

Horse and Bunnies designed by Lucille Festa and hooked by Susan Gingras…


Hawk Eye designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…

The Dance of Life designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1390

Alpaca Quartet designed and hooked by Robert Wertz…img_1392

Belgians and Berniers designed and hooked by Barbie Beck-Wilczek…img_1394

Passing Winter Storms in the Dunes designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…img_1397

Spirits of the Lakes designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1399

Seaside Landscape designed by Wanda Kerr and hooked by Jane Sittnick…


Toby designed and hooked by Meg Howland…img_1403

North Atlantic designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…img_1405

Paradise designed and hooked by Kris McDermet…img_1407

Words of Wisdom designed and hooked by Emily Robertson…img_1410

Genghis designed and hooked by Rae Harrell…img_1412

Passion designed and hooked by Kris McDermet…img_1414

Great Horned Owl Mother with Baby designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1416 Anny with her daughters designed and hooked by Louise de Tonnancour…


Tennescott Four Dogs designed and hooked by Barbie Beck-Wilczek…img_1420

Child of the Universe designed and hooked by Grace Collette…img_1422

Annie’s Birches designed and hooked by Barb Ackemann…img_1424


This weekend our dock comes out of the water😦 . This is always a sad time of year for me as I love love love fall and I love my dock! My perfect fall morning is sitting by the water with  my coffee and book enjoying the sun, colours and fresh (read cool!) air. Slowly, but surely though, over the last few weeks we have taken apart the dock – first the canopy came off, next the boat was stored for the winter, rug and chairs and table removed until all we are left with are two chairs and AN AMAZING VIEW! This morning, before leaving for Fleece Festival in Woodstock, we made our last journey down the hill to the dock and sat and enjoyed the sun and scenery for a while. Heard a loon, saw a kingfisher fly overhead and a few seagulls – it was soooo beautiful that I had to share these final moments with you…


Who IS THAT crazy character – could it be the Michelin man?image-7





imageand so it ends for another summer – hey is it spring yet?


Today started out grey and very, very wet. However, once the sun came out it was glorious and we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather, stunning fall colours and go out to one of the studio tour stops – Red Door Studio. Murph, the donkey, welcomed us to the barn and yard where a number of artists had set up. It was lovely – I came away with a fabulous mug by Diane Black and some lovely hand made soaps. So, if you are not busy tomorrow take a drive through the country and stop in at Ingrid’s studio before heading on to Westport for the Fall Studio Tour… And have a wonderful Thanksgiving…











Elaine’s lovely cat rug (a design by Pam Langdon)…


The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte has a penny rug exhibit until sometime in December (check their website for details). Another lovely road trip? for lovers of wool and fibre!


I AM A HAPPIER GIRL… I don’t do well with heat – I wilt! Now that cooler, more normal temperatures are here, at last, I am sooooo much happier. Sitting on the dock wrapped up in blankets and woolies and holding a hot cuppa is wonderful! As I always say – I can dress up for the weather but I cannot dress down!

And, finally, the trees are starting to show a little colour. Unfortunately, there was not much colour going on in my dye kitchen – for the THIRD TIME – the element on my stove died! from too much dyeing I imagine! I guess I should not complain too much – we had ordered a spare element 3 years ago when I last fried it and Gord was able to get it going again in 15 minutes but of course I panicked that I would not be able to dye. I dooooo have another stove upstairs in the regular kitchen but hmmm, I am a messy dyer and like to have everything at hand and not have to clean up mess right away so dyeing in the fancy (rarely used) kitchen was not terribly appealing – well it would mean cleaning and WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT… But all is once again well and tomorrow I will do the last of my dyeing for Saturday’s show…

So now a picture of colourful River Otters in the process of being finished by Ruth…

and Jill’s stunning completed Maud Lewis adaptation…image-3


Last Sunday Gord and I met up with company from Europe in Niagara Falls (Ontario not the US side). We did a ton of the touristy things – it had been almost 40 years (hmmm, how OLD does that make me?) since we had last been there and wow things have changed! We did the Walk behind the Falls and got totally soaked (NOT a bad thing because it felt like it was 95 degrees out); did the boardwalk along the rapids (which was thrilling); the Sky Wheel at night to see the lighting of the falls and, AMAZINGLY FOR ME, we did the Zipline down into the gorge. Being a tad afraid of heights (used to have difficulty just with LADDERS) zip lining was a scary proposition but in the end it was a blast! The fact that they weigh you 2 times in full view is NOT a blast but I passed the test. So while our 25 year old company was shopping at the outlet mall, the intrepid old folks were speeding down a thin wire into the foggy, damp gorge under the falls! Yeahhhhhhhh (I think we had more fun!)…



A few months ago Janice asked me to draw this rug and dye wool for it – it was to be a gift for her friend Alicia Giroux who had written and published a book called Andrea’s Lion. Janice finished the rug and sent me this picture – I think the rug turned out beautifully…image

and pix of Toni’s rugs…


I just love the collage she is doing of her and hubby’s trip across the USA. This was drawn out for her by Donna Hrkmann from photos of their trip…


Trish sent me pix of her lovely Tulip Sampler rugs (designer Cheryl Krug-Wiltse)…

and Sandi sent me a picture of her African rug with objets trouves…


If you are in the Ottawa area and looking for something fun to do, Rebecca send me info about a show being held in Cumberland next weekend with artwork including paintings, stained glass, ceramics, sculpture, hooked rugs, wood benches and textile art, including men’s ties. There is also a farmers market and and delicious goodies at the Black Walnut Bakery – both closeby. More info can be found at 

FIBREFEST… and more… much more…

THIS YEARS FIBREFEST WAS THE BEST IT HAS EVER BEEN. A lot of new vendors with lovely work or great supplies for sale. It was busy, busy on Saturday and hmmmm dare I say a TAD warm. But despite the heat people came in droves to see and buy from the various vendors.

Coming up are a few more fall shows that hopefully some of you will be able to come to:

CGNA show in Kingston coming up October 1

The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts
2016 Needle Arts Fair
Saturday October 1st, 2016 10:00am – 3:00pm
Kingston Seniors Centre
56 Francis St. Kingston, ON
Admission: $5 Lunch available
Merchants’ Mall with more than 20 vendors from Ontario and Quebec
Exhibitions: Guild members’ work with featured artist Linda Burke
Purses and Bags from the collection of the Embroidery Association of Canada
Special display of felted sculptures by Gesina Laird-Buchanan
Demonstrations Silent Auction Door Prizes
For more information please contact Theresa at


and Fleece Festival in Woodstock, October 15


and if you have not yet had an opportunity to see The Barn Raising Project here are just a few pix to tempt you to take a little trip to the Brockville Museum to see this wonderful display of rugs commemorating a part of our heritage that is fast disappearing from our landscape. Check for more info – the show runs from September 19 to October 16 and should not be missed…


Preserving the Memory by Cheryl Hempseed…


The Holman Barn by Val Galvin…


Our Farm by Grace Tanfara…


The Madill’s Farm by Donna Ireland


Coming Home by Cheryl Bridger…


Man Maketh, Nature Taketh by Karen Kaiser

There is a wonderful book with photos of each of the 40 rugs along with the story behind each that is available for purchase at the museum as a wonderful reminder of this lovely exhibit.

and now for a picture of Fish Bones – hooked by Beth …



And lastly, unfortunately due to insufficient signups my class at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte that was scheduled for October 5 is being postponed to a later date.  If you were interested in this class please contact me for more details…