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Monthly Archives: July 2012

HOOKERS AND GLASS!…

Well a few bandages and 13 hours later we all managed to finish our mosaic glass pieces yesterday. Left here at 7:30 and got home at 8:40 and that would be a.m. to p.m.! But it was SOOOOO worth it. Donna and Karen joined Sandi, Diane and I yesterday. They had both already done the class but were so hooked they decided to do second pieces. And the next workshop is already arranged for September! So here are a few pictures of class in action and finished pieces:

Diane hard at work! Look Up Di!!!!

Sandi and Cindy consultingGlueing down the glass!

Donna gun in hand!

Ahhhh the dirty part – grouting!

Karen’s piece ungrouted.

Diane’s piece ungrouted.

Diane’s piece grouted – WHAT a difference the grouting made – they just popped after they were cleaned up.

Sandi’s piece grouted.

My piece grouted –  now Cindy let Sandi and I polish and polish and polish – half an hour later we were still polishing – arms were getting reallllly sore and Cindy laughed and told us we could have stopped 20 minutes earlier – but hmmm did look reallllly good and shiny!

Donna’s piece – grouted – she started and finished this piece YESTERDAY. As did Karen (well we left Karen with Cindy and hmmm not sure if she slept over!!!) All in all a fun fun day – Cindy you are amazing (well so were the rest of us but we should try to be humble!)

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SOOOOO UGLY…

It’s not often that someone would be happy being told their rug is UGLY but when Donna told me on Sunday that my little “Jack” rug was SO UGLY HE WAS CUTE I was thrilled. Not that my goal is to make ugly rugs (although hmmm I do think there are a few that have not turned out wonderful!) but I did not want a cutesy punkin guy – so ugly was better! I needed a small quick project for the show on Saturday – something that would not make me itch in the heat and humidity – and this little guy was perfect. Hooked him up during the day (actually in about 2 hours at which point I started pulling out and rehooking just so I would have something to do) and stuffed him yesterday morning. Found a great stick on the way up from the dock and he is done. This will be part of my Hooking for the Holidays classes along with a few other punkins (as well as a number of other projects). I love the idea of a whole antique bowl or box full of hooked and stuffed punkins (these will not ROT or attract the racoons!).

I am so excited – going back to Arizona in January to take another rughooking class but with Sharon Smith this time (http://www.offthehookwoolrugs.com/designer.htm). Sharon has a brighter eclectic style which is very very different from my own dirty more primitive style and I am really looking forward to learning how she achieves this look.

My new hooking friend, Kathy Clark (of Briarwood Folk Art fame) will be taking the class as well so we are going to push each other to try this LESS primitive hooking style. Kathy is tentatively coming to Canada October of 2013 to teach her amazing old antique inspired style of rughooking. I will be posting more information about this class as soon as dates, location and cost are set. So 2013 promises to be a year of fun rug hooking workshops with 2 amazing hookers. Today it is off to finish the mosaic glass window with Cindy Laneville and the girls – yeahhhhh…

CHAFFEY’S LOCKS SHOW…

First let me mention that I have a primitive dye class scheduled for November  1. You can check the information under events and contact me if you are interested in joining the class. There are 2 openings available at this time.

So Chaffey’s Locks Show – hmmmm very quiet compared with previous years when it was held on our Civic Holiday long weekend. Still had a lot of fun – Wendy and Vince and Patrice were in the booth next to me with their wonderful primitive pieces (enhanced by a couple of great garage sale finds that Wendy lucked into on the way in to setting up for the show – Gord zoooooooomed by the garage sale so fast I did not have a chance to even glance!!! at it!) and Donna, Louse and Karen in the booth next to Wendy’s with Donna’s folkart carvings and Louise’s birds and beachbags. Check out the photos below – click on them and you will be able to see closeups. Hooked up a small piece, talked about rughooking a LOT and had fun with friends and saw people I had not seen in a while at the show. So it was a fun day.

HEAVEN…

Who would have thought that the sound of pitter patter on the roof would make me sooooo excited. Woke up this morning – it was a cool night so I had left doors and windows open – to the sound of rain. Finally after about 2 months – REAL RAIN! That saturated the earth, filled up the depleted pond, watered my dead gardens, filled empty birdbaths and soothed my soul. I had taken to recycling dishwater to water flower pots (in the country even on a lake you do not waste water because when a well runs dry it costs $$$). It came down lightly and then reallllly heavily this afternoon and now seems to be finished (hope it rains again allllll night long). The house is horrifically humid but the windows and doors will stay open and I will soak up the moisture.

On Monday I got my latest copy of Primitive Quilts and Projects and there was the cutest pumpkin and cat hooked pattern in the magazine called Jack and the Cat designed by Melanie Pinney of American Pie Designs. Had to hook it, stitch it together and stuff it right away (I did however change colours a bit). It is a 3 dimensional piece or a pillow (although those spikey whiskers might jab a bit!). Here it is (click on the picture to enlarge it if you want to see it better):

This will be available in limited quantity along with the magazine as a kit at Country Quarter Quilt store in Napanee. So contact Marg at countryquarter@kos.net if you are interested in ordering a kit and magazine or drop by the store AFTER this Friday.

OOOPS FORGOT TO MENTION…

my little snowman (SNOWY is his name – not terribly original I admit but the heat of late has taken its toll on creativity) is available as a kit. Anndddd… Mr. Wiener has been retired as a pattern and a kit. I think there was one final kit at Rosehaven Farm Store so if you are looking for him you may still find him there. Occasionally I will retire a pattern or kit when I feel there are enough in circulation…

FOUND SUE HOSS OF TWO DYE…

or not Two Dye.  So if you think you might like to try some beautiful easy 2 colour formulas using I believe 26 Cushings Dyes that work up really nicely you can contact Sue at mail@folkartfibers.com. I have ordered the dye books that I need so hmmm there may be some left! Unfortunately the swatches are no more but there is a colour chart in the book which is very very close to the actual swatches and a good reference. So thank you! to everyone who emailed me with possible ways of finding Sue and the dye book!

I don’t think I mentioned that I am taking part in a challenge with Kathy (of Briarwood Folk Art) and Theresa. We have a pattern that is based on an antique rug and we are each interpreting it in our own way with the ultimate goal being to make it as old looking as possible – as if it had been hooked in the 1800’s and walked on for 100 years (well that is MY goal anyway). I may put mine on the floor occasionally to get that authentic walked on by dirty boots, lied on by cats, hairball spotted look. So YES Kathy I have started! Flowers are done and on to the beer cans!

My family additions (all 3 of them) have flown the coop. It amazes me how quickly little birds grow up – a week and a half ago they had barely any feathers on their heads and looked like little punkin seeds hanging over the edge of the nest and Monday they were all out of the nest on the window ledge and yesterday they were gone! Well when I went to let the cats out on the porch I checked first and yes one of the babies was on the porch floor so cats stayed indoors (that would have been a tasty little morsel!). I made Gord get  up, don rubber gloves to help me put the little tyke back in the nest and didn’t he fly off (the bird – not Gord). This all happened at 5:30 in the morning – needless to say Gord was a tad unhappy about the early wakeup call. But by afternoon all 3 of them were gone! So now to remove the nest and all the little droppings!

GATHERING OF OLD FRIENDS…

I am always amazed at the wonderful friendships I have developed over the years through rughooking. Yesterday I spent the day with friends I have been getting together and hooking and crafting and antiquing with for many years. Had a few tearful moments when they presented me with A EUROSTEAM IRON!!!! AND NEW SCISSORS THAT ARE NOT DUCT TAPED TOGETHER AND ACTUALLY CUT!!! I guess they were getting tired of the iron with all the gunk stuck to the bottom of it and my REALLLLLLY bad cheap scissors that broke and have been taped together for a year now! What a shock – but a lovely shock! Have a few pictures that actually worked – after fiddling with cheap batteries (hint hint :-)) for a few minutes.

(and a quick note – the hookin at Karen Kaisers this Thursday has been postponed to August 2 – due to rain ! surrrreeeeeee – will believe it when I feel it!)

Barb and her turkey rug which she is hooking from a photo…

Anne (from Chicago!) with her version of an antique rug – it is a perfect replica of the original…

Linda hiding behind her geometric…Donna and Di with one of Donnas new carved folkart pieces she just finished for the Chaffeys Locks Show…

Sheila with Muskox – second time round (long story!)…

Lydia with her Star rug… 

Barb with her new Sharon Smith rug in progress…

Donna with a little geometric for an old stool…

Louise had just finished making screen savers as demoed by Linda…
Sandi with her folkart angels… (NOT AN EAGLE!) 
Wendy with her scrappy geometric…

Karen’s latest beautiful Maud…

Elizabeth’s quilt being held up by Elizabeth (behind the quilt with broken wrist) and Di… (oh and the cat that keeps showing up in all the photos is our schmoozer Lucky who “likes the girls”…

Donna and Barb holding up Anne’s runner…

Laura (all dressed up for work – hmmm was she really here?) and her latest needlefelted shawl…

Liz in the center with a few of her newly created hats – she took a week long course in millinery and made 8 amazing hats – Wendy was IN AWE!…

 And a few additions to the family…