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Monthly Archives: October 2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN…

to you all… Hope you have a wonderfully ghoulish day! and enjoy all the goodies but watch out – as we get older those teeth become more fragile (take it from someone who has put her dentist’s kids through med school) and all that gooey sticky stuff (yes all the good stuff) breaks teeth and pulls out fillings!!!

Today I am doing another primitive dye class and then getting ready for the Ottawa Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild show in the Glebe Community Center in Ottawa. This is a wonderful show – full of fiber for weavers, spinners, felters, knitters, hookers – and finished pieces. We run Friday night 4 – 8 and Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 4 – Hope you can make it…

HOOKIN …

On Sunday I had a hookin – grey, cold and rainy outside but warm and cheerful and full of inspiration inside! Here are pix of some of the show and tell…

Liz with her finshed Canadian Beaver Rug (which I am hanging temporarily ๐Ÿ™‚ in my living room – this wonderful BIG rug is for sale so contact me if you are interested in details… It will look SOOOO good in MY living room though that I am hoping Liz might just forget it is here…

Liz working on her next smaller rug…

Shauna’s Three Kings rug – and Liz’ fingers pointing out allllll the little tiny areas of detail…

Andrea’s future pillow – not ET but rather a sunflower on its side!…

Andrea with her Susan Feller chicken rug – including proddy and quillie…

Suzanne’s picnic basket – hooked lid covers… I love this idea and remembered (after Suzanne spied it on my shelf) that I actually own an antique picnic basket… hmmmmmm food for thought…

Sandi’s primitive cat…

Louise with her new geometric – bigger than she is!…

Karen with her future pillow…

and Karen with her punkin rug – by the end of the hookin she had almost finished a wonderful deep old red border…

Linda with her niece’s future pillow…

Linda’s hooked burlap tote bag (bought at the dollar store and hooked)…

and Linda with another hooked burlap tote in progress…

Susan with her Halloween rug (Starr Rug Company pattern)…

Is it lunch time yet?????ย 

It was a wonderful fun day with a little excitement! In the middle of the hookin Gord came running in in a panic. Help me please ย – I think I am going crazy. I lost a tire! Hmmm that needs an explanation – he was putting winter tires on the car in the garage with the door open and had the last tire standing up on its end beside the car. Came in for a snack and when he went out again the tire was gone! Looked everywhere – no tire in sight! Well out I went to help with the search – nothing! Now tires are BIG and BLACK and hard to miss but this one was GONE! Finally after searching under cars and all through the garage we spied it about 100 yards away in the middle of the trees in the woods. Seems it must have rolled out of the garage door, bounced its way down the stone steps through the field and into the woods. Half an hour almost to find that little escape artist! Needless to say, tires will now LIE on the floor rather than stand up!

Check out this blogspot (in the process of being updated) of my friend and fellow fiber lover Wendo. Wendo does wonderful needlefelted creations – animals being a favourite. She has kits and teaches classes and was one of our guest artists during the studio tour a few weeks ago.

http://wendovanessen.blogspot.ca/

PURSE IS DONE!…

and now back to squirrels…or bears, or hat (and I forgot yesterday, I am also working on the Hex Sign rug from our class last week! another project – might be a bussssy winter!). These purses go together so quickly. Once the hooking of the flap is done I cut and stitch together the body of the purse, press under and topstitch the strap for the purse and attach it to the body of the purse and cut the lining. Then the final work is done by hand – stitching the lining to the flap and stitching the lining to the inside of the purse. I may just have to make another bag with step by step pictures as these really are fun to make and are great Christmas (or other) gifts. Here is the finished purse:

WORKING ON…

TOOOOOOO MANY PROJECTS! I don’t like having too many things on the go – gets me all distracted and stressed. However, I have Beer Drinkin Bears, Squirrel and Acorns, a hooked hat and now a purse – all on the go. Worked diligently on squirrel rug and of course hmmm blue sky background and problems! I find hooking blue a challenge – it is not a colour I feel terribly comfortable with so when I started the squirrel rug I thought blue would work with all the old golds, golden browns, golden oranges and orangey reds. And I am sure it will – when I figure out which blue. The one I thought I would use is once again (like River Otters) too dull and solid looking even though there are about 10 different wools in it. So this morning I pulled out a whole new range of lighter green/blues and will mix that in with the darker blues and see what happens. However before reverse hooking most of my sky I needed a break and decided this morning to hook a purse. Purses are soooo much fun – they are small, functional pieces of art. I can hook one up in a morning (the hooking is done!) and sew it together in an afternoon. So this time NO ANIMALS, no oak leaves, no dull colours. This is a purse for dull grey fall days and cold winter days so it needed some zing. I took one of my Karla Gerard patterns and cropped it down to a wonderful colourful purse flap sized rug and hooked it in darks and brights throwing in some sari silks to add a little zing! So although this is not my usual palette (no pink in my life!) I think it is a fun piece and will make a great purse. The body of the purse will be the same dirty black as the foreground so it will really pop.

Well two more shows to finish off the year – The Ottawa Valley Spinners and Weavers guild show in the Glebe Community Center the first weekend in November and then the first Saturday in December is the Nick of Time show in Perth. Then ahhhhhh no ย more shows for a while! I can paint my walls instead! That usually seems to be my winter past time – painting (or rather repainting) walls.

ANOTHER WEEK GONE…

Fleece Festival last weekend was TERRIFIC! People were walking around with huge bags of supplies – knitting, felting, spinning, hooking – and stayed for hours! I am already looking forward to next years show. So a fun fun day and a busy week that just zipped by. I get so sad at this time of year – fall is my favourite season. I love the colours, smells, lack of heat!!!! and humidity but it is so fleeting. Dock is out so hmmm no more sitting down by the lake which usually means I don’t even walk down anymore. Leaves are falling like snow (oh oh there’s a word you probably did not want to hear yet!). And deer hunting is about to start. That really upsets me because I am a saver of animals and love my deer – even though they treat my gardens like a salad bar! But yesterday was a glorious day! I left early for guild – sun was coming up and shining through the leaves and it just made my soul sing! Here are a few pix of the backyard (or lakeside cause here in the country they call this the front of the house!):

At guild this week we started a class with Carol Shewan on hooking Hex signs which kind of morphed into Frakturs which kind of morphed into Folk Art (based loosely on Pennsyvania Dutch folk art). A 2 part class so yesterday was spent learning about PD folkart – the history and meaning – and starting to draw out our patterns. Colour planning and hooking in the next class but of course I drew mine out, colour planned it and am ready to start hooking. May have to do a second one so that I have something to play with in the next class! Traditional PD colours are reds, blues, yellows, greens all in more vibrant tones on either white or black background but YOU KNOW that is not going to happen! I already have my textured dirty reds, blues, golds and greens picked out on a dirty black background! And although I am going to try my usual 8.5 I may have to slip down the scale a bit to a 7 because I am doing a 14 inch round geometric design. So a few pix of the class in action and next meeting a few pix of hopefully peoples designs and works in progress:

Carol helping Chrissie with her design.

Seeeeee all the lovely brights – but NOT HAPPENING for this lover of dirty colours ย ๐Ÿ™‚

ANOTHER TOUR DONE…. FLEECE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Well our tour is over for another year. It was a wonderful weekend – cool, sunny skies. Perfect weather – noone was swimming or boating this weekend so hmmm they were all here! It was a busy busy busy 3 days – heck so busy we had one couple show up on Tuesday – the day after the tour ended :-).

So did I buy anything – well this year – for the first time ever – I restrained myself! I KNOW that is hard to believe but honestly I did not buy anything – but my sister Diana (who lives with us) did! Now Di has Downe Syndrome so the value of money (and many other things) is somewhat lost on her. But she earns money for little jobs around the house and she LOVES to buy things! This weekend she picked out one of Louise’s beautiful dolls (thank heavens a smaller one). Usually when Di buys or orders something from one of our guest artists I end up covering at least 50% of the cost because Di will pull out a 5.00 bill and expect change when an item is 40.00! But this year she was on her own. Of course I did notice a 10.00 bill missing from my money later on. I guess she figured I needed to be part of the purchase afterall!

Although I didn’t buy anything this year I did receive a couple of totally unexpected and unwarranted gifts – a wonderful sheep ornie carved by Doug (to add to my growing collection) and the most amazing fish for my garden made out of rakes and pitchforks etc. from Steve and Karen. AND OF COURSE A TON OF FOOD was brought by everyone – we ate soooooo well! and hmmm leftovers are still in the fridge or freezer!

A bigggg Thank you to all our visitors (I know some of you are reading this) who came long distances to see our artists and left with wonderful pieces!

This weekend off to Fleece Festival in Woodstock – a one day show of fleece related vendors – knitting stores, rughooking vendors, fiber vendors! A great show if you are looking for supplies!

Hope you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did…

TEMPTING TOUR PIX…

Some photos of my amazing guest artists work this weekend – Louise Bergeron, Steve and Karen Henderson, Cindy Laneville, me, Doug Purdy, Janet Whitham, Lionel Purdy and Wendo Van Essen! Hmmmmm where do I start with my purchases!!! ๐Ÿ™‚