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August was my second blogiversary (is that a word? probably not but it sounds reallllly good). But things got behind a bit and I totally forgot so I have decided to celebrate my second year a little late by reducing all my kits (in stock) by 20%. So if any of the following kits appeal to you please let me know – I will pop them in the mail less 20% (will have to add tax and shipping) to you as soon as possible.

Kits in stock:

Winter Wonderland

Red Bird

Primitive Posies

Tulip Basket

Halloween Stroll

Oakleaf and Pomegranate Chairpads

Pineapple Chairpad

Midnight Beaver

Antique Rabbit


Primitive Rooster

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Half Sunflower

Pot of Red Flowers

Posies and Squares






Coral Bird

Bird on a Branch

Primitive Pennies

Fat Sheep Tote bag

Spirals Purse


GREAT. We had 11 vendors! Holy cow – everything from rug hooking supplies to yarns to jewellery, slippers and even some finished rugs. Everyone had a great time and found something to buy (even me!!!). It was wonderful to see we attracted people from far and wide – some folks drove 2 hours to come to our sale! So just a little tip – third Thursday in April is our guild auction open to the public. This is a fun day of bidding and outbidding folks for wonderful hooking supplies! Here are some pix of our vendors (well some of our vendors!!!) and some of our guild members hard at work – hooking or buying!…




A few weeks ago we had a workshop taught by Karen Kaiser on ultra wide cut! These pieces were to be done in half inch wide hand torn strips and here is a picture of one being done by Pauline. Don’t you love the look of those wide strips! I hope to get pix of some of the other pieces at our next guild meeting…HPIM4958



Ahhhhh what a fun weekend I had – nope I did not hook but had a visit from friend Donna. We spent some time working on a braided edge for her rug from our Kathy Clark (Briarwood Folkart) workshop. I know I have mentioned this before but the braiding is sooooo easy especially if you have braiding tools which allow you to braid without having to press over the edges of your wool. You just feed the 1 1/2 inch strips through your braiding tool (well of course you join allllll your long strips together first) and braid away. Buttttt it is that BUTTING at the end that is always tricky. A little trick I learned from a braiding teacher who just happened to be teaching a class the last time I visited Dorr Mill Store was to make up your braid and butt join it BEFORE attaching it to your hooked rug. That means estimating before hand how many strips you will need to join together and braiding a little more than you actually will need so that you can join it together by unbraiding and under or overlapping the individual braiding strips so that they join together to make the right sized braid and look like they are all one continuous braid. Well I explained all this to Donna and then let her do it herself – I said you will learn this way (haha it was really because I could not remember how to do it myself – I sounded like I knew what I was talking about though!) and here is Donna’s completed rug – isn’t it wonderfully old and antique looking and the braiding is a super finish for the edge:

HPIM4950Once we had finished the rug we decided to treat ourselves by going shopping in Westport – ohhhh I found the  most wonderful carved wooden trees at the Knotty Shop – even Donna, our Master Carving Teacher, said they were a great deal and definitely worth buying! Well did I need any more encouragement – nope! So bought three to add to my carved Santas:

HPIM4951and then off to visit Denise who owns a B&B in Westport but also a wonderful little antique shop in the old carriage house (fancy name for garage!). We got wonderful old chocolate moulds, vintage beakers (Donna the chemistry teacher knows all about beakers) and I bought an old mason jar in a vintage wire hanger. Will fill the mason jar half full and insert a candle and decorate with some greenery for the holidays. I loveeee vintage wire and Denise has some amazing pieces. If you are looking for her in Westport she is across the street from the Village Green and Pinecone.

HPIM4954Now a few people have asked for the address of the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall so that they can find us this Thursday for our Vendors Day. So sorry I neglected to include this in my last post but here it is – 23 Grenville St. Burritt’s Rapids. We open at 10:30 to about 2:00…

I just wanted to mention I will be holding a Primitive Dye Class February 7 from 10 – 4 with a snow date of February 21. There are 2 spots left…

Well the title of this post is Sauder Village and I have not mentioned ONE WORD about Sauder. I am sooooo excited – a group of 8 of us are heading down next August – girls trip – to Sauder Village to take rughooking classes, see the rugs and BUYYYYYYYY goodies!!!! We have been accepted into our classes, booked our shared rooms and organized driving. I know it is 9 months away but I am already counting down the sleeps…


or so a friend of mine just said in an email she sent me! Hmmmm have I been out of action that long? Things on the parental front are so so but I have to admit – we have finally been home an entire week – I had almost forgotten what my house looked like – and then I discovered all the hair balls, dust bunnies and recognized it! Annnnnd scurrying of little mice feet!!!! We have been emptying that live trap day and night and usually 2 to 3 mice each time. So out in the cold and dark I would trot, trap in hand to let the little guys go. Welllll usually they were not toooo anxious to leave and when they did finally jump out they would wink at me and race back under the porch and lo and behold an hour or 2 later I would hear rattling in the trap again! UNTIL yesterday when Gord took them a kilometre away and released them into the wilds – today NOTHING.

But ohhhh it is so nice to be home and back into a bit of a routine. I even did a bit of hooking – made up a purse (usually I get these done in about a day but this one took hmmm 3 weeks!):


And friends have been hooking too:

Nancy’s Mitten rug – many of the fabrics used were her mother’s wool kilts…Image

Cheryl-Anne and Anne Marie’s first hooked pieces…HPIM4945

This Thursday our guild in Burritts Rapids (Ontario) is holding an open Vendors Day. We will have suppliers of rughooking wool, patterns, kits etc., yarns and rovings, and other miscellaneous items plus a long time rughooker who is giving up rughooking and selling off all her stash… This is open to the public so if you are near Burritts Rapids at all (outside of Merickville) drop in. Bring your cash and grow your stash! Time to fill YOUR Christmas Stocking!!!!


Well back for a day and a half before I head out to a wonderful show in Ottawa. This show is all about fiber – roving, yarns, handspun, weaving, needle felting, rughooking etc. – finished work and supplies. It starts tonight at 4 and runs till 8 and then Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 4 and is held at the Glebe Community Center in Ottawa. If you have a chance to go to this show you will NOT regret it (plus a wonderful little vegetarian cafe is located in the same building if you need to fortify yourself in between purchases!).

It has been a busy few weeks – not much hooking being done by me but lots of fun stuff being done by my friends. Here is a beautiful rug Anne just finished – a pattern from The Old Tattered Flag: