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KAREN MILLER EXHIBITION…

I thought I would pass on some exciting information! Karen Miller (whose beautiful rugs appear in this year’s Celebration magazine and that of 2 years ago) is the feature artist in an exhibit taking place at the Shenkman Arts Centre. You can find more details by checking Karen’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/karendmillerstudio or her website  http://www.marzipanroad.com as well as the Arts Centre itself http://www.shenkmanarts.ca/en/galleries_galeries/calendar_calendrier/index.htm. The exhibit is called Frame/fraym and runs from August 20th- September 22nd at the Trinity Gallery on the lower level of the Shenkman Arts Centre at 245 Centrum Blvd. in Orleans (east end of Ottawa). In this exhibit are sixteen of Karen’s hooked fibre pieces including six new pieces that have not been exhibited before.

What a great opportunity to see Karen’s work in real life! I have seen Solitude and it is a stunning piece of work.  Hope you get a chance to go…

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RESCUE MISSION…

Over the years Gord and I have rescued many little critters from certain death on the highways – turtles (many many from box to snapper), snakes, baby raccoons, skunk (yup even a skunk). But the other day I got a wonderfully uplifting email from a friend about the rescue of a bird in the middle of the lake! by kayak no less! Here is her story and pix the the little guy…

“We noticed a loon behaving a bit wildly and later saw a baby bird swimming away from the loon. We thought it was a baby loon being forced to swim. But the loon abandoned it and the baby kept heading to the middle of the lake. We had binocs and noticed the bird struggling to fly and then stop moving. So Sanda kayaked out and corralled it and ( without tipping) picked it up and tucked it into her life jacket and docked and we wrapped it in a hoodie. We called sanctuary and they said check if it is injured. No. We think the parents flew away when two people were exploring the island. We asked if we should put it back until we told them about the Ospreys on the island. So we a are now driving baby heron to the sanctuary. His wing feathers seem mature but the head is downy. We hope it survives being handled. But it would have drowned, starved, been hit by motor boats or eaten by osprey pretty soon. It was exhausted.Image 2

It turns out it was a green heron, almost full size. They nest in trees. The staff at the sanctuary were a bit baffled about why it was in the lake. They do have a small bit of webbing between two of the four (?) claws on each foot. The internet says they can swim short distances but this one was swimming for about twenty minutes, sometimes paddling with its wings and then sometimes it’s head just sank. I now think Sanda reached it just in time. It kept lurching away so she used the paddle to swing it closer and then reached over and grabbed it. They said it was very stressed so they would leave it alone for an hour and then assess it for injuries. We can call once a week to see how it is doing.

Here he is at the sanctuary. We called today and they said they could find no obvious physical injuries, but will examine him further. They said he is a he. Also nearly full size. They stand 18″ when neck is extended. Much smaller than the grey and great blue.”Image 5

I would say he is a handsome and very lucky little guy – I love his green legs! What a wonderful rescue story…

TWIST WAS AMAZING…

What a wonderful show if you are a lover of fibre. Soooo many vendors with wonderful products – could I resist? nope! Got some lovely sari silks from my favourite silk lady, Linda Desbiens (you can find her on her etsy site SilkDivine) to add to my stash.  It was busy busy busy Saturday and Sunday. Met up with a few hookers! and hmmmm may have converted a few! We stayed with good friends and in the evening and morning the view from their beautiful 150+ year old log home was stunning – in more ways than one! I sooooo wanted to take  home a few more of these little guys to add to my OTHER stash!!!Image

Image 1During the show I had such fun explaining and demonstrating rughooking in English(and French) that poor Gord ended up being the person taking care of customers. Thank goodness he knows a lot about wool and hooking! His softer side 🙂 .

A now a few more pix…

My sunflowers got their green card and are now doing their job…Image

Karen finished her Deanne Fitzpatrick rug – oh it is so lovely…Image 7

Jill finished her Karla Gerard “Neighbours” – I soooo love the way Jill hooks…Image 2

And Kathy’s fun and funky repurposed silver tea and coffee pots…Image 6

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NEWBIE HOOKERS…

Oh I just had to share these two pieces by BRAND NEW HOOKERS. I think they are doing a lovely job on their first pieces…

Ashley decided to tackle Two Fat Birds(designed by my friend Diane) as her first hooked rug and wanted robins – her colours are lovely and vibrant…

Image 2and Sandra just finished a wonderfully texturey Antique Rabbit which we enlarged to cover a footstool…Image

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HOT AND STICKY…

and unless you are living indoors with AC not good for hooking!!! However some hookers have not let this deter them and so I do have pix of a few rugs just finished by friends…

Susan’s rendition of Van Gogh…Image 1

Chris’s rug of the church in Upper Canada Village where her nephew will shortly be married…
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and my finished runner…HPIM6384

and a bouquet of sunflowers on their way to a new home…HPIM6385

PLANS HAVE CHANGED…

So I have come to the conclusion that mentioning my plans creates bad vibes! Yesterday morning I was all set for the Pre Plowing Match show this weekend – had bags packed (or semi). And then hmmmm fate decided it was not meant to be. So, alas, I will not be attending the show this weekend as a vendor. Do I dare say anything more about upcoming shows 🙂

However, to destress a bit this morning, I spent a good hour on the dock with my hooking and holy cow 1/2 of the background on my piece is done! Is that work therapy or what!!!

In the meantime, I have set up a beginner class in Primitive Rughooking at the Textile Museum in Almonte on September 18 from 11 – 3. So if you know of anyone who might be interested in learning primitive rughooking send them to the lovely town of Almonte! The town and textile museum themselves are worth the trip.(oh oh have I just jinxed the class???)…

Trish just sent me pix of her beautiful celtic pillows (patterns by Christine Little for every letter of the alphabet are available from Encompassing Design in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia)…

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SUMMER DAYS…

are quickly disappearing. Nights are cool and days are getting shorter. And thoughts are turning to fall – pumpkins, sunflowers, coloured leaves. Last week my niece came for a visit and finished off her sunflower rug – it will be framed with a piece she bought that looks like a window. She painted the sky but ran out and we had to try to remember what colours she used to paint her piece of wool. I think her piece turned out beautifully… lots of texture in the fields and clouds…

Image 1 and a picture of Trish’s painterly poppy which also has wonderful texture… Image

And yes I have been hooking. Years ago I designed a pattern to fit a long skinny piece of linen that I had left over from making up kit patterns. My Swiss heritage kicked in! That piece of backing was NOT going into the trash so I sewed on stretcher strips and designed a pattern that fit it perfectly. It was a fun, colourful piece that my friends Marty and Sheila now own. The colours were perfect for their Provencal inspired dining room. However, it had a lotttt of BLUE and hmmm I have no blue in my house – well if I do it is more teal. So I decided to rehook the piece but with brown reds, mustardy golds and greens. The colours were inspired by a beautiful wool that I have that I thought would make a wonderful background. In the end, I decided on a more primitive light background. The motifs and tongues are done but hmmm now I have a lotttt of background to hook…

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new version…

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But this coming weekend I am vending at the Pre International Plowing Match Quilt Competition in Finch and background will fill in quickly! The show promises to be fun and interesting – beautiful quilts on display and rughooking by the ladies from Martintown and lots of great vendors!

Then it is off to TWIST in St. Andre Avelin in Quebec the following weekend. This amazing show is growing by leaps and bounds and will fulfill the needs and dreams of all fibre lovers with vendors, displays, workshops and demonstrations!