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Monthly Archives: February 2016

RUGHOOKING MAGAZINES FOR SALE…

Don’t we all love those old issues of Rug Hooking Magazine? A friend of mine, Suzanne, has the entire collection from day 1 to December 2011 and would like to find a buyer for the entire collection of 200 magazines. She is willing to part with her fabulous collection for $1.50 per issue – $300.00 for the entire lot. This is an amazing addition to anyone’s library – full of wonderful articles, great patterns and lots of hints and tips and pix. If you are interested please contact me and I will put you in touch with Suzanne who lives in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Shipping could be quite pricey as there are 3 big boxes of magazines so it would be preferable if you could actually arrange pick up of the magazines.

Stitch by Stitch was fun last week with hooking, miniature punch needle and punching with yarn. Here are some pix to share of what people were working on:

Linda is doing a punch needle version of a Karla Gerard design…HPIM6452Glenda was working on her 5th punch needle pattern after learning how to punch only a few weeks earlier…
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Anne sent these pix of her most recent rugs – Octagons (pattern from Red Barn Wools)… Image 2

and Tulip (another pattern from Red Barn Wools)…Image 3and Shastin’s finished rug done in yarns with her Oxford Punch Needle…

Imageand finally Heather sent me a picture of her Seaside City (another of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry) in progress…

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SPEEEEEDY HOOKER…

Alana of the speedy hook!!! sent me a picture of her most recent rug. Alana is one of the fastest hookers I know – she uses primarily recycled wool and other fibres, hooks like there is a fire underneath her and does amazing rugs (and other art). I am lucky enough to carry some of her wonderful patterns (check my online store under Alana Kapell) and even have one of her hooked pieces. Alana was one of the first people I know who combined a number of art mediums into one piece – hooking, painting and mosaics – forming an amazing triptych. This is her most recent rug…

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Wednesday I will be at Stitch by Stitch from 10 – 12 – hope to see some of you there…

AMAZING FINISHES…

At guild the other day Wendy shared her beautiful punch needle pieces (designs by Old Tattered Flag) which she was finishing in the most exciting way. Inspired by Kathy Clark’s(Briarwood Folkart) book, Wendy decided to apply Kathy’s finishing ideas to her punch needle pieces and ohhhhhhh they are sooooo beautiful.

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If you are looking for a copy of Kathy’s book I have a new shipment (but due to a recent huge increase in shipping from the U.S. I have had to increase the price slightly – email me please if you are interested OR if you live in the U.S. you can buy the book directly from Kathy on her etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarwoodfolkart. What a fabulous range of different finishing techniques to be applied not only to rughooking but to punch needle!…

and now for a few more pix…

Susan’s beautiful Martina Lesar pattern ready to be finished off…

 

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Cheryl repurposed this tray – ahhhh a woman after my own heart!…
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Louise’s fun fun scrappy flowers bench pad…

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Karen finished off her piece from her class with Karen Kahle and Ali Strebel as a fabulous tote bag…

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and Jill sent me a picture of her cats – no litter boxes or cat food for these guys – yeahhhhh…

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and more bones to sell – these are done with driftwood twigs so pattern for head and tail and bones is 45.00 Canadian plus tax and shipping…

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NOT BLUETTES BUT THEY WORK…

The other day (oh gosh make that the other week!!!) I blogged about how I like to stick my hand in the pot of boiling water to stir my wool. I find it so much less strain on my shoulder to use the full hand, arm and shoulder when I am stirring a big pot of wool. And I mean Big! I often have 1 1/2 to 2 yards of wool in the pot at the same time. Well, my 18 year old Bluette glove sprung a leak! and it was getting a little hot in that pot! After much searching on the internet I ordered a pair of new gloves – but not Bluettes – not because of cost but simply because all the Bluettes gloves I saw on the internet seemed to be fuzzy on the outside and I needed plain old insulated rubber gloves. Well they arrived on Saturday and have been tested over and over and I am happy to say I can actually put my hand(gloved of course) into a boiling pot of water and stir stir stir without squealing. Therefore, I am happy to recommend these gloves for anyone who likes to get right into the pot when they dye!!! I found them on Amazon and with shipping and tax they came to $17.11 Canadian! and if I get another 18 years out of them hmmm well I will be tooooo old to worry if they spring a leak!

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A little bit of snow came our way the other day – I love days like this when the trees are covered in snow (rather than ice!) and everything, even on a grey day, looks so clean… now of course today we are getting hmmm freezing rain first and now rain! not looking so pretty out there right now.

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Elaine’s Just Cheeky a design by Sue Cunningham…

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and her The Boys by DiFranza designs… Image 3

Jane’s first of 2 hearts for her girls…
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and Brenda’s wonderful version of Baa Baa Bundles Moose pattern…Image 1