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WHAT AM I?????


Am I a beaver… or am I an otter… BEAVER? OTTER? Beaver ???? Otter ????image-1

Perhaps! an otter with a dual personality!!!! Spied this cutey on our way home from guild chowing down on a fish and playing hide and peek…

And our current crop of deer and turkeys – see it IS possible to get along in this world…image

Guild was such fun with so many wonderful rugs, punch hooking etc. to share…

Wendy’s pattern by American Country Rugs…


Elizabeth was whipping her Eaton pattern available from Carol Shewan…hpim6713 Susan’s goat from her class with Gail Dufresne – pattern available from Gail…hpim6714 Stacey was working on her Killarney available from Carol Shewan…hpim6716 Karen brought her amazing quillie tree for us to covet…hpim6717 and was punching a pattern from Old Tattered Flag…hpim6719 Andrea was working on a penny rug made of old Hudson Bay blankets…hpim6720 Wendy’s punch needle by Old Tattered Flag…hpim6721 Louise showed her beautiful knitted socks…hpim6724

Maureen’s geometric from her class with Laura Bezormeny…hpim6726 Cathy’s hit and miss rug – great way of using allllllll this worms…hpim6727 Sharon was finishing her dog rug – background all yarn…hpim6728 Joanne was working on Primitive Fox available through my online store…hpim6729 Jill was working on a RHF pattern of sunflowershpim6731 Jo-Anne was working on her pattern from Rae Harrell…hpim6732


My Karla Gerard Barn Scene being showbound…



Yeahhhhh we have booked the hall for July 4. Please contact Carol if you want to reserve – we have limited numbers to about 85 this year so, as always, it is on a first come, first served booking basis. We are ordering up perfect weather for indoor and outdoor seating including beach front on the lawn! So please join us for a fun day…

4th Annual Westport Hook-In

July 4th,2017 9:30- 3:00

Westport Lions Beach Club

63 Mountain Rd. Westport, Ont.

Hosted by Carol Shewan & Loretta Moore

Join us for a day of hooking, shopping and socializing.

We will have tea, coffee, snacks, door prizes and a silent auction.

Bring your lunch and a lawn chair if you would like to hook by the lake or on the deck.

Cost $5.00

Vendors Loretta Moore-Hooked on the Lake

Carol Shewan-Willow Creek Rug Hooking

Cathy Ivory- Baa Baa Bundles

Please RSVP to to reserve a spot.

Net proceeds from the $5.00 and silent auction will be donated to the Westport Lions Club and local charities.

And now for a few pictures:

Sylvie’s first piece…image

and her beautiful bag hooked out of nylons…image-1

Tom’s first piece… image-1

and Diane painted her door and glued in her rug (another Briarwood Folkart mini rug design) into one of the doors we bought at the antique store…image


Today I took down all my Christmas decorations and tidied (a bit!). Put most of the holiday baking into containers and into the freezer – out of sight, out of mind althoughhhhhh frozen cookies are not too hard to eat! Now, time to start thinking about the next hooking or punching project. Or maybe work on one of my junkin’ treasures.

Over the holidays I did do a bit of hooking and punching with friends. I always find myself excited and motivated when I am surrounded by creative women (and men!!!!!). The ideas flow, the urge to pick up a hook or punch needle increases and yeah something actually gets done! So a few pix of finished pieces…

Helen punched this beautiful piece up in 2 days… (not sure who the designer is)


I hooked this Briarwood Folkart piece…image-1

and Helen finished off her Teresa Kogut rabbits…

I also finished off this adaptation of one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry – it turned out to be exactly the size I needed to put on the front of an old candle box (that had been sitting on the shelf gathering dust for many years) – how amazing was that!!!… Now the question is – do I paint the candle box. Gord thinks I would lose all the wonderful patina and aged look – I think it is kind of blah the way it is and needs some hmmm colour! and life! The punch needle will be attached to the front of the box and fits perfectly…



I am happy to say I now have a new supply of beautiful Hartman hooks in various larger sizes from 6 to 9 mm with ball and pear and ergo handle. If you have never used one of these beautiful hooks made in Ireland they are a dream to work with – the handle feels like silk and the shaft is tapered so that it slides into the backing easily and then as you push it down the shaft widens the hole so that you can pull up wider cut strips without damaging wrist, elbow or shoulder. Email me for details on the sizes and price.

And I am excited to announce that I now carry some of Teresa Kogut’s beautiful miniature punch needle patterns as well as Valdani threads – email me for details. These are the patterns I currently have in stock and they can be kitted up with the beautiful variegated Valdani threads. I will be stocking more patterns shortly but thought these would be a wonderful start. I also can do up most of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry as punch needle patterns. And if you want to see a selection of the patterns by Wendy T. refer to my June 2016 posts where I included pix of some of the lovely patterns she has put together.








The day before yesterday we went junkin with friends Bill and Diane. Love it when they come to visit because they ALWAYS want a day in the junk stores. So here is what we bought in Smiths Falls and Perth…

My purchases – a braiding set intact from 1949 with 2 sets of braiding tools and thread and needle!!!!! and a wonderful scoop for a punch needle. Great door that I am sanding down and turning into a chalkboard with a hooked piece in the bottom and wonderful chalk paints from Art & Class in Perth.  I also got a great new suitcase that Gord discovered and an oil can to use as a base for my quillie tree…


Diane’s haul – somewhat!!! larger than mine :-)… image-1

I will be back at Stitch by Stitch Tuesday January the 10th so hope to see some of you there. In the meantime HAPPY NEW YEAR. May 2017 be a year of peace and plenty for everyone. We live in such turbulent and often sad times that hopefully 2017 will be a year of change for the better.