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I GOT THE BLUES…

Well not those kind of blues, but blue does seem to be showing up a lot in my rugs these days. This is my “Can-ola” Kingfisher. Most mornings when we head down to the dock he greets us from his perch high up in one of our beautiful pine trees that line the shore. I have always loved Kingfishers – they are the funniest looking little birds with their bigggg heads, long beaks and short stumpy bodies. I felt that I had to immortalize this fellow as a Canola!…

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As I have mentioned NUMEROUS TIMES, blue is not one of my favourite colours but Navy is one of my favourite blues! For the above mola kingfisher I used Prochem navy 413 and Magic Carpet black in equal parts over a mix of many different recycled and new wools. Hooked with lots of rusts and oranges in the motifs it is a wonderful background colour… Those smoky blues in the water and kingfisher are the same formula but just the lighter values – when I dye up a big pot of wool I usually pull out a few pieces early on so that I have all the values I need – light, medium and dark.  Then once all the dye is absorbed I throw those early lighter pieces back into the pot to set the colour.  Sometimes, if it’s a complex formula with many different dyes, I even get a variety of colours as some dyes pick up faster – but they all work well together.

And now a few more pix to share…

Louise finished punching a few pieces that she brought to guild the other day for show and tell…

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and Nicole sent me a picture of her Mola Bear from our class last fall – love the way this Can-ola turned out!…

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Diane finished her pillow and hung her Cheticamp mini mats…image

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Shashstin punched (oxford punch needle) this wonderful hockey rug for her grandson…

image-2and Susan sent me a picture of her finished Sheep and Tongues…

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Heather send pix of three of her recently completed rugs…

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My Seagull kit hooked by Heather…image-6

Pattern by Debra Henkel of Handmaiden Designs…image-7

Julie finished this wonderful fish rug – lovvvve the colours…

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and Jill finished her Moose rug – pattern available from Baa Baa Bundles…
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STITCH BY STITCH…

Tuesday, February 14 -Valentine’s Day from 10 – 12 will be my next morning at Stitch by Stitch in Kingston.

And a few pix to share…

Andrea made a few hundred woollen flowers for her daughters wedding. When the wedding was done she took them and sewed them to a piece of linen that she framed in a vintage mirror frame – see the little kitty peaking out amongst all those flowers…

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her finished penny rug made out of blankets…

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Elaine’s fun fun hooked version of Cat Landscape – one of the Karla Gerard patterns I sell…

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and her Sheep rug (a Difranza pattern)…
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My friend Diane, was here for a few days and we played and junked. Here are some more pix to share…

LOVE this antique handmade sled – it will house a punch needle Di started of children sledding…(we discovered a wonderful new store in Perth – Red Brick – they sell antique and vintage and new items! My heart skipped a few beats during our shopping spree!)

The wonderful little Cheticamp mats were a steal at Hoffmann’s flea market in Perth!

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her Wool applique (pattern from Old Tattered Flag) – combination of punching (through wool) and appliqué…
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and a lovely punch needle (pattern I believe was Threads that Bind)…
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and yup I actually was hooking – one of the Shelly Atkinson patterns I sell – check  my online store for her fun fun patterns…

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I adapted the pattern a bit – changed the trees to skeletal trees and cut off the snowman. And yup, thats a lot of blue for a girl who doesn’t really LIKE blue – but it’s dirty! old! toned down! And I love it!!!! You can order this pattern from me just as a pattern or as a kit! either full or adapted as my hooked piece is. image