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Monthly Archives: April 2017

PIX FROM CAMP…

Another wonderful weekend at Camp Iawah where we hooked, punched, communed and slept hmmm – NOT MUCH.  It was creative and inspiring and we are already looking forward to the next retreat weekend. So a few pictures to share with you of things that were finished or started at camp…

Betty was working on her horse rug…

Punch needle pieces by Andrea… YES WE DO NEED TO GET RID OF THE UNDERLYING CARPET :-)…

Helen working on a punch needle street scene to be attached to an antique box…

Liz working on her beaver rug…

Sheila’s finished landscape…

Sandi’s Canadian moose heading for the annual this coming weekend…

Sheila’s current landscape rug with all the luscious yarns being used…

Chris finished this Karla Gerard pattern…

and Vince framed her 3 Blooms Karla Gerard rug beautifully in barnwood…

Jill finished Secluded – another Karla Gerard pattern…

Chris’ completed Noel rug…

and her street scene from Montreal…

Jill was starting a new sheep pattern by Karla Gerard…

Laura was working on a wool appliqué from the Olde Tattered Flag…

Betty was working on her Joanne Gerwig sheep pattern with proddy, sculpting, beading appliqué and curly locks in the sheep…

Diane punched this little piece which she then attached to an antique iron…

and finished off her punch needle piece attached to a primitive sled…

Susan brought her Hen House (one of the Briarwood Folkart patterns I carry)…

Wendy was working on her lovely pattern from American Country Rugs…

Jill was finishing her wedding rug for her son and his fiancée…

Susan brought another biggggg rug – so big I could not get it all in one shot…

Karen finished her Karen Kahle Vermont rug…

Laura made a pair of felted slippers…

Karen was working on her rabbit…

Susan was working on a huge antique reproduction…

Louise finished her beautiful houses rug…

and a bunch of us made quillie trees!

This coming weekend I will be vending at the OHCG annual in Cobourg.  If you are not registered for the full weekend remember, Sunday is open to the public.  There will be hundreds of beautiful rugs on display and a ton of exciting vendors. Hope many of you can come and enjoy the show.

My next date at Stitch by Stitch will be May 9 – in error I told a lot of people it was next week – where is my head!!!! (well where is my computer calendar – cannot get through a day anymore without it!)

 

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A FEW PIX TO SHARE…

The other day I happened to look out the window and lo and behold wasn’t there a big chubby otter – yes otter! – waddling across the driveway towards our pond. He slipped into the pond, swam around for a while and when he realized there were no fish or frogs climbed out and headed towards the lake! We have never had the otters up around the house – soooo exciting… Even snapped a few pix… although this is the only one where he does not look like a big black blob!

 

Shashtin punched my pumpkin pattern with yarn and her oxford punch needle…

and Lois finished her Canola rug…

and Toni sent me a picture of her completed Fish Bones (one of my patterns)…

IAWAH WEEKEND…

Soooo excited – this is our Camp Iawah weekend. We have been doing these twice yearly hookin-no cookin weekends for hmmm many years now. Camp Iawah treats us like queens and we have a blast. So Friday morning bright and early we will start arriving, grabbing our seats, dumping our bedding and settling down to a weekend of camaraderie and hooking, punching and making quillie trees! I hope to get some good pix of what people have worked on or are working on to share next week.

In the meantime a few pix…

Jennifer finished her fabulous Dancing Rabbits (one of the Briarwood Folkart patterns I carry)…

and Ruby hooked Crescent Moon (one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry as a pattern or a kit with all the wool) – the snowflakes are tiny needlecelted balls!!!!…

Hmmmmmm, this does not bode well for my gardens – this was taken a week and a half ago – mom having a lie down in my front garden probably staking out spring feeding territory!…

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL…

or is that HOPPY Easter. Easter bunnies will be out in full force with this amazing weather.

This week we had friends come to visit and decided to take a trip to Vermont. Welllllllll, the weather man was WRONG, wrong, wrong – he did not tell me that it would be 28 degrees (84! Fahrenheit) on Tuesday – the day we decided to drive down highway 100, stop at all the waterfalls and rushing brooks and schlep through the melting snow and muck. Well, thinking it was going to be much coooooler, I wore my leather, fur-lined shoes! which promptly got wet and hot – very hot! Every time we would get back into the car off would come the soggy footwear, but of course by the middle of the day my feet were steamy and covered with bits of fur and hmmm probably pretty smelly! But despite soggy, fur covered feet and much too warm clothing we had a lovely drive. The scenery was beautiful!…

 

 

and now some pix of rugs from others…

Nancy did a wonderful job on her Carol Feeny pattern…

and Sherri sent me a picture of her Karla Gerard 3 Blooms in progress – Sherri is a new hooker and I think this is turning out beautifully – today I am playing in the pots and pans to dye up the wool for the rest of the flowers…

and some pix of our furry friends (not my toes) who may drop by this weekend…

and just a reminder that our guild auction is this coming Thursday – hope to see some of you there!

WORKSHOP DAY AT THE LAKE…


For years my friend, Wendo VanEssen, and I have talked about holding a workshop here at the studio but I never actually got around to moving forward with this. FINALLY, however, we have organized it! Wendo is an amazing lady – a well known animator, needle felter and even a hooker! Our workshop announcement is shown below – Wendo will be teaching Lamb Chop (You will totally fall in love with her needlefelted sheep head!) and I will teach miniature punch needle.  We will both have all the supplies necessary for the workshops. Both will run consecutively, however, I KNOW you will have time to wander over to the other workshop and see what folks are up to and maybe even learn the process.

I hope over the summer to host some of my other artsy friends/teachers here in the studio (and on the porch and on the dock and on the boat!!!!  So this could be the start of many fun dual workshops…

 and now some pix to share…

Holly hooked my cardinal kit – I love the sky!!!!…

Danyelle’s first hooked piece…

and a few of her beautiful miniature punch needle pieces…

Elaine hooked this wonderful Shelly Atkinson stocking…

Tara’s first hooked piece…

and her second piece which was her own design and done totally with recycled finds…

Linda was working on this little lighthouse mat for the museum in Nova Scotia…

and the other Linda was working on her 18 foot oriental runner which has now been revamped to become a viking tribute… 

OLDE FORGE HOOKIN…

was wonderful as per usual! Not sure how many avid hookers – men and women – attended but the hall was full! and the vendors (me included) were kept hopping all day long! So busy in fact, that neither I nor Gord had time to take photos. However, if you go to the website in a few days and click on Photo Archive you should find some great pix of the event and the wonderful rugs.

http://www.ottawarughooking.com/index.php?page=home

Jill came a few days ago to visit and brought along her amazing wedding rug designed to depict the happy couple gazing across the lake where the wedding will be held.

This coming Tuesday I will be at Stitch By Stitch for a morning of hooking and punching fun – if you are in the area and can make it I will be there from 10 – 12.