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Monthly Archives: May 2017

A WEEKEND OF WORK (AND FUN!!!)…

Helen and I played this weekend – it was so satisfying and so much fun and I think pretty darned creative.  We finished of our piles of punch needle pieces. Hope you enjoy the pix… (by the way some of these pieces are for sale! so if you are interested let me know – and we are Canadian dollars)…

a wonderful vintage frame I recently bought from Wendy… 

and a wonderful tramp art frame also from Wendy!!!…

Vintage wooden purse handles…

mounted on an antique candle box (no lid but great for keys, mail etc. and comes with some mouse chew 🙂 …

vintage hand made metal scoop… still missing greenery on the handle and above the snowman…

lovely bowl filler or hanging stuffy or pin cushion…

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MERYL COOK…

visited our guild last Thursday and shared her Healing Mats with us. You can find more information on Meryl at http://www.merylcook.ca/shop/one-loop-at-a-time-a-story-of-rug-hooking-healing-and-creativity/. It was a wonderful, inspirational day enjoyed by many from our own guild and others…


Meryl and Marie – Meryl generously donated one of her books to our library – thank YOU…

Cathy (of Baa Baa Bundles) made this all possible!!!…

and a few more pix…


My pumpkin kit hooked by Mary…

Sue hooked this wonderful pattern by Christine Stanley of Ewe and Dye…

and a few of Wendy’s new punch needle patterns now in my shop…



This weekend Helen came for a visit and we are spending our time finishing!!!! Amazing how many projects get hooked or punched but never finished – well this weekend we are taking all our small punch needle pieces and FINISHING them! It truly is a goooooood thing!…

ST-HENRI RUG EXPOSITION…

was lovely! A nice selection of rugs and punch needle done by the St. Henri rughookers. There was a wonderful presentation by Jacques and Isabelle on Friday night – a couple who are passionate about their rughooking and up cycling of old clothing into beautiful art… Hope you enjoy the pictures. Unfortunately, I realized afterwards as I looked through them that hmmmm we missed a few!!!! and some of the name tags are a tad illegible…

Marie-Andree Vezina – The Sampler

Maureen Rowe – original – The order of Oak Leaves

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Plume

Chris Delaney – adaptation of painting Dayna Craig – original – Place St-Henri

Marie-Andre Vezina – Primitive Grace – Fleurs et Feuilles

Sylvie Vezina – original – Vase et Fleurs

Sylvie Vezina – Jardin d’ete

Sylvie Vezina – original – L’arbre de Vie

Sylvie Vezina – Primitive Spirit – Le Jardin

Sylvie Vezina – Design by Crows Foot Farm Designs LLC

Sylvie Vezina – original – Le Geranium

Chris Delaney – Karla Gerard – Blooming Circles 

Marie-Andree Vezina – Maggie Bonanomi – Chardon sous La Lune

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Dame en Noir

Rosemary Sylvestre – Deanne Fitzpatrick – Dancing in Circles

Chris Delaney – Karla Gerard – 3 Blooms

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Dame du Coeur

Sylvie Vezina – Les Danseuses

Joanne Touchette – original made from children old clothing

Challenge pieces

Sylvie Vezina – original – Le joyeux Lapin

Dayna Craig – original – Sunflowers at Sunset

Chris Delaney – original – Harley

Chris Delaney – original – Inukshuk

Yanick Duchesne – Kathleen Menzies – La Petite Maison Jaune

Sylvie Vezina-Godin – original – Le Zoo

Sylvie Vezina – Wendo Van Essen – Thought,Memory

Kathleen Menzies – original – Jacobean Garden

Jacques and Isabelle displaying their wonderful rugs – each with an amazing story that occasionally brought tears to the eye of many…


NEW PIX…

Had a fun, fun day at Stitch by Stitch on Tuesday – there was a lot of hooking and punching and chatting going on.  So nice to see so many familiar and NEW faces!!!! My next morning at the shop will be June 13.

Today we are off to Montreal for the rug exposition hosted by the St. Henri Rughookers. I hope to have some wonderful pix to share of the rugs on display. And tomorrow I am teaching Canolas in Beaconsfield – cannot wait to see what designs these creative ladies come up with.

Sunday is Mother’s Day – to all of you mothers out there – have a wonderful day hopefully full of fun with family and some sunshine and wow maybe even a few creative moments.

The other night I woke up early – seems to be earlier and earlier all the time. As I sat in the living room sipping on my Tim Hortons decaf all of a sudden I heard grind grind gnaw gnaw chomp chomp! OH NOOOOOOOO – THE DREADED PORCUPINE WAS BACK! Turning my wooden house into kindling!!!! She has come back every year for a few weeks of chowing down on my front steps – we have turned them and sprayed them with smelly stuff to keep her away and what does she do – start gnawing on the back of the treads! so we put up chicken wire all around the back of the stairs and what did she do – ate through the darned chicken wire and chomped on the back of the stairs. Wellll, out I ran in my pj’s and started jumping up and down on the porch – now this is 4 a.m.  Still dark, freezing cold and I look like a lunatic jumping up and down on the porch and screaming at the porcupine!  WELLLLL waddle waddle – out she pops from the pond! Do porky’s swim???? she must have been having a drink but there was also a biggggg racket under the porch!!!  TWO PORKYS! two tooooooo many!!!!!! But they both took off like a flash – yup they CAN move fast when the spirit takes them – up a tree – wayyyyyyy up the tree!!!! Later I found that nope she had not been swimming or having a drink in the pond – she actually chewed my bullrushes down to nubs in the water! Better the bullrushes I say – than my wooden house!!!! Although we discovered some new nasty damage on the garage door frame! So if anyone has suggestions (besides getting in a hunter to do away with her permanently or bonking her over the head!) …

And now a few pix to share

Night time houses (one of my kits) hooked by Tara…

Eggnormous (pattern by Sandi Percival available through me) hooked by Elaine…

Cat Landscape (one of the Karla Gerard miniature punch needle patterns I sell) punched by Louise…

HIP WADERS ANYONE?…

or maybe an Ark!!!! Days and days of steady rain and wow things are a bit soggy around here! The pond has overflowed and the lake has risen. Thank goodness we are at the top of a hill with a steep slope so it is a longgggg way before the lake rises to our level! I must say I am getting a little mouldy and the anticipation of more days of rain and yikes FLURRIES on Tuesday is not doing much for my level of motivation! So it is nice to see rugs by others who are perhaps not as affected by grey dismal skies as I am… Elaine sent me this picture of her rug (design by Suzanne Hill). When she sent it she did mention perhaps she should have hooked hip waders! But what a fun rug this is and it would be fun too hooked in those funky wellies that are now all the rage!


and Donna’s Maud rug with bright skies!…

Tuesday I will be at Stitch by Stitch from 10 – 12. Hope to see some of you there…

 

INVITATION…

I have been asked by our guild if I could post about this wonderful opportunity to hear Meryl Cook from Dartmouth Nova Scotia speak about her healing mats.  Here are details – hope some of you can come and join us.

 

Meryl will be giving a half hour presentation on her “Healing Mats”.  She has also written a book called “One Loop at a Time” which she will also have with her on sale at $20 ($35 on Amazon). 
 
RVBB would like to extend the invitation to you and your rug hooking friends.  If you wish to attend here is the information you should know:
 
When:   Thursday, May 18th    Arrive anytime after 10:30 am. Presentation: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Where:   Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville St., Burritt’s Rapids
 
Cost: $5.00/person. Pay upon arrival.
 
RSVP: cathy@baabaabundles.com   Space is limited.
 
Book signing/purchase available after the presentation.  
 
Those who wish to stay and hook with us (and Meryl) are invited to do so.  Coffee and tea provided.  BYOMug & lunch.
 
Please click on the link below and meet Meryl Cook.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting Cathy.
 
Cathy Ivory
613-795-4557
and now a few pix of Andrea’s Maud rugs…

MORE MAUD…

Firstly I do apologize for the pix on my post of the annual that were missing names or hmmmm somehow got messed up (Gord’s fault!! 🙂 ). Some have been corrected (many of the theme rugs including the winning piece by Debbie Harris) were missing names and slowly but surely we are getting those and I am making corrections so if you know of any of the missing names please get in touch with me and I will correct them.  Thank you to all who have emailed.

I should also mention that my miniature punch needle class is full (I have a waiting list) but a couple of spots in Wendo’s needle felted lamb chop still are available. Wendo is an amazing felter and teacher – you will love this class so please let either of us know if you want to join us…

 

and now for some Maud rugs! Thank you to those who sent these in…

Nancy sent her rug…

Ruby sent hers…

Wendy and her Maud and an original Maud painting that was purchased for 8.00 – add a few zeros to that nowadays…

Della Ann hooked these two pieces… 

and one I have never seen by Allanah…

and Elaine’s chair pad with braided edge…

I know there are more out there!!!!