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)…
Monthly Archives: May 2017
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…
and a few more pix…
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!…
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…
Jacques and Isabelle displaying their wonderful rugs – each with an amazing story that occasionally brought tears to the eye of many…
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
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…
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 amWhere: Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville St., Burritt’s RapidsCost: $5.00/person. Pay upon arrival.RSVP: email@example.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 Ivory613-795-4557
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…
and one I have never seen by Allanah…
I know there are more out there!!!!
Yesterday I went to see the movie, Maudie, which tells the poignant story of Maud Lewis, a folk artist from Nova Scotia. The movie was wonderful – it did not overly romanticize the lives of Maud and Everett – at times it was raw and gut wrenching. Maud fought a battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and later in her life was severely crippled – to the point where holding a paintbrush was painful, yet she managed to inject humour and joy into every one of her paintings which reflected the world around her – AS SHE SAW IT! If you have an opportunity to see this lovely movie do so – and take a lot of kleenex!
A number of years ago I took not one but TWO classes with Pam Langdon who taught about Maud and how to hook her paintings. Patterns are available from Highland Heart Hookery in Halifax. Here are a few of my hooked Maud’s.
Oh and if you see the movie – don’t leave (like everyone else) when the credits start – there is a lovely surprise injected in the credits that make it worth staying to the end!
And a few rugs by others…
Okay folks, so here are the pix. I do apologize to all those who displayed rugs that are not included in these pix – there were SOOOOO many amazing rugs but soooooo little time to take them all in and take pictures of each one plus the hooker/designer information. There are a few included that don’t have names – if anyone knows who the rughooker and designer are please let me know. I do hope that the pictures we WERE able to take give you an indication of how wonderful our annual event is and tempt those of you who are close by (or far away!!!) to come to next years annual rug show and conference in Ottawa. So, without further ado – enjoy!!!
CAROL SWEETON – ANTICIPATION ORIGINAL
DONNA VAN DUSEN – ORIGINALJAYNE NEVINS – STEAMPUNKIN DESIGNED BY DONNA HRKMAN
DORINDA KEITH – STAN’S BARN ADAPTED
JAN HOOK – POINTING HOME ORIGINAL
DEBRA SCOTT – HALIFAX HOUSES ADAPTED
LINDA THOMPSON – SAN ANTONIO SUNFLOWER DESIGNED BY GAIL DUFRESNE
MARY WILES – JAKE ORIGINAL
MARIE HINE – BRAEDEN ADAPTED FROM A PHOTOGRAPH
EUGENIA CULP – SPRING MISCHIEF DESIGNED BY FLUFF AND PEACHY BEAN
MELODY GRAYER – PUMPKINS DESIGNED BY MARY ANN GOETZ
JILL PANGBORNE – CROWS ORIGINAL
SUE BARKER – CHAIRPADS DESIGNED BY HEART TO HAND
LINDA WILSON – BOUNCY BUNNY DESIGNED BY LINDA WILSON
MICHELLE BARKER – BOUNCY BUNNY DESIGNED BY LINDA WILSON
RACHEL HAMILTON – KING ISTVAN AND QUEEN RACHEL ORIGINAL
SANDRA THORNTON – SWIRL TREE IN BLOOM DESIGNED BY KARLA GERARD
MARIE HINE – MADELINE ADAPTED FROM A PHOTO
MARG ARLAND – POPPIES DESIGNED BY RUTH EMERSON
LOIS SMITH – DAWN WATCHER ARTIST UNKNOWN
SHEILA BROKLOFF – MORTY THE MOOSE DESIGNED BY RHF
TAMARA RIACH – WATER GODDESS ORIGINAL
WANDA WALLACE – IRISES ORIGINAL
SUE WADDINGTON – HAPPY ISLES ADAPTED ARTHUR LISMER
IRIS VERMEULEN – PALM FRONDS ORIGINAL
MARJORIE HOGAN – POPPIES BLOWING ADAPTATION OF SHARON SMITH
BEV WORTHINGTON – CHIPMUNK ORIGINAL
TI SEYMOUR – BIG MOMMA DESIGNED BY GENE SHEPHERD
LINDA CURWOOD – WHEATFIELD WITH CYPRESS VAN GOGH ADAPTATION
MAUREEN MCILLWAIN – ANGELINA ALPACA ORIGINAL
BONNIE WATERFIELD – OAKLEAVES DESIGNED BY INGRID HIERONIMUS
ROSEMARY DAVIS – GOOD MORNING ORIGINAL
LINDA CURWOOD – TWO SWANS ADAPTED
BARBARA SILVER – SUMMER STORM ORIGINAL
ANDREE LAPOINTE – ORIGINAL
FRIEND SHIP RUG
DORIS SANDERSON – MISTY MORNING ORIGINAL
PAM WARZECHA – SPRING SAPLINGS AND DEER ADAPTED A J VAN DRIE
JANE BRIDGEMAN-BRENKeN – LE TOUR DE LA GASPESIE ORIGINAL
DEBBIE HARRIS – THE HUNTER AND BEAR MAT ADAPTED
JANE BRIDGEMAN BRENKAN – PURPLE HILLS ORIGINAL
BEA GRANT – HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM DESIGNED BY SPARHARK RUTH HALL
LOIS RESSOR – MOTHER AND FATHER DESIGNED BY DEANNE FITZPATRICK
THERESA ENGLISH – ODD MAN OUT REPRODUCTION OF ANTIQUE RUG
BEA GRANT – PRIMITIVE FRUIT DESIGNED BY BEA GRANT
LINDA YHOMPSON – DESIGNED BY MARGARET SHAW
NANCY MCFARLANE – SMELL THE FLOWERS DESIGNED BY ALANA KAPELLBARB D’ARCY AND KATHRYN TAYLOR – BARBIE AND BILLIE ADAPTED
ROSEMARY MALONE – SWEATER SHEEP ADAPTED
ROSEMARY MALONE – DREAMSCAPE ADAPTED
JESSICA CHARNOCK – AUTUMN DAY ORIGINALJANE BRIDGEMAN-BRENKEN – KALE IN TANTRAMAR MARSH ADAPTED FROM DEANNE FITZPATRICKBEA GRANT – CORNUCOPIA DESIGNED BY BEA GRANT
DORIS SANDERSON – SAN ANTONIO SUNFLOWER DESIGNED BY GAIL DUFRESNE
was absolutely wonderful! The venue for the rugs and vendors was big, bright and spacious – and beautifully set up. Our dinner/theatre evening Saturday was such fun – delicious food (always very important) and the performance (Forever Plaid) was hilarious and spoke especially to those of us of a certain age! The ladies in Cobourg did an amazing job organizing this annual – everything went smoothly all weekend long. Thank you and congratulations on a job well done! In between selling and schmoozing I (well actually Gord!) did manage to get pix of some of the rugs – I wish we could have taken a picture of every rug that was on display but that was just not going to happen. So what we did try to do was take pix of rugs that would give you an idea of the variety of styles, colours, cuts and techniques and alternative fibres to inspire and excite you. So over the next few days, as I get time to clean up and figure out names of rugs, hookers and designers I will post the pix we did take…
If you have never been to one of the OHCG annuals you are missing a fabulous weekend. Next year the Ottawa guild will be hosting the annual the weekend of May 5 – 6. It promises to be another outstanding event!
At the same time as the annual conference another display was being held at the Art Gallery Northumberland in Cobourg. This gallery is housed in the beautiful Victoria Hall building on the main street. Sadly both displays ended yesterday but I did get a few pictures at this one as well which I will post today. We tried to get the tag with the name of the rughooker and designer – I hope you can zoom in on these 🙂 .