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Monthly Archives: October 2017

COBOURG HOOKIN PIX…

The hookin was wonderful – we left at 6:15 when it was dark and windy and rainy and REALLY miserable – but by the time we arrived in Cobourg for cheapy breakfast at Wimpy’s the sun was breaking through and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Which meant the hookers came out in DROVES! I think the estimate was close to 100 attendees plus vendors. A big thank you to the ladies in the Cobourg group for hosting this event… Gord did take some pretty good pix so here we go…




In addition, Joan sent me a picture of Karla Gerard pattern she hooked for her granddaughter…and Mary sent me a picture of her completed Canola beaver…Hope you enjoyed the show! See some of you on Thursday…

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A FEW RUGS AND A FEW SHOWS…

I cannot believe that we still have such beautiful weather. Not that I am getting to spend much time outdoors – between nasty outdoor allergies which have me coughing like a long term 3 pack a day smoker! and just being busy busy I seem to spend most of my time indoors. Ah well – I did pick a beautiful day this week to do – yup – windows! Needed cleaning for hmmmm the 3rd time this summer – we always have to time the windows – not before pine pollen season! because that would just be a waste of time when all that yellow silty stuff settles on EVERYTHING (my excuse for not doing much outdoor work until end of June 🙂 . Then late summer because hmmm those darned bugs leave spots all over everything and yikes the birds decided this year to nest 2 times! and they leave mud and straw all over the windows and then just before winter so I don’t have to look at dirty windows all winter! However, as my vision gets worse every year I don’t see the streaks and spots quite as easily so maybe in future it will be once a year 🙂 .

I have been doing a few patterns for hooking and punch needle and a bit of dyeing for my last 2 shows – Cobourg hookin on Monday  and RVBB Burritts Rapids Vendor Day on Thursday. Both of these fun days are open to the public so I hope to see some of you there.

And now a few rugs to share…

Tara sent me a picture or her 4 season welcome rug…


And France finished her deacon’s bench pad which represents their log home and allll the little critters who come to visit… 

Barb and Lorraine spent a few days here this week upcycling ugly wool into beautiful useable wool. We spent a bit of time in the dye kitchen marrying and dirtying wool but also overdyeing some really flat boring wools. Barb brought her two most recent punch needle projects…

 




Enjoy this beautiful day!

ANOTHER ONE DONE…

Just finished punching this adaptation of one of the patterns I carry by A Piece of Work – available in punch needle and rughooking. I soooo enjoyed working on this piece – now to hook it! I need a new fall rug – of course it won’t be done till Christmas 🙂 so may only be for next fall. The finished punch needle piece I will attach to a wonderful box with a sliding lid – once I have painted and distressed it – the box that is. Although I could distress the punched piece – it is a tad darker in real life than in the photo but maybe it needs dirtying up a bit!…


Lise sent pix of her finished punch needle projects – Folk Art Bird is one of the patterns I carry by Wendy T… Lise finished these really quickly as she just started punching in my class on Thursday! 

 

But before I start anything – back to work on Van Gogh’s Wheatfields and a Karla Gerard Blooming Birches! must finish!!!!

FLEECE FESTIVAL…

Was amazing – busy busy busy with wonderful vendors. However, so busy that neither Gord nor I got a moment to go and take pix of the other vendors’ booths OR SPEND ANY MONEY 😦 . How sad!

Last week I added to the growing list of wonderful items to attach punch needle pieces to(yes I know that is bad grammar! but so much easier!!!). Primitive hornbooks made by my friend Vince. These can be stained or painted and distressed and then either a punch needle piece or small hooked rug can be attached.  They measure approximately 8 x 6 inches in the centre and are made either of reclaimed cedar or pine  – if you are interested give me a shout.  

Linda emailed me yesterday with a frame for sale:

“I bought it a few years ago in Mahone Bay – made by B & W Wood Craftings. It is a floor model with a hexagon Frame 16 in in the middle and gripper strips. I paid $400.00 and would like to sell it for $100.00. If anyone is interested, they could email me at brianh@kingston.net or call 613 353 6106.”

and now a few pictures to share:

Jane hooked my Punkins kit and added her own wonderfully primitive look to it…

Karen started this punch needle piece in my class on Saturday and had it finished by Monday… (could it be that she is hooked – or is that punched?)…

Alexandra finished her lovely rug in honour of her Fur-kid…

And Elizabeth sent me a picture of her stunning ULTRA WIDE CUT(TORN) Van Gogh from a class she took with Karen Kaiser…

 

 

 

OFF TO FLEECE FESTIVAL…

with suitcases in tow… Thought I would post a picture of my most recent Owl purse – I sooooo love making purses. Little pieces of portable art – they are fast to hook and easy to put together and fun to wear. I now have 4 purses in stock that are for sale – I can only use one at a time! Or, perhaps four might work better – since I never seem to be able to find keys, wallet, Kleenex – one purse for each might not be a bad idea!!!


These are the others that are for sale…

Danyelle sent me a picture of how she hung her oval Antique Rabbit mat. Odd sized rugs are difficult to hang and I love this method…

RUGS TO SHARE…

Saturday I went junkin with company and got a lotttt of wonderful little antique smalls. Saw an amazing hand made wash board that dated back to the late 1800’s – all it was was a slab of wood with grooves carved into both sides – so very wonderfully primitive! however it had a crack and being worried that the crack would eventually spread I did not buy it – butttttt I have had dreams about it – so if anyone has any ideas of how I can stop the crack from spreading please let me know so I can go back to ???? (not telling!) and get that amazing washboard!… and yes I have been hooking – Van Gogh, Fish Bones and an Owl canola purse which I will share once my camera’s batteries have recharged!… In the meantime I do have other rugs to share with you…

Marjorie shared her wonderful cat mat… and Helen did a beautiful rendition of Emily Carr’s Kitwanger Totem Pole…

Gretchen sent me a picture of her colourful finished Fishbones…(and yes I do have more available 🙂

and Anne sent me pictures of her wonderful rugs…The pumpkin and large rug are from Catherine Stephen at Red Barn Rugs and the Christmas rug is a antique reproduction from Saundra Porter at Woodland Junction.

Tomorrow I will be at Stitch by Stitch from 10 – 12… somewhat soggy perhaps from all this rain!!!!

 

A RUG EXHIBIT TO SHARE…

This past weekend the Beaconsfield Rughooking Guild held their biennial rug display. I was unable to make it but thanks to Dawna and Jane I am able to show you some of the rugs that were on display.

Dawna explained that “We did have a theme for the first time, inspired by the OHCG Images of Canada last year. We took it a little farther and did covered bridges. We had 9 bridges in all that got finished…well, one of mine still had a needle hanging on the back by Friday morning!!!!”

The names of the covered bridge rugs and who hooked them:

Candace Fradette   “Morrisburg Covered Bridge”

Claire Fradette  “Longest Covered Bridge”, Hartford New Brunswick

Denise Morissette  “Pont Couvert” – Pont St Andrée

Dawna Matthew “Pont St Columban” adapted with permission from sketch by Guy Thibault

Dawna Matthew “Pont Prudhomme”

Dawna Matthew “ Pont Faubourg” This scene used to be on the 1000$ bill

Isabelle Rollin “Altogether”

Brenda Ticehurst “Romance at Kelly Bridge”

Ti Seymour “La Macaza”





There was even an edible covered bridge!!!…

and now for a few more wonderful rugs…