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Monthly Archives: August 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS…

First, a picture of a beautiful rug hooked by Liz. This is a biggg rug (I know because I drew it out) and Liz hooked it in hmmm less than 2 months! Am I shamed – you bet!!!…

And a quick reminder that Fibrefest, our local fabulous Fibre weekend, takes place in Almonte September 8 and 9 with workshops (some are not yet totally full so check them out) on Friday the 7th. Take advantage of a wonderful day at Fibrefest and then visit the beautiful town of Almonte (one of my favourite junkin’ destinations). You won’t be disappointed in either!!! I will be teaching Friday and vending Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there.

Also the Monday after Fibrefest there is a lovely hookin in Campbellford – Although I won’t be able to attend this is a great start to hooking season (hopefully we will be DONE with heat and humidity. Today feels like soup outside!)…

The Old Mill Park in Campellford on the west side of the town bridge.
Cost $5.oo, 
Bring a sandwich, 
Dessert , tea and coffee is provided.
Bring your hooking and enjoy the day.
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PRODDED SUNFLOWERS WORKSHOP IS FULL…

At Fibrefest in Almonte however I will be holding a SMALL! workshop here in conjunction with Wendo who will be teaching a fun new needle felting project. Soooooo details are below – let me know if you are interested by emailing me. As I mentioned it is a small workshop and 2 spaces are already filled…

Jo-Anne emailed me pictures of some lovely rughooking frames she has for sale as she is downsizing on her hooking. Jo-Anne lives in Cobden Ontario. You can contact her directly at 613-633-9828 or joquilts6@icloud.com.

ANOTHER TWIST COME AND GONE…

Twist 2018 was fabulous!!!! Cool comfortable arena and massive numbers spread evenly over 3 days made it a marvellous weekend. There were even MORE amazing vendors than in the past years – the festival continues to grow each year with lots of wonderful workshops and demos taking place prior to and all weekend long.

So a few pix to share with you…

 

Heather sent me a picture of her most recent rug…

as did Barb…

TWO NEW LISA FERGUSON PATTERNS…

Leaving for TWIST in a few hours. Wow I just realized there are about 60 vendors in the arena PLUS more artists and vendors in the gym. That is an amazing number of fibre vendors/artists. Hope some of you can come – it promises to be a wonderful show.

I have a few new beautiful patterns from Lisa which are now listed on the online store:

Barn Owl

 

Cardinal

Elaine sent me a picture of Gertrude and Elizabeth – one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry. I have loved this pattern from the moment I saw it but have actually never seen it hooked up and I love what Elaine did with it.

Hmmmmm never throw garbage on the porch while it is still dark out! I threw out an empty cat kibble bag and this little guy came for a visit discovered it (and the recycled cat food tins!). Not much to eat though!

TWIST…

no, not the dance – toooooo hot to dance! – but rather the fibre show! takes place next week – August 17 – 19 in St. Andre Avelin, Quebec. This is a wonderful show – so wonderful in fact that they had to tack on Friday afternoon as well because Saturday last year was CRAZY busy! So a suggestion – if you plan to come – come on Friday or Sunday. Sunday is very calm! and getting around to the various vendors and artists is much much easier. AND this year!!! there will be an industrial AC unit in the arena keeping us much cooler and dryer! So it will be a fabulous show! There are lots of workshops taking place and demo’s – a fulllllll packed weekend of exciting fibre related events! Hope to see some of you there! Check out the website for vendors, artists, demos and workshops…

https://festivaltwist.org/en/

My next show after TWIST is Fibrefest in Almonte September 8 – 9. Another wonderful event in one of my favourite junkin’ towns. This year (second year) there are workshops again on Friday and Saturday. Check out the list of wonderful classes. My proddy Sunflower class is full however a few spots are left in my miniature Punchneedle Workshop so if you have wanted to learn how to do this fun technique this is a perfect opportunity on Friday afternoon.

http://almontefibrefest.ca

example of miniature punch needle:

 

Susan sent me a picture of her finished Pumpkin Patch (one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry)…

HOT STICKY DAYS…

Do not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. I hope you are all cool and comfortable. This weather does not jive well with hooking with wool – well not big rugs in any event so I am busy making prodded sunflowers for my class at Almonte Fibrefest in September. I love making these sunflowers as they are fun and easy and look so good in the fall and hmmm unlike real sunflowers which I LOVE these last more than 2 days!

I am finally able to post the flyer for the rug show taking place in Almonte:

AND!!!! a new Lisa Ferguson pattern – Bluejay. This is a wonderful design – big enough (24 x 17 inches) to be very dramatic but simple to hook either very realistically or whimsically. I love bluejays – they are one of my favourite harbingers of fall (and this year fall cannot come tooooo soon with hopefully cooler dryer days!) so of course this had to become a pattern. At the Art and Craft sale in Picton on Thursday Lisa was just down the aisle from me with her prints AND VERY REASONABLY PRICED ORIGINAL WATER COLOURS. So I sent people her way to see all her beautiful pieces and of course! there were some decisions made on future patterns i.e. a lovely Barn Owl, Pileated Woodpecker etc. These would be wonderful for 2019 Annual with the Birds of a Feather theme!…

A FEW SHOWS IN THE AREA…

Welllllllll Yesterday’s Women’s Institute Craft and Art show is over for another year. Unlike last year it was not as horrifically hot and we brought a fan so Gord managed to stay nice and cool. Had a fun day but not so fun drive home. Because the show runs till 7 by the time we were 3/4 of the way home it was getting dark. That must bring out all the animals because as we were driving along all of a sudden a big black “thing” fell from the sky beside our car and thunked into us. Now Gord is a very very careful driver and I keep eyes peeled for little beady glimmers on the side of the road.  We have never hit an animal before and actually Gord swerves (when it is not dangerous) for wooly bears and frogs but this BIG BLACK MONSTER came out of the sky! Turns out it was a huge bear cub – although it was sooooo big I would not call it a cub! It must have decided to play chicken and jump off the cliff on the side of the highway – and ran into the side of our vehicle. Loving all animals as we do this was not a good thing.  We pulled over and as I was having a breakdown Gord was calling 911. Needless to say you DONT WANT TO GET OUT OF THE CAR WHEN there is an injured bear in the ditch and momma is grunting in the trees on the cliff! OPP were wonderful and were dispatched and we backed up as we were on the phone and all of a sudden the bear got up and ran across the highway and then back to our side with no apparent problems and finally back up the cliff to his mom. Well the tears started again – shock and relief that hopefully the little guy!!!! was okay. So we survived, the bear survived however the car did not! Well it survived with injuries. But things could have been much worse – the worst would have been being a few seconds later and having the bear in the middle of the highway! Of course, had we NOT STOPPED FOR ICECREAM on the way home hmmmm we would have gone through a few minutes earlier and none of this would have happened.  So NO MORE ICECREAM STOPS in future!!!! 🙂

And now back to more positive stuff! Although I no longer participate this is a great show on the lawns of the historic Opinicon Hotel in Chaffey’s lock (on the Rideau). If you are looking for something fun to do this Saturday and a great place to have lunch check it out. The Hotel has been totally revamped and is amazing…

And a lovely rug show!!! at the Mississippi Mills Municipal office 3131 Old Perth Road until September 30, Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30 then at the Mississippi Mills Public Library 155 High Street September 31st to November 30th. Both venues are in Almonte, Ontario which is a wonderful artsy town with a couple of my favourite antique stores and some really good restaurants.  There is a poster of the show but I need to figure out how to post it 🙂 and brain needs more caffeine first!