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FINISHED…

Edie finished her wonderful portrait of her mom. You can feel the gentle personality of Edie’s mom radiating from her hooked piece…

Whereas, my Dad was a bit of a goof and I hope that comes through in my piece which is finished except for the hmmm, finishing 🙂 . As you can see, Dad started out as a much bigger piece but halfway through I realized that I did not need all that extraneous info…what was important was the expression on his face and too much of the body and background would have taken the focus off his face. At the suggestion of Karen, Dad will hang off a wooden spoon in my kitchen where he can watch my terrible cooking efforts – dad was THE cook in the family – sadly I did  not  inherit his amazing  cooking  skills…

FINISHED…

Finally, a finished piece to share – made by me! Which does not seem to happen as often as it used to. This is a piece I hooked for Sharon. It started out as a pattern purchased by Sharon from a supplier in the States but Sharon did not love the original background in the pattern and asked if I could change it up – colours, background and border. Yikes! all those lines on top of lines. She asked for a greek key border – sounds easy – right? but it’s not! Hooking across the top and bottom was not an issue (after I drew out the right number of 4 inch blocks all the way around so that 1. it was the size she wanted and 2. there were the right number of blocks so that the colour actually transitioned correctly on the edge all the way around). However, hooking the sides so that the colours still alternated was weirdly difficult. I could not seem to figure it out and I usually don’t have this issue – is it age or just a weird design. I finally took a photo and turned it sideways to give me some idea of how to do it and still I had to adapt the sides a bit.  In the end it worked out. This is a fairly big rug and heavy! 4 x 2 feet. I am happpppy it is delivered to its new home – now I need to finish hooking my dad’s apron!!!…Poor man is still only half dressed!…


Karen sent me a picture of her mini fish bones – one of my punch needle patterns – mounted on driftwood. I LOVE IT KAREN!!!…

EASTERN ONTARIO RUGHOOKING SCHOOL…


If you have been thinking about taking a class at rugschool but the distance to some has been daunting here is a new rug school in EASTERN Ontario.  2020 will be the inaugural year with great teachers from near and far.  Check it out and register soon as I believe classes are already 50% full…

 

FUN FUN DAY AT FIBRE EXTRAVAGANZA…

in Kemptville. This is not a huge, overwhelming show but a nice doable size for which the vendors have been carefully selected for their excellent quality and good range of products. The organizer, Brenda, does an amazing job of promoting the event (even down to a podcast which is currently in the process of being put together – once I have the link I will post it). Lots of give aways and door prizes. Next year the event will be on the same date (not sure if the location might change) – put it in your calendar and come to a lovely, fun show.

My next two events are the Cobourg Hookin next Monday September 30 at which I will be vending and teaching (see below for more details) and Fleece Festival in Woodstock on October 19. This year classes at FF will be held on Friday Oct 18th – I will be teaching Miniature Punch Needle – there are still a couple of spots available in the class so if you have always wanted to learn how to make these mini masterpieces check out the details https://fleecefestival.com/workshops


Cobourg Hook-In and Regional East Workshops.

The Northumberland Rug Hookers are hosting a hook-in plus four regional workshops.

Grace Church, 440 King St E. Hook-in 9-4; $5.

Bring lunch, hooking and rug for display. Guest speakers, refreshments & prizes!

Hook-In? Workshop? Both? The choice is Yours!

Hook-In:
• $5 admission for hook-in only
• No pre-registration required
• Vendors, Door Prizes! Cutter/Scissor Sharpening! • Delicious refreshments provided
• Guest Speaker:
• Alice Olsen Williams, Earth Song

FIBRE EXTRAVAGANZA…

Takes place in Kemptville Ontario this coming Saturday. This is year two for this lovely fibre show. Hope some of you can come and enjoy the vendors and events. For more details check out the website at https://www.fibreextravaganza.com. 

And a few finished pieces to share:

Karen finished her lovely punch needle (a Wendy Tremblay pattern I carry)… The other Karen finished the piece she started in our Portraits class last week with Wendie Scott Davis – can you tell she was EXCITED about her granddaughters portrait – it turned out beautifully… and Michelle finished her Hudsons Bay Canada Goose (one of the Lisa Ferguson hooking and punching patterns I carry)…

and if gardens were not calling I might actually finish something too!!!

AMAZING CLASS…

I just finished taking a 3 day class with Wendie Scott Davis on hooking portraits. What an amazing class – I am exhausted (as are we all) but so love my piece (although it is not yet quite finished. We started by sending Wendie a photograph we wanted to work on – Wendie then used various computer programmes to send us images that showed where the various values should be placed and then the actual picture of the colours and values of those colours. We then either picked through our stashes or dyed wool or bought wool and drew out our patterns from a line drawing. And then Wendie spent time working with us on eyes, teeth, mouths, ears etc. As you can see from the pictures of what we were working on she is an exceptional teacher and we all came out with amazing pieces.  When they are all done I will post final pictures with the original photograph… (oh and hmmmm, I worked in cuts I have not even seen in any of my rugs in 20+ years – 4 and 5!!! – thread!!! 🙂 )…

Louise’s Grandson… My crazy Dad… Karen’s granddaughter… Andrea’s daughter… Wendy’s granddaughter…
Edith’s mom… piles and piles of wool everywhere…

CUTTER FOR SALE…

Michelle has a Fraser 500 cutter for sale – no blades.  The cutter is 125.00 and blades can be purchased from Maureen Robertson at dreamsandcreations@rogers.com (Maureen is our local Fraser dealer and service person). If you are interested please contact Michelle (in Kingston Ontario) at Magarofalo16@gmail.com.

FIBREFEST…

Well the organizers of the show and workshops REALLY outdid themselves this year – Fibrefest was absolutely fabulous. A great range of classes from Thursday on and such a super variety of vendors with high quality, beautiful supplies and finished works for sale. OF COURSE I bought lots of lovely things – amazing Wensleydale curly locks from Elizabeth at Serendipity Farm.  I plan to hook these into various colourful sheep and just let the locks dangle as they are too beautiful to cut; a gorgeous mug (have I mentioned I am a collector of mugs – well Gord and I both love to pick up mugs in our travels) with a sheep from Ravensart Muskoka studio and some beautiful Sari silks for hmmm, whatever!!!

Iphone is still wobbling on the picture taking so I schlepped around the Ipad which hmmm, probably needs its lens cleaned as the pictures came out rather badly so here are a few of the best ones.  If you get a chance try to get to Fibrefest next year – you will not regret it:

Sandi picked up this lovely rug at an auction recently – love the graphicness of this piece…Tracy turned my Primitive Posies into a lovely bench pad…

ALMONTE(ONTARIO)FIBREFEST…

This weekend is one of my favourite shows – Almonte Fibrefest.  I have been vending at this show since, hmmmm, can I remember back that far? Back in the days when we were in the agricultural centre and there were about 10 vendors and the occasional leaky roof. This show has come A LONG WAY! Now we have so many vendors that the arena is full, a great variety of workshops before and during, events at the Textile museum – just a fabulous show. In a beautiful artsy town that is full of great restaurants and shops and yeahhhh, antique stores. Such a great way to spend a full weekend – take a class (or two), fill your bags with amazing fibre related items at Fibrefest, take in the textile museum and have a lovely meal at one of the local restaurants and STAY AWAY FROM MY JUNK STORES! Actually, enjoy the antique stores – they are fabulous and I have enough to open my own store 🙂 .

After a long weekend with great company (despite a nasty reaction to a shingles vaccine) I have been busy preparing and packing for 2 classes and vending. In the meantime, some little critter in my back yard has ALSO been busy -stripping my oak tree of branches and dropping them all over the ground. What is the expression – if the squirrel can not get to the acorn, the acorn must come to the squirrel? Yup, some critter with a bushy tail and big teeth has decided it is much easier to drop the branches and harvest and crack open the acorns on the ground than it is up in a tree. So every day I HARVEST oak branches and schlepp them into the woods – with nary an acorn left (just caps).

So, it seems everyone has been busy. Including Lisa Ferguson who just sent me a new pattern which will soon be available as a punch needle (miniature) and rughooking pattern. Years ago I would cross country ski on trails near our home. There was a particular “stop” on the route where, if you stood quite still with your hand outstretched and full of sunflower seeds, the chickadees would swoop down out of the trees and land on your hand and take seeds. This beautiful little chickadee pattern is definitely on my “to do” list…

Have a great weekend and hopefully some of you can make it to Fibrefest!