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PETERBOROUGH FIBRE SHOW…

In two weeks I head off to a wonderful show in Peterborough Ontario. Not only do I love doing the  show because

it has a wonderful mix of vendors of fibre arts supplies and finished items, but also because en route to

Peterborough we go junkin! So excited – it has been months since I went good junkin – mostly because all the

places I used to go in my area seem to have depleted their stocks or changed direction!  So if you are looking for

a great show to visit check out Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival on the 14th.  Mornings are pretty busy so maybe

plan for after lunch when things calm down a bit. 

Fibre Arts Festival & Sale 2020


The 10th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale will take place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, (located by Fleming College) 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The entry fee is $5.00, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

CAN-OLA CLASS IN OTTAWA…

I have a few spots left in my upcoming Can-ola class (molas with a Canadian theme and colour plan). To get more details on the class and to register please click on this link … https://ottawarughooking.com/workshops-upcoming/ – 🙂 you may have to copy and paste that into your browser!

This is a fun one day class in which we will cover the history of molas and the meaning of the symbols used and then reinterpret that using Canadian themes and symbols to design unique Can-olas. This is a great way to use up your bits and pieces – cut and uncut!

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Samples of the Can-olas I have hooked…

 

 

 

 

SO INSPIRED…

by all the pieces being worked on yesterday at the hookin that I finished off my Tom Thompson this morning – a little tweaking and pressing and then I am putting it in a vintage rather grubby frame! I am happy to own a Tom Thompson

🙂 …

CABIN FEVER HOOKIN…

was wonderfu! We ordered up the perfect day!!! Lots of sun and warmer temperatures which made for great driving as many of our attendees drove up to 2 hours to get to the hookin. I want to thank everyone who joined us and made the day one of inspiration and just plain fun. It was lovely to see faces we sometimes see only once or twice a year but also to see the beautiful piece people were working on. A particular biggggg thank you to the ladies who helped set up and take down (and sweep!!!) and who worked hard in the kitchen and at the front door, to those who kindly brought goodies to share and door prize donations. Once again I was forced to bring home goodies 🙂 – Gord is a happy man!

And so, some pictures of show and tell…


Andrea doing the happy dance after she won the 50/50 and told us what she was doing with the funds… “

The Caribbean Goodwill Tour is a cultural and educational experience through sports  between the countries of Canada,  Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Children and families voyage to visit these 3rd world countries to  help the kids and communities in great need by donating sporting equipment,  school supplies,  medical supplies, clothing, toys and so much more.

The week long schedule has opening ceremonies, 4 game days, school and community visitation day, closing ceremonies and more!

This life changing event teaches our kids the gift of giving to others in the world while learning how others live in different  countries in the world.

The Goodwill Tour has supported the provinces of Holguin and Matanzas in Cuba, as well as supporting Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana in the Dominican Republic.

She is using her winnings to buy nail polish, hair clips and other fun items to add to the dental hygiene hygiene products she has already donated.

A FEW RUGS TO SHARE…

FIRST AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE – IF YOU HAVE EMAILED ME AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A REPLY AND YOUR SERVER IS YAHOO PLEASE CALL ME – MY SERVER IS STILL NOT PLAYING NICE WITH YAHOO AND EMAILS I SEND END UP IN SPAM FILES. PLEASE DO NOT THINK I AM BEING RUDE – I HAVE REPLIED BUT I AM SITTING IN JUNK 😦 .

This past weekend was our retreat at the nunnery in Montreal – a weekend filled with good company, laughter and inspiration. Unfortunately, we were all so caught up in working on our pieces that hmmm, we forgot to have show and tell and I forgot to take pictures! NEXT YEAR! 🙂

However, in the meantime, a lot of people have shared pictures of their pieces so here goes:

Karen sent me pix of her lovely Maud Lewis rugs…

Sandra sent me pix of her rugs hung in her new home… Carol sent pix of her Snowy Owl (one of my Lisa Ferguson patterns) hooked…
and Rochelle sent a picture of her punch needle version!…such fun to see these two lovely pieces in totally different mediums…

and finally, Frances finished her purse kit and did a great job!… I love hooking purses – portable art!…

WESTPORT CABIN FEVER HOOKIN…

Wow I cannot believe that the hookin is only a little over a week away. Weather forecast looks pretty good for the big day so if you have registered please remember that we are at the North Crosby Community Centre – same place as last February’s hookin and our summer hookin – located just outside of Westport off highway 10 and concession 8.  Hookin starts at 10 – please don’t arrive at 9 – we won’t be there 🙂 .  If you have registered but are not well (we all know how these nasty winter bugs have dragged some of us down) or for some other reason cannot make it please let Carol or me know as we do have a waiting list.  Please bring your mug and lunch – we will have goodies and snacks and coffee and tea.

See you soon …

A FEW MORE TO SHARE…

A few punch and hooking pieces to share:

Michelle finished her Tom Thompson from our class with Carol Shewan – love love love that sky!…

 

Pam sent me a picture of her Seaside Cat (one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry) – cat went walkabout 🙂 but the rug is lovely…  Lori was having problems with her cloth and hoop for punching – can I mention here that the ONLY hoop I recommend for punching is the Morgan. It is the only one that I have found holds the cloth ultra drum tight throughout the punching process. Once we transferred the pattern to weavers cloth and put it in a Morgan hoop WOW the piece was done in a few days and is so beautiful! I love the background…  And I mounted my snowman punched piece (Teresa Kogut design) in an antique tin grain scoop. Added a vintage hand crocheted doily because I thought it looked like a snowflake and was too precious to send to the thrift store and a turned wooden tree from Germany… 

FINALLY…

A new, and much more pleasant use for antique skin stretchers!!! I have been collecting these for a few years now and was initially rather put off by the original use (stretching the skins of muskrats) but the lovely patina on these pieces and the age and history attracted me. Finally, I put one to what I consider good use – stretching my Twin Horses punch needle piece. As you can see, this stretcher has undergone a repair and rather than hide the repair on the backside I thought it was so ingeniously done that it needed to be showcased on the front of the stretcher. Gord drilled, carefully, the tiniest of holes in the top = now how to get a strand of yarn or wire or something through those little tiny holes???? Well, my wonderful needle threader came in very handy as it went through the holes and pulled the yarn through just far enough that I did not break the needle threader (because punching life is over if you have no needle threader!!!) and could grab the doubled end of the yarn and pull it through. I attached the punched piece with my usual clear kitchen and bathroom silicone and ran a single strand of the same yarn (quite thin but nubby) all the way around to hide the edge of the weavers cloth, et voila! I am sooooo happy with the finish on this piece that I now need to finish off another piece but this time inside an antique tin grain scoop. Pictures to follow…

Dianne finished her first hooked piece in a couple of weeks and it turned out beautifully…

and Betty finished off one of her pieces from a recent Deanne Fitzpatrick class…I love how this turned out – very Canadian Shield…