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Monthly Archives: October 2022

CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING A MONTH LATE…

Finally finished my turkey and punkins rug (Wild Cranberry rughooking pattern adapted to fit my spot). I held off as I wanted to use it as a sample in my finishing class this past Thursday so could not showbind it till I got home – finished it off yesterday along with a few other small samples from my class. So hmmm, it is a little late going up on the wall as our Canadian Thanksgiving was almost a month ago – butttttt I am early for American Thanksgiving so this year I am celebrating both and will leave my turkey on the wall for another month 🙂 . That does not mean, however, that there will be a turkey in the oven for upcoming Thanksgiving!!!

Also finished off my Witchy woman (pattern adapted from a NFF pattern) and Snow Angels (one of my Shelly Atkinson patterns)…

Now I am working on pennies for a penny Christmas tree and have been told in no uncertain terms by Andrea TO STOP WORKING ON MY SAILING SHIPS RUG. Otherwise, her itchy fingers may have to start working on hers as well. So, I do have a Christmas pattern to draw on linen and dye for (or pull off the shelves for) and maybe fix one of the antique rugs… So lots to do…

NEW SHOW AND TELL…

Catherine recently finished her Joni Black Market Day hooked rug – it turned out beautifully…This is part of a seasonal set – winter, spring, summer and autumn…

and Wendy D finished her fun floral sheep – one of my kits but in HER colours and I love it…and yes, if there is a kit you see, but you prefer other colours, please email me – I am happy to change up the colours and make it YOURS…

I finally mounted Tree in a Pot – took me months of having it on my table in my studio before I finally decided that I did not actually want to put it in a picture frame – instead I mounted it to a vintage muskrat skin stretcher that has lovely patina. The frame will house something else one day…

Progress on my newest rug – design from a book by Rebekah Smith but widened to fit under my shelf in my living room. I am soooooo loving working on this piece – I think it is the challenge of something new. But, if it is going to be one of the pieces I work on at our retreat in a month I NEED TO STOP. Fortunately, I have two antique rugs to repair and a rug to hook for a friend and, yesterday, I had the privilege of teaching a finishing class in Martintown. These ladies are lovely and took to the different finishing ideas like ducks to water. So now I have a pile of samples from the class that need to be finished!!!!! so more projects to work on… show bindings, prodding, braided edges and appliqued edges.

MOUNTING PUNCH NEEDLE TO …

A number of people have asked me how I mount my punch needle pieces to my junking treasures. My method is a permanent method, so the first thing I do is make sure that the piece I am mounting my punch needle onto is NOT a valuable antique! I have discovered that some of the pieces I have mounted onto were actually rather rare and although I paid less, found that they were selling on eBay for a LOT of money! yikes! So, just make sure that you are not damaging a precious antique. (my friend Sandi says she covers the back of her punch needle with another piece of weavers cloth and then mounts to her piece thus it can be removed without damaging either the punched piece or the antique).

Once I am finished punching, I press from the back and then flip my piece over and run the iron right along the edge of my punching. This helps square up the edges since they are still a bit damp from the steam (I use a Eurosteamer).

Next, I press under the edges so that none of the weavers cloth shows from the front (although you will still see some from the sides but we have a fix for that!). Then I trim my excess weavers cloth – I leave about half an inch all the way around and miter across the corners.

To mount my pieces I use a Clear Kitchen and Bathroom silicone. My favourite brand is by GE and is 100% silicone which means it does not get stiff when it is dry like glue does, but rather, stays flexible. It is thicker than glue and as a result does not seep through to the front like glue would. It also stays “open” for quite a while allowing me to reposition my piece if need be (unlike a glue gun which would stick immediately!).

I run a thin bead of silicone all the way around underneath the edge of my weavers cloth and push it down on the back of my piece. I then set a book on top for about 10 minutes. I usually do two opposite sides first – set with a book for 10 minutes and then do the other two sides. Make sure as much of your corner is folded in as possible – once the silicone has set you can trim off any excess that is visible from the front without fear of your piece ravelling.

Let your piece dry for a few hours before mounting to your treasure. When you are ready, again run a bead of silicone all the way around your piece about 1/4 inch in from the edge and with a flat tool (a knife works fine) spread this right up to the edge. Run another bead in the shape of an X across the interior of your piece and spread this out with your tool making sure you get right to the edge without making that area too thick as you don’t want it squeezing out. Place on your treasure as accurately as possible – you will be able to move it into proper position (clean off any excess silicone immediately if you move your piece) and then place a heavy book on top of it. If your treasure is rounded place a piece of paper on top of your punch needle once it is in place and then run masking tape over this and onto the piece you are mounting to (do NOT put masking tape directly on your loops as you risk pulling them out). Allow to dry for at least an hour.

Now, if you can see the white edge of your weavers cloth and it bothers you (it bothers me!) you can trim around this with a piece of yarn or braiding or gimp. I usually find a thinner yarn that matches my piece and this I DO glue on with craft glue – I do one side at a time and run a very thin bead of glue along that side and around the corner. I then press my yarn in place and push a few straight pins in to keep it in place – move to the next side in about 5 minutes and keep doing this until you can butt join your ends together.

This one I first mounted to a piece of wool and then mounted that to the antique tin scoop…

Et voila – you now know how I mount my pieces! Please note that this is not a museum finishing technique!!!!!

SHOW AND TELL…

a beautiful bunny hooked by Wendy – started in a class with Pam Bartlett…

Karen finished two lovely primitive pieces…

Helen finished mini punching her beautiful peonies…

and I am working on a new project which is such fun. My friend, Andrea, and I decided to do this project together and we will finish them at our retreat in November. The fun, and challenging, aspect to them is they are a combination of applique and hooking. As you can see, the sails, waves, sun and one of the flags are appliqued – stitched first and stuffed and then blanket stitched to the linen and again stuffed lightly (not like a turkey!). I still have the pennies to cut out and applique in place in the border. I was getting a tad nervous though, about how my high hooking would work with the applique so decided to hook in a bit around some of the applique and – I like the look. The slight bit of stuffing raises the applique so that it is not too flat and lost once you hook around it. I used, instead of Valdani threads, some of my hand dyed wool threads for the stitching and love how it worked. It is a bit thicker so it covers the edges better than Perle cotton and because it is wool it “sticks” in place better. The only part that was not a pleasure, was trying to thread the yarn into my little tiny crewel needle that I use for applique. I would cut it on an angle, spit on it, roll it between my fingers and with my cheaters and really strong light finally get it through the hole of my needle. Well, that wore thin after a few rethreadings until I remembered – when my mother-in-law passed away I inherited her wonderful sewing box and in that sewing box were many treasures including a little silver box with pins, needles AND NEEDLE THREADERS. Well, that worked beautifully and my stitching is done – well except for all the pennies. Cannot wait for our retreat to work on the hooking!!!!… Will I be able to wait that long haha – luckily I have a few projects to work on for other people in the meantime.

This is a Rebekah Smith pattern from her last book…

The little silver pin box/cushion which housed the wonderful and indispensable needle threader…

I just love this old fashioned home made pin holder…

MISSING THAT CROCK?

Not sure what happened but here’s the crock – and that’s not a crock 🙂 …

SHOW AND TELL…

A few pieces to share…

Wendy finally finished show binding the edges of her Pig in Posies and hung her (yikes I mean the rug) under a wonderful shelf full of her collection of tea pots. I love the idea of hanging pieces under shelves – and then changing them seasonally. I have a shelf in my living room and the rugs underneath it get changed on a regular basis (well if I remember).

Almost time to change out fall for winter (working on a new fall piece which may not make it onto the wall until next fall)…

The hooking is finished on my new fall rug but I am holding on to it as part of a finishing class for next week – then showbind it and up even though it may be a tad late. This is an adaptation of a wonderful pattern I bought from Wild Cranberry hooked rugs – I needed to make it a tad longer than the original pattern so put in an extra punkin and more tongues around the edge… If you look closely you will see the wishbone hooked into the background behind the turkey (very subtle – did not want to alarm him!!!)…

Linda sent me pix of her lovely, completed Deanne Fitzpatrick pieces…

Diane finished another rug to hang on her wall under her shelf…this is the January rug – next??? February, March…

Remember when spreadable cheddar cheese came in brown stoneware crocks instead of plastic containers! The crocks were beautiful and could be reused. I found this one at an antique and collectibles store and just mounted my punkin to the front of it. The crock has a lovely bar which locks down the lid – great for storing special tea or needles and threads…

ANOTHER BLOW AND MOW DAY…

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrated this weekend. We had a lovely weekend with my mom and sister – went to the Pumpkin Inferno at Olde Fort Henry which was wonderful but darned chilly. The girl who checked our tickets took pity on us and gave us a wheel chair for my sister – mom had her walker which we discovered did not work tooooo well on gravel roads 😦 but nonetheless, despite everything, it was wonderful and magical and the remote car start ensured we got our frozen bodies warmed up quickly! So thankful for all our blessings – family, good friends and lovely days.

This morning was blow and mow and I did take pictures. I had hoped to just let everyone’s imagination go wherever it took them but these scary pix are the Westport Gothic…as you can see Gord is somewhat “chicer” than I am and he did get a riding blanket to help his bony butt from getting too sore…

FALL ADVENTURE…

The other day I got to drive the man toy = the honkin big John Deere tractor!!!! What led to this was an advertisement Gord got on his phone for a leaf blower on wheels!!!! No no no I said = you just bought a new leaf blower two years ago = we now have two! The new one was a back pack as the old one just was not strong enough to blow 5 million leaves on 8 acres of land. So the new one is much stronger and can be put on your back as it is also much heavier. But when Gord saw the one with WHEELS! welllll the wheels started turning!!!! He would be able to do the km long driveway in no time flat! and would not have to carry the blower on his back! Well, 500 dollars and my wheels started turning! We have a big tractor, which at this time of year constantly has a long trailer attached to it so that we can just dump all the cuttings from cleaning out the gardens into the trailer and then once a day schlepp it up to the dumping spot. Well, why could I not drive the tractor and Gord could sit in the back with his back pack leaf blower and without exercising his legs he could blow the leaves off as I drove slowly up the driveway.

Gord’s first thought, I am sure, was SHE DOESNT DRIVE THE CAR – HOW CAN SHE DRIVE A TRACTOR. But, as I reminded him, when I was a teenager my dad got me a job on a friends tobacco farm. I was the official stick shaker but one day when there was no tobacco to go into the kilns I had to help in the fields. Well, I was given the job of driving the tractor – a beat up old beast. Although I had my beginners license, I had never driven a tractor and it was a bit more confusing than ours is. I started out okay and then proceeded to drive over the metal baskets that held the uncured tobacco leaves – flattening three of them! Needless to say, my tractor driving days ended quickly and I was consigned to picking! instead of driving.

But I climbed into the cab of our tractor and with a few instructions and outfitted in my best tractor driving clothes – my babushka, my dads old flannel jacket, my muddy billy boots and plaid flannel pants and with Gord sitting on the wall of the trailer, off we went. Slowwwwly! But, within 45 minutes the entire driveway was done with no driving off the road or flattening of anything. However, next time I think we will put one of the lawn chairs in the back for Gord to sit in as his bony butt was pretty sore by the end of 45 minutes. So, here’s the picture (a good rug I think) – me driving in my Sunday best with Gord sitting on a lawn chair in the back of the trailer armed with his trusty leaf blower – Beverly Hills here we come!!!!

And now for a bit of show and tell…

Wendy finished these two lovely pieces – the shaded flowers design is by Sue Perry and was a class…

and I finally attached my Pumpkin punch needle to a vintage flour sifter, placed floral foam in the bottom and collected some fall leaves. Sadly, all the really colourful ones are up way tooooo high for me to pick so I have to be satisfied with the ones on the ground that the squirrel has cut for me…

and Diane sent me a picture of her Oxford punched skinny tree attached to a barrel stave and barrel ring that we salvaged from the burn pile and had our hubbies make into ART! The plan is to embellish the ring with greenery and whitery for the holidays and the motto is NEVER throw ANYTHING away haha…