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BUSY BUSY BUSY…

No, not with painting and decluttering (although hmmmm the back porch is filling up rapidly with stuff to go to the thrift store) but rather dyeing and drawing patterns and wow even some hooking and wool appliqué in there.

Although I have no pix of my own work to share at the moment I do have some by others.  First a new beautiful Lisa Ferguson pattern that I will shortly be listing on my online store…

Morning Geese…

Michelle framed this lovely miniature punch needle – one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry for punching or hooking… Deanna made Fraktur(one of my patterns) into a bolster pillow… and hooked this lovely pattern from Deanne Fitzpatrick… She also hooked Neighbours (one of my Karla Gerard patterns)… and her first rughooking kit from a few months ago – do we think she is hooked !…

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WESTPORT SUMMER HOOKIN IS FULL!!!!…

I cannot believe we filled up in one day! Thank you to all who were so prompt in registering.  If you did not have a chance to register yesterday you can email Carol today to be put on the waiting list. She will be home – iced in like so many of us! A good day to hook and NOT go out!…

CABIN FEVER… AND WESTPORT SUMMER HOOKINS…

Wellllllll, not a good weather prediction for today and tomorrow – 10 hours of ice pellets and freezing rain. Thank goodness Gord (on my advice!) crunched up the driveway ice yesterday with the tractor and chains while it was still soft. So, right now it is like hmmm, corrugated tin on our road! Yeah… if the freezing rain does happen we will hopefully have a good crunchy base and should be able to get out tomorrow! Today, ahhhhhh playing in the dye pot, hooking and putting together all the wool to finish a rug for a friend who has lost her vision. That will be my project for next weekend’s retreat.

And now just a few reminders about our Cabin Fever Hookin which is full – if you are registered and sadly cannot come please let us know. Hopefully we will have fabulous weather and good driving for all that day:

Date – Saturday, February 23

Time – 10 – 3:30

Location – North Crosby Community Centre (not the Lions Club Beach House in Westport) just off highway 10 outside of Westport – 875 8th Concession Road

Please bring your lunch along – we will be serving coffee, tea and yummy treats (oh guess I better get baking!). We will be demonstrating a few fun projects and vendors will include myself, Carol Shewan and Wendo van Essen with her needle felting supplies and finished pieces. There will be door prizes and some silent auction items to get excitement up! And OF COURSE bring your hooking or punching or felting!

and now!!!!! REGISTRATION FOR THE SUMMER HOOKIN BEGINS! Please email Carol asap as we tend to fill quickly and hate to disappoint! cshewan@kingston.net

Date – Tuesday, July 2

Time – 10 – 3:30

Location – NEW LOCATION North Crosby Community Centre (not the Lions Club Beach House in Westport) just off highway 10 outside of Westport

We are trying out a new location this year – plenty of parking, big open room with a kitchen and great lighting. Not on the beach but there is plenty of shaded lovely outdoor seating for those who prefer to be outdoors.

A few lovely pieces to share:

Danyelle’s truly beautiful pieces…

Kim started hooking a few weeks ago – last friday she came with her loon kit finished and we worked on putting it together as a pillow.  She left with worms and a pattern for a tea cosy that we drew out and 4 days later hmmmmm almost done! Do you think she is hooked? 🙂 …  Diane finished her 2 snow shoe pieces – the left is an adaptation of one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry and on the right is an adaptation of a Shelly Atkinson pattern I carry. I love how these look on the vintage snowshoes I let her buy at the junk store! 🙂 and check out the tiny snowshoes she made to attach to her rug… Sandra hooked my River Otters rug and ohhhh it is so wonderfully primitive and antique looking. Sandra has such a knack for making a rug look like it was hooked in the 1800’s… 

M.I.A?…

YES it appears I have been missing in action – no blogging in a long time! But lots of decluttering, cleaning, painting and redecorating. Many trips to the thrift store to get rid of stuff, many bags of garbage and much less stuff (and Gord doesn’t know this but that means room for new stuff!). I am feeling the junk stores calling my name 🙂 .

Despite the aching body – I realized I am getting older when I had to think about how I was going to get up off the floor after I painted a cabinet – arthritic hip, sore knees and bad shoulder meant a lot of thought went into the process – I have been doing some hooking. Ruby’s rug is done! Well some cleanup and tweaking and show binding but the hooking is done. I had left a small 2 x 2 inch square section till the very end – the horse and cart. As you can see from the painting there was not much to distinguish the horse and cart from the buildings besides 4 wheels and 2 legs and some shadows but I am fairly happy with the way it turned out. May tweak it a bit yet but for the most part it is done and will soon be wending its way back to Ruby’s daughter and then on to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum.

So a few pictures of the rug in process:

The painting by John Sims and the original photograph…

Rug as it stood when I got it from Ruby’s family hmmmm over a year ago…

A few months later I finally tackled the easy parts… And then the really easy part – the sky…Once the sky was in I had to get back to the tough parts…
And finally today the cart and horse went in…
Only a year to complete! But it is a big rug. I dyed all the wool for Ruby when she decided she was going to hook the rug and it was all done in number 8 and number 6 cut (well a few number 8’s got cut into 4’s). It was a challenge hooking this rug for so many reasons – firstly, my hooking and Ruby’s were quite different and I had to adapt mine to hers so that the rug made sense; secondly, this would not be something I would normally hook – I love primitive and hmmm this does not read primitive to me; finally, I would have cut that darned cart and horse out of the picture however, it was in the painting and original photograph that inspired the painting so although Ruby and I both talked about the horse being in another county! it actually did make it into the rug 🙂 . So, now I will show bind the rug and send it on its way – it has truly been a love/hate relationship with this rug but I think Ruby is happy it is done!

And a few pictures of other completed pieces by friends:

Amazing!!! Barn Owl miniature Punch needle done by Michelle (one of the Lisa Fergusson patterns I carry in rughooking and punch needle)… Sweet little bunny punched by Jane… I love Wendy’s rug using up her worms…

SWEETEST LITTLE VISITORS…

Well, word has gotten out – see the Moore’s if you are hungry – well, animals anyway! Mornings we are greeted by deer standing and the bottom of the stairs staring at the house patiently waiting for corn; once the deer have had their fill (or often before they finish), our flock of wild turkeys arrive to clean up what the deer have left behind. Squirrels to clean up what the birds have knocked out of the feeders. Coons at night to chow down on anything that the rest might have left (or what I might have put out for them) and last night around 9 p.m. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER we had new tiny visitors. Two adorable flying squirrels – half the size of our little red squirrel with bigggggg eyes scooping up and eating the seeds that the coons did not get. They were tiny and territorial! When one climbed up the tree into the feeder the other would “fly” to the tree beside it. Not the usual jumping that regular squirrels do but gliding. We have never seen these little critters before – probably because we just don’t look out late at night. But I hope they come back.

 

And now for a few pictures from Lorraine of recently finished projects…

CUTTER FOR SALE… SOLD THANK YOU

A Fraser cutter for sale – Please contact Nicole at nicolemwright16@gmail.com if you are interested.  Very good price! Nicole is in Lyndhurst and could meet there, Lansdowne, Mallorytown or Cabin Fever Hookin in February if you are registered. Comes with a 3 and 5 blade…

PIX and ANOTHER PIECE FOR SALE…

A few pictures to share…

Jane punched and framed this cute piece as a housewarming gift…

Elaine finished off these pieces – this one was done in a class with Laura Bezormeny… This in a shading class with Sue Perry… Love this piece – available from Gail Dufresne of Goat Hill Farm… And Diane has another lovely punch needle  piece to sell – contact her at dhrennie@hotmail.com for more info…This past Saturday I taught Kim how to hook and wow I think she is hooked as she has really moved along on her loon kit…

and Cynthia finished her beginner piece as well…