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FOR SALE… SOLD OUT

Wonderful dye books and swatches that use Magic Carpet dyes. These are still 2 of my favourite dye books – easy to use and wonderful colours… Price is 50.00 for the dye book and swatch set (2 different sets so when you email me let me know which one you want) plus tax if applicable and shipping. Email me at hookedonthelake@kingston.net…

SHOW AND TELL..

Mary takes the most amazing photographs – this one she translated into a lovely hooked pillow…

Alexandra send pix of her most recent rugs – first one is a free pattern fro RHM…

Patricia send me a picture of her lovely wool appliqué daffodils…

Karen finished her sweet bunnies pattern…

Wendy finished her Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern – love the sky…

FRAME FOR SALE…SOLD

My friend, Wendy, has a lovely frame for sale…

“Made by The Needleworks

14” gripper strip frame – both sit upon and lap base included with cover – very gently used, adjustment for different heights and is foldable for travel-140.00

Contact Wendy at wenvin@live.ca for pick-up in Smiths Falls.”

RETREAT PIX AND MORE

Ahhhhh, what a wonderful weekend we had. It had been 2 and a half years since our last rughooking retreat and many of us had not seen each other for that length of time. What changes!!!! A lot more grey hairs! some much longer (no haircuts during covid?), some much curlier (is that what isolation does to hair – I keep thinking of our Prime Minister during covid – greyer and longer and curlier – kind of like my hair!) and SO MANY STORIES to tell, pictures to share, rugs to show and lost friends to celebrate. How we all needed this weekend!!!!! This year we moved to a new location as our older bodies no longer handle camp style beds as well and hmmm, private bathrooms in our rooms are a MUST! We spent a lovely 3 days at Glen House Resort in Gananoque where we were treated to a lovely wine and cheese on our first night, amazing meals and TOO MANY TREATS! We are already planning our next retreat date and hmmmm there is talk of extending it by a day!

So, a few pix of rugs to share – not sure which rug or punch needle piece belongs to whom so I will just share the pix. Our challenge was hit and miss – some took up the challenge many times over! I actually hooked mine while we were at the retreat!!! Yup, kind of last minute 🙂 .

And of course, while we were enjoying ourselves at our retreat, hubbies were given a task – make frames out of barn wood. The task was completed BEAUTIFULLY. I have to admit, when Gord and Bill get crafty in the garage they do a fabulous job. Here are pix of our frames with their contents affixed…

A BIT OF SHOW AND TELL…

Annette finished her Christmas Journey (one of my Lisa Ferguson designs)… It turned out beautifully…

Diane sent a picture of her shelf form Vince with all her oil cans and rusty bells and her new rug and punch needle. Also a fabulous bird tree by carver friend Donna…

I finished punching a few pieces…still to be attached to a few antiques…

Shelly Atkinson spotted chicken (pattern that I carry in rughooking and miniature punch needle)…

Floral sheep in different colours …

Helen sent a picture of the lovely Lighthouse she just finished punching…

Two Olde Crows hooked by Liz…I love this version…

Fun fun Dancing bunnies hooked by Mary…

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE

ALTHOUGH I do believe that some of the mega piles of snow we have around the house from avalanches off our metal roof may hang around till May! They seem to be rock hard – Gord keeps trying to chip away at them so that the sun can get in at them but many are in shady areas! So, I may have to put up with snow for a while yet.

A few lovely show and tell pieces…

Elizabeth finished her rug Blue Eyed Dragon (pattern by Sharon Kole)…

Helen finished her stunning Sunflower punch needle – this was entirely punched with the hand dyed merino fingering yarns that I now carry for miniature punch needle…

Karen finished her lovely little cardinal mat…

Sandi has been working hard while vacationing in Florida – her latest hooked piece (Karla Gerard Sheep Farm) and a fun piece she did in an art class…I guess this cannot be classified as working!!!! – rather playing hard…

And I finished hooking this small piece which will become a kit. It is based on one of my Karla Gerard patterns but adapted so it looks more like our house – welllllll very loosely!!! based on our house …

FOR SALE… BOTH SOLD THANK YOU!

Roger has two amazing items for sale and I thought I would post here for anyone in the Kingston area or within driving distance. Please contact him directly if you are interested or need more details…

Beeline Cutter with 6 and 8 heads $1000.00. If you have never used a Townsend or beeline cutter you are in for a treat – these cut like a hot knife through butter (I have 2!) …

And a Cheticamp frame never used and still wrapped … $450.00

You can reach Roger at threeboys@ripnet.com or phone/text 613-331-4095. Please let me know if you have purchased so that I can update my blog post…

A LITTLE SHOW AND TELL

Kim finished her fabulous stool – one of my Alana Kapell designs that we adapted to fit her stool…

Wendy did a wonderful job on her cow mat…

Andrea finished hooking the next two pieces for the family of a dear friend who recently passed away – what a wonderful tribute… The first was a free pattern in Rughooking Magazine – Not Quite White designed by Karen Larsen and the second was a design by Isabelle Rollin. Andrea decided to hook the background so it would look like a Peruvian blanket…

Helen’s sweet punched squirrel…

and landscape…

and Oxford punched Art Deco flower…

Edie attached her Celtic knot to a bag to make this a functional piece of art…

and made her heart into a pillow (design by Meryl Cook)…

and a sign that maybe the pandemic is easing up a bit – company!!!! Helen was here for a few days and a couple of the girls came and we spent a wonderful day hooking, punching and show binding. Helen finished her punch needle…

and I hooked a new piece adapted from one of my Karla Gerard patterns which I will be offering as a rughooking kit…

I had also been asked if I would donate a piece for a silent auction being held today to raise funds for the Ukraine. I started punching a sunflower only to realize hmmm I had only a day left to finish and frame it and it was not going to get done. Instead, I decided to donate a fun purse I had hooked that still had a lot of yellows and blues in it and keep the sunflower for another time…

SHOW AND TELL…

Today I finished punching (miniature) one of the Karla Gerard patterns I offer for rughooking and miniature punch needle. I sooooo enjoyed working on this – had it almost finished in 2 days but put it aside to take to Montreal with me to work on. I punched this one entirely in 100% merino fingering yarns which I am now offering in 50 yard skeins in a variety of colours. I love the way these yarns punch up and the look is so rich. I use them single strand and they fit perfectly in my medium needle (which I have in stock). I will be framing this piece in an antique Eastlake frame (which needs a bit of TLC and cleaning) and doing a scalloped penny edge down the sides picking up some of the fun colours from the flowers and birds…

Gail’s beautifully punched Loon – one of my Lisa Ferguson patterns…

Arlene did this wonderful wool appliqué entitled Nature’s Splendour by Crane…

and Karen finished two more rugs…

As you know!!! I collect antiques and junk – well what others consider junk but what I consider useful treasures. I found this wonderful really grungy butter press years ago – it needed some clean up and repairs and a little punched piece. What to put on a butter press!!! Especially since it had to be quite small (about 2 x 3 inches). Well – of course I could have just punched the word “butter” but instead decided to punch the origin of butter – a COW! Finished her and attached her to the front of the butter press… Now to finish off 2 more so that I have justification for going junking again …

and another small piece that I attached to a vintage paddle ball bat…

Diane finished punching her lovely pattern by Isabelle (see my punch needle patterns for this one and many more) and framed it with a vintage tramp art frame…

Dolores finished punching her Cats (pattern from Wild Cranberry)…

I recently drew up a pattern for Wendy to go with her pig rug and while she waited for delivery of the pattern she hooked a lovely little friend for her…

From Wendy…”Years ago Vince and I made these clay faces hands and feet with Karen and Louise’s guidance and the poor fellas were imprisoned in a bag in my sewing room closet literally for years! We tackled the finishing in February! Vince carved the canoe and paddles, painted the little brown jug and pet goose and I made their garments and dressed them…so happy to complete a project together that didn’t end in divorce lol!”…

and she also finished this Teresa Kogut punch needle piece…

Mary’s beautiful hooked piece… “During a year in which I faced the both the challenge of living in the Covid world and recovery from back surgery, I came across a piece of art called “Faith or Fate” by Dimitri Sirenko, and was completely taken by it. My reaction, unlike many to whom I showed it, was one of faith in the power of facing our fears and challenges. I approached the artist , who lives in Vancouver, and asked if he would allow me to attempt to interpret it as a picture rug. He responded enthusiastically, saying he looked forward to seeing the finished product. I was not able to reproduce the luminance of the painting, but came as close as I could to the tones, with the yarn that was available to me.
My interpretation:
In the face of adversity, the seal has faith in its strength & courage, and stands its ground.  The Orca recognizes that strength and courage, and, in admiration, slows its approach and retreats in respect.
In the times that we are living right now, Faith is the only option.”

I have been having fun doing up patterns for people. This one I did for Kelly who wanted a pattern with a red IH tractor, bee skeps, chickens, her house, her grandson and the jersey cow, a Bernese mountain dog… in other words a story rug. Something had to tie things together so I drew in a road leading from the tractor back to her house – it was so much fun and I hope she enjoys hooking it…oh and it had to be primitive!!! yeahhh…

Brenda did a lovely job hooking her Lisa Ferguson Winter Fox…

A new shop in Van Kleek Hill, Indigo Hill, 26 Main St E, Vankleek Hill, www.indigohilldyestudio.ca , opened recently. Andrea carries supplies for hooking, knitting and many other crafts and offers classes in fibre arts. She also finished hooking Snowy Owl and has it hanging in the shop…

A FEW MORE SHOW AND TELL ITEMS…

A new punch needle pattern and possibly a rughooking pattern as well entitled Shiver…

Diane attached her punch needle to her wonderful WW1 canteen…

Louse Oxford punched this lovely pair of cardinals…

Elizabeth mini punched this beautiful version of Lisa Ferguson’s Barn Owl in Flight…

Elizabeth finished her Chickadee – another Lisa Ferguson pattern…

Diane’s Chicken attached to a vintage slotted spoon…

And a few pieces of lovely quilting/wool appliqué by Stephanie…

Monica just took up Oxford punching and is almost finished her second piece…