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OFF TO FLEECE FESTIVAL…

with suitcases in tow… Thought I would post a picture of my most recent Owl purse – I sooooo love making purses. Little pieces of portable art – they are fast to hook and easy to put together and fun to wear. I now have 4 purses in stock that are for sale – I can only use one at a time! Or, perhaps four might work better – since I never seem to be able to find keys, wallet, Kleenex – one purse for each might not be a bad idea!!!


These are the others that are for sale…

Danyelle sent me a picture of how she hung her oval Antique Rabbit mat. Odd sized rugs are difficult to hang and I love this method…

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RUGS TO SHARE…

Saturday I went junkin with company and got a lotttt of wonderful little antique smalls. Saw an amazing hand made wash board that dated back to the late 1800’s – all it was was a slab of wood with grooves carved into both sides – so very wonderfully primitive! however it had a crack and being worried that the crack would eventually spread I did not buy it – butttttt I have had dreams about it – so if anyone has any ideas of how I can stop the crack from spreading please let me know so I can go back to ???? (not telling!) and get that amazing washboard!… and yes I have been hooking – Van Gogh, Fish Bones and an Owl canola purse which I will share once my camera’s batteries have recharged!… In the meantime I do have other rugs to share with you…

Marjorie shared her wonderful cat mat… and Helen did a beautiful rendition of Emily Carr’s Kitwanger Totem Pole…

Gretchen sent me a picture of her colourful finished Fishbones…(and yes I do have more available 🙂

and Anne sent me pictures of her wonderful rugs…The pumpkin and large rug are from Catherine Stephen at Red Barn Rugs and the Christmas rug is a antique reproduction from Saundra Porter at Woodland Junction.

Tomorrow I will be at Stitch by Stitch from 10 – 12… somewhat soggy perhaps from all this rain!!!!

 

A RUG EXHIBIT TO SHARE…

This past weekend the Beaconsfield Rughooking Guild held their biennial rug display. I was unable to make it but thanks to Dawna and Jane I am able to show you some of the rugs that were on display.

Dawna explained that “We did have a theme for the first time, inspired by the OHCG Images of Canada last year. We took it a little farther and did covered bridges. We had 9 bridges in all that got finished…well, one of mine still had a needle hanging on the back by Friday morning!!!!”

The names of the covered bridge rugs and who hooked them:

Candace Fradette   “Morrisburg Covered Bridge”

Claire Fradette  “Longest Covered Bridge”, Hartford New Brunswick

Denise Morissette  “Pont Couvert” – Pont St Andrée

Dawna Matthew “Pont St Columban” adapted with permission from sketch by Guy Thibault

Dawna Matthew “Pont Prudhomme”

Dawna Matthew “ Pont Faubourg” This scene used to be on the 1000$ bill

Isabelle Rollin “Altogether”

Brenda Ticehurst “Romance at Kelly Bridge”

Ti Seymour “La Macaza”





There was even an edible covered bridge!!!…

and now for a few more wonderful rugs…





NEW DESIGNS…

I recently met Deborah Lyall and fell in love with her fun, fun designs. Deborah and I hit it off as I think she is almost as crazy as I am – we talked all over each other and just got totally excited about collaborating on some of her designs. So I will be offering the following as rughooking patterns shortly on my online store…

Yes those pencil crayons are BRIGHT but would they not make an amazing rug. And I can see the sheep done in fun funky colours and the sweet rabbit would be perfect for a granddaughters bedroom…

Wendy shared her fun cat rug (pattern was from Rittermere)…

And some upcoming events – hopefully you can make it to one or even better, MORE!!!!…

  • I will be at Stitch by Stitch Tuesday October 10 from 10 – 12 – bring your hooking or punching along
  • FLEECE FESTIVAL – an amazing fibrefestival is next Saturday October 14 in Woodstock Ontario – if you are anywhere near this area – or even if you are not – try to make it. It is fabulous! Tons of fibre and hooking etc.
  • The Northumberland Rug Hooking Branch is holding a Hook-in on Monday October 30, and you’re cordially invited!   Grace Church, 440 Kings Street East, Cobourg, ON from 10 – 2 – $5.00 per person – Vendors, Speaker and rug display contact nrhookers@gmail.com
  • Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Branch will be holding their annual Vendor Day November 2 from 10:30 to 1:30 approximately in Burrits Rapids ON at the community centre on Grenville – all are welcome

So lots of fun things to do in the next few weeks…

CUTTER FOR SALE…

Carol has a cutter for sale – I know there are lots of folks out there looking for cutters so here are the details and Carol’s email address so you can contact her directly cshewan@kingston.net for more info:

“It is an older green Fraser with only one blade on it, seems to be a “special” maybe #10 wheel with a rubber strip on the outside. It cuts a very wide strip, it was used to cut material for weaving. no wrench, no box, no other wheels.”

And I have older number 3 and 4 Fraser blades for sale for anyone interested. Yup – 3 and 4 🙂 Not my size! Number 10 sounds more my size!!!!

Heather sent me a picture of her fun prize winning scottie dog rug…

 

 

MARTINTOWN WILD AND WOOLLY RUGHOOKING EXHIBIT…

Yesterday I taught a one day class in Martintown on Canolas (Canadiana Molas). Had a wonderful day with this enthusiastic and creative group of hookers topped off with a visit to their exhibit which was in its last day in Cornwall. Gord snapped and snapped (can you snap with an iPhone?) and took some great pix of the display – so here you go… Enjoy…


SWIMMING WITH THE TURTLES AND OTHER FISHY STORIES!…

Years ago Gord and I went to Hawaii. We spent 2 weeks in Maui – every second day we would try a new activity that we had never done before – helicopter over the volcano (a dead volcano I should add so not tooooo scary), winding drive from Hana complete with what seemed like over 300 twists and turns in the road (neither the helicopter nor the drive back agreed with Gord so the videos he was taking were mostly of his feet and the floor!), horseback riding through the mountains (welllll I realized I was not too good at this when my butt went to sleep and I fell off the horse trying to disembark!), driving through the lava fields (found out afterwards that hmmm rental cars are NOT supposed to go there!), and kayaking on the ocean (where I flipped my kayak and got caught in coral and almost drowned). It was exciting to say the least! But the most fun was the day our lovely kayaking guides, to make up for having to cut short our ocean adventure, took us on a private kayak trip to their favourite spot where we got to cliff dive (wellll Gord, not me!!!) and swim with the sea turtles. These lovely, gentle and very curious creatures would swim to within a few feet of us and then tease us by veering away just at the last minute. It was amazing and magical to say the least.

Welllll, although we don’t have sea turtles on Wolfe Lake we do have snappers and painted and map turtles! and Saturday I swam with the turtles! I love driving the pontoon slowly and quietly along the shoreline looking for turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and logs – occasionally we have counted up to 9 turtles of various sizes and types! This time there was one turtle balancing on the point of a log and I quietly swam to within 10 feet before he realized I was there and desperately tried to leave his perch – legs scrabbling in the air. It was so hilarious and such fun. I soooo love turtles (and yup the chocolate ones too!). Then as Gord was clearing out the pond Sunday morning didn’t he discover a tiny 1.5 inch baby snapper in the pond. We had to keep him in a bucket while Gord disengaged the pump and removed half the bullrushes and then returned him to his home. Did I mention – I loveeeee turtles!

Here is the little baby in his margarine container…

Beth sent me a picture of her Fish Tych which she just finished off for the cottage – it turned out beautifully (see my online store for the pattern)…

And Kathy’s lovely version of Fish Tych – I love how each one becomes so unique…

and her sweet Meow Mix (one of the Briarwood Folk Art patterns I carry)…

This Saturday I will be at the Cataraqui Guild of Needlearts show at the Senior Centre on Francis St. in Kingston. A small but fun Fibre show with an exhibit by the needle artists that is always lovely to see. Hope too see some of you there!