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PIX FROM OUR RETREAT

Another wonderful weekend with great friends, delicious food (although I always think anything I don’t have to cook myself is amazing anyway), time to hook, punch, catch up and comfy beds and our own bathrooms 🙂 … We had a wonderfully productive weekend so here are a few pix of current and previous projects…

Jill was working on her Shelly Atkinson Snow Angels (one of the patterns I carry)…

Diane was working on her March rug (all the others she has completed are shown further down – what a fun fun monthly project)…

Andrea and I were working on our Sailing ship pattern from Rebekah Smiths last book… this is mine unfinished …

and Andrea’s finished…

Louise was working on her floral rug – the centres are sculpted so she brought her own vacuum cleaner and every so often we would hear the vroom vroom as she cleaned her rug…(and the rug around her!…

Wendy was working on a lovely large pattern from Two Ewenique Sheep…

Edie brought her basket from a class with Winnie Glavine hooked into mesh…

Sherri’s lovely rug…

Karen finished her amazing Rabbit…

Susan’s adorable rugs…

I finished my Christmas rug (pattern from Wild Cranberry Rughooking but adapted to my size)…

a beautiful Tish Murphy Santa hooked by Karen…

I believe this is an Old Tattered Flag pattern…

Susan framed this minis – love them…

Edie finished her mittens…another Winnie Glavine pattern and class…

and Old Tattered Flag Santa hat…

Sherri brought her Floral Runner – one of my designs…

Wendy’s lovely landscape…

and her punch needle pieces…

and her Bunny…

Diane’s monthly projects – so far…

Helen’s collection of punch needle pieces…

and yesterday I showbound and hung my Christmas rug (removed the turkey!!! about time for him to hibernate)…

SHOW AND TELL…

Sandra sent me pix of her scrappy Cat’s paw rug – it will become the topper for a stool and once the upholsterer is done she will send me the updated pix but I wanted to share this wonderful way of using our scraps in a fun, colourful way…

This week I was on a roll and finished mounting my Loon punch needle in an old primitive tray. Once it was mounted I inserted cork board in the bottom and Gord cut and affixed a piece of wood to separate them. A great way of making your punch needle a functional piece of art…

Edie finished her first wearable mitten done in a class with Winnie Glavine …

Dolores finished her scrappy rug into a wonderful pillow – another great way of using up your bits and pieces…

and 2 lovely pieces by Karen…

and finally – delivered this kit to Wendy yesterday at 830 and by mid afternoon she was done hooking – today the fun part of putting it together…

Off to our fall retreat today so hope to finish off the two rugs that I have been dyeing to get done… it will be a wonderful weekend with good friends, good food, good creativity and good BEDS! 🙂 … will post pix next week of show and tell…

PENNY TREE CLASS…

I had a lot of reaction to my announcement of a class – unfortunately I should have mentioned that this is an IN PERSON/IN STUDIO class 🙂 . I am so techno challenged I don’t do zoom classes.

The class information is below – I have one running on December 7 – it is full at 5 people; the other is December 6 and I have 2 openings left. If you live near the Kingston area and are interested in the class please email me. Again, so sorry that I got everyone so excited about it being a Zoom class!

PENNY TREE CLASS…

Thank you for your interest in my first in studio/in person class in a long time.  I have had a great response so have set the following 2 dates – Tuesday December 6 and Wednesday December 7.  The class will start at 11 and run till 3 with a half hour lunch break (please bring your lunch – I will have coffee, tea and water and treats). 

We will start by picking colours for your tree and then I will show you how I use freezer paper to cut out the multiple pennies you will need for your tree.  I will provide freezer paper and your class fee includes the wool for your tree.  Please bring along a good, sharp pair of long scissors for cutting out your pennies.

Next we will cover stacking and stitching with the blanket stitch and wagon wheel stitch using hand dyed merino yarns which cover the edges beautifully.  I will provide the yarn and appropriate needles.  

We will then talk about various ways of attaching them to your styrofoam cone – I personally prefer to pin them as the glue gun can suck in the pennies.  I will have pins and a glue gun for which ever method you prefer.  

We can then talk about various bases and toppers. 

The class fee is 75.00 plus HST and includes instruction, cone, wool, wool thread (one skein), pins, freezer paper and needles – all you need to bring along are your good scissors (I do have a few pairs but everyone probably has their own favourite pair of scissors).  Once I have confirmation of your attendance (and date) I will pick up the cones at Michaels – should you wish to buy your own cone please let me know by return email so that I don’t buy too many.  That would reduce the cost for you from 75.00 to 65.00 plus HST. 

Thank you for joining me for this fun project which will get you in that Christmas mood and give you a fun end product that will adorn your own home or make a wonderful gift.  

A CLASS…

I had so much fun making my penny tree and so many people have asked about it that I am going to hold a small class. In the class you will learn how to use freezer paper to cut this pennies, how to blanket stitch them together with wool thread, how to attach them to your cone and how to finish the topper. You will pick the colours you want for your tree – mine is very traditional reds, greens and golds with the occasional teal thrown in for fun. This is not a one day project (so you will not finish it in the class) but you will learn what you need in order to finish it at home (good TV work). It can be finished in a few days and makes a great prim addition to. your home or a wonderful gift to someone else. Mine is a tall tree but the cones come in various sizes so you can make an entire forest of penny trees. If you are interested let me know and I will plan out the date and time and cost of the class.

and as you can see, I dipped my white pins into mustard paint and now they blend better and I am happy!

SHOW AND TELL…

My Backyard Bounty (original design)by Beth… I love nasturtiums!!!…

and another Beth – Adapted from Sheila Klugescheid Watch for Bears…

Deb hooked on of my Karla Gerard patterns – Follower and it turned out beautifully…

Wendy went gnome crazy and hooked this little guy in a little over a week…now to finish it 🙂 …

and Diane finished off one of my Oh Christmas Tree kits and mounted it on a rusty bedspring!!!!

I just finished another of the projects from my finishing class (finally) – a combination of hooking and applique border. Such fun to do this – may have to try a few more… I may actually do a bit more embellishing – some French knots, echo stitching – all to still be determined!!!…Now just one final sample from my class that I need to finish the braided edge on and all the samples will be done!…

SHOW AND TELL…

Louise send me pix of 2 of her lovely finished pieces along with this message: The Elf was from Rug Hooking magazine  December 2013, designer Kris Miller/Spruce Ridge Studios, Michigan and the Christmas Rabbit was an adaptation of a rug hooking magazine pattern author unknown unfortunately.  If anyone should know the pattern designer please let me know.  Thanks

Timte the Christmas Elf, rug hooking

and one of the finished pieces from my recent class – by a different Louise…

and Chris sent me this picture of her lovely completed rug…

Lovely poppies by Linda – pattern and kit by Simone Vojvodina of Red Maple Ruggery…

Dolores finished her pillow mat done entirely with leftover worms – still a lot of worms though to go through…

While we were away in Vermont, Diane and I stitched pennies for penny trees – of COURSE we under estimated what we would need and had to make more when we got home. Diane glued hers to her cone – I decided I like mine just pinned in place so still have to find pins with the right heads (not white!) – grungy red, green or gold would be good … May have to just put a dab of silicone on the overlapping edges …

WONDERFUL TIME IN VERMONT…

Last week we took our first “trip” since 2019. We went to Vermont for the Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show. And it was wonderful. We were given permission to post pictures with the name of the designer and hooker so here you go – a few of the rugs at the show…

These next amazing rugs were all hooked and designed by Grace Collette who was one of the feature artists and gave me a wonderful description on how she does her beading on her rugs…

And the work of the second feature artist Sandra Grant…

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!!!!!