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HOOKIN…

At the Old Tattered Flag on Saturday was wonderful – great weather and fabulous rugs and vendors.  Here are a few pix for you to enjoy…

 

 




MORE PIX…

Well summer is here along with heat humidity and honking big snakes!  We have had a few encounters with our big rat snake but the other day I found a shed skin in the field beside our garage and holy cow she has grown again – it had to be 6 feet long!!! Hopefully she has moved on to the neighbours property!!!! They have more frogs!

This Tuesday I will be at Stitch by Stitch so hope to see some of you there… In the meantime, some amazing rugs to share…

Beth’s beautiful rug…

Nancy finished her AJ Van Dries pattern (available from Carol Shewan)…

Alana’s wonderful Rhinestone garden… and closeup… Helen’s Maud Lewis cat rug… 

PIX AND A GREAT IDEA…

For those of you who hook with a lot of yarns in your rugs you KNOW how frustrating it is when they get caught in your gripper strips and pulled out when you move your pattern around!!! A lot of unintentional reverse hooking. Well a little tip that may help solve that problem! Go to your local grocery store and buy some “press and seal” (made by Glad). Press it on the back of the rug where you have hooked with yarns (not with an iron 🙂 – just with your hands). Apparently, it still sticks well to the back of the hooked area and the gripper strips will still hold your rug but when removing your rug to move it around to hook other areas the yarns do not pull out!  Now I have not tried it yet but what a simple and wonderful solution to a pain in the neck problem!

Jocelyn’s rug cameo of her and her husband – I love the way the braided edge mimics the border around the cameos…

Tara’s latest rug of her doggy on the dock – hard to believe she just started hooking a few months ago!…

A WEEKEND OF WORK (AND FUN!!!)…

Helen and I played this weekend – it was so satisfying and so much fun and I think pretty darned creative.  We finished of our piles of punch needle pieces. Hope you enjoy the pix… (by the way some of these pieces are for sale! so if you are interested let me know – and we are Canadian dollars)…

a wonderful vintage frame I recently bought from Wendy… 

and a wonderful tramp art frame also from Wendy!!!…

Vintage wooden purse handles…

mounted on an antique candle box (no lid but great for keys, mail etc. and comes with some mouse chew 🙂 …

vintage hand made metal scoop… still missing greenery on the handle and above the snowman…

lovely bowl filler or hanging stuffy or pin cushion…

MERYL COOK…

visited our guild last Thursday and shared her Healing Mats with us. You can find more information on Meryl at http://www.merylcook.ca/shop/one-loop-at-a-time-a-story-of-rug-hooking-healing-and-creativity/. It was a wonderful, inspirational day enjoyed by many from our own guild and others…


Meryl and Marie – Meryl generously donated one of her books to our library – thank YOU…

Cathy (of Baa Baa Bundles) made this all possible!!!…

and a few more pix…


My pumpkin kit hooked by Mary…

Sue hooked this wonderful pattern by Christine Stanley of Ewe and Dye…

and a few of Wendy’s new punch needle patterns now in my shop…



This weekend Helen came for a visit and we are spending our time finishing!!!! Amazing how many projects get hooked or punched but never finished – well this weekend we are taking all our small punch needle pieces and FINISHING them! It truly is a goooooood thing!…

ST-HENRI RUG EXPOSITION…

was lovely! A nice selection of rugs and punch needle done by the St. Henri rughookers. There was a wonderful presentation by Jacques and Isabelle on Friday night – a couple who are passionate about their rughooking and up cycling of old clothing into beautiful art… Hope you enjoy the pictures. Unfortunately, I realized afterwards as I looked through them that hmmmm we missed a few!!!! and some of the name tags are a tad illegible…

Marie-Andree Vezina – The Sampler

Maureen Rowe – original – The order of Oak Leaves

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Plume

Chris Delaney – adaptation of painting Dayna Craig – original – Place St-Henri

Marie-Andre Vezina – Primitive Grace – Fleurs et Feuilles

Sylvie Vezina – original – Vase et Fleurs

Sylvie Vezina – Jardin d’ete

Sylvie Vezina – original – L’arbre de Vie

Sylvie Vezina – Primitive Spirit – Le Jardin

Sylvie Vezina – Design by Crows Foot Farm Designs LLC

Sylvie Vezina – original – Le Geranium

Chris Delaney – Karla Gerard – Blooming Circles 

Marie-Andree Vezina – Maggie Bonanomi – Chardon sous La Lune

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Dame en Noir

Rosemary Sylvestre – Deanne Fitzpatrick – Dancing in Circles

Chris Delaney – Karla Gerard – 3 Blooms

Sylvie Vezina – original – La Dame du Coeur

Sylvie Vezina – Les Danseuses

Joanne Touchette – original made from children old clothing

Challenge pieces

Sylvie Vezina – original – Le joyeux Lapin

Dayna Craig – original – Sunflowers at Sunset

Chris Delaney – original – Harley

Chris Delaney – original – Inukshuk

Yanick Duchesne – Kathleen Menzies – La Petite Maison Jaune

Sylvie Vezina-Godin – original – Le Zoo

Sylvie Vezina – Wendo Van Essen – Thought,Memory

Kathleen Menzies – original – Jacobean Garden

Jacques and Isabelle displaying their wonderful rugs – each with an amazing story that occasionally brought tears to the eye of many…


NEW PIX…

Had a fun, fun day at Stitch by Stitch on Tuesday – there was a lot of hooking and punching and chatting going on.  So nice to see so many familiar and NEW faces!!!! My next morning at the shop will be June 13.

Today we are off to Montreal for the rug exposition hosted by the St. Henri Rughookers. I hope to have some wonderful pix to share of the rugs on display. And tomorrow I am teaching Canolas in Beaconsfield – cannot wait to see what designs these creative ladies come up with.

Sunday is Mother’s Day – to all of you mothers out there – have a wonderful day hopefully full of fun with family and some sunshine and wow maybe even a few creative moments.

The other night I woke up early – seems to be earlier and earlier all the time. As I sat in the living room sipping on my Tim Hortons decaf all of a sudden I heard grind grind gnaw gnaw chomp chomp! OH NOOOOOOOO – THE DREADED PORCUPINE WAS BACK! Turning my wooden house into kindling!!!! She has come back every year for a few weeks of chowing down on my front steps – we have turned them and sprayed them with smelly stuff to keep her away and what does she do – start gnawing on the back of the treads! so we put up chicken wire all around the back of the stairs and what did she do – ate through the darned chicken wire and chomped on the back of the stairs. Wellll, out I ran in my pj’s and started jumping up and down on the porch – now this is 4 a.m.  Still dark, freezing cold and I look like a lunatic jumping up and down on the porch and screaming at the porcupine!  WELLLLL waddle waddle – out she pops from the pond! Do porky’s swim???? she must have been having a drink but there was also a biggggg racket under the porch!!!  TWO PORKYS! two tooooooo many!!!!!! But they both took off like a flash – yup they CAN move fast when the spirit takes them – up a tree – wayyyyyyy up the tree!!!! Later I found that nope she had not been swimming or having a drink in the pond – she actually chewed my bullrushes down to nubs in the water! Better the bullrushes I say – than my wooden house!!!! Although we discovered some new nasty damage on the garage door frame! So if anyone has suggestions (besides getting in a hunter to do away with her permanently or bonking her over the head!) …

And now a few pix to share

Night time houses (one of my kits) hooked by Tara…

Eggnormous (pattern by Sandi Percival available through me) hooked by Elaine…

Cat Landscape (one of the Karla Gerard miniature punch needle patterns I sell) punched by Louise…