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INTERNATIONAL RUGHOOKING DAY…

What a wonderful hookin hosted by the ladies from the Martintown and Beaconsfield guilds! Mother Nature must have been happy to have a bunch of hookers gathering as we had perfect weather (a tad nippy but clear and sunny) so there was a fabulous turnout. Lunch provided by the ladies consisted of about 8 different delicious soups and breads followed up by an assortment of treats so no-one went hungry. The vendors were wonderful – from beautiful hand made wooden items, rughooking supplies, Oxford punch needle supplies, hand spun yarns, luscious precut velvet strips, hand made fimo hooks, miniature punch needle supplies – we had it all! AND!!! Gord won a door prize – well he THINKS HE WON IT – in actual fact hmmmmm, it may become mine 🙂 . Anddddd – since I have done such a marvellous job of decluttering I added a new piece to my stash. A wonderful little bench that came from a nunnery (gosh that sounds rather Shakespearean) in Quebec. This will be added to my collection – hmmm how many benches do I have now? Each is so beautiful with wonderful patina – I love vintage and antique benches and boxes – the grungier the better. This one is wonderful because there are 2 layers to the top – one screws off and can be covered with a hooked mat and screwed back on… Ahhhhh, another winter project!

I was only able to get a couple of pictures – we were a tad busy (in fact Gord kept telling me to stop schmoozing and get working!) so here they are…

Jacques is doing this beautiful rug…
and his wife Isabelle did this lovely rug…
Gill did a punch needle version of Karla Gerard 2 Raccoons (I carry this pattern as a punch needle kit or rughooking pattern)… I love this piece especially as we seem to have adopted 3 baby raccoons who hoover the sunflower seeds the chickadees toss off the bird feeder onto the porch for them… and Christine sent me a picture of her wool feather wreath – years ago I made a feather tree out of wool – hmmm mine was not as beautiful as Christine’s wreath – in fact!!!! it ended up in the garbage.  There are instructions on youtube on how to make these wreaths – I may have to try again!!!!… Today is our Guild potluck and ornie exchange. Should be a fun fun day… hope yours is as well….

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A FEW PICTURES TO SHARE…

Brenda send me a picture of her Floral Runner – this is a pattern I designed many many years ago and have hooked twice – once in very provencal colours and once in very primitive, old colours. Brenda used her bits and pieces and hers is so warm and inviting and SO VERY different from either of mine – love the look of this one…

Beth ordered my Snowy Owl kit (Lisa Ferguson design that I carry) as soon as I posted these new patterns. She is now done the hooking and this looks so beautiful…

Shelagh gave this lovely Celtic piece that she hooked to her Grandmother to put beside her bed – Grandma decided it was too beautiful to put on the floor! I agree!!!!… Plus a picture of her finished piece from our box making class – tiny quilted piece served as the artwork for the top…

INTERNATIONAL RUGHOOKING DAY..

My last event of the year will be this coming Tuesday in Williamstown – International Rughooking Day hosted by the Wild and Woolly Rughookers from Martintown and the Beaconsfield Hooking Guild. Last year’s event was such fun. Here’s hoping we have a sunny day and dry roads for travelling. Today is NOT a day I would want to be on the road – freezing rain, snow. So a good day to start decorating for the holidays – wonky Charlie Brown tree is going up as are some of my favourite decorations.

In the meantime, I am starting to hook a primitive Santa that will then be attached to one of the many wooden stocking stretchers I bought at an antique store hmmmm a year or maybe!!!! two ago. He will have to be tall and skinny to fit on the stocking stretcher – maybe he is suffering from my cooking or lack thereof! As part of the cleaning, reorganizing and decluttering I have decided I need to DO SOMETHING WITH ALL THE WONDERFUL ANTIQUES AND JUNK PIECES I HAVE COLLECTED – or rather, that is what Gord says! I am happy to just gaze at them fondly as I dust them off but Gord says – no more junkin’ till the junk is gone!… So I used up one of my beautiful old victorian picture frames and now only have 2 left to fill; I have a beautiful old grungy painted yellow and red box that will hold a punch needle piece, I stacked some of my footstools in the now redecorated basement plus my antique grain sifter! So maybe by the time Diane comes for a visit in a few weeks there will be space for new junk 🙂 . Ahhhh the heart has just started pitter-pattering in anticipation!!!!!!!

A few pictures to share of work done by others:

Len’s beautiful rug of Emma… and his version of a Tom Thompson (done in a class with Carol Shewan)… My friend, Odette, knit these gloves – look closely – at first I saw just black and white and then tree branches and THEN all of a sudden the birds! and they are reversible! These are way tooo beautiful to wear!…

Louise hooked this lovely tea cosy for a customer in Alberta using Briggs and Little yarn…and Jane has been working hard on Christmas gifts including these fun crocheted trees…

PAINTING ALMOST DONE …

Well, TV room is done! cleaned, repainted, decluttered and reorganized – all the “stuff” has been moved to the porch for our guild auction next spring or for the thrift store. It looks and feels so much better and we found nothing living or mummified behind the biggggg furniture. Now onto the storage rooms where I have, hmmmm, more “stuff” to dispose of including an antique, very primitive wool winder, some antique drying racks, a long primitive shelf – hmmm maybe I need to have a sale! 🙂

Our final box class with teacher Helen Gordon went really well – it was a bit overwhelming at times but we all finished (or are in the process of finishing) our wonderful boxes. I love the way my box turned out and once I have pix from the rest of the class will share all the box pictures. In the meantime, a picture of mine and my sister’s plus some pictures of what Helen and I were up to this weekend and some pictures from others of completed pieces…

Lois send me a picture of her lovely completed punch needle (pattern by Michelle Palmer) mounted on a piece of slate…

 

Brenda send me a picture of her completed Sheep Farm (one of my Karla Gerard punch needle patterns) – she did an amazing job…My completed box – I designed the crow and sunflower to go with the fabric – well kind of 🙂 …
Betty’s sweet sheep punch needle box… Helen mounted her punch needle to one of the paddles-by-Vince that I sell… and this one to an old, we think, butter paddle – isnt that sky amazing… and this one to a vintage sewing machine drawer (pattern by A piece of work that I carry)… I framed my version of Sheep Farm…  and Helen’s stunning poppies mounted on Loden coating… 

 

PAINTING, PAINTING AND MORE PAINTING…

We finally decided to repaint our TV room – of course that involves moving furniture, cleaning, decluttering etc. But I love the process and the end result. Guess I am one of those weird people who actually like to paint and Gord and I have it down to a fine art. Of course, I am the queen of tape. Must run in the family. My dad had fibreglass tape which he used to stick everything together so that it was virtually impossible to open things – including the boxes of delicious Christmas cookies we would make each year; my sister Di would use duct tape to glue together socks, holes in the bottoms of her pj’s, pillow cases. Invariably when she was living with us I would find bits and pieces of various tapes in the dryer. And me – well I tape EVERYTHING when I paint so that when I rip off the tape it is perfect, clean with nice straight lines 🙂 . So, at 5:30 this morning the painters tape came out and now there is green tape on the floor, on baseboards, around plugs etc. May take us a few weeks as we usually do one wall at a time and then put back furniture so that things are not quite so disorganized. Ahhhhhh, it will be clean once again. Some pieces of huge heavy furniture have not been moved in a few years – yikes. What might be living or growing back there?????

So in the meantime not much hooking or punching is going on. Although last week I took a box making class in Ottawa taught by Helen Gordon. Initially I think most of us found it a tad stressful – having to do all the math so that things fit together perfectly was not something any of us expected. But when ALL OF A SUDDEN THE LIGHT WENT ON we all got our pieces measured, cut and yikes, laced together. Now lacing sounds easy buttttttt when your lacing thread BREAKS on the 5th tightening – it is not a good thing! But by the end of the day all of us were having fun and excited to go home, do our homework and return next week to put it all together. I cannot wait to see the finished pieces – some were going to frame punch needle on the tops of their boxes, hooking, proddy, lacework, quilting – it will be such fun. I will try to take pictures of the various pieces for show and tell.

In the meantime, a few projects to share done by others who, hmmm, are not painting!…

Anne sent me pictures of her pieces…

Designer – Designs in Wool…
Designer – Warren Kimble… Designer – Red Barn Rugs…

 

and Jane sent me a picture of her completed punch needle … 

A FEW PICTURES TO SHARE…

A quieter but fun day nonetheless at our RVBB Vendor Day this past Thursday. Thanks to everyone who came out to make the day a success.

A few of our visitors brought pieces to share…

Tiffany finished her first miniature punch needle piece – Neighbours (one of the Karla Gerard PN designs I sell)… and Sandy brought along her hooked version of Winter Fox – one of my Lisa Ferguson patterns – and is doing an amazing job…

Yesterday I took a day off working and spent the day watching Brit dramas and punching. I NEEDED to punch as I am taking a box making class on Wednesday and hmmmmm had not finished my piece for the top of the box!!! So yesterday I diligently punched all day and finished my piece for the workshop and also another piece, Crescent Moon. Yeahhhhhh…



My last selling event of the year will be International Rughooking Day – mark the date and the location on your calendars and join us for a fun day if you can. 

GOODBYE IAWAH…

Had a lovely weekend of creating and communing (and well a little eating as well 🙂 )… What could be better!!!! Here are a few pictures to share…

My Porkalicious got her quills…


Our challenge this year was self portraits – somewhat more whimsical than realistic… Grace’s funky chicken rug… Sheila’s Wave… Wendy’s wool applique runner… Chris was working on some presents!!! one for me I hope 🙂 … Andrea brought FishTych for show and tell – all hooked in sari silks… Sherri started and almost finished her hare (one of my Lisa Ferguson designs)…  Sheila’s ZEV rug (grandson)… Susan of the big rugs brought this one for show and tell…Andrea brought mini fish bones for show and tell…
Wendy and her wool punkin… Sherri was working on Christmas Stockings for her granddaughters (design by Shelly Atkinson)… Helen finished punching this amazing landscape… Chris was on a roll with Christmas trees… Donna finished her hand torn rug… Karen almost finished her beautiful rug by Old Tattered flag
Jill brought her Folk Art cat for show and tell… (one of the A piece of Work patterns I carry)… Diane got a LOT of scrappy squares finished… Wendy’s lovely prim rug… Helen totally punched this poppy piece on Saturday… Andrea’s paisley rug… Another punch needle piece by Helen… Betty’s OGI rug…Andrea’s sheep rug started…