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FUN STUFF…

Susan hooks BIGGGGG rugs and is prolific!!! A month ago she sent me this picture of a wonderful antique rug and asked if I could draw it out – 55 x 60 something inches.  This one was not beyond me as it is so wonderfully primitive that it could be hand drawn easily. So the antique rug…
and Susan’s start (in real life it is actually very toned down).  Today we pulled the colours for the background…
The previous antique rug. This one was a bit more difficult to draw out as I had to figure out all the geometrics and proportions as Susan’s is just a tad smaller (not much though)…
and Susan’s version which I think looks just as old and wonderful as the original and used up a lotttttt of leftover worms…
My latest punch needle piece mounted to an old nail box which I dry brushed red, antiqued and waxed and buffed – his eyes are tiny delica beads which in real life glitter and look great…and another mounted to a long nail box…(adaptation of one of the Teresa Kogut patterns I carry – I needed mine narrower and longer to fit the box)… 

WORKSHOP DAY…

Was such fun! 25 ladies (and Ted!) joined Wendo and me (and of course GORD – chief cook, bottle washer, server and car caddy) for a day of punching upstairs and needlefelting Lamb Chop downstairs. The weather turned out to be perfect for sitting on the porch or inside. Thank you ladies for joining us and making the day such fun… A few pix of the days events…

Punching on the porch…


and in the living room…

Supplies got rather depleted…
Felting in the basement…and finally finished lambchops…

If anyone is looking for a cutter, Karen has the following Fraser 500 for sale with a number 4 blade – all in working condition – for 250.00.  If you are interested email me and I can put you in touch with Karen…

Just a quick note that I will not be back to Stitch by Stitch until September 12.

WESTPORT HOOKIN…

WAS FABULOUS!  Mother Nature cooperated by giving us a wonderful warm (but not toooooo warm), breezy, sunny day – one of the few so far this summer.  We had a fun day with almost 70 attendees hooking, punching and appliquéing. Well and chatting, visiting, eating! However!!!!! one shocking moment in the day was when we were visited by the police! WERE WE BEING TOO NOISY OR DID WORD GET OUT THAT THERE WERE A BUNCH OF HOOKERS IN TOWN AND WE WERE BEING RAIDED! Nope, just our local friendly police force (husband of one of our crazy hookers) and his partner checking in (or was that on). The looks on the faces of those who did not know our friendly officer(s) of the law was to die for!!!! 

I want to take this opportunity to thank ALLLLLL our wonderful door prize donors, our friends who helped in the kitchen and with setup and cleanup and all our attendees for making this such a fabulous fun day. We raised a good chunk of money for our local charitable organizations through door tickets, silent auction and the 50/50 draw.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE…

One of our attendees left behind a lovely black chair outside on the patio – please give me a shout if it is yours!

Although we were so busy we did not get a chance to take pictures, I do have a couple of pix that were sent to me recently to share…

Jane hooked this wonderful replica of a Canadian Maple syrup can…
The ladies in Martintown did this lovely tribute to Canada’s 150th…

Dayna brought her Under the Sea rug which is going to be lovely – she is planning on embellishing with shells and beads…

Donna’s version of my Fish Tych pattern – that water is almost electric!…

Trish’s lovely version of Sharon Smith’s Poppies…

Have I mentioned my favourite colour is green – good thing because this lovely fellow has been eating allllllll the buds off my flowers so I have greenery greenery greenery… Now if I could just train him to eat weeds only we would be alllll set…


DE-RUGGING!!!…

 

Is that a word – probably not, but it’s my version of having to try to find new homes for a few rugs.  A potentially long family crisis means that Gord has been away for most of the last 5 weeks which means I have been experiencing WORK THERAPY! My house is finally becoming clean and decluttered with many bags of things I have held onto for far toooooo long (like size 6 clothing 🙂 ) heading for the thrift store. However, during that process I also discovered I have wayyyyyy tooo may rugs! In an effort to find a reason to hook NEW RUGS I have decided I need to divest myself of some of the existing ones so if anything is of interest let me know and I can give you more details…

Tuesday is our Westport hookin and I am so excited to see faces I have not seen in a long time and to view new pieces being worked on. This is always a fun and inspiring day. Hopefully the weather will cooperate as we have room indoors for many of our attendees but also lots of room outdoors on the porches and lawn overlooking the beach. There should be a wonderful breeze blowing in off the lake. Hope to see some of you there…

and HAPPY CANADA DAY. Our 150th birthday – a day to be proud and celebrate our amazing country!






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!…