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A FEW RUGS TO SHARE AND SOME NEW LISA FERGUSON PATTERNS…

These new patterns will be available shortly. Otters and Kingfishers – 2 of my favourite animals!… A wonderful version of Alana Kapell’s Frog and 3 Fishes design… Jane fished her Karla Gerard punch needle with a fun frame… This biggggg floor mat based on an adaptation (we needed to make it bigger) of Karla Gerard’s Abstract Paisley was only Kim’s third piece! and hooked in a few months…

LES TAPISSIERS DE ST. HENRI RUG SHOW IS FABULOUS…

If you get a chance to go before the exhibit closes it is well worth the trip. In a beautiful gallery, L’Atelier D’Art Meteque on Cote St. Luc Rd. in Montreal. The show runs till the 12th of May.

Here are some of the highlights of the display – there were more but the photographer got rather lazy ūüôā …

Designed and hooked by Joanne Touchette…
Hooked by Linda Watson based on unknown Charlevoix artist’s hooked rug with permission…
Designed and hooked by Carolyn Mungall… Designed by Bev Conway hooked by Rosemary Sylvestre…

 

Designed and hooked by Chris Delaney… Designed and punched by Kathleen Menzies… Designed and hooked by Chris Delaney… Designed and hooked by Kathleen Menzies… Designer unknown hooked by Maureen Rowe…Designed and hooked by Maureen Rowe…
Maud Lewis pattern hooked by Maureen Rowe…
A variety of self portraits…Designed and hooked by Danyelle Lauze…Designed and hooked by Danyelle Lauze…Designed and hooked by Judy KennedyDesigned and punched by Helen Radford…Designed and hooked by Maureen Rowe…Designed and punched by Kathleen Menzies (patterns availble from Kathleenpaints.etsy.com)…Designed and hooked by Judy Kennedy…
Designed by Karla Gerard hooked by Chris Delaney…
Designed and punched by Kathleen Menzies…Designed and hooked by Chris Delaney…Designed and punched by Yannick Duchesne…Designed and hooked by Jess Ethier…A display of antique and vintage rugs…Designed ¬†and ¬†hooked ¬†by ¬†Yannick ¬†Duchesne…Designed and hooked by Yannick Duchesne…Designed ¬†and ¬†hooked ¬†by ¬†Yannick ¬†Duchesne…Designed ¬†and hooked by Maureen Rowe…Designed and hooked by Yannick Duchesne…Designed and hooked by Linda Watson…Designed and hooked by Carolyn Mungall…Designed and punched by Dayna Craig…Designed and hooked by Maureen Rowe…Designed ¬†by ¬†A ¬†Piece ¬†of ¬†Work ¬†and ¬†punched ¬†by ¬†Helen ¬†Radford…Designed and hooked by Collette Simon…Designed by Maud Lewis and hooked by Rosemary Sylvestre…A lovely collection of small hooked and punched pieces by various artists…

CHRISTMAS IN JULY…

Well, with the weather today it appears we may actually be getting closer to summery weather. Yesterday was beautiful Рso lovely in fact that I spent a few hours working on gardens and then a few more working on my back and shoulder!!!  But the sun warming me up made it all worthwhile. And these jobs need to be done before the nasty black flies discover that it is hmmmm, spring!!!!

So, with the heat of summer looming, Carol and I have decided we will need a wintery celebration at the end of July so we are offering 2 workshops. ¬†Carol will be teaching her WOOLLY FEATHER TREES and I will be teaching WOOL APPLIQUE MITTENS. We will both be teaching these workshops at Fibrefest in Almonte in September (you can now register for the workshops on the website for Almonte Fibrefest http://almontefibrefest.ca/workshops/) but for those who cannot make it we thought we would have a mid-summer Christmas workshop. Details on the workshops and how you can register are shown below. Both workshops will be held July 27(Saturday) here at the studio from 10:30 – 3:30 with a break for lunch 12:30 – 1:30. After the workshops, if weather is nice, Captain Highliner will offer boat and swimming excursions! Please register early as space is limited…

 

WOOLLY FEATHER TREES:

 

Come and make a woolly feather tree. These cute little trees are great for Christmas or any time of
year. The kit includes dowel, wool, wire, floral tape, clothes pin and a base.I will supply the glue.

Please bring a ruler, sharp pointy scissors (your bent scissors work well), a sharpie marker and an
old coffee mug, that you can use to hold the bottle of glue upside down, it helps things move along
quicker. If you don’t have one don’t worry about it, there is lots of time to get the tree finished.

Workshop fee $40.00 (includes lunch and snacks); Supply fee $40.00. Please register by emailing me at cshewan@kingston.net – deposit of workshop fee will hold your spot.

 

WOOL APPLIQUE MITTENS:

Let’s get ready for Christmas and the winter early by making these wonderful wool appliqu√© mittens.

Kit includes pattern by Rebekah Smith, wool for both mittens and freezer paper.

You will need to bring along a good pair of long scissors, crewel needle and embroidery thread. Valdani threads can be purchased in the studio.

Workshop fee $40.00 (includes lunch and snacks); Supply fee $50.00 plus HST. Please register by emailing me at hookedonthelake@kingston.net – deposit of workshop fee will hold your spot.

 

 

 

OLDE FORGE HOOKIN …

Was such fun – over 100 hookers braved the rain, cold and snow – YES SNOW!!!! to come and be inspired, entertained and eat really delicious treats. Thank you to the ladies who organized this year’s hook in and worked so hard to make it a wonderful day for all. We all get to see people we often only see once a year. We get to see the progress on rugs that we have perhaps not seen in a while and we have such a fun day. Vendors this year were amazing! I ended up bringing home a couple of Jacques’ cutter boxes – these are based on a vintage shoe shine box I discovered in a junk store. I thought hmmmm – I am not shining any shoes! but I realized I could attach my Townsend or Rigby cutter to the handle (because many of the hookins or retreats I go to don’t have tables that are the right thickness for my cutters) and allllll my strips fall into the box below and at the end of the day I can just drop (well gently) my cutter into the box. Ahhhh there is ALWAYS a good use for junk! Anyway a few months ago I showed my shoe shine box to Jacques and voila – he designed an even BETTER one – higher so you don’t have to lean over as far, wider handle and BIGGER BOX! So I now have a few in stock and am selling them. So, if, like me, you have found it a bit of a hunt to find a table where you can mount your cutter when you go to an event and you think you you might like one of these amazing carrier/boxes/portable tables give me a shout…



Although I did NO HOOKING at the hookin – I did finish a commissioned piece just before I left. It is an Old Tattered Flag pattern and I had such fun dyeing the wool and hooking it for a friend. The best thing is it will belong to someone else and won’t be mine ūüôā . I counted up the rugs I have hanging and lying all over the house and oh my I think there are over 30 NOT INCLUDING the ones packaged away in my cabinet! or hanging in the studio !!!! soooo I am thrilled to be able to hook and NOT add to my collection of rugs ūüôā .

And, finally, I painted and distressed a little antique footstool and attached a small rug that has been hanging around unfinished for way tooooooo long!…

OFF TO THE OLD FORGE HOOKIN IN OTTAWA…

Welllll, spring has finally arrived. I know this because THE ICE IS GONE. This is the latest we have had ice on the lake but it finally turned to slush and sank on Saturday. It was soooo lovely to drive around the bottom of the lake and see reflections on the water instead of just mushy looking ice. Of course, the loons are out and about again at 2 in the morning, the geese are honking and ohhhhh we saw a wonderful beaver swimming right up against the shore line in the bay. Blackflies have not started YET so it is lovely to get out and clean up some of the winter mess (in between hooking!!!).

And with the advent of spring of course many shows are coming up in the next few weeks – both rughooking, general fibre as well as some non fibre shows. So I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few with you…

This Saturday is the Old Forge Rughooking Guild’s annual hookin in Ottawa. I know some of you will be there – this is always a fun hookin with lots of great show and tell and I believe 7 vendors this year.

The Saint Henry Rug Hookers are hosting their exhibition again this year… Every two years this prolific group has a wonderful display of hooked rugs and punch needle pieces…


Although this has nothing to do with rughooking, my friend Sheila is hosting a fun day in her lovely gardens with 13 artists in attendance – a lovely opportunity to pick up something unique for your garden…

 

May 25 is the date for the Prince Edward County Fibrefest in Picton Ontario. You can find more information on their website – tons of vendors and activities and demos and workshops – a fun day for all… http://fibrefest.ca .

A few finished pieces to share – Cynthia finished her punch needle of one of the Karla Gerard patterns I sell – this was her first piece and it turned out beautifully…and Louise finished binding her lovely leaf rug – her own design…¬†

THE ANNUAL..

Was such fun. Lovely location, lots of beautiful rugs and great vendors. There were even pop up classes run by some of the newly certified OHCG teachers which allowed people who were unable to get into the previously advertised classes to partake in the fun. Unfortunately, I had only about 20 minutes to quickly see the rugs and no Gord to take pictures. Pictures with my iPad were hmmm, not good enough to be shared. I am sure the newsletter and the website will be sharing some of the beautiful rugs that were on display. I am already looking forward to next year to again hopefully, be a vendor and see so many people I only see once or twice a year. Next year – same weekend but at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville Ontario.

I do have a few pictures to share and a few new Karla Gerard patterns which you will find in my online store – Rughooking patterns:

Heather was almost finished her Peacock rug (one of my Briarwood Folkart patterns)…

OFF TO LONDON FOR THE OHCG ANNUAL RUG SHOW…

Should be a wonderful weekend. This is always an exciting show – hundreds of beautiful rugs to inspire, classes to help us hone our technique or learn something new and!!! Vendors! Vendors! Vendors! and who does not get excited about adding to their stash.

So I hope to see some of you there – if you are looking for me, I can be found one level below the rug show in the Royal Palm Court along with many other exciting Vendors and YEAHHHH, THE SILENT AUCTION!

And to get you thinking about trying something new – my friend, Linda, bought a carved goose at the thrift store and promptly went home and hooked, prodded, painted and glued her a lovely nesting area…

 

Cynthia finished punching her first piece, Karla Gerard’s Primitive Blooms…

and Jill finished her Pileated Woodpecker. This piece is for sale – it has a beautiful quilted edge. ¬†Jill is asking $350.00 so if you love Woodpeckers you can have one roosting in your home…