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TWIST…

no, not the dance – toooooo hot to dance! – but rather the fibre show! takes place next week – August 17 – 19 in St. Andre Avelin, Quebec. This is a wonderful show – so wonderful in fact that they had to tack on Friday afternoon as well because Saturday last year was CRAZY busy! So a suggestion – if you plan to come – come on Friday or Sunday. Sunday is very calm! and getting around to the various vendors and artists is much much easier. AND this year!!! there will be an industrial AC unit in the arena keeping us much cooler and dryer! So it will be a fabulous show! There are lots of workshops taking place and demo’s – a fulllllll packed weekend of exciting fibre related events! Hope to see some of you there! Check out the website for vendors, artists, demos and workshops…

https://festivaltwist.org/en/

My next show after TWIST is Fibrefest in Almonte September 8 – 9. Another wonderful event in one of my favourite junkin’ towns. This year (second year) there are workshops again on Friday and Saturday. Check out the list of wonderful classes. My proddy Sunflower class is full however a few spots are left in my miniature Punchneedle Workshop so if you have wanted to learn how to do this fun technique this is a perfect opportunity on Friday afternoon.

http://almontefibrefest.ca

example of miniature punch needle:

 

Susan sent me a picture of her finished Pumpkin Patch (one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry)…

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HOT STICKY DAYS…

Do not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. I hope you are all cool and comfortable. This weather does not jive well with hooking with wool – well not big rugs in any event so I am busy making prodded sunflowers for my class at Almonte Fibrefest in September. I love making these sunflowers as they are fun and easy and look so good in the fall and hmmm unlike real sunflowers which I LOVE these last more than 2 days!

I am finally able to post the flyer for the rug show taking place in Almonte:

AND!!!! a new Lisa Ferguson pattern – Bluejay. This is a wonderful design – big enough (24 x 17 inches) to be very dramatic but simple to hook either very realistically or whimsically. I love bluejays – they are one of my favourite harbingers of fall (and this year fall cannot come tooooo soon with hopefully cooler dryer days!) so of course this had to become a pattern. At the Art and Craft sale in Picton on Thursday Lisa was just down the aisle from me with her prints AND VERY REASONABLY PRICED ORIGINAL WATER COLOURS. So I sent people her way to see all her beautiful pieces and of course! there were some decisions made on future patterns i.e. a lovely Barn Owl, Pileated Woodpecker etc. These would be wonderful for 2019 Annual with the Birds of a Feather theme!…

A FEW SHOWS IN THE AREA…

Welllllllll Yesterday’s Women’s Institute Craft and Art show is over for another year. Unlike last year it was not as horrifically hot and we brought a fan so Gord managed to stay nice and cool. Had a fun day but not so fun drive home. Because the show runs till 7 by the time we were 3/4 of the way home it was getting dark. That must bring out all the animals because as we were driving along all of a sudden a big black “thing” fell from the sky beside our car and thunked into us. Now Gord is a very very careful driver and I keep eyes peeled for little beady glimmers on the side of the road.  We have never hit an animal before and actually Gord swerves (when it is not dangerous) for wooly bears and frogs but this BIG BLACK MONSTER came out of the sky! Turns out it was a huge bear cub – although it was sooooo big I would not call it a cub! It must have decided to play chicken and jump off the cliff on the side of the highway – and ran into the side of our vehicle. Loving all animals as we do this was not a good thing.  We pulled over and as I was having a breakdown Gord was calling 911. Needless to say you DONT WANT TO GET OUT OF THE CAR WHEN there is an injured bear in the ditch and momma is grunting in the trees on the cliff! OPP were wonderful and were dispatched and we backed up as we were on the phone and all of a sudden the bear got up and ran across the highway and then back to our side with no apparent problems and finally back up the cliff to his mom. Well the tears started again – shock and relief that hopefully the little guy!!!! was okay. So we survived, the bear survived however the car did not! Well it survived with injuries. But things could have been much worse – the worst would have been being a few seconds later and having the bear in the middle of the highway! Of course, had we NOT STOPPED FOR ICECREAM on the way home hmmmm we would have gone through a few minutes earlier and none of this would have happened.  So NO MORE ICECREAM STOPS in future!!!! 🙂

And now back to more positive stuff! Although I no longer participate this is a great show on the lawns of the historic Opinicon Hotel in Chaffey’s lock (on the Rideau). If you are looking for something fun to do this Saturday and a great place to have lunch check it out. The Hotel has been totally revamped and is amazing…

And a lovely rug show!!! at the Mississippi Mills Municipal office 3131 Old Perth Road until September 30, Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30 then at the Mississippi Mills Public Library 155 High Street September 31st to November 30th. Both venues are in Almonte, Ontario which is a wonderful artsy town with a couple of my favourite antique stores and some really good restaurants.  There is a poster of the show but I need to figure out how to post it 🙂 and brain needs more caffeine first!

 

 

 

 

NEW LISA FERGUSON PATTERN…

Snowshoe Hare is now available in 29 x 20 inches through my online store …

VISITORS…

This little guy showed up on the door last week. I could not understand why Lucky was so absorbed at 5 a.m. with staring at the door until I looked a little closer. I know in the picture he looks like a monster but he (she?) was actually only about half an inch long.  Tooooooo cute!  Lucky was so exhausted from all the excitement that he had to have a lie down…

Jill’s most recent completed rug – Llama (one of my Karla Gerard patterns) is wonderful!!!…

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT WOMEN’S INSTITUTE ART AND CRAFT SHOW

This Thursday I will be in Picton (Ontario) at the fairgrounds taking part in the PEDWI Art and Craft Show. I will be in my usual location in the Curling rink along with patterns, wool, kits and punch needle supplies. Coincidentally, one of my fellow vendors will be none other than Lisa Ferguson!!!! I will be bringing Lisa’s patterns for hooking and punching but you can also visit with Lisa and see (and buy!) her actual paintings and prints!!! How exciting is that! I will be introducing a few new patterns based on Lisa’s artwork shortly so stay tuned.

Today I received sad sad news. Many of you know that Montreal folk artist Doug Purdy was one of my guest artists during our Studio tours for many years. Doug’s whimsical folk art carvings flew out of the house even BEFORE the show started! Sadly, Doug passed away a few days ago. His humour and gentle nature will be missed…

 

RAIN RAIN RAIN – HOW WONDERFUL…

Never thought I would get down on my knees and thank Mother Nature for wet days but we have been suffering from this terrific heat spell and drought for far too long. There were days when even out on the boat it was toooooo hot! and the water toooooo warm! I kept searching for cold spots and when I would finally find one I would not leave it! But this morning we got rain – not enough! but I am hoping that over the next few days we will get more. My gardens – which have not been snacked on by deer thanks to my SCARECROWS! – are dry as a bone but I could practically hear squeals of joy as the drops hit the petals! Now of course! that means probably no boating for a few days because taking the cover off and putting it back on is a pain in the tush. But I am happy to sit in my porch and actually feel like hooking!

In the meantime, this coming Sunday July 29 is workshop day in the studio. I am teaching punch needle – a combination of beginner but also mini fish bones – how to finish the bones and what to do with them. Wendo will be teaching her beautiful needle felted Tulips. There are a couple of spots left in the needle felting class – please contact Wendo at wendovan@sympatico.ca to register and get further details. Here is a picture of her beautiful finished piece…