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Take a picture with your rug

This is my all time favorite rug, completed 8 years ago.It documents with imagination a highlight of my life, which was participating in a day dig of dinosaur bones. I think it is my most imaginative and creative rug to date. It is 37inches in width and 29 inches high. Took me 2 years to complete while I was working full time. Enjoy sharing it with you.

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Picture with Mom's Sculpted Mushroom

You asked for pictures with our rugs. I'm cheating here. This is my Mom's work which I was recently gifted when Mom moved into a seniors residence. Mom and I first learned rug hooking in the 1970s from a wonderful teacher in Georgetown, Ontario named Shirley Lyons. Now 92, she enjoys watching Thursday Lives and loves her copy of Meditations for Makers. And she's my biggest enthusiast.10570566697?profile=RESIZE_710x

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Cleaning day!

Just got back from a quick trip downtown. I couldn't resist getting out of the car go take a picture of my porch. Note: I can't take credit for the cleaning.  did however shake out the rugs and throw them over the rail. II gave myself the gift of a cleaning person before I retired. It's one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It gives me time to do so many other things. Hooking anyone? lol

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Stepping Out.....The Reunion

Finished at last  after many revisions I am satisfied.

The Party Girl was made larger  as she is what the celebration Is About.

Under a marquee three sisters meet for a surprise birthday party after many years of not seeing one another.

I tried to make the background outside the tent subtle, but still relay the feel of summer so as not to detract from the"happening" in the marquee. I wanted to express the feeling of a sister love ❤ that has been sustained through distance and time.

This mat will be presented to my sister to hang up as a memory of this wonderful moment for all of us.

Thanks to Deanne's studio for the 4  studio dyed yarns  used this piece. ; rhubarb patch, Everglades, prism and linden field. It hooked up easily with spectacular results. The cake and turquoise dress were hooked with narrow ribbon.

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When You are Getting Close!

That feeling! That great and breath-sucking feeling when you are within a half a day of finishing a rug, and your brain keeps exploding with 'knowing' as the colours you have thrown on the frame which you know are perfect, but don't understand how to make it look like you feel it will be all of a sudden fall into place...and you have to force yourself to stop because it's almost two hours past lunch time...so you go away, gulp down a huge glass of water (hearing your Nana say in your head, “you drink like a camel” - whatever that means) then heat up the leftover bacon and fry a couple eggs, but in the midst of that have to go back to the frame because you just had another epiphany and can't wait to cut some strips of 'that' colour and put a few of them in and fall in love all over again when you see how they are just perfect there...then finally go back to your now-lukewarm food and gobble it down as is, with your hands itching for the hook and wool strip, so you can get back to the fr

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Georgia on My Mind

The past two weeks have been rather like riding a roller coaster. As an educator, the end of May and the month of June is often emotional. Kids are worried about marks and their future, behavior issues can escalate, and teachers' job assignments become circumspect. 

I am fortunate and I know it. With twenty five years in I pretty much know what I will be doing next year. And...this very time next year, I will be retired! 

Best of all, I have become part of a new team, the DFS team, and the joy I feel around that is undescribable! 

But then I contracted covid. I knew I had it even tho countless home tests said otherwise. So, I took myself to the testing station in town for a more reliable check. 

I still wasn't totally prepared for that "positive" result. But we are managing. 

As a reader, a writer, and a creator, there is much one can do to fill the time, while resting in between.

Georgia, a book written by Dawn Tripp, has been one of my best companions throughout this period. It is a fictio

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My irises on the Bay that Weren’t!

I loved the Iris on the Bay pattern but I struggled with it. My irises just didn't look right or feel right to me. I made them smaller but still not right, then I changed some of the colors but it was just off. I decided to remove the irises and make it more like the beach down the road from me. I kept the water and the houses which I loved. I guess on this piece I had to make it my own. I am pleased with it although I will keep looking at if for this week to see if I am truely finished with it. 

 

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Take Me Home from Vol 1 Book of Patterns

Take Me Home. This is my interpretation of Deanne ’s pattern contained in her “Creat Beauty Everyday Book of Patterns Volume 1”. It was finished as an 18”x18” cushion.

 
When I saw the title of the pattern, I knew it would be perfect for my friend, Cathy, who had decided to move home to Newfoundland. While she and her husband worked on the logistics of downsizing, staging and selling of their house, I worked on the rug. With the move imminent, I gave her the gift on Friday. Tears were shed 😊.
 
The POV is of standing on one shore, in a field of poppies, looking across to a rocky shore. Cathy and I worked together in the Canadian Forces and the poppy symbol is important to us both. To chose the dory-house colours, I got us talking about childhood memories while on a walk and quizzed her on the colour of her family home in Jerseyside. The house moving across the water evokes scenes of the 1960s Resttlement Program.
 
Being a pandemic era rug hooker, I have been appreciative of the many virtual
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Stepping Out #4 Final

Someone needs to invent some wool hairspray :-)

I'm not fond of hooking such small details. Everytime I'd get the lips or eyes positioned, I'd move on and the yarn would move on its own - UGGGHHH.  

I heard some good advice as I was hooking this rug -  Take every challenge.  I needed that as I was out of my element.

WIth this challenge, I learned a bit more on outlining (too much/too little), blending colors (ombre style) and hooking backwards (couldn't get the flip flops right, so did reverse hooking on the straps).....Ummm is that OK? 

I used quite a bit of Deannes wool: crayon box, artist series, sunday drive and then a stash of my recycled wool.  

Thank you for giving me motivation to hook out of the box and a gift my daughter will treasure. Happy Hooking All!

 

 

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The hooking is finished

I finished hooking this piece tonight designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick. I changed the flower on the right. I am still not sure about it but I think it is time to move on.10524109677?profile=RESIZE_710x

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I love bright colors.

I had started a small Celtic Knot piece while I waited for the blue wool to come. I came down with a cold the other day though so I needed something that didn’t require too much concentration. This is Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Big Red Pot of Flowers from the Simple Shading class.
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Faces

I have only hooked 2 other mats with figures and faces and 1polar bear. Each was a struggle but I reworked it until I was satisfied.

Three sisters are featured in this mat celebrating a reunion of 3 sisters after many many years. The faces again proved difficult and after not being completely  satisfied with 2 of 3 faces, I consulted Deanne's book Inspired. Page 111 and 112  suggested that rather than try and duplicate features ýou could portray the person by hooking a face that felt like the person. With this in mind I rethought the faces, and rehooked them to reflect the person .Now I am satisfied and can now complete the mat. 

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Spring challenge!

I was so excited to hear about the spring challenge, the first thing i thought about was all the dandelions that where coming up in my yard.  So why not dance with them!!

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She's dancing in the Dandelions

In the country where dandelions grow.

You will find a little girl dancing to and fro.

She's happy dancing in the dandelions, waiting for them to open up and show their fluff.

One day she will catch a wish and become a pretty young lady dancing with the dandelions!

 

cheers

Kathryn

 

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Finished!

So it has been some time but i had finished the rug i was doing with the waves! It's a colourful addition to my bathroom.10513627680?profile=RESIZE_710x

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Fergus Fibre Festival

If you're in the Fergus, Ontario area.....

Be sure to attend the Fergus Fibre Festival 

Where: St. Andrew Street, Fergus

When: Saturday May 28 from 9-4

32+ vendors will sell farm yarns, rovings, fleeces, indie dyed yarns.
See Fergus Fibre Festival Facebook page for vendor profiles.

Three food trucks.

Four exhibitors including bobbin lace makers, rug hookers and embroiderers.

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Ten Minutes A Day Challenge 2022


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Join us this year ! Ten Minutes A Day! I am excited to encourage you to hook ten minutes a day all summer. When you join you commit to hook ten minutes a day every day you can for July and August! We'll be sending out prizes and encouragement because when you commit to the ten minutes a day challenge you commit to yourself and your creativity…

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Ten Minute a Day Challenge 2022


I am excited to encourage you to hook ten minutes a day all summer. When you join you commit to hook ten minutes a day every day you can for July and August! We'll be sending out prizes and encouragement because when you commit to the ten minutes a day challenge you commit to yourself and your creativity and I want to encourage that!

You can sign up here!

 

 

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I want to show you some little tips here on the Pom members site. Right now I am crazy about flower pots. These are very simple designs I am doing right now but it is their simplicity that is difficult to carry off. For this orange pot I used sexy jersey and highlighted it with rust slub. I wanted a clean looking pot with not too much colour . The pot cannot compete with the flowers in these rugs. The pot has a very simple shape. Lean and long, and only two colours mixed together. I think it…

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Playful is best


Hey everyone, I have not had coffee or eaten my breakfast yet but I had an urge to visit with you here.  Right now I am so excited. It's thursday so we do our live which always gets me rolling. Last week I took a long walk on the marsh with friends and while there we began playing with our portrait mode on our iphones using the studio light mode and we got some fun results. I just wanted to show you what I discovered just by playing.…

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