Thursday, 16 August 2018

Yarn Store Invasion

Today, instead of our usual Thursday gathering at Grace Church, we visited a yarn store!  Yarn It in Cobourg is a fantastic store, full of all kinds of yarn-y goodness, and very inviting.

There were 19 of us which is a really good number!  Several hookers succumbed and even bought more yarn (cuz we need new projects, right?)

It was a great day, and thanks to Yarn It for allowing us to invade their space.

...and they were even kind enough to feature us on their Facebook page!  Thanks!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Busy Weekend

It has indeed been a busy weekend for our group!

First up, on Friday August 10, we participated in the Hastings Fibre Festival.  There were several different groups represented, and as with all things organized by Skye, there was a fun craft activity.

Dianne gave a talk about our group and the OHCG, and several other folks spoke.  Most notably was a saffron farmer from Northumberland County.  Who knew?  Click here to read more about his adventure.

On hand from our group were Dianne, Judy C, Sheila and Gillian.

Here's a link to an article from a local news outlet about the day's events.

As if that wasn't enough, Saturday dawned (very) early for our folks as we had a table at the Port Hope Arts Festival.  This was put on in conjunction with the Port Hope Farmers Market.  We even sold a few items, and there was a lot of interest in several hooked items that weren't for sale!

On hand from our group were Dianne, Judy P, Claire, Brenda, Francine.

...and then, we participated in Lang Pioneer Village's Fibrelicious, celebrating food and fibre activities.  There were several demonstrations taking place, in addition to us hookers, including embroidery, basket making, cheese making, sheep sheering, etc, as well as many yarn-y vendors in the new barn.  Food was good, too!

Representing our group were Dianne, Judy C, Denise C, Claire and me (Jennifer)!

Here's a post from Lang's Facebook page (click on "+11" to see more), and below that are a few more photos of our folks.

Friday, 27 July 2018


WOW!!! It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday at Dianne's cottage on the shores of Rice Lake. We enjoyed homemade biscuits and jam a little rug hooking and lots of discussions and a bit of just plain babbling!
Thanks again Dianne for opening up your home to us!  Here's a couple of pics!  Sorry no water photos, What was I thinking????

                                        Judy did an amazing job using needle point to replicate a drawing her granddaughter did, sorry the photo of the original didn't turn out but this is gorgeous!

Happy House pattern by Karla Gerard hooked by Christine

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Fun Time at Karen's

Today was a lovely warm day for a picnic.  Not too hot, not too cool, and with a lovely breeze.

There were almost 70 attendees from far and wide.  Many local and not-so-local branches arrived to enjoy the fellowship (and some shopping).  Loretta, Carol and Gudrun were there as vendors. There was even some entertainment!

....and of course there were sooooo many rugs to ogle and people to chat with!  Here is a SMALL selection of photos from the day.  For more photos of rugs, head over to Hooked on the Lake.

Saturday, 14 July 2018


                     Today and tomorrow at the home of Kathryn McHolm there will be her annual event
"In a Garden" rain or shine with many vendors displaying and selling there gifts and talents.

                  Please enjoying strolling around the grounds and taking in a great day!

                                    This is a two day event July 13 & 14 from 10-4pm
                                          4749 County Rd. 2 in  Welcome Ontario
                                    Check out her web site

Monday, 9 July 2018

Trent School of Rug Hooking

Did you know that there is new life in the Trent School of Rug Hooking?  It has recently been taken over by Cindy Fridenberg and she is working on a class line up for next year. Sounds intriguing!

In the meantime, if you like to look at photos of hooked rugs.....head on over to her Facebook group. Lots of folks are adding photos of their rugs, and they’re gorgeous! (Of course it’s rare that I see a hooked rug I don’t like!)

The easiest way to see these things is to search for “Trent School of Rug Hooking” from within Facebook.  If you’re so inclined, you can join the Facebook group and will see new photos on a regular basis

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Conundrum About Dyeing

EcoPrinting samples from Marta Mouka, a fantastic dye class!

Recently the OHCG posted a link to an article on dyeing called "Old Wives Tales About Dyeing", and asked their members to weigh in on whether they agree.

The article, by April DeConnick (more on her in another post!), laid out several key points shown in blue below.  The comments from OHCG members (and me) are in red.  I use mostly ProChem dyes which require some care, but there are other (less toxic) dyes out there.  If you want completely food safe dyes, there's always Koolaid and food colouring to play with, and they produce wonderful colours.  Highly recommended, especially if you're dyeing small quantities.

1.  It's best to dye in an area separate from the kitchen, as many dyes are not food safe.  She advocates using a garage, etc, and using separate pots, spoons, etc.

Agree, however not everyone has a separate area to dye in.  Sometimes you have to use your kitchen. We all agree that separate pots and utensils for dyeing are a must.  Mine are all labelled "DYE" but hubby did put a dye spoon into the dishwasher once.  I wouldn't recommend doing this on a regular basis, but we haven't suffered any ill effects from it (yet).  On my dye days i avoid having food preparation going on anywhere nearby....take-out food is your best friend on big dye days.

One of the recommendations is that if you must mix powders in the kitchen, do so on damp newspaper, as this prevents stray powders getting into anything.

2.  Don't skip using gloves, masks, etc.

For sure, tho once your powders are mixed you can probably take off your mask.  Don't, however, stand over a cooking dye bath and inhale deeply!

3.  No need to pre-wash or soak your items before dyeing.  Use a squirt of synthrapol as a wetting agent.

This was interesting to me, as I was always taught to pre-soak.  If you don't pre-soak you will get a slightly mottled appearance, which isn't always a bad thing.  Synthrapol is most definitely a great wetting agent.  I find that JetDry (dishwasher rinse agent) does much the same thing.  When I'm going to dye, i will stick my wool into a bucket with a squirt of jet dry as a very first step.  It sits there while i prepare the dye bath, etc.

4.  Don't boil your wool in the dye bath - this just felts everything.

Agree.  I find that once the dye bath gets to steaming (approx 180' F), turn the heat down to maintain that temperature and let it sit until the water is clear(ish).

5.  Use citric acid instead of vinegar.

Citric acid is great to use, and is the mainstay of most professional dyers.  That said, tho, vinegar is easy to get anywhere.  I use it at the cottage to counteract hard water, so i always have gallons of it on hand.

6.  Don't rinse your dyed wool until it has cooled down.

Agree.  In fact, if you can't get your dye to exhaust completely, take it off the heat and let it sit overnight.  You'd be amazed at how much more colour is absorbed.  Also, rinsing before the wool cools will cause more felting, which you may (or may not) want.

Here's the OHCG's Facebook post:

As with most things in rug hooking there are as many opinions out there as there are rug hookers.  What are your thoughts/experiences on dyeing???

an indigo dye class i took at Lang Pioneer Village several years ago - it was a LOT of fun