Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Almost ready?


Here’s another “things you need to know” post about our upcoming hook in on October 2! 

Click here to read the post!

Monday, 25 September 2023

Pumpkin Season!

It is indeed pumpkin season…’s a link to the pattern discussed at our September meeting.  One of them will be raffled off at the Oct 2 hook-in, It’s About Time.

The pattern was developed by Mary Ann Goetz and appeared in the Sept 2011 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.

Click here to see the pattern.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Are you getting excited??


Are you getting excited in anticipation of our upcoming hook-in, October 2?  Check out this video for all the things you need to know!

Hope to see you there!

More details over on our other website:

Sunday, 17 September 2023

Winning Weekend

Or maybe that should be weekendSS…..

Last week at the Orono Fall Fair, our Tanya cleaned up, winning 22 ribbons in various categories!  Well done!  Here are a photos of a few of her many entries:

Then….this weekend, our Martina won the Mayor’s Choice Award in the 10th Annual Juried Show at the Colborne Art Gallery.  Well done to you, too!

….and finally we come to the Port Hope Fall Fair….Here are some photos of our display/demo area:

…and on to the prizes:  there were a total of 6 categories available for prizes, and there were entries in 4 of them.

Our Dianne won first prize in the Fair Theme: Celebrating 190 Years of Agriculture with her Maude Lewis wall hanging! It was very popular with visitors to the display.

Here’s another entry in that same category:

Jennifer (me!) also did well….tho i was the ONLY ENTRY in the 3 categories!  It’s not hard to do well with those odds.

Saturday, 16 September 2023

Hook-In: It’s About Time


Looking for information about our upcoming hook-in:  It’s About Time?  Head on over to our sister blog: click here>>>> Cobourg Hook-in.

There you’ll find all kinds of information about the program, and vintage rugs, and a few videos and more…….It’s all taking place on October 2, at Cobourg Grace Church.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, 28 July 2023

U of T Recognizes Joyce

We gathered at Joyce’s this week for our regular Thursday hooking, and Deb asked Joyce if she could show us her medal….well that got us intrigued:

The University of Toronto sent her a medal in recognition of the 75th anniversary since she graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 1948.  Congrats to her! Her take on the award: “I didn’t do anything special for it  I just outlived a bunch of folks.”

From the U of T yearbook for 1948

Upon graduation Joyce worked at the U of T library as a page for 3 years, until she married in 1951.  She went on to tell us a story about her early married life in Little Current, on Manitoulin Island.

It wasn’t until almost 20 years later that she took up rug hooking, when her youngest child no longer came home for lunch from school  

Sunday, 16 July 2023

Clean Your Gripper Frame

Have you got a gripper frame that is all crudded up with bits of wool?  It’s a pain to pick out all that crap, isn’t it?

Try out a hair brush cleaner.  It was recommended as a way to clean a drum carder, which has those exact same teeth as a rug hooking gripper frame.  I got my cleaner from Amazon, but there are probably other places where you can get this gizmo.  It’s basically a teensy rake with wire teeth.

Some short sharp strokes with the cleaner was all it took.

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Another Vintage Rug Story


Check out our OTHER blog, It’s About Time, to read the latest vintage rug story.  This is our way of getting you prepped for our October 2 Hook-In that will feature vintage rugs.

Click here to read the post!

Saturday, 24 June 2023

Textile Museum Yard Sale

The Textile Museum is hosting their Yard Sale again! 

The museum collects donations throughout the year, from individuals and from businesses (like fancy schmancy decorating stores), and it is all organized and put out for sale.  It’s usually a wonderful smorgasbord of stuff:  upholstery samples, quilting fabric, yarn, needles, antique lace….you name it.  Plus, while standing in line (it’s VERY popular) you meet a wonderful folks with a wide array of interests.  The conversations you strike up are fascinating.  Note that all of the good stuff doesn’t go at the start:  they usually put out fresh stuff throughout the sale….so there’s always something new to see.

Many many years ago i worked across the street from the museum and would arrange my breaks/lunch for multiple trips to the annual sale.  If you’re going to be in/near Toronto, consider heading over!

Monday, 19 June 2023

Rug Registry October 2

 We’ve had some questions about the upcoming Rug Registry on October 2, so here’s a wee video that hopefully explains all.

Sunday, 18 June 2023

Catherine Starbuck

You will be saddened to hear that long time member Catherine Starbuck has passed away.  Although she hadn’t attended rug hooking in the past while, she was an active member of our group, Colborne and Brighton.  

Here’s a lovely tribute to her, written by her friend & fellow rug hooker, Nancy Crapper:

Catherine has been a member of the Cobourg hooking group for many years.  She also belonged to Heritage Hands in Colborne & took classes at both Loyalist College, Germaine James & Dorothy Haight in Picton.    She was also a regular member our our little kitchen hooking group in Brighton.

A little less than a year ago Catherine & her husband Peter moved from Brighton to Campbellford to a Seniors Residence, as she was having both memory & mobility problems.   Last winter she had a fall which made self care difficult, so she was transferred to a nursing home in Napanee, where her son & family live.   She passed away June 8, quite suddenly. 

Catherine was a beautiful rug hooker, her designs, many of which her husband drew for her, were not just beautiful, but her colour choices & the hooking itself, was exquisite.  She also did beautiful cross stitch. 

Catherine was a kind, warm person, quiet, but always willing to help anyone, anywhere.  She had a lovely smile & was a warm, welcoming presence everywhere she went.    She will be missed.