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Oxwood Artisans Hook In – Public Welcome!

Oxwood Artisans Hook In - Public Welcome!

I look forward to this event every year.  The Oxwood group hosts a hook in which is open to the public each year just before spring.  It is a time that most of us need a break from the winter and this is the perfect solution ….hooking with a great group of people.  These ladies […]

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Same Pattern, Different Style

Same Pattern, Different Style

                  One of the most fascinating aspects of this business is seeing how varied in style a completed pattern can be when hooked by different rug hookers.  In person and by emailed photos, I am fortunate to see the incredible finished rugs that started out as drawings on […]

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Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild’s Open House – Studio Closed


Just a reminder that the studio will be closed on Saturday January 23rd 2016 for the Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild’s Open House.  This event is open to the public and runs from 9:00- 4:00.  These events are always well attended so come early to ensure a seat.  It is a fun day of hooking with friends […]

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New Year = Rug Hooking Events.

New Year = Rug Hooking Events.

Happy New Year.  Yes, January marks the beginning of a year that will be busy with rug hooking events in Ontario.  Most notably is the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild’s 50th Anniversary Conference which will be held on April 29th-May 1st at the Deerhurst Resort in the Muskokas.  Information for this event is posted on the www.ohcg.org website.  Its […]

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Custom Rug Complete!

Custom Rug Complete!

This project began in June and I just completed it yesterday.  The rug measures 8′ 6″ x 13′ 6″.  The wool used is both dyed and “as is” wool. The entire rug was hooked in horizontal lines to mimic a woven rug.   I believe it is my 2nd largest rug to date.  I have hooked more than a few […]

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The Wait Is Over!

The Wait Is Over!

Yup, they are ready.  Eugenia Koumpouli patterns are now available on the pattern pages.  I know many of you have been patiently waiting for this news.  There are presently six designs on the website and more to come.  Eugenia has emailed me many more photos of her embroideries and I have to say that each […]

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Studio Exclusive!!!! Eυγενία Κούμπουλη (Eugenia Koumpouli) Designs

Studio Exclusive!!!! Eυγενία Κούμπουλη (Eugenia Koumpouli) Designs

  I’m very pleased to announce that the studio has obtained the exclusive rights to produce rug hooking patterns by the incredibly talented fiber artist, Eυγενία Κούμπουλη (Eugenia Koumpouli).  Eugenia lives in Greece where she creates her own exceptional designs which she embroiders into exquisite works of fiber art.   As you can see from the photos, her […]

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Is There Anything Good About November?

Is There Anything Good About November?

November has a reputation of being a lousy month.  The beautiful leaves have all blown off the trees and the ones still clinging on are dried up and brown.  The weather normally gets cold without the benefit of a pretty blanket of snow to compensate for the dropping mercury.  Its not very pretty, however our temperatures […]

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Hot off the Drawing Board

Hot off the Drawing Board

A new batch of designs arrived from Sarah Skrlj the other day, hot off her drawing board.  Two of them, Carrie and Towne are now available as patterns and I’m working on the others.  Carrie is available as a rug, runner and pillow.  I love this floral, so many possible colour plans!  This is one I’m definitely putting […]

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Introduction to Shading Techniques – Choice of Fine or Wide Cut

Introduction to Shading Techniques - Choice of Fine or Wide Cut

After the success of the first class, another date has been scheduled for the  “Introduction to Shading Techniques (or Shading 101)”  workshop in January at the studio.   This is a weekend workshop where you will learn  four basic shading techniques to achieve realism in your rug hooking.  Fine shading is traditionally done with fine cut strips; however in this class you will have a […]

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Fiber Art Rocks!

Fiber Art Rocks!

Attendance at the Woodstock Fleece Festival yesterday proved that fiber art is more popular than ever.   Luckily I quickly toured the vendors before the doors opened because after that, the crowds filled the aisles and I never left my booth.  Rug hooking, knitting, spinning, weaving, felting and I’m sure others that I missed were all […]

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Pumpkins on the Brain!

Pumpkins on the Brain!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a request for a pumpkin pattern and now the ideas for pumpkin patterns dont seem to want to stop. I drew a couple more yesterday.  One of the new patterns is “October Composition” which I plan on hooking.  It contains all the elements of the autumn season but in a […]

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Anticipating the Fall with New Pumpkin Patterns

Anticipating the Fall with New Pumpkin Patterns

It’s difficult to ignore the approaching fall season when temperatures in the morning are at just 10 degrees.  Mornings and evenings here in Caledon are nudging out summer.  I can’t complain as I love everything associated with autumn….sweater weather, changing leaves, crisp air, back to school and the anticipation of the coming holidays.   Our trees are […]

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Sarah Leah Now Available as a Pattern

Sarah Leah Now Available as a Pattern

After a number of requests for this pattern, it is now available on the pattern pages of the website.  It is named  Sarah Leah and measures 5×7.  I hooked this last year for my bedroom in blues and creams and hits of butter yellow and soft greens.  The room is blue and white and the rugs is perfect […]

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Yup! New Christmas Patterns

Yup!  New Christmas Patterns

It’s 30 degrees outside and I’m drawing Christmas patterns.  Crazy!  However, its never too early to start planning and hooking your holiday projects….especially if they are going to be gifts.  I’ve designed three new patterns.   St. Nicolas is 13×29 and he was inspired by old world European Santa’s.   “Snowman” is also 13×29 and he is simply fun.  […]

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Tips on Hooking Room Size Rugs

Tips on Hooking Room Size Rugs

Earlier this year I was asked to hook a custom, room sized rug for a wonderful couple.  They had some definite ideas for colour plans and style, so we worked together to design this great rug.  The size is 8×13.  Many people who come into the studio express their desire to hook a large rug […]

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New Season. New Projects!

New Season.  New Projects!

I love the fall season.  As a child I loved getting my new school supplies.  It was a fresh start with lots of possibilities.  It feels the same in the studio at this time of the year.  The summer activities are winding down and we start to plan our new rug hooking projects for the days […]

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Now on Facebook!!!!! Finally.


Yes. Finally.  I have finally created a facebook page for the studio.  It is long overdue but better late than never.  I must admit, it is a great place to connect and update people to the most current happenings in the studio.  I will still be posting here on my website but my facebook page […]

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March Beginner Rug Hooking Class

March Beginner Rug Hooking Class

  Registration is now open for  Sunday March 27th  2016 class. This is a one day introductory rug hooking class  where you will learn the necessary techniques to create your own hooked rug.  The classes run for one day  from 10:00am to 3:00pm.   Studio hooks and hoops will be used for the duration of the class […]

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Photoshop magic

Photoshop magic

In a previous post, I wrote about the wonders of Photoshop and rug hooking.  The photo of Miranda single is a pattern that is designed by Sarah Skrlj which is available exclusively through my studio.  I hooked the small mat in 3, 4 and 5 cuts to capture the exquisite detail of the design.  My daughter […]

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Long Winter, More Hooking

Long Winter, More Hooking

I am not a fan of cold weather, and this winter we have had more than our share of frigid temperatures.  Spring has arrived but it certainly doesn’t feel like it here in Caledon.   On a positive note, being closed up indoors does allow us to get more rug hooking done.  I’ve been receiving emails with photos […]

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Some rugs hooked by others

Some rugs hooked by others

Thought you might enjoy seeing some new rugs hooked by others.  Since getting a new computer, I have been having trouble getting these onto my ‘client showcase’.  I invite anyone hooking one of my patterns to send me a photo of the finished mat.  I would love to share it here.      

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Happy 2015 The Year of the Craft

Happy 2015  The Year of the Craft

Happy New Year!  2015 has been designated as the Year of the Craft which is, in my opinion, quite timely.  There is renewed interest and appreciation for all things handcrafted and it is my hope that this is not merely a trend.  I believe that cheaply made imports are being rejected in favour of handcrafted […]

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I Blinked, missed November and Now its Dec 10th

I Blinked, missed November and Now its Dec 10th

Every year I promise myself that I will prepare for Christmas early and not leave things until the week before.  And every year that promise is broken.  Its now two weeks until Christmas and the only thing I have managed to do is buy gifts for my kids.  Thanks to online shopping, I made all my […]

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Fall Hooking and More Designs by Sarah Skrlj

Fall Hooking and More Designs by Sarah Skrlj

Fall is a busy time in the rug hooking world and this year is no exception.  The shows, gatherings, classes and schools all seem to culminate at this time.    The cool weather and the approaching winter seem to trigger our desire to hunker down in our homes and allow ourselves the luxury of spending more time […]

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