Original Hand Hooked Rugs and Accessories by Ontario Fibre Artist Martina Lesar
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New Pattern Designer ????

New Pattern Designer ????

I am very proud to introduce to you a budding new talent in the world of rug hooking pattern design…my daughter Carla.  Carla is a university student majoring in fine arts and it was during her reading week or as some know it as spring break that I challenged her to design a rug pattern.  She sketched a […]

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Gearing up for the OHCG Annual Meeting 2014


It certainly doesn’t feel like “spring is just around the corner” but it is time to start preparing for the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild’s annual meeting.  This is an event that many  look forward to attending.  The Greater Toronto branches are hosting the event which is being held at  Durham College in Oshawa.  The date […]

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New Patterns and Big Rugs

New Patterns and Big Rugs

If you haven’t browsed through the pattern pages for a while, you may find that a number of new patterns have been added to the website.  Among them and pictured here is ”Sarah-Leah” (5×7) which I designed for my bedroom and  just completed.       Prancer, also pictured here, is a new addition  and the first design of a new holiday collection […]

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New Wool Textures Have Arrived!!!

New Wool Textures Have Arrived!!!

New wool textures have arrived in the studio, and not a moment too soon!  Some of the colours encourage me that warmer temperatures are not too far away.  Lovely warm, springtime yellow, orange and caribean turquoise.  So nice to see the brighter colours for the coming season.  A fabulous array of blues and aqua that have […]

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Oxwood Hooking Artisans Hook In – March 29th 2014


Once again I am delighted to be attending the Oxwood Hooking Artisans annual hook in as a vendor.  The event takes place on Saturday March 29th 2014 at the Maranatha Christian Reform Church in Woodstock, Ontario.  The venue is very spacious and bright.   These wonderful ladies are most welcoming to everyone and are always gracious […]

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Christmas and Holiday Closures


I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.   In the whirlwind of shopping, parties, baking and decorating stay safe and remember to take time to relax and enjoy family and friends and maybe a little bit of hooking too.   The studio will be closed on Dec 22-26th and Dec 29- January 1.

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A Sale to Remember

A Sale to Remember

Mother Nature was not our friend on the sale weekend. The two days were grey and foggy but the big tent, filled with over 250 hooked pieces was the promised riot of colour. It may have been dull outside but inside was anything but. From orientals to vintage Cheticamp, from square hooked footstools to round […]

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Praiseworthy Rug Hookers


Once again I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our wonderful Thursday rug hooking group.  Id like to take this opportunity to thank those who have contributed to the success of our first hooked rug sale.  In particular to Audrey Milward, Susan Grant, Jean Leonard, Jane Fournie, Danuta McAdam and Lynn Kennedy who entrusted […]

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Rain or Shine. The sale will go on!


Tomorrow is the big day.  We have been fretting about the weather forecast for weeks, but now that our 20×40 waterproof, fully enclosed tent is up, I say, bring it on Mother Nature.   Our sale will go on, rain or shine.  Final tally of the number of pieces (large and small) is about 240 pieces.  This […]

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One Week and Counting!

One Week and Counting!

Celebrate the autumn season by viewing the changing colours of the leaves AND the beautiful colours of our 150+ hooked pieces.  You could say it will be “a riot of colour.”  Come and see this fine collection of hooking.  Meet some old friends.  Make some new ones.  Rug hookers are a friendly bunch.  Have a […]

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Two Weeks and Counting!

Two Weeks and Counting!

Sale time is almost upon us.  The rugs are in.  The tags are attached.  The excitement is mounting.   We have been working hard to get this sale going and we can assure you that it will be “the sale of Autumn 2013″.  The photo is just a small preview of what you can expect to see […]

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Multi Artist Hooked Rug Sale – October 5th-6th 2013

Multi Artist Hooked Rug Sale  -  October 5th-6th 2013

We are very pleased to announce that the studio will be hosting a multi artist hooked rug sale.  The event will take place at the studio on Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th 2013.  This is a rare opportunity to acquire a hand crafted heirloom as most hooked rugs go directly into private collections.  This sale […]

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Grey Highlands Hooking Craft Guild Rug Show


The Grey Highlands Hooking Craft Guild is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a rug show and afternoon tea.  The event will take place on Saturday August 24th 2013 at the Markdale Fair.  The location is the King Edward Park/Centre Grey Recreation Complex on the upper floor.  Doors open at 10:00-5:00.  Hand hooked rugs will be […]

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OHCG Annual Conference 2013 – May 24, 25 and 26th


Mark your calendars!   The 2013 OHCG Annual Conference is quickly drawing near.  This year, the Area 1 and Limestone Loopers from Kingston will be hosting this years largest hooking event in Kingston, Ontario at the Ambassador Conference Centre.  The theme is Reunite, Recreate, and Rejuvenate.  If you are not a member of the OHCG, you […]

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Annual Hook In in Woodstock


The Oxwood Hooking Artisans have invited me to be a vendor at their annual hook in once again.  I was thrilled to be included as last year was such fun.  Wonderful people, beautiful hooking and a great venue.  The gathering last year was such a success that they have arranged for a larger venue.  The […]

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A Big Thank You!!!


On behalf of Dianne’s husband Dwight, friends Audrey and Julie Milward and myself, I would like to thank everyone who came out to Sunday’s sale of the late Dianne May’s rug hooking “stash”.   It was a tremendous turnout and almost everything was sold.  That is saying alot since the amount on sale would have filled […]

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A SALE OF DIANNE MAY’S RUG HOOKING “STASH”


Many of you have known or probably have heard of Dianne May.  She passed away earlier this year leaving behind a lifetimes worth of rug hooking supplies.  Her husband has asked for our help in selling her wool and supplies.  This is a substantial sale.  A very large selection of wool and patterns as well as a puritan […]

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Want to join a hook in?

Want to join a hook in?

There is nothing as wonderful as getting together with a group of people that share your love of rug hooking.  Currently the studio hosts a “hook in” every Thursday which is filled to capacity.  Due to the many requests to join a group, the studio now hosts a new hook in on the first and third […]

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Wide Cut Painterly Leaves – Dec. 1st 2013- Full

Wide Cut Painterly Leaves - Dec. 1st 2013- Full

The December 1st class is now full.  A new class will be scheduled for the new year. There has been much interest in hooking painterly style leaves in wide cut strips.  Hooking in this style creates unique leaves.  Each one will be different.  It is a style that is extremely creative and a bit whimsical,  where you are […]

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New Patterns for Spring 2012

New Patterns for Spring 2012

Welcome Spring!    The promise of an early blooming  garden have inspired the creation of  new patterns to celebrate the season.    Abundant florals and a peacock feather inspired pattern are available in chair pad, runner and a rug.  The nature of these patterns are such that they can be made larger by increasing the number of motifs.    The following are the first three […]

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Open Outdoor Summer Hook Ins – NOW ON!

Open Outdoor Summer Hook Ins - NOW ON!

Summer weather has finally arrived and we  have dusted off the patio furniture so that we can enjoy our outdoor hook ins in the courtyard, where we will bask in the warmth of the sun and enjoy the company of other rug hookers.   This event has become a favourite of ours as we are able […]

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A Fond Farewell to Dianne May

A Fond Farewell to Dianne May

Dianne May passed away on Saturday March 3rd 2012 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.  My most heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and all those who had the honor of knowing her.  She was a talented rug hooker, delightful teacher, and brilliant dyer.  Dianne created the Kaleidoscope Colour dyed wool line for […]

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New Studio Hours


Beginning in September 2011, the studio hours will be changing.  We will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10:00-3:00.  I will no longer be open on Sundays but will be available by appointment for any day for those who cannot make it in on regular studio hours.  Just give us a call (905)838-3022

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Beginner Rug Hooking Class

Beginner Rug Hooking Class

  Registration is now open for the  Sunday June 22th 2014 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 and […]

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Beeline Townsend Cutters

Beeline-Townsend Cutter

I am pleased to announce that the studio is once again carrying Beeline Townsend Cutters and cartridges.  Production has begun and shipments have arrived.  The Beeline Townsend products are, without a doubt the finest cutters on the market.   In addition to superior cutting action, the ease of changing blades makes the Townsend uncomparable to anything […]

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