Original Hand Hooked Rugs and Accessories by Ontario Fibre Artist Martina Lesar
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We couldn’t wish for a more fabulous weekend as far as weather goes.  Crisp, blue skies and sunny…. sweater weather.    This time of year, there is so much to see and do.  Fall fairs in every town, studio tours and farmers markets.  A great time to be in the country.  The fall leaves […]

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As Promised, Rug Sale Photos

As Promised, Rug Sale Photos

For those who missed the sale and requested photos,  here are the photos as promised.  These photos are of our rug sale which was held in a local historic church in September.  Eric Fournie was able to snap these before we opened and was kind enough to send them to me to post here.  Enjoy!

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Need Space Sale!!!!! Starts Today

Need Space Sale!!!!!  Starts Today

  It’s not often that you will hear me complaining about having too much wool, however, the studio is bursting with new arrivals of luscious wool textures and I don’t have anywhere to put them.  To solve my dilemma, I’ve decided to have a “Need Space Sale”. The photos show you what I have to contend […]

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FALL RUG HOOKING EVENTS

FALL RUG HOOKING EVENTS

Fall has certainly arrived in glorious splendor here in Caledon.  For all the complaining I did during the summer about the chilly temps, Mother Nature sure is making up for it with an absolutely gorgeous fall.  It is a colourful drive around Caledon and a fall hotspot in many tourist books.  If coming up to the studio, […]

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Fabulous Attendance at Rug Sale

Fabulous Attendance at Rug Sale

Over 200 hooked rugs and accessories were an awesome sight displayed in the historic Melville White Church.  The antique rug display was an incredible opportunity to see, in person, examples of historic rugs that some of us have only seen in photos.  The Rittermere Hurst Field collection was truly a treat for collectors and primitive rug hookers.  Three of […]

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New Patterns…abstracts and primitive

New Patterns...abstracts and primitive

I have been in the mood for something new and colourful lately and the results are  four new patterns which are abstract in design.   For lack of a better name I’ve named them Abstract 1 through 4.  These small table mats have been hooked in vibrant colour plans which I seem to be attracted to […]

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Sale Update: Antique Rugs from Rittermere Collection

Sale Update:  Antique Rugs from Rittermere Collection

The Rittermere Hurst Field antique rug collection was delivered to my studio for next weekends sale……WOW!  I have to admit, I was surprised by the large number of rugs.  Like a kid at Christmas, I wanted to open (unroll) them all at once.  I am so honored that these rugs will be in our rug sale on Sept. 13th.  […]

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Abstract Roses Completed

Abstract Roses Completed

As promised, here is the photo of Abstract Roses hooked in the striated dyed wool.  It most definitely hooked up quickly and it was a joy to work with the wool.  I used the two different colourways that Carla dyed, which you can see in my previous post.  Even though there are variations of colour […]

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New Dyed Striated Wool

New Dyed Striated Wool

If you happened to stop by my booth at the OHCG annual this past May, then you may have noticed a new line of striated dyed wool.  This dyed wool line was created by my daughter, Carla.  She was assisting me with my dyeing for the show and was fascinated with the process.  After mastering […]

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Boho Paisley Pattern – NEW

Boho Paisley Pattern - NEW

My daughters have recently taken an interest in decorating since they are moving into houses near their universities in the fall.   Suddenly, my rug hooking is becoming quite desirable to them as long as I use colours that they prefer and in designs that appeal to them.  My daughter requested a pillow for her room in a […]

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2nd Annual Hooked Rug Sale

2nd Annual Hooked Rug Sale

  Once again the studio will be hosting a multi artist hooked rug sale.  Last year’s success encouraged us to consider making this an annual event.  The sale will consist of contemporary and vintage hooked rugs and accessories.  A number of artists will be participating in this event, guaranteeing an eclectic collection of rugs from […]

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New Holiday Collection

New Holiday Collection

I know, I know…summer has just begun.  The last thing we want to think about is winter.  However, its never to early to start planning and hooking Christmas themed projects.  I’m pleased to present the new holiday cushion collection which  are now available as patterns.  The two large red and cream cushions are inspired by […]

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Summer Hook Ins – Open to all


As some of you know, during the summer months we open our Thursday weekly “hook ins” to visitors.  Since we gather outside on the courtyard, we have a lot more room to accommodate guests.    It has been a later than normal start this year due to the cool temperatures.  We are a welcoming, fun group […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beginner Rug Hooking Class

Beginner Rug Hooking Class

  Registration is now open for  Sunday  October 26th  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 […]

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New Patterns! Inspired by the Maritimes

Lighthouse and Roses

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit Canada’s east coast.  Since we drove from Ontario, there were many sites to inspire new designs.  I have just posted a few new patterns with a coastal flavour.  Lighthouses from Nova Scotia and PEI,  dories, picturesque painted houses and of course the awesome rugged coast line.  The […]

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