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Introduction to Shading Techniques

 Introduction to Shading Techniques

Introduction to Shading Techniques (or Shading 101) is a new workshop that will be offered in September 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 which will be taught in the class; however  with […]

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Studio Closed for OHCG Annual


Just a reminder that the studio will be closed this week from Thursday April 16th – Sunday April 19th for the OHCG Annual Conference where I will be a vendor along with a number of others as well.  The conference is being held in London this year at the Lamplighter Inn.  It is an event for registered members […]

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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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Spring Rug Hooking Events


After the winter we have endured, the up coming events for spring are eagerly anticipated.  It will be good to get out of the studio and hopefully the weather will cooperate.  The first event is a spring hook-in hosted by the  Oxwood Hooking Artisans on Saturday March 14, 2015.  I have been a vendor at this event […]

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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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Exclusive New Patterns by Artist Sarah Skrlj

 Exclusive New Patterns by Artist Sarah Skrlj

Sarah Skrlj is a fabulous artist who also happens to be my niece.  She attended the University of Guelph where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her artwork is incredibly intricate, elegant and detail oriented.  I have long admired her talent and have been intrigued by the possibility of adapting her work into rug hooking patterns.  […]

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Painterly Leaves Workshop – This Class is now Full

Painterly Leaves Workshop  -  This Class is now Full

An informal workshop on the technique of hooking my painterly style leaves is  scheduled for Sunday March 1st 2015.  This is a one day workshop where I will demonstrate the methods I use to create unique leaves using a variety of textured and dyed wools.    It is a style that is extremely creative,  where you are encouraged to paint with […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 March 22th  2015 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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