Martina Lesar

Another Wonderful Day In the Country!!!

What an incredible day!  We were blessed with amazing weather and everything ran smoothly thanks to my wonderful crew of volunteers!  I want to thank everyone for supporting our efforts in raising money for the Hooked Rug Museum of North America.  Well ladies, you certainly did your part!  We raised 2100.00 for HRMNA!!!  Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle prizes.  …

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Fantastic Banjara Bags – Just Arrived

Let me introduce you to our newest arrivals….Banjara totes and notion bags.  Banjara is a tribe in India where the   most beautiful embroideries are created using colorful threads, (some metallic threads) and mirror work.  Vintage Banjara embroideries are repurposed into one of a kind bags.  Sheep leather and suede is incorporated adding style and substance to each unique piece.  …

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Hooking a Plaid

Large plaids are a bonus for rug hooking.  Plaids such as our Algonquin Gold, Muskoka Moss and Red Canoe offer three different looks in one piece of wool.  I hooked this little mat to demonstrate the variety of values and color I got from just these three wools.  After cutting, I separated the light and dark strips and …

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Hooking With Silk Sari Ribbon

Wool is the fabric of choice for rug hooking.  However, today we are exploring new techniques and new fibers.  A few fiber artists have been incorporating alternative materials in their work for years and now it seems our curiosity has been peaked. Today there is great interest in exploring the possibilities that alternative fibers offer.   Silk sari ribbon creates …

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Host/Hostess Gifts

It is time to start thinking ahead to holiday gift giving especially if you are planning on handcrafting your gifts.  These Nordic Trivets are perfect gifts that can be used year round.  At 8×8 they hook up quickly which is a must for us procrastinators.  They are available in kits with your choice of uncut or …

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Potato Salad Recipe

We served this potato salad at yesterday’s bbq and had a lot of requests to post the recipe here on the blog.  It is a European style family recipe which I am happy to share.  I don’t really have measurements…its all to taste. Slovenian Potato Salad Yukon Gold potatoes  (cook, peel and slice) Add:  Salt …

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