Mon, 5th December 2022


Hex Sign Rug by Jane Bridgeman

Hex-Sign Rug

Jane Bridgeman sent this picture of her finished hex sign rug. It started out as a chair pad but she adapted the pattern to suit her space. I love how it turned out.

A fall version of Temagami

Temagami Highlands

I saw Joni at the Almonte Fibre Fest and she had this version of Temagami Highlands, I love the fall colours. Things are winding up as we get closer to the end of the year, Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets vendor day is Thursday Nov 2. and then one class in Georgetown. I am looking forward to a few months to focus on new classes for next year. Check in early Feb to see what is coming up. 

A rug by Susan

A picture of Friendship

Here is a picture of AJ's Friendship pattern hooked by Susan Fitzgerald. Beautifully done with great colours that are just different enough from the painting to make it her own.

Changes to Ordering

 We have made a few changes to the website, one of which is the ordering process. Now instead of dealing with a cart and store you can just email me with your address and I will calculate the shipping. Payment options are e-transfer or cheque. My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Response time is usually the same day.

For US customers the prices will be in US's but will include shipping.

Here is a picture of Songs of New Beginnings done as a pillow. I taught this class a few weeks ago and this pattern was hooked by Diny Warren. Great that she got it hooked so fast and a did a beautiful job. 

I am off to Green Mountain this week for a class with Pam Kirk, she is teaching us how to hook Whimsical Animals which should be very interesting. I am going to hook a tiger in wild and crazy colours, it is picture I took last fall when my sister and I went to the Toronto Zoo.  We will see how it turns out. 

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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

 We got home from Green Mountain yesterday after a terrific few days of dedicated hooking.  I designed this rug based on a picture I took last fall, no he was not hiding in the grass at my house. I am really pleased with how it has turned out and hope to get it finished this week. It was a great school and fun to see a few familiar faces and reconnect.

the new Laurel Burch patterns

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Untangling Colour

Are you ever confused when trying to use colour theory to plan a project?

This one day workshop will help you untangle the theory. We will briefly discuss basic colour theory but the focus will be to create more complex colour harmonies that will work in your colour planning. 

Workshop fee $113 includes the pattern on linen, 4 sets of wool and the notes. 

Class will run from 9:30-3:00 at McMartin House,Perth, 

tentative date Sat Feb 15th,2020

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We had  great day on Saturday at the Westport pop up shop. Both Loretta and I had loads of space to spread out our wares but it has been so long since we did a show that it was a challenge trying to figure out how to set things up. But we managed in the end, there was lots of space for social distancing and even time to catch up a bit with friends we have not seen in months. Everyone seemed pleased that we had organized this and we hope to have another one in a few months. Keep an eye on this space and on Loretta's blog (Hooked on the Lake) for more info. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported your local rug hooking vendors.

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Untangling Colour Theory Workshop

I am working on a new workshop and thought I would give you a heads up. 

This on line workshop will help you understand and use colour theory to  colour plan your projects. Over a number of weeks I will help you untangle the theory tackling one element at a time. The plan for the workshop is that each week there will be a new class that you can download and work through at your own pace. Each class wil include a small abstract pattern that you can use to explore the threory, either by hooking or just colouring that week's topic. Actually using and physically putting the theory in to practice is the best way to ensure you understand a specific concept, but the projects are just the size of a coaster so not a lot of time or wool has to be invested. 

I expect that the whole program will run aabout 6 weeks with classes running about an hour each. Even though this will not be an inter-active class you can email me questions and I will answer them over the next few classes.

If you think this might be a program you would be interested in email me and I will send you updates once it is all in place. I expect it will start in January. 

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The Zoom Thomson workshop is running again Oct 1st 2022. 

Class fee $55

time 10:30am (eastern)

email me and I will send the pictures and info flyer

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AJ and Carol

AJ and Carol

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Buckhorn Art Festival. What an amazing show, so many wonderful artists with some great work. 

I went specifically to meet with AJ Van Drie to give him the Partnership rug I hooked for him. Keep an eye out there will some new patterns coming soon.

What do ewe think...

Thanks so much, the blog is not that active but I am working on improving that. Here is a new pic of one of AJ's patterns.
Beth Dubeau
I hooked both Killarney and AJ Devrie's Song of New Beginning- was very happy with the results. Beth Dubeau
My wife and I thoroughly enjoy this site.