Mon, 5th December 2022


Autumn Glow

Exciting New Patterns by Barbel Smith

I am very excited to be working with a new artist, Barbel Smith. Her work is amazing, beautiful bright colours, sweeping lines that draw you into the picture. Her style is inspired by the Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris, and incorporates the landscape with a sense of the spiritual. There will be 8 new patterns on the website over the next few days but here is a taste of what is to come.

Shading Class at Work
Fine Shading Entertainment
Fine Shading class Complete

Fine Shading Class in Perth, Ontario

Here are a few pictures from the fine shading class in Perth. A lot of information to absorb in 4 days, everyone was very focused and the end results were lovely and we had entertainment as well, which had me in tears of laughter. Well done ladies! Looking forward to posting pics of the finished projects.

Van Gogh

AJ and Vincent

Here are a couple of pictures, Nancy's Sunrise and Spirit Loons (AJ VanDrie pattern) and Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Cypresses hooked by Colleen Payer from Deep River.

Fine Shading Workshop

There are a few spots available for the fine shading workshop in Perth, July5&6 and July 19 &20, this is a 4 day workshop that will cover 4 flowers, leaves, ribbon and rope on a 15x18 sampler. 

Cost for the workshop is $190 which includes the 4 days of classes, pattern on traditional linen and the notes. 

Shading is a subject that once mastered can apply to many different rug hooking styles, this class is also a requirement for the Ontarion Hooking Craft Guild Teacher Training Program(TTEC)

Please email me if you are interested in this class.

Shipping Charges

Please note that due to increased shipping costs postage will be calculated once your order has been received, I will email you the total cost of your order and we can arrange payment. In the interim please treat any computer calculated shipping as an estimate.



Strawberry Rug Hookers

Having a great time in Punta Gorda at the hook-in. Here is a pic of a new friend from the Strawberry Rug Hookers of Lakeland, Shelley is a new hooker and finished the whipping on her first rug today at the hook-in. Kathy in the background is also a member of the Strawberry;s and you can see the crowd in the background.... that is half the room. An amazing event! So glad we came down.

Too Many Rugs and Not Enough Time

I often have people tell me that they can't find the time to hook, so here are a couple of things that work for me. 

Take 5 strips and lay them out in the space where you hook tell yourself that tomorrow you will find the time to hook, its only five strips you could probably get those hooked while you watch the news. If you hook the 5 strips every day you will make progress, and I'll bet that you can't just hook 5.

I was making chicken soup yesterday and while it was simmering I picked up the friendship rug that I was working on, my bit was to be done today. Well I really didn't think I would get it done but because I had the timer on for 15 minutes to remind myslef to check the soup I got busy. Well the timer went off and I was amazed at how much I got done in that short time, another 10 minutes and it was done. I couldn't believe it. Yeah on to another project.! So the tip is give yourself 15 minutes a day to hook. I am sure you can find that much time somewhere.

Happy hooking


Westport Hook-In 2017

 The date is confirmed, the Westport Hook-in will be July 4th this year.


North Bay/Powasson Hook-In

What a fun weekend I had  at the North Bay/Powasson hook-in. I was very fortunate to stay with my friends Donna and Peter at their cottage on beautiful Lake Nipissing. Donna and I were 2 of the 4 vendors at the hook-in and it was great to see what everyone was working on. There are so many amazingly talented people in our rug hooking world. Here is a picture of Arleen Brandes' Van Gogh masterpiece that she did in the workshop I taught at the OHCG Annual this year. I am so proud that I was there to help her create this beautiful piece of art. Well done Arleen.

Spring Saplings and Deer

Spring Saplings and Deer

A very true to the painting version of AJ's Spring Saplings and Deer hooked by Lenore.

Caught in the Hoop
Best Seat in the House

A new use for the Tux Hoops

Chris sent me a couple of pics of how her cats think the Tux Hoops  should be used. Her 3rd cat likes it as well but was a bit camera shy. 

Dolly the Sheep by Nancy

Dolly's Garden

Here is another example of Dolly's Garden hooked by Nancy C. She used mostly wool from her stash with just a few new pieces that I dyed for her. It is one of the great things about our art that 2 people can hook the same pattern but they are each unique. Beautiful work Nancy!

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.