TIGHR Tri-ennial

Good morning everyone!  TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) Tri-ennial conference is coming up Oct. 4-7th in beautiful downtown Victoria, BC.  I will be there!

I will have two rugs in a group exhibit entitled Back to NatureRipening Saskatoons and Rose Hips!  The exhibit is not open to the public, but will be open to TIGHR members.

I will not be a vendor per se at TIGHR Tri-ennial, but I will be taking along my plaids and some finished wall hangings…should anyone need or want anything.  For those of you wanting something and not wanting to pay shipping, this would be a good opportunity to pick something up.  

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Plaids and Textures for sale!

plaid-orderHi everyone.  Just a reminder that I sell plaids and various patterned swatches for $2 CAD each plus shipping. I give a 10% discount if you order more than 50 swatches at a time.  Check out my Fabric for Sale page.

Today I’m packing up an order to be shipped out tomorrow.  I ship out orders Thursday mornings. :)

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In my studio this week…

WIP - Prairie Sky - Cirrus 10

WIP – Prairie Sky – Cirrus 10

A little late, but better late than never, I always say! :)

Today is more food processing with rug hooking in-between.  I started the Prairie Sky wall hangings for one of the shops.  Hoping to finish them before heading out the end of the month to TIGHR Tri-ennial Conference in Victoria, B.C.  Hubby and I are doing a road trip out to the coast so I can do some shopping for supplies along the way.

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!  Ooooh, I’m gonna have so much fun with these! :)

Silk yarn from SilkDivine on Etsy in Quebec, Canada. :)

Silk Yarn

Silk Yarn

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Rug Hooking Resources – Part 2

I see zucchini, corn, and cucumber. What you don't see are beans and apples.

I see zucchini, corn, and a bag of cucumbers. What you don’t see are beans, beets, and apples.

Had some friends drop by with gifts from the country.  Looks like I’m going to be busy today.  In the meantime…


Rug Hooking Resource List (continued)

Some more detailed resources for those looking for a little inspiration and wanting to delve into the actual practice of hooking rugs.

Beatty, Alice & Mary Sargent – The Hook Book – Stackpole Books, 1977.

Black, Elizabeth – Hooked on the Wild Side – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2004.  A book on hooking animals.

Crouse, Gloria E. – Hooking Rugs: New Materials, New Techniques – The Taunton Press, 1990. A wide variety of materials encouraged and discussed.

Davies, Ann – Contemporary Crafts: Rag Rugs – New Holland, 1992.

Davies, Ann – How to Make Hand-Hooked Rag Rugs – Search Press, 1996.

Dufresne, Gail – Geometric Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2010.

Eaton, Doris – A Lifetime of Rug -Hooking – Nimbus, 2011.  A retrospective of Doris Eaton’s body of work.

Fassett, Kaffe – Welcome Home – Pastimes, 1999.  Has some hooked rug patterns in it.

Feller, Susan – Design Basics for Rug Hookers – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2011.

Green, Jane Halliwell – Pictorial Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2009.

Hinchcliffe, John & Angela Jeffs – Rugs from Rags – Orbis Publishing Ltd., 1977.  Different methods of making rugs, including hooked rugs.

Hrkman, Donna – Rug Hooker’s Companion – Stackpole Books, 2012.  A rug hooking glossary.

Ketchum, William C. Jr. – Hooked Rugs – Harcourt, Brace, Johanovich, 1976.

Krull, Betty and Susan Huxley – The Secrets of Color in Hand-Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2004.

Lawless, Dorothy – Rug Hooking and Braiding – Funk & Wagnall’s, 1976.

Littenberg, Anne-Marie – Hooked Rug Landscapes – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2009.

Littenberg, Anne-Marie – Hooked Rug Portraits – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2011.

Mather, Anne – The Art of Rug Hooking – Sterling, 1998.

Oxford, Amy – Hooked Rugs Today 2006 – Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2006.

Rug Hooking Magazine –  A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs – Stackpole Books, 1991.  This is an annual publication of Rug Hooking Magazine.  A photographic look at some of the best rugs and information on them by the people who made them.

Rupp, Jenny & Lisa Yeago – Designs for Primitive Rug Hookers – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2007.

Siano, Margaret & Susan Huxley – The Secrets of Finishing Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2003.

The Patchwork Place – Warm up to Wool – Martingale, 2004.

Various authors – Finishing Hooked Rugs – Stackpole Books , 2013.

Various authors – A Rug Hooker’s Garden – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2000. A book on fine shading of hooked flowers.

If you missed the first part of this resource list, check it out here.  As per the first list, if you notice any rug hooking books/videos/DVDs/etc. I’ve missed, please add them in the comments below. :)

Have a great day everyone! :)

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Saturday Review

Almost done!

Almost done!

I managed to hem the first order of wall hangings and get most of the hanging sleeves sewed on.  Only four more left to do.  Today I hope to finish.

I have a second order of Prairie Sky wall hangings on backing and ready to be hooked. :)

I updated my business books and my inventory list.

Put in my big fibre orders for the coming year.

That’s about it for this week.

To be fair I have to admit we’ve been deep in planning/deciding whether Hubby will retire next year and if it’s the best time to do it.  Plus we’ve been deep in helping a couple of friends with their issues.  And I’ve been sick with a cold.  Lots of excuses!  Hopefully I can buck this cold this weekend and be back to my frame Monday.

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Friday Finales

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today was supposed to be my final day at the gym.  But I’m sick…with a cold…for the first time in over three years.   I used to get everything going around.  Then I found a naturopath who was able to help me build my immune system.  After her treatment (oil of oregano) I have not been sick till now.   I don’t like it.  I’m spending the day mostly in bed.

Or attaching hanging sleeves to wall hangings.  That did not happen yesterday.  We had some other issues to deal with yesterday that related to retirement planning for Hubby and immigration issues for a friend.  It was a busy day.

I baked some GF Chocolate Chip Cookies for stress relief.  ‘Nuf said.

Swedish Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 dozen large cookies or 3 dozen small cookies

1/3 – 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 – 1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 Tbsp. hot water
1 1/2 c. flour or equivalent gluten free flour mix (I use the recipe from “More From the Gluten-Free Gourmet”)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. xantham gum (to make it all stick together.  Not necessary if using regular flour.)
3/4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream the butter.  Add the sugars and cream.  Add egg and vanilla and beat till light.  Mix flour, salt and xantham gum together.  Add alternately with baking soda liquid to creamed mixture.  First one third of the flour mix, then one half of the soda mix, then one third of the flour, then the last half of the soda mix, then the last third of the flour.  Mix well.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by teaspoons or tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 F for 7-10 minutes for small cookies, and 10-12 minutes for larger cookies.  Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes before trying to remove onto cooling rack to finish cooling.  If you move them before they’ve cooled enough, they will crumble.  And if you wait too late, they will stick to the cookie sheet!

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Finishing Frenzy

Hanging sleeves ready to be sewn on wall hangings.

Hanging sleeves ready to be sewn on wall hangings.

Slow going yesterday for me.  Didn’t quite finish the wall hangings.  I did finish hemming them.  Today I will be sewing on the hanging sleeves.  First I will have to make a few more.   It shouldn’t take long.

Big excitement here.  I put in an order for some supplies and can hardly wait to see what it all looks and feels like when it arrives!  :)

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