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canvaswork Bahach, Spirit of Wealth

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April 18-19, 2015 2015 Quilt Show, Tiny Township Community Centre, 91 Concession Road 8 East, Tiny, Ontario L0L 2J0 The Georgian Bay Quilters’ Guild presents Reflections of Georgian Bay, Roots and Wings. Roots and Wings Challenge: “Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s being taught them.” – Jonas Salk Admission is $5 and men are our guests. Plenty of free parking, handicap access and a tearoom. The location will be well signed. For more information email us at or online at or on Facebook. April 19, 2015 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild 49th Annual Conference and Show (Traditional and primitive rug-hooking) Best Western Lamplighter Inn 591 Wellington Rd, London, Ontario N6C 4R3 Try traditional rug hooking, find teachers in your area, view hundreds of hand crafted rugs, purchase wools, patterns, dyes, books, kits. Open to the public. Admission $10. For more information visit April 24-25, 2015 Creativ Festival International Centre 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8. Two-day interactive experience, where shopping, inspiration & creativity flourish! Get in-the-know and stay on top of what's hot, new and next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, paper crafts, embellishing and other creative art forms. Design it! Create it! Embellish it! Make it YOU! ALL seminars, demos, make 'n takes & activities are free with admission. Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm. For more info: or call 1.800.291.2030. May 28 - June 7, 2015 Saskatchewan Stitches Conference St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan Join internationally renowned instructors for classes in Bra making, Quilting, Fabric Art, Sewing, Knitting and Rug Hooking for a week of learning, sharing and fun. Forms and details at or call 1.800.344.6024. June 20-27, 2015 Green Mountain Rug School The Capital Plaza Hotel 100 State St Montpelier, Vermont, USA 05602 Two four-day sessions (6 classes each session) offered June 20-23 and 24-27, 2015 at our new location at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont. Traditional and contemporary rug hooking classes for all levels, plus a hooking retreat each session. Details at:

August 19-23, 2015 The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL) Rug School Lavrock Camp/Conference Centre, Trans Canada Highway, Exit 35 (45 min. drive from St. John’s) Registrar: Diane Warren , 709-753-8836, RHGNL is hosting its Annual Rug School. Classses range from beginner to advanced hooking. Our Guild also hosts various hook-in gatherings throughout the province during the year. This year we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. For further information visit our website at September 12-13, 2015 Settlers’ Village Quilters’ Guild presents Harvest of Quilts Show & Sale Kawartha Settler’s Village, 85 Dunn St, Bobcaygeon, Ontario K0M 1A0 Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm Admission $5.00. All heritage buildings on site will be used to showcase over 200 new quilted items and heritage quilts. The theme of this show is “Recipe for a Quilt”. Also featured will be a merchants’ mall, members boutique, quilt appraiser Rosalie I. Tennison, quilt raffle, door prizes, toonie draw, scissor sharpener, demonstrations and an inter guild challenge. Refreshments in two locations. Buses welcome. Wheelchair accessible. For more information visit our web site at:



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the crazy patchwork, each bear pattern piece was hand basted around the seam line to mark the limits of the embroidery. It took 3½ months of stitching lace onto seams, adding lace appliqués, embroidering, and beading seams. Most of the lace and appliqués are also embroidered and beaded. z

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Spring is such a joyous season and I love seeing trees come back to life; the first buds bursting forth and the dainty blossom petals weighing down the branches. With this in mind I came up with a branching pattern which incorporates tiny bunches of eyelets to give the impression of flowers. The colour is called raspberry but it makes me think of the darker wine-like pink found in the centres of cherry blossom blooms. When choosing shoes I always pick one up and hold it to see how it will look to me when I'm wearing it. So I applied this notion to this sock design. The pattern changes at the ankle so that the branch effect can be seen not only by an admirer but also by the wearer. z

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few years, ago my younger daughter and I took a trip to England for her March break. We both loved the various styles of architecture, but, as a knitter, one of the things I found most inspiring was the wonderful, fan-vaulted ceilings found in many cathedrals. The ceiling at Bath Abbey inspired me to knit the first of a series of berets based on the fanned-out ribs and arches. This is the design for the fourth beret.

The hat starts with a lengthwise band knitted as i-cord. Stitches are then picked up along the band, then increased sharply, to start the twisted rib pattern. Decreases are hidden in the pattern to form the crown of the beret, which ends with the traditional tab. z

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“How old would you be?” is not just a rhetorical question. It’s a question that urges us to shed the labels that come with age. We really are as old as we feel or think we are. If we didn’t know our age, how old would we feel?

The Boys primitive hooked rug I

t is well known that rug hooking is a North American art form that began out of necessity. Inspired by something familiar, using old recycled fabrics, beautiful rugs were made to cover cold wood floors.

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I love anything primitive, and I also love to upcycle, so the idea to create a rug, using old techniques, and to give new life to old items, was very appealing to me. The pattern was indeed inspired by something familiar. “The boys” as we call them, are two Siamese cats that we share our home with. My closet, unfortunately, was not full of wools that I no longer wear. Many trips were taken to consignment and second hand thrift shops, as well as going through the closets of friends and family members, looking for just the right colour and texture.

About eighty percent of the wools in this rug are recycled from skirts, jackets, pants, and old wool blankets. The rest, mostly the reds and oranges, which were harder to find are mill, or hand dyed. There are over forty different colours and textures of wools in this rug that are used over and over. The colours used in the stars, circles, and heart are used again in the scrappy, hit or miss border. Lastly, several different shades of black are used in the background, to create an antique feel to it. Use the templates provided, or dare to add some of your own designs to create a rug that speaks to you! z

Working on the Railroad by Trish Johnson

I've been working on the railroad All the live-long day. I've been working on the railroad Just to pass the time away. Can't you hear the whistle blowing, Rise up so early in the morn; Can't you hear the captain shouting, “Dinah, blow your horn!”

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Photos courtesy of Trish Johnson.

Bissell Park, Elora, ON, Dorinda Keith, Elora, 24" x 19"

Winter Glow, Verna Bielby, North Bay, 36" x 24"

Another season, captured flawlessly was Winter Glow by Verna Bielby. Winter Glow has such a painterly quality and reminds me of a David B. Milne watercolour. The blush of red sky is an unexpected touch. Sometimes Verna's motivation is just to see how one colour looks next to another. She likes to pick bright colours for their cheerfulness. The incredible thing about Verna's design is that she starts with a blank canvas and doesn't draw an outline; She just starts hooking and changes it as she goes along. Karen Kaiser was the featured artist at the annual. She has her rug ready for The Barn Raising Project of the Simcoe County Museum. Man Maketh, Nature Taketh is about how fast the barns of rural Canada are disappearing. I love the ghost-like plow abandoned in the field and the reverse blueprint in the sky. Shaping the rug like a barn is a difficult task executed well. Jennifer Manuell of Utterson won the Rowan Award for Jumbo which lives up to its name by measuring 93" by 128'. This is a detail shot. Jennifer is fascinated by geometric shapes and colour. She dyes all her own wool with much over-dying of textures. Jumbo just makes you want to reach out and feel all that wooly softness. Snow Leopard is all about the eyes and that majestic pose that all cats (even small pet cats) seem to know. Snow Leopard was hooked by Shirley Barfoot of the Powassan Padulas. Shirley started Snow Leopard with teacher Jon Ciemiewicz at Trent Rug Hooking School. Shirley requested a snow leopard and Jon went to the zoo, shot the photo and put it on the backing for her. Snow Leopard won the prize for fine cut. It is hooked in a number three cut which made it possible for Shirley to capture such detail.

Barb and Ozzie, Vivien Thompson, Upper Toronto, 26 " x 18"

Jumbo, Jennifer Manuell, Utterson, 93" x 128"




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Vivien Thompson hooked Barb and Ozzie as a souvenir of a happy time. The rug is a depiction of Barb Darcy, a much loved rug hooking teacher and Ozzie the Alpaca. Barb met Ozzie at a hook-in in Ajax. Sandra Marshall took the photo. Vivien used eyelash wool for Barb's hair and real Alpaca fleece for Ozzie. Vivien has captured the essence of character, both of Barb and Ozzie. Like talking to Barb Darcy or patting an Alpaca, this rug just gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling. z

The 2013 OHCG Annual is May 24 - 26, in Kingston. The theme is Reunite, Recreate, and Rejuvenate. Go to for more information. Photos courtesy of Trish Johnson.


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Brampton Sew & Serge 289 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 7, Brampton, ON L6W 3R9  905.874.1564    Welcome to Your One Stop Sewing Centre! We are authorized dealers of Baby Lock, Husqvarna Viking, and Singer sewing machines and sergers. We also offer a full schedule of sewing classes for everyone. Brantford Fabrics 128 Nelson St, Unit 3, Brantford, ON N3S 4B6  519.304.8220    Your authorized PFAFF & Husqvarna/Viking dealer offering sales, service & parts. Select fabrics, notions, a variety of classes & more. Experienced, friendly & helpful staff. Your one-stop shop for garmentmaking, embroidery, quilting & needlework. Bytowne Threads - Ottawa, ON

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 Featuring AURIfil® thread from Italy. Extra-long staple Egyptian cotton threads: 12wt, 28wt, 40wt & 50wt - 252 colours. Bobbin threads, black & white: 60 and 80wt. Polyester threads 240 high-sheen colours. Wool threads 180 colours.

Country Concessions 1 Dufferin St, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0  705.458.4546 or toll-free 1.888.834.4407   Visit our lovely and unique quilt shop in the quaint village of Cookstown. We have over 7000 bolts of cotton fabrics plus a wide selection of patterns, books & notions. You will be so glad you came for a visit. Divine Stitches West Half 10910 102 Ave, Fairview, AB T0H 1L0  780.835.2403 Indulge your creativity at Divine Stitches – with lovely fabrics & yarns; artful threads; beads & embellishments; notions for sewing, quilting, knit & crochet; BabyLock machines & Daylight lamps. Unique quilts, bags & folios for purchase.


Haus of Stitches 626 Main Street, Humboldt, SK  S0K 2A0  306.682.0772 or toll-free 1.800.344.6024  Our one of a kind store offers everything you need for sewing, quilting, knitting, rug hooking and needlework. Joyce's Sewing Shop 325 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 3R8  519.433.5344   Our mission is to make sewing fun by providing professional training to teach the benefits of sewing, to provide excellent service and quality products to make your sewing easier and to provide friendly customer service to make you a happy sewer. Log Cabin Yardage 425 Whitevale Road, Whitevale, ON L0H 1M0  416.818.1393    LCY is your source for the newest exciting novelty and designer fabrics, kits and odds and ends. Follow on Facebook for enticing fabric pictures, promotions and programs. Mad About Patchwork Online Store PO Box 412, Stittsville, ON K2S 1A5  Online fabric shop featuring modern fabrics from Denyse Schmidt, Patty Young, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett and more. Great selection of Kona cotton solids, and shot cottons from Westminster. $5.95 flat rate shipping in Canada, free over $150. My Sewing Room 148-8228 MacLeod Trl SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B8  403.252.3711    Canada's Largest Independently Owned Quilting Store with fabric, patterns, kits, notions, sewing machines and more! My Sewing Room boasts over 10,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabric from designers and manufacturers from around the world.

Ruby Pearl Quilts 500 King St W, Suite 8, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K9  905.436.3535    We are your full service source of professional quilting equipment, products, & courses. Led by 44 years of sewing experience & more than 20 years of quilting experience, we have the experience necessary to help you push your hobby to the next level! Ruti's Needlebed 10 Thomas St, Mississauga, ON L5M 1Y5  905.821.9370   Mississauga's Finest Quilting and Knitting Store!! Come see our huge selection of yarn, fabric, supplies, sewing machines and knitting machines…a local store for all your quilting, sewing, knitting needs! We offer a wide variety of classes. The Yarn Guy 15 Gower St, Toronto, ON M4B 1E3  416.752.1828 or toll-free 1.800.836.6536    See us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter! Knitting machines, sewing machines, repairs, parts for Passap, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed, Superba, White. Sewing notions and supplies, books, ball yarns, coned yarns, TAMM yarns, Paton's yarns, Bernat yarns, Phentex yarns, Bernat kits & crafts. Sew Fancy Inc. Guelph, ON  519.824.4127    Your Premier Canadian Source for Specialty Sewing Supplies including Smocking, Heirloom Sewing, Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Needle Tatting, Swarovski Crystals, Sashiko, Quilting and more. Visit the website for the latest in sewing supplies. Sewing Machines Etcetera 4155 Fairview St Unit 3, Burlington, ON L7L 2A4  905.639.5525    At Sewing Machines Etcetera we have been in business since 1992, we will consistently and joyfully adapt to changes in technology and the marketplace, so we can offer the best in sewing related products and service to our whole community.

Stitch-It Central 189 Thames Street S, Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T6  519.303.1563    Stitch-It Central is a store to satisfy all your cross stitching needs. We have everything such as notions, books & magazines, project kits, charts, gift collections & certificates, papers & accessories, fabrics and linens, and so much more.

The Stitcher's Muse 4 - 70 Church St, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5H4  250.591.6873     A divine little shop with supplies for all your hand stitching needs! Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Cross stitch, canvaswork, needlepoint, embroidery, counted thread, lace making and more. Books, patterns, fabric, threads, tools.

Sue's Quilting Studio 22 Main St E, PO Box 427, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0  613.678.3256    101057286682381 Where Friends gather! Specialty fabrics, notions, courses & long arm quilting. Specialty wool & knitting supplies, Swedish weaving, bunka supplies in the Gingerbread Capital of Ontario, an hour from Montreal, Ottawa & Cornwall.

Upper Canada Quiltworks PO Box 64, Brockville, ON K6V 5T7  613.345.3956 Fax: 613.342.3327  Visit us online for a wide selection quilt patterns and books. Techniques include felted wool, fusible appliqué, punchneedle, rag quilting and printing photos on fabric.

That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3  905.715.7725    jaret& Introducing That Sewing Place as your sewing source and Authorized Dealers for Bernina and Brother machines. Jaret & Liana focus on placing your sewing needs first, providing outstanding support, service, and training.

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