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Pastimes PEI Crow Pattern Beautifully Hooked

10 Jul
Easy to see creative genus…here.. Laverne
Laverne’s on the left has been embellished beautifully…

Many times we see delightful versions of our patterns as hookers use their own creative minds to make over a simple pattern of ours into a piece their own. It’s easy to do with a hooking project because there is no right or wrong way to hook a project. Today was delight for me to see how she had done. Laverne’s version of our crow had a spider trapsing down her web in the moonlight. She recreated her own version as you can see with beautiful blues of all shades for whimsical bird. That’s what makes rug hooking such a fun way to express yourself. A hook, some rags, frame and backing is all it takes. No need to buy expensive equipment until you find it’s for you. We have created many simple patterns – in fact, that’s all w0 do create, so that everyone can hook successfully with a little patience and a whole lot of pleasure.

Today our rag bins are overflowing as I ‘made’ packages of bits and pieces that you can purchase for a ‘song’. Nothing goes to waste here. Lots of patterns, dyed wool, wool yarns from PEI and New Brunswick, too.

My Friend’s Sunflower Hooked Rug from PEI

5 Jul

nice mat….did you do it yourself?
I have to be in every picture, you guys…
Cindy’s original Sunflower mat with some of our wool
I could have done that myself….

This morning bright and early my hooker friend and her son visited Jack and I. It was quite a job getting a picture of them with the mat as you can see. It is not finished as she came for more wool to finish it. Later on she’s coming back for more pieces from my rag bin. What we do not use does not go to waste, someone else can use it. That’s what they used to do in the past, when things were used not thrown out.

I have fresh new baskets of of rags that I sell for those who have to have just one more color. I also have a great selection of MacAusland’s PEI  http://www.macauslandswoollenmills.com/ wool yarn and Briggs and Little New Brunswick (http://www.briggsandlittle.com wool yarn in different plies for either knitting or hooking. We use this wool yarns for both hooking and for whipping around the edges of our mats. It’s an Island tradition to hook in both rags and yarn so we like to carry on with the traditional materials as much as possible.

It’s fun to learn to hook for yourself….

You may get to help us work on a mat if you drop by. There is usually a seat at the big mat frame. We have lots of new patterns that are hot-off-the-press too. Cheers, for today from Jack and Shirlee.

Happy Birthday USA – Hooked Eagles for You

4 Jul
Royal Eagle by Heather

Eagle Eye Hooked by Shirlee

Soaring hooked by Shirlee
Children’s art at Mt. Stewart  PEI Eagle Festival

Today may be a Wills and Kate day for Canada and PEI in particular but it’s a big birthday down south in the States. After we hooked our Bald Eagles for a spring Eagle Festival in PEI, we realized that The American Bald Eagle is symbolic of the United States of America.  We have an eagle that flies by our place every day to get to the water. I don’t claim to know very much about the eagle in native culture but I do know that the eagle and it’s feathers are important and symbolic to their culture. If anyone has information on eagles in native culture, I will gladly put the info/sites here.

Display of eagle in nest with her babies

The displays for the kids were really interesting for adults too.
The organizers made every effort to tell the story of the eagle.

Eagle Ceremony – dancing and drums

School children had learned about eagles in their classes and the display of pictures and poems filled a whole room at the event. To make the opening ceremony complete, an eagle flew high in the sky as the drums began to beat.

In the moment, I only got this…but she was there…

All about eagles and how to get them banded..
Gerald MacDougall shows a participant how they climb high into the trees to get the young birds banded.
Linking up to Inspiration Friday at the Picket Fence

PEI Arts and Heritage Trail – watch for the signs

25 Jun



PEI Arts and Heritge Trail is open..



our potting shed is waiting for the sign..



Gunter doesn’t get it…..



neither does Jack…

Today we saw our new arts and culture Trail sign for the first time. It is called “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” – an old quilt block and now a hooked rug design too. the sign in on the potting shed in my front yard here in Millview, PEI.  A long time ago I hooked the original rug from rags and to date, it is still my favorite rug. Although it it still for sale, I’ll be happy if no one likes it enough to take it home.

My Hummingbirds are Really Big

16 Jun
not you average hummer…

not your average baby…

Sweet Rocket in the back yard…

Our pets are not always like anyone else’s. The duck has two ducklings and one white chicken; the hummingbird feeder attracted some yellow birds this am. The dog is allowing mice in the porch but after they are in the trap dead, he goes after them. He’s supposed to be a terrier, a Jack Russell. I thought we would never see mice again but no, we still have to get out the old traps and do the job ourselves while Jack helps. He helps herd the ducks. In the wrong direction. He eats Gunter’s food from the cat dish even if I trick him and put his own food in there.

not your usual rooster, I guess…

I hooked this rooster in the winter and used a grey tweed wool yarn from MacAusland’s Woollen Mills on PEI for the background. The other wool is cut strips.

That Bald Eagle Gives Me the Jitters

9 Jun



have to keep myself alert for
sudden attacks from birds overhead….


Today is the day that this guys gets out of Jack’s hair and goes to the finishing stage….final touches, steaming, finishing edges, and pocket for rod to hang.

see you at the Hillsboroufg Eagle Festival on the weekend.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillsborough-River-Eagle-Festival/126380804042251?sk=wall#!/topic.php?uid=126380804042251&topic=379

Have joined the Link up Party at Funky Junk..visit to see the wonderful creations or to show everyone your own project…click on the link below


Hand-hooked eagle to fly on the weekend on PEI..

7 Jun



boring….wool…



She should be flying over Mount Stewart by Friday for the weekend of the Hillsborough Eagle Festival. I’ve decided that I should tell you how things are going and what I’m actually doing to bore Jack so much. I have hand-dyed the blue sky…
I have cut the wool into strips with the strip cutter and keep the strips in order so that I can hook them consecutively…looks easy but it’s a little hard on the brain….every long strip in order, so that the mottled dye job will represent the colors in the blue sky.
keeping track is worth the trouble…you’ll see…
Then you can get the full effect in the sky; but you have to look closely at the real thing. For some unknown reason the lighter spots on the wool hooked in around the bird…if I tried to do it, it probably would not work like that. Looks like I planned it that way; did you know that rug-hooking is like everything else in life: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but always plug away anyway. I won this round so far but…I will not show you the finished ground in the piece until tomorrow….or until it works as well as the sky did….



she’s flying over Mount Stewart PEI….



Now here is the latest version of her, flying happily over Mount Stewart – the river is in the shape of an S according to Rosemary Curley who sent me a Google map of the area…something mostly seen only by eagles  and other fliers.

Dogs and Eagles and Babies and Flowers

4 Jun

I never get anything done around here. Too many projects and not enough time for them all. so I do what I feel like doing and works for me. Housework is not on my radar, not even close so when you visit, you’ll notice but I have good intentions, just not great intentions to waste my time slaving over dust.




I don’t know why she plants more flowers…

 


I can hook but she won’t let me…





Dar..n baby; they think she’s cute and cuddly…

 


And Barry is no Better…old things…



And the birds are just plain weird around here…

These pics tell you why…. i never get anything done in the line of a day….

Hand Hooked Eagle for Eagle Festival

4 Jun
You can’t have the chair..

Because we are going to be demonstrating rug hooking at the Eagle Festival next weekend in Mount Stewart, just a few miles from here, we’ll be donating one of the prizes for their fund-raising raffle. I understand that first prize will be a trip to an eagle’s nest. That would be quite the win for a naturalist or adventourous person, wouldn’t it?  I am not sure how that compares to winning our original design of Canadian maple leaves on a traditions piece you could win it and take it home for your own ‘seat’.  If all goes well this week, our eagle wall-hanging will be hooked and ready for viewing, if not it will will be our demonstration piece as we show folks how it is done in the traditional Island way. Perhaps we’ll see you there.

Forget Me Not………….

23 May
Jack Running through the Forget Me Nots

Yesterday Jack and I borrowed some of the neighbor’s rhubarb again and stole a few pictures of their hug patch of Forget-Me-Nots. Ours are not out yet and we tilled most of them rather than deal with the weeds in the front garden. Anyway, Jack made sure the house was safe and soundas they were away for the week.

On the rughooking side of things, I am creating an eagle for the Mt. Stewart Eagle Festival in June. love starting a new project….jack tho is not always happy as I get focused on something other than him.