Sylvia's Whimsy, September 29, 2019

I was privileged to attend a 'Whimsy' workshop, hosted by talented teachers and teachers in training, yesterday. I don't know about you but we hookers carry a lot of 'stuff' with us when we hook and I was pleasantly surprised at how much room we had at this event held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The day was very well organized and the day flew by.

This workshop was to celebrate and honor the artistry of Sylvia MacDonald. Sylvia was an honored member of the Teachers Branch of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia. Sylvia's family graciously donated her 'Whimsy' design for this workshop.

I decided I would hook my 'whimsy' with yarn! GASP! I know, yarn and I don't get along but me and small areas to hook don't get along either and I've been collecting up skeins of different yarns I've purchased over the years and it was time to put some of them to work. I'll post a picture of my rug once I finish it.

Below are a few pictures from the day. I had wonderful car mates, Shelley and Rennie to keep me company on the long drive to and from Fredericton.


This lovely lady, Mary, was sitting at the same table as myself, Shelley and Rennie and when we were introduced, Mary from Halifax stated she reads my blog with coffee/tea at work and so enjoys it which made me feel so good. Mary is making her 'Whimsy' even more different by sewing on fabric and hooking in the windows for example on the house. I hope she shares this work of art once completed. I'm always fascinated by those who willingly 'sew' anything...grins

My good friend Carol Ann, not long ago, purchased some monks cloth from my studio to make a Christmas tree skirt and she nearly has it finished already! Have a look, this is Carol Ann's design and I just love it! This has been hooked entirely with wool yarn.

I have been able to clean up a couple more projects on my 'to do' list, my design 'Take a Bite Out of Life', for my daughter and husband. It will be her memory rug of all of the countries she has visited in her short 27 years so far. I finished up two sets of the Autumn Corn so far, have a few more to do.


What is coming up this week?


  • Hooking in Northport tomorrow and every Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hooking at Della's Rug Hooking Studio, Tuesday and every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hooking in Springhill on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch provided again for those who would like to have it to assist for repairs, $5 each.
  • Thursday, October 3rd, I think I'm leaving for Montreal to attend a Celine Dion concert on Friday, October 4th as long as it doesn't get cancelled. Last week it was announced Celine had a throat infection and she had cancelled several concerts but ours on the 4th wasn't cancelled so as long as it doesn't get cancelled this week, we will hopefully take in a wonderful show Friday night.
  • Saturday, October 5th, hook-in Moncton, New Brunswick, hosted by the Pastime Matters group, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hillside Baptist Church on Mountain Road.
  • Mark your calendars for October 15th, hook-in hosted by the Town N County Thrummers, part of the Nova Scotia, Fibre Arts Festival, at the Nights of Columbus, 5 Robie Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I will be vending at this event and I would love to see you!
  • The feature picture above is a beautiful sunflower picture taken by Ricki, thanks for letting me steal it. It may inspire me to hook a sunflower rug.
  • Doris Eaton, a founding member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia, a wonderful rug hooker and artist has passed earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
  • Have an awesome week everyone!

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