Winding down, winding up

imageimageimageimage It has been a long time since my last post but the hook has not been idle. “Bugs on Grass” was donated to a fund raising event at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery to assist two Syrian families coming to live here on the Coast.

Beginner classes have been held here in my home and at the Arts Building in Gibsons. Liz, a bird lover, completed a small bird mat for her first piece.

inspired by a travel photograph of Iceland and my own trip to Iceland last year for my son’s wedding, I hooked “Iceland Sheep” using lopi yarn from Iceland, hand dyed wool spun on the Coast and wool fabric dyed by me.

i have been working on floral designs for upcoming  beginner classes using hand dyed wools and yarn.

So busy times😄 Happy summer everyone.




The time since my last post has been full of change and challenges. I had planned on monthly posts but life is what happens when you have other plans. Our group of rug hookers has continued to meet twice monthly and we have added two new members. I was lucky enough to be a part of Fibreshed, a gathering of fibre artists and producers of fibre at the the yurts in Madeira Park. It was great meeting new people and sharing our work. Five people have had beginner lessons with me since January and several have become “hooked” and are working on a second piece. Our group will meet twice this month and then stop until the fall. I will continue to offer beginner lessons as requested.

Quiet Time

imageArt  Crawl highlightsimageimageimage imageAfter a very busy year of travel, house renovations, visitors from near and far and the TIGHR Conference in Victoria, I am looking forward to quiet time here in Gibsons. Time for beach walks with our new puppy, yoga classes, reading, planning next year’s garden and getting lots of new ideas for rugs onto backing. There will also be many days of dyeing to brighten the winter days.

The Art Crawl was great fun with several members of the group displaying their work and participating during the 3 days. It was wonderful meeting all the folks both local and from away.

i have an opportunity to teach a one day Beginner Mat Making class at the Arts Building here in Gibsons on January 23. If interested all the info is on the Arts Building website.

Rain or shine, 2016 promises to be an exciting and fulfilling year.

October News

imageLife is slowly returning to normal here on Beach Avenue after a whirlwind three weeks. The TIGHR Conference in Victoria was a fabulous experience for all who attended. 185 rug hookers from around the world spent 4 days together, attending workshops, participating in panel discussions and listening to excellent speakers. There was great food, a superb location and a chance to meet new friends from this fibre art world as well as a display of members work. I took lots of pictures to share with our hooking group and to inspire us as we hook together.

This past weekend was the annual Art Crawl here on the Coast. Well over 100 people visited my home/studio to see work by several members of our “Hooked on the Coast” group. Many visitors expressed an interest in learning this wonderful fibre art and several folks who already hook may be joining us. So, a very successful weekend😊

Our group continues to meet on Tuesday afternoons. Upcoming dates are October 27, November 10 and November 24. All are welcome.  Do call or mail if you would like more information.

Did I say normal? We welcomed a new puppy to our home last week. She is a delight and has already added immeasurable pleasure to our lives! Our new normal😅

Off and running!

A piece inspired by Emily Carr's watercolour done in 1907 here on the Sunshine Coast

A piece inspired by Emily Carr’s watercolour done in 1907 here on the Sunshine Coast

We are well into September now and days are getting very busy as I prepare for two special events. I will be attending the TIGHR conference in Victoria in a few weeks. ( The International Guild of Handhooked Rugmakers) . Ruggers from many countries around the globe will be meeting to learn new techniques, share completed work and make new friends. I have completed a piece inspired by an Emily Carr watercolour done in 1907 at the native cemetery in Sechelt as well as a friendship mat to exchange with another TIGHR member. Our group here ” Hooked on the Coast” will be on the Upcoming Art Crawl with several members displaying their work and demonstrating during the Crawl. A wide variety of beautiful and functional pieces will be on display and some items will be for sale. Our next regular get together will be on Tuesday September 22nd in the afternoon.

What’s Up in July

We have returned from our exciting trip to the UK and Iceland. Our youngest son was married in June in Reykjavik in the Harpa Concert Hall seen here.imageiceland is a beautiful country and we hope to return to explore further.  Back here on the Coast we are taking a break from regular meetings until September. Dates for meetings will be posted soon. I am hooking daily and welcome anyone who wishes to drop by to hook or get supplies. I will be at Fibreworks near Madeira Park on July 22, hooking as well as helping to greet visitors to the yurts while Yvonne is away.

Works in Progress

image Top image is a rug destined for a hallway. It is mostly hand dyed wools with lots of colour and images of the sea. The bottom piece is an adaptation of a watercolour painted by Emily Carr in 1907. This painting, done on the Sunshine Coast, is in the archives of the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is called Sechelt Strait of Georgia. This mat will  be displayed in Victoria at the TIGHR conference in October.

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As we enter the month of May I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. Despite the demands of the garden and home renovations, I am still hooking daily with three projects on the go. Pictures will go in the gallery soon. I always welcome anyone who would like to try their hand at this wonderful fibre art. Our group continues to meet twice a month until the end of June when we will take a break for the summer. We do plan on having a ” Hooked in the Garden” day once during the summer months. Update on that will follow soon. Our meeting dates are May 12,  June 9 and June 23.

Time Flies

I did intend to do a post at the beginning of the month. So much for good intentions!! Our group is meeting on Wednesdays in the afternoon twice a month. The upcoming dates are as follows: February 25, March 11 and March 25. After that we will decide on our spring meeting times.

Our group’s  name is Hooked On The Coast and has a growing list of members. We have 6 or 7 folks who hook regularly and a few others who come when they can fit it into their busy schedules. We are planning a group project and also hope to have a Hooked In The Garden Event this summer.

New members are always welcome to join us. Lessons are available as well as beginner kits and supplies.

A new year begins


Almost the middle of January already! Where did the time go! 2015 promises to be busy and fulfilling! Our rug hooking group is growing in numbers with both new and experienced mat makers joining us.

I have many ideas for mats swirling through my head and have several on the go as usual with lots of decisions to be made in colour planning and design. I had great fun making a little mat for my Grandson’s new “reading” chair which we gave him for Christmas. It was also a good snoozing chair when he had a cold earlier this month.

Our first meeting this month will be next Wednesday, the 14th, in the afternoon. I am also working with several new students individually to get them started on their first piece. Anyone wishing to learn to hook are welcome to mail or call for more info. Contact numbers are on the contact page.