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Monday, June 29, 2009

Hooker News

Our efforts to promote rug hooking have been very successful. Here are four new events that will take our work out to the public:

1. Our rugs have been accepted for display at the Centre East Galleries in Saskatoon. The display will run from March 29- May 9, 2010. With the variety and quality of our work, I'm sure it will be a wonderful display. Thanks, Patti, for your work on this.

2. Our new member, Jan, in Regina, has had discussions with the Saskatchewan Legislative Gallery. They are very interested in our elevator project and it is very possible that the gallery will display the rugs. People from all over the world visit this gallery. We need a title for the display. Any suggestions?

3. We are invited to have a hook-in and display our rugs at the Prairie Fibre Art Showcase, Saturday, July 11, at the Prairie Fibre Mill in Biggar. The Showcase runs from noon to 5:00 p.m.. Jo is the contact for this event. Please email Rita if you want to carpool.

4. Our member, Liv, is the very talented person who posts our articles and photos on the blog. If you have something to share, just email it to Liv and she will post it. Thank you so much, Liv. I have heard many positive comments about the blog.

Take care and enjoy the summer.

*photo credit: docman at Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)

Prim N Proper Stitches Semi-Annual Sale

Now on from June 26th to 28th.

Dorr & British wool 25% off
Needfuls 20% off
Everything else 50%

Sorry, no sale on hand drawn patterns, but do ask about the paper patterns listed.

Orders are processed in a first-come-first-ship basis.

Kim Kowula
Simply Unique

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Visit to Princess Farms

We enjoyed a very pleasant hook-in at the home of Jo and Mark. And what, might you ask, did we do there?
  • marveled at Jo's wonderful yarns, cashmere and alpaca, soft and luxurious
  • had a tasty potluck lunch
  • learned about dyeing roving via Jo's demo
  • picked rhubarb to take home
  • wandered among the animals and felt their soft wool
  • witnessed the arrival of their new animals- a male, 3 females and a baby alpaca
  • learned interesting information about the animals and the fibre business
  • tried out Wii Fit
  • chatted
And, oh yes, some of us hooked a few loops

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Breakfast at Harmony House

During the retreat, our hostess, Lidia, prepared this awesome egg dish for breakfast. It was light and delicious. She also served locally made sausages, baked french toast with a homemade hot apple cinnamon topping, fresh fruit salad, juice and coffee. Yum! This breakfast is worthy of special occasions or guests, yet so easy to prepare.

Harmony House Egg Dish
The basic portions are 5-6 large eggs for 2 cups of cream. This may be doubled.

Beat very well. Add sauteed vegetables such as mushrooms and peppers and your choice of cheese.

Bake in an open casserole pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour, depending if you are doubling the recipe. It is done when it is nicely browned and firm in the middle.

Cooked bacon, ham or sausage may also be added if you choose.

(To make the french toast, prepare as usual using french bread, stack 2 layers deep in a casserole, and bake in the oven with the egg dish.)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Member Rugs: Sharon's Hooked Ornaments

During the spring and summer, when less time is spent indoors, Sharon decided to hook small items rather than start a new rug.

Sharon recently bought two hugely discounted iron trees at Urban Barn, and she's planning several seasonal displays with these trees.

Sharon's first creations are Christmas decorations. She thought she would braid wool for a hanging loop or leave the braided wool long enough to tie a bow. She also thought she might try Easter eggs and fall leaves.

What an interesting project, Sharon!


Photos from the Retreat

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Retreat Recipes by Patti

Wild Rice Salad
1 cup of wild rice. Soak for 2 hours, then cook and cool.

When cold, add:
juice from 2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
chopped mint and parsley
dried cranberries
nuts (toasted pine nuts are best)
salt and pepper
fresh vegetables, chopped finely- cucumber, carrot, celery, red pepper

Mix and add more lemon juice if desired.

Asian Roast Chicken
Patti used this marinate for chicken, but it is equally good for pork.
1/2 cup of hoison sauce
1/4 cup soya sauce
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
4 clove garlic, crushed
Place whole chicken with sauce in a zip-lock bag, marinate 2 hours or longer. Roast.

Lemon-Rosemary Roast Chicken

Marinate chicken in lemon juice, olive oil and fresh rosemary.

-Photo credits: Lemon by reidab on Flickr. Fresh Rosemary by _peteej_'s on Flickr. Creative Commons licensed.

The Retreat: First Annual?

Harmony House at Manitou Beach rolled out the welcome mat for the 10 members who attended the retreat. We had ‘The Annex’ all to ourselves- several bedrooms and bathrooms, a deck, a kitchen and a large area to set up our frames for hooking.

Breakfast was served in the main building, a lovely setting with antiques galore. The food was scrumptious and healthy. Patti planned and shopped for the other meals and was chief cook- and what a fine job she did! The Friday supper menu included Rosemary/Lemon or Asian Roast Chicken, freshly picked asparagus, Peanut Spice Noodles, Wild Rice Salad, Chocolate Mousse and strawberries and cream. Saturday supper featured Glazed Ham, Smashed Potatoes, an Indian vegetarian dish, green beans and a raspberry dessert. Lunches consisted of cold meats, salads, cheeses and vegetable and fresh fruit trays.

Manitou Beach has many interesting features. Some of us visited the mineral pool, antique and craft shops, Danceland and Camp Easter Seal.

A highlight of the retreat was learning Wanda’s Wandering dye method. BettyAnn has been very successful in using this method for the sky and mountains in her moonlit, winter pictorial, so she agreed to teach us. The resulting wool was beautifully colored.

Throughout the weekend we shared stories and laughter and enjoyed the company of friends with similar interests. Some hooked a lot, while others hooked a little- but everyone had a good time.


Photo credits: Artwork, Harmony House, by Michael R. Gaudet. Photo of landscape Jorgio El Zein. Hooking in action photo by Rita.

Hooker News

We now have 30 members.

Discussion from the meeting of June 9:
1. We decided at an earlier meeting that we would not be demonstrating at the Exhibition. If you would however, wish to volunteer for security or to be a judge for hooked entries, please call Dorothy. The Ex is on from Aug. 4-9.

2. We will tentatively book the Annex of Harmony House for a retreat next year during the first weekend in June. Those who attended this year will be asked for suggestions about what they liked and what could be improved.

3.Mark your calendar.....Hook in on June 20 at Jo's farm.We will be able to see her spring lambs and her wonderful yarn. Jo has invited the weavers and spinners, so it will be a very interesting afternoon. Plan to arrive for a potluck lunch at noon. I will email the directions to her farm. If you need a ride or have room for passengers, please send me a note. It might be a good idea to
bring a lawn chair.

4.A beginners' dye class will be arranged.

5. Susan offered to help seek out exhibit space for our elevator display. We have close to 30 signed up for the project from 6 provinces. The most recent to express interest is a lady from Waterloo University. Look for a photo of Jan's elevator rug on the blog. She was working on it at the retreat.

6. Two new rug hooking publications will be released soon. The least expensive way to buy them is by ordering from a company like rather than from Rug Hooking Magazine. (For example, Hooked Rug Landscapes is $31.90 from RHM and $21.39 from There is free shipping for orders over $39. We can pre-order and they will ship as soon as the books are released. Send me an email if you would like to order one or both of these books.
  • Pictorial Hooked Rugs by Green Jane Halliwell (Paperback - Oct. 2009) Buy new: CDN$ 20.76 Available for Pre-order. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping. Jane's first book on pictorials was excellent, with information on how to dye and hook everything from rocks to skies, roads to rivers. She assured me that this new book was even better.
  • Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XIX by Rug Hooking Magazine (Paperback - Aug 2009) Buy new: CDN$ 20.76 Available for Pre-order. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping. This is the collection of this year's award winning rugs, with our group well represented by Cindi's rug.
Take care,

*photo credit: docman at Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)