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So many ways to share

The picture says it all. Willing hands reach to tuck goodies into a basket destined for this weekend’s Annual, courtesy of Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch. The basket will grace a silent auction table, joining many other fine offerings. … Continue reading

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Celebrate Spring in Ottawa!

The good news is that it will definitely be spring by the time the Annual rolls around. The bad news is that our famous spring celebration, known as the Canadian Tulip Festival, doesn’t open until after our gathering has ended. … Continue reading

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Inside the kaleidoscope

A thousand rugs and other lovingly crafted hookings. The mind boggles! And on the Sunday – when members of the public come for the Open House – the buzz is electric. My eyes will glaze over and I’ll be experiencing … Continue reading

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You’ve been asking: an Annual primer

Confession: This isn’t a typical blog post. You won’t hear me exclaiming about our craft or burbling about what I’ve learned, what excites me. But it is sincere, and I hope a service to those who don’t know all there … Continue reading

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Inside the hooking room: hidden treasure

It’s probably one of the least-known perks of any Annual. And yet it has a special role… I’m talking about the ‘Hooking room,’ somewhere I have yet to visit but am adding to my must-check-out list for next May. “We … Continue reading

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One fish, two fish…

“We had a blast!” “They are addictive.” “We laughed and played like kids in a sandbox, each doing their own thing but marvelling in others’ creations.” That’s apparently what happened when the ‘Fabulous Five’ spent much of a cold November … Continue reading

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The program: how we got to all these great choices!

When you ask Elaine and Margaret, co-coordinators of the 2018 Annual workshops and education program, which sessions they’d like to take their reaction is swift. They exchange a glance, eyebrows raised — then break into broad grins. “I’d like to … Continue reading

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Our fibre fixation

It’s amazing what you can tuck into a developing rug hooking piece to bring it to life and personalize it: a shiny porcelain button, shards from a broken bracelet, a rusty nail or a bit of sari silk, maybe some … Continue reading

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Setting up shop: the vendor perspective

It’s still more than eight months before the 2018 Annual opens in Ottawa, and Martina Lesar is already drawing patterns, ordering more supplies and dyeing wool. Several more rug hooking suppliers are making similar preparations. This is a big event … Continue reading

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Hooking up a winner

I recently heard a singer-songwriter on the radio talking about creativity. It got me thinking about the OHCG Theme challenge that’s part of every Annual. She declared: “Everyone wants to create…” I know that’s true, and extends to all the … Continue reading

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