Want to plan your shopping? Perhaps order something in advance of the Annual, and pick it up while there? Here’s a shop-till-you-drop tool that might help: a listing of all vendors attending the Annual in Ottawa — complete with interesting tidbits, links to websites and more. (Click to go direct to desired vendor description.)
Artworks by Karen Kaiser
BaaBaaBundles / Cathy Ivory
Barbara Lukas Art in Textile
Colour Majic / Dorothy Bray
The Cricket’s Handbag / Denise Livingstone
Crowsfoot Studio / Gunda Gamble
Dreams & Creations / Maureen & Al Robertson
Fibre Art by Wendo / Wendo Van Essen
Heartfelt Fibre Arts / Dawn Liu-Smyth
Hooked on the Lake / Loretta Moore
Martina Lesar Hooked Rug Studio
Morgan House Bed & Breakfast & Wool Works Studio / Pam Carnochan
Ragg Tyme Studio / Ingrid Hieronimus
Red Maple Ruggery / Simone Vojvodin
The Sharpening Shoppe / JC’s Mobile Sharpening
SilkDivine / Linda Desbiens
Tina’s Distinctive Colours / Tina Cole
Willow Creek Rug Hooking / Carol Shewan
Karen Kaiser, an artist by birth and a graphic designer by trade, continues to create and experiment with many mediums … especially traditional rug hooking. Come to her booth in Ottawa and enjoy brightly-coloured wool, ideas and workshops to sign up for. Karen will personally help with colour choice, and you can have a pattern traced while you shop.
“To live a creative life you must lose the fear of being wrong.” — Karen Kaiser
BaaBaaBundles brings you one-of-a-kind, unique, quarter-yard bundles of reclaimed wools and alternate fibres. Exquisite, previously-loved garments including Harris Tweed blazers, Scottish plaid kilts, stretch velvets, slinky dresses, silks, ribbons and funky yarns are cleaned, cut and ready for you to create a rug-hooked treasure. Gripper-top frames, patterns and other supplies are also available.
“Add some pizzazz to your stash!” — Cathy Ivory
Barbara’s goal is to honour Canadian artists in textile form, passing on the beauty created by one generation to the next as they become treasured heirlooms. At the Annual, she will be showcasing Maud Lewis, the renowned Nova Scotian folk artist, in several different textile art forms: rug hooking, quilting, wool applique, felting and punch hooking. Patterns and wool in Maud Lewis colours will be for sale. For a peek at what you can expect to see, visit Barbara’s website or Etsy shop.
What can you do with red, yellow, blue and black? See Dorothy’s booth for a rainbow of colours made from these dyes. Dorothy has been in the rug hooking business and dyeing for 45 years. And loving every minute of it!
The Cricket’s Handbag is a great source for original design rug hooking patterns and kits by Denise Livingstone. Greeting cards featuring rug hooked items are also available. Visit the website for free patterns to download. Patterns and projects can be viewed on the Facebook page.
“I love traditional rug hooking. I have been seeing how far I can stretch this exciting thing. Now, I am pleased to share my projects and designs with you, fellow enthusiasts and artists.” — Denise Livingstone
Gunda has combined two passions, rug hooking and woodworking, to create a brilliant line of products designed specifically for rug hookers that she personally makes by hand in her workshop in Ariss, Ont. Crowsfoot Studio products range from folding cutter tables and travel frames to complete sit-on and floor-mounted stands. Gunda has been a vendor at many hook-ins and ships to customers across Canada and internationally.
Dreams & Creations is all about “having fun with fibres.” A full-service Canadian dealer for Fraser rug cutters, Dreams & Creations sells and sharpens cutter wheels, overhauls Fraser and Bliss machines, repairs everything from minor problems to full rebuilds, and sharpens and overhauls Rigby cutters. The business sells Louet spinning and weaving equipment at great prices, and provides private or group lessons for both upon request. They also sell fibres and equipment for needle felting.
“Sign up for our Saturday workshop, Caring For Your Cutter, and drop by our booth and learn to use a drop spindle to make unique yarns to embellish your rug hooking.”
Wendo Van Essen’s career was as one of the “drawers” on traditional feature animated films. Once the computer took over, Wendo realized she wanted to keep working with her hands, so she started her fibre art business. Her job has been a large influence on her work, and she likes to create fun whimsical sculptures in wool. Wendo uses the technique called needle felting to poke wool fibres into place, whether it’s in a landscape or a three-dimensional character.
“I’m always looking for different ways to express myself … In fact, I’ve fallen in love with rug hooking too … I use my wool fibre and the textures are gorgeous!” — Wendo Van Essen
Heartfelt Fibre Arts is a Canadian fibre arts supply store specializing in high-quality, unique fibre and tools for all of your knitting, felting, rug hooking, weaving, spinning and stitching needs. Fibre enthusiasts can shop online or visit the studio in Toronto at 42 Industrial Street. It’s a marvellous place to shop, learn, create and be inspired!
“I opened Heartfelt Fibre Arts to be inspired by fellow fibre artists and create a one-stop-shopping space where they can make their creativity come alive.” — Dawn Liu-Smyth
Loretta Moore discovered hooking over 20 years ago, giving up quilting, beading, knitting, cross stitch and more to become an addicted hooker. She began teaching and making kits due to the difficulty in finding supplies in the area. Her focus is primitive: dyeing primitive colours, offering an extensive variety of primitive patterns (only on primitive linen) and kits. And then there is this other side: Loretta also does exquisite miniature punch needle, offering supplies including needles, hoops, kits and beautiful threads.
“Primitive rug hooking is my obsession and my passion.” — Loretta Moore
Direct from the hills of Caledon, much of Martina’s studio will be in Ottawa for the weekend. Whether you are acquiring a one-of-a-kind hooked rug or choose to create your own, the studio offers custom services and an exceptional selection of rug hooking wool fabric, patterns and supplies.
“Through my original hooked rugs I continue to preserve this fibre art of our ancestors to be enjoyed by collectors worldwide. With the addition of rug hooking supplies, wool, patterns, kits and classes, it is my goal to inspire others to create heirlooms that will be cherished today and by future generations.”
— Martina Lesar
Pam’s ‘watercolours with wool’ are inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her in Muskoka. She takes wool from the sheep on her hobby farm at Morgan House Bed and Breakfast, and – maintaining the raw wool state – uses a variety of dyeing techniques before felting a wonderful array of work. In addition to the pieces she creates, Pam offers workshops.
“I can get detail with watercolour with wool that I can’t do with any other medium and I don’t know why. It’s sort of like sculpting meets painting and it’s my most natural way of conveying art in the world.”
— Pam Carnochan
Located just outside of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Ingrid’s studio is located in her home. All your rug hooking and punch hooking supplies are available, along with a large variety of hand-dyed wools and textures. The studio is Canada’s source for the Snapdragon rug hooking frame and home of Primary Fusion dye books.
“Through my teaching, dyeing and supplying of this art form, I encourage students/customers to create their own works of art and experience the enjoyment and gratification that comes with the finished project.”
— Ingrid Hieronimus
Red Maple Ruggery provides quality hand-drawn patterns for rug hooking and punching, luscious hand-dyed wool fabric and yarns, kits, rug hooks, Oxford punch needles and other rug making supplies. Simone is a certified Oxford punch needle instructor who provides classes, ongoing encouragement and support. Visit the booth to see punch needle demonstrations and to find your new passion!
“I love the feeling of ‘painting with wool’; the juxtaposition of function and artistry in hooked rugs. I even dream of rug making and designs while I sleep! Being able to create these rugs and patterns, playing in the dye pots and, best of all, teaching and sharing my passion for punch needle is both satisfying and thrilling!”
— Simone Vojvodin
SilkDivine on Etsy is honoured to be a vendor at the Annual, and delighted to bring the beauty of its sari silk ribbons to rug hookers, fibre and textile artists. You’ll want to touch and experience the extensive variety of textures and gorgeous rich colours that will take you on a trip around the world. As if that isn’t enough, Linda has a second line of products that focuses on gorgeous rovings (wool, Merino, silk, ramie, bamboo and blended), silk fibres and wool locks.
“I strive to keep the love of the arts alive, as life is only defined by our visions, creations, accomplishments.” — Linda Desbiens
Tina’s Distinctive Colours features Carolyn Clemens’ Jewel Tones swatches. Come and check out more than 375 colours of hand-dyed wool!
“One of my favourite quotes is by John Ruskin: ‘The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.’” — Tina Cole
Several years ago, Willow Creek Rug Hooking began as a sideline to Carol’s teaching. With a love of dyeing wool, the “stash” just kept growing and was not all being used by her students so it made sense to sell outside the classroom. Now Willow Creek is carrying its own brand of hoops, as well as several styles of hooks and scissors. The hand-dyed wool is largely Dorr natural, with a few textures added here and there. There are original Willow Creek patterns, as well as several other artists’ designs.
“It is great to watch students learn to hook and to witness their excitement as they discover their new-found talents.” — Carol Shewan
“I’m always on the lookout for better techniques and quality machinery to better serve local business and industry.” — John