Sunshine Christmas Pot Luck

Linda Wilson once more graciously hosted the Sunshine potluck Christmas Hook In. What a lovely day we all had! Thanks so much Linda for having us .

Here in central Ontario, we have had even more snow than usual, and it was a Christmas wonderland to look out over the fields and enjoy the snowy view. (which you can’t actually see in this picture). Just imagine the perfect Christmas card picture and that was it.


As a change from just the normal ….hook your own work……we decided to have a day of hooking with alternate materials. What fun! Everyone brought a marked 5″ x5″ square on backing, and some alternate materials to share …..fabrics, yarns, roving, lace, nylons, raffia, anything hookable,

DSCF5831These goodies were strung up all over the room. This is one area….with fabrics on the dryer, and yarns, roving etc. on the top of the shelf.

Linda put up some examples of her small Christmas pieces for inspiration.


Everyone drew a little pattern on their backing, chose alternate fibres and away they went.

I tried to get pictures from early in the day, and later in the afternoon….so there are 2 photos of most projects.

There were lots of Christmas trees.

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Gail works with alternate fabric all the time and is well known for her delightful “wonky” christmas trees.DSCF5852

This rope edging , brought by Isabel, (and used by Gail) caused a lot of interest and makes finishing very speedy indeed. It comes in ropes and is available at Fabric land.

DSCF5840Kathy decided to make a “star” Christmas tree.


However at the end of the day…she declared it hadn’t turned out as she envisioned, and she intended to rip it out.

Some people did a sky of stars.

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Ann is an expert “star maker” and has made about 60 star ornaments this year…She loves making them.


Of course you have to have snowmen….DSCF5846



Margaret chose to do a wreath…I thought it was a perfect choice, (and wish I’d thought of it)


LOVE these colours.

Linda and I chose to do Christmas words.


Although I must admit I cheated, and took this last photo at home after I had finished it. (the light green in the holly is raffia, the ‘noel’ a metalic check print fabric, the berries are nylons, and the rest is yarn)


Cynthia hooked winter flowers.DSCF5862

…there were christmas balls…DSCF5843

…that pink one was spectacular….looked like solid sequins


….and a variety of other subjects…



…a new hooker….and a first time hooker…bravo !

The food was yummy and plentiful….a true pot luck…with 4 pots of meat balls (one of which was mine)….watch next year there’ll be none!

It was such a fun day with good friends, good food, fun hooking and a wonderful locale.

Happy holidays to everyone. May you experience peace. love and joy, time with loved ones, and and a full tummy.

A Tribute to Helen Brown

I have been so remiss this fall in recording the monthly tributes we have at Sunshine Rug Hookers Meetings. I have managed to be absent for every first Tuesday so far. Fortunately, another rug hooker took some photos of Helen Brown’s hooking and sent them to me so I can share her lovely work which was featured on the first Tuesday in December.

Helen hooked with a group in Toronto until moving to Orillia a few years ago, and we are so happy that they decided to move north. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She has a daughter living in Halifax, and travels frequently to the east coast, often taking classes with Deanne Fitzpatrick in Amhurst. She says much of her hooking reflects Deanne’s influence. These playful, colourful maritime houses and the treatment of the water all reflect the Fitzpatrick style. (as well as the high freeform hooking which I seem incapable of doing….although I have tried).


This was Helen’s first rug. She told me she ordered the pattern ( by Ann Hallet) from Rittermere’s because she liked it so well, never realizing she would one day be hooking with Ann in the same group. I’m sure Ann was pleased to see this lovely interpretation of her pattern too.


A striking wall hanging with the faceless people so characteristic of Deanne’s style, as well as the skillful use of so many colours and shades of green to create the grass. Helen is also a skilled knitter, and made the beautiful sweater she is wearing .


The piece on the left is a closeup of a portion of a red trillium, inspired by another workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick.


Her ‘in progress’ abstract piece which at first glance seems to be in blue…..but…..


On closer inspection, has a myriad of related colours.


….even the youngest present was fascinated and needed a close up look.


Regular readers will be familiar with this unique piece. Last June Helen travelled to Cornwall and took a week long course with Dianne Cox and Sue Dove. This is the result….a deconstructed version of a favourite recipe of her mother’s (I watch the Food Network, that’s how I know the term “deconstructed” ). The recipe itself is written in the bottom right. Her story of the creative process they went through during the course was fascinating.

Helen is always ready to try new and different techniques. This one for her milk weed pod combines her hooking and knitting/crocheting abilities.


She started by crocheting the shape of the pod into the backing. She then picked up the crocheted loops with a circular knitting needle on one half, and knit the shape of the pod. This was then stuffed with “fluff” and then knit down to create a 3 dimensional milkweed. It was finished by hooking the top with “curly locks” yarn.  I wish I had another photo to show the full effect and the wonderful 3 D milkweed pod.

Our Christmas Pot Luck and Hook In will be on Tuesday, and we’re all going to experiment with hooking alternate fibers. I’ll make sure I take my camera!