Wednesday, October 16, 2013



I was able to attend this super wonderful gathering of ladies "Up North" as I call it but the actual town is called Charlevoix, Mi.. 

It is the Pumpkin Time Season  and I have made some more "Wee Pumpkins" and Maple Leaves...
What do you all think of them??

While traveling we got to see some Awesome Gigantic Pumpkins along the way.. Pretty big, hey??

I am proud to say I have been "Stash-Busting too..

DeEtta from "Fiddlehead Finery" planned and hosted this great "Up North" event..

Many ladies came as far as from Sault Ste. Marie, Mi. and other locations in the UP. Also ladies from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada came too. We also came from as far south as Ann Arbor...... I think there was about 3 dozens of us in all.

DeEtta's Rug Hooking Art. Love those Sheep and Owls.

On the Left is Maureen Mousley who taught us about the importance of "Color".. Maureen come from the Guild at the Sault.

My friend and Host of this event DeEtta in the Green Vest showing every ones lovely Hooked Rugs

DeEtta also hand-dyes wonderful pieces of wool.  The Sand Bale/Star Fish pillow DeEtta made for a class down in the Florida this coming Winter.

Roxanne is the Owner of "Woolderness" in Hessel Michigan..  She hand-dyes all kinds of fibers and also hand spins them.. She also does Needle Felting classes.

Here you can see I bought some more of her beautiful hand dyed fibers..

I can never say I have never won anything anymore.. See those lovely pile of hand dyed wools..... Yup I won them..  Huge Very Big Smile...
They were donated by Nancy Blair of
  "Tomorrow's Heirlooms" in Allendale, Mi... Thanks you Nancy I love them...

Michele Mueller of "Wild Hare Rug Studio" from Elk Rapids was one of the vendors demonstrating "Needle Punch Rug Hooking..... I have Never seen this kind of rug hooking before..... To say the least I was very impressed with this technique...In fact I loved it!!!

Huge very big smile...

I had the opportunity to chat with 3 lovely ladies...The lady on the left is  Betty Reece holding her most beautiful piece of art called "Tree of Life"".. This technique is called Rug Hooking Sculpturing... Below is 2 closeups photos of this lovely work.

The other two ladies on the right is Becky and Christie..  I think their rug hooking pieces are wonderful too..

Rug Hooking Sculpturing..Isn't the Owl and Squirrel beautiful...

These two lovely hooked rugs were made by Becky.

The hooked rug is an Heirloom Rug from Christie's grandmother.. Lovely isn't it???

I am not sure who made the Summer Cabin but I really liked it allot.

Two wonderful sheep hooked rugs.. I really like these two a lot too..

As you all know I could "Never" leave such a wonderful event with out bringing home a Treasure...

I was very fascinated with the Punch Needle Rug Hooking.. So I bought a Oxford Punch Needle in their smallest size so I could use regular worsted wool with it..

All that most beautiful Harrisville New England Highland hand-dyed yarn I bought at Dorr Mills Store in New Hampshire. I can hardly wait to start Needle Punching..

 Has anyone else done this kind of rug hooking??

When I have NO energy to do anything else I get lost in the most wonderful books..

 I have discovered a new to me Mystery Series called "Hamish MacBeth" by M.C. Beaton..  So far I have read the 3 newest books and truly like them a lot.

  While I was lost in the books beautiful description of Scotland and trying to also play detective.. I discovered that there was a DVD series to go along with these wonderful books..

 I immediately bought this series of too and OH how I love the beautiful landscapes of Scotland... I highly recommend these books and movies.

 Oh, how I would love to go to Scotland some day..

The beautiful bright and sparkling Autumn Colors in Michigan is found everywhere now. In Autumn every leaf is a flower to me.....

  I also found a great bargain at our local nursery I could not resist.. It is a Weeping Norway Spruce.. I think this spruce is very artistic looking in my garden...what do you all think??

I also "Won" some very lovely scented Handmade with Love Soaps from Kathy of "KathyintheozarksSoaps"..  They are all beautiful birds.. Thanks you Kathy for sending them along to me.. Much appreciated.. 

Click Here to read about the "Stash-Buster Challenge" and the October  Link Party..

Thanks to Linda and Ana for this wonderful Idea..

I would like to thank ALL My Wonderful Followers for always stopping by and leaving your most kind and thoughtful comments.  I am very grateful indeed.

Hugs Judy

Below is a photo of My Art...


Edda Soffía said...

Hey Judy
What fun you must have had, and the rugs are all so gorgeous. I have never done rug hooking before, but I know someone that does. Beautiful.
Hugs from Iceland

Jennifer said...

That looks like such a nice time. The rugs are beautiful. I really like your little pumpkins!

Betsy Adams said...

Oh --such talented women. I'm sure you enjoyed every minute of it.... Actually, as talented as you are, you could be teaching classes like that yourself...

Love rug-hooking... SO much talent is needed to do that!!!

True about every leaf in autumn being a flower....


Grayseasailor said...

Judy! Your gathering looked like such fun! My mom and her mom both did some rug hooking and braided rugs as well, but I have only tried using latch hooking, but did not finish the project. I think your pumpkins turned out very cleverly. The books you mentioned sound like a series I would really enjoy, too. Thanks for posting! [The star and heart you sent me are currently hanging from my fireplace mantel and are a lovely reminder of you. :]
Gracie xx

margaret said...

such a variety of work you have shared today. Pumpkins, wish they were more readily available here in the UK but they just seem to grow them for the kids to carve into and are only around in the shops for a couple of weeks, love pumpkin soup. The weeping Norwegian spruce is new to me, very elegant

Jane Galley said...

Thank you for sharing those wonderful rugs, amazing work

Joy said...

Oh Judy, I don't know where to begin with my comments: what an amazing post, what wonderful experiences you've had on your trip, and I can't get over the more than beautiful projects that you've shown us. A huge thank you, and a 'huge very big smile'!!!
Hamish MacBeth has run on UK telly for years and years, and we have re-runs here in Australia - I'm so pleased you've found the books (which I haven't read as yet) and the DVD's. Even if you only watch them for the scenery you will be totally immersed, but the stories are very good and often fun too! Enjoy them! With your love of beautiful countryside you would be sure to fall in love with Scotland - such beauty! You can tell where my roots are!
I'll speak with you soon Judy - I'm expecting your lovely parcel any day - just got the 'lost' one from UK yesterday after 6 weeks of travelling goodness knows where!
Loving blessings to you, Joy xo

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a great post, full of so many beautiful things and most of all, last but not least your lovely table runner. I love hooked rugs and all those delicious wools used in creating them. I hooked a Santa once...oh that sounds bad! It was a small mat and I turned it into a stand up Santa, when the Christmas decorations come out I will try to remember to photo him.
The punched rugs are gorgeous and that sculptured "Tree of Life".....WOW! Absolutely a work of art.
You won some great things.....those soaps look interesting is the bird felted on to the soap?
The pumpkins you crocheted are cuties!

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy! Great pictures, and I bet you had a wonderful time at the wool gathering. Love the sheepy art pieces and the summer cottage, but I'm a little but biased about your pomegranate table runner. It's fabulous!
Hope you're having a wonderful fall. We are getting rain today and the temps will dip to the 40s tonight for the first time. Brr. :)
Have a great day!

Betsy said...

Oh my goodness Judy! It looks like you had a most amazing time with all of the ladies and all of that wooly goodness. That sculptured wool picture is amazing! I've done latch-hooking in the past, but it really wasn't my "thing" as you could say. However, I do appreciate the masterpieces that others turn out. What a fun event to be a part of.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Hi there girlfriend! You've been a busy lady this summer! And what beautiful handmade things to show us! I love the pretty colors of the yarn and the wool you won. Love the soaps you won, too! And all of the beautiful artistic needlework. WOW! So many talented always amazes me! Enjoy your afternoon! Oh, I love that author, too and have read a few of the books. Sweet hugs to you from sunny Florida!

Mereknits said...

Oh my goodness you have been having a wonderful time of it. I love those rugs, I saw this technique for the first time when I went to Rhinebeck a few years ago for the sheep and wool festival. It looks like so much fun, I have yet to try it, but now you have made me curious about it again.

Kathy is so wonderful, glad you won her beautiful soaps.

Suztats said...

Wonderful pics, Judy! Nice wins, too, lucky you. Enjoy them. I haven't tried the punch needle hooking, but I've seen it and it looks like a lot of fun. I have hooked rugs before, and I've done some of the wool sculpture, too. I enjoy it, but have put it aside for my embroidery. Maybe I'll pick it up again this winter.
Lovely table runner!

Trace4J said...

Hello New Friend
What beautiful woolie creations.
I so look forward to getting to know you.
Woolie Blessings

Anonymous said...

Oh Judy your blog as always is chock full of wonderful art and colour, especially the owl what a delightful wee fellow. Thank you for spending so much time creating it. Lyn in Melbourne AU

linda said...

What lovely projects! where to start, I love the Needle Punch Rug Hooking and the rug hooking sculpturing it's amazing. I love Hamish Macbeth and have read most of his books and seen the series. You might also like the Agatha Raison series by the same Author if you haven't read any, they are really good and quite funny. Have a great weekend. :)

shirley said...

What a wonderful lot of photos so much to see .firstly, Love your pumpkins they are wonderful. Your trip was amazing with all that amazing information and such beautiful things to see and do. I am very taken with the rug hooking sculpture. You are so fortunate to have access to all this.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

What an amazing selection of crafts and I agree, the rug hooking sculpture work is incredible, I've never seen this before. Thanks for a fascinating post. Suzy x

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Judy! That's such a beautiful table runner! I LOVE it! ... It sure does look like you had a wonderful time. All those talented ladies and the lovely things they've created!!! Your little pumpkins are just too adorable...and those BIG ones are I think the biggest I've ever seen!! xoxo

kathyinozarks said...

thank you much for the referral and I really enjoyed this blog post allot. I enjoyed seeing what others are creating Kathy

forgetmenots blue said...

Hello Judy and thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a lovely comment. What a huge variety of crafts looks like a great place to swap and share ideas x

Carol said...

Hi Judy, wow, some amazing creations! What talented ladies.
Thank you for your kind comments on my Yarndale and apologies for not replying earlier to your question about the Yarndale sheep "Betty" , it is a hooked kit
Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Carol xx

Dianne said...

Wow wow wow, Judy. You work of art at the end of the post if magnificent. Well done! There is so many delights to look at in this post. Glad you had a lovely time with friends doing what you all love. Congrats on the win with the wool - beautiful. I didn't know there were so many varieties of pumpkins, and now you have created another one!! Clever you. The 3D rug hooking piece is truly out of this world. Amazing work. xxx Di.

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

Ooh I am in love with that pile of dyed wool. Such an inspiring post. Hope that Spruce gives you many years of gardening pleasure.

Have a lovely week.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a fun event. I've heard from my sis that the fall colors in MI, the UP especially, are really nice this year. Your photo is good evidence of that. Sound like an interesting series of books; I love mysteries, too.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

What a terrific post! Loved all the pictures you took. What wonderful wins you received too. I would dearly love to try punch needle rug hooking sometime.

September Violets said...

I'm visiting from Linda's Crafty Corner, and see quite a few familiar faces here! What a lovely post with the beautiful rugs and art pieces that the ladies have made. Your trip sounds like a great time. Love your little pumpkins, and your artwork in the last photo is gorgeous!! Wendy

Astri said...

Wow Judy - you have been having fun! The gathering looks like th perfect good times.

I love, love, love that summer cabin rug. Reminds me of the summer cabins in Norway...and of course I love your Norway Spruce. ;-)

But most of all the last photo of your art made my heart skip a beat. So pretty!

Julia said...

Las fotografias me encantan, transmiten lo que nos quieres enseñar. Felicidades por tu bloc ha sido todo un regalo el visitarlo, espero que visites el mio.

Tammy said...

Lovely, lovely work and sounds like a wonderful event Amazing what some people can create. I just love all the different techniques. I think I bought a small punch needle set at Hobby Lobby before but something was missing and I could never do it. don't remember what now, and don't even know where the kit is. I have an old rug hook project that I started and never a finished (a Basset Hound for a friend). And of course I have the Afghani rug project not completed either. Oh well! Love your leaves and pumpkins. And wow, oh wow-- how do pumpkins grow so big? Hope all is well. Best wishes, Tammy

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