Sunday, May 20, 2007

River Gallery fibre extravaganza

Sande Gunning's River Gallery in Browns Flat (not far from Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick... and just a little further from St Andrews) is a wonderful spot for fibre enthusiasts of all stripes, dots and weaves. Rughooking, quilting, appliqué, knitting, felting, ribbon embroidery---pick your passion! Sande carries a full line of supplies, tools, books and patterns; also related ornamental items, just for fun. The warm wooden walls and warmer proprietor welcome you and the vibrant display cheers the spirit. I'm always in awe that Sande remembers all our names and often what we were last working on... the personal touch is much appreciated! It is always good news when Sande brings her goods on the road, to a workshop or exhibit, as we know there will be new 'must-haves'.

On the walls of the studio shop are finished mats and wallhangings, showing the talent and ingenuity of our New Brunswick and Nova Scotia rughookers. If you are new to the craft, you are welcome to sit down at the frame and hook on a rug sampler in progress. Or to try out various hooks until you find the one that feels just right. Sande will happily advise you on a pattern, wools or cotton fabric for your rug or quilt; her practiced eye can make it easier to pick just the right colours, if you're undecided. 100% wools: solids, plaids, hand-dyed, swatches... goodies galore!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Deanne Fitzpatrick has a new Studio!

If you like hooked rugs... and I assume you do, if you've stuck around after finding this blog... please visit Deanne Fitzpatrick, either online at or in person at her wonderful new studio at 7 Electric Street, in Amherst, Nova Scotia [Canada]. Deanne was kind enough to open her studio for me yesterday [not usually open on a Sunday] and I spent a happy hour browsing, soaking up the beautiful rugs and mats on display, the fabulous colours in wool, yarn, silk and other media, and chatting with Deanne as she effortlessly drew her characteristically bold and breezy designs right on to burlap and linen. Deanne's Newfoundland roots and her inspirational artistic talents are infused in her spirited designs; her sense of colour and form is magical. I wanted one of everything, but had to settle for a modest haul of beautiful wool, silk and a divine mohair hand-dyed yarn for my current projects. Deanne very kindly looked at my Tangled Garden mat and offered some excellent advice; now to get back to it with her encouragement fresh in my mind!

Deanne’s workshops and symposia are generally sold out well in advance. Currently a symposium for October 2008 is being planned.

Several of our Quoddy Loopers have done or are in the midst of doing Deanne’s patterns. They are full of life and vitality. If you visit her hookingrugs website, you’ll be doing yourself a favour.