Hello Dear Friends! Yesterday was so very much fun it is hard for me to compose my thoughts to tell you ALL about it! But I'll try. :)
First of all, I could not sleep Friday night because of all the anticipation! I had the alarm set for 6am but crawled, or maybe the better word for that would be JUMPED, out of bed at 5am. I picked my SIL, Robin, up shortly before 7am and we drove the hour and a half drive gabbing the entire way about the WONDERS OF WOOL we would see & how great it would be to see our hooker friends. When we arrived at the hook~in, it was even better than we dreamed it would be! It didn't take us long to find Ginger, PatiJane, Sandra, and JoJo. Once the doors opened... we quickly found a table, dropped our stuff, and headed to browse each and every booth. ALL the vendors were amazing! All the rugs on display were amazing! It was truly an AMAZING day!
I enjoyed visiting, even if it was only briefly, with Vicki,
Tammy, Renee, Jan, Reggie, Kay, and so many other wonderful hookers!
We enjoyed lunch out with Ginger, PatiJane, and Sandra. Then, on the way home, we decided to stop in Ottawa for some antique shopping. What a GREAT day!
What GREAT smiles!
PatiJane gave Robin and I gift bags with the most wonderful gifts. In mine was a luscious piece of wool, a bundle of cotton homespuns, a notepad, a scrunchy to remove wool (the girls taught me about this & also gave me a quick quilting lesson), and the sweetest pinkeep that she made from her wool snippets.
(the pic doesn't show the pinkeep very well, but it is so unique & awesome... and even has a pin stuck in it with handmade beads that PatiJane also made)
Thank you Pati! :)
Here are the treasures I bought...
~a little wool
~some small pieces to use for needlepunch to make pinkeeps & such
~a wooden dough board
~a pig cutting board... just 'cause I thought it was sweet
~an Ironstone platter for my collection
~a cross stitched samler... that was only $8! I'll stain & frame it for sure!
While walking around the hook~in... I spotted Maggie Bonanomi chatting with one of the vendors. She must have thought I was extremely rude... because I interrupted her & admitted immediately that I stalk her! lol She did not sound alarmed and only smiled in her happy~giggly way. We talked about her books & how great I thought they were. She even hinted that her 3rd book is in the works. GOODIE! She then allowed me to have my picture taken with her. I was soooooooo star~struck! :) Shoot! I should have asked for her autograph!
There is so much more that I could share, but don't want to bore you with too many details. Here are some of the AWESOME rugs on display from the show. I'm sorry, but I didn't get hooker, or pattern info for most of them so I'll just share the photos. They were all exquisite though... that is for sure...
This rug is was hooked from a pattern by my buddy, Debbie.
This rug was hooked by Renee Rethman... and just took my breath away...
I have many more photographed to share... more to come in another post.
Wishing you warm smiles...
~ Chicken Stitches! ~
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