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Sat

22

Feb

2020

Spring Fiber Fling update!

Less than one month away!  We do have a few spaces available for the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling in March.  You can pre register by clicking on the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling on the tool bar at the top of the page.  Remember to check out the mini-classes on Friday afternoon.

Bring finished items for the fiber exhibit.

Bring a wearable fiber art for our fashion parade.

Bring a donation for the Humane Society of Marion County.

Bring a project to work on.

Shop with the terrific vendors!

Meet a new fiber artist and share ideas!

Enjoy the educational demonstrations!

Maybe win a fabulous door prize!

 

If you would like to come to only shop you may purchase a shopping pass at the door after 11 am.

 

Contact me if you have questions.    I can't wait!

Wed

05

Feb

2020

Door Prize for donation to the Human Society of Marion County

This year at our new larger location for the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling we will be collecting pet supplies for the Humane Society of Marion County.  When you bring a pet supply donation at the Spring Fiber Fling you will receive a chance to win a special door prize surprise!!!   Take a look at the wish list for the Humane Society at thehsmc.org/wish-list.    The adorable friendly pets will certainly appreciate your donation!

Fri

31

Jan

2020

Check out new vendors for the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling!

Our newest vendor is Alaina Trout, owner of the Wooly Trout, specializing in hand-dyed wool for rug hooking and wool appliqué!

Also,  Brigitte DeMaster, owner of Bahr Creek Llamas in Cedar Grove Wisconsin will be joining us again.   Brigitte was a vendor at our very first event way way back in 2016.  Welcome back Brigitte!!

 

Check out the whole list of exciting vendors by clicking on the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling tab at the top of the page!  

Mon

16

Dec

2019

Spring Fiber Fling is only THREE months away!

The Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling is only three months away!  Be sure to register before the space is filled.

We have added a new mini-class on Friday afternoon for the rug hookers.  Carol Shewan from willowcreekrughooking.com will be joining us to teach a color workshop.  Untangling Colour!     Click on Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling on the tool bar above to find out more details and register.

Fri

29

Nov

2019

End of November already!

November 15th was the Strawberry Rug Hookers Annual Hook-in in Dover Florida!  Always an exciting day full of shopping, vending, door prizes, raffle tickets and most of all - friendship!

Here is a picture of my booth before everyone came through the doors.  

 

Put this event on your calendar for next year!

Wed

30

Oct

2019

WOW! Registrations for the Spring Fling!

Wow!  Registrations for the Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling are rolling in at high speed. It's a good thing we found a new larger location!  

The mini-classes on Friday afternoon still have a few openings so choose one and sign up soon.  Remember, only registered students are allowed in on Friday.

Saturday is the Spring Fiber Fling.  Finish up your UFO's and bring them to display in our fiber exhibit!

Thu

12

Sep

2019

Started and finished in 2019!

Yes, it's true!  I started and finished a rug in the same year!  I have a habit of starting many, many projects, way too many projects.  Then working on all of them, and soon they will be finished at the same time.  A couple weaving projects, knitting projects,  rug hooking projects ready to enjoy.  That means piles of stuff all over the place.

 

The big news is the Spring Fiber Fling registration will open on October 7th!  Details are in the Spring Fiber Fling section.  Check it out!

Sun

25

Aug

2019

Hanging hand-spun yarn in the studio

I wanted to display my hand-spun yarn on something other than a nail hammered into the wall.  So, my husband and I went to John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC to participate in the blacksmith class.  You can see tools of the trade in the photos.  The anvil, the forge, the tongs holding a hook.  There I am, as hot as the fire to bend iron.  Got it hot, hit it hard and ready to display my hand-spun yarn.  


Sun

07

Jul

2019

Progress during hot days of summer!

A little messy on the frame this week.  Steamy hot week with temps in the high 90's.  So it's hooking in the afternoons.  I can see some adjustments need to be made on the rose, one petal is a bit too dark.  I like hooking the background as I complete a design.  A row or two of background help to define the design, and confirms the background choice is a good one.  Plus, the rug is mostly done and only a little boring background to do at the end!

 

Plans are shaping up for the Spring Fiber Fling in March 2020.  Friday afternoon classes will be listed soon, just waiting for information from the teachers.  Check back soon!

Tue

18

Jun

2019

Sneak Preview - new hooking project!

Sneak preview of my current rug hooking project.  I attended the Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville FL in January and thoroughly enjoyed a class with Sybil Osicka.  After a busy spring I am getting back to it.  More pictures to come with progress. 

 

We are working on details for the 2020 Spring Fiber Fling too!

Mon

27

May

2019

Time to finish some UFO's

Finished, finally!  Colchester Vase, available from Honey Bee Hive Rug Hooking.

I added the braid to make a border.  The first one I tried was green and yellow, trying to bring the yellow from the center to the outside.  The contrast was too sharp and all I saw was the braid, not the flowers.  Red made it look to Christmasy.  I think the final decision of three strands of green plaid for the braid is the right one.  It takes trial and error sometimes to get it right.

Mon

20

May

2019

New Location For Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling!! 2020

Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling with be held at the:

                                            Klein Conference Center

College of Central Florida Ocala Campus

3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474

 

SAVE THE DATE!  March 13 & March 14

 

More Details to come!   

Thu

28

Feb

2019

Spring Fiber Fling is one week away!!

March 9th is the Spring Fiber Fling in Wildwood Florida!     Registration is full!  

Remember doors open at 9:30 am.  Event finishes at 3:30 pm

Yes, we are having a fashion show, so bring your finished wearable fiber art, knitted socks?  Wear them.  Woven a shawl?  Bring it along!  Hooked a tote bag or poncho?  Let's show them off!

Yes we are having a spinning circle!  Bring your spinning wheels and join us!

Lunch is by TooJays Deli, always delicious.

Fiber exhibit will be set up to display finished items, from wool applique to art yarns, to hooked rugs and woven towels.  Bring your finished items to inspire everyone!

 

IF you would like to do some shopping, you may come AFTER 11 am and the fee is $7.00 at the door, for shopping and viewing the exhibit only.  And watch a demo of course.

And of course, door prizes!

Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, there is always something to learn!

Wed

20

Feb

2019

Decorative Stitches in Rug Hooking

This is Oscar!  Anne Doucet from Titusville FL  hooked this charming sea turtle using several fun decorative stitches.  I had the pleasure of teaching the class in January in Titusville.  We focused our fiber fun on learning these stitches to add texture and interest to our rug hooking.  Thank you for inviting me to teach, and sharing the picture of your finished Oscar!

Thu

31

Jan

2019

Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference

Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference is being held March 14 thru 17, 2019 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.  Check out all the information and class listings on their website.  FTWG.org     This year is the 75th Anniversary Celebration!  

I will be vending during the conference and teaching a mini-class on Thursday afternoon, a simple wool braided ornament.

 

FTWG.org

Tue

29

Jan

2019

Spring Fiber Fling is coming up!

Spring Fiber Fling is coming up fast!  Check out the vendor list so you can plan your shopping list.  Websites are listed!  Contact them if you see a pattern, wool, fiber, or other supply you would like to purchase from them and they will bring it to the Spring Fiber Fling to save you shipping!!

Fri

25

Jan

2019

Time off!

We are taking a few days off.  Orders from the store will be mailed out after February 7th.

Thank you!

Fri

25

Jan

2019

Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville

Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville Florida ended yesterday.  You should have been there.  Extraordinary teachers, enthusiastic students, exciting rugs, exceptional patterns and wool!  

Mon

31

Dec

2018

Happy New Year!

Drop Spindle spinning and knitting out in the woods during a hike on a beautiful day with my talented sister who came to visit for Christmas.  

Are you ready for 2019?  Have you set some goals?  Either to finish the UFO's, or learn a new art form?  Make a plan and get prepared and go for it!

Thu

25

Oct

2018

Needle cases anyone?

Only two weeks until the Country Roads Quilt Show in Ocala Florida!  We all need needle cases to store our favorite needles and pins.  I will have these kits available for you at the quilt show.  A perfect size to give wool appliqué a try!  

Stop in my booth and say Hello!

Tue

09

Oct

2018

Country Roads Quilt Show

I am excited to be a new vendor at the Country Road Quilt Show in Ocala Florida!  For all the important details check out their website at crqocala.com/quilt-show-2018.

I will be playing in the dye pots over the next several weeks!  Last week I dyed brilliant reds and glorious greens for Christmas projects and some outrageous oranges for pumpkins to get you started on fall.

Be sure to stop in my booth and say HI!

I will have several wool appliqué kits and patterns available also.  

Once in a while you need several values of the same color.  Santa faces anyone!

Tue

25

Sep

2018

Spring Fiber Fling registration is open!

Registration is open!

 

Follow the Spring Fiber Fling 2019 tab on the tool bar to register.

 

 

Mon

06

Aug

2018

Making Progress on Gainesboro

One of my all time favorite rug patterns!  I am making some progress and enjoying each flower and leaf.  I guess I need to tackle the roses and strap leaves next.  During the summer I need extra fans to keep cool under this extreme rug!

Fri

29

Jun

2018

A fun adventure

A surprise adventure is always fun, when he said I am sure there is a spinning wheel in that barn somewhere!  We put on our boots, found our gloves, made sure our flashlights worked, long sleeves and pants for sure.  The barn was loaded, stacked pile on pile of old stuff and things.  And dark.  Then, there it was, a spinning wheel, made into a lamp.  Kind of disappointed not a treasure to take home.  Some parts were missing, and warped wheel.  I left it there for the next person with a treasure map, who needs a lamp.

Wed

23

May

2018

Horse is done!

I also had the pleasure of taking a weaving class from Tammy Poff, Poff Studios to learn the Log Cabin pattern on the rigid heddle loom.  This pattern has a pickup stick element in between the log cabin which adds a degree of difficulty to the weaving.  Now to wait for the cold day in January to wear it, in Florida.

Mon

30

Apr

2018

Springtime travels?

Traveling in April is supposed to be, well, springy like weather, right?  A late spring blizzard made me a day late to the North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Dubuque Iowa!  We made snow angels one night after the second storm of the week!

 

I am making progress on a primitive rug from a class at the workshop.  Wide cut, primitive representation taught by Valerie Bergeman.  Excellent class.

Fri

13

Apr

2018

On the road again!

I will be attending the North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Iowa next week!  

Sat

31

Mar

2018

We have been busy in March!

March began with the Spring Fiber Fling in Wildwood Florida!  We had a full house of rug hookers, spinners, weavers, knitters, wool appliqués!  And more!   

The photos below are from the Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference in Lake Yale Florida March 15 - 18.  Sunrises over the lake were exceptionally beautiful each morning.  The Greenway Fiber Art Society exhibited many quality examples of fiber art, weaving, rug hooking, braiding, knitting, swedish weaving, wool appliqué.  I was honored to be chosen as a teacher during the conference.  My class was all about decorative stitches in rug hooking.  My vendor booth was packed with rug hooking and appliqué supplies.  My helper Mona added felting supplies, felted soaps, beaded jewelry, and wool appliqué kits.

We traveled to Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson TN for the March Madness Hooking Retreat organized by Lisanne Miller.  Two whole days this year to renew friendships and be reenergized!!  The park facilities are comfortable and convenient. 

Thu

01

Feb

2018

Happy February......already!

January flew by and I can't believe February is here!  Only FIVE weeks until the Spring Fiber Fling and we have a full house already!  If you are interested in attending let me know and I will add you to the wait list.  Karen@ShadyHillRugHooking.com

Are you interested in learning decorative stitches in rug hooking?  I will be teaching this pattern with all decorative stitches at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Annual Conference, March 15th to 18th at Lake Yale Conference Center.  Check out all the possibilities at FTWG.org!  Mini classes, vendors, 2.5 day classes, and MORE!