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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Sunday, May 29, 2022


 It was a perfect day for a rug Hook-In, in our beautiful capital city of  Fredericton, New Brunswick. The large room was filled with happy rug hookers from the surrounding areas of N.B. and there was a buzzing sound of conversation and laughter as everyone was happy to share with their friends around their tables. 

There were lots and lots of great prizes, big baskets overfilled to capacity with tempting goodies, a silent auction, muffins, and refreshments, take-out pizza and salad, and even a big cake. Krista had a vending room choke-full of wool and other supplies upstairs which I had planned to visit but decided to visit her at home later since I found out she lives only a few minutes from my home. It's a small world... What was so great about this hook-in, was that it was so close to home. No need to pack anything for overnight.

Kimm was very helpful and made me feel very welcome. I'm now a member of the Heritage Rug Hooking Guild and look forward to meeting with them in September.

Rugs were put on display but about an hour before the hook-in was supposed to close, I decided to take some pictures of the display. Not a good idea because no sooner had I started to take pictures than they announced for members to remove their rugs off the display as some of the rug hookers were leaving early and they didn't want them to forget their rugs behind. I'll take pictures earlier next time...

 I was scrambling to take as many pictures as I could but didn't get them all, and some of my pictures are not great but the rugs were all beautiful.

Please forgive me if I misspelled the names as sometimes it was difficult to read the script.

Windswept, was designed and hooked by Debbie Lassord  

No Name , designer unknowned, hooked by Heather Langille. 

Fine Shaded Flowers designed by Mary Grant, hooked by Caroilne Simpson

Two Crows Joy, designed by Ewenique Boutique, hooked by Linda Leslie

Cherry Picker designed by Michelle Palmer, Rug Hooking Magazine,  hooked by Shelley Lipscombe

Jacob Bean was designed by Christine Little, hooked by Caroline Munro

It looks like a Deanne Fitzpatrick but don't know who hooked it as I didn't see a name.

Squares  designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick, hooked by Heather Langille

Echinacea, designed by Caroline Simpson and hooked by Caroline Sympson

Unfortunately, I couldn't read the blurry label on either of these pieces. An amazing puffin sculpture.

                         I couldn't read the label on this one either as it's blurry.

                             The same story here. I just love that stool. What a magnificent job.

Garden, designed by Patti McGowen, hooked by Mary Grant

This amazing rug is so beautiful unfortunately, it was not fully visible as it was sitting on top of a bookcase. The display area was not equipped with an adequate display surface to take decent photographs but it was a beautiful display, nonetheless.

This blind lady is showing off her penguin's rug and next to it, Kimm is showing the unicorn that this lady was working on with Kimm's guidance. I can identify Krista on the left, our wool vender.

I didn't have time to identify the hookers and designers of all the rugs so I apologize. Maybe next year, I'll be more prepared and do better. The rugs were being removed from the display as I was trying to take the photos. My grandfather in the army suit. An other of the same rug taken from my files below.

Harvest Picnic was designed by All About Ewe, hooked by Linda Leslie

A lovely portrait rug, unfortunately, the label was blurried. 

The picture of my grandmother came out blurry so I had to dig this one from my files. Designed and hooked by me 

My grandfather in his army outfit. I couldn't get the three dimensions of his face from the over-exposed black and white photo and one of his eyes are bothering me but I never fixed it.

George Rooster was designed and hooked by me.

                         Julia Hen,  designed and hooked by me

Most of you must remember my Childhood Memories rug from a while back, designed and hooked by me. The uneven ribbon border to represent the bumps in the journey of life.

Oops, I had forgotten to include an update on Madonna of the street for Saundra. I only dyed the wool the night before and had to go and run with it. It will stay as is.  That's all I could hook on Saturday. 
# 3 cut is slow going.

There, you have it folks.  I hope you enjoyed coming along to view some fabulous rugs. Happy Memorial Day long weekend to my American friends. Thanks for visiting and leaving comments. 



  1. Hooking with a #3 strip IS time consuming and not fun. Also not so much fun it hooking realistic faces both of which we agree on. Thanks for the show and thanks for sharing your Grandparents and Madonna with us.

    1. I actually like hooking faces as long as I have a good clear picture of where to put the shading. I really had difficulty with my grandfather's face as it was from an over exposed black and white photo.

  2. Oh you photographed and identified the rugs so well! Thank you for sharing!!! You’re a wonderful designer, Julia

    1. Thanks Kimm, I wish I had lot more time to photograph all the rugs. I missed so many of them. I'll remember to take the photos early next time.

  3. You may have been rushed, but you took some amazing pictures. Thank you for taking the time to post.
    It was so good so see your rugs once again and your Madonna is looking lovely. George and Julia made me smile.
    I love that portrait rug!

    1. Thanks Lauren, I'll be using Julia Hen and George Rooster on my bistro chairs when all the planting is done and I have time to sit outside a bit.

  4. It looks and sounds like a wonderful event. Soooo much talent on display (you most definitely included). Thank you for sharing these beauties.

    1. Thanks EC, it was such a great day, I would have love to stay longer and hook some more. Yes, there was a lot of great talents in that room. I've met some wonderful teachers and hopefully will be able to take some lessons form them.

  5. Oh Julia, what a wonderful day you had in Fredericton!
    Thank you for sharing all those rugs with us & the puffin was adorable~ I too loved that footstool, it was beautifully done.
    Your work was beautiful & the rug of your grandmere I had not seen before. I've never done a person rug, it looks to be too challenging for me. Yours are so good!!
    My favourite is your Childhood Memory rug.
    The softness & innocence of your Madonna is so touching & beautiful, you feel that in your hooking.
    I've not been to our guild since covid & now with the price of gas I'm staying close to home in our rural area.
    So glad you had a fun day with fellow rug hookers & shared it with us.
    Hugs, Cynthia

    1. Thanks Cynthia, where is your guild and what is it called. We had rug hookers from all over new Brunswick and there might have been someone from your guild there. I hope to meet you at a rug hook-in next time.

    2. The guild is called The Miramichi Rug Hookers, we hook in the Lions Senior Center in Newcastle. It would be great to meet you at the rug hook-in next time! I'm hoping to go to the hook-in at the Bonar Law in Rexton. It is done in the home were Andrew Bonar was born, He was the first Canadian born Prime Minster to England around the same time frame of Lord Beaverbrook. I love the history & beauty in our province, I'm so glad to call New Brunswick my home, this is my 14th summer being here! Time truly does have wings!!

  6. What beautiful rugs and designs! I enjoyed seeing all the talent displayed and it sounds like it was a fun time and also a great gathering of like minded folks. Your rugs are marvelous and I just am amazed at how talented you are with doing portraits. I'm glad you were able to go and share your beautiful rugs. Have a good week. Our Memorial Day will be spent quietly at home and outdoors. Take care Julia! Thanks also for always keeping my family in your prayers. My sister, Midge, will be having open heart surgery on June 15th. One more step on her crazy journey!

    1. I'll be sure to say extra prayers for Midge. As a matter of fact I pray for all those who are having major surgery every day, so I will certainly not forget to pray for her.

  7. I am so excited you got to have a hook in in person. Those rugs are so nice and its so encouraging to see how many people are hooking in your town. Your rugs are just amazing Julia.

    1. Thanks Kim, it would be great to someday have a hook-in with our blogger friends, wouldn't it. I bet we would do a lot more chatting than hooking, lol. Rug hookers came from all over the province to meet. We have all been invited to another hook-in in Moncton in July. It's still too early to know if I'll be able to attend.

  8. more wow! There are some wonderful rugs there...I'm always amazed by the fine cuts. Funny, though, that I choose to hook in the primitive style. Probably because that style "fits" me and my home better. But you saved the best for last. I was truly gobsmacked at your amazing rugs! I am a relatively newish follower so I have not seen most of them. The one of your grandmere is absolutely stunning. She looks like she was very beautiful. And you have made great progress on Madonna. Like Cynthia said, somehow you have managed to capture the peace, gentleness, innocence and softness in your hooking. Like I said.... WOW! ~Robin~ (TheCrankyCrow)

  9. Thank you, Wow, to you too... you sure give me a lot of encouragement. I have some more rugs that I have not brought to the hook-in. I have showed them on my blog way back. I prefer to design all my rugs as they all have some meaning to me. My problem is that when I start a new rug, I get too antsy to start hooking and I don't spend enough time to fine tune how I should proceed.
    Like my Madonna of the Street, if I had seen the other framed version, I would have hooked that one and it would have been easier. Hind sight is always 20/20...

  10. It always amazes me at the talent of these hook in pictures. Love them all! Glad you had a great time! Janice

  11. It amazes me too, Janice. What I've noticed is that most rug hookers are hooking traditional and very few primitive rugs in our area.

  12. I just hit the magical key that made my whole comment disappear! I so enjoyed this...I think as much as if it had been a quilt show. Your own works are wonderful. The ones of your grandparents are super. And I so love the hen and rooster! And enjoyed everyone else that you showed. If you ever go again and take photos of rugs, be sure and tell me. I would love to see them all!

  13. WOW! Amazing talent, such beauty. I cannot pick a favorite. They are so unique and lovely. I think it is so neat that you hook.
    Enjoy our week,

  14. I love them all and you are so amazing. The childhood memories is my favorite, or would be if I had a favorite. I really like the Bumps of Life border, so thoughtful of you to come up with that. Inger from Desert Canyon Living who must learn how to not be anonymous soon.

  15. Thanks for your comment dear Inger. You can use Anonymous anytime you want and I appreciate that you identified yourself. Someone else also is having the same problem, so you are not alone.

    For some reason, my first comment published while I was typing.