~ Please visit our ETSY Shop for our unique patterns, supplies and wooden items
specifically designed for rug hooking, punch needle, applique, embroidery and cross stitch ~

the photos below are just a few examples of what we offer in our Etsy shop ~ kindly click on any photo to visit and see more ~

Our Needlework Shop here at the Farm is CLOSED until Septemebr 16th ~ when we will reopen for our 9th annual Gathering of Primitive Friends Show! {our ETSY Shop is always OPEN}

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

~ Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week ~

 We are home.
we are exhausted ~
 and we are so very thrilled to have been a small part of 
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week
 in Archbold Ohio!!

I didn't have much time to take many photos of the actual show and vendors, 
{ thanks to our friends & customers we were quite busy in the booth!}
but here are some for you ~

Upon entering the door, 
you were greeted by sweet Debra Smith from Rug Hooking Magazine, 
and her helpers ~ one of whom was our friend Nancy Parcels...

taking a right into the exhibit room, 
you were stunned with this wonderful sight:

with the exhibit featuring:
 "R is for Rug Hooking", Celebrations rugs, "Men Only" and "Man Made"  

there was so much excitement there 
... that the air felt like it was crackling!!!

beautiful finishes, unique mixed mediums ~

 and let us not forget the vendors!
{I do apologize to all vendors for not being able to take a few snaps of your booths}
but here is a link list of ALL vendors for your shopping pleasure:

Ali Strebel Designs for Kindred Spirits
Ali Strebel, Dayton, Ohio

Bee Line Art Tools
Stephanie McCammon, Bettendorf, Iowa

Dorr Mill Store
Terry Dorr, Guild, New Hampshire

I Love Rug Hooking / Lakeside Oaks 
 Shelley Lencioni, Auburn, California

Let Nola Do It
Nola Heidbreder, St. Louis, Missouri

Mason’s Mercantile 
 Janet Mason, Dunkirk, Ohio

Rug Hooking Magazine
Debra Smith, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Searsport Rug Hooking
Christine Sherman & Julie Mattison, Verona Island, Maine

The Oxford Company
Amy Oxford, Cornwall, Vermont

The Paisley Studio & Thimblefolk
Sarah McNamara & Barb McNamara, Greenport, New York
paisleystudio.blogspot.com & thimblefolk.blogspot.com

The Wool Studio
Rebecca Erb, Reading, Pennsylvania

Two Old Crows
Jeannine Happe, Blairstown, NJ

W. Cushing & Company
Lisanne & Ron Miller, Wells, Maine

Two Old Crows

Searsport Rug Hooking

Lisanne Miller
Lisanne's Tower of Wool!!!!

Lisanne Miller's booth next to Two Old Crows booth
And here are a few snaps of our booth ~ Peter made the chicken wire screens especially for this show, and we do thank you all for the compliments on how our booth looked 'farm-y' & 'home-y'

aside from Joan & I being vendors at this wonderful event,
I was blessed with the opportunity to teach a class on Friday as well ~
look at my beautiful students!
{one was late for this pic}

 I am not a 'formal' teacher, by any means.
I try not to have "rules" when I teach ~ preferring instead to call them 'gentle guidlines'
 as I want my classes to be enjoyable & fun....
and I hope to share with my students a some-what different view on things.

chatting and creating together...
what could be better?

my readers will know how much I enjoy taking photos of women's hands as they are creating...
such beauty in the way we hold our implements and tools ~
and such reverence in the way we hold our hands, 
... young or old.

we, as women should never be ashamed of our hands...
age spots, scars, knuckles ~ short nails, hang nails & warts even!!!
they are part of us and our journey of life.

 Women's hands
are strong enough to weld iron and protect us and our loved ones if need be...
but instantly can be gentle enough to soothe a fevered child's brow or injured kitten.

I would like to express heartfelt thanks to:

~ Kathy Wright and all of the helpers at Sauder Rug Hooking Week ~ 
for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to be a small part of such a fabulous event.

~ All of our customers and friends who continue to support & encourage us 
in what we love to do most.

~ My soulmate & hubby Peter for weeks & weeks of preparation, 
lots of hard work and cold pizza for dinner ~ you hold my heart.

~ Chris, our right & left hands here on the farm: 
without your help with absolutely everything and seemingly never-ending patience with us
we would be a complete mess.

A special Thanks to my dearest friend Joan, 
who, without her by my side and keeping me on my path I would surely fly away.

photo courtesy of Connie Fletcher/Seven Gables Designs ~ taken during my class at Sauder Village.

and now we are focusing all of our attention
on our own little show here on the farm on September 16th!
 come see us!!!

I will be listing all of our vendors soon!

Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

Saturday, August 12, 2017

~ The Friendliest Reminder ~

popping in quickly,
... just to remind that our little Needlework Shop here at the farm will be 
CLOSED now until September 16th ~

We will reopen the farm shop on the day of our annual
Saturday September 16th 2017

our Etsy Shop is always Open!
but kindly remember that shipping of orders will not begin until I return from the

I hope to see so many of you there!!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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