More January News

Beyond Olde Forge

Untangling Colour, a workshop with Carol Shewan

A one-day workshop in Perth, Sat, Feb 15, is all about colour. For details, including registration info (deadline is Jan 30):


A reminder to register for the first year of Eastern Ontario Rug Hooking School at the Nav Centre in Cornwall in Oct. Note that the Nav Centre has been renovated since its earlier days as a training facility, and includes a spa, fitness centre and pool, as well as a few dining options. The School is more than 2/3 full, so it’s best to get your registration in soon if you’re interested. To find out more:

News from Down Under

Here is the latest newsletter from Narrawilly, including a bit about the fires – and access to internet.

Olde Forge News

Annual Olde Forge Hook-in Sat April 25

As of now, we have 90 people registered for the hook-in, along with 6 vendors and the sharpening van.  If you have not yet reserved your spot but want to attend, please do so soon by emailing:  More info is on our website:

Cancellation policy

As discussed at our last Saturday and Thursday meetings, we have written up a policy regarding the cancellation of meetings or events based on inclement weather. 

Update on the Next Challenge 

We had a number of ideas for a challenge and although I heard back from several people (10-15), there was no single idea that stood out as the one to choose. Meanwhile, Jocelyn Gordon has been thinking – and also chatting with Pat Bonn. They’ve come up with what I think is a brilliant idea:  Pat could create a pattern that will be the base for the challenge. It will be up to you to interpret it as you choose, and in any size you choose (we even have an easy way to provide a paper pattern in the specific size you’d like). There will be more information to share at the upcoming meetings, but for now, I hope you’re pleased with how the challenge is shaping up.  It should be lots of fun and I’m already looking forward to what we’ll see.  A very special thank you to Jocelyn and Pat.  

Workshop Update

Upcoming workshops are listed on the website:  Please be sure to register if you’re interested – all are filling up.

Of note: 

  • NEW:  Robin Whitford’s mandala workshop is scheduled for Feb 25, $65, location:  her home
  • NEW: Loretta Moore’s Canadian Molas (aka Canolas), March 28, $35 plus HST. Check out the upcoming workshops page to see some great images and find out more. Only 6 spots left. Registration will be opening up beyond Olde Forge members following the next Sat meeting (Feb 1)
  • Molly Colegrove’s workshop already has 10 participants. Registration will be opening up beyond Olde Forge members following the next Sat meeting (Feb 1)
  • NEW:  Sue Perry’s Flips, Slides and Turns tessellations workshop will be scheduled for November, $39 – $57, depending on class size and assuming we can use Maki House. It’s a fun topic, and something different

Rug Hooking Magazine Idiom Challenge Article Update

Deb Smith responded very positively to our submission of an article about the challenge. The article was to appear in the summer edition of Rug Hooking Magazine; however, Deb is considering including it in the fall edition instead. Apparently, there’s an article in the spring edition featuring speech bubbles – easier to share her comments directly:  ‘ …what fun you must have had doing these pieces!…This is not the same as your challenge article with idioms, but it is similar. I’m telling you so that you are not surprised. . . . . and, in fact, depending on how things lay out, I may hold your article for an issue so that it gets the attention it deserves and does not look like just the same thing. I’m just not sure yet. I sent all images I received and Deb will select what she feels works best – I didn’t want that responsibility!