I’m so very behind in getting this out, but I figure better late than never! Unfortunately I do not have a lot of photos of all of the other beautiful work that was on display. Due to my schedule, I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to really take a good look at all of the wonderful pieces.

Two weekends ago was the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) Annual here in Ottawa. What a fun and busy weekend! I was so fortunate to have been selected by the organizing committee to have a Featured Artist exhibit at the event. So on the Friday I went in and got it all set up. Their team did such a great job of hanging everything. Friday night I returned to the venue for the Social. Was so nice to meet so many people that I had only met online before, and was super nice to catch up with people that I know but hadn’t seen in a long time.

On Saturday afternoon I taught the first of my two “Tulips: Hooking with Yarn” workshops. The rooms we were given for teaching were perfect- big windows with lots of natural light for choosing colours. I had a great group of students who were willing to get really creative with their tulip projects. It was a really fun class! Before my class started I managed to sneak in a few minutes to wander the exhibit and do a little shopping from the vendors. So many vendors were there! It was then that I also discovered this- I won an award! I was legitimately surprised. I hadn’t anticipated that at all. But I am thrilled that my work was recognized in this way!

Sunday afternoon I was teaching my second workshop. It was another great group! I really loved teaching at this event. Everything was so well organized and there was so much attention to detail throughout the weekend. It was also pretty exciting that I sold one of my new woven/hooking combo pieces at the Annual! I had sold another one earlier that week as well, so it has been great to see so much support for my new work. I am so happy that they have both gone to good homes.

Throughout this month I have been volunteering once a week in a school, teaching grade 5 and grade 6 students how to make hooked fibre art. We have two more sessions to go and the kids are really embracing the technique and enjoying themselves doing it! This week I am also visiting the Rideau Valley Boots & Baskets Guild to teach my “Nature & Landscapes” advanced class. I’m excited to spend time with this group!

I’ve been getting little pockets of time in to work on the book, but I am planning to work on it more intensively next week once all of my teaching has slowed down a little bit. Just a reminder too that I am teaching a Beginner Rug Hooking with Yarn class here in Ottawa on June 13th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. You can email me at marzipanroad@bell.net for more information or to register.