I love Canada. Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, and all the open spaces and cities I have yet to visit. What rug hooker doesn't love Canada? Rug hooking is practically a national sport there, particularly in the Maritimes. Some of my favorite customers live there. I was lucky enough to spend a week at a rug hooking conference back in Nova Scotia in 2005. Although based in Halifax, my sister Barb and I were able to visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenberg, and Mahone Bay. It was a great week in a great province, and I'm thrilled to say that my husband and I are heading back there in August. We are even renting a house owned by a rug hooker who runs a rug hooking shop in Toronto. I am looking forward to a week rich in wool and creativity at Deanne Fitzpatrick's studio, Encompassing Designs, Cheticamp, the Rug Hooking Museum of North America, London-Wul Fibre Arts and any other rug studio I can find. Of course, because I'll have my husband along, I'll also go biking and fishing and out to dinner, too. I can't wait!
So to all my friends north of the border: Happy Canada Day! I'll see you soon!