Coffee with Deanne Episode Five

Well here is another one….I am really having fun doing these videos. I guess you may have noticed I am doing these instead of writing right now. At least for a little while.

This weekend is our big Grand Opening of Thirty Church : The Women’s Store so I am excited about that. We have a ribbon cutting with the mayor at 11:30 on Saturday.

This fall has been really exciting. On Monday we had a book launch with The Bethany Group in Halifax. It was an honour to be received by them and hosted. We all had a good time.

Today I plan to hook, and order wool in the afternoon but I am working in the women’s store in the morning. I love to be busy in the days and follow that with quiet evenings to replenish.

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Catherine Bussiere: passion

If you read my previous blogs you know that I spent some time with family in Quebec.

I’ve been back for I week now and I miss them all already.

During my stay I spent a lot of time with my nephew Eliot and my niece Léonie.

It was precious.

For them I made this short video. It’s about passion, creativity, beauty, nature. It’s a little dreamy thanks to the music by Chan Wai Fat.

The commentary, by Eliot, is in french.

Here is the translation:

“I make flies since I’m 6 or 7. It’s my dad that showed me. I like it a lot. Since then I make lots.”

“I like to know that this fly will go on the water, fish will see it. It’s fun when you catch a fish and it’s you that made the fly.”

“I like to fish because; you’re on the water, you see fish, you’re in nature, all of those things that brings you close to nature.”

“When I’m fishing… I feel like… with all my equipment, in the middle of the river… I feel good… I don’t know how to say it… I lose a bit the notion of time… I can stay there a long time… so much I like it… That’s it.”

 

Cheticamp Frames

So often we are asked about our Cheticamp frames that are made locally by Brenda’s husband Grant. He cuts down his own trees, dries the wood and makes it all by hand. A local machinist hand makes the gears for us. The frame originated in Cheticamp , Cape Breton as far as I can tell. I got my first Cheticamp Frame about nine months after I started hooking rugs and no other frame has worked as well for me. It is a hand made table stand frame made of solid hardwood.

Today I want to add some instructions about Cheticamp Frames and remind you why I enjoy my frame so much.

About the Frame:

It lets your hands remain free to hold your hook and wool. There is no balancing. The frame acts as a table so your rug hooking is always at the ready and you can sees most of your pattern at once as you hook.

This locally made hardwood frame is 40″ by 18″ and is about 32″ high. You pull a chair up to it and the height of your chair can be adjusted for comfort. It does not tilt but provides a flat table like surface that is taut and makes it easy to hook quickly. The gears come on the frame and allow you to roll a rug so you can hook a rug as long a you want and up to 40″ wide. It dismantles and can be stored under a bed when not in use. The frames coat $250 and shipping costs on this item is $100 in Canada and the US.

Instructions for putting together a Cheticamp Frame

  • You will get two rods, two leg stands, and a solid small metal rod for turning your frame, and some string for tightening the burlap to the cup hooks on the side.
  • Place the legs so that the cup hooks are facing in.
  • You might need an extra pair of hands as you do this. I do it on my own but it is helpful if someone can hold the legs for you as you insert the rods into the holes at the top of the legs.
  • Make sure that you put the rod into the legs so that the gears attached to the rod can connect to the gear locks that are on the frame. They should be able to work together.
  • Put both rods into one of the leg stands, then attach the other leg stand by putting the rods through the hole at the top of the leg stand.
  • The frame will stand now, but will feel wobbly.
  • You can now sew your pattern, using a sharp sewing needle and upholstery thread to the canvas cloth that is attached to the rod. I just use an over/under basting stitch, but I make sure my thread is very strong. That is why I use upholstery thread.
  • Turn you burlap so that the raw edges are folded in as you sew it on.
  • Once the pattern is sewn to both rods, you can use the black metal stick to turn the rods by inserting it in the whole in the rod. This will tighten your pattern.
  • You can also use the twine included to tighten the sides by threading it through the cup hooks and the burlap or linen you have attached to the frame.

    The frame has a set of rods with dowels that insert into the leg stands.

    The gear mechanisms on the leg stands and the rods work together so you must insert the rods into the legs so that the gears can work together

    When you order the frame it comes like this. This is great if you want to store your frame . You can store it under a bed.

 

Deanne Assembles a Cheticamp Frame

Dear Diary, Today in the storm, the mocker, who hardly ever mocks me any more (she says) and I went to the studio and made a video on my iphone, uploaded it to youtube, all by ourselves. I feel like I am four, and let go of my mother’s hand. Well I did have to have a five minute conversation with Hollis Bartlett, who helps me so much with my site after I made a mistake, but still I’m getting somewhere….

Mind you, it’s not a very good video, but it gets the idea across, about how to put together a Cheticamp frame, oh and you can see my new belt that I got at Gordon’s Ladies Wear. I love it.

New how to video; binding a hooked rug at Deanne’s Studio

Dear Diary, today we made a little show for you…Gwen and Katherine were binding the last rugs that I made as I was getting ready to update the blog so I decided that you might like to meet them, and see how they go about binding rugs in the studio.

You’ll get an idea how nice the women that work with me really are, how much fun we have, and what it is like day to day in the studio.

You’ll also learn a simple method for binding rugs that makes them look nice against the wall.

Deanne assembles A Cheticamp Frame

Dear Diary, Today in the storm, the mocker, who hardly ever mocks me any more (she says) and I went to the studio and made a video on my iphone, uploaded it to youtube, all by ourselves. I feel like I am four, and let go of my mother’s hand. Well I did have to have a five minute conversation with Hollis Bartlett, who helps me so much with my site after I made a mistake, but still I’m getting somewhere….

Mind you, it’s not a very good video, but it gets the idea across, about how to put together a Cheticamp frame, oh and you can see my new belt that I got at Gordon’s Ladies Wear. I love it.