Playing with Embellishments

Yippee! My camera is back and fixed. What an annoyance it has been to be without it. I wasn’t able to take any photos of the second workshop I attended with Sandra Marshall so I’ll have to make do with sharing the project I have under way.


I haven’t touched it since, so this is what I accomplished in the two days of the course. What a genius idea she has created….a colour wheel sampler of  many many ways a hooker can embellish her/his work. DSCN0165

In the red section she taught us how to create bias shirring (mine leaves quite a bit to be desired…you can see that it does not all pucker successfully). Then we created needle felted balls which could be sewn on (seen below the shirring) or needle felted directly onto the hooking (top right corner) This was my first time doing needle felting, and I was surprised at how easy and effective it is. The background is hooked in with a variety of wools in the red family, and eventually each section will be completed the same way.DSCN0166In the orange segment she taught beading (alternating strips …shown down the right hand side),  couching (second row up from the bottom)…and as you move up…., hooking with yarn (leaving high loops so it will blossom)….ruching….with a wide strip sewn down the centre in such a way that it ‘wiggles’ when drawn up…then in the centre  fabric bundled shearing made from different sized circles of wool.


In the yellow section she taught scrunched applique with felted”sushi” on top (the two coloured larger yellow ‘circle’) once again, mine is not very good and will undergo some ‘renovations’ so it is a little more ‘scrunched’. My colours are also a little too close, so the 3 ‘sushi’ layers don’t show to advantage. (mine looks more like a 3 day old dried up egg yolk). There is a small wool circle with felted ball on top, and then (one of my favourites) weaving.….where a strip of wool is woven through hooked loops.


The green section features a trapunto leaf. It is stuffed giving a 3d effect and the edging is couched to the leaf before it is attached to the backing. It still requires some embroidery detail on the top.  At the top is a spider web rosette. Mine is not completed and will be coming out. I want the colours to be more distinctly green, but you can see what a beautiful embellishment this makes. I can think of countless ways to use it. More shirring is still to be added to the section. This time done with narrower strips.DSCN0170

The blue section has a fabric bundle with a felted ball (a  Jennifer Manuel method) and a two colour chain stitch, as well as a yarn bundle using strips of interesting yarn to create the ‘flower’. (mine will likely get an additional haircut).


The purple section features standing wool circles (quillies). Apparently it isn’t technically a quilly unless it is done with paper. One of the Sunshine members used this technique last year when making a bag to hold her hooking tools, and it is absolutely beautiful.

Around the quilly is a ring of caterpillar shirring sewn in place to create an elegant edge.


The centre has been felted with black fiber, and eventually I’ll add a felted ball of each of the colours of the colour wheel.

Wow! What a learning experience. Sandra packed an amazing amount of information into two days while at the same time giving us time to try it all with her expert assistance close at hand. There were a lot of smiling faces at the end of the two days .

The first workshop was of course on needle punching, and my camera died before I could post my efforts… here it is just underway..DSCN0141

….then a little further along…..DSCN0142

….this time from the back (the side you work from)

DSCN0163….and here it is at present (showing the front)…almost done. It has certainly been fun…and punching is much faster….but it would take a lot of adjustment for me to get used to not seeing the front of my work as I progress. Since I also love the beautiful evenness  of the cut wool strips, I don’t think I’ll be making a switch from hooking to punching any time soon. It does however provide another option (you can teach an old dog new tricks, but she may not like to give up the old ones).

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Here in my neck of the woods, winter has arrived with the first significant snowfall of the season.



Venturing into Punch Needle

What a week! I attended not just one, but TWO workshops…… one learning punch needle, the second investigating embellishments for our hooking. Both were given by Sandra Marshall  and  each was a wonderful learning experience. If you have a chance to attend either or both…..jump at it!

The  punch needle class was one day long, and since we were all hookers, the transition was quite simple.

Here is just one example of Sandra’s punch needle work.


Advantages:  it’s quicker than traditional hooking, you can use balls of yarn with no need to deal with smaller strips and ends (although normal wool strips can be used). The needle determines the depth of the loops, so once the technique is mastered, all the loops will be a consistent height.

Disadvantages: You work from the back so your work is always up-side-down. Your pattern will be a mirror image of your completed work (makes lettering tricky) and you can’t see your finished product as you are working on it.

For a “colourholic” like me, the array of fabulous wool brought by Sandra was spine tingling.

I chose my pattern, and wool (made some changes and added some of my own wool as well after this photo was taken) then Sandra suggested the size of punch needle that would be best for my wool.DSCN0114

A lesson on technique, and before long we were all busily at work.


Some people chose one of Sandra’s pre-drawn patterns, some used her templates to draw one of their their own, and some brought patterns from home. DSCN0123DSCN0129DSCN0125DSCN0131DSCN0132DSCN0130

Everyone was having a good time.DSCN0111DSCN0115DSCN0116DSCN0113Seeing Sandra’s work was a wonderful inspiration.DSCN0119DSCN0105DSCN0106DSCN0103DSCN0104DSCN0121The next two used wool strips rather than wool yarn. DSCN0117DSCN0118A super day…..great learning, fun working, good friends , and yummy food (thanks to Brenda).

I did take photos of my efforts, but my wonderful new camera has turned out not to be so wonderful after all!  It is on its way back to the manufacturer after refusing to upload any more photos to my computer. Hopefully it will be back soon and I can continue with a blog about embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stained Glass in Fabric

Last week at Sunshine Rug Hooking, Linda Wilson gave a demonstration about hooking stained glass. Without my camera, I thought I’d missed my chance to share this technique, but as it happens, I wasn’t the only one to forget last week, and several people brought their stained glass work to share this week. So I wanted to show that work, and for those who may never have tried it, outline some basic steps to achieve the effect.

I have only hooked this one simple example, and you can see that I’ve never done the finishing. I always wanted to surround it with a real stained glass frame, but somehow that has never happened.DSCN0094

The day I got this pattern is one I’ll long remember. I had just started hooking, and my friend June Baker and I struck out one February day  to drive to Sheila Klugescheid’s house some miles away, to purchase hooking supplies. A raging snow storm blew up when we were on the road, and by the time we arrived, we had to struggle through about a foot of freshly fallen snow to get to her door. I found this pattern, and Shiela helped me choose the wool, then gave me the quickest lesson ever on how to hook stained glass. We couldn’t stay long for fear we would be completely snowed in.

Here’s the essence of her instructions for anyone who hasn’t tried it and might be interested….

Choosing wool:

-a dark colour for the leading (mine is deep taupe)

-spot dye or casserole dye for the background and details

Cutting wool:

-carefully keep the strips in the order in which they are cut and hook them in order (I used two sided tape affixed to cardboard to keep them in the right order)


-Begin with the leading ( she suggested I cut it a size larger than the regular size,,,,in this case #4 for leading, #3 for the rest)

-Hook each section in straight lines (Shiela suggested sections touching go in opposite directions….although some people hook it all the same way)


Edie brought three examples to share today. Rather than a spot dye, she used a dip dye for the gowns.


This little tree is mounted on actual stained glass.




Jean made this piece for her mother.DSCN0088

She said she wasn’t pleased with it because she couldn’t keep the leading lines straight.

Her second piece didn’t start out as an underwater scene, but as she hooked the foliage, that’s what it suggested to her so that’s what it became. To keep the leading lines even in this one, she “tunnelled” the loops. DSCN0089

When she said this…someone in the group said, “I thought you weren’t supposed to do that! ” ….the reply?  ” You’re not….unless it creates the effect you’re after” How true for almost every “hooking rule” there is.

Kathy brought some examples of quilted and appliqué stained glass.DSCN0083


What a wonderful way to decorate the house for Christmas. (such a talented lady)

Last week If I’d had my camera, I could have taken photos of beautiful  examples by several other people and included the extensive directions that Linda Wilson shared with the group . I apologize to them ( and especially Linda) for neglecting to do that.

Teresa has had a very productive fall. Along with a number of knitting projects, she has completed her shaded flowers piece,…..


…..and a hit and miss rug for her bedroom,DSCN0092

Congratulations Teresa. Love them both.

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Dyeing The Colour Wheel

Early in November I’m attending a workshop and I’m to bring 1/16th yard of each of the colours in the colour wheel. So Friday I got out the dye equipment and got to work.DSCN0065To begin with….. Although I dye my own wool and do my own colour planning, I am by no means knowledgable when it comes to colour theory. In spite of trying, my eyes glaze over when someone starts discussing  split complementary harmony or analogous or tetrardic harmony………I rely heavily on the fact that I am a visual learner, and end up making my decisions based on what looks right to me. (and very often rehook what I’ve done because it DOESN’T look right to me). I’d probably save myself a lot of time and effort if I just followed the rules….but what’s the fun in that? So I even had to hunt for a colour wheel to refresh  my mind on the colours I needed to dye. Perhaps I’ll finally remember what they are and their order having done this exercise.DSCN0066

I began by going through all my dyes to come up with as many single dyes as I could that might give me one of the colours I needed. I don’t have  colour swatches to refer so this was the simplest method for me. Starting at the top and going clockwise, I chose Pro Chem Sun Yellow, (I thought plain yellow was too ‘lemony’) The pen indicates yellow orange (don’t have a dye that colour) Cushing Orange, Pro Chem Poppy Red for orange red, Majic Carpet Red, and under it Pro Chem Magenta (ended up using magenta), Majic Carpet Red Violet, Cushing Purple, Majic Carpet Blue Violet, both Cushing and Majic Carpet Blue (ended up using Majic carpet) , for blue green I thought (whatever that cushing dye is or Pro Chem Mallard Green …..neither of which worked) I thought bottle green would be a true green (wrong), and the last pen  in the place for yellow green .DSCN0068

Next I checked my stash to see what colours I might already have…..I found yellow green………yellow……and yellow orange.DSCN0069That left me with 8 colours to dye.

Most were straight forward. In checking “bottle green” I found it was distinctly blue green… I used it for that. The mallard Green was actually the closest to a forest green, but still a bit blueish, so I added a wet toothpick of  yellow to the dye bath. (I drop a bit of the dye bath on a paper towel to check colours before dyeing).

DSCN0072Here are my 8 colours on the line .DSCN0071

You can’t see the colours very well in this shot, but I like the look of them against the trees.


Here’s my colour wheel  ready for the workshop. (although I may dye a different orange….the one from my stash is pretty dark)

I dyed each piece in the microwave….so much faster when dyeing small pieces. I used 1/16th tsp of dye to  1 CBW (cup of boiling water) for the dye bath and added vinegar to each dye bath itself. (probably could have used less in many cases…as sometimes not all the dye was taken up when the wool was at a satisfactory colour) The dye bath is added to boiling water in a microwave safe bowl (I have some designated plastic bowls for microwave dyeing) and set to cook for about 5 minutes . (longer as needed)

…..not scientific, not perfect, but fun and quick. (the whole dye session took me about an hour) and I love the results.


Now to see how they are used at the workshop.

Happy Halloween everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

Finishing Up

Well I thought it would be a quick little project.   I mean ….how difficult can it be to hook up three 4.5 ” mug rugs. Thank goodness I started several weeks before I needed them, because the glue is just now drying on the edging…and the birthday party is only 3 days away.

So what took so long? The gingerbread  one I did first was straight forward….until I looked for more of the background wool to cut for the edging. NOPE…..not to be found. GONE! I searched for ages. I found every possible shade of beige, tan and brown except that one. So after wasting most of an evening, I finally decided to do the edge in black to match the bottom. It matches the back, but certainly wasn’t my first choice.DSCN0062I wish now I had done the background in white. At the time, I chose the light tan so that the icing on the gingerbread man wouldn’t be lost, but it doesn’t match the mug as well as I’d like.  (you can see the wet glue a bit, but that will disappear when it dries)

The moose with plaid background was the one that took me the longest. I began by outlining the moose shape with the red, then filling in the body. Then I realized that was the wrong colour, and redid it in  black.DSCF7781

I made one totally false start on the plaid, and ripped that out as well. After a google search I found an example of a hooked plaid on the internet, and was able to figure out how to do it from looking at that……hooking vertical rows and skipping ditches, then horizontal rows between. I figured out a plan on paper, and it went pretty well until I came to the parts where I had to skip over the body of the moose. That took a lot of adjusting, ripping out and rehooking, but I’m finally pleased with the outcome.


Part way through, I realized that I didn’t have to worry about how to squeeze those ends in on the top……the back is covered, so I could just leave them on the wrong side .(sometimes I’m a little slow to see the obvious!)

I left the holly to the last and didn’t anticipate any problems.  Wrong again. The little cluster I drew was a mess when hooked, (my husband had no idea what it was supposed to be) so out it came, and I started again.DSCF7780

I redrew a totally different version and then just hooked  three of the leaves. DSCN0024

I used left over pieces from a blue green dip dye and some acid yellow green.

DSCN0027…….but when I put it next to the mug….the light blue green didn’t go at all……….


…..out came all the lighter sections of blue green, and I added more of the yellow green.DSCN0064Finally, I’m happy with it.

Next, I’m about to venture into the world of punch needle. Sunshine Rug Hookers are sponsoring a workshop (well 2 workshops actually) in early November and I’m looking forward to trying something quite new (for me). I’ve always admired the little miniature punch needle pieces in particular, and I’m looking to trying it and using some of my large stash of crewel wool  which has been neglected in a box for many years.

Lastly, while I was working on the mug rugs, my trusty camera gave up the ghost, and completely died. I really can’t complain. I had had it for about 10 years, and in this age of planned obsolescence, that’s not bad. So I’m now the proud owner of a brand new one, but I’m still learning how to manipulate all its bells and whistles (note the poor setting choices in the photos of the “in progress” mats). Now to just remember to have it with me all the time…..

So now with my new camera in hand, dreary November (my least favourite month) about to begin, and my nesting instinct kicking in, I’ll endeavour to post here more frequently.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hooking Mug Rugs

I remember seeing and loving some mugs with matching mug rugs hooked by various members of a group, and displayed one year at the annual. I’ve searched through all my photos, and I either didn’t take pictures of them, or they didn’t turn out.

That’s a long winded way to introduce my next little project…..making mug rugs for three relatives whose combined birthdays I’ll be attending at the end of the month.

My first chore was to find suitable mugs with decorations that I could use as the basis of the hooking. Two are men, so that cut out all the flowery feminine mugs . I spent a long time browsing in our local Hallmark Store and came up with these three. DSCF7776

They’re so nicely packed, I’ve just shown the boxes…which show what is on each mug.

I started with the easiest one…..(not pressed yet so it’s still a bit wonky)


I made  a failed attempt at hooking the plaid for the moose mug. I took it out and thanks to a photo I found of hooking a plaid, I’m ready to try again. DSCF7781

I know Luise Bishop has taught how to hook a plaid, and when I get it down, I’ll share it here. (I think it involves graph paper, and hooking both horizontally and vertically)

I haven’t started the third one yet.

DSCF7780Although it will need a teeny tiny cut, I don’t anticipate a problem. I think I’ll try doing the berries with a knot (a la proddy flowers).

I’ve been remiss in posting lately. I didn’t forget my camera at R.U.G…. I FORGOT TO GO!

Actually I’ve been enjoying a visit from my son and his girlfriend from Calgary, a lovely family Thanksgiving, and  spectacular fall weather.DSCF7736My son’s girlfriend is a glass artist, and gave me these six wonderful hand blown tumblers.DSCF7740

Each is unique and I treasure them all.

Well I also have to admit that another distraction has been a lot of nail biting and cheering while watching the Blue Jays!

….and with views like this at the end of the street, it’s hard to concentrate on hooking.

DSCF7765DSCF7764Those trees will soon be bare, and then I’ll  snuggle down with my hooking frame in earnest to enjoy snow flakes and winter.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunshine Hookers at Work

It’s s great to be hooking again each week with the Sunshine Rug Hookers……. to see what everyone is doing… rugs have progressed, and what new projects are underway.DSCF7683

Fiona has finished more of her wonderful ‘Green River’…showing her and her husband on the dock of their home. DSCF7684I was particularly impressed with the forest at the top and her use of purples and turquoises for the evergreen trees… effective.  What a keepsake this will be.DSCF7685

Joanne was doing a remake on this delightful piece. It was a pillow, which she was de-constructing to become a flat hooked mat or wall hanging. The three circles stand for love, marriage and motherhood. (if I remember correctly). DSCF7688

Ann was completely sold out of her stars at the Quilt and Rug Fair, with requests for more, so she was working away on a new batch. She is using an orangy-yellow soft  ribbon”y” stuff to create that sparkly effect. (I’m sure there is a proper name for it)

Karen and Mary are finishing up their pieces from the fine shading course they took with Linda Wilson in the spring.

DSCF7686This is Karen’s. Her dramatic background colour sets off those flowers so well.DSCF7702

Mary is also using a beautiful deep blue background.


Chris and Brenda attended a class during the summer with Bea Grant. It was on combining penny rugs, appliqué, and hooking. Chris is applying her ‘show binding’ to her appliquéd crow.  Brenda promises she will let me photograph hers when it is done. (going to hold you to it Brenda)

Gail and Cheri have just returned from their yearly hiking trip in New England.


With no hooking project underway, last night Cheri quickly drew up a Christmas banner, and got it started this morning.

Gail brought along a number of t-shirts she bought at a sale they stumbled on during their trip, and she was getting them ready to use as the background for a new “wonky” Christmas tree piece.DSCF7700

Judith is sewing the binding of this lovely geometric. DSCF7704

The background is Harris tweed recycled from a skirt she found , gave away, and eventually was given back. Quite a background to that background!

Gail L. is starting this lovely bell pull.


I always love Elizabethan designs.


Marion is making a hot pad. The colours and designs are reflective of a painting in the dining room of the friend that she’s making it for.DSCF7706

Isabelle is nearly finished this welcome mat. Love the chain border, and the lettering.


The larger cat is to receive a new grey nose that will show up against the background. Right now that kitty can’t smell the flowers.

Jeanne is completing this Rittermere pattern that she bought on a sale table at R.U.G. Some of the flowers had been completed, and the wool was included.


Jeanne had no idea how old the piece was, but she said the burlap was hard and rather brittle. She had an ingenious way of coping with that. She sprayed the whole thing gently with cooking oil and massaged it into the burlap. It is now soft and flexible. How smart is that.


Erma’s beautiful oak leaves remind us that tomorrow is the first day of Fall.

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Liz said she completed this rug a year or so ago, although I don’t remember seeing it before. She is also an accomplished spinner and uses her own yarn to great effect in her hooking.


…..using a combination of wool strips, purchased yarn, and her own wonderful colours. (she spun the bronze/gold wool shown here). She uses a lot of mohair which she feels gives her wool extra vitality.

Diane is completing Hilda Hayes’ last rug.


Hilda’s granddaughter drew the picture  and Hilda was in the midst of hooking it for her new great granddaughter when she became too ill to complete it. What a special keepsake it will be and what a lovely gesture by Diane to complete it.

I had every intention of taking pictures  at the Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair last weekend, but once again, I forgot to take my camera. I am still hopeful of receiving photos taken by others, and if I do, I’ll be sure to share them.

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Background Creative Process

As with all my hooking, creating the background for Grumpy Owl is an ongoing process. After failing miserably with my first attempt (the blues), My inspiration came from this misty moon photo.3684907-moon-over-the-sea-moon

I took a yard of Dorr natural, and ripped it into 1/8th yard pieces. I began by dyeing each one with 1/128th tsp golden pear. One piece I left that way for the surface of the moon. The others I spot overdyed with a variety of colours, singly and combined……pink sand, cantaloupe, mouse grey, clay, and charcoal (1/128th tsp) (pro chem colours).

This is what I ended up with….DSCF7656….these 6, plus two others with double the golden pear background (which I didn’t like)DSCF7659The moon is now underway.

DSCF7657…and I like the general background effect.DSCF7660I added some smudgy wisps of clouds in front of the moon……..and darker colours toward the bottom. To make the edges of the moon a little brighter, I edged it with one row of #3 cut Dorr natural.DSCF7666I felt I didn’t have enough contrast, or deep enough colours for the bottom, so I overdyed these two pieces with pink sand and mouse grey.DSCF7670…the jury is still out on the bottom part.

I discovered that while this piece was too bright and had too much contrast….DSCF7671

if I flipped it over and used the other side…..DSCF7672….it was muted and created lovely highlights.

I still felt that the moon didn’t “pop” quite as much as I’d like, so last night, I removed the outline strip, and the 3 cut highlight, and added a wider outline in Dorr natural.DSCF7675

I don’t particularly like it close up, but, but from a bit of a distance, it gives the moon some backlight “glow”.


It has been a while since I’ve done this large a background in a 4 cut…..I think somebody keeps enlarging the spaces!

I’m looking forward to the Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair at the Simcoe County Museum which runs from Sept 18 to 20. Drop by if you can. It is always a feast for the eyes, with many disciplines of fibre arts on display and for sale.

I’ll be sure to take my camera.

Thanks for stopping by.

Back Up and Retool

I haven’t pulled a loop in over two weeks, and that doesn’t happen very often. Here’s the first reason….DSCF7639Ray and I accompanied Baxter on a lovely camping trip. Great swimming, walking , relaxing and many wonderful  memories from past years when we had family camping get togethers in this provincial park with up to 30 relatives, huge pot luck dinners, and hilarious yearly scavenger hunts. I remember my niece saying at the time “I wish I could make time stand still”. ….but of course time doesn’t stand still….so Ray and I made new memories this time on our own as we celebrated our wedding anniversary with a very special dinner at the delightful Globe Hotel, a nearby restaurant at a 200 year old Inn  in the tiny village of Rosemont. Oh the food was soooooo delicious!

OK…that’s my first excuse for not hooking lately. The second is this….DSCF7635After dyeing all the wool for the background, I was excited to hook a bit to see the effect, and it didn’t take long to realize that while the wool is beautiful, it is too striking to use as the background. It immediately draws the eye away from poor Grumpy. Not what I want at all.

So now that I’m back home from camping, have had a long talk about this problem with my friend Jean, and looked at lots of inspiration images from google, my current plan is to insert a moon and misty dawn sky that will enhance but not overpower the grey owl.

I found this “royalty free” image , which really caught my eye, and is the essence of what I’d like to achieve in the background.3684907-moon-over-the-sea-moon

At this point, I think I’ll use my trusty “pear yellow” as the base colour with something greyish brown (like clay) for darker sections, and something a bit “peachy” to add a bit of dawn blush. …. (I’m only looking at the top half) . That’s the present plan, and subject to change when I start trying things out.

Stay tuned for further developments. The dye pots are going to get some exercise.

Birds of a Feather…

Oh my….I realized a few days ago that I have some tweaking to do on Grumpy Owl. The tips of the feathers on the left are too dark, and the transition from light to dark on the right is too abrupt.DSCF7621I added a bit more shading to the transition from light cheek feathers to the dark head ones.

Before……DSCF7619….after….DSCF7624….a very subtle difference, but I feel batter about it. On the other side I changed the dark tips for a lighter tone, but then discovered a larger problem.

DSCF7622….for some reason, I began shading each feather dark to light (left to right) then realized after a full evening’s work, that the shading was backwards. It needs to be light to dark…like the other side of his head.DSCF7625So while I was waiting for the gumption to take out my mistake, I decided to dye some wool for the background. DSCF7626I love the colours, but I won’t know how they’ll work until I try them out. The photo shows them brighter then they really are, but you get the idea.

Still not inspired to redo the feathers, last night I began work on the fence. My idea is to have it a weathered grey (but a different grey than the bird) . I began outlining with a dark plaid. (Just an aside here….and reminder to myself …..when I cut the plaid with a #3, it was a bit “hairy” or “ravelly”, so I gave it a quick hand wash with soap and warm water and then dried it in the dryer. It fluffed it up just enough to make it much nicer to hook with)

DSCF7630Then I gathered up some possible colours for the fence.

The lightest is for the spaces between the boards. The main grey is wool left over from my barn project.DSCF7634I’m trying the fencing in an 8 cut , but I’m not sure yet if I like that. DSCF7631….or the colour. I’ll let it settle in my mind for a bit before I make a final decision.

I just bet I’ll start on the background colours next. I have absolutely no patience waiting to try something I’m excited about hooking. Fortunately with this medium that’s not a problem.

Finally I want to share the wonders and frustrations of technology that I’ve experienced today. For some reason, my computer would not upload my photos from my camera, and after trying everything I could think of, I finally messaged my son Mathieu in Calgary for help. He made several suggestions and finally wrote “try rebooting”. Voila! It worked. …but then he mentioned that he was not in fact at home, but rather eating breakfast at a restaurant with friends in Victoria British Columbia. ….my own personal technician who offers advice while eating bacon and eggs thousands of miles away…..

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