First, Peg Irish. This piece, Fall Mosaic, has over 2000 1″ squares, some recycled from other hooked pieces, glued on to a backing. I’ve included a close-up so you can see the textures and variety including embellishments. Below that is another fall scene. You need to stand back to truly appreciate these wonderful pieces.
I have been at Hooked in the Mountains in Burlington Vermont this week. This is a spectacular rug show in a spectacular part of the coutry. There are over 500 rugs in the show! Doing a post on the ipad is a tedious process, so for now I’ll just give you a taste. This is Davey DeGraff’s marvellous depiction of her grandaughter, Ava Blossom.
For the third year in a row, the sun shone on the Campbellford hook-in. This hook-in in this charming town on the Trent Canal is one of my favourites. It is a beautiful venue, the host group is generous with food and prizes, and lots of rug hookers with inspiring rugs are in attendance. I didn’t get a chance to photograph all of the rugs I admired, but here are a few.
First are Jane Holland’s frog and Marg Dooher’s geometric. Both pieces use colour and texture to great advantage. The turquoise in Marg’s piece is dazzling–it demonstrates how a familiar pattern can be made extraordinary by thoughtful use of colour.
A piece that caught everyone’s eye was this calendar rug by Rosemary Malone. The pattern comes from Christine Little in Mahone Bay. Each month Christine sends a pattern to participating rug hookers who hook it and add it to their calendar. Rosemary has won the contest for best month twice and is waiting to hear about June. Her personalized details like the railway tracks in the June piece and the red high heels in March are what makes it so delightful.
I have recovered my interest in my big rug with the Annie Dillard quotation at each end and have been hooking away on it. Of course we had a very rainy, cold weekend at the cottage and sitting by the fire, listening to music and working on a rug is a great way to spend a wet day. I’m working through the design block I’ve had about this rug and soon I’ll show you what I am up to–but let me just say that my fellow rug hooker, Liz, made a casual comment about my hooking in circles–or did she say going around in circles??–and that was the germ of the rest of the design. Interesting how it goes.
And here are a couple of sketches I managed to do when the rain held off and I could actually get out on the water. I’ve been using a Fabriano Venezia watercolour sketchbook (this book is happily available in my local art store). This is the second of these books I have tried and I really like the paper and size and weight of the book. I wish it opened up better–but now that I’ve read that review, I’m working on giving the book more ‘encouragement to lie flat’.
Fifteen Moira Mat makers took a Kilim workshop with Anne Boissinot this past weekend. Anne provided us with an amazing array of examples, an overview of the history of Kilims, and a full package of templates to help us design our own Kilim patterns. It was a busy three days with lots of colour planning and problem solving. By Sunday, everyone had a design on their backing — each one with a story and each one different.
Templates are carefully cut out, traced on the backing and then the hooking begins. Anne was there to support and inspire through every step. The Moira Mat Makers say a big thank you to a wonderful teacher. I am sure there will be some incredible Kilim rugs at the next annual!
I am just home from the annual meeting of the Ontario rug hooking guild held in Oshawa this weekend and I wanted to share some of the winners of the rug display. There were so many wonderful rugs but, as always, it was hard to do justice to them in photographs. Here are some I managed to take. Our local rug hooking group was very proud that Mary Anne Keast’s wonderful piece was the winner in the pictorial category. Some of the other winners are pictured below: Barbara Lucas in the Mad About Texture theme category, Pat Lawson in the wide-cut category, Susan Clarke’s carpet bag in the original category and Jocelyn Gordon’s Animal Puzzle won the Craft Ontario Affiliate Award.