I’m having a show in Toronto, opening September 28. Some of my rugs and other hooked pieces will be there, but also some canvas and recycled woollen things. More details to come, including information about the hooking workshop which is being held in conjunction with the show.
On October 15, I will be giving a hooking workshop at Bookhou in Toronto. We will be making a small trivet so I have been experimenting using different colourways. Above you see two samples of the same simple pattern. (The topmost one is Arounna’s lovely photo.) Below is the pattern again, not quite finished, this time with a light background and dark flowers. For fun, I added a wavy ground and a sun. Each time I hook it, something different happens!
Arounna will have all the details posted on her blog before too long. So if you are interested, circle the date!
For now Fireworks resides at the cottage. We spent a few wonderful days there this past week and I managed to finish one side of the border. It is a BIG rug. However, sitting by an open window with a view of the water is the best.
There was also time for other activities including picking blueberries which are amazingly abundant this year. While we do eat them now (best with Kawartha Dairy ice cream) I love to freeze them for a taste of summer warmth in the darkness of winter.
Molly Peacock is one of my favourite writers. (www.mollypeacock.org). Check out her biography, Paradise Piece by Piece, and her How to Read a Poem. You won’t be disappointed. Her meditation on craft from her latest book The Paper Garden captures what I think is the magic of creating.
“Craft is engaging. It results in a product. The mind works in a state of meditation in craft, almost the way we half-meditate in physical exercise. There is a marvelously obsessive nature to craft that allows a person to dive down through the ocean of everyday life to a seafloor of meditative making. It is an antidote to what ails you…is a key to understanding one’s personal wealth–and acknowledging that wealth in others, too.” (p.288)
The lovely photo of my hooking basket was taken by my friend, Nora.
This is the second in a series of bird chair seats. I began this one at Green Mountain and finished up hooking yesterday. Still must steam and sew on the backing before it can rest on a chair. The glowy bits are dyed nylons and silk ribbon from Jennifer.
This doesn’t seem like much progress for 5 days of hooking. But if you subtract the designing time, the pulling out time and the visiting time, it doesn’t seem so bad. I’m set now for the rest of the hooking, but I think the border will take as long as the centre of the rug.
Here is the second corner I finished. I always try to include a bird in my rugs, sometimes hidden. But this fellow is in a prominent place- the rug seemed to need a little levity.
There were many, many outstanding pieces in the classrooms and in the student show which was held both during the week class and the weekend. Yes, I was lucky enough to be there for both! Below are just a few of the pieces that were worked on in the classes. I will post the rugs from the show soon.
and a selection of Artist Trading Cards: