I’ve just returned from a week at Green Mountain Rug School–a glorious place. Above is a shot from Jule Marie Smith’s classroom. Below a peek at the gardens that are everywhere, including Suzanne Dirmaier’s gorgeous rug. I have many photos of rugs to post and will do so soon.
I’ve been dyeing to prepare for my week at Green Mountain rug school. I needed some more of the border colours. The light spot outlines all the motifs–I’ve already used over a yard of it. The dark colour was dyed over already darkish textures as pictured in the second photo. I find this gives the best results both in colour and hand.
And here is Fireworks with the centre almost all hooked and half of the border drawn. I always include a bird on my rugs and am just thinking about where the one on this rug will go.
Yesterday the Moira Mat Makers (the Belleville rug hooking group) gathered for our monthly meeting at Loyalist College. Our main project for the day was organizing for our show at the Corby Library in September. As we looked at all the rugs, we decided that it will be an outstanding display of talent and ingenuity. Below are only a very few of the rugs to be displayed. The opening night is September 1st in the library gallery on Pinnacle Street in Belleville. I hope that you will mark your calendars.
Joan’s streetscape–this is just one third of the rug!
And Luba’s story of the creation of the world. Again, this is part of an amazing triptych.
I should have taken more photos as the room was filled with rugs, but I got lodged behind my Fireworks rug, coming closer to my goal of finishing the centre and drawing the border before I go to Green Mountain rug school, one week today. YIKES!
Peruvian Images is finished. My very first rug Euclid, is of similar design. Both are from House of Price. Peruvian Images stayed in the cupboard for several years before I decided to start it last year. It is interesting to see the evolution. Euclid was hooked in 2006 on burlap, using #4 cut wool purchased at my first Annual in Lindsay in 2005. Peruvian Images is hooked on linen, with #5 cut and lots of textures, spot dyes and marblized wool, mostly of my own dyeing. Euclid is finer, more careful, more reserved. Peruvian Images is thicker and a bit riotous. Am I taking more risks these days? Maybe.
This wonderful Peruvian is from the Ayacucho region. I have had it on my computer forever, taking inspiration from the colours, geometric progression and whimsical insects. Here is where you can find more beauties.
I’m nearing the home stretch on Peruvian Images. I read some where a long time ago that you should whip your rug all round and save the corners for last. This may sound like torture, but the idea is that your corners are more likely to be symmetrical if they are done right after one another. It always takes me a bit to remember just how to mitre them!
I roll the backing towards the rug so there is no finishing after the whipping. This is always a relief at this stage–no tape, no hand sewing! I’ll take it off to the local cleaners to be steamed this week and then take a picture of the finished piece.
A lovely package arrived in the mail today from a lovely friend. What a surprise. Perfect gifts for a person who loves birds and wool. I can’t wait to hook with that delicious ball of colour. And Deanne’s thank you card is delightful.
This is a new bag made with my screen-printed canvas and a recycled leather jacket. I have drawn four birds which I am using for various projects. This is the spiky bird, a bird with attitude.
The bag has a leather bottom and screen-printed turquoise lining.
And here is my rug Fireworks, begun last year in Jule-Marie Smith’s class at Green Mountain. I am back at it after many months and will soon be designing the border. The finished rug will be 53″x72″ and I am about 2/3 done the middle section. I think the border will be a long project!
Last weekend at the workshop, I bought a skein of beautiful silk ribbon from Jennifer. It is fair trade and created by women’s cooperatives in India and Tibet using mill remnants. I have been using it as an accent in a new bag that I am making. I love the way it glows.
This bag is made of the smoothest teal leather with hooked panels front and back.
Good Friday tulips in my grandmother’s crystal vase–a tradition. In the background Bookhou’s wonderful alphabet.
I dyed the Briggs and Little two ply that I will use to whip Peruvian images–yes it is hooked. I used Prochem 1 tsp 818, 1/4 tsp 440 and 1/4 tsp 728, loosely laid the skein in a wide frying pan and simmered until the water was clear. Then I washed the skein on the gentle cycle and hung it to dry. Now to turn it into balls and begin to whip.