Our first community rug hooking sale was a success. The picture above was taken on the day of the sale. Visitors came from the community, the school and the local clinic. Everyone was impressed with the work and twelve pieces sold. I think the work is remarkable considering that these rug hookers were new to the craft and produced this quality of work after just three weeks. What I think is most notable about their hooking is the background of the rugs–the design and the use of colour and value. It is what makes these pieces stand out. And as we neared the end of our time, the supplies became leaner and some of the later pieces combined t-shirt and nylon strips to good effect.
We hooked every afternoon for three hours but some of the women were truly bitten by the rug hooking bug and continued to hook at home–by kerosene lamp! The following two pieces were produced that way. I love how Francesca created a frame of branches in the piece below and how Catherine, in the final piece, used a variety of texture and colour to create a vibrant background.
And here we are at our celebration party.