Australia Rugmakers at the Perth Craft Quilt Fair 2013
Here’s a lovely blog about rughooking in Australia. Wool, paradoxically, is less readily available there as almost all those lovely sheep fleeces are sent away for processing in Japan and Italy, I was told. So, alternative materials are very much the thing and creativity is HIGH!
Jo Franco, Australian rughooker, breaking the art vs craft barrier
Another post that fascinated me is about visiting rugmakers, addressing the perennial “Art or Craft” question. Can it not be both? We craft/create our rugs and mats with our minds and hands, eyes and fingers, and the creations can largely be classified as art. Here, Jo Franco shows her Totem pieces, at a Perth gallery.
More inspiration from Susan L Feller, plus a lovely Prairie Sunset mat!
Business Plans, etcetra.
Sharing with you some new patterns for 2015.
Karen Kahle’s latest rugs – including a romantic one called Jane Austen – lovely!
I wish I could see this exhibit in person but loved reading about it and seeing the beautiful photos.
Contemporary Fiber work at Schwenkfelder.
I love the colourful trees and cooler nights of fall. It’s the time of harvests and cozy curling up with a mat – currently hooking a Maud Lewis pattern I bought at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Queensland/Chester, Nova Scotia. Delightful visit; I got to their September hook-in and met up with email and blog friends, plus reconnected with others. What a wonderful world the rughooking community is! Gene Shepherd was there (a Director at Large of the HRMNA), Lucy Richard (of Wooly Mason Jar Dyeing), Lauri Troutman, Doug Rankin (of Highland Heart Hookery), all the Museum team – totally volunteer! – and so many more. The rugs being hooked were terrific, of course and the people friendly and enthusiastic. A wonderful day.
I also got out on the water for a lovely afternoon sail – and I was handed the tiller for the homeward journey! Lovely. Reconnected with friends and met new ones. Chester is a delightful place to visit; a bustle and freshness that only comes by the sea. It will have to hold me for another year.
‘My’ Maud Lewis is entitled: Model T on Tour. It would make a great wedding gift, I think. Fun to hook, as there is really no shading – just a little variation in the grass; otherwise, solid blocks of colour. Maud Lewis was an amazing woman, painting her heart out everywhere and on everything she could get her hands on. Her little painted house is now in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS (Canada) and it’s quite incredible that she painted so much and so often. The tiny house had no plumbing or electricity (in the mid-twentieth century, in Marshalltown, NS) but she and her husband Everett managed to live there for 32 years.
There was a wonderful fundraiser in Yarmouth NS this summer – Maudified Houses were painted by various individuals and groups, then erected around town and auctioned off at the end of the summer. The Friends of Yarmouth Art Gallery pronounced it a resounding success, raising nearly $20,000. Years after her death in 1970, Maud is still making smiles and being a very positive presence in the Canadian Maritimes and further afield. Her art is now highly collectible; though her work goes for many many times more than she ever received for it, her creative light continues to shine. It made her happy to make others happy, so her legacy is fitting. Maud’s folk art is supremely cheerful.
Where did July go? I was sick for most of it, so I guess that’s where, for me. I did get some hooking done, though. When my copy of Rug Hooking Magazine came, I was taken with the free pattern by Laurie Lausen of a little house with big flowers. So, I got out my linen and drew it out a little bigger than the pattern; it still only took a few days of intermittent hooking to finish it. I added a border, so as not to waste good linen, then a slight delay for the whipping and binding, but I pushed on.
I’ve also been busy with the website, Facebook page and newsletter for the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG). A little part-time work would be nice, I thought, and I obsess about rughooking anyway… plus it would give me something to show for all the time I spend on the computer and Facebook… It turns out to be a considerably bigger job than I planned on, but it is work that I enjoy, and I get a small stipend, so that helps, too. Here’s an ad I made up, which is in the current issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. The Guild is Ontario-wide and full of all kinds of rughookers–nearly 1000, with dozens of teachers in that number. From fine, highly detailed work, medium wide, often fairly detailed work, to the really wide cuts that I prefer. Not so much detail as suggestion. Visit the website at www.ohcg.org.
Diverse styles of nearly 1000 traditional rughookers make up the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. Have a look!
Then we had a visit with the grandchildren in Ottawa, mid-July, up at the camp that they all are at now. Our eldest grandchild is not quite 7 and was thrilled to be at sleep away camp for 3 1/2 weeks before being joined by the rest of the family for the 2nd half of camp season. Here are the two younger ones, enjoying popcorn before the real food arrived. A lovely day!
I just love Karen Kahle’s mats and blog – her colours and her unique style make every visit an occasion. The quote here is a great one and reminds me of one of my favourites – “The earth laughs in flowers” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It makes me smile, so expressive and unexpected. Milne had an excellent point, too – taking time to enjoy weeds and wildflowers is time well spent.
Finished rug for the Pan/Parapan Am Games in Toronto in 2015, as a part of the 41 rugs pledged by the OHCG to give one to each participating country. Hope they enjoy them!
This one is designed by Trish Johnson (Toronto), adapted for wide-cut, primitive style, and hooked by me. It’s been nice to be thinking about cottage country and summertime through this nasty cold snap. Mostly wide-cut and hand-torn wool, with some woollen yarn, on linen (pattern donated by Trish).
March 6, 2014
Tagged cottage country, hand-torn, hooked rug, mat, PanAm, Parapan, primitive, Trish Johnson, wide-cut, wool, yarn
Trish Johnson designed this rug and I hooked an adapted version (to accommodate my wide-cut wools vs Trish’s usual #3). Very enjoyable mat to hook.
March 3, 2014
Tagged canoes, cottage country, mat, OHCG, pan am games, primitive, rug, rughooking, wide-cut, wool