March Sunshine Hooking Part 2

We had several guests with us at the last Sunshine get together, and enjoyed seeing their work. I’m not good at remembering names, so please excuse the errors and omissions.DSCF7377Janice is doing Whirligig, a pattern by Suzanne Hill.

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Elizabeth is enjoying her introduction to rug hookingDSCF7390

This is a one end of a very large rug designed by Martina Lazar. The colours just pop against that light background.

The fishes below will be hung as wall plaques.

DSCF7400I was very interested in how they were being finished. I have always avoided hooking convoluted shapes, because I had no idea how one would bind the edges.DSCF7401This hooker (I apologize for not knowing her name) has come up with a wonderful method which not only provides a great finish, but sets off the vibrant colours with the black edging. She is using material like a bias tape which surrounds the raw edges and hides them completely when sewn in place on both sides.DSCF7402I’m surely going to remember this method, and if I ever get the nerve to attempt such a moving edge, I’ll give it a try.

Anne was hooking stars.DSCF7396….and Mary Ann is building a funky house….DSCF7378

Our knitter/hookers were also hard at work. I drool when I look at their wool.DSCF7398

Those colours are such favourites of mine, and I so admire the picot edge on Kathy’s work. Who would want to cover up the beautiful detail in Theresa’a socks by hiding them in shoes???DSCF7399

If and when I get back to my own knitting, I’m going to try knitting socks from the toe up.

Gail….I know for sure I took a photo of your knitting, but my camera gremlin must have been hungry and swallowed it….because it is nowhere to be found!!

I’ve been enjoying hooking Hilda’s English Sunset. I’m only sorry it is so small, and I’ll soon have it finished.DSCF7410

 

Happy hooking. Thanks for stopping by.

 

An English Sunset for Hilda

After the passing our our dear Hilda at age 97 last year, her daughter gave her wool to the Sunshine rug hookers.

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We sold most of it and donated the proceeds to charity, but there were still many lovely pieces left. Mary Lou Justason and Linda Wilson came up with a wonderful idea and put it into action. They divided the wool into about 40 groupings and gave one package  to each of the the Sunshine members. We are now each creating a small hooked piece with this wool to have as a personal memento of our friend. We are planning to show them at R.U.G. and then invite Heather (Hilda’s daughter) to see them all at a meeting in May.

The package I chose was primarily navy, pinks and purples, and I decided to hook an English seaside sunset.

DSCF7363It’s tiny (just 25 cm. x 16 cm……sorry I can’t find an imperial ruler…but that’s approximately 10″ x 6″ ), and I added yellow orange/red and teal from my own wool.DSCF7367

Then, since Hilda’s wool was mainly solid colours, I  used the transition dyeing method (doesn’t use any dye), to create variation and highlights.

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….and ended up with this….DSCF7375So now I’m having great fun creating this little English sea scape, and imaging that Hilda is enjoying the view as well.

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Jean has created “Hilda’s Garden” with her wool.DSC03694

…..aren’t those little quillies delightful?

I’ll share what everyone else makes in a later post.

At our meeting this week I was working on “Hilda’s English Sunset”,  and here’s a glimpse of what everyone else was working on.DSCF7397Joanne’s adorable owl has a very ‘mola’ look to me. DSCF7404

Gail is hooking an abstract bench seat cover.

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Marion was off visiting when I snapped this photo, so I have no explanation for her work.

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Helen is continuing with her abstract moon/ night sky.DSCF7405Charlene told me the title of her lovely dressed tree, but unfortunately but I’ve now forgotten (so sorry Charlene).

DSCF7392Edie is coming along with the background of her floral piece. That lovely mottled background just makes the flowers pop.

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Isabel is just getting this rose underway.

DSCF7388Linda’s grandchild painted this tile and presented it to her. Fearing that it was fragile, and might not stand the test of time……..DSCF7389

…….. she has hooked a replica of this very special keepsake.DSCF7381Liz’s necklace is the inspiration for her present project. A gift from he son-in-law, it is a maori symbol called a kora….DSCF7384

 

….and she is hooking a tribute to it….DSCF7387……using sari silk, and wool which she herself has spun and dyed.

There’s more to show, and I’ll include the rest in a second post.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Good News and Bad News

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my son Mark gave me a wonderful new Imac computer (I have three wonderful sons who all spoil me). What a fantastic surprise, as my old Mac Mini was limping along on its last legs. The bad news is that although my old photo library is on the new computer, I haven’t yet figured out how to get it from documents to iphoto and can only access the photos by thumbing through them 1 by 1 (and there are 10,000 of them). The post I had planned to do required photos from the library…soooooo…while I sort that out, I’ve been finishing up my zentangle piece and I’ll share that.

The padula flowers were toned down by adding colours from the swirly section on the other side.DSCF7341

DSCF7346….and then I brightened the swirls a bit by adding more of the light tan.

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I know many teachers say to start in the middle and work out, but in this case, the middle was the very last thing I did. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to hook it.

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I settled on two shades of each of the main colours, and I really like the effect. I made two mistakes in hooking it though….can you see them? I’ve decided to leave them both there. (what group is it that always put an error in their work since God is the only one able to create perfection?)DSCF7362

So just a few rows of black around the edges to go, then steaming and whipping.

Mentally I’ve moved on to the next wee project. “An English Sunset for Hilda”

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….and I’ll tell you all about it next time.

Thanks for your interest in my hooking adventures.

Searching for Balance

Every piece I hook presents new learning experiences. I think that’s why I love hooking…..in this very simple art form there is always so much more to learn.

The challenge for my zentangle is how to make a cohesive picture out of six totally unrelated designs. I took the first steps in reducing the colours. Next was to balance their placement.DSCF7334

I felt happy with the yellows at the top and bottom, and the muted dip dye background around the top centre padula. I removed the yellow from the bottom right segment, and planned on blue padulas with some sort of contrast colour in the echoes…..perhaps the very dark blue.DSCF7340

Then a new consideration hit me. I liked the look of it but the vibrant colours totally would overpower the muted section on the opposite side, and unbalance the whole piece. Now what?

Out went the dark blue idea, and I decided to try the sand beige and blue green from the muted section to tone it down and tie the two sections together.DSCF7341DSCF7343

The light blue is still  too bright, but for now I’ll carry on and make a final decision later.

(I know Cynthia…I’m overthinking again….but I’m having fun in the process)

Colour Testing

My Zentangle needed a mental overhaul!

I began the hooking thinking of the separate sections, with no view to the whole piece. As a result while I liked the individual parts, the piece as a whole was ugly. When I think about it, it’s much the same process I went through when hooking Signa Mia Vita. Both times I had chosen too many colours for the pattern. (and my monochromatic taste)

SOoooooo….with a view to balance in the placement ….I did lots of pulling out.

This….DSCF7229became this….DSCF7333

…and there were two other areas as well, but I don’t have photos….I had the red/pink in a couple of areas, and it was all  removed.  My original idea of having it “go with” the hall rugs has been scrapped. These colours are in those rugs but that’s the only similarity…..and….I’m a happier hooker.DSCF7331

This loopy tangle is quite muted and quiet.DSCF7332

…while the blue triangles really pop with the lime green edging and black bckground. DSCF7334

It feels much more cohesive now, and I’m once again happy to hook on it. ….and that’s good…since the Brier Curling started yesterday, and I’ve got a week planned cheering on the amazing shots of Canada’s best men’s teams, while snuggled up with my hooking.

Eye to Eye Part Two

More from the International Women’s Day Art Show. I just loved the wide variety of media used, and the countless ways in which the theme  “Eye to Eye “was evoked.

Amazing colour in these abstracts:DSCF7256DSCF7250DSCF7265DSCF7285I found this fascinating. The figures actually show up much more pronounced in the photo. They were barely visible to my eye in real life.

…these tender personal works…DSCF7275DSCF7276…and this wonderful lady inspired by “steam punk”DSCF7308

She’s well prepared for all eventualities with those glasses.

DSCF7272This was painted on myriad pieces of wood…what a unique canvas.DSCF7287

….and this large standing piece had raised cut outs, which were painted on the opposite pieces on the other side. (how did I miss taking a picture of the other side???)DSCF7314…inspired by a totem pole…DSCF7300…whimsical…and full of hidden details..

and  I’m sure  the style must have a name…but I don’t know what it is..DSCF7280There was a lot of beautiful photography. These two examples were especially powerful for me.DSCF7247These are photos of various nebula, and in the centre of each is superimposed a photo of a minute organism. The universe in its extremes.

The next is the same woman showing the passage of time and the effects of life. I found it very moving.

DSCF7269Actual eyes were featured in many works.DSCF7281DSCF7252The next and my last two photos are the pieces that I think of first when I am telling someone about this wonderful art show.

This work, moved me deeply, perhaps because I am a mother of three sons, and can only guess at the agony it evokes. My stomach literally knotted as I looked at it.DSCF7311

The mother, with memories of her precious son as a toddler, is now helpless and in pain as he makes disastrous choices. I will never forget this powerful piece of art.

…and this painting which made me laugh out loud when I read the title …….. Fifty Shades of Green.DSCF7292

….do you see the hunter and the hunted?

The exhibition is on until May 4th, at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. This is just a small sampling of the works on display.( I always get so caught up in looking that I keep forgetting to take photos. ) Do come and see it if you are in the area, You won’t be sorry.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Eye to Eye

DSCF7271Saturday (Feb 14th) was the opening of the International Women’s Day Art Show at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, and what a wonderful exhibition of the talents of women in this area. Not just the traditional art media were represented, but a wide variety of fibre art, sculpture, photography, and mixed medium pieces all representing the artist’s vision of the theme “eye to eye”.

Five  members of the Sunshine Rug Hookers  have their rugs on display.DSCF7237This is Cheri’s whimsical take on the theme.DSCF7251

Cynthia’s thoughtful study,

DSCF7264Gail’s wonderful 3D “I”DSCF7260……my Hijab… DSCF7302

….and Jean’s spectacular “Hamish”.

Other fibre pieces…DSCF7304DSCF7283DSCF7245

mixed media…..DSCF7261DSCF7262DSCF7238DSCF7299DSCF7298…this was one of my favourites

there were sculptured 3D pieces…..DSCF7294DSCF7328DSCF7307DSCF7315

zentangle….DSCF7323…….and many many more to come in the next post.

What a celebration of women and their amazing talents.

 

Tangling with Zentangle

Usually when I start hooking a piece, I have a general vision in my mind of what I want the finished product to look like. But not this time! Nope….I have no clue. So I’m “hooking in the dark” so to speak, trying stuff out, and discarding a great deal of it until I come up with something that pleases my eye.

I started out using a 6 cut, but quickly abandoned that for a #4. I couldn’t get the detail I needed with the #6.DSCF7230I hope the lime green will stand out better when more is added. As it stands…I’m not impressed.

I think this is the third set of colours I’ve tried in the “drape” design, and I plan to dye a lighter version of the green to add some variety. It certainly doesn’t set my heart afire with this combination.DSCF7229The ribbon loops please me so far, but I have no idea yet what style or colour of background to use in this section.DSCF7228I dyed 6 different colours of the yellow, planning to have the rings of this flower section get darker as it went out. I found it needed the blue for contrast, and now I’m debating how to proceed..DSCF7226The variegated blue is hooked with an overdyed plaid which I used in the hall rugs and really like. However, there is very little of it left, so I must use it wiselyDSCF7227

So far so good with the triangles. I like the blues. ….background black???? or the ribbon taupe???? ummmm…don’t know yet. DSCF7225

It’s quite a mishmash of unconnected elements at the moment, but hopefully I can eventually tie it all together to create a unified zentangle sampler.

A cold day to start off February, and a good one to stay inside and hook while I enjoy the Canadian Junior Curling Championships on TV.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Hooking With Friends

I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s day in January than curled up in a cozy chair by a fireplace, surrounded by friends, and hooking, visiting and eating home made soup for lunch. That’s just what I did yesterday at Helen’s . We were surrounded by inspiring hooked pieces on her walls.DSCF7201

….this hooked by Deanne FitzpatrickDSCF7202…and this wonderful tryptic also by her…DSCF7203….these finer hooked pictures…..

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and delightful small pieces scattered about the room.

Ann was working on her famous stars…DSCF7214

DSCF7199….which sell faster than she can make them.

Cynthia is creating a piece inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her illustrations of Alice in Wonderland.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/04/18/yayoi-kusama-alice-in-wonderland/

Cynthia’s creativity, use of varied materials, and free form hooking, have me holding my breath to watch this unfold.DSCF7210

The beautiful fuchsia is a sari silk and fairly glows in real life.DSCF7211

You can see the wide variety of colours in the “white” background already.

Jeanne was sporting the necklace she made at Jennifer Mauuel’s workshop.DSCF7196 DSCF7197

….while she has nearly completed the background of her  “Four Seasons “.DSCF7195

Helen is hooking a piece inspired by by a “Happy Winter Solstice” card produced by the Syracuse Cultural Workers.DSCF7209

….it  depicts night and day above and below the moon.

I was working on my Zentangle sampler.DSCF7217

….while Mary was corking ….DSCF7198

….with some beautiful coloursDSCF7207

and Kathy was knitting a shawlDSCF7194…..while wearing a poncho she made…DSCF7216

….decorated with a beautiful hand made broach…DSCF7215

…and Wendy popped in later with her knittingDSCF7212

….what  talented friends I have……….what an enjoyable day.

 

 

Transferring my Grumpy Owl Pattern

In the past, I’ve used quite a variety of methods to transfer a pattern onto my backing but this time I am using a “makeshift” light table. Ray acquired a large sheet of plexiglass which is destined to become a proper light table, but in the mean time it will work when propped up on chair backs with a goose neck lamp underneath.  DSCF7174

…and instead of being the job of many hours, it is completed in mere minutes.DSCF7185I absolutely love it…..BUT……..having drawn it….I now want to hook it in a style more faithful to Mathieu’s “dot work” original. I just can’t see cluttering it with a variety of zentangle patterns….so….

Back to the drawing board. I must have a zentangle example hooked for R.U.G. in May. I found a great site called Linda’s Zentangle Patterns and started sketching ideas.DSCF7187

The three patterns to the right are ‘knightbridge’ , ‘drape’, and at the top (my favourite) ‘coral seed’. The two on the left are my own.  I then decided that I would make it to fit the top of an antique washstand that sits in my front hall. That measures 14″ x 30″ …so I reduced that size in half twice, and sketched a plan.DSCF7188

I added another pattern, aptly called ‘triangles’, then I redrew it to the right size, and set up the light table once again.DSCF7193

I made some changes as I went along, but here is the pattern drawn on the backing (with some changes to come still)DSCF7191

Since it will be in the hall, I plan on using the same colours as my hall rugs (here’s an old ‘in progress’ photo showing most of the colours)DSCF2422

I’ve got some dyeing to do in my immediate future. I don’t think I have any of that wool left.

In the meantime, I’ve been working away on the white background of my bunny piece.DSCF7186

He’s nearly finished. I can’t wait to get these new projects under way. Why is it that starting something new is always more fun than finishing something off?

Thanks for stopping by.