Whew!

After going around in circles for several days, I finally came up with an answer to my colour  planning dilemma  for Signa Meus Vita (the symbols of my life)

While mentally going through all the options for the treble clef at the bottom, I even considered what it would look like if I used the very dark blue of the central spider. That’s when it hit me. Before settling on the very dark blue, I had dyed that colour in a much lighter dip dye, then discarded it for the richer deep centre…..but of course! That would be perfect for the treble clef. I wasn’t introducing a new colour, just a much lighter version. I would use it again at the top. This allowed me to use lilac in the motherhood symbol and make the peace symbol turquoise. I knew it was the answer the moment I thought of it.

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I’m very pleased with the rather serene mood I feel from these colours.

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Now I’ll ponder a background colour which I hope will enhance that quiet mood.

A Palette but no Plan

 

There was a fatal flaw in my colour choices for my Signa Meus Vita piece. I hadn’t thought about the fact that it is made up of a small number of large elements, and that didn’t leave options for enough repetition. My poor brain has been spinning this past week on how to place them.

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At this point I was blissfully unaware of the problem.

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I liked the bottom part, but the big blob of raspberry didn’t fit…..and all together it made me cringe….DSCF6613

….so it has been a great learning experience. While I loved this…DSCF6605

…….my piece with it’s large elements just didn’t translate to create anything like this . So back to the drawing board.

I reduced the colours in the palette…..removed the peach and the raspberry altogether, which allowed for more  repetition of the five colours I had left. I took the blue and dyed it very dark and used that for the central spider element…..something to anchor everything else.

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I went around in circles for days trying to come up with the best way to locate the colours, and finally just added a strip to each element in a possible colour to give me some idea of the outcome.  I make up my mind, then I think of something that I feel would look better, so I change my mind…..then the process repeats!!!!!  Yikes.

…..in the meantime….I thought the tears might look effective with something sparkly. I have a great gold ropey thread that would work well if I could find it in silver. Of course my local fabric store didn’t have that, but I found a fine sequin rope that I thought might be very effective. Well I was wrong again!DSCF6609

…after tugging the sequins through the backing, they wouldn’t all lay face up, so the effect was lost. (as well as the shape).

…attempt #2 at the tears…I was able to acquire part of a beautiful silk shirt that had been from Hilda Hayes’ stash. (I loved that I would have a symbol of that dear lady in my “symbolic” piece.)

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The photo doesn’t show it but the silk has a lovely shine.

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….so here it stands to date. I want to redo the green twist on the right….I don’t like the way I’ve manipulated the shading, and it’s too fat…..and I’m debating the possibility of replacing all the lilac with peach, since it also seems very subdued….who knows how it will end up!

My Creative Process

I know…I know….I was determined not to start anything new until I had done all the finishing on completed pieces. I didn’t mean to…..it just happened.

Well….sort of…..here’s what transpired. As I was whipping Lunenburg Harbour, I couldn’t help but think about what I might like to hook next, so I started clipping inspiration ideas for a large hall rug.

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I didn’t like it at all.  It was very literal, and everything just plopped down, but I did like the concept, so I started looking for symbols.  I liked the treble clef in the centre, not because music is any longer the centre of my life, but because its shape allowed me to overlay the other items around it. Then I realized that celtic symbols did just that, so I started researching them. That led to symbols found in other cultures, and I eventually ended up with a variety which I felt were all significant to me.

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I replaced the treble clef in the centre with an african symbol for creativity which would allow me to “hang” the other symbols on its arms.

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It’s a west African Adrinfa spider symbol called Anaise and denotes creativity and wisdom (but I’ll skip the wisdom part for me).

I drew several sketches which I either discarded or redrew.DSCF6602

A chain denotes friendship, but I couldn’t see a way to include one, so I searched other cultures for friendship symbols that I liked. I found the Maori Pikorua .

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(sorry it’s so fuzzy)

Married love and fidelity doesn’t seem to have been a high priority with “symbol makers” but eventually I found this lovely one…DSCF6600

 

After many tries, and thanks to a great eraser, I came up with a design I was satisfied with, then took it to the local “Copy Shop” and had it blown up to 36″ long.

DSCF6561 ……drew it on “red dot” then transferred it to my backing.

DSCF6583….male symbols for my three sons

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….peace in my soul, my life and my family….

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….marital love and fidelity….DSCF6588

…..happiness….DSCF6590

…..friendshipDSCF6587……….motherhood….and scattered throughout….the tears of sorrow and loss and grief….(the treble clef I dropped to the bottom to anchor the whole design.

At the same time I had no idea about a colour plan that might work. I just felt I’d know what it was when I saw it. (and I’m still not certain that what I have so far is what I’ll end up with).

I liked this photoDSCF6604oops fuzzy again….so I decided to try dip dyes.

This colour scheme caught my eye a few days ago. I think it’s done by Donna DiPalma and I ran across it on The Welcome Mat.DSCF6605

I got out the Jewel Tones swatches and came up with this….DSCF6606

….so yesterday I started dyeing a few samples and got these…..DSCF6572

…..which of course I had to try last night….

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It’s called “Signa Meus Vita”….the symbols of my life.

I will get back to the finishing…..just not sure when…..

 

 

 

And the Last Batch….

Several people have commented that they are seeing rugs that they don’t remember, in spite of having viewed them all several times. The same thing happened to me as I looked at Loretta’s photos on “Hooked By the Lake”. How individual we all are in what colour combinations, or designs, first catch our eye.  So here’s the last group of rugs that caught my eye at this year’s annual.

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….yes those are real turkey feathers….

DSCF6501 DSCF6502 DSCF6505 …..and I’ll end with these two……a very old rug….faded and worn…..DSCF6507 DSCF6508…..and its new life….hooked anew with all its vibrancy renewed.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s annual such a wonderful weekend, and thanks too to all the talented fibre artists for sharing their work and providing such inspiration.

More Annual Photos

It will be time for next year’s annual by the time I finish posting photos from this year!

These are a few of the rugs from the various guild displays, starting with Sunshine Rug Hookers.

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The rest are from various guilds, unfortunately I don’t know which ones. DSCF6451DSCF6452DSCF6453DSCF6455DSCF6456DSCF6457DSCF6460DSCF6464DSCF6463DSCF6466DSCF6467DSCF6468DSCF6469DSCF6471DSCF6472DSCF6473DSCF6474DSCF6475……..and still more to come in one more post.

 

Theme Rugs from the Annual and a Tribute to Judith Auger

I’m sorry to take so long to complete showing all the photos I took last week at the annual…..the weather has been so perfect here, and the wee veggie garden needed to be planted,  the car needed to go to the garage…….etc….but finally here is the next installment of fantastic rugs from Oshawa.

The theme for this year’s annual was “texture” and the display of rugs in the theme category showed a wonderful variety of ways in which using texture can either enhance or define a piece. (texture meaning use of textured hooking materials plaids, sparkly yarns, laces …or anything else you can hook through or attach to  the backing) I don’t have photos of all the entries, but here are the ones I have.DSCF6442

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These pieces were fascinating. I’m only guessing, but it seems like a “triptych” hooked perhaps by three different people, each with a different interpretation, and style. (the three different numbers showing that it is to be judged as three entries, not one) . I’d love to hear the actual story , if anyone knows.  PS…. Thanks to Susan Sutherland….here’s more info on these rugs…..they were hooked by three women from the Ottawa area, ( one being Barbara Lukas) and they were featured in an article in Rug Hooking Magazine.

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…..and the winner was….DSCF6441

….hooked by Barbara Lukas…. depicting her porch in winter. I’m really bad at remembering numbers….but I think she said she used 70 different colours to capture the snow and ice.DSCF6547It was so great to meet her and have time chatting over both dinner and at breakfast. I’ve still got pictures I took of the various guild group displays for another post.

Meanwhile…..back on the homefront…..Sunshine Rug Hookers were treated on Tuesday to the work of Judith Auger. Judith is a relatively new rug hooker, whose artistic talents are evident as she explores her new passion.

We share her with a group in Florida where she started hooking in 2012.

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Her first rug was for her husband, a scene from the maritimes recalling his youth.

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….such beautiful work for a new hooker!….her second piece…

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her first geometric….Judith isn’t a seamstress, and doesn’t own a sewing machine and she isn’t happy with the finishing on this rug. She plans to redo the binding over the summer. She is assiduous in searching for finishing techniques which will work well for her.

….to that end she has started this rug using Doris Eaton’s finishing method….(well she admits it is not exactly Doris’ technique, but her own interpretation of it)DSCF6557

Judith is so creative that she sometimes likes to just start hooking with an idea, and nothing drawn, and see where it takes her….

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….how beautiful is that!!!

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…she calls this one “Lagoon”.

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….We’re lucky to have her as a member at Sunshine Rug Hookers….even if it is only for half of the year.