Dream Big

I’m demonstrating for a day at the upcoming International Ploughing Match, and obviously have to have some hooking to do. Having just completed my last project, that meant I had to get something underway quickly. Hmmmm  what to do???  Cheri and Gail came to the rescue.  They’re both investigating “graffiti” which  is the theme for next year’s annual….and were amazed and excited about the scope and intricacy  of this “street art”. Sounded like a great idea to me.

…..something simple and not too big that I can get working on quickly…..this caught my eye. Not the colours, or the text but the style.

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…… then out with the pencils to sketch ideas. When I was satisfied with the lettering, I traced it with a sharpie,

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added some “extras”DSCF6761

….then headed to the Copy Shop and had them double the size to 17″ x  22″

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I don’t have a light table, but this is a small project, and I was anxious to get it underway, so I used the window method to transfer the pattern to my backing.DSCF6770

All this involves is taping the pattern to the window, then (having drawn the dimensions on the backing), taping the backing over top, and drawing the pattern directly. It’s not as accurate as my usual method, but great for a simple project. (just don’t save money by buying your green paint tape at a dollar store as I did….it didn’t stick well and kept slipping).

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Now my only problem is to go slowly enough that I still have some to finish while hooking at the ploughing match…..or I could begin planning my next project….

 

More Hook-In Photos….and DONE Hooking!

 

Here are some more photos of the pieces people were hooking on at Linda’s.

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Cheri is making her famous necklaces.

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I love Mary’s pastoral scene. It is so restful.

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….creative hot pads….

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Cynthia’s whimsical work….

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Liz has finished her owls.

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Ann was doing lettering on her Vimy Ridge piece

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….and an abstract by Gail.

….and on Friday, I pulled the last loop in Signa Meus Vita.

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….now out with the steam iron and press cloth….(if I can tear myself away from the sketches I’m doing for my next project).

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Medonte Hooking

No, Medonte is not an unusual new hooking style. In the winter the area is home to numerous downhill ski resorts, and in the summer it’s a wonderful place to hold a summer get together for the Sunshine and Huronia Hooking groups. (It’s actually a township between Orillia and Barrie in central Ontario) Many thanks to Linda for organizing and hosting this hook in / dyeing / plowing match collection / day.DSCF6729

On this perfect summer day, some hooked outdoors, DSCF6752 ….and some worked inside.DSCF6725

…but everyone….like Mary Lou and Ann  enjoyed visiting and catching up on the latest news.

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Linda helped introduce dyeing to a number of hookers…

and then they produced some dyed wool of their own.

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Charlene was thrilled with her results.

New hookers had the advantage of many skilled people to ask for advice.

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Here Gail was being consulted on a new hooker’s first rug.

While we all had a wonderful day, the real reason for this gathering was to collect and tag items to be sold or displayed at the upcoming International Plowing Match. It is expected that there will be about 20,000 visitors each day of the weeklong event so many have put in an extra effort to have plenty of items for the sales tables.

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Linda is an “organizer par excellence” and had a separate room set up and all the tags prepared for the job. Liz is putting the tags on her work…

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Cheri and Cynthia are doing the same. (Love how they are both peering over the top of their reading glasses.)

Many display items were brought (here’s a few)

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Cecelia’s amazing lion (only her second hooked piece)

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Cathy’s maritime village… and for me the biggest surprise of the day…Isabel’s rug celebrating the plowing match…..not quite finished…but will be in time for the event. I hadn’t seen it before, and it took my breath away.

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She designed this herself.

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….and the team of horses are so realistic, they look like they could plow that furrow right off the edge of the rug!!!

More to follow in the next post.   Thanks for stopping by.

Another Mea Culpa

It’s been awhile since the last post because (here’s the mea culpa) I went to an art show with dead batteries in my camera! We were at the delightful A La Arte gala last Saturday in Beaverton (the opening of their “Big Bite” festival), which for the first time included fibre art pieces. It was wonderful, but you’ll have to take my word for it. The best I can do is show you my three pieces that were included, with apologies to Sunshine rughookers Cynthia Young, Gail Mueller, and Liz Edwards, as well as a number of other wonderful fibre artists….and of course the traditional artists and sculptors as well.

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Sir John was there.

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…and “Black and White” made its first public appearance.

In the meantime, I’ve been working away on the background of “Signa Meus Vita” . The flash emphasizes the variation in background shades, they are not nearly as pronounced in real life.DSCF6719

It will be touch and go whether I have enough wool to finish it, since I used over 1/2 yard when dyeing the original darker corner colours.

I’m looking forward to a get together next Tuesday.  It’s a day long hook in and collection of both sale and display pieces for the Plowing Match. I have fresh batteries already loaded in my camera!

Don’t Do As I Do

Yes. My ugly habit of “packing” has reared its ugly head once again. It looks so beautiful while stretched tightly on the frame, but take it off and hang it up and it has buckles and bows in it that weren’t meant to go on shoes! For anyone who wonders what “packing” is…it’s pulling either the loops or the rows too closely together so that the hooking doesn’t lie flat when it is off the stretched frame. This can usually be corrected with a good steaming, but I want to fix most of it by re-hooking the problem areas.

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So after slapping myself on the wrists since I should know better, I’ve been fixing it as I continue to hook the background. In this photo I’ve already adjusted the scroll of the cancer sign, but there is still buckling in other areas, as you can see.

When I hooked this section of the background and hung it up, I wasn’t pleased with the outcome (quite apart from the packing). Let me back up and explain. I’m very much a visual learner. (which surprised me when I discovered it, because I have spent the majority of my life as a singer and vocal teacher.)….but I am not an auditory learner, I learn primarily by seeing. That’s why, many of my hooking decisions are made after I hang my piece and look at it for a period of time. I had been merrily hooking away on an echo background, letting the echos merge where they would….but in  this part, the background was all wrong…..whereas this part….DSCF6707

….the background was right. As I looked at it I realized that what I liked was the rippling out effect from the main body of symbols….It seemed to add life and vitality to what symbolically  was me. Now my hooking of the background is no longer without specific direction, and I will redo large parts to enhance that ripple effect.

These two supervise my every move and were obviously disgusted with my packed hooking…..Hopefully they’ll approve of the finished version a little more.

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