Sunshine Progress

The Sunshine Rug Hookers meet each Tuesday morning from September until the end of June, so we are wrapping up another successful year, with only two more weeks to hook and visit together until our summer break.

We meet at Rotary Place, our local community centre, in a spacious meeting room with windows on each side overlooking two ice rinks.

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This week I finally remembered to take my camera (with fresh batteries) to catch up on what people were currently working on.

Several members had taken a “shading” course earlier in the year with our talented Linda Wilson and were working on projects started with her.

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Gail brought in a unique project to show us. Earlier in the spring, we had all been rather taken aback to watch her hooking a totally plan black textured piece in even rows. This from someone who is wildly creative and loves vibrant strong colours. I know my reaction was…”Gail….what on earth are you hooking!!!!”

Here’s the story……She has a lovely collection of pins and broaches, and decided that rather than have them sitting in a drawer, they should be displayed and enjoyed in her home. Soooooo….here’s what she made. DSCF7568

A wonderful wall hanging to be enjoyed and have the selection readily at hand for wearing.

I took a peek at the back to see how she had managed to create a firm piece that would hold the weight of the pins and secure them without sagging….DSCF7567

….she mounted the hooking on (I can’t think of the proper name) that firm board that is used for mounting photos, then stretched  the hooking using strong fibre (I think she used the linen backing fibres).  Her sister Cheri has advised her to add two more rows of the corked edging around the outside to create a larger border, so that is in progress and you can see the loop of it at the top. Didn’t I say she is creative?

Two of our Sunshine Hookers are kept busy producing items that are constantly in demand. Ann Hallett regularly has large orders for her stars, and so she can frequently be seen surrounded by her lovely celestial creations.DSCF7585

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Cheri Hempseed on the other hand is known far and wide for her delightful portrait necklaces, which promptly sell out whenever she puts them up for sale.

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I admire them so much, particularly the patience and detail needed to create these small beauties (they are about 2″ x 3″).DSCF7493Her’s a photo of Linda Wilson wearing hers.

The rest of us were working on a wide variety of projects. Here’s a peek….DSCF7579

Brenda is starting a Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern I’ve not seen before.

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Margaret is making maple leaf coasters, which may end up on a sales table if her husband doesn’t see them first.

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Jeanne is hooking a log cabin piece, and wishing she had chosen to do it in a 3 or 4 cut simply because then her choice of worms would be endless.

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Edie is thinking of fall already…

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Marion is doing crewel work for a change of pace.

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…and on a sadder note, Jean is completing Barbara Wilson’s unfinished hooking. Barbara died recently , and we will miss her a great deal. We celebrate with her family, her long and wonderful life filled with the joy of a loving family and extensive world travels.

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…and finally here’s Gail’s rendition of Sheila Klugesheid’s pattern.  I had such a hard time getting her to hold it low enough so we could see her smiling face.

Our final get together this year will be at Couchiching Beach Park, for a pot luck lunch and a day of hooking. I’ll be sure to take my camera that day to record the fun.

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

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

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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.

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….while Mary was corking ….DSCF7198

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

 

 

Sunshine Hooking in our New Digs

Finally! I remembered to take my camera to a Sunshine meeting, so I can share what my hooking friends are up to. As usual, there’s a wide variety of wonderful work underway.

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Jean is working on a Maude Lewis piece. I love those oxen…they have such personality.

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Our creative Cynthia, is hooking a “wonky” Christmas tree. She intends to cut it out and applique it to a blue silk background. She has used a  variety of materials as well as yarn to create the “bling”.

Gail is also hooking a “wonky” Christmas tree.DSCF7101

….this one quite large, and also using a variety of hand cut materials. The reds she  spread out to choose from are spectacular..DSCF7102

That hot pink is to die for!

Mary is creating a Christmas tree hot pad…I suspect it will be used before long.DSCF7110

Linda is also hooking a “hot pad”…(and I just now realized it should be rotated ….since the tea is actually being poured into the cup)….sorry Linda.DSCF7104Sitting beside her was  this amazing little bag she made to keep her tools in. The flowers are done in “Quilly” by rolling up strips, sewing through them for shape, then sewing them to the background, which is then hooked. Oh I wish I had more patience with creating “little things”.

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Speaking of “little things”, Cheri is creating more of her very popular “lady” necklaces. They are bought up as fast as she can make them.DSCF7113

Our other Gail is hooking colourful daisies…DSCF7105

Luise is finishing her little piece done in memory of Hilda Hayes (using Hilda’s wool)DSCF7123

….she’s also finishing up the wings of this beautiful 3-D angel.DSCF7124

Fiona is working on a piece she began at a workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick….instructions were….draw something important to you, and draw it BIG.

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….so this is Fiona and her husband standing on their dock in front of the Green River (just started….green of course). It will have two borders…the second having a variety of wild flowers common in this area. I can’t wait to watch this wonderful piece develop.

Karen is creating this path to??? . I’m not sure if she will eventually tell us, or leave it to the imagination.DSCF7114

This musical piece is for Liz’s grandson in New Zealand.DSCF7126

Jeanne is working on the background of this piece which has all of her grandchildren’s names.

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Jeanne acquired this piece at a sale at RUG. It had been a  from a workshop on landscapes, and a bit of it was already hooked. Rather than end up with seven small pictures, she decided to hook the four seasons, plus an evening and morning sky, and dedicate it to her grandchildren in one large rug. I hope they don’t fight over who gets it.

Apparently this Hex symbol was supposed to be done in primary colours, but the hooker’s preference  was for more subtle tones..DSCF7111

Isabelle found her sweet primitive bunny on a sales table as well.DSCF7117

This exquisite Initial has Waldoboro work in the centre.DSCF7120

….and this geometric will become a colourful hall runner.DSCF7119

Edie continues with her floral rug…DSCF7122

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….and Judi was sorting worms.DSCF7112

All of this was happening at our wonderful new location….Rotary Place…..DSCF7136

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Yup! ….another hockey rink. Now what could be more Canadian than that!

This and That

First I’ll finish up showing the items being worked on at our day long hook in last week.

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Gail is making good progress with her railway rug ( the story of this rug is in the post entitled “The Spring That Isn’t”)

Here are some more pieces being hooked for the ploughing match.

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Ann has completed her pig. I love the border. Those look like maple leaves in the corners

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This is going to be a mobile, with the hearts glued back to back. What a super idea. Can’t wait to see it finished.

I have finished my six trivets, which were inspired by motifs found in various Klimt paintings.

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I didn’t like the 6th pattern I drew, so I did another version of the turquoise and red one, this time in yellows and black.

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There were other personal rugs in progress.

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Marion is hooking a copy of a stained glass she has in her home. (I think it will be a pillow, but I’m not positive.

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I love the dress in this Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern which is underway. There are the distinctive dots around the edge (a unique DF trick).

I love the story behind this piece which Charlene has under way.  Her friend was an accomplished artist, but was severely injured in an accident and can no longer paint.

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(please excuse the poor quality photo) The socks represent various members of her family.

Charlene is hooking a copy of this painting as a gift for her friend.

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Now for an update on my Sir John cartoon.

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Originally I had the text on the cake (as it was in the original cartoon), but I soon realized two things. 1)……there was an awful lot of background dead space. and 2)….even using a #2 cut doing script that small would be REALLY difficult. So I decided to move the text off the cake and into the background, where it could be considerable larger.

It took several tries to decide on  a cut and style that I liked.

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Using a #2 cut with a #2 cut outline wouldn’t lie straight…it needed the #3 cut as the inside colourDSCF6210DSCF6211

I liked the black lettering, until I put the white around it, and then it was too puny.DSCF6217I finally settled on a #3 cut white inside, outlined with a #2 cut black.DSCF6218I think I’ll just put a maple leaf on the cake.

The Spring That Isn’t

Although spring has officially arrived, here in central Ontario we are still gripped with winter weather. This morning the temperature was – 17 C  (almost 0 F), and yesterday we awoke to a fresh snowfall of  23cm (nearly 10 in).DSCF6197

I took this this morning from the balcony door….the snow on the balcony is waist high, and the bank in our neighbour’s driveway is well over 6 feet high. No tulips or crocus for us in the foreseeable future!

SO with smiles on our faces, and boots and heavy coats still very much necessary, a few of us got together to hook.

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Gail is working on a wonderful piece for the Sir John A MacDonald 200th birthday celebration. As Canada’s first prime minister, MacDonald was largely responsible for the development and implementation of the railway system across our vast land which was a vital cornerstone of confederation.DSCF6181

The symbolism in her design is inspired!. The map of Canada is created from the smoke from the engine, and the background shows the aspects of the country from sea to sea. The rails run into the Pacific in the foreground, then as you move east  into the background, you see the Rockies, the wheat fields of the prairies, and at the horizon tiny details of the east. Wow!

Others were working on items to show or sell at the ploughing match.

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Ann’s sow is well on its way.

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….and I’ve completed my 6 trivets which will be on the sales table.

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Woops! Well that must be a freudian slip! I like these 5, but not the 6th so much, and mysteriously there is no photo of it!

Teresa found a treasure through a sales venue (I can’t remember which one) . For a very reasonable price, she got a sit on frame (I’m really jealous), plus a variety of wool etc, plus this Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern (already begun) and all the wool to finish it.  She said it was really difficult to get going on it since someone else had started it, but she’s off and running now.DSCF6177

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I had hoped to have Baxter all groomed by now, but we only managed one session on the grooming table…..but indeed under this….

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….so now it’s off to the grooming table to reduce the wooly body to that of a sleek gentleman. (well at least sleek….anyone familiar with schnauzers knows they are monkeys not gentlemen!)

A Tribute to Helen Brown

I have been so remiss this fall in recording the monthly tributes we have at Sunshine Rug Hookers Meetings. I have managed to be absent for every first Tuesday so far. Fortunately, another rug hooker took some photos of Helen Brown’s hooking and sent them to me so I can share her lovely work which was featured on the first Tuesday in December.

Helen hooked with a group in Toronto until moving to Orillia a few years ago, and we are so happy that they decided to move north. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She has a daughter living in Halifax, and travels frequently to the east coast, often taking classes with Deanne Fitzpatrick in Amhurst. She says much of her hooking reflects Deanne’s influence. These playful, colourful maritime houses and the treatment of the water all reflect the Fitzpatrick style. (as well as the high freeform hooking which I seem incapable of doing….although I have tried).

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This was Helen’s first rug. She told me she ordered the pattern ( by Ann Hallet) from Rittermere’s because she liked it so well, never realizing she would one day be hooking with Ann in the same group. I’m sure Ann was pleased to see this lovely interpretation of her pattern too.

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A striking wall hanging with the faceless people so characteristic of Deanne’s style, as well as the skillful use of so many colours and shades of green to create the grass. Helen is also a skilled knitter, and made the beautiful sweater she is wearing .

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The piece on the left is a closeup of a portion of a red trillium, inspired by another workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick.

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Her ‘in progress’ abstract piece which at first glance seems to be in blue…..but…..

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On closer inspection, has a myriad of related colours.

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….even the youngest present was fascinated and needed a close up look.

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Regular readers will be familiar with this unique piece. Last June Helen travelled to Cornwall and took a week long course with Dianne Cox and Sue Dove. This is the result….a deconstructed version of a favourite recipe of her mother’s (I watch the Food Network, that’s how I know the term “deconstructed” ). The recipe itself is written in the bottom right. Her story of the creative process they went through during the course was fascinating.

Helen is always ready to try new and different techniques. This one for her milk weed pod combines her hooking and knitting/crocheting abilities.

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She started by crocheting the shape of the pod into the backing. She then picked up the crocheted loops with a circular knitting needle on one half, and knit the shape of the pod. This was then stuffed with “fluff” and then knit down to create a 3 dimensional milkweed. It was finished by hooking the top with “curly locks” yarn.  I wish I had another photo to show the full effect and the wonderful 3 D milkweed pod.

Our Christmas Pot Luck and Hook In will be on Tuesday, and we’re all going to experiment with hooking alternate fibers. I’ll make sure I take my camera!

Back From the Maritimes

I’m still catching my breath from our wonderful trip to the maritimes. One of the highlights (apart from our daylong visit to the Rug Museum of course) was a visit to Deanne Fitzpatrick’s store in Amherst Nova Scotia.

Now there’s a store that makes patrons feel at home! We were given tea and oat cakes, and invited to take pictures and browse at will. The walls are full of Deanne’s wonderful rugs. An art gallery and a shop all rolled into one.

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I was in heaven.

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…amazing abstract….all in reds

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…..inspired by Klimt….

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…Deanne’s signature ‘faceless’ ladies….

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….now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t carefully read the cards posted with each rug (I plead wool and beauty shock)….because as I look at the picture of this rug, it seems unlike  Deanne’s style, and I’m wondering if it is one of her very early rugs, or perhaps is done by someone else.

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When I took this photo, I thought I was finished shopping….but no….it seems there was lots more I couldn’t live without.

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This was the yummiest table of goodies. I couldn’t resist buying the little pattern on the top of the two sheep (my maiden name was Lamb, and my sister and I always exchanged “lamb themed items”) ….and I bought  a packet of “white” yarns, laces, fleece etc as well as small bits of wool to hook it.

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….then in the back knitting room…I found this pile of Pendleton wool garments….I can never resist Pendleton pieces, and I chose the muted blue plaid….5th down from the top in the middle. Now when I look at this picture, I’m kicking myself for not also getting that black watch shirt just underneath it. Black watch plaid is so useful for everything and my stash of it is running low.
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There was a table of similar purses with an interesting background…..they are made by a group of women in Kenya, who grow the fibre, dye and weave it and create these beautiful bags (I chose these colours to go with my winter boots, but there were many colours available). Of the cost ($50) …..$40 went to directly these women, and $10 to the local foodbank in Amhurst Nova Scotia.
These Kenyan women (mostly grandmothers) support their entire village with the sale of these purses, which are brought in and distributed by a Canadian gentleman. When I read about them, I had to have one, and I just love it!
There were many highlights on my wonderful trip to the maritimes, and visiting Deanne’s shop is right up there near the top.

Sunshine Rug Hookers Meet Again

After the summer, Sunshine Rug Hookers always meet for the first time on the day after Labour Day. We get off to a running start since the Rug and Quilt Fair is held on the 3rd Saturday of September at the Simcoe County Museum and there’s lots of preparation necessary.

It was great to see what everyone had been working on over the summer., or  starting as a fall project.

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Someone had started hooking this polar bear with nylons and decided that nylons weren’t for them…..gave it to Luise…and she is now going to do her magic

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Edie is just beginning this piece called A Yard of Chicks.

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Hilda continues with her project…..well into her 90’s and with very little sight, she is an inspiration for us all.

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Jeanne’s project is applique rather than hooking. She is making a fall table centrepiece. This woman is a wizard with a needle and thread.

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Jan is working on a Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern which she started while taking one of Deanne’s on-line courses. It’s called Poppies on the Edge of Town.

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Mary  is working on  a pattern by Deanne’s sister. (what a talented family)

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At first Teresa didn’t want me to take a photo of this, but she relented when I said what a good story it would make. She had watched the video of the Doris Eaton method of finishing, and liked it on the first rug she did it on. (black tape and a black background). After getting part way through this piece, she realized she didn’t like the white tape against the grey background, and is now deciding how to fix it…..the grey will come out, and it may end up all white, or at least white around the edges….final decision still to come…..learning point….the background and the tape need to match for the best results of this technique. (she points out that what she really should have done was dye the tape to match the background before applying it.)

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Diane is making coasters to sell at the Quilt and rug Fair….but it looks more like wearable art here.

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Kathy didn’t bring a hooking project, but in fact was doing the most important chore of the morning….preparing the sign-up sheet for coffee and goodies for the year. (We hookers need sweets and stimulation to keep going).

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Helen has finished her unique memory rug of her Mom, which even includes the recipe for her Tomato Butter.

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Over the summer, Lynda completed this wonderful Sheila Klugescheid pattern. She hooked the sheep with wool which came directly from Scotland. The vertical hooking of the background is really effective .

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Jackie is finishing this inherited fine shading piece. She has a wonderful silk cording to go around the edge of the pillow.

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Cynthia’s wonderful creativity runs in the family. Her sister sent her a box of “goodies” with a note saying use this to make something,,,,and “make something” she did! This amazing mixed media quilted hanging is a work of art….with applique, and hooking with wools, yarns, silks etc, and topped off with a binding made from beautiful fabric which had belonged to her late mother-in-law. Just wow!

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Linda’s Pan Am rug is really taking shape. I marvel at how her stick figures so accurately represent the various sports.

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…and now to veer totally off topic….I want to share this monster with you. It grew unbidden and uninvited just in front of our compost box, and is rapidly taking over that corner of the yard. The compost box has completely disappeared. Ray and I have been eating yellow zuchinni nearly every night (I’ve been searching for different ways to cook it)……We’ve no idea how the seed(s) came to be there in the first place….I haven’t bought yellow zuchinni in years. Manna from heaven!

A Tribute to Jean Chabot

The best thing about rug hooking is the wonderful hookers you get to know…. and one of the best things for me about hooking has been becoming friends with Jean Chabot. She’s not only a terrific hooker…but a wonderful person as well…and I have learned so much by just looking over her shoulder.

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This primitive pillow was from a workshop on combining penny rugs (applique) and hooking, taught by Bea Grant.

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Jean is a certified  rug hooking teacher,…and one of her students loved that pillow and wanted to hook it. Jean explained that it wasn’t her pattern, so she couldn’t reproduce it…but ever resourceful…she designed this ‘leaf’ rug using the same techniques , and did it along with the one her student did.

After retiring as a school teacher, Jean, who was a painter, knitter and weaver, wanted to learn how to do rug hooking…and fortunately met up with Linda Wilson. She recounts how in her first class, Linda gave them a piece of burlap with the edges marked and the centre blank. She then told her to ‘draw something’ , and  left her alone to figure it out. At first she was stymied, but..she ended up drawing a pansy, and then Linda helped her with the colour selection and hooking. She says it is a lousy pansy, but she is forever grateful to Linda for letting her struggle with that first design. It took away the ‘mystique’ and she has been designing many of her patterns since then.

One of her early rugs, a fine cut  “Annabelle”.  Jean dyed the wool and did a herringbone whipped edge.

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Jean never shies away from a challenge…look at all  these round and oval rugs…I still have not tackled one.

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This is one of a set of chair pads from her kitchen.

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This beautiful circular fine cut was done as a requirement for becoming a certified rug hooking teacher.

Another beautiful pillow: Luise Bishop gave a course on creative stitches for hooking, and Jean incorporated them here..

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She has a beautiful intarsia sweater, and replicated the pattern from it with hooking in a variety if stitches. (she brought the sweater so we could see it too, but somehow I missed getting a picture of it….dar n!) Isn’t that stunning!

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This fanciful star pillow was done in a course with Ann Hallett. She used Ann’s templates…the largest star represents her husband Serge.

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This native design was done in a course at Trent with Germaine James.

Jean became interested in the Caribbean mola designs, and on her own, designed and hooked the turtle piece. Others at Sunshine Rug hookers became interested in this style, and the group had Betty Lane come and give a course on the style.

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The larger piece was a result of the class…Jean said she used the Gieko Gecko (from the ads) as her inspiration for the lizard….love the colours in those cute guys.

Jean enjoys the effect of hooking with plaids…and used them in these funny ‘chicken jokes.

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Jean says these are just put away in a drawer…I might just sneak them into my kitchen. I think they are so funny!

Deanne Fitzpatrick has been an important influence with many of the Sunshine hookers. One year…12 of them made the trip to Nova Scotia to take a course with her.

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Jean’s Deanne inspired piece incorporates both mohair and silk.

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This piece was intended to be stained glass and  have birds or butterflies, but when Jean saw the foliage…it said ‘sea weed’ to her….so she made it an underwater scene.

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These colourful birds are done with nylons which she dyed herself. I apologize for the glare….it is framed under glass…and that’s the best this non-photographer could manage.

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This is a more traditional stained glass piece, which she designed and hooked for her mom.

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Jean and her husband love the Gaspe, and have visited  several times. Jean hooked this piece from her photo (shown above) while taking  a pictorial class at Trent with Marjorie Judson.

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This is Hamish. Another year at Trent…Jean was enrolled in a class with Jon Ciemiewicz, and knew she wanted to hook a big animal. She was inspired by a calendar photo she saw, and started by doing the pencil drawing, and then hooking it. I think Hamish is my favourite!

….well this bag runs a close second….

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This beautiful tote bag was inspired by an article and pattern in RHM. Jean wanted a very specific style of leather handles for it, and it took her over a year to locate and get them. Well worth the wait. The inside is lined with a tiger print. This is SOOO beautifully finished.

March 2011, Jen Manuell gave a workshop on her beautiful matrix designs, and this is Jean’s interpretation.

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Purple isn’t a colour she usually uses, but it is wonderful here. She is so clever with the colours she puts together. I admire her patience in finding just the right combination.

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…an intricate proddy brooch…(in Jean’s more usual colour palette)

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This three dimensional bird ornament is just beautiful. Linda Wilson gave a workshop on how to make them and I am so impressed with Jean’s…unfortunately mine is still in pieces in a bag. I can happily work on a 3′ x 6′ rug…but something tiny frustrates me to no end…sigh…

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This is Jean’s current small piece in progress. She picked up this pattern at one of our recent fund raising sales/auctions but hasn’t yet done the background. It looks as if it could fly off the fabric.

Thanks Jean for sharing  your beautiful work….and no less for your ongoing friendship and support.

A Tribute to Kathy Smith

Once again the first Tuesday of the month was tribute day at Sunshine Rug Hookers…and this month, we were treated to the work of Kathy Smith.

Kathy is a native Orillian, and  a multi talented artist.

One of her early rugs was the traditional shaded rose…..

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….but  she soon moved on to styles that she found more interesting.

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This rug was from a course she took with Deanne Fitzpatrick in Nova Scotia

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This too is influenced by Deanne’s style.

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This is one of Emily Carr’s paintings…re-interpreted .

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This was a shed at her grandmother’s place.

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This wonderful piece could be mistaken for a painting.

We all know rug hookers tend to be multi-talented, and we love to see, and learn about member’s work in other genres. Kathy is no exception.

Kathy’s mom taught her to sew, but never thought she would ‘take to it’……Many years later, she surprised her mother with this beautiful quilt.

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Growing up on the water in Orillia, she says that water is connected to all of her inspiration and interests.

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This memory quilt recalls all the areas of influence the water has had for her.

Kathy never does anything by halves, so once bitten by the ‘sewing bug’…she went ‘all out’ and said she has more than 60 jackets and vests in her closet that she has created. Perhaps it’s only natural that she became a dealer for Pfaaf sewing machines.

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This is a wonderful jacket…although Kathy regrets having made it in white…says she’s never worn it….there were lots of offers to take it off her hands from those of us in the room.

The amazing detail doesn’t show up in this vest.

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The different details are applied in a woven pattern….it’s exquisite.

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This vest is made entirely of jeans…all the different coloured pieces are appliqued, with the tree branches cut, rolled, and stitched to create a 3 dimensional effect. Kathy warns that if you don’t like to be touched…you shouldn’t wear this vest…..people are always wanting to ‘feel’ the trees.

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This amazing vest is done with appliqued doilies…overstitched with gold threads.

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This is my favourite….a reversible jacket of rich jewel tones, all stitched with with gold thread.

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Can you imagine how many pieces were needed to create this batik style pattern?

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Kathy said she created this vest for a contest…to demonstrate the capabilities of an embroidery machine. All the motifs are machine embroidered.

Being someone who breaks out in a sweat when I have to sew a zig zag around a rug in order to finish it….you can imagine how impressed I was with Kathy’s stitchery.

Wow what a talented lady.