From Inspiration to Pattern

My large abstract rug is finished and now residing in its new home.I'm home_edited-1

In preparation for its arrival, the purchaser had her furniture reupholstered and found paintings for her walls which echoed the colours and mood of the rug. I am so gratified by how much she likes it and the lovely home it now has.

After a few days with no hooking during which time my hooking area (i.e. our bedroom) received a thorough spring cleaning, I was once again anticipating my next project. I must admit I’d been thinking about it for some time.

Although I had at times said my next project would be tiny….I lied!

It is planned to be 40″ x 60″. Much smaller than the abstract, but I plan to put it in the upstairs hall where I had originally intended to put the large rug. This mat however will be entirely different. (and have lots more floor showing around it)

I’ve long been fascinated by quilt patterns and log cabin patterns  and decided I wanted to do something ‘hit and miss’ using some of the leftovers in my stash. I went hunting. Bea Brock’s  book on making ‘Scrappy Rugs’ was a great resource and inspiration . (thanks Jean for lending me your copy ) I was drawn to her pattern ‘Wonky Diamonds’ until I discovered that a friend had just started to hook it. Back to the drawing board.

Some time ago, I saw this traditional quilt pattern and loved the idea of the layering of the ‘squares’. DSCN1088

As I thought about my new project, I went back and found the picture and decided that this idea was just what I wanted. This time I  plan to  take Hygeia into consideration. She hangs in the stair well overlooking the landing so the dominant colours will be reds and yellows with a neutral background.DSCN0610

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I’m hoping that the neutral background will make the blocks look as if they are floating.

Last night I got a little more serious. I got out graph paper and drew a scale model of the mat….each square on the paper equals 2″  for my 40′ x 60′ rug. This would let me decide on the best size for the blocks.DSCN1090

After trying various sizes, I’ve settled on both squares and rectangles, sized 6″ x8″,  6″x6″,  6″x4″ and 4″x4″.  This is by no means a set pattern as I’ll determine placement and numbers as I go along.

This morning, Ray made patterns for me using some left over matting board.DSCN1091This will make it much easier to draw the overlapping blocks on the backing without having to worry about measuring.

So now the fun begins. and I plan to start the actual drawing of the pattern today.

I hope you have fun creating your rug patterns too.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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

….the windows on one side look out on…..DSCF7133

….that’s right….a hockey rink….and on the other side…DSCF7130

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

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!!!

….or this….done the same way….DSCF6553

…she calls this one “Lagoon”.

She is still making decisions about her poppies….DSCF6550DSCF6549

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

An Unusual Guest

Tuesday we had our second work day to prepare items for sale and/or display at  the ploughing match this fall. Along with all the Sunshine Hookers, we had an extra guest present.

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Yes, it’s Sir John A. MacDonald himself! Isn’t he wonderful!. I’m not sure who had the idea to create him….I strongly suspect it was Linda Wilson. Luise Bishop hooked his head, and Linda and some others (sorry I should have found out exactly who) searched out the clothing and created the body. He is so life like it is eerie!. I kept looking over to the table to see who was sitting there. He will be appearing at a variety of events in the near future, including R.U.G., The Ploughing Match, the annual, and of course will play a large role in his own  200th birthday celebration next January. (Just a reminder for non- Canadians…Sir John A. MacDonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada)

He was created using this picture:

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My version of him is when he was older, and being a cartoon isn’t very flattering

His presence no doubt stirred us all on and here are pictures of the work being done for the ploughing match. Most are trivets, or mug rugs….although there are also many other items as well, which I’ll show in the next post.

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Linda’s cow makes me smile! DSCF6230

 

She is just now adding the warts to these beautiful pumpkins.DSCF6231

Liz has made trivets on a variety of subjects.

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I’d like a blue teapot like that!

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Jeanne is creating beautiful day lilies. She decided to “square out” the round corners.

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Edie is making this colourful maple leaf with some of her left over worms. She too has squared the corners.DSCF6237

Fiona’s cat is in the style of a particular person? artist? toy? (which she told me) and I have now totally forgotten. Sorry Fiona!DSCF6238

Diane is making a variety of geometric trivets and mug rugs.DSCF6239

This little cat is going to be so cute.

 

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I love the colours of the background for this sheep.DSCF6242

A colourful fall pumpkin in the works here.DSCF6243

Red abstract….love it….by Helen.DSCF6244

Helen’s spiral is now finished….great fall colours.

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Teresa has made 6 colourful  mug mats and has them ready to go in groups of 2.DSCF6248

This tractor hooked by Karen is the perfect trivet for a plowing match!

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I think this rooster is trying to wake someone up!

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I love the outline style of all three of Karen’s pieces…so simple and effective.

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Gail is doing a series of sunflower mug rugs. They will make a wonderful set.

I’ll save the rest for my next post, plus tell you about my struggles doing the script on My Sir John piece.

Yeah!!! It’s finally above freezing during the day. Still below freezing at night, so the maple syrup is running, and apparently will be a great harvest this year. Yum yum…pancakes coming up.

 

 

Snow Cleaning my Rug

Last year on Gene’s IRC, there was quite a discussion about cleaning rugs by putting them out in the snow. Apparently this was a tried and true method used long before vacuums were available. It didn’t work though for Cilla Cameron in Nottingham, England. They had quite a snowfall last year and she followed the steps carefully, but her dog simply wouldn’t leave the rug  covered with snow, and yanked it out to play with in the yard. (there are some great pictures in the archives of Gene’s blog)

We certainly have an abundance of snow here in central Ontario, and my dog doesn’t have access to the front yard, so I decided to give it a try.

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This rug is on the bedroom floor, and the dog sleeps on it for at least a part of every night (when we won’t leave him enough room to stretch out to his liking), so it certainly could do with freshening up.

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I turned the rug up-side-down, and covered it with about 3″ of fresh, clean snow….then left it for about 2 hours. I then shook the snow off, brushed it with a broom and hung it over the banister to dry.

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In all honesty, I can’t see much difference, however this rug is less than a year old…so maybe it doesn’t have enough ‘patina’ yet, for the snow to work on. (please excuse the ugly toes…I forgot to crop them out before I posted the picture)

On the other hand, I think I raised the eyebrows of neighbours and passers-by  when they saw this weird lady out burying her rug in the snow on a Sunday afternoon.

Double Cross

One of the perks of being a member of Gene Shepherd’s Internet Rug Camp, is the access to free patterns. The first one he posted was “double cross”. It is a very old pattern which has been interpreted in countless versions throughout the years. It was fun seeing the many ways it was hooked by members of the IRG. There were pillows , table runners, and mats,in a wide variety of sizes, cuts and use of the geometric pattern. If they were shown together, it would be difficult to recognize that they all originated from the same pattern. The original is simply a series if interlocking steps arranged to form crosses. By adding some diagonal lines, and colour blocking, this is the version I came up with.

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When I first saw the pattern, I must admit it didn’t particularly interest me. However, when I saw Gene using transitional dyed wool to outline with, I thought it was beautiful, and decided to give it a try. Doing transitional dyeing creates wonderful blended colour variations, and is so easy to do….no dye required! As a result, I was able to have the outline move smoothly from colour to colour. I decided that since I loved that aspect of it, I wanted it to be highlighted, so I chose to outline the outline (does that make sense??) with an oatmeal colour so it would stand out against the rest of the rug.

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I used monk’s cloth which had pre-marked squares, as a backing. That made drawing the pattern much easier. It is hooked with a #6 cut. I marbelized most of the other wool to marry the colours. It is all straight line hooking, so I had plenty of opportunity to work on my basic hooking technique. I whipped the edges this time without using a binding cord, and whipped right into the binding tape. (another method learned from a Gene Shepherd video) What a lot faster!! Now I might even get all those unfinished rugs bound!