Stained Glass in Fabric

Last week at Sunshine Rug Hooking, Linda Wilson gave a demonstration about hooking stained glass. Without my camera, I thought I’d missed my chance to share this technique, but as it happens, I wasn’t the only one to forget last week, and several people brought their stained glass work to share this week. So I wanted to show that work, and for those who may never have tried it, outline some basic steps to achieve the effect.

I have only hooked this one simple example, and you can see that I’ve never done the finishing. I always wanted to surround it with a real stained glass frame, but somehow that has never happened.DSCN0094

The day I got this pattern is one I’ll long remember. I had just started hooking, and my friend June Baker and I struck out one February day  to drive to Sheila Klugescheid’s house some miles away, to purchase hooking supplies. A raging snow storm blew up when we were on the road, and by the time we arrived, we had to struggle through about a foot of freshly fallen snow to get to her door. I found this pattern, and Shiela helped me choose the wool, then gave me the quickest lesson ever on how to hook stained glass. We couldn’t stay long for fear we would be completely snowed in.

Here’s the essence of her instructions for anyone who hasn’t tried it and might be interested….

Choosing wool:

-a dark colour for the leading (mine is deep taupe)

-spot dye or casserole dye for the background and details

Cutting wool:

-carefully keep the strips in the order in which they are cut and hook them in order (I used two sided tape affixed to cardboard to keep them in the right order)

Hooking

-Begin with the leading ( she suggested I cut it a size larger than the regular size,,,,in this case #4 for leading, #3 for the rest)

-Hook each section in straight lines (Shiela suggested sections touching go in opposite directions….although some people hook it all the same way)

….ANY ERRORS IN THIS INFORMATION ARE DUE TO MY FAULTY MEMORY….and are not the fault of Sheila!!!

Edie brought three examples to share today. Rather than a spot dye, she used a dip dye for the gowns.

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This little tree is mounted on actual stained glass.

 

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Jean made this piece for her mother.DSCN0088

She said she wasn’t pleased with it because she couldn’t keep the leading lines straight.

Her second piece didn’t start out as an underwater scene, but as she hooked the foliage, that’s what it suggested to her so that’s what it became. To keep the leading lines even in this one, she “tunnelled” the loops. DSCN0089

When she said this…someone in the group said, “I thought you weren’t supposed to do that! ” ….the reply?  ” You’re not….unless it creates the effect you’re after” How true for almost every “hooking rule” there is.

Kathy brought some examples of quilted and appliqué stained glass.DSCN0083

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What a wonderful way to decorate the house for Christmas. (such a talented lady)

Last week If I’d had my camera, I could have taken photos of beautiful  examples by several other people and included the extensive directions that Linda Wilson shared with the group . I apologize to them ( and especially Linda) for neglecting to do that.

Teresa has had a very productive fall. Along with a number of knitting projects, she has completed her shaded flowers piece,…..

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Congratulations Teresa. Love them both.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

R.U.G. May 2, 2015

I had a great time at R.U. G. on Saturday, but my camera did not! I thought I was being very clever, and changed the batteries just before I left. But oh no! It was as dead as a door nail when I tried to take a picture. It was only after I got back home that I realized I had used the batteries I’d just put in the recharger from my dying mouse, rather than the freshly charged ones on the other side. So I have no photos of the people or activities or the many venders, but luckily, Judith Ivi sent me the photos she took  of all the zentangle rugs, and I have some I took of them last week…..so I can share some of the day.

The zentangle presentation was varied and interesting…..from its zen and doodling roots (with lots of examples) to its adaptation to rug hooking in a wide range of variation…..even to having Mary draw a zentangle from scratch on an overhead while the rest of the program progressed.

Linda Wilson and this small piece were the initial inspiration for the topic of zentangle inspired hooking.DSCF7493

Linda hooked this little mat a few years ago at the annual in Ottawa when she took a short course on the topic, and she was the spear head for our group investigating its possibilities. Brenda (who is a tangler par excellence) gave us a wonderful talk at a regular Sunshine meeting a few months ago to get us going.

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Mary used soft chenille wool for this piece….

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Karen’s example is one of Judith’s photos, and for some reason I can neither rotate it, or resize it. It is for her grandson (these are his initials) and is partially hooked and partially drawn and the background, making a dramatic effect.

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Mary stuck with the yummy chenille for the background of this one, and added colour to the motifs . I love the story of her third example…..DSCF7492

While on vacation, without any hooking supplies, when struck with the desire to hook….she washed this bag (which had originally held some spirits) several times to tighten it up, made a hook out of a coat hanger….and “hooked” it with her available yarn by pushing her one hand into the bag to create tension and feed the wool up. As she said….when that “urge” hits a hooker….nothing can stop them.

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Cheri took a course with Rae Farrell, based on abstract design, and created this zen inspired beauty.DSCF7489Her second example is a very stylish tea pot. (almost looks like it’s dancing)GetAttachment-5

 

Isabelle was inspired with celtic hearts.

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Seven other members each hooked a 5″ x 5″ example (a specific zentangle exercise) then mounted them with some zentangle drawing for added interest. (I wonder if they’ll argue over who gets this????)

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Chris incorporated zentangle design into this delicate heart.DSCF7496Joanne , like many of us, sketched her idea first, but felt that when translated into wool, much of the zentangle aspect lost its impact. Still a lovely zentangle inspired apple tree.DSCF7486

Jean began work on her zentangle piece shortly after arriving home from a wonderful trip to the American south west. Her mind was still full of the desert and the images of navajo culture she had experienced. She incorporated those into her zentangle with every symbol and colour having meaning and significance.DSCF7483

…..as opposed to mine which has neither meaning or significance and is rather a sampler of six zentangle patterns.

My biggest “no-camera” regret, is that I have no photo of Wendie Scott Davis’s lovely Barbados inspired zentangle. In the making, we both struggled to make our pieces cohesive. Hers having multi coloured tangles, with the primary one a colourful sailfish. She used the colours of the central sailfish in her border which created a cohesive whole, and drew the eye around the whole piece, while I used position and value (and a lot of re-hooking) to try to balance mine. The same problem with totally different, but equally successful solutions  I think.   This link will take you to Wendie’s blog and a photo of her zentangle.    http://theruggedmoose.blogspot.ca/2015/03/does-hooking-in-colour-take-zen-out-of.html

Linda was the final presenter and discussed not zentangle but the process of choosing a colour pallette for a specific location.

We all learned a great deal from her problems and final success in creating a zentangle inspired rug for her bathroom which would compliment its new decor.DSCF7503

DSCF7504 ….these were the wools she used (the second set she chose)

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More next time about the “Hilda” mementos, and the Maud Lewis surprise.

I hope you’re having the same wonderful spring weather that we are.

Thanks for stopping by.

The International Ploughing Match 2014

Yesterday I spent  the day at the International  Ploughing Match. It was a very special experience and this morning I received an email and these great photos from Margaret Kennedy, who has graciously let me post them here .

Following are Margaret’s comments and photos:

“It was a glorious day at the IPM, the sky filled with clouds that would delight any rug hooker. Cold, windy yes. We needed lots of layers, even gloves, but we were not deterred.

Here are some photos of the day starting with dignitaries including Premier Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horvath speaking.

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Lots of school children arrived and were given special attention by Cheri and Marie.

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And of course we would be lost sheep without exact instructions from our devoted leaders, Linda Wilson and Diane Audia.

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Isabel’s IPM (International Ploughing Match) rug won praises that would reach the heavens.”

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The rest of the photos were taken by Margaret, but the comments are mine.

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The Traditional Hooked Rug sales booth was full of wonderful items to purchase.

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The Barn Project was on full display.

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Margaret said that four photos towards the end are of Louis Gervais’ work who is a wet felter, and I hope these are the right photos.

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Margaret sent a photo of one quilt  entitled roughly, ‘Heading Home’.

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Tomorrow I’ll post some of the photos I took. They’re not nearly as good as Margaret’s, but will show the immense tent we were in,(one of dozens) more of the quilts and some of the grounds.

The Ploughing Match is on until Saturday (Sept 20th) so if you’re in the vicinity of Ivy Ontario there are hundreds of acres to explore .

 

 

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.

A Tribute to Linda Wilson

Linda Wilson was the originator, and a motivating force behind our “first Tuesday features” at Sunshine Rug Hooking…..and this week it was her turn to tell her ‘story’.

She grew up on a farm located between Elmvale and Wasaga Beach in central Ontario, went to a small rural school, and later graduated from Ryerson and U of T as a teacher of family studies. After a number of years in Northern Ontario, she and her husband Bill settled back in central Ontario, where  Bill taught highschool in Alliston, and Linda became involved with raising her family, rug hooking and a variety of other crafts.

She has been actively involved as a teacher of hooking, a member of SCACA (Simcoe County Arts and Crafts Association….I hope that’s the correct title) OHCG (Ontario Hooking Craft Guild), and hooking groups in Alliston, Barrie, and Orillia. She has been on the board of OHCG 3 different times, and highly involved with the OHCG teachers group . She is a wonderful teacher and organizer, and at present, is a co-convenor of the Canadian Barn Project…an exciting initiative to create a display of hooked pictures of Canadian Barns…a disappearing landscape. ….more info later.

She explained that most of the rugs she brought for display were from her 3 and 4 cut fine shading period…..at the time she began hooking…the only style one did.

I was fascinated by the shape of this octagonal rug in which she hooked veggies from her husband’s garden. It was designed to go in their family room…and a table sat on top of it in the plain area. 

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That was in their last house….now it has a place of honour rolled up in a closet.

This was one of her earlier rugs…this is the right side…

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But she displayed it from the back, since the front had faded quite considerably.

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Linda explained that most of the hooking being done when she started…was of hangings, rather than rugs for the floor.

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…….and most of the topics were flowers or vegetables. …Of course there was also the mushroom phase….and for her mushroom piece she devised this green padded frame which is wonderfully unique.

The bell pull in this picture was her second hooking piece. At the time, she knew nothing about colour, and naively chose the difficult colour yellow.

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The lovely dress with the embroidered neckline, she made to wear when expecting one of her children.

Also displayed from the back due to fading…was this wonderful rug entitled “Back Home”. She put herself in it twice, doing activities around the farm where she grew up. 

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She hooked it to go on the floor in a specific spot in her home…but realized there was a hot air register right in the middle. …..undaunted….she cut a hole in the rug for the register, and painted the register itself like a rose garden to become a part of the scene…..how creative is that! 

Linda usually enjoys hooking geometrics…but this one she says was a pain to hook…It was designed as a part of a presentation with the teacher’s group on ???????…style designs. (the name escapes me). The frustration came from choosing colours which were very closely related, and trying to keep them sorted out . It almost creates an optical illusion.. 

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This lovely butterfly resides in her washroom, and her mom hooked an inch rug in the same colour palette to go on the floor. 

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You can just see the edge of it at the bottom of the picture….somehow I missed taking a separate photo of it….I’m so sorry. 

This piece was originally intended as a bag….but when finished…it was too heavy to carry comfortably…so she converted it to a sign for her studio.

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Her leaf bag however is much more practical…and light. She drew the leaves from ones she found on the ground and hooked them on verel.

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The colours are beautiful, and the shading stunning.

One year, when she was convenor of the Annual, she made this vest to celebrate the theme….Shakespeare. 

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The entire vest is covered with Shakespearean quotes about friendship

 

 She loves vests, and made this one featuring sheep. The ones on the back are hooked, and those on the front are appliqued……

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…beautiful…but she says….very hot to wear.

She also loves teddy bears…and made this sweet teddy vest.

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She belonged to the teddy bear club, and admits that she got carried away making them. She had a “teddy bear” bedroom, and made many for her friends.

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She made Tetley for Luise Bishop…so named because he was dyed with tea.

One of her favourite pieces is this picture she did of her Dad…He was very proud of it and would point it out to friends.

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I think this is sooo clever….the photo which inspired the hooking, has been mounted on the back of the framed piece…so when you flip it over…there it is!

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Here is her motto rug….love the cobwebs, and bits on the floor.

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Her latest rug is this depiction of her daughter-in-law and her two grandchildren…with a Klimt inspired background motif.

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I love the realistic curls made from coiled wool…which actually hang down on Mom’s forehead.

I’ve taken several courses from Linda, and she is a wonderful teacher. She  hosts parties and courses (both her own, and ones given by other teachers) at her amazing studio in the countryside, works tirelessly on events like the annual Quilt and Rug Fair, and is a large part of the reason why Sunshine Rug Hookers is such a terrific group.