Floating Blocks and Sunshine at Work

I’ve been playing this week…..with my new smaller hall rug. At least for now I’m calling it “Floating Blocks”. DSCN1121It’s been fun hunting up all the bits and pieces from past rugs, and hooking them into the 6″x 8″ rectangles to start.

Some in reds…and some in yellows….and more to do….DSCN1120I’ll be adding other colours as well, but they will be further back, since I want the reds and yellows to be dominant.

I did encounter a slight problem that was new for me. While drawing the pattern, I discovered that there were several flaws in the backing….3 places where the thread had broken. One had been woven back in both ways…so no problem there. But in two spots, the break had been repaired by only tying the two cotton threads together in a knot.  I was really concerned that with the tension of the wool strips, it might eventually pull apart.

I consulted with my friend and expert Jean, who suggested that I weave the area  around the break with strong upholstery thread to prevent any possible break in the future.DSCN1117You can see some of the repair at the bottom right. It’s been a very long time since I did any darning, but that long lost art came in handy. The outside edge of this block was hooked through the weaving with no difficulty.

Meanwhile….it was a busy morning  at the Sunshine Rug Hooking Meeting. It was called a “work day”…i.e. working on items which the group will have for sale at the Annual Quilt and Rug Fair held each September. It is our only fund raising opportunity  of the year so members pitch in to help make it a success.DSCN1101This hit and miss table runner was hooked by many members……and will be won in a raffle…as will this beautiful pillow…DSCN1102 These coasters were hooked by many members as well.DSCN1100….other sale items already completed include….DSCN1099Santas…DSCN1098…tree ornaments…DSCN1096….hooked broaches (I realize now that some are made to be ‘point up’ so they look ‘off kilter’ the way I’ve photographed them).DSCN1097….here’s the back of one…DSCN1105…necklaces to set off any outfit…DSCN1107…and available in a variety of colours.

and many more items underway…DSCN1092Christmas tree ornaments…DSCN1110…little Santa boot pins…DSCN1108…a variety of goodies….DSCN1109….and more broaches…this one having beads sewn around the edges…

It was a productive day and I know when September rolls around the sales table will be loaded with wonderful hooked items.

 

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Friendship Rugs Sunshine Style

Last fall the Sunshine Rug Hookers decided to embark on two group projects….one of which was making friendship rugs. The aim was for each participant to end up with a keepsake rug made by other friends in the group.  The whole endeavour was spearheaded by Teresa Moreau who did  a magnificent job of organizing the project. Based on the idea of the Dear Jane Quilt, square sizes were predetermined but the number and arrangement of the squares was decided by each hooker before the rotation began.  Each hooker provided the backing with their choice grid drawn. The rugs would be rotated through the participants each week, making sure that no one saw their own rug as the project progressed. Teresa thought of all the small details so that everyone knew precisely what they were responsible for.

There were 16 participants, so each rug had at least 16 squares. Recently the rugs were revealed and  given back to the owners. Finishing will be done by the rug owners.

Here are the members showing off their rugs shortly after seeing them for the first time .

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Unfortunately I have no picture of Helen’s rug. I wasn’t at the meeting myself  and because of my commitment to my large abstract rug I  had chosen not to participate, but I was delighted that I was sent photos so that I could enjoy seeing them too.img_1973

What a beautiful group of rugs, great mementos of our hooking friends, and such a fun project.

Thanks again Teresa for all your efforts….I’ll reveal the second group project (also organized by Teresa) later when it is completed .

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

International Rug Hooking Day

The Sunshine Rug Hookers recently celebrated International Rug Hooking Day with a hook in, coffee and goodies, and a special show and tell and story time.

There were a number of Christmas themed pieces…neat Santa hangings….dscn0991dscn1004…Kathleen has done a  winter theme….(very appropriate at the moment….it’s snowing heavily)dscn1013…a beautiful fine shaded wreath….dscn1003Ann showed the various ornaments she has on her mantle….special to her since they were made by a variety of friends.dscn1020Margaret is making a Christmas stocking for her Grandson’s first Christmas.dscn1001Others showed work in progress  as well….dscn0989Edie is working on a stained glass piece from Heartland Studios.dscn1025Lynda is hooking a stained glass pattern from Ragg Tyme Studio.dscn1000This is Diane’s current project.

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Everyone recounted a favourite hooking moment, piece, story or anecdote. Many of  these rugs have special significance to the hooker…dscn0990….such as Jean’s “grandchildren rug” dscn0997Pat’s Canadian themed pillow….and chair seat….dscn0998dscn1007Jean showed her beautiful ‘tiger’ bag, and recounted the difficulties she had getting the straps.dscn1010Teresa showed her delightful “Bodacious Babe” (I’m not sure that that is exactly her name….but it’s at least close). Lots of alternate fibres in this.

Lambs are always a popular theme…..dscn1023dscn0994dscn0996This was hooked by Mary and was from a photo of her Grandson just before he decided to jump in the water fully clothed.dscn1002Liz hooks using yarn (some of which she spins herself), and loves to create free form patterns which she designs as she goes along. She says she loves hooking because she has learned to hook what makes her happy regardless of what others may say are the ‘rules’. (wise lady)….and she certainly looks happy.dscn0999This rug is special to Diane since it was retrieved from a friend’s china cabinet where it had lain untouched for years and years. She really enjoyed finishing it and giving it a life after its long years of neglect.

Cheri showed her series if “Sun” rugs. Her creativity and amazing use of colour always impress me, and I’d never before seen any of these rugs. dscn1026dscn1028dscn1027dscn1029The entire morning was delightful, and a fitting tribute to Traditional Rug Hooking and the joy it brings to those of us who love pulling those loops.

Thanks for stopping by.

Summer Send Off

Sunshine Rug Hookers don’t meet during July and August, and today was our final get together until September. We gathered at Couchiching Beach Park for a day of hooking laughter and food. Unlike last year when it was cold and windy, the weather was perfect….a lovely breeze off the water, and a choice of sun or shade to enjoy.DSCN0674This is a special spot in our town, with the band shell and water to one side…..DSCN0694……and Samuel D. Champlain and the beach on  another side.

There was a wide variety of work being done. Lots of hooking of course…..DSCN0676Linda is whipping the edge of her little oriental….DSCN0680I was sewing down the back of my Lunenburg landscape…..DSCN0700Suzanne was beginning the lettering of her little mat….DSCN0699Gail is working on a pot holder….DSCN0678Chris has her sunflowers well under way.DSCN0698….this delightful winter scene is using a variety  of fibres….DSCN0677…a celtic dragon design  (love that colour palette)…DSCN0695Jean is doing a log cabin design using up some of her worms….DSCN0683Kathleen is creating a multi fibre tree. I’m so sorry the wool in the centre isn’t as vibrant in the photo as in person. It was really striking.DSCN0693Woops….sorry about the shadow….Edie is doing this stained glass morning glory pattern from Shiela Klugescheid . DSCN0689Isabelle is finishing her kaleidiscope pattern for her grandson.DSCN0691….and Linda L. is working on a stained glass pattern as well. She came dressed to match her work….DSCN0692….and she wasn’t the only one……Helen was totally colour co-ordinated with her knitting….DSCN0686….with the exception of her red shoes….which she kept hidden under her bag! (We’re obviously a very ‘fashion forward’ group).DSCN0685Kathy was knitting as well ….DSCN0690….and Mary was ‘corking’ this beautiful wool, which she intends to braid.

DSCN0679This exquisite embroidery piece is entitled “Writing on the Wall” and is from a painting of the same name.  Such delicate work!DSCN0688Wendy was just enjoying the day. (sorry Wendy, I couldn’t resist…..she was actually knitting too)DSCN0682.jpgWhile we don’t meet again until September, there are already plans afoot for a project for the group in the fall……Teresa brought her friendship rug done with a group from the Purple Sock in Coldwater, and a similar project is proposed for us. Friends completing one square each in the rug of each participant giving us a lovely memento of those we hook with.DSCN0681I love this idea, and I hope we go ahead with it in the fall.

 

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This was a special treat for dessert to celebrate the day. Thanks  Suzanne.

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Enjoy!

 

 

What’s Up?

There was lots going on at the Sunshine Rug Hookers meeting this week. It was interesting to see the influence of various fall events playing out in people’s work.

Evidence of Sandra Marshall’s Punch Hooking Workshop was all around.DSCN0197I think Kathleen designed this pattern using templates brought by Sandra.

DSCN0202Teresa is working with finer wool and a different sized punch than what I chose. She says she’s having trouble deciding how close to punch the rows.

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Betty brought her ’embellishment project’ to show what she has accomplished so far….DSCN0181It is just stunning. I should have taken a photo from the side so you could see the 3D effects .

Linda Wilson’s recent mini class on stained glass inspired Karen to dig out a pattern she had on hand, and wow! She has been busy.DSCN0191I love the colour palette.

Linda had purchased a kit designed to teach values.DSCN0185….a simple view of trees….and many shades of green.

Recently, a well known hooker and teacher ,Hilda Wells, gave up hooking due to ill health, and held a sale of her patterns, wool, and equipment.

Gail is hooking one of her pieces…..DSCN0188….and Jean is finishing off another that was started by Hilda….DSCN0186Aren’t those shaded flowers beautiful. I love the dark colour that Jean has chosen for the background (I’m always drawn to dark backgrounds)

DSCN0187Diane is still finishing Hilda Hayes last piece…DSCN0189She said that little leaf by the bird will be coming out.

 

Jean C. is working on a commission..DSCN0180….she needs to produce a lot of her proddy broaches.

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DSCN0182Edie is using up scraps to make her ‘squares’ rug.

DSCN0193 (1)….and Marion is using a variety of textures….wool, yarn, sari silk, and quillies (standing wool circles).

….and I….DSCN0209….finally finished the whipping  on my Lunenburg rug.

DSCN0207Chris is knitting this delightful outfit for a ‘baby doll’ .(apparently I am quite behind the times since I didn’t know what a ‘baby doll’ was).

Cheri has nearly finished this beautiful, free flowing piece.

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I’ve shown Fiona’s rug at various points along its progress, but her addition of her “British flag” sandals really tickled my funny bone. I absolutely love them….and want to see them in person!DSCN0195….the border is made of wildflowers found around their Green River homeDSCN0196

(excluding my camera strap…which snuck in the photo by mistake)

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…and one that will eventually be cherished by future generations I’m sure.

Aren’t we a busy and diverse group?

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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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…..and a hit and miss rug for her bedroom,DSCN0092

Congratulations Teresa. Love them both.

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Sunshine Hookers at Work

It’s s great to be hooking again each week with the Sunshine Rug Hookers……. to see what everyone is doing…..how rugs have progressed, and what new projects are underway.DSCF7683

Fiona has finished more of her wonderful ‘Green River’…showing her and her husband on the dock of their home. DSCF7684I was particularly impressed with the forest at the top and her use of purples and turquoises for the evergreen trees…..so effective.  What a keepsake this will be.DSCF7685

Joanne was doing a remake on this delightful piece. It was a pillow, which she was de-constructing to become a flat hooked mat or wall hanging. The three circles stand for love, marriage and motherhood. (if I remember correctly). DSCF7688

Ann was completely sold out of her stars at the Quilt and Rug Fair, with requests for more, so she was working away on a new batch. She is using an orangy-yellow soft  ribbon”y” stuff to create that sparkly effect. (I’m sure there is a proper name for it)

Karen and Mary are finishing up their pieces from the fine shading course they took with Linda Wilson in the spring.

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Mary is also using a beautiful deep blue background.

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Chris and Brenda attended a class during the summer with Bea Grant. It was on combining penny rugs, appliqué, and hooking. Chris is applying her ‘show binding’ to her appliquéd crow.  Brenda promises she will let me photograph hers when it is done. (going to hold you to it Brenda)

Gail and Cheri have just returned from their yearly hiking trip in New England.

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With no hooking project underway, last night Cheri quickly drew up a Christmas banner, and got it started this morning.

Gail brought along a number of t-shirts she bought at a sale they stumbled on during their trip, and she was getting them ready to use as the background for a new “wonky” Christmas tree piece.DSCF7700

Judith is sewing the binding of this lovely geometric. DSCF7704

The background is Harris tweed recycled from a skirt she found , gave away, and eventually was given back. Quite a background to that background!

Gail L. is starting this lovely bell pull.

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I always love Elizabethan designs.

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Marion is making a hot pad. The colours and designs are reflective of a painting in the dining room of the friend that she’s making it for.DSCF7706

Isabelle is nearly finished this welcome mat. Love the chain border, and the lettering.

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The larger cat is to receive a new grey nose that will show up against the background. Right now that kitty can’t smell the flowers.

Jeanne is completing this Rittermere pattern that she bought on a sale table at R.U.G. Some of the flowers had been completed, and the wool was included.

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Jeanne had no idea how old the piece was, but she said the burlap was hard and rather brittle. She had an ingenious way of coping with that. She sprayed the whole thing gently with cooking oil and massaged it into the burlap. It is now soft and flexible. How smart is that.

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Erma’s beautiful oak leaves remind us that tomorrow is the first day of Fall.

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Liz said she completed this rug a year or so ago, although I don’t remember seeing it before. She is also an accomplished spinner and uses her own yarn to great effect in her hooking.

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…..using a combination of wool strips, purchased yarn, and her own wonderful colours. (she spun the bronze/gold wool shown here). She uses a lot of mohair which she feels gives her wool extra vitality.

Diane is completing Hilda Hayes’ last rug.

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Hilda’s granddaughter drew the picture  and Hilda was in the midst of hooking it for her new great granddaughter when she became too ill to complete it. What a special keepsake it will be and what a lovely gesture by Diane to complete it.

I had every intention of taking pictures  at the Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair last weekend, but once again, I forgot to take my camera. I am still hopeful of receiving photos taken by others, and if I do, I’ll be sure to share them.

Thanks for stopping by.

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.

DSCF7582Helen purchased this ball of wool from “Wool Gathering” at RUG, and is enjoying the patterns it is creating in this 12″  square pad.

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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.

Share and Share Alike

At this year’s annual (which I wasn’t able to attend), an exciting new venture was launched which will involve all the OHCG groups.

TRAVELLING FRIENDSHIP RUG: 
The Friendship Rug is designed by Debbie Ballard, measures 60”x72” and is being hooked throughout The Year of the Craft (2015) and commemorates The Fiftieth Anniversary of OHCG  2016. 
Rug hookers are invited to hook their hands on the rug as it travels throughout Ontario, with its final destination being the 50th Annual conference at Deerhurst Inn in 2016. It has embarked on its journey beginning in Fort Frances and was at the conference in London. It has spent this week in Orillia, and at R.U.G. on Saturday it will be passed on to another group.DSCF7508 (1)
What a wonderful way for the rug hookers in Ontario to celebrate the Year of Craft….by combining efforts to create one large work of art…and how appropriate to have the topic be the 50th anniversary of OHCG (Ontario Hooking Craft Guild)….to be celebrated officially at next year’s annual.

During the past week, several of us completed hooking our hand, and at our meeting on Tuesday, a table was set up for others to do the same.

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Many in our group tend to the wild and imaginative. I don’t know who hooked them all, but Gail  M. hooked hers in her signature vibrant reds and scarlets, while Cheri has used her favourite acid greens. Karen hooked hers last week when it was so unseasonably cold, so her hand has striped mittens, while mine is in the foreground in orange and rust with sparkly gold nail polish.
Fort Francis, the only other group to complete theirs so far , have created beautiful, lifelike hands in true flesh tones.
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It’s a large undertaking in more ways than one. … Look for it coming to an Ontario Guild near you.
I can’t wait to see the completed version next year in Huntsville.
Thanks for stopping by.

March Sunshine Hooking Part 2

We had several guests with us at the last Sunshine get together, and enjoyed seeing their work. I’m not good at remembering names, so please excuse the errors and omissions.DSCF7377Janice is doing Whirligig, a pattern by Suzanne Hill.

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This is a one end of a very large rug designed by Martina Lazar. The colours just pop against that light background.

The fishes below will be hung as wall plaques.

DSCF7400I was very interested in how they were being finished. I have always avoided hooking convoluted shapes, because I had no idea how one would bind the edges.DSCF7401This hooker (I apologize for not knowing her name) has come up with a wonderful method which not only provides a great finish, but sets off the vibrant colours with the black edging. She is using material like a bias tape which surrounds the raw edges and hides them completely when sewn in place on both sides.DSCF7402I’m surely going to remember this method, and if I ever get the nerve to attempt such a moving edge, I’ll give it a try.

Anne was hooking stars.DSCF7396….and Mary Ann is building a funky house….DSCF7378

Our knitter/hookers were also hard at work. I drool when I look at their wool.DSCF7398

Those colours are such favourites of mine, and I so admire the picot edge on Kathy’s work. Who would want to cover up the beautiful detail in Theresa’a socks by hiding them in shoes???DSCF7399

If and when I get back to my own knitting, I’m going to try knitting socks from the toe up.

Gail….I know for sure I took a photo of your knitting, but my camera gremlin must have been hungry and swallowed it….because it is nowhere to be found!!

I’ve been enjoying hooking Hilda’s English Sunset. I’m only sorry it is so small, and I’ll soon have it finished.DSCF7410

 

Happy hooking. Thanks for stopping by.