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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Show & Tell - June 2010

The Rose Challenge
 A guild challenge had been offered to do a rose or/and a candle rug

Hooked by Ailish O'Keefe

Ailish O'Keefe
The rose pattern was very interesting as a tool to learn how to do shading. As usual, Lois gave a very good class on shading but I ended up having lots of problems trying to get the shading done correctly. After many efforts that I kept taking back out, I decided to do it as if I were doing a watercolor painting – this worked very well for me, and I finally was able to complete the rose. I used purples – who ever saw a purple rose? I took artistic license! After I completed the rose and the leaves, I decided to do a white background using cotton thread that Lois gave me. I ended up having the rug stretched on a frame and it looks really good – at least I think it is beautiful!

Golden Rose
Hooked by Sylvia Solomon


Sylvia Solomon

16 in x 16 in. recycled wool, no5 cut.

It’s a golden yellow rose on a royal blue background. It was indeed a challenge for me to do a piece with shading. I have made it into a pillow and display it proudly in my living room.

A rose is a rose
Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden

Denise Vandenbemden
16 in x 15 in

The rose is a free pattern from the book “The Rug Hookers’ Bible”. I hand dyed the wool and cut in no. 5 strips. When I finished the rose, I didn’t like what I saw, somehow it seemed as if something was missing. The rose looked unnatural and bland. Edging it in a contrasting colour brought it back to life and made all the difference.

White Rose
Hooked by Claire Fradette

Claire Fradette
14 in. x 14 in. Recycled wool, no. 6 cut

I made the rose in memory of my husband who had passed away that year. At that time, someone sent me a bouquet of white roses in sympathy. That is why my rose is white.