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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dye Course - November 2013

by Jacqueline Bouchard

Having discovered the craft of rug hooking in the fall 2012, I immediately joined the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Guild. I am gradually learning the vocabulary and the techniques. At first, I thought I could buy woolen fabrics in the exact colors I imagined or saw in the beautiful hooked rugs and pieces my clever and experienced co-hookers were creating. I was wrong! The colours of the many-hued blue skies, rose-petaled flowers or even pristine snow do not come in a bolt of fabric. They have to be created. This Fall I registered for the dye course given by Lois Morris, our experienced teacher, over three Monday mornings in November. I was given instructions to bring a note-book, a colour wheel and two sets of measuring spoons, one of which being spice spoons to measure a drop, a smidgen, a pinch or a hint. Very intriguing.

When I arrived for the first session, Lois was spreading very interesting material on the plastic-covered tables, electric deep-fryers/slow cooking pots, Pyrex dishes, jars and measuring cups, vinegar jugs and a bag of coarse salt.  When she also placed a large bag of onion skins in front of her, I was further intrigued.

She called the class to order and invited us to form duos to start lesson # 1. Mayumi and I teamed up, Ti and Riitta formed another duo and Rejean and Lois completed the teams. We were each given very detailed printed instructions and 12 packets of Cushing dyes. Lois provided the swatches divided into white, off-white, coloured, checked, light and dark, etc. The first demonstration consisted of dyeing with onionskins. It was a bit like making lasagna: repeated layers of onion skins, salt, strips of wool, topped by boiling water, then this concoction was cooked in the microwave. We all oohed and aahed over the results we had obtained; beautiful shades with ripples of gold, pinkish waves, and artistic designs. I could see reams of flowers in my next rug using these samples.

Over the next 2 lessons, while Mayumi stirred the dye pot and I measured, Lois revealed the secrets of the dye bath, swatch dyeing, value transitional swatch using colour 1 and colour 2 solutions. She explained the  use of vinegar as mordant. We nearly ran out of vinegar as it is used every time a new measure of colour solution is added to the pot. Of special importance, Lois showed us how to use the colour wheel, and the need for precise and accurate measurements to obtain the hue intended. Spot dyeing was another subject of demonstration and I was fascinated by the unlimited wealth of possibilities. We all took copious notes.. Each duo obtained different results in view of the choices in dye colour and measurement. Samples of swatches were divided and notes were swapped so that in the end we all had a sample of everything. Our teacher’s knowledge and enthusiasm was contagious –we all learned a great deal. We are now embarking on a colourful voyage of rug hooking.

Note: a full set of dye spoons consists of the following measurements: a Tad = ¼ tsp; a Dash = 1/8 tsp; a Pinch = 1/16 tsp; a Smidgen = 1/32 tsp; and a Drop = 1/64 tsp.
(Spice spoons are almost equivalent to a Dash, a Pinch, a Smidgen and a Drop.)

Caution: any vessel or utensil used for dyeing, should never be used for preparing food.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dye Course

Dye course taught by Lois Morris over 3 Mondays, from 10 AM to Noon, on November 11th, 18th and 25th.

For more information or to register, please email the co-presidents.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


The Sunflower Project

Some pictures of  a Saturday Hook-In  at Le Coin Artisanal!

Claire's Sunflower

June's Sunflower

Name that Hooker!

Saturday Hook-In

Ti's Sunflower

Candance's Sunflower

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Introduction to Rug Hooking Workshop

Introduction to Rug Hooking

by Ti Seymour

On Saturday 19th October Riitta Jackson and Ti Seymour ran the first in a two part series of an Introduction to Rug Hooking.  Six adventurous ladies joined the class at Le Coin Artisanal in
Beaconsfield and were given basic instruction on how to hook.  The newcomers were free to either go with a design already provided, design something themselves or bring along a kit.  It took little time for them to get to grips with their hooks and by the end of the first session all were confident to continue at home.  By the second class, all had made very good progress, one newcomer had finished her first piece and moved on to make a prodded sunflower! (1).

Among the tales told that day, it was lovely to hear about a new members excitement to rush home from work to pick up her new hoop and hook and get down to some serious business ...... rug hooking.

(1) A proddy is a tool that resembles long-nosed pliers and is used to insert very wide wool strips or pieces into the burlap.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Remembrance Day

Betty Austin - Poppies

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.