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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lois Morris / In the News

Rug Hooking Magazine / September - October 2014

Rug Hooking Magazine, September - October 2014

Learning From The MastersFine-Art Inspiration For Rug Hookers

Text By Tamara Pavich

Lois Morris

Lois Morris, resident teacher of the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild, has taught classes on portraits, monochromatics and dyeing, and she published a comprehensive article on hooking portraits in 1979. “I was looking for another portrait that appealed to me,” Lois said, “a face that had some character to use as a teaching tool. I took Claude Monet’s ‘Poly’ from an art book. When my students choose to hook something fine-art inspired, they will learn some new hooking technique they must achieve to capture the look,” Lois said. “And they gain a new way of looking at fine art in general.  Then later, they try something original, and I hope they have expanded their confidence in their abilities. Eventually, they will develop a style of their own.”

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Poly, 13” x 14”, #3 and 4-cut wool on linen. Adapted from a portrait by Claude Monet, 1886; designed and hooked by Lois Morris, Rawdon, Quebec, 2000.

Lois rarely hooks with anything wider than a #4 cut, and #3 is her favorite. The cut makes it possible to include minute details in a small rug. Though this rug is not strictly monochromatic, it allowed Lois to engage in one of her favorite challenges: dyeing many shades of a single color. For Poly, she used many shades of flesh tones and blues. The flesh tones were made by mixing blue with its complement., orange.

The above is an extract from an article on Teachers of Rug Hooking entitled Learning from the Masters pages 8-17, published in Rug HookingMagazine –vol. XXVI – Number 2, September-October 2014. Reprinted here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith.  We encourage everyone to visit Rug Hooking Magazine on our links page.