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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Advanced Class with Lois Morris

Advanced Rug Hooking Class with Lois Morris

October-November 2016

By Rosemary Hudson

Lois Morris's teaches Alternative Fibre and Techniques . These are her students and beautiful results!

Seven fancy stitches were taught and expected to be included in the chosen pattern of each student:
Aztec, Basket Weaving, Chain, Chevron, Popcorn, Thatch, Turkey.

Here is a sampling of comments on or by students taking the course:

  • Andrée Lapensée:  Our 'fast hooker' carved the turkey with hilarious results.
Andrée Lapensée

  • Juliet Davies:  had her piece chained to the wall in no time at all, as well as taking time out for a South African safari.
Juliet Davies

  • Fay Louch:  in stitches, sailed away ahead of us and placed her chevron in one of her sails - a classy look. 
Fay Louch

  • Deborah:  made no drunken weaving stitch on her exclusive geometric pattern.

  • Rosemary:  As for her 'Nefertiti' design with ultra red lips, false gold head dress with the popcorn stitch, she endeavored to show her as not to appear in any way a hooker.


Here is another but old stitch prompted by Lois which was necessarily included - the PULL OUT.  

Following this course, the students’ goal for the immediate future is to settle down and do the obvious, look into our baskets and do the finishing.  Joking aside, we tremendously enjoyed the lessons and the camaraderie between teacher and fellow students. We now want to take part in a real way to the hook-ins in 2017.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Show & Tell/ January 28th, 2017


2017, Year of the Rooster 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of Rooster (January 28th, 2017 - February 15th, 2018)

White Rooster. Hooker Unknown.

White Rooster

This White Rooster was purchased from an antique dealer in Montreal. It is hooked on burlap backing with factory-dyed nylons and stretchy “house dress” fabrics of 1960s early 1970s. Collection of Carolyn Ells. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Show & Tell / January 2017


Celebrating Happy Mew Year for Cats Day©, a Holiday created by Thomas & Ruth Roy, from Wellcat.com

For more Funny Days consult Days of the Year

Tiger Cat

Hooked by Dawna Matthew
Size: 30” X 27”
Cut: 8.5 wool

Main pattern from Green Mountain Hooked Rugs with background details added.
Begun with Susie Stephenson at Green Mountain Rug School, June 2014

This was the first rug I did in a wide cut and it was supposed to be more of a “primitive” style. I must admit that I am not drawn to animals drawn in the truly primitive way nor am I attracted to the subdued colours that are often found in these rugs. Tiger Cat was started in a “Folk Art Techniques and Fibres” workshop with Susie Stephenson at Green Mountain Rug School in 2014. As you can see, my preference for bright, cheerful colours took over! Susie’s workshop was great fun and she encouraged us to experiment with different materials. The original pattern from Green Mountain Hooked Rugs only had the cat in the center and it was fun incorporating different techniques in his surroundings.

Tiger Cat, Green Mountain's Pattern Hooked by Dawna Matthew


Original Design by Isabelle Rollin
Size: 15”X 52”

This is the cat who shared our lives. I hooked her full-scale. She used to enjoy being in the garden after a summer rain.

Popounne, Original by Isabelle Rollin

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Show & Tell / January - March 2017

Show & Tell: Repetition!

Repetition is not boring at all!
By Maria Romero

Repetition refers to an element which is recurrent, and the reiteration can be done with the same item or its variations.
Repetition is very useful to create rhythm and patterns!

In Isabelle Rollin's rug, a repeated floral motif  generates a radial composition.

In Judith Dallegret's rug, the repetition of teapot shape variations creates a linear rhythm.

In Sally Perodeau's rug,  contrast, sequentiality and randomness are the key. At the center of the piece, an elephant's contour is repeated. Then, this radial composition is surrounded  by colored variations of the same animal, but in different perspectives, positions and scales.

In Lorayne Charenko's and in Claire Fradette's rugs, a repeated motif is used with variations of color, size and position or orientation, but in order to obtain two different effects. The composition principle  in Charenko's  airy piece is simplicity, in opposition to Claire Fradette's overlapped flowers, wich is complexity.

Isabelle Rollin
Chair Pad By Isabelle Rollin

Chair Pad
By Isabelle Rollin

A result of working with limited shapes and colors, in a beginner's class. Designed and hooked by Isabelle Rollin.

Judith Dallegret
Teapot Rug By Judith Dallegret

Teapot as inspiration
The inspiration
Teapot Rug
By Judith Dallegret

My Teapot rug was inspired by a favourite teapot that my grandfather bought and loved as I do also. It is in the top row center of my rug  . .. slightly adapted. I then added other imaginary geometrically decorated teapots to be surrounded by an elaborate border.

At the time of designing the rug, I was taking a class with Jule Marie Smith at Green Mountain Rug School. Then, as I was hooking the rug, it was to be in the exhibition at the Shelburne Museum annual rug show. The subject for the challenge that year was ''In the garden’’. So, I did the background of teapots in a grassy green and dedicated the rug to my whimsy cousin whose garden in Nova Scotia is full of teapots! This is how one thing led to another.

Sally Perodeau
Elephants At Play by Sally Perodeau

Elephants At Play
By Sally Perodeau

I like elephants and I prefer to hook the oriental way. The background is a selection of “worms’  that I had, and the border was hooked with variegated string from the local wool shop. This, I can recommend as it is easy to use, and very little thought is needed while working as the colours usually blend well together and I thought it did show off the elephants in the middle of the rug.

Lorayne Charenko
Flying Free By Loraine Charenko

Flying Free
By Lorayne Charenko

At a course given by Lois Morris we were given patterns of shapes and  from these shapes we were to design a hooking piece. The shape I chose seemed to look like a bird.  I started hooking one bird and gradually Flying Free came alive. The background was done in reverse hooking and I think it shows off the birds.  I did my own dyeing.  I really enjoyed this course.

Claire Fradette
The Yellow Flowers, Hooked By Claire Fradette

The Yellow Flowers
By Claire Fradette

I got the rug at an auction. A few flowers were already done, so I finished it with recycled wool. The background is done with a kilt skirt.