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On this Blog you will find articles about our activities and archives from 3 of the Guild's Web pages:
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Hook-In

Spring Day & Happiness Day Hook-in

We have such a wonderful, talented group! Yesterday was the first day of Spring and Happiness Day. We celebrated and made over 60 snippet pouches.

Snippet Pouches

Show&Tell / March 2017

Special Show&Tell: Spring

Spring - Lois Morris

By Lois Morris

I designed this rug in 1990 .  It's called "Spring"  my daughter Susan has it in her bathroom. I like designs that go out in the border.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Asset

Eurosteam Next Generation Steam Iron

The guild has just become proud owners of a Eurosteam Next Generation Steam Iron. On March 13th, Dawna's rug was used for our first demo. Wow, this iron does a great job!. Everyone was very impressed with the final results. And no more dripping wet towels!
Pattern by Highland Heart Hookery in NS

Pattern by Highland Heart Hookery in NS, Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Claire finished her Maud Lewis, Haywagon and Cove (pattern from Highland Heart Hookery) which was started in a class with Doug Rankin. Today, March 20th, it was steamed with our new acquisition. Isn't it beautiful!

Haywagon and Cove (Maud Lewis' pattern from Highland Heart Hookery),  Hooked by Claire Fradette

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Canolas Workshop

Special Rug Hooking Workshop on Canolas

Loretta Moore is offering a Rug Hooking Workshop on a fun technique that she and her friends have named “CANOLAS”, a Canadian rug hooking version of traditional Mola designs.

What is a Mola you may ask?
Molas are handmade using a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers (usually two to seven) of different-coloured cloth (usually cotton) are sewn together; the design is then formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The edges of the layers are then turned under and sewn down. Often, the stitches are nearly invisible. This is achieved by using a thread the same color as the layer being sewn, sewing blind stitches, and sewing tiny stitches. The finest molas have extremely fine stitching, made using tiny needles.

This closeup of a Mola by Venancio Restrepo shows the
layering of different colours of cloth, and the fine stitching involved.
Picture by: Johan TheChost, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mola_(art_form)

The largest pattern is typically cut from the top layer, and progressively smaller patterns from each subsequent layer, thus revealing the colours beneath in successive layers. This basic scheme can be varied by cutting through multiple layers at once, hence varying the sequence of colours; some molas also incorporate patches of contrasting colours, included in the design at certain points to introduce additional variations of colour.

Rug hookers have taken this technique or “look” and adapted it to Rug Hooking. Norma Bastini is
one name that comes to mind, she has several “mola style” rug hooking patterns on her website. Often these patterns depict typical South or Central American animals.

Loretta has gone a step further and adapted the style to Canadian animals, hence the name “Canolas” or “Canadian Molas”.

In this workshop you will be designing your own rug hooking pattern by taking a Canadian animal and portraying it in the style of a mola.

See attached photos for ideas. Some of these are designs done in one of Loretta’s classes so please respect the work of others and don’t copy!

Canola Rug Hooking Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: Approx: 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: Approx 50$  A 25$ deposit is requested
Location: to be determined (but West Island)

If interested please contact a member of the executive and we will get back to you with more details.
Note: As you will be designing your own pattern class size is limited to 13.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thank you LCA!

Le Coin Artisanal

For the past several years Le Coin Artisanal has hosted our Saturday Hook-Ins. Sadly they are closing their doors this month but we couldn't let them go without a proper send off! 
Kathy & Paola we will miss you!!

Thank you Kathy and Paola!

Mary created this original and delicious cake!