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Saturday, July 28, 2018

St Lawrence College

SLC Dye Class

Intermediate Rug Hooking

Brockville, July 23rd to 27th, 2018
 

By Dawna Matthew





What a fun time with a lively and lovely group of fellow hookers at St Lawrence College, Brockville Campus. Laura Boszormeny was our instructor and led us through the many different and fascinating techniques for dyeing wool. We dabbled in the dye pots and although there was much giggling and chatting Laura managed to keep us on track. Laura generously shared her vast knowledge and experience and we all came away with many new skills and a necklace full of samples.
This week long July class was part of the St Lawrence College certificate in Traditional Rug Hooking.

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Rug Hooking
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Certificate in Traditional Rug Hooking.
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Saturday, July 14, 2018

St Lawrence College


Basic Rug Hooking

St Lawrence College
Cornwall, July 9th  to 13th, 2018

By Ti Seymour

15 happy hookers attended St Lawrence College, Cornwall for the Credit Course - Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan (Willow Creek Rug Hooking).  Attendees came from Beaconsfield, Martintown and Ottawa branches.  The motifs hooked covered the use of spot dye, swatches, dip dye and alternative fibres.  There was something new for everyone to learn from colour theory, hooking perfect loops, shading and finishing techniques.  Thank you Carol for such a fun week, you brought out the best work in each of us.    

This Fibre Arts Program run by Laura Boszormeny is a well rounded education for anyone looking for improvement and friendship.   



Basic Rug Hooking
Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan

Cornwall
Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan

Carol
Carol's Tee Shirt

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Show & Tell: July - September 2018


Show & Tell : Covered Bridges!

Dawna Matthew's Rugs


From the middle 1800’s to the middle 2000’s over 1000 to 1200 covered bridges were built in Quebec alone, and, of these, 82 were still in existence in 2012. (Certain sources claim 100). These structures were erected to facilitate the transport of timber across watercourses, replacing the early primitive bridges made out of exposed wooden boards, which, unprotected from the elements, were rotting quickly and were hazardous for the users. Covering the bridge with a roof meant a longer lifespan for the bridge and  protection for the horses and pedestrians. Over the years, many of these bridges were restored and are still in use today for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Pont St Columban - Hooked By Dawna Matthew


Pont St Columban 
Hooked by Dawna Matthew
 
This covered bridge was built in 1937 but unfortunately burned down in 1974. When the guild decided to have a theme for our 2017 biennial show I started thinking about which covered bridge in Quebec was the closest to my home, and I remembered that there used to be one in St Columban, which crossed the North River. “Les ponts couverts au Québec”  has a section on their website titled “Ponts Disparus” and there I found all the information on the St Columban covered bridge. I also discovered an artist’s sketch of the bridge and contacted the owner who then put me in touch with the artist. I received permission from M. Guy Thibault to use his sketch for a rug. This rug was fun to work on as the original sketch was black and white. That allowed me to play with colour and I decided to make the season spring.




Pont Faubourg - Hooked by Dawna Matthew


Pont Faubourg
Hooked By Dawna Matthew
 
I decided to use this covered bridge as my project for a class at Green Mountain Rug School in Montpelier, Vermont, in June 2017. The class was titled “A Painterly Approach to Depth and Colour” and given by Davey DeGraff. I had several photos of the bridge which I had taken on a camping trip to that area several years ago. My husband and I had climbed to a lookout over the town and discovered that the town, with the bridge, had been depicted on the 1954 Canadian 1000$ bill. It was only after a newer version of the bill, with a different illustration, that the people of L’Anse St Jean realized it was their village on the older currency.
Using my modern photos and the one from the 1000$ bill, I came up with a design for my project. It took several tries, using various shades of white, to get the bridge to stand out as the focal point of the rug but not overtake the landscape.


Pont Prud'homme - Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Pont Prud'homme
Hooked By Dawna Matthew

I always love seeing this little covered bridge in the Rouge-Valley on our drives going to Tremblant and area. I stopped one fall day and got some great photos and they eventually became the design for this rug.
This was my first covered bridge rug.