Search This Blog

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guest at Last Guild Meeting

Lisa, a recent guest to our guild, brought a rug that her great-grandmother hooked in the 1940s for her grand-child, Lisa's mom.

Lisa's great-grandmother, a resident of Nova Scotia, was an avid hooker. The Scotty Dog rug had been damaged on the edges by years of wear. In this photo, member BettyAnn in repairing a damaged spot.

Lisa was seeking suggestions on how to preserve this piece of her family history. The rug was hooked on burlap from a light-weight fabric which might have been rayon or cotton.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ahhhh, I'm in Love with This Rug

And another Nathalie Lete. Wow. Here's the link. "Papillons."

Is Nathalie Lete the Artist Anthropologie Commissioned?

Re: the last post (See below), I wonder if well-known French artist Nathalie Lete is the one who made the rug.... She does a lot of hand-hooked rugs in addition to paintings, drawings, and ceramics. See a news story on Lete here. Here's the collaborations she's done with Anthropologie.

images from Anthropologie website, and from Nathalie Lete's website.

Massive rug-hooked artwork in Seattle

My daughter and her husband went on a trip to Seattle last weekend and saw this hooked portrait rug hanging in the clothing and decor store Anthropologie . They said it was 3 metres by 5 metres!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hooker News from Rita

1. SunDog: Please contact Dorothy about volunteering to demo on the weekend of Dec. 4,5,6. She will provide you with a ticket for admission. Please bring rugs for the display to the Nov. 24 hooking night.

2. Cutter: BettyAnn has donated a Fraser cutter to the group. Thank you very much.

3. Christmas Hook-in and charity fundraiser: Thanks, Patti, for offering your home. Instead of a gift exchange, please bring a few dollars and any items (they don't need to be hooking-related) that you would like to donate. The money raised from the sale of these donations will be used for charity. Our chosen charity this year is the Rancheritas. Learn about the Rancheritas at

4.Annual General Meeting: The AGM will be held on our next hooking night, Nov. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. Please come out to discuss how you'd like to see the club improve.

5. Order from Rittermere-Hurst-Field: We agreed to order the new edition of the catalogue for the group. If you would like to order anything from RHF, email me before Monday, Nov. 16th. If we share the postage, it will save everyone money. You can view the products at

6. Donation for Sherbrooke Centre: Donna and Ann kindly offered to design a rug that we can all work on and donate to Sherbrooke's fundraising auction.

7. Centre Gallery Display: The display begins on Jan. 4, so it is absolutely urgent to prepare for this before the holidays. There is a $100 fine if the display is not put up and taken down at a prescribed time. Alice and Gloria are co-ordinating this event.
-Each person is asked to submit 2 or 3 pieces. All types of hooked items are needed. Please note that some may not be used if space becomes full.
-Deadline for rugs is Saturday, Nov. 28 (Christmas Hook-In). You may also bring them to the Nov.24 hooking night.
-In order to hang the rugs, they will need to have a pocket (casing) sewn to the back. Please use light weight cloth (such as muslin or broadcloth) and make a 2" pocket at the top on the back of your piece. Please leave 2" on each end without pocket. Make sure to sew the pocket to the backing threads, not the loops.
-Include this information along with your rug: name of rug, hooked by------, designed by.........,size, price or 'not for sale'. You may also add a short statement about your rug.
-If you should sell a rug, the gallery fee is 25%.

8. See the last blog posting (below) to see Donna's Halloween rug. If you sign up to follow this blog, you will be notified each time a new item is listed.

9. Watch this short video about the Rancheritas.

Take care,

*photo credit: docman at Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Member Rugs: Halloween Rug by Donna

Here's Donna's Halloween rug! The design, by Christine Little, is called "Moonstruck Wanda." What an interesting sky, and don't you love the wonky houses? --Rita