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Friday, December 10, 2010

Mary Flanagan Felted Wool Patchwork "Quillow"

As a rug hooker, you will likely recognize the folded stack of hand-dyed wool in the picture here.  The Purl Bee blog has just posted instructions for a beautiful "Quillow" made of these rectangles. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New York Times slide show and article on Boucherioute show

New York Times
"Faced with a call for increased output and a scarcity of natural materials, Berber weavers have had to rethink aspects of their craft. This has meant, among other things, supplementing wool with recycled fabrics and cheap synthetic fibers like nylon and Lurex, and various plastics.

With the synthetic fibers came new colors and chromatic intensities. Where old-fashioned vegetable dyes tend to look savory and subtle, machine dyes are emphatic and bright. The first things you notice about the Cavin-Morris show is how visually assertive it is. Yes, there are ranges of earth tones, but it’s the fire-engine reds, the Day-Glo oranges, the post-punk pinks that pop out."

--"Wild, Not Woolly, Berber Rugs" - Holland Cotter, New York Times Art Review, 22 July 2010 online version of New York Edition article in C23

"Boucherouite" Moroccan rag rugs: techniques

I'm having difficulty finding details about how these rugs are made. It looks as though Moroccan women have had varied approaches to making them.  Any ideas from these pictures, expert rug hookers?  Here's a boucherioute rug from the front, and some detail from the back (link).

And some more examples of Boucherioute

At this website, there are some more amazing pictures of Boucherioute rugs.

"Boucherouite" Moroccan rag rugs

Have a look at this website for examples, history, and analysis of Moroccan Boucherouite rag rugs, also called "Boucherwit, from Moroccan Arabic bu sherwit, ‘a piece torn from pre-used clothing’, ‘scrap’"
Example of Boucherouite Rag Rug

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Natural Dyeing: Making Your Own Indigo!

The results of Eva's indigo dyeing.

Freshly-picked leaves, ready to cook down.
Eva, an English blogger, records her adventures with natural dyeing.  Look at her amazing work with growing and harvesting indigo for dyeing.

Here's a link to a book about dyeing with indigo.

Natural Dyeing

Here's an article and interview with Margaret Ooman on Dyeing fabric naturally. I'm not sure if it will be useful or interesting to readers of this blog, but I thought I'd post it anyhow!

Ooman is a rural physician with a background in chemistry, and she's a textile artist.

In this interview, she mentions light sensitivity of natural fabrics and gathering local plants to make dyes.

Results of Oosman's experiment using wild fennel.
Oosman has an amazing blog: Naturally Dyeing.  Here she records her experiments and techniques in natural dyeing.  The images here show the results of using wild fennel to dye her textiles.  Beautiful!

Leaf Rug

Can you see the caterpillar?
This year our members decided that along with our usual cash donation, we could make a rug to donate to the Sherbrooke Center, the facility which provides meeting space for our group. The rug was designed, hooked and bound by members of our club. It was auctioned at the Center's fund raising gala in May. The name of the rug, "With a Little Help From My Friends", describes our group, as we come together in friendship to share and learn, but it also describes the Sherbrooke Center residents and staff. Together we are stronger and happier.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One More Wild Rice Recipe from the Retreat!

Here is Wendy T.'s recipe from the retreat. Enjoy!

Wild Rice Casserole
½ cup washed, uncooked wild rice
½ cup washed, uncooked brown rice
¼ cup butter
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 ½ cups chicken broth
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage

Saute uncooked rice , onion, celery and mushrooms in butter 3-5 minutes.
Place in 1 ½ quart casserole and add hot chicken broth. Cover and bake at 325 degrees F for 1 ½-2 hours.

Can be used as stuffing.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wild Rice Recipe from the Retreat

Wild Rice Salad

This is a guideline (substitute anything you have on hand).

To cooked wild rice add: chopped green onions, thinly sliced/diced dried apricots, dried cranberries, chopped parsley, toasted almonds/pecans. (I often put in diced peppers). Use your favourite vinaigrette dressing or try the following: whisk together 1/2 c frozen orange juice concentrate, 3+ tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/3 c olive oil/vegetable oil, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp+ minced garlic, S & P/other herbs.

It was a wonderful weekend. Thanks to Rita/others who organized it and to everyone for the great company.

Linda C

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Colour Experimentation Part 5

Color Hunter is amazing. Upload an image, and it breaks it down into colours for you. Here, I've tried it with the group's Leaf Rug!

Colour Experimentation Part 4

Peter Piper's Palette Picker

Colour Experimentation Part 3

Try myPANTONE, Pantone's member ideas for colour combinations. The most popular member is Pantone itself, which has some beautiful colour combinations.

Colour Experimentation Part 2

Here is another site for colour inspiration.

Colour Experimentation Part 1

Here is an interesting site for experimenting with colour. Choose a bar of colours and your choice will be shown in fabric designs. This could be useful in colour planning a rug.

E-Bay Wool Seller

Susan has purchased hand-dyed wool from wpd74 "Olde Scotties Primitive" on E-Bay, and she was pleased with the quality.

Member Rugs: Gloria's Trip to Newfoundland

Here is a wall hanging recently completed by Gloria. It is a pleasant reminder of her trip to Newfoundland.

With a Little Help from My Friends

Here is the completed rug. It was auctioned at a fund-raiser for the Sherbrooke Centre. It was an interesting project, with many members participating in the designing, dyeing, hooking and binding.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Laura Megroz's Songbirds Hickory Bench on Chandler 4 Corners

I couldn't resist adding one more image from the site. This bench is so sweet.

Chandler 4 Corners in Veranda Magazine

Chandler 4 Corners (click here for a link to more rug images) is an American company that sells hand-hooked rugs online. I discovered it today when reading the May/June 2010 issue of Veranda Magazine. I don't really like this magazine because it's a bit sterile and posh, but the pillows and chair covers in a beautiful Cape Cod home caught my eye: they were rug hooked! I looked up the source and found great rugs for inspiration at Chandler 4 Corners. The images here are from this site, and are a couple of my favourites. I will send the copy of Veranda to the next meeting.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


A great web page reference for over-dyeing (click here).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Brussels in Bloom

A floral carpet made of nearly a million begonia flowers.... Forwarded from our newest member, Cheryl! Thank you.

How Many Ways Are There to Make a Rug?

A Rag Rugs Tour!

Anna Lajeunesse's Rug


Attached is a photo of a rug made by Anna Lajeunesse (maiden name Brullotte), my great grandma, in 1980. She gave it to me when I was born. i don't remember the woman because she died when I was very young. My parents and grandparents say that she made around 500 rugs. Most she donated to family and friends as gifts though she did sell a few. My parents still have the rug she made them for their wedding. Many of my relatives still have the rugs she made.

Anna was born in Quebec but moved to Debden, SK where she lived most of her life. Let me know if you'd like more information about her or more photos of her rugs.

I tell you this because I briefly met you at the Sundog craft sale in December. I told you about my great grandma's rugs and you said that you'd like a photo to put on a rug hookers website. Thank you for your interest.

Take care
Reanne Lajeunesse

Member Rug: Heather's First Rug

Last fall, Heather attended the Beginner class at Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School here in Saskatchewan. She chose a folk art pattern, designed by one of the Rancheritas of Mexico. Heather did a great job, using bold and joyful colours. Firey tail feathers and stylish feet add to the appeal.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Book Discussion at Gloria's Hook-in

At Gloria's hook-in, members discussed a new book by Suzie Stephanson on primitive rugs. Some of us have ordered the book and will "show and tell" at one of our meetings. Our next Saturday hook-in will be in March at Susan's.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes

Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Flax Buns
3/4 cup flax
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. yeast
3 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups warm water
4 cups whole wheat four.
Mix ingredients together. Bake for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes

Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Wild Rice and Mushroom Casserole
2/3 cup wild rice
1/2 tsp. Salt.
3 cups boiling water
cook for 30 minutes.
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp flour
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 cup beef stock
1/8 tsp. pepper and 3/4 tsp. salt
saute onions and mushrooms, blend in flour and stock. Cook the roux. Add all together and bake for 30 mins at 350.

Image credit: Muddy River Photos on Creative Commons, Flickr

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes

Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Artisan Bread
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp. granulated yeast
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
6 !/2 cups flour
Cornmeal for dusting.
Add yeast and salt to water, mix with flour. Kneading is not necessary. Mix with wooden spoon. It will be moist, wet, and loose). Let it rise (Cover with lid) for two hours. Place in fridge for up to a week. Shape into loaves or use for pizza. Rest loaf or pizza base for 20 minutes, dust the bread with cornmeal and slash with a knife before baking in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Put a tray of hot water in the oven while baking for a crusty bread.
Recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzborg and Zoe Francois.

Hook-in: Gloria's Recipes

Several of our members had a lovely afternoon of friendship, food, and hooking projects at Gloria's two weeks ago. The food was a hit. Here are Gloria's recipes. --Patti

Taco Soup
1 lb browned hamburger
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 16 oz can tomatoes with juice and 1 16 oz can of kidney beans with juice
1 can corn
8 oz tomato sauce
1 envelope of taco mix seasoning
Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream.

Cranberry Nut Muffins
3/4 c salad dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
2 beaten eggs
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 tsp. grated orange rind
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 18 muffin tins. Combine dressing, orange, eggs, and berries; Combine dry ingredients and stir wet into dry. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

image credit: MitaK on Creative Commons Flickr

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Heather's Lemony Three-Bean Salad Recipe

12 oz green beans, cut into 2" pieces and blanched
1 can chickpeas
1 can red kidney beans
1 c diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 c chopped red onion
1/4 c minced parsley

Combine the above in medium bowl. I often add minced green onion, minced garlic and/or thinly sliced cabbage. Any combination of canned beans will work.

1/2 c olive oil
3 T lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
1 t salt
3/4 t cracked pepper

Combine the above mix well and pour over salad ingredients.

Thanks, Heather

image credit: graygoosie on Flickr Creative Commons

Monday, March 8, 2010

Three Helpful Gene Shepard Videos

Gene Shepard has some rug hooking instructional videos on YouTube. They are short, highly-rated and easy-to-follow. Here are three: How to Hook a Corner ; How to Hook a Round Shape ; and "How to Hook a Point."


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hooker News

1. We had a lovely, stress-free day at Gloria's hook-in, pleasant conversation and some laughs while we hooked. The food was wonderful--watch for Gloria's muffin and Taco Soup recipes coming soon to the blog.

2. For those of you who have borrowed the dyes, please continue to look for the missing Majic Carpet dye books- Antique Colors and Spots, Books I and II and Sky Blue Pink with a Smell of Green. They are small booklets, about 6"x 8", so they could easily been overlooked when packing the dye case.

3. We have a new member, Jacqueline. She is primarily a weaver, but we welcome her company and artistic ability to our group.

4. If you are interested in ordering Susie Stephenson's new book, Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs, please let me know and we can order together to save shipping. The price is $15.96 on Send me an email if you are interested.

5. There is interest in holding a retreat. I have checked with Jackfish Lodge, Emma Lake and Dallas Ranch Camp and these facilities do not meet our needs. Any other suggestions? We can always return to Harmony House in Manitou. We have a tentaive booking made last year.

6. Need more light? Ott-Lite desk lamps are on sale for $49.99 at Michael's until March 5, reduced from $119.99. Other Ott lamps are 40% off.

7. Susan has offered to host a March hook-in, details to follow.

8. The Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School registration forms are now available. With the school being held at Blackstrap, commuting from Saskatoon is easily accomplished.

9. Last call for membership renewal. Non members will be deleted from the list.

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Member Rugs: Ann's Maple Leaves and Scrolls

Ann purchased this design from a collection of vintage patterns that had been donated to our guild. Her choice of colour palette adds to the antique look of the rug. --Rita

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Member Rugs: Ann's Whimsical Piece

This is Ann's favorite rug of the many she has made. She likes the whimsy of the design and the antique look of the colors.


Member Rugs: Gloria's Banner

Gloria created this joyful banner to hang in a church where her son is the Pastor. The glittery sequins on the pink circles sparkle in the light.


Hooker News from Rita

1. Thank you, Patti, for organizing our display at the Heritage Fair and for those who assisted. At our meeting we decided we would not participate in this event next year. It was felt we get better exposure at the Sundog and we are given an honorarium of $150 there, whereas we pay a $50 fee at the Heritage Fair.

2. Don't forget to pay your membership fee of $12 if you have not done so.

3. A kind lady donated 9 Rug Hooking Magazines, which will be available for loan from our wool suitcase.

4. Keep the leaf rug moving! Thank you, Donna and Ann, for dyeing the background.

Take care and hook lots while you watch the Olympics.

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

How Do You Pixilate?

Many of us recently bought Jane Halliwell Green's second book on hooking pictorials. On her site, she explains in a video how to pixilate.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Saskatoon Heritage Festival: Western Development Museum

On February 7th, 2010. Introducing some youngsters to the art and fun of rug hooking! Patti is with her grand-daughter, Anna (5) in the top right photo.