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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Award-Winning Rug by Member Lynne Bresselaar

Newer member Lynne Bresselaar, on the encouragement of Rita, submitted her first rug to Rug Hooking Magazine's feature "First Rug on the Last Page."  Patti's husband Ron Marken photographed it.  She recently learned that her first rug will be featured! Congratulations, Lynne!
MOTHER AND CHILD  29" x 24" Photo: Ron Marken
While watching Deanne Fitzpatrick's dvd on rug-hooking, I suddenly knew this was how I wanted to hook rugs.  I started looking through old sketch books, and found an image I'd created during a life drawing session where a young mother posed with her newborn.  Years ago I made it into a Christmas card, and decided now that it would be perfect for my first original pictorial piece.
I drew it freehand on the linen backing, then began to hook, using mostly yarns from my knitting stash.  There are also strips of ribbon, some fabric from thrift store plaids and sweaters, t-shirt strips, some cotton yarn and fabric, and even bits of wine-colored rayon lining for bursts of color in the shawl.
Half-way through, I consulted my rug hooking friends and received feedback on what was and wasn't working, and how to improve it.  Also about halfway, I acquired a Cheticamp frame, which made the whole process easier and more enjoyable.  I could now leave my work-in-progress and return to it readily, contain most of my mess of worms and tools on its table-like surface, and see at a glance the effect of today's hooking on the whole picture.  I couldn't take it anywhere, but when I hooked, both hands were free to work, and I could concentrate on the joy and pleasure of creating.
The hardest parts were the hands and the baby's head and hand.  In the original drawing, the separation of the hands was more implied than defined, and the overall look was more painterly than realistic.  I tried to stay true to that in the rug, but with a little less success.  To add depth to the baby's head, I've stained the areas that should be more shadowed with tea, at a friend's suggestion.
I am proud to display this finished piece prominently in our home.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beautiful Rugs from Victoria Meacham, of Victoria, BC

Victoria Meacham, a friend of Patti's, has created these beautiful pieces.  The first two, of rocks, and of shells, are creative, beautiful, and unusual.  I don't think I've seen anything like them before!The final one, "Happy Roads through Life,"  is a detailed life narrative piece.  Gorgeous!

Our Prairie Elevator Show in Manitoba Cooperator

Last month, the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon's prairie elevator show, touring 6 communities in Manitoba, was featured in the Manitoba Cooperator.  Check it out!

This exhibit is making its way around Manitoba for a while, and then the Royal Alberta Museum gallery in Edmonton has requested it for the spring and summer of 2014.

Biscuit Recipe from a Saturday Hook-in

Patti will attest that Betty Ann's recipe was realllly good! It's from The Joy of Cooking, a good classic book to have on hand.

Quick-Drop Biscuits with Old Cheddar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Sift before measuring: 1 3/4 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour Mix in a bowl with 1 tsp salt, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

Add: 2 to 6 tbsp chilled butter or shortening or combination of both. I used about 3 tbsp butter and about 1/2 cup grated old cheddar. You can experiment with the combination that works for you.
Cut solid shortening into dry ingredients with a pastry blender until the mixture is of the consistency of coarse corn meal.

Add, all at once, 1 cup milk. Stir the dough for I scant minute. Drop on to non-greased sheet and bake 12 to 15 min until lightly browned.
Image from Flickr: MGF/Lady Disdain