Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Traditional Arts Fair at Castlemaine

 Are you at a bit of a loose end this weekend? Nothing to do maybe? Why not head out to Castlemaine and attend the Traditional Arts Fair. 
And while you're at it take in the beautiful sights along the way.
You'll find Robyne and Anne from the Yarra Valley Rugmakers demonstrating rug hooking there. 

Traditional Arts Fair
Buda Historical House, Castlemaine
Sunday 26th November.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Weekend spinning retreat at Greenhills in Canberra.

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Leaving home on Friday, 5 am, we drove through the beautiful country side of South Gippsland in Victoria, to attend a most wonderful spinning retreat in Canberra, the capital of our great land, Austalia. My friend who accompanied me, spent the weekend with her grand-daughter, who lives in Canberra.
After lots of stops and cuppas along the way, we travelled through beautiful country side, into NSW and the Capital territory and to Greenhills.
My dear friends Anne, Miriam and Jacqui had already arrived and lots of die-hards were already spinning away to their hearts content. I shared a room with Anne in bunk style rooms. We were spoiled with delicious food, snacks and drinks throughout the weekend, as we spun away at our wheels. There was a fashion parade on the Saturday morning and a raffle on the Sunday and I was blessed to win 200g of the most gorgeous dark brown, fine fleece which I shall enjoy spinning into yarn.

Alison, an Australian woman, and married to a Macedonian gentleman is showing a photo of her Macedonian wedding outfit. The red vest she is holding is worn over the undervest and under the apron, as on the dressed mannequin  you see in the photo at left, which is a 19th century day outfit for Macedonian women. Unfortunatly it did not fit the mannequin, and thus she is holding it here.

This exquisite home spun mohair capelet was modelled and made by Ulli, one of the women modelling the garments.

Our rug hooking friends Miriam and Anne 
Anne, Jacqui and Maggie chatting away
More gorgeous handspun garment modelled by some of the ladies. 

 After a wonderful three days of yapping, spinning, eating, drinking and making new friends, each went back to their own corner of the world to continue their daily lives. God willing to meet up again next year, same time, same place. Cheers- Chris

Monday, 28 August 2017

October meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi friends of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Next Saturday 28th October will be our next meeting, to be held in Warrandyte. Hope to see you. New members always welcome. Please use the contact form on the right side of the page if you are interested. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

July meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi friends and followers of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers.
I know I have been amiss of late in posting. Time seems to get away from me and before I know it a month...or two has passed  and oops, no posts.

We had a most wonderful meeting in the cold of the Victorian winter in Warrandyte in July. However we were toasty warm in front of, not one but would you believe two lovely wood heaters in Anne's home in Warrandyte.

Our group was small but that never seems to matter much. The conversation was lively and interesting as always.
 As we continued to work away on our rugs- Joy on her Psalm 23 rug, Anne Marie on her yarn hooked chair pad, Anne on her paisley rug and Chris on her In the Beginning rug, we chatted away and enjoyed a lovely winter lunch of soup and goodies.
We are looking forward to having our long time member Robyne join us again very soon, after an abscence of more than twelve months. We all miss you Robyne.

Before we knew it, the day was over and off we went, each to their own homes.

 Regular followers may remember the oriental rug I have been working on for the last couple of years. Well, I thought I would post an update for you. Two thirds finished, one third to go.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

July meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

July already. The shortest day of the year has come and gone, however it is certainly still chilly enough to 'rug' up in front of the fire with good friends and interesting conversation.
If you have not been to one of our meetings, please come and join us in Warrandyte on Saturday, around 10ish, please leave a message in the contact form box on the side. We would love to see you.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

June in Loch

June in Loch was cold, but the atmosphere was sunny and so was the room we were in. It was wonderful to see six of us girls get together to share our love of hooking and fellowship. The girls travelled from far off to unite us in our common love of rug hooking.

As we hooked away we chatted and shared of what was important to us in our personal lives, our joys and sometimes our pains.
There is something very special about being together as a group of women, this is how we communicate.

Joy had started her next stair tread the month before and made great headway with her second sheep on tread number three- 'in the Valley' a rug of deep shadows and highlights among the trees in the dark valley. It will be beautiful.

Anne worked on her stairpad, hooked with beautiful jewel colours in wool yarn, which gives a rug such a different look to woll strips. It is soft and puffy, just lovely.
Jen worked on her 'tightrope to the sun' rug. Jen is a busy lady and often our monthly meeting is the only time she can work on it. However it is coming along beautifully.

Anne Marie is also working on a wool yarn chairpad, also in lovely bright colours of her home-spun, hand-dyed wool.

Leanne took the time to just relax and chat.

I- Chris continued to work on my Persian style rug called 'Tehran', designed by Rittermere back in the 1970s. I have this rug standing in front of the fire in the winter months, so I can work on it any time. This is the time I get more done as it is visible from the kitchen and the sitting room.

The photo below shows one of a rug, called ├Źn the beginning God created', which I started while holidaying in Tasmania. I needed to start a project that was portable                                                                       
Leanne, just relaaxing and enjoying the time out with friends

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

June Meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Mkers