Sunday, 16 October 2016

Geometric Proddy Rug

My original intention was for this to be quite subtle and soft in colouring. Ha ha ha! I'll try to subdue the bright purple and yellow with more neutrals and duller mauves etc., but then you know how these things take a life of their own. On the day, the right colour might be something you hadn't thought previously.
This proddy rug is all blanketing or woollen cloth. Some dyed.
I had lain out the rug and chosen colours, pinning or poking them into place so I didn't have to think for awhile, but at the Melbourne Show, the little children who were having a go liked to put their colours all over the place, so it's gotten a little lost! And who was I to stop their fun? I'll figure it out again.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

October Meetings of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi Ruggers
Just some exciting news for you. We actually have two meetings planned this month, the first on the 15th October and the second on the 29th Oct for those who can't make it to the first. Both at Anne's home in Warranyte. Actually, you may decide you would like to come to both. Whether its your first or the 50th time we have been blessed with your presence, everyone is always welcome. We will be so happy to get you going on your first rug, or help you with subsequent rugs. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Exhibition of Hand Hooked and Prodded Rugs at Coal Creek, Korumburra

Robyne, colour planning her proggy
Robyne and Chris hard at the frames

We had a wonderful exhibition of our hand hooked and prodded rugs for two weeks at Coal Creek out in the beautiful countryside of South Eastern Victoria, which finished on Sunday.
A vintage car rally was held at the venue last Sunday, which brought a lot of wives- and some husbands into the gallery for a look see. "Ooh, what is this beautiful- vintage- craft that we have never seen before." Thus were the comments. Many stayed around to watch our ladies prod and hook away at their rugs. They were fascinated by the process and were confused by the difference in latchet 
hook and hooked rugs- as is often the case. Janet the Coal Creek resident wool spinning lady was so excited to see our rugs and had wanted to make one since she was six years old. She was so  happy to see the rugs and talked to Anne and Robyne for a long time. She wanted to make a start immediately so she came back the following day and bought a frame, hooks and Miriam’s book. I hope we get to see her at some of the meetings. Such a nice lady. Hopefully we have spread the news a little further this fortnight.

From left: Chris, Anne and Joy
A series of six portrait rugs of Chris' grandchildren

Anne, working on her red poppy proggy rug

Chris' rug Tehran, which she has been working on for the last 20 months. Not being happy with the thinnish line of motives running north south, she needed some help and Joy came to the party with very helpful suggestions. You know when you are working on a rug, or anything really, and you come to a halt, not really knowing where to turn next and nothing comes to mind? That's when it is helpful for others to step in. They can look at your rug with an unbiased view. The result is at the right. Instead of hooking the scrolls in the darker cream as I have done most of the scrolls, I have incorporated part of that scroll into the small motive that was there previously. I am much happier with this result.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Neck and Back Are Sore, But....

I've spent the last two days (Thur/Fri) at the Melbourne Show, demonstrating mostly rug making (proddy). And the KIDS! They're gorgeous! I fell properly in love about a dozen times, with these little blossoms taking to proddy-rugging like earnest, determined, clever, darling little clever people... I know I said clever twice, but there it is. Usually their Mums were ready to go before they were and I nearly ran after one little petal with presents and adoption papers.
Could be I like orange, I notice...
We don't often go places with kiddies... the craft shows etc. are all grown-ups, pretty well. Now, I'm convinced it's the way to go and might look into something? Schools? Hmm... Steiner Schools? Waddya think? Any ideas?
I mean, I remembered how to knit because of childhood playing. And I remembered how to fix knitting, having never done it before, because of seeing Grandma do it and being fascinated, so... A new generation of rugmakers (since the adults are taking their time jumping on board) (Although, there were loads of interested people really and an invite to a CWA group down Werribee way)...

This is when I first set up, before people. When they arrived I didn't get away unless Ramona or Liz or Mandy or Annette came to boss me into a break (thanks for that guys, I didn't want to be impolite and found it hard to go). There were kids at the rug almost the whole time, and adults of course. People love to share their stories and I like to hear them. Win/win. 
Below is a nice story. I always buy one of these from the show. I have some oldies too, and so it was nice to see their history.

Thanks Ramona for inviting me. It gives me a real buzz to evangelize the crafts. I also got quite a bit done!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

New style rug hooks from RugHooksForMissions on Etsy

RugHooksForMissions has two new styles of pencil hooks available for those who work with them.
You will find the details and price HERE

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Hi Everyone
Our next meeting will be held in the Coal Creek gallery at Korumburra, on Saturday 24th September.
We hope to see as many people as possible there. It is well worth a visit, to see the many beautiful rugs on display until Sunday. 
At the same time, if you haven't already, you get to meet the members of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers group.  See you there. :)

Friday, 26 August 2016

Unusual Rug Making Hooks

I recently had contact with a delightful lady called Peggy from the USA who is a rug hooker and collector of beautiful hooks that she gathers along the way and also has specially made for her.

I asked her if I could see them and she generously emailed them to me. They are so beautiful that I thought others who are passionate about rug hooking and collecting beautiful things would love to see them as well. She allowed me to post the photos and quote her words on both the Yarra Valley Rug Makers Blog and my ‘Rug Making Hooks’ facebook page, which you will find HERE.

Peggy said about her hooks:

“I'm as much a collector of hooks as I am a "user" of hooks. I had Tom Ingalls from Missouri, USA to make several hooks for me using some gorgeous burls that I bought directly from a man who lives in Australia and harvests them from old gold fields near his home. Tom does such beautiful work. I had so much fun gathering all of my materials and designing my hooks with Tom. He was amazing to work with. Such gorgeous exotic woods. In designing my hooks, Tom used antique figural silver and picture buttons on them that I had collected from England, Ireland and Scotland. He hand-turned the Australian burls on a lathe to make the handles. I take them out often just to look at them. I love to share them with others and I think that Tom's artistry deserves to be appreciated.

The first two photos above show the Australian burls with buttons and silver that I sent Tom.

 This last picture shows the five finished hooks that he made for me. 

I love my hooks, but I do get a bit carried away with my collecting.” 

Thanks for sharing them with the rug hooking world Peggy, especially here is Australia, your hooks are truly a work of art. Credit to you and Tom.