Friday, 22 April 2016

Fleur-de-lis Proggy Rug

I'm really enjoying doing this rug. It's slow work, takes tons and tons of cloth, is terribly messy, gives me a sore neck and is the funnest!

It will need some trimming later, obviously.
I bought the frame via Miriam Miller at Narrawilly Rugs. It sits on a couple of old trestle legs in my sewing room so I can pop in and do some every day. I signed up for a '10 minute a day pledge' on Rug Hooking Daily, which is good because you invariably do way more.

I started out doing the progs too close together, but it doesn't matter at all. You can't tell.

Here is my sketch (which I've deviated from considerably) and its inspiration.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Our April meeting in Hastings

Anne's sunflower proggy
Chris' Bird of Paradise [Strelitzia] rug
The Yarra valley Rug Makers had a meeting with a difference yesterday 9th April. Only three of us were present at The Westernport Craft Fair, run as a yearly fundraiser by the local Hastings Uniting Church. Many people came past the YV booth where Anne and I [Chris] demonstrated the genteel craft of making a hooked rug.

Some had a go at pulling some loops and two young girls just loved it and got the hang of it very quickly. Children are a delight to teach and catch on quickly. Anne's lovely sunflower proggy rug attracted a lot of attention also with its colourful contrasts.

As most of us rug hookers have discovered, many people confuse it with latchet hook rug making.
It was a long day and we were glad to go home at the end of it.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Rug Aid newletter by Heather Ritchie

Rug Aid's aim is to provide opportunities for women and children in some of the poorest communities in Africa 
No. 37 March 2016

It's been a busy few months since we last wrote to you. Some of you may be aware that Heather is President of TIGHR* for the term 2016-2018. That will keep her and the Rug Aid secretary and newsletter editor Lesley busy, but Heather will never be too busy for Rug Aid!

Heather visited the Rug Aid workshop in The Gambia in February 2016, and this is her report.
You can find her report on her website HERE

Rug Aid's aim is to provide opportunties for people in some of the poorest communities in 
The Gambia

Sunday, 3 April 2016

April meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi everyone
This month- 9th April, Anne and Chris will be demonstrating the craft of rug hooking at the Westernport Craft Fest held in Hastings, instead of our usual meeting.
So if you intended to come, I hope you'll come and say hi at the fest in Hastings instead.

Look HERE for details of the Craft Fest, which is a celebration and exhibition of the best craftwork in Western Port and on the Mornington Peninsula. It will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Marine Pde and Hodgins Rd, Hastings.
Hope to see you there.