Combining Felting with Rug Hooking

A New Year and new combinations with rug hooking.

Some members of the Wanneroo Rugmakers group like to knit and crochet and some also like to felt.  At the Group’s first meeting for the year Margaret showed her recently felted pieces – images of these have just arrived in my INBOX.

  Margaret says…..    

The small bowls were cobweb felting and for the flower I used Corriedale wool roving that I just wet felted.  My botanical piece was also wet felted with merino wool and silk. I’ve looked at Kris McDermet’s website – love her work and am really disappointed Kris is so far away.”

Felted_creations_by_Margaret_Stuart_Western_Australia

Floral_by_Margaret_Stuart

In Albany, Western Australia, Kira Mead, featured in the January issue of Rug Hooking Magazine,  is experimenting again ….

this time hooking into felt. Kira tells me she is “contemplating involving felt with standing wool.”

Hooked_felt_Kira_Mead

Also in my INBOX today was the Blog from Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild  with an article about Kris McDermet’s upcoming braiding classes and mentioning Kris’s recent awards including 2015 Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations – where Kris was a finalist in the Original Category for “Prints”

Prints_by_Kris_McDermet

“Prints” Described below by Kris;

This is a 7 path Labyrinth – it is 5 feet round. The braids are the walls of the labyrinth and the hooking the foot paths. The birds, bugs, flowers, prints, leaves etc. are found on our labyrinth paths that we made in our field here in Vermont, USA.”

Australian rugmakers who were in Strathalbyn, South Australia in 2012 for the TIGHR Conference will remember meeting Kris and I’m sure would be interested to hear of her recent award and also the new combinations she is using.

On her website Kris talks about her love of combining hooking and braiding and also combining wool and silk. The latest addition to her combinations is Nuno felting with various wool and silk fibers felted together and cut into shapes and then combined into her hooking  – like the heart shapes used in her wall hanging “Passion”.

passion_by_Kris_Mcdermet

Passion 48”round  Wool silk Nuno felted hearts

You can see more of Kris’s work on her website www. krismcdermetrugs.com

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