Magazine articles about Australian Rugmakers

As well as articles about Australian Rugmakers, you’ll also see articles listed by Australians & others about Rugmaking in OZ.

More information about Australian Rugmakers mentioned here is shown under the heading [Australian Rugmakers] in this section.

  • 1978 – Craft Council of Australia newsletter – The National Rug Event: A Community Project by Robin Marsden: This article reported on a national project sponsored by The Crafts Board of Australia.    The project was aimed at involving a wide cross-section of the Australian community in the craft of rug-making. More than 90 regional groups were associated with the project which included all types of rug- making. Traditional rug hooking was included (an image of rug by M.I. Moss(SA) but most were woven or tapestry rugs.  The two-year project was launched in Womans Day magazine and was reported on in Craft Boards newsletters.  Read the full article here.
  • 1990 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jul/Aug 90s issue) Down-Under Hooked Rugs by Lee Pattison, NSW (dec 2007). Describes rug hooking in Australia from the pioneering days. Lee also mentions rugs archived at Tumbarumba, Pioneer Women’s Hut, and in the archives of Australian National Gallery. With permission from RHM, you can read the full article here.
  • 1993 Australian Country Craft and Decorating, Vol 3 No 1 Jul/Aug issue Recreating Generations of Hand Crafted History by Judy Newman, (photography – Ben Wrigley, Canberra) describes Miriam Miller’s restoration of the family’s farm house (circa 1870) in Milton, New South Wales and the rugs Miriam hooked for it. Judy also told of Miriam’s interest in spinning, knitting, and love of colour and how she dyed the wool and fabric she uses in her rugmaking.
  • 2000 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Mar/Apr/May Issue) by Susan Sutherland, Canada. Susan wrote about her 1997 experience teaching rughooking workshops in Canberra. Susan, a member and accredited Teacher of the Ontario Rug Hooking Guild, belongs to the Kitchener-Waterloo Rug Hooking Guild. At present she is the program convener. Susan also belongs to The International guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR), ATHA, the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild and is a member of the Australian Rugmakers Guild.
  • 2009 – Inspiration: (Issue 62) Pocket Project – Chiffon Flower by Judy Ingram (Stephens),SA. Judith is the President of the Australian Rugmakers Guild and a member of The  International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers/Past Vice-President (2009-12).
  • 2011 – Embellish: (Vol 2 Issue 8/Dec 2011)  – The Chiffon Flower with Bling – by Jo Franco,WA. This edition also contained Jo’s article promoting the  2012 TIGHR Conference in South Australia. A member and Editor for the  Australian Rugmakers Guild, Jo is also a member and accredited instructor of the McGown Guild(USA) and a member of The  International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers/Editor (2009-12)
  • 2012 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Mar/Apr/May Issue) – Rug Hooking Down UnderThe old craft of rug making heads in a new direction by Jo Franco,WA – depicting rugs by Judith Stephens(SA), Rowan Rovere(WA), Ilke Landal(NSW), Judi Tompkins(QLD) and the Mundaring Rug Group(WA). A member and Editor for the  Australian Rugmakers Guild, Jo is a member and accredited instructor of the McGown Guild(USA) and a member of The  International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers/Editor (2009-12)
  • 2012 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Sep/Oct Issue) – The Healing Side of Hooking – Norma Hatchett,WA  by Josephine Franco,WA …….. through “Hooked on Hessian” Norma has been giving rug hooking workshops to children and the disabled for 30 years and working with DADA has facilitated sessions in aged care homes for the last 6 years.  See articles by Jo/Editor, in Aust Rugmakers Guild newsletters.  Jo is also a member and accredited instructor of the McGown Guild(USA) and a member of The  International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers/Editor (2009-12)
  • 2013 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jan/Feb Issue) – by Debra Smith -Editor RHM (photography by Susan Feller)USA featuring images from the 2012 Triennial Conference of TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) held in Strathalbyn, South Australia, October, 2012. Debra & Susan are both members of  TIGHR. Susan is Historian for the Guild and Past Pres-2006-2009.
  • 2013 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Nov/Dec Issue) – Literary Rugs – A look at the hooked rugs in our favourite books by Sue Lange (SA) Authors like Lucy Maude Montgomery/Anne of Green Gables series, Louisa May Alcott’s Jo’s Boys, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Little House on the Prairie – all have references to hooked and braided rugs.
  • 2013 – Fiber Art Now: (Summer Issue) Featuring South Australian rugmaker, Yvonne Dalton’s method of eco dying (tree-wrapped). This article mentions an article on Yvonne’s tree wrapping in  (Aug 2010) 
  • 2014 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Nov/Dec Issue) – Ebb & Flow – by Josephine Franco,WA.  A Wearable Art entry created by Jo and the Wanneroo Community Rugmakers Group, which was a finalist that year in Mandurah’s Stretch Festival.
  • 2015 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jan/Feb Issue) – Tony Bomford’s Marvelous Mathmetical Rugs (latch-hooked) by Sue Lange,SA – Anthony (Tony)Gerald Bomford (1927-2003) – images of some of his 18 exquisitely complex and beautiful mathematical hooked rugs.
  • 2015 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jun/Jul/Aug) – A Journey into Rug hooking and Beyond/Miriam Miller World traveller  by Josephine Franco,WA –  Jo tells of Miriam’s long history with rug hooking in Australia and travels to give workshops in far flung places and meet members of TIGHR and rug hooking friends made during her term as  the first President of the Australian Rugmakers Guild 2008-2012 and TIGHR 2009-2012
  • 2015 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jun/Jul/Aug) – Accidental Rugmaker, A journey with wool by Kira Mead,WA –  Kira, a textile artist,  describes how she came to discover rug hooking through the giant colourful quillies she had created.
  • 2016 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jan/Feb Issue) – Chain Stitch Rug Hooking by Kira Mead, WA  – Kira describes how, new to rug hooking, she branched out and discovered  how to adapt the embroidery “chain stitch” to rug making.
  • 2016 – Rug Hooking Magazine: (Jun/Jul/Aug Issue) Reading Writing & Rug Hooking – Bec Andersen by Josephine Franco, WA – Shows images of Bec’s work as part of her Artist in Residency program – teaching children in school to hook chair pads.