News from WA

Moroccan_headscarf_ back_end_hanging_free_used_to_cover_mouth_&_nose    Who is this?   And why is this image on the rug hooking blog?   read on………

The Saturday morning sessions of the Rughooking group at the Wanneroo Library have been very interesting. The group is growing and becoming very creative, there’s hardly time to take off your coat when you arrive before everyone starts sharing their latest creative idea.


The mystery person in the photo is Kath, “wrapped up” by Barb who had just returned from a visit to Morocco where she learned much about textiles and nomadic weaving and also how to tie a headscarf.  The “how to” steps are described here.

Since we’re involved in recycling and upscaling in our craft and often are given, or come across, pieces of fabric/scarves etc. that either won’t work in a hooked project or are “too nice” to cut up – this is another idea for “what to do” when you make a discovery that you’d like to keep…..and maybe cut up later!

Closer to home, Rhonda has “wrapped up” a new great-grandchild (only 3 months old)  –  in a footy Finn_3_months_old_in_Melbourne_footy_jumperjumper!

She was knitting what looked like a dolls jumper one Saturday morning – it wasn‘t easy to photograph on the needles because it was so small.  She said she’d bring it the following week finished.

Well the family saw it finished and it went straight onto the little guy – so here is Fin sporting “Melbourne” colours.


Speaking of small things – our resident felter has been at it again –  this is one of Margaret’s recent creations, a felted flower “growing” from a felted over pebble.




It was on show last week in our mini exhibition.

Items were being gathered to send to the Exhibition and  Challenge in Canberra, 


Wanneroo_Rugmakers_West_Aust_Yvonne's_hooked_ collage This is a hooked collage by Yvonne – a transplanted New Zealander –  it’s her interpretation of the Australian landscape. Current projects underway by the group were also on show. 

The “exhibition” was timely, as the Mayor was due to visit  – a date she kept, even though recovering from a leg injury. 


Mayor Tracey Roberts is very supportive of community groups in the city – she is shown here talking about the 200 purple & yellow Chiffon Flowers  the Wanneroo Rugmakers made a few years ago for all the contestants in the “Relay for Life”,  a Fund raising event for Breast Cancer co-sponsored by the Mayors of the adjacent cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.  

Mayor Roberts, who also participates in the event, said she still has her flower and has worn it each year, as do those returning entrants who received the flowers. Mayor Roberts says they wear them with pride on their current T-shirt.  It’s good to know the flowers were appreciated, as the group members were pretty sick of purple and yellow proddy flowers by the time they’d finished creating that many.

The Mayor and I also had a long discussion about the TIGHR Conference in 2018 at Reeth – the TIGHR Newsletter   was on the table, she flipped through it and saw the map – it turns out she’s from that area and was most intrigued with the concept of The International Rugmakers Guild (TIGHR) having a change of country/administration every three years, giving members a chance to “see the world” as they travel to attend.

Several of our local members are from the UK – Kath, who you wouldn’t recognise from her “wrapped” state, is also from the Yorkshire Dales. I think come 2018 there might be several rug makers  from Wanneroo making a trip back to see their families  – with a side trip to Reeth.  

I’m off to the USA to visit family and some of the North American rugmakers who are known to the Aussie Guild – so will keep you up-to-date with Guild news along the way. 

I’ll be returning in September via Strathnairn in Canberra where I hope to catch up with many of our members.  Until then Happy Creative Hooking     Jo Franco, Editor

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