Queensland: New Year Updates

Judi Tompkins has started the New Year by updating a project from a previous year.

Costas Hummingbird“Costa’s Hummingbirds” was created by Judi for a Portuguese friend whose surname was Costa.  Judi had found the Costa’s Hummingbird (from Mexico/SW USA)

and hooked this (originally unframed) piece for her friend  featuring the hummingbird among the cactus flowers of the SouthWest, USA.

Costas_Hummingbirds_designed_hooked_framed_by_Judi_Tompkins_QLD_AustraliaJudi wasn’t really happy with the original finished piece so took it back from her friend and framed it using Cholla wood (Cactus), as if the viewer is seeing these SW USA/Mexico hummingbirds through a “forest” of dead Cholla.

The wood frame was a creative project in itself.  Judi imported the wood and sliced the pieces to create the unusual shaped frame, using metal plates to join the odd-shape.







The frame is “lashed” to the hooking.  To see Judi’s work in progress just click [Costa’s Hummingbird] this link will take you to her album of images.

 The actual fibre piece, hooked and prodded with recycled fabrics, is 18″ x 19″ (45cm x 47cm) but with the frame, the overall size is 28″ x 29″ (72cm x 73cm).

Judi said while she was not happy with the piece originally – she finds it a bit more interesting now the it’s in this frame; although she would make changes to the background now if she could, says she has learned a lot in the last 3 years!

Click here for Judi’s website to see more of her adventures in rughooking .

Another Judy in QLD –

Judy Owen, a member of the Sunshine Coast Rugmakers Group started by Judi Tompkins, has finished the ambitious and creative wall-hanging which she is working on here – hooking without a frame!









below is the wall hanging in progress,

Unicorn_in_my_Garden_designed_hooked_by_Judy_Owen_Queensland_Australiaand here it is completed

“A Unicorn in My Garden”

designed and hooked by Judy Owen

Unicorn in my gardenThis piece is relatively heavy so Judy is going to use Kira Mead’s “Grid Back” method of framing to give the piece support and keep the edges of the wall-hanging from curling under.

Leaving the Sunshine Coast Rugmakers in the north and heading south of Brisbane to Mt. Tamborine  –

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Bec Andersen – has already planned her rughooking year;all the way through to the 2nd International Rugmaking Day on 4 December, 2015.

On 16 January Bec will hold Free Punchneedle Hooking Bec_Andersen_Punchneedle_Rugmaking_Qld_Australia_Rugmakers_Guild_memberlessons in lieu of Support work, with the “11 and Beyond” Artist in Residence project with TMSS. This project is supported by the Queensland government through Arts Queensland, part of the Dept of Science, Information Technology Innovation and the Arts.

The Happy Hooker Support Crew will teach in the classroom in March.


To see full details  of Bec’s events through 2015, click

Date Savers – 2015- Creative workshops and gatherings



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