Rughooking comes to Surf Lifesaving Club

Who’d have thought they would be discussing rug hooking at a Lifesaving Club! 

In Bermagui a coastal town 380k (about a 5-hour drive) south of Sydney, the Bermagui & District U3A Rug Hooking group has undertaken a challenging project to create a 7m (23ft) hooked piece to be hung on the wall of the clubhouse of the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club to help absorb noise.

Dawn Hollins a member of this group has sent in these images and an explanation of the first stages of the project.

Rona Walker, our artist, with part of her design on paper.

Rona_Walker_artist_her_design_7m_wall_hangingThe 7metre wall hanging will be done in 1 metre panels and each hung close together but separately.  The weight will be considerable, however now the construction of the elevated wall section has been assessed the design is about to be transferred to the hessian panels.

Rona explains the process while rug hookers look on.

Rona_Walker_artist_explains_transfer_process_Here is the Surf Club building sketched in.


and Rachel Colombo’s “Tree” gives an idea of the “look” of the finished hooked panels.

Rachel Colombos hooked tree

Below are some of the Bermagui & District U3A rug hookers who will be working on the wall hanging for the Surf Club  [Rachel Colombo (seated second from the left) Rona Walker (seated centre) and Rug hooking teacher, Lyn Potter (back row on right)

 Some of Bermagui&Dist_U3A_Rug_hookers working on project for the Surf Club

Dawn says:

We continue to attract new members and may even get a couple of men involved.

It’s clear that a community project gets people motivated.  If we had just advertised it as a craft group we’d be lucky to get half a dozen.  This way we get people hooked on the craft on a personal level but committed to creating something bigger than all of us to benefit the community.

We meet every Friday afternoon at the Bermagui Country Club but once we have built a large storage cupboard at the Surf Club we will need to meet there.

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