Deconstructed Fibre: It’s a Puzzle

ISSN 2207-001X  March 19 2017

This Puzzle was hooked by the Australian Rugmakers Guild Webmaster Judi Tompkins from Queensland who shared her ideas and progress with Editor, Jo Franco, in Western Australia via Skype.

Now the ambitious project’s complete (even has it’s own special storage box with a hinged lid and an image of the completed piece on the inside of the lid) Jo asked Judi if she would share with the members, the techniques used and problems encountered.

Here’s the storage box sitting on the puzzle with a couple of the puzzle pieces on top.

and here’s the finished decorated lid of the storage box.

lift the lid and you have an illustration to follow

Here’s what Judi had to say about the process;

This was supposed to be an “easy” project when I first started thinking about it, I mean after all, I was merely going to produce 16 small rugs that would nest together neatly and create a large colourful mat with some beads and bling.  

     Hah!     Just goes to show how the best laid plans can change directions rather quickly.

(Please Note: some of the videos in this post are slow to load)

So, for any of you wishing to try a similar project, here, not in any particular order, are some observations and things I learned along the way. 

 Glue is not my friend! And believe it when they say “hot” glue – You betcha it is!

It took me a while to figure out a few things about hot glue: 

         You don’t have to touch it immediately (and in fact you shouldn’t) … give the glue 3-4 secs to lose the immediate heat before you manipulate your fabric or embellishments.

         After burning my fingers eleventy-two million times I discovered that some crumpled up oven paper/baking type works as a great substitute for your finger. The glue won’t stick to it and you can use it to push and adjust the fibre. You must use it crumpled though … then it acts as a buffer between you and the hot glue. 

Glue is still not my friend but we have come to an “understanding” at this point.

 Make your design easy to cut apart. I left space between my pieces but I think more would have been better. Just think about how you will cut the shapes once you are ready to glue the edges and how much space you will need to manipulate the glue gun.

 Once I finished hooking the pieces I used PVA glue to stiffen the edges a bit and to pull the stray fibres out of the way of the cut line.  

 If you are making a puzzle or some such thing that needs to be reassembled in a particular way … number your pieces on the backing and TAKE A PHOTO OF IT!

Then when you finish the pieces I suggest that you put the corresponding number on the back of each piece (ie. 4/16…piece 4 out of 16) so you can match them up yourself …  believe me you will be very glad you did this!    

 Because I am so bad with glue, I “over glued” the edges with hot glue before I cut the pieces apart. So … my suggestion is that if you have already used PVA glue to secure the bits … cut your pieces apart and then hot glue the edges & backing.  Believe me cutting through “set” hot glue is an ugly job and I broke a pair of scissors trying to do it! 

 I don’t hook in neat straight lines and I tend to use a lot of different fibres so my work tends to be lumpy and shaggy. That works well for hiding the rough edges but I found that I still needed to “outline” each piece with some 8ply rug yarn to clean up the edge. I would be interested to see how this looks if the pieces were hooked with cut wool strips and a consistent loop height (which I can’t seem to do!).  I think the pieces would nest together better than mine do.

 Never, never, never, never, ever use self-adhesive backing on your pieces! Ahhhhhhggggg! What a nightmare! When trimming the edges of this stuff my scissors were gummed up within seconds and I had to constantly stop to wipe them off with turps! And an exacto blade was even worse!

Awful stuff …. but again … it’s a “glue” thing with me perhaps? 

This is an extra puzzle piece included in the box as a “mystery” piece just to give people something to think about …..  “now where should it go?”

(it goes nowhere because it’s piece No. 17 of a 16 piece puzzle).    Hah!

 Good luck to all who try this … I’ll be interested to see your results! 

 Let me know if you have questions.                           Judi Tompkins

 

Members of the Sunshine Coast Rugcrafters group attempt to put this puzzle together for the first time – it looks like it would be fun!

Thanks Judi for sharing your thoughts as you worked through this process.

Jo Franco, Editor

 

Sculptures by the Sea Cottesloe

ISSN 2207-001X   March  2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerrie Argent’s entry in Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia, is created from recycled jumpers (sweaters) donated from friends in Esperance, Albany, Perth and Lake Grace.

Kerrie, a member of The Western Australian Fibre & Textile Association (WAFTA), lives in Lake Grace 345k (214 miles) south east of Perth. Here is what she had to say about her 2017 installation:-

        “I’m actually trying to make us think about better use of our textiles or a second use  …….. the two lots of jumpers received from Esperance and Albany were destined for land fill. People had donated them to charity groups but as most of them were out of fashion or had moth holes or stains on them they couldn’t even be given away … there is no second life for second-hand knitted fabrics … not even the rag bag. *(see Editors note)

All the recycled fabric has had a rust dye put over it to give it the glowing golden tone and neutralise the colour tones so they are all tonal now.

While pulling 4 hand knitted jumpers to bits to recycle the wool for stitching I felt like a criminal – all that beautiful knitting, but again they were thrown out and destined for land fill. So why couldn’t we make homes for the homeless from them like the yurts of the Mongolians instead of mountains of unloved unwanted fashion waste.  Australia produces 6000kg of fashion waste every ten minutes.    

This image was posted on the 1 Million Women Facebook page

What started off as my work became a community project when I shifted into the Lake Grace Regional Art Space to use as my studio, a much bigger area. I had friends dropping in to see what I was doing and then offering to help … how can you say no. So it became quite a social event during the day, after work or on weekends, to come  stitch, chat and relax. I couldn’t keep them away, one lady drove into town 25 km every day to work on the stitching, and my 87 year old diehard helper I used to have to kick her out in the evenings otherwise she might have forgot to go home and sleep. Our locum Dr came one weekend to help, even bought pancakes and maple syrup for morning tea. And people stuck in town because of the floods ended up coming and stitching to fill in some time. How lucky am I to get all this awesome support, and they had a lovely time doing it.

Here are some images of the project underway   ………….

Helpers

Stitched pieces

Rubber gloves cut off make great finger protectors and much better grip on needles”

Last of the covers finished with some of my helpers

Covers finished rolled and ready to go

Trailer packed with supports ready for transport to Perth

 Installed on Cottesloe Beach

(Images were provided by the artist with permission to publish)

  Kerrie said she would be giving artist Spotlight talks to students, if people were interested they could come and listen and if they wanted to talk after she will be there.

The dates for these talks are Thursday 16th 12.00-1.00, and Friday 17th 10.45- 11.45

Kerrie’s also giving a Spotlight talk at 10:30-11:30 Tuesday 7th, however is not available to talk after this session, because she is going to East Butler Primary School to talk to the students as they received one of her cows from the City of Perth Cow Parade, and she’s headed up to see where it’s going to live. 

*Editor’s Note:  I must introduce Kerrie to rugmaking, where you can make use of old hand knitted sweaters, as you can see by these images;   [Images Courtesy Tasmanian Wool Centre]

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Sculptures by the Sea is on now until 20th March, 2017 – don’t miss this fantastic Exhibition  (and its free)

Think about your next rug hooking project ……… how can you incorporate recycled items?

Happy Hooking –  Jo Franco, Editor

                                                                                         

 

Canberra Retreat and Exhibition

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Call for Entries :

 It is now less than 4 months before the Australian Rugmakers Weekend Retreat & Exhibition in Canberra, ACT at the Woolshed in Strathnairn.   Planning is now well under way.

There will be a Guild General Meeting on Saturday 3rd Sept and the Exhibition will be opened by Nancy Tingey on Sunday 4th Sept.

I am sure our members are busy making amazing rugs, big and small.  (Entry Forms). 

It is going to be a very special event with talks by guest textile artists and how-to demonstrations, plus meeting up and enjoying the company of rug makers from around the county.  

I can’t wait to see all my rug friends and their work very soon.      Maggie

Maggie_Whyte_V_Pres_Secretary_ARGMaggie Whyte, Curator,  CANBERRA, EXHIBITION AND RETREAT, 

SEPT 4th to 25th, 2016

 

Pod in old gum tree StrathnairnEditors Note: Maggie’s already had work on display at Strathnairn; this hooked pod was photographed in the grounds.  Maggie made the felt, dyed it and then cut the felt into strips and hooked the strips into hessian.   

Look for more or Maggie’s very creative works on the Guild Facebook page.    

Jo  Franco, Editor/Membership Chair

Elusive grey blankets

Looking for elusive grey army blankets
Looking for elusive grey army blankets

  Can you help?

Maxine, leader of the Bellingen Rugmakers group, says “this grey rug is being made by Ann, it’s about 12 x 8 feet and made with up-cycled grey woolen blankets. Ann has run out of a pale grey army type blanket with only about 5 circles to go, so we are all looking for that elusive grey blanket. The denim one beside it is made from jeans and woven.”

(If you can help in Ann’s quest to find one of these blankets, please contact rughookingaustralia@gmail.com)

Anne's_rug_almost_complete      “The grey unfinished rug and the grey one Ann is now working on are both 12 feet by 8 feet.

Ann designs her own rugs and uses a linen /cotton mix for her backing. She has sewn the pieces together with her first rug and with the second has used iron on fusible hemming on the cut sides, it sits much better and stays in place.”

From Ann – This photo shows how much is left to do.   Anne's_rug_detail

    The close-up photo shows a complete circle. The grey I need is the third colour of the petal shape and the double row within the diamond shape. It seems to be the lightest colour of the old service blankets.

But as you know any shade of grey is appreciated by me as other shades can be used for the rug I am working on now.

Here is more of what Maxine had to say …..

We have a very enthusiastic and lovely group who look forward to meeting the 1st Friday of each month.  

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Bellingen Rugmakers Group:  (Right to Left) Maxine, Aishwarya, Lyndal, Phornthip, Ann, Anna.

At the end of August last year the group went to Gleniffer about 20 miles from Bellingen to demonstrate rag rugging at the Gleniffer Quilt show.  Gleniffer was once all dairy farms and is such a pretty area, nestled at the bottom of the Dorrigo mountains there is a Church and a hall. The proceeds of the Quilt Show helps maintain the hall. There is a small river running beside the hall and Church and just a couple of hundred yards further on is the Promised Land it is really a lovely area.

From the Editor:    While Ann works in shades of grey, the other members of this group, all relatively new to rug hooking, are drawn to colour as you will see in images of their work below – undoubtedly inspired by the vibrant colours in the surrounding landscape.

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Aishwarya
Lyndal

 

 

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Anna

 

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Merle
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Maxine

 

Update:  Immediately this was posted word was received from QLD that a grey army blanket is available there and a couple of blankets were located in WA.  Also images just came in from Chris and Anne from VIC who have blankets available –

grey blanket (minus the pink tinge, its on the photo not the blanket) from Chris-VIC

Grey blankets from Ann-VIC
Grey blankets from Ann-VIC

Textile Exhibitions coming up in West Australia

Currently;    in Albany –

Kira Mead has her work on exhibition at a pop-up gallery

Smiths_cottage_Albany_Western_AustraliaSmith’s Cottage (1887) 34-36 Stead Rd, Albany (Open by appointment) Call: 0429 418 192   or email:  kira.goldmx@westnet.com.au

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Also available for sale, 

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Fat Quarters of a different kind …. 

Hand dyed Wool Blanket Fat Quarters.

  Still in the South West; 

 WAFTA’s Memory & Commemoration on exhibit from March 5 to April 4 2016

in association with the Lake Grace Regional Artspace,  25 Stubbs St, Lake Grace. 

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 In conjunction with this exhibition Robin Inkpen   will be giving a locker hooking workshop Locker_hooked_sari_silk_by_Robin_Inkpen_West_Australia

Sunday March 20th – Get Hooked at Lake Grace with Robin INKPEN

To book and for a full workshop description go to Current Calendar of Events on this websites.

The Exhibition will travel from Lake Grace to 

Busselton

Art/Geo Gallery,

April 9 – May 15, 2016

Exhibition Opening, Saturday April 9th with Pop-Up Market Stalls between 1-4pm.

Eventbrite links for Booking & Payment will be active closer to the date for the following workshops:

Sunday 10th April  –   Fabulous Ferrous with Kerrie Argent

Saturday 16th April  –  Making Felt in the Third Dimension with Martien van Zuilen

Sunday 17th April  –  Reconstructing Fashion with Lorelie Smit

Saturday 30th April  –  Plants and Sacred Geometry with Pauline Melrose White

Sunday 1st May  –  Get Knotted with Rowan Rovere

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 While in the Perth Metro Area during March/April ;

comes the following from Jan Holland’s News at WAFTA;

Anne William’s first solo exhibition  Through the Singing of my Hands will be held at Mundaring Arts Centre, in Gallery 2

March 19th to April 17 2016

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Anne Williams – Artist statement ‘Housewives’ (sewing kits) were standard army issue for the ‘Nashos’ of the 1950s. They have been carried into battle zones all around the world. This one was issued to Pte. Ian Williams in 1956/7.

Concurrent with this exhibition, Gallery 1 is showing an exhibition for the Mundaring Shire Acquisition Award on the theme of Migration and Settlement. The Gallery is a great venue to visit with a gorgeous shop full of wonderful work by WA artists and crafts folk. Well worth the trip up the Hill.

Read about Anne’s journey into textiles in a very interesting interview by Louise Wells

 Also in News from WAFTA is

“Improbable Returns”

Elisa Markes-Young (mixed-media/textiles)

& Christopher Young (photo-media)

Heathcote Museum & Gallery,

Swan House, 58  Duncraig Rd, Applecross

Opens Friday March 4 2016

 The exhibition will continue through to April 10. Gallery will be open Tues to Fri 10-3 and Sat/Sun 12pm to 4pm   Closed on Mondays

To preview the exhibition    see http://www.zebra-factory.com/returns

                 

Calendar of Events 2016

Events for 2016  have been added to the Calendar on this website – with more still to be entered.

The first for 2016 will be in Queensland – 19th & 20th February – Punchneedle hooking with Bec Andersen

Sally, from Brisbane, who introduced us to the gripper strips substitute available in Australia (shown on a frame in the recently published Guild newsletter) has taken a punchneedle class with Bec and recently sent these images ……… here is what Sally said –

This is a photo of the piece I did in Bec’s “Intro to Punchneedle”  class. I drew the design based on some of the source material that Bec had available in the class.   All of the wool yarn is hand dyed by Bec.

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  The photo below shows preparing our backing, drawing designs and choosing wool, for the punchneedle class with Bec in her studio.

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I would strongly recommend Bec’s classes as she has a way of presenting information that is fun, and she was really well prepared for the class.”

Be sure and check out the Current Calendar & Events page for more workshops by Bec and workshops around Australia by other Guild members.

Guild Newsletter & Benefits of Membership

The question often asked  – “What are the benefits of Guild membership?”  

From the Editor:

The first issue for 2016 of the Guild’s newsletter “In the Loop”   is almost ready to be sent out to Members. As I look at the articles included, one of the main benefits of membership is obvious, that is, members can advertise (free of charge) on this website their events, projects and any rug hooking items they may want to sell.

For example a Guild Member from Victoria (Aust) has found a very creative way, using the  etsy.com  online  website,  to publicise the Chris_Noorbergenhooking_rug_Design_by_Rittemerework she does to raise funds for  a charitable organization and to sell the tools needed for the project.

Chris has combined her love of rug hooking with a fund raising opportunity and as a member of the Guild, Chris also has coverage of her project and sales on this website.

 

 

 

Here in Chris’s own words , as posted on her etsy.com site,  is how her project came about :

From Rugs to Rug Tools

I became a ‘Rug Maker’ about five years ago. I fell in love with wool, but being an Australian resident, there were no workshops in the whole of Victoria. So online I went and what a treasure trove of websites, YouTube videos, online classrooms and blogs I found.

I soon learned how to hook rugs, dye my own wool and make some of our much needed tools, for example I needed a table frame for my current project – an oriental rug and an ambitious project to say the least and since the postage from the US was far too expensive I had to make my own, with the help of hubby off course.

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In 2012  I attended a Rug Making Expo in Sth Australia and met some like minded women and before you know it we started a group, now known as the Yarra Valley Rugmakers, member of the Victorian Rug makers and the Australian Rug Makers Guild.

Tools are not too easy to find in Australia and us Victorian ladies had to send for them either from interstate or overseas.

This year I have started giving Rug Making workshops from which all the fees will go to overseas missions, namely Uganda and India. I therefore needed hooks, so this lead me to look into importing hooks from overseas and I now sell beautiful handcrafted hooks, made in Ireland but sold from Australia, thus “Rughooks for missions”

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With our Australian currency being low, it is very viable for rug hookers from overseas to buy my hooks. I hope you will support me and leave favourable reviews and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

 

Comments or questions for Chris can be added below, or if you’d like to send her a personal message you can contact her through this website –

email:   rughookingaustralia@gmail.com         and your message will be forwarded.

More on International Rug-Hooking Day

Welcome_to_International_Rug-Hooking_Day_2015_Perth_West_Australia_Jo_FrancoWelcome …..

Jo and Judi setting up for a day of rug hooking demonstrations in Perth, Western Australia.

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All set up and ready for visitors in the morning – just hoping the weather will be kind and we won’t need the ceiling fans  – it’s been the warmest spring (Sep-Nov) on record and the hall is not air-conditioned. It’s also been the driest Spring in 5 years.

International_Rug-Hooking_Day_2015_Perth_West_AustraliaAlexander Park Craft House – where WAFTA meets

What a difference a day makes ….

The next morning a storm blew in – wild enough to cause the City of Perth to cancel the Christmas Parade.   Wind and pouring rain kept people off the roads – except the intrepid Wanneroo Rugmakers who headed in to Alexander Park Craft House to demonstrate various rug hooking techniques.

Below Yvonne explains how she hooks without a frame.

International_Rug-Hooking_Day_2015_Perth_West_Australia_rughooking_without_a_framehere are some small examples of Yvonne’s work

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and Kath’s latest proggy rug is the centre of attention here

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while Jo discusses her Rittermere rug  hooked with wool yarn (carpet wool hand-dyed by Judith Stephens)

This rug pattern is a classic – the design is printed on hessian and it was imported from Canada about 40 years ago before there were any other names added to  the company then called only “Rittermere”.

International_Rughooking_Day_2015_Robin_ Inkpen_and_new_rughooker (3)Also in this picture is one of Robin Inkpen’s rugs which she hooked with recycled fabrics.

Jo had begun work on this rug when she received the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine featuring orientals in wide cut and bright colours. While tempted to switch to “brights“, Jo continued with the colours in keeping with a large rug already in her living room.

Jo's Rittermere oriental

Below Robin helps a beginner rug maker who was pleased she braved the wet roads to come and learn about this craft. Judi Tompkins had started her morning off with instruction in the basic rug hooking technique.

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Kath was also pleased to receive some artistic help from Robin to adjust the colour plan another classic Rittermere rug she is working on.

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and …. yes, there was yet another Rittermere rug on show – the peacocks below.

The rug pattern may have been old but Anna decided to go her own way with her colour plan – no desire for “realism” here.

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All these old Rittermere rugs were purchased last year at a weekend hooking retreat in South Australia, from a rug hooker who had given up hooking and was “downsizing” in preparation to move house.  She had taken lessons years ago from a teacher who had immigrated to South Australia from the UK via Canada in the late 50’s – and for over 30 years held a monthly meeting at her house for her students. During that time she imported all the patterns and tools for her students from Canada.

At previous rug hooking events in Perth we’ve had the pleasure of the company of Kira Mead from Albany – she always has something different and exciting to show – she couldn’t make the long drive this time – but sent an image of her latest creation.

3_D Quillie_designed_&_created_by_Kira_Mead_Albany_West_AustraliaWho’d have thought of 3-D  Quillies

What a fabulous and colourful way to “wind-up” the year.

In the New Year we will bring you more news from other groups around Australia, until then

Greetings and  Best Wishes for a healthy and safe New Year to all our members and their families.

Keep on Happily Hooking –  Jo

 

Community Art Installation

“Piece by Piece for Peace” 

(Designed & created by Bec Andersen)

Report by Jo Franco  – still in Queensland;

I had a free afternoon last Friday 7th August and Bec Andersen had an open spot on her Calendar so I drove alone, up Mt. Tamborine to Bec’s studio/workshop. I hadn’t been there before; knew it would be in the hills, but didn’t realize I was going to be traveling up 22ks of winding road with hairpin bends and 12% grade – and me afraid of high places!  My eyes were glued to the road ahead but occasionally I’d glimpse amazing vistas through the trees.

It was  worth the trip and I’d really like to go back another time with someone else at the wheel so I could take in the views.

I didn’t have any trouble finding the address and when I looked down the drive and saw the open veranda door to her studio I recognized it immediately from images in her newsletters.

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Bec is putting the finishing touches to a community art project. She says it’s easy, fun and joyous – I was wishing we weren’t leaving on the 13th – as  it sounded very interesting and I would have liked to have taken part.

Below, I’ve added my comments to information and images taken from Bec’s newsletter:

If there’s anyone in the area who’d like to be in the fun and help, this is the last week to join in – she needs; knotters, sewers, bead makers, threaders and tea pourers.

3 knotted rag rug making

The knotted rug looks very much like proggy (proddy).

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 Actually, the long ‘paper bead’ making is done! When I arrived at her Studio on Friday afternoon I found Bec up a ladder attaching long lengths of fishing line threaded with beads to a frame.

4 Paper beads

In all 11,000 papers beads have been made to create a circular curtain which will hang above a 3m diameter shag pile rug, estimated to take 24,000 knots and a whole lot of sewing.

5 Installation diagram

 Bec is planning to restore and reupholster (with upcycled denim jeans or skirts) this ‘found’ rocking chair – if you have any jeans to donate please take them along. 6 Found rocking chair to be reupholstered

 Helping her to work on this project is a really good excuse to get together, drink tea and make things, and share Make do and Mend stories – which she is collecting for the installation.

1 Make Do Sew and Save

Do you have any stories? What did your mum or granny used to do to save pennies? Bec’s nana used to save up all the old bits of soap and melt them down to make larger cakes when the jar was full.

7 tea drinking and rug makingThere will be two more of these fun filled get-togethers to help make, and to drink tea;

Thursday Aug 13 and Saturday Aug 15

from 9:30-12:30

at 8 Griffith St, North Tamborine

These morning teas will be followed by an installation at The Centre in Beaudesert on

September 19, coupled with an even bigger morning tea!

Even if you can’t make a working sessions, mark your calendars for

the Opening and The Long Morning Tea

Click here for Bookings and more information for the September event.

What a fantastic afternoon I spent with Bec – sharing our rughooking experiences, visions for the future of rughooking in Australia, and learning about her past projects and 100% wool yarn dyed using natural dyes sourced from around the world.

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Bec teaches punch-needle rug hooking using the Amy Oxford punch-needle hooks. She also encourages her students to create their own designs and helps them with design concepts.

To turn her own designs into commissioned rugs, Bec uses an electric tufting gun – see some of her creations on her website

Colour! Colour everywhere –

Following a post featuring the colourful works created by the Sunshine Coast Rug Crafters, these images of recent creations from Western Australia reflect the use of colour in Aussie rug making.

Australian rughookers have an affinity for bright colours  – it must have something to do with the climate, wide open spaces and blue skies plus the number of hours of sunshine each day, especially in Western Australia, even though it’s winter here.

Robin Inkpen has just finished designing and hooking another wonderful carpet bag, destined for sale in an upmarket boutique.

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Carpet_Bag_Labeled_for_sale_designed_and_hooked_bag_by_Robin_Inkpen_Western_AustraliaRobin’s carpet bags are unique, each is “personalized” with it’s own identifying name and tag (shown above) which contains a description, i.e.

My name is Belinda, I am a carpet bag.

Robin decided to name me because I am unique. I cannot be reproduced or mass produced. The designs, colours and yarns Robin hooked into me are totally random and inspired as she works;

I am a totally hand made piece of art. 

Robin hopes that you enjoy me as much as she enjoyed making me.

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Kira Mead has taken the product of recent workshops where she demonstrated the making of her quillies and participants “had-a-go”  –  and created this colourful chair cover

“le tourbillon derrie’re”   (the swirl behind).

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A close up of the chair pad surface

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The images below show how these small demo swirls grew into this wonderful chair pad.

Starting with swatches of recycled wool dyed with food colour ;-

1_hand_dyed_recycled_wool_by_Kira_Mead_Albany_West_Australia2_Start_of_Chair_pad_by_Kira_Mead_Albany_Western_AustraliaAbove – the beginning swirls

Below – Some of the swirls created in the workshops

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