Tokyo Exhibition with an Aussie Connection

From the Editor:    I received this invitation from Fumiyo Hachisuka who, like many of the Australian rugmakers,  is a member of The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR). Fumiyo first visited Australia in 2012 for TIGHRs Triennial Conference in South Australia.

26th_rug_hooking_exhibition_tokyo_japan_image_jacqui_thomson__fumiyo_hachisukaThe 26th Rug Hooking Exhibition at Gallery K, Tokyo 29th September to 4th October, 2016.

As soon as I saw the image on the Invitation I recognized Jacqui Thomson teaching Fumiyo how to spin.  Jacqui and Miriam Miller are both keen spinners and knitters so it’s not unusual for rugmakers visiting Miriam’s Studio at Narrawilly to be shown how to spin.

I’d seen the photo on the Invitation, it was taken at Narrawilly during the 2014 Milton Retreat. At that time I had posted a Blog  about the Retreat, but do you think I could find this image on my computer today.  It’s not on Fumiyo’s computer either as she tells me it was taken by one of her Japanese friends who accompanied her to the Milton Retreat.

However she did send me this photo she took of Jacqui spinning

Jacquie Thomson, Milton, March 2014  – Narrawilly Proggers Rughooking Retreat

and a sumi drawing (painted  in black ink) from which she drew the pattern for her rug aptly titled  Friendship”.


Fumiyo also used this “sumi” approach to draw up the patternrhm-sep-oct_29-016

for her entry to

Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration 26.    

Chateau de Chenonceau”   Another photo, one of a castle in France, was Fumiyo’s inspiration for her entry which is a finalist in the competition. You can cast a vote in the “Readers’ Choice” section of this competition. In fact, you may vote 5 times – a good thing because there are so many wonderful rugs in different categories. To vote go to this  RHM Celebrations page


Chateau de Chenonceau – sumi by Fumiyo Hachisuka

and here are the directions to Gallery K in Tokyo   directions_to_26th_rug_hooking_exhibition_tokyo_japan

Fumiyo, your friends in Australia wish you well and hope you have many visitors to the Exhibition.

Jo Franco, Editor


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