In all my work, I am keenly committed to using found objects and recycled materials. Over the years, I have enjoyed turning junk into treasures - old windows into garden art; colourful rags into beautiful rugs; buttons and bits of hardware into delightful suncatchers. Lately, my passion has turned to textiles - and my work now primarily includes primitive/traditional rug hooking.
When I'm not rug hooking, I absolutely love to stir up my creative juices by working on textile collages. Unlike hooking, where I'm following a pre-determined pattern, the collages demand that I completely loosen up and go with my instincts about the composition of a piece from start to finish.
I've had a very productive winter. Although the weather has been snowy and blustery, my upstairs loft is a joy to work in. On sunny days, the light streams in on my work table; on dreary days I can still enjoy the beautiful and serene view of the lovely fields that stretch before me. So, here are a few of the pieces I have finished over the past several months:
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Flowers and Homestead
Measures 28 1/2" x 11" $180
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Classic Hit or Miss with navy background
Measures 29" x 12" $180
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Outstanding in their Field! This piece is much longer than most I've done and would be ideal on a long bench or harvest table.
I have long been drawn to the art of slow stitching - mindful, organic, hand stitching. It can come in many forms such as quilting, textile collages, and even mending. Over the years, I collected beautiful bits of fabric, lace, antique handkerchiefs, and ribbon, determined that one day I would focus on this contemplative art form. So, last year, when a broken arm kept me from pursuing other, more strenuous projects, I dug into my collection of beautiful old textiles. Over the six weeks of healing, I let the colours and textures speak to me as I worked them into a collection of lovely fabric collages. Although the collages were created some time ago, I used the quiet (and very cold) time after this year's holidays to finally display them properly. Wooden artist palets, painted white, were turned into shadow boxes; textiles were mounted on foamcore to create a three dimensional effect. I love the way they turned out!
A series of rug hooked chair pads .... hot off the hoop! In the tradition of rug hookers of long ago, I use only recycled materials. Recently, I've been using recycled burlap coffee bags which, unlike the finer "hairless" burlap, will leave visible fine burlap fibres. With use and wear, these little fibres should eventually work their way into the fabric.
Each chair pad measures approximately 11 1/2" in diameter; $65 each.
The fall weather continues to be glorious for working outside and this new piece seems to reflect the cheerful mood of the season! I'm kind of in love with the way the vivid reds show up on the mottled green (hand-dyed) background. The rug, hooked with wool on burlap, measures 33" x 20 1/2"; $380.
It's been an absolutely beautiful start to fall, so I'm taking advantage of the lovely weather and the front porch to continue my work. Here are a few new rug hooked pieces that I've just completed.
The bench pad is done in a "hit or miss" design using strips of wool fabric; the background is hooked with yarn. The soft colours and simple design would work well in a rustic or contemporary setting. Measures 28" x 10 1/2"; $180.00
Fun and functional - this"coneflower" hot pad was hooked with wool on burlpa in rustic autumn tones. Measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"; $40.00
More fun and functional - a primitive style hot pad hooked with wool on burlap in a heart design. Measures 8" x 8 1/2"; $40.00
Rug hooked chair pads add so much life to an old wooden chair! This piece was hooked with wool on burlap in the "hit or miss" style. Measures 11" in diameter; $65
I love these colourful hooked coasters! Each measures approx. 4 1/2" square; $28 ea.