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.
The gray and drizzly days of April inspired me to inject my own bit of colour into the season. These cheerful rag rugs will brighten any room - and any mood! Great for kitchen, bathroom, bedside ... any place you need a bit of colour and comfort under foot.
Rag rug chair pads are colourful, comfy, easy to care for, and will last a lifetime! Made entirely from recycled materials, each pad measures approximately 11.5 to 12" in diameter. Just $30 each. A reminder, my Lakefield studio/workshop is open by appointment - so send me a PM; text (705.654.3044) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to pop by!
It has long been my dream to have a dedicated home-based studio space, and my recent move has afforded me just that - a sun-filled room, large enough to both make and display my work. Specializing in traditional hand hooked rugs, chair pads, runners and hot pads, as well as primitive locker hooked and crocheted rag rugs, Coral Door Studio is now located right in the village of Lakefield. The studio will be open by appointment only. If you're interested in popping by, you can email me at email@example.com or text me at 705-654-3044.
I had every intention of staying upright this winter but, alas, I was no match for a piece of glare ice. So here I am, broken wrist, cast on, (just two weeks away from a big move - back to the village, folks!), and unable to pursue my latest rug making obsession during my down time. I was on the search for a gentler means of creating (using just one hand and a few wobbly fingers) when a quilting friend gifted me with some beautiful scrap pieces from her latest creation.....and I happened to have bits of blue and hot pink wool on hand... perfect for making a stack of colourful "crazy" coasters. The green coasters were made with a double layer of hand dyed canvas, embellished with scrap pieces of cotton.
This winter, I got the urge to return to a method of rug making that I enjoyed several years ago. These rag rugs are crocheted using only recycled fabrics. Colourful, extremely durable, and so, so easy to care for, they're ideal for use in any part of the cottage or home.
I also plan to make square and rectangle rugs - stay tuned for those!
Shades of Blue - Round Measures 25 1/2" $80
Candy Pink - Round Measures 22 1/2" (great for small bathroom or in front of kitchen sink) $60
Floral Rose - Round Measures 25 1/2" $80
Sunny Yellow - Round Measures 26" $80
Blue/Green Floral - Round Measures 30" $100
Rose Garden Measures 27" $85
Grey Green with a Splash of Coral Measures 27" $85
Here's a pic of my newest locker hooked rag rug ... don't the colours look beautiful against the current landscape!? Many shades of gray brightened up with pops of mustard yellow. Durable, washable, and soft under foot. This piece measures 39" x 23". $230.
I just finished up a wonderful Christmas show at Mark St. United in Peterborough, and am now preparing for the final event of the season .... the very fabulous Finer Things, a juried show at Emmanuel United Church (also in Peterborough) on Friday evening December 7, and Saturday December 8. Here's one of my newest locker hooked rag rugs - all set for next weekend. The soft tones and nearly square shape would work especially well in a small bathroom, bedroom, or in front of the kitchen sink ......
This is a bit of a departure for me; after spending many years focused on traditional rug hooking, I decided to learn another primitive art called locker hooking.
One end of the locker hook resembles a crochet hook; the other end has a large eyelet for threading yarn. Using the crochet hook end, loops of fabric are hooked into the strong canvas backing, then locked into place by pulling the threading yarn through the loops. The resulting piece is thick and durable; washes easily and can be worn and walked on for years.
This piece was made using strips of coloured cotton sheets; it measures 37" x 28" - it's a nice heavy weighted rug - and so soft underfoot!