The Northumberland Rug Hookers is a non-profit organization founded prior to 1983. It is based in Northumberland County, Ontario. Our objective is to keep rug hooking alive as a fibre art form, and to have some fun at the same time!
This is the pocket you will work on in Loretta's class!
Greetings! Have you registered yet for a workshop at our Cobourg Hook-In, "The Heat Is ON"? There are some great classes available.
It may seem a tad early to be talking about these workshops, but we need to establish our head counts soon, as well as give the teachers time to contact/work with the attendees before class. Our registration deadline has been extended to July 26 - but registering now will ensure you get a spot!
To register, go to cobourghookin.blogspot.com and download a registration form. Not sure how to do that? Simply send us an email (email@example.com) and we'll help you out.
One of the classes available is with Loretta Moore. She is based on the beautiful lake district north of Kingston, and has some fantastic fabrics and patterns for sale. Her website is: https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com, and she writes a very popular blog, with lots of photos of projects.
Her class for Cobourg is a half day offering. It's called A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF PRIMITIVES/WIDE CUT and will take place from 1:30-3:30 on Sept 30, all for the grand sum of $30! This means you can enjoy the hook-in in the morning, and hear both guest speakers, and THEN toddle off to your class - it's the best of both worlds!
The workshop description is:
Get a head start on the Christmas season as Loretta Moore shows you how to hook a pocket for Christmas greenery. It hooks up quickly, makes a great gift and is designed to be hung on a door. In the class you will explore what “primitive” rug hooking means by briefly looking at design, colour, cut size and fibres. Wide cut does not necessarily mean primitive but primitive often uses a wider cut. While the original was designed to be a pocket for greenery and hung on a door or a wall, it can also be enlarged by adding borders and made into a small pillow.
I have been a rug hooker for about 22 years. I prefer the older more primitive style of rug hooking - more simplistic, naive designs and muted colours similar to rugs that might have been made at the turn of the last century.
I also teach primitive rug hooking, dyeing and design. My studio is stocked with a full range of supplies. Go to hookedonthelake.wordpress.com for a list of the events I participate in as well as classes I am teaching.
I am thrilled to be part of a wonderful, creative community of rug hookers and belong to the Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets and Ottawa Olde Forge rug hooking branches of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. I also belong to ATHA - the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists for which I am the regional rep for Ontario and Quebec.
As part of the Northumberland Learning Connections series on Newfoundland (The Greatest Hullabaloo), Paula Laverty did a presentation on Grenfell Mats. Paula is a leading world authority on the Grenfell Mission mats, and has published a book on the topic: Silk Stocking Mats, available at Furby Books in Port Hope.
She did a well received presentation, explaining how the mission evolved, and the support provided to local women to establish an industry to make items for sale. Originally the mats were made with cotton and wool, but in the late 20’s the use of silk stockings was introduced. Appeals went out to send in discarded silk stockings and similar materials, which were then dyed and cut for hooking. At its peak the mission received 10 tons of silk in one year!
Overall, Paula estimates that there were 20,000 mats made. Initially the woman were paid in clothing bundles, rather than cash. These bundles were important as there were no stores in these remote locations, so there was little use for cash, but definitely a need for clothing.
Her presentation included photos of iconic Grenfell Mats and other items sold through the mission. As well, attendees were encouraged to bring in their own Mats for Paula's evaluation.
Here are some photos from the day.
Paula & Dianne compare finishing techniques
Paula points out features on Martina's mat, acquired when her family lived in Labrador.
While not a Grenfell Mat, this is a lovely antique hooked picture!
(This is the first in a series of posts highlighting the workshops available at our Sept 30 event, The Heat Is ON, in Cobourg. Click here for more details. Remember that registration closes June 28!)
Have you heard of zentangle? It’s an easy-to-learn approach to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Through the Zentangle Method of drawing, you can
Expand your imagination
Trust your creativity
Increase your awareness
Respond confidently to the unexpected
Discover the fun and healing in creative expressionemember
Enter a vibrant and supportive world-wide community
Feel gratitude and appreciation for this beautiful world and all that you can do
And perhaps most importantly . . . Have fun!
It lends itself very well to Rug hooking! Check out the 3 examples on this page.
Join Janice Daniels on Sept 30 to Learn "Tangle Art" for rug hooking and transfer a design onto backing.
TANGLE ART - 9:00am - 4:00pm - $55
"Zentangle" is used as therapy for patients suffering from PTSD, depression, stress and other mental health issues. It is very relaxing.
In the morning you will practice the art of Tangling and in the afternoon you will be able to transfer a design for rug hooking.
Handouts and a kit will be available for purchase. The kit includes: 0.5 Micron drawing pen, pencil, paper, larger paper for design, tracing paper, red dot transfer material, sample designs and detailed instructions.
Materials Fee (extra) = $20 kit. A piece of linen 18”x18” is also available at an additional cost of $15.
Janice Daniels became an O.H.C.G. Teacher in 2003, graduated from St. Lawrence College, Fibre Arts Traditional Rug Hooking in 2006 and became a McGown Teacher in the U.S. in 2016.
She has been rug hooking for over 30 years. Janice enjoys using multiple fibres in her rug hooking.
To register, download this form, and mail it back with your payment, before June 28. Alternatively, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get a form to you!
Here's more info on Janice, taken from the OHCG website, teacher bios:
by Janice Daniels, displayed at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in 2017, "Then & Now - Rug Hooking in Canada"
Where do you teach?
I teach whatever the students want to do. I’ve taught at Trent School of Rug Hooking, Loyalist College and Green Mountain Rug Hooking School and currently teach Wednesday afternoons at And jareena’s Place in Trenton Ontario. I am a member of the Campbellford Rug Hookers. I graduated from St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Ontario in June 2010 with Certification in Fibre Arts – Traditional Rug Hooking. The certificate course requirements are 6 rug hooking courses, art history, photography, basic drawing and crafts as a business. In 2016, I completed my McGown Teacher Training and received my certification .
What do you teach?
Everything in rug hooking. I love teaching and researching each subject.
What is your favourite thing to teach?
I love to have my left over cut wool sorted into colours and values. It is great to hook something from leftovers. I recently hooked a Deer using left over browns, greens and yellows. I also love hooking Cats, realistic or fantasy, Pictorials fine and wide cut; and using multi fibres in all rug hooking.
Do you offer workshops?
Yes I have offered many workshops such as shading with dip dyes, Orientals with a twist, Cats, primitives/wide cut and various beginner projects.
How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?
Anywhere, and I love meeting new people and seeing different places
What do you like best about teaching?
The enthusiasm of the students. I love helping students in planning their projects and seeing them once they are finished.
What is your favourite tip to share with your students?
Don’t cut your wool in big pieces. Take the time to rip and tear the wool into pieces approx. 2” wide. This stops your wool from going crooked when cutting and you won’t have shredding. Always cut one side, flip, cut other side, then flip again and cut the other side. It is always better to have the odd piece too wide or too narrow than having your wool going off grain. When using recycled wool always rip and tear to get the straight of grain and cut with it.
Greetings on this rainy long weekend. Here's some reading & watching to tide you over (in between feasting on easter bunny treats and other goodies.
Have you got your tickets to hear Paula Laverty speak on April 28? It's coming up soon, and is going to be a wonderful event. From the NLC description:
When Wilfred Grenfell set up his medical mission on the coast of Labrador, he included “industries” for fishermen’s wives. The best known is the now much sought after silk stocking hooked mats. Paula Laverty, leading world authority on the Grenfell Mission mats, talks about them, their makers and old Labrador. Bring your Grenfell mats for Paula Laverty’s opinion. Sponsored by: Williams Academy
The mats above are from someone who can't attend on the 28th, and have asked Dianne to bring them in.
This is Lynda's lovely Pileated Woodpecker, almost finished.
Speaking of coming soon.....have you signed up yet for one of the workshops being held here on September 30? It's called The Heat Is ON and is a combined hook-in & regional east workshop event. Space is still available, and there are some great classes to choose from:
- Rookie Hooking with Tina Cole, sponsored by the OHCG, ideal for brand new hookers, as well as those wanting to refresh/consolidate existing skills.
- A Journey into the World of Primitive/Wide Cut with Loretta Moore
- Tangle Art with Janice Daniels
- The Heat is On with Susan Clarke.
Click here to see the full details. Registration closes June 28. If you don't want to do a class, consider joining us for the hook-in portion of the event. There will be a display of rugs, vendors and 2 guest speakers!
Now we get to see Christine's tulips in person!
If you've been following along with us, you'll see that we are now on:
Even if you don't have an account with these social media sites , you can follow along with us by clicking on the links above.
....and if you do have an account, and have clicked on a "like" button, thank you very much. Those likes are really important to ensure we get lots of eyeballs on our site, and more importantly, our Sept 30 event.
...and finally, here is some more fibre-y miscellany from around the globe:
- Did you see this article on rug hooking in the Toronto Star? I only just recently came across it.
- I know we all do rug hooking, but deep down some of us are also knitters. Check out this video of some teensy knitting.
Tiny Stitches - YouTube
- Here's a great video about environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck. She talks about folks who throw things "away" - where exactly is "away"?
Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck | Salvage Upcycle Show #9 - YouTube
- This is a wonderful tutorial from the Victoria & Albert Museum: Try your hand at crafting your own Japanese style 'boro' bag, inspired by the tradition of recycling and reworking pre-existing textiles.
Have you got your tickets yet for the Paula Laverty talk in Cobourg, on Grenfell Mats? It's happening on April 28, and as part of her presentation, Paula will be looking at actual Grenfell Mats that folks bring in. Pictured above is a mat that our own Laurie has borrowed from a relative. It is indeed a Grenfell, and is made with stockings. It will be interesting to see what Paula has to say about it! For tickets, go to Northumberland Learning Connection.
Greg Gall's latest work!
The Northumberland Rug Hookers can now be found on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Check us out, and give us a like, or 3! We're working hard to promote our Cobourg Hook-In & Regional East Workshops taking place Sept 30, 2019, so we'll take all the exposure we can get via social media! For more info on this event, called The Heat Is ON, go to our sister site. Remember that workshop registration closes June 28, so act now to get one of the coveted spots!
....and now on to our usual collection of miscellany....
We had a great gathering of folks for our latest month end meeting....but before we show more photos, here are a few timely reminders:
You still have time to get your tickets for the Paula Laverty presentation on Grenfell Mats. Her talk will take place Sunday April 28, at 2pm. It’ll be at the William Academy (aka the former CDCI West) on King Street West. For more info, you can read our blog post here, or head over to the Northumberland Learning Connection site here. Her presentation is part of the program called Newfoundland: The Damnedest Hullabaloo.
Also in April is the OHCG's Annual Conference in London, Ontario. While the first few days are for OHCG members only, the displays and vendors are open to the general public on the Sunday, $10 admission. It takes place April 12-14 - click here for more details.
Registration is still open for our Hook-In and Regional East Workshops, scheduled for September 30. You can opt to take one of 4 fantastic workshops, or simply attend the hook-in (or both!). The theme is The Heat Is ON and will explore climate change as a theme. There will be guest speakers, vendors, and even a scissor/blade sharpener (Chris Poole)! For more information, check out our dedicated website. Registration for the workshops closes June 28, 2019.
...and now back to the photos from Monday!
Check out Sheila's mat, using up worms - fantastic!
She also brought in a lovely pillow, with sculpted sections.
Martina has been working on a fantastic piece depicting blue jay feathers.
Check out Nancy M's chickens! They were a big hit.
Here's Judy C's washday scene:
Here's Tanya's next project, ready to roll!
Joyce made an insert to go on to a lovely purse from Kirkpatrick's Leather in Port Hope.
Of course, it wouldn't be hooking without a dog or 2 on hand! This is Xavier getting some much deserved love.
Here is Dianne's Mummer taking shape. It's based on a painting by local artist David Blackwood (used with permission of the artist).
And last, but certainly not least, Francine brought in her northern lights rug. It's going to be huge! We're using snippets of this rug in some of our promotions for The Heat Is ON.
Yes! According to the experts, spring arrived at 5:58 today! The weather was certainly typical of spring....so hopefully it will stick around!
Before we launch into our usual collection of "assorted" items, please head over to our "other" site, if you haven't already done so, to check out our upcoming gala event on September 30. It's a combined Hook-In and Regional East Workshops, titled "The Heat Is ON".
There are some fantastic workshops to choose from, including one from Susan Clarke that will focus on our theme of climate change. She has chosen several patterns to feature in this class, including some patterns available from Willow Creek Rug Hooking.
As it happens, one of our own, Nancy, has completed one of them, by artist Barbel Smith. Nancy started this pattern well before our plans for the workshops had taken shape, and she's done a fantastic job. See the other patterns for this class available here, or check out some of the other classes. Remember that registration closes June 28.
Nancy's Barbel Smith pattern
In the spirit of spring and renewal, our assortment today focuses on re-use and renewal. As usual, I'm snaffling these links from a variety of sites - OHCG, and the Australian Rug Hooking Guild, among others.
There's a talented artist who is using old books to make cups and other items. Her name is Cecilia Levy and her website is available here. Here's a link showing more of her work. I love the things made with comic books!
In keeping with the "tea" theme, there's another artist who is painting on used tea bags - really lovely works of art. Her name is Ruby Silvious and her website is well worth a look.
Check out this lovely "painting" below of a sheep, made from recycled textiles. The artist, Barbara Shaw, has used wool locks, lace, organza and lots of other bits to make this piece. Her site can be found here, where there are many other images of her creations.
If you're interested, she's posted several videos detailing how she created this work. Here's the first one in the series.
Painting with Fabric: Beginning Sheep 23 #1 - YouTube
Here's an article and video about a company that is making bags and purses from discarded fire hoses - it's amazing to see what they've done with something that was considered trash!
We’ll have our usual great hook-in that you’ve come to know, PLUS, we’re adding 4 fabulous workshops given by renowned teachers! You can chose to attend the hook-in, take a workshop, or do both! The choice is yours.
The theme for the event is THE HEAT IS ON which will explore climate change and weather patterns (as I type this we’re getting rain, sleet, snow across the province!). There will be 2 guest speakers: Alice Olsen Williams will present a selection of vibrant quilts depicting symbols and themes of her Anishinaabe culture, influenced by her European culture; Jennifer Wiber will talk about Temperature Tapestries, visualizing climate change thru rug hooking.
Here are the workshops to choose from:
Rookie Hooking, with Tina Cole
A Journey into the World of Primitive/Wide Cut, with Loretta Moore
Tangle Art, with Janice Daniels
The Heat is ON, with Susan Clarke
Registration is open from today until June 28. Click here to read all the details!
As usual, we have an eclectic assortment of things to report on. Several of them have been snaffled from the facebook pages of the O.H.C.G., and the Wooly Mason Jar Rughooking. Both are great groups to follow on facebook, with tons of interesting content.
First up, something that has nothing to do with rug hooking, but everything to do with one of our members: Joyce Jones. If you’re interested in history, WW1 in particular, check out this wonderful book: “Major Finlay’s Diary“. It’s the story of the Canadian Railway Troops in World War 1, and features many photos and the diary of Major Finlay, who was Joyce’s father! She wrote the introduction to the book. It’s by Claus Reuter, and is available here.
...and now onto things that are somewhat closer to rugs, etc....:
Here’s a video about the history of woolmaking in Yorkshire. It’s good look at the modern textile industry. Who knew there are separate companies that do nothing but “finish” the fabric. I don’t think the folks in this video w/b very happy to hear how we cut up wool fabric!
To contrast that, here’s an article about medival fulling techniques. check out the video with this one!
Despite the snowy blowy weather this morning, we had a great turn out of folks to our monthly business meeting. There were lots of lovely projects underway and completed. Here are 2 from Lynda:
Karen Kaiser also made it through the snow, and was visited by several folks interested in her wares. She also brought along these samples of kits she’s working on....don’t they look lovely?
We talked about the Paula Laverty talk on Grenfell rugs, coming to Cobourg on April 28. We’re working on buying some blocks of tickets.
Also up for discussion was our future Hook-In and Regional East Workshops, set for September 30 this year. Details will be released in the very near future....but this was an opportunity for our members to register for some of the workshops ahead of time. We also showed off the T-shirts we’ve made as samples so far. Available to our group will be the decals used to create the shirts. We’re hoping that a number of our volunteers will purchase the decals to add to their own T-shirts. Cost is $4 - let me know if you’re interested.