Leaves are the challenge theme for our October hook-in.
Here is Jennie’s explanation from the May meeting announcement:
Chapter Project ~ Hook-a-Leaf: Members who participate receive a 20” x 20” piece of linen, and will hook a pattern of their choice (must feature a leaf, or leaves). Minimum hooked size is 8” x 8” but can be larger. No other rules!! Be creative and see what you can come up with! These projects will be featured at the Harvest Hook-in this October.
I’m particularly fond of gingko leaves. The tree is considered to be a living fossil and is a symbol of longevity. The leaf shape and colors are wonderful and bring to mind a lovely time in my life. . Unfortunately, it was a female tree and the fruit, which also dropped with the first frost, smelled vile and weighed a ton. Even so, I still love those leaves. It would be interesting to hear other ‘leaf stories’ from our members.
We had a tree just outside the kitchen of our Victorian house in Pennsylvania. Right after the first frost the leaves turned a beautiful clear yellow
Take a leaf walk. The variety of size and shapes is infinite. Skim through your rug hooking library for inspiration. Think about synonyms for leaf. Could you hook the pages of a book? Compose a portrait of ‘turning over a new leaf’? Although it must feature a leaf, or leaves, this theme offers so many opportunities to explore.
This month is full of opportunities to hook. Several of us spent Saturday at Orange Coast’s Hook In. Sandy, Jennie, Bonnie and Lynne enjoyed and learned a bunch from Lisanne Miller’s class. Some of us chose to sit and hook, enjoy each other’s company and beautiful work, invest in the vendor’s wares, and chat with friends we see only at an event such as this one.
At our regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, March 18th Donna will teach us how to dye chartreuse.
Next day, the 18th, many members will travel to Highland Springs to 123 Farm for the sheep sheering. Sandy enthusiastically recommends this event. Wear your Ca’s 1st apron if you decide to go!
If you do not already own “Rugger’s Roundtable” by Jane Olson, and Mildred Sprout’s “Design-A-Patts”, I recommend that you ask friends where you might find copies and search for them at every hooking event.
Begun as a newsletter, “Rugger’s Roundtable” is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in rug hooking. In the introduction to the 5 year set, which spans 2006-2010, Jane described the collection as “a guide for the beautiful art of rug hooking. It is a source of instruction, color planning, dye methods and tips, hooking techniques, shading and much more.”
Just a few examples of tips show a bit of the range of information provided: “Cleaning carding strips”, “What is the difference in three grades of burlap?”, “Using selvedge edges”, etc. Her drawings are concise, inspiring and the information for dyers comprehensive. Jane’s writing is clear and logical.
The Rugger’s Roundtable newsletters were a starting point for The Rug Hooker’s Bible on which she and Gene Shepherd collaborated. Jane’s granddaughter, Brigitta Phy, continued Rugger’s in 2010. Brigitta sells back issues and now offers a FREE electronic newsletter. Her address is: http://www.greenvalleyrughooking.com/roundtable.html
In Jane’s 2012 Catalog, the price for a 35-year set (which spans 1/1976 – 11/2010) was $140. As these provide all the wisdom stated above, I feel that was very fair. Contact Brigitta for today’s prices. Given a set by my sister, I can only say, “Lucky me!”
Mildred Sprout’s Design-A-Patts is wonderful for providing designs you may copy and demonstrating fine shading of flowers and fruits.
For even more insight into our art, look for old copies of Pearl McGown’s Newsletter and Joan Moshimer’s News & Views. They can sometimes be found on EBay or through a friend who is downsizing or no longer hooking.
Janelle Leslie’s Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival exhibit of our rugs runs from February 17 – 20th. She will be demonstrating during the Fair. Contact her if you want to help out and demonstrate.