Here we are in November. I don't know about where you live but it has been unusually warm here in the maritimes this fall. I always look forward to crisp and cool fall days to inspire me to start making and buying gifts for the holidays but this year that cold weather "call to action" has been sadly lacking. So when I saw Deanne's pattern of the month design I was happy because I couldn't wait to hook him for my mom!! She is a fox enthusiast.
Now I am going to admit that I did alter Deanne's pattern a wee bit; I didn't hook in the line for his legs and I fattened up his tail a bit by hooking on the outside of the lines. I used a dark sari ribbon (black cherry) to hook the outlines of his face and I learned from Deanne to not outline it too solidly which gives it a softer look. What I mean by that statement is when you hook the outline leave a fair bit of space between your stitches and this way the colors you hook on each side of the outline blend in some.
I had dyed some foxy colors for the studio which was fun to use. I opted for more golden tones rather than orange or red just because it was my preference. I also used a golden orange and hooked in some highlights around his eyes and nose. Then I gave him a dot of white in each eye to give him a bit of life.
Brenda suggested a forest green background and she was right. I alternated two shades of dark green for that. I could easily hook this little fella again in another color combo, he was so quick and easy.
Fun, fun, fun!!
- Deanne Fitzpatrick
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-A stormy sky is unsettled and has a lot of drama, as well as movement and flow.
-A stormy sky is typically created from greys, blues and creams.
-You can use deep shades of grey, grey-blues and grey-greens to accentuate the heaviness of an impending storm.
-Clouds should be lightest of greys, creams or pale yellows to emphasize that the sky is darker than usual. colour. In the rug above it is just grey areas outlined and a cream background. Very simple idea, but it works so well.
Experiment with your skies. You can create interesting moody skies by experimenting just with colour.
In 1892 John Garrett began manufacturing rug patterns on Burlap. He started a business that over it's first season sold only 150 patterns, that evolved into a business that had a mailing list of 20,000 people and was importing 150,000 yards of burlap from Scotland each year. His business also had a small successful branch in Boston. Garrett distributed his patterns through Eatons, Simpsons, Hudson's Bay and Woolworth's. And sold his patterns all over Canada, America, and as far as England, New Zealand and Australia. Garrett also invented the "Bluenose Hooker" which was 5x faster than the ordinary hook. And was famous for his Bluenose patterns. He also promoted hooking rugs with yarn instead of rags, which lead to the commercial production of hooked mats. The company closed down during World War II because it was difficult to get burlap imported as well as most manufacturing was going towards war materials. Post-war, the company overbought a poor quality of burlap as well as suffered from a fire and water damage that forced the company to close. In 1998, Linda Macdonald bought what was left of Garrett's business.
First of all there is nothing wrong with our momma's hookin'. Hooking rugs has an amazing tradition that is rich and long standing. Tradition is important and the pom club recognizes that. We also know though that we are in the now, 2017, and rug hooking is no longer what it used to be. We don't need to make hooked rugs out of our old woolen clothes to warm our drafty floors. In fact we hardly have any woolen clothes anymore. When I first started rug hooking I could still find lots of wool coats and old clothes to hook with. I still love to recycle old clothes for my mats but they are harder and harder to find. Partially that is because we don't wear that much wool anymore and partially because there are so many rug hookers out there looking for what's around the completion to find it came be a bit fierce.
When I decide which patterns will become pom patterns I think about what I am working on in my own rugs. Sometimes I think what would be cool for you to work on. Sometimes I look around me and I think that would be perfect for POM members. You guys are always on my mind lately. How can we make the club better? How can we make the patterns more fun or interesting. How can we inspire members to hook more?
I like to look through my sketch books for good patterns for club members. We try to plan a series of gorgeous patterns months in advance so that we can make sure the patterns fit with the seasons, that you have lots of variety.
Right now as I plan out for next year, I am thinking of how we can make some fun designs so that you can decorate your home with them. In the coming months we will put articles on how to make pillows, making a purse, tea cozies etc on this site so that you can start experiment with these little rugs you are making.
You see rug hooking is not about making floor rugs anymore. It is a craft that has all kinds of pathways and can lead you all kinds of places. I love the versatility of rug hooking and I want the POM club to reflect that.
- Deanne Fitzpatrick
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Hooking rugs in the summertime isn't something that all hookers take part in, however summer is the prime time to seek inspiration in your surroundings. There are colours everywhere. Whether it be burnt oranges, magentas, hints of lavender and yellows in the later-than-usual sunsets, or the million shades of blues, navies and turquoise you can spot during a warm day at the beach. Take note of how the leaves hang down in front of the sun while you're out for a walk, or the colour of the sky just before a big thunder and lightning storm. You can even find influence from a cold colourful drink on a nice afternoon and incorporate those colours and textures into your work.
These colours and ideas can be translated into your rugs easily, creating memories of moments that you may need to revisit during the long winter season! Summer inspired rugs are especially great for your cottage or out on your deck, wherever you think needs a splash of summer fun.
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