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I want to show you some little tips here on the Pom members site. Right now I am crazy about flower pots. These are very simple designs I am doing right now but it is their simplicity that is difficult to carry off. For this orange pot I used sexy jersey and highlighted it with rust slub. I wanted a clean looking pot with not too much colour . The pot cannot compete with the flowers in these rugs. The pot has a very simple shape. Lean and long, and only two colours mixed together. I think it is the texture of the slub that works here and lends a bit extra to the pot with out overtaking the flowers.
It was amazing to me to see my rug in the Canadian National Newspaper The Globe and Mail, along with the work of many other rug hookers.
For far too long rug hooking has been hardly considered an art. It has at most been considered a domestic art, or women's work and received little notice. Times are changing and you can see that the review of this show that was held at the Textile Museum of Canada got some great space in Canada's National Newspaper.
High time I'd say...but then I hook rugs nearly everyday.
You can read Globe and Mail Article on Rug Hooking here.
The Cheticamp Frame has been around so long. It originated in Cheticamp, Cape Breton where women had small businesses hooking rugs in their homes and sold them to tourists at gift shops over the summer.
I love how this woman is so engaged in here rug. I feel what she feels. I bet you do too! Perhaps it is her mother leaning over her telling her to get the loops nice and even.
Rug Hooking is a strong tradition in Cheticamp and it has been passed from generation to generation for many years. Traditionally small floral rugs were hooked on burlap with fine wool yarn from Quebec in soft colour tones.
I found a sweet little video that explains the process of Cheticamp rug hooking. The website it mentions no longer exists but I think it is interesting none the less and a good example of rug hooking as I remember it in cheticamp.
There is a beautiful museum, Trois Pignons in Cheticamp that features the rugs of Elizabeth Lefort. She was awarded the order of Canada for her hooked rugs and was famous for her work. Her rugs were presented as gifts to Buckingham Palace and the White house.
Many years ago I wrote an article on Elizabeth for Rug Hooking Magazine. It appears in my most recent book published by Rug Hooking Magazine. I learned a quick lesson when I interviewed. I asked her age and was promptly told that is something one should never ask another and she hung up the phone. I tried to call back and apologize but she was having nothing to do with me. I was able to put together a nice article but with out her input. It made me a bit sad but I have to say I admired her spunkiness.