Monday, July 7, 2014

In a Word Rug

   January Journal Rug
In a Word, 2014
27"x 50" #8 and #6 on linen
In a Word  Journal project:  A word(s) encapsulates each day and is added to the rug during the month of January. This January Journal is a yearly event  Welcome Mat members join in, we make some very amazing projects around our yearly themes.
In January 2015 we shall be looking at the idea of houses, join us if you are a secret carpenter or always wanted your own village or just want to watch.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Poppy Passion Pattern Peek

We would love to see you in our Poppy Passion Class, my 3 month online class this summer. 
We are learning new ways with colour, dyeing and hooking loops.
This beautiful exclusive pattern is included for all students.
Here is a portion of it. The reason it's so hot around here is I'm on fire for this project!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Poppy Passion - An Online Class

This is a closeup of one of my poppies from my "and the day came" rug


Our online class for Summer 2014 is Poppy Passion. I'd love to have you join.
We will be creating the most magical of flowers with artistic and creative flair!
I'll be supplying you with a beautiful pattern, including close up and distant poppies, a patch among a wild garden. You can enlarge as you wish or interpret as you like. You will use your own wool. Or I can supply it as needed. There will be dyeing recipes and new twists on common methods included as part of this class.


3 excellent lessons on painting with our wool strips, being artistic with colour, handling tough aspects of flowers and greenery including contrast and creating liveliness using a spectrum of colour to shade your glories with good teaching, back up and plenty of direct student/teacher interaction + the pattern PDF

Find out how to make your poppies more than red blobs with black centres. Have some seedy fun! It's going to be imaginative exploration on what colour can do for us in the garden!

Class starts July 1, lessons will be presented on set dates but you show up when you like. Class is open for 3 months.



Spend the summer with poppy passion and me and the whole year with the rest of The Welcome Mat family!!
What are you waiting for? It's time to start blooming hookers! I'm looking forward to seeing the amazing projects you create.
Online class cost $75 US
Join the Welcome Mat to participate! ( an additional $30 fee will apply to become a member)

Go here to join class if you are a Mat member.
Go here to join The Welcome Mat to sign up for our class.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Question ?

I love when people ask questions!

Yesterday a great one came up on The Mat while we were talking about hooking vast negative spaces and how to handle them. I thought I'd share with you in case you wonder the same thing.

"I'm interested in how people do different colored backgrounds for landscapes with large colorful skies. It's not so difficult to make different colored skies( other than blue) there are a  lot of them. Red, pink, purple, yellow. I want to make my background interesting by changing the color of the landscape. Something besides green or brown,  but how do you change the colors of the landscape and make it look right. This is probably a more involved topic than your asking right? Anyone out there have any simple suggestions for this?"

Here 's what I said:


You can go here in The Mat to study my tutorial on blending like values in the Free Online Classroom. This let's you use wide array of colours in any section of a landscape you like, such as a hill, but they do the job of making the hill appear as a hill where it should be because they are all the correct value for that space. Many colours making one statement, I'm a middle distance hill!


 That brings me to the idea that many colours need to be used in a landscape to create planes or the sensation of distance/depth. Each plane of the landscape creates it own " colour temperature, saturation and value costume " for the role they are playing in the total landscape. Brighter darker colours in the foreground, less so in the mid ground and duller, lighter colours in the background. This is why so much hooking work lays flat even when we are trying to create depth, not enough colours used in the proper places.

Here is a link to landscape art. LOOK AT ALL THE COLOURS USED!!!! Amazing. Now look more carefully how those colours play their role to create the landscape or do not in poorer examples.


It might also be good to look at Stephen Quiller who loves to use unexpected colours in traditonal style landscapes. A master!

PS Dear reader.... there are hundreds of tutorials on The Welcome Mat to enrich your rug hooking with 5 years of sinfully rich archives to dig through! Only $30 a year!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Surprising opportunity for you?


Marjorie Duizer's Peace on Earth

Are you free for a week during June, the 16 to the 20th to be precise?
There is a wonderful opportunity to come to a great rug school.
The food is good, the atmosphere friendly and dynamic and the air cool.
Positioned in sight of Lake Michigan it is a way to welcome summer that can't be beat.
Steal some time for yourself before the hordes descend!
Sound interesting?
The Manistee Rug School has a few openings available with some terrific teachers ( that's the surprising part)
My fellow Canadian, Marjorie Duizer has a wonderful body of knowledge that she shares openly and joyfully with her students. She has every teaching accreditation available! You'll be in excellent hands no matter your subject.

Christine Hornby is a new comer to the teaching circuit, her body of works to date are beautiful and expressive, I'd jump at this chance if I were you. She looks at things in new ways that are both charming and exciting.

And my friend Susan Feller, smart, funny, with a refreshingly new look at our rug hooking art will have you reaching your hooking goals in no time! I don't know why you are missing this chance!

You can go here to see their write ups and find more out about them and their hooking art work and registration form.

How can you resist?
Don't be crazy, come.
I'm going and if I can go so can you.
I'll see you there!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Colour Knowledge is Primo in Rug Hooking


You can see why we need to learn more about colour to help us achieve our goals in rug hooking.
So tricky!

You might find my online class called The Colour Lab helpful.
This is a colour study. An easy to understand class on how to expand your colour craft.
No crazy jibber jabber on theory, this is a practical lab.
13 lessons, a year to do them. 
It's a steal at $150.
Be the rug hooker you always wanted to be.

Monday, April 7, 2014

JJ You old bastard! You thought you had me beat


 It is April and I've just solved a problem in my January Journal Rug that I wasn't willing to move to solve. It meant I had to dye and frankly I didn't feel like it or only had time to dye for work related things. You can just see my stall spot at the right at the bottom of this photo. Under the word smother as a matter of fact and Freudianly the word in the under leaflet is cover. LOL

I loved my rug drawing and I let one leaf of my fern hang under the next but did not plan out how to handle this colourwise.

Insert GREAT BIG DUMB MOVE HERE.

I know better but I don't always do better.
I tried many pieces of wool I had on hand. ( I can see you nodding yes, having been here and bought the T shirt yourself) None did the work of being under, low, down, below, receded or hidden
Complicating matters was the need for lettering to show up.

I don't know if I've ever told you how I love to dye materials I have already used in a rug for another rug. I  also adore to overdye wool from a rug for another part of a rug and that's what I did this time.
I was bored by the lack of layering the In a Word rug had.
BORED. STIFF. EXHAUSTED. DEFEATED BY BANALITY.

I left some of the wool aside to have some original colours so I could mediate my way between old and new and spent a happy hour pepping up, blueing, orangeing, turquoising, yellowfying all manner of greens and I also Red Violetted some other pieces for a happy surprise.
 Very exciting and fun for me.
And now my problem is solved and I'm on a delightful schedule of a leaflet a night.

Also great doings were over dyed for some scintillating background hussahs and hoorahs.

I hope your hooking is vivifying and contenting your heart and not nagging you like a bastard.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tickling My Fancy

This rug - what a great idea and a new twist on our old ideas!
Colourfully spring fresh, an ogee and using up scraps, a powerful triumvirate! From the Contemporary Rug Designs at Rugs USA
I see this working in my near future, nothing is better than having a rug like this to hook when you are working out a problem on another. Do I need to start another rug?
 NO!
Do I need to have some simple joy and pleasure, YES YES YES!!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Hot from the Pot! Cayenne - It's a formula!




These are the Pantone spring colours I'm replicating in the kitchen this week.
Cayenne, the 4th from the right is a beautiful colour.
I used pro chem colours and majic carpet ones together.

1/32 tsp. Red Violet ( MC) 
1/32 tsp. Bright Orange ( PC)
1/32 tsp. Magenta ( PC)
1/32 tsp. Bright Red ( PC)
1/32  tsp. Chocolate Brown ( MC)

In a dye bath method over 1/2 yd. natural wool