Sunday, October 10, 2010

Progress on the St Andrews pictorial rug

The photo is a little misty - colours are actually a little brighter than they appear on my screen, anyway. It is a very loose depiction of St Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick (Canada), the lovely little seaside resort town I live in. Only the elements I wish to include are in--the windmill from Kingsbrae Garden, the Pendlebury Lighthouse (magically restored to its former glory, though that work is ongoing), Ministers Island & Bath House, the historic Blockhouse and just two of the numerous churches in town. I've also taken the liberty of moving a bit of the Algonquin golf course to adjoin the Hotel.

This 4.5 x 5ft rug has been on the go for three years, and I keep it at the church where the Quoddy Loopers meet every Wednesday, so it is only worked on in small hunks of time (6:30-8:30pm, year round). Others of our group have taken turns working on it and I hope to have more working on the borders when the Algonquin Hotel and the top water/sky is finished; perhaps this fall will see it done. I do miss the odd week, either by not being able to make it to the group or by hooking on another mat that has a deadline. This one is purely pleasure, so it will be done when it's done.

This week was the first time I took it off the rolling frame, so we have only seen it in sections since it went on the frame in, I think, fall of 2007 (possibly summer '07). Other members have also donated wool for the project, as well as time, which is much appreciated.

The rug is mostly 100% wool, both fabric and yarn, with the odd dash of novelty yarn for sparkle, on primitive linen, with cuts ranging from #3 up to 3/4" hand-torn strips. Much of the wool is as-is fabric; a great deal is purpose dyed, especially the greens and blues.


Julia said...

I'm so impressed by your St Andrew by the sea rug in progress.I love how your colors are so beautiful. Great work.

I've stayed in the beautiful Algonquin Hotel and have been in the Catholic church where your group hook and I've also been on the waft when we went whale watching on the Quoddy Bay I think it's called. We went on a catamaran boat and I also have great memories of St Andrews by the Sea of shopping and eating. A special little paradise on earth. Thanks for sharing. JB

Doris said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I must say that I am impressed with your rug. I love pictorials and expecially the original ones. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing this rug finished!
(Moments in Time)

maureenm said...

Thanks Julia and Doris - your kind comments are much appreciated!

happy hooking... maureen