Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sandra's 'vintage' mat for grandson Nolan

"Nolan's Rug" (design by T Heather Lewis)
Sandra's sister Heather drew out a vintage garage and truck scene, then Sandra hooked away on "Nolan's Rug" at her usual speed - fast forward - and had it ready for Christmas. No mystery about origin - with a Canadian flag flying over the scene!
It measures a hefty 42" X 24.5", mostly #4 cut, with the sky in #6. Sandra dyes much of her own wool.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Annual rug display at the local Ross Memorial Museum

Every year, the Quoddy Loopers, along with other St Andrews and area groups and residents each decorate a room at the beautiful decorative arts museum. The Ross Memorial Museum is housed in a gracious red brick home, bought expressly by the Rosses to house the collection they had built up over a lifetime. We are fortunate to have such an exquisite little museum, and the community pulls together, baking cookies for the hundreds and hundreds of school children who come through each year, just before the Open House on the first weekend of December. Others decorate, host, welcome and feed the many more hundreds of visitors who start off the festive season with a wonderful tour of all the enthusiastically, creatively decorated rooms.
A selection of the rugs & mats on display - the floor was covered, the walls and just about every other surface, plus a few non-hooked items to add more festive fun.
Quoddy Loopers, not surprisingly, decorate their chosen room with rugs, mats and the varied paraphernalia of rughooking. Wools of all kinds, burlap or linen patterns in different stages of completion, hooks, magazines and books... rugs on the floor, mats on the walls, furniture and screen. Sprinkle with an array of Christmas ornaments, stockings and a couple of little trees, and the room is ready. Just add demonstrators working on a rug or two throughout the long weekend, and wait for the questions. Children are invariably fascinated by all the rugs and we set them a few questions - how many Santas can you find? And snowmen? Birds?