The Sunshine Rug Hookers have begun a new activity. On the first Tuesday of each month, they are featuring the work and background of one hooker. This began in February with the hooking of Hilda Hayes, our most senior member, and continued in March with a presentation of the work of Willa Mercer, one of the founding members. I think this is such a grand idea, and thought I would share the work of these wonderful talented hookers.
Willa showed an array of her hooked pieces from brooches, Christmas ornaments, 3D Christmas trees, a number of examples of Father Christmas, boxes, chair pads, and of course mats.
Her work included celtic designs, silhouettes, primitives, and memory rugs.
Willa had always been interested in traditional crafts, and began her hooking career by signing up for a 10 week course through the Neighbourhood School Programme in Orillia. The instructor was Luise Bishop. Willa was “hooked” and continued taking any available local courses and enjoyed attending workshops such as the OHCG Annual, and Trent School of Rug Hooking throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. She became an OHCG qualified teacher, and has been an active teacher until recently.
I’ve heard Willa refer to herself as “the queen of frugal”, and she claims to love the hunt for materials to recycle, and the actual process of recycling them, almost as much as she does hooking. After I had several bad experiences purchasing garments to reuse, which ended up shredding, a few wise words from Willa about how to choose wool , and how to ‘full’ it properly, saved me from becoming strictly a ‘new’ wool user. Thanks Willa, for this and all the tips and words of wisdom you share so readily with those of us who are in need of help!