Rugs from the Annual in North Bay

There were so many beautiful rugs in a wide variety of styles to look at. I didn’t take pictures of even a fraction of them. ….those thse I did…I didn’t record who hooked them…so my apologies to all the artists…These are just a few examples of those that for whatever reason…caught my eye

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I always love a black background…makes these beautiful colours pop.

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With my fall swap mat in mind….these trees really caught my fancy.

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This was a relatively small triptik (I have no idea how to spell that word) but really eye catching.

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The colour palette of this pictorial is quite unique  and appealed to me.

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A beautiful fine cut.

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Another striking black background

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This is a ‘reciprocal rug’ ….using a variety of techniques and fibres…passed back and forth between two artists, with each adding a portion, then returning it to the other. The picture diesn’t do it justice…it was fascinating…I could have looked at it for ages, and kept finding new features.

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A wonderful kilim…I wish I understood the significance of the various symbols. I may be mistaken…but I seem to recall that the title for this rug was something like “looking for a husband”

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another large cut flower pattern on a black background

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I didn’t realize it until I was posting these pictures…but this is the same pattern as the last rug….with a different colour palette, and hung sideways rather than vertically…..obviously one that I liked.

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The theme for the annual was “all a buzz about bugs”.

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These two rugs were in the ‘theme’ catagory.

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I love the sense of light and wind in this pictorial.

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This fine cut has hidden birds tucked in the branches

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This reminded me of my Deanne Fitzpatrick rug “washing on the Line” (same topic…different style)

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I ove the muted shading in this snowy owl

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You can almost feel the tiredness of these fishermen.

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I thought this was really unique. The title was “Home is Where the Heart Is”. It is a bird’s eye view of a town or subdivision (I don’t know which) and the hooker’s house is designated with a small red heart.

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Another large floral with a black background….I think I’d better hook one…I’m surely attracted to them.

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I enjoy all the ‘interlocking’ birds in the piece.

There are more photos to come.

Karen Kaiser Rugs from the Annual

Home and rested a bit from a very busy weekend…what fun! 312 hookers together at the annual (my first time to go as a member of OHCG for the whole weekend) and so many beautiful rugs to see, goodies to purchase, friends to visit.

The featured hooker this year was Karen Kaiser. What beautiful rugs….took my breath away. All of the rugs in this posting are by her. (I’ve got lots more photos of it all to come)

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The Witches of Endor…this had to be my favourite of all. But because it is hung against a black background, you can’t see the wonderful edge…which is cut , and bound following the contours of the picture. Her colour detail and shading of this large piece is so lifelike…I had to walk over to make sure it was hooking. I just stared at it in awe of the artistry.

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The magnificent sky, and the depth of shading in these Inukshuks made them startling. (it’s rather faded in the photo)

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Having just done my first bit of lettering, I was most impressed with this text (loved the content of it too) I’m such a lousy photographer…I cut off the right side. You’d think I’d get better with all the photos I take…but NOPE!

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This subtle piece has the same cut edge as the Witches. Unfortunately there was no way to weight the bottom, so it didn’t hang to the best advantage.

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This was just plain eerie…the crumbled barn, and the ghost of what it had been…so moving . I loved the sentiment in her write up as well…nature takes it all back in the end.

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…a detailed egyptian hanging…each figure so clearly defined

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I’m always attracted to monochromatics.

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This is another instance of the camera not doing justice to the piece. The colours were more vibrant… and the use of alternative methods (hooking and proddy) and various fibres, doesn’t show up well in the photo.

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This is a close up of the proddy and hooking side by side

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Karen said 2010 was her year of the poppy…she hooked a number of projects featuring them that year…including this runner. I found her beautiful background was so alive (again it is much duller in the photo). It set off the vibrant poppies to such advantage.

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This piece was entirely different than the rest…and was a result of a challenge by the Campbellford hookers, to do with the use of plaids. Each of these tesselated houses is hooked with a different plaid, hooked in such a way that the plaid aspect remains intact, and an actual piece of the plaid for that house is used for its ¬†window. The longer I looked at it , the more I saw.

I’m still recouperating from all the walking, but I’ve got lots more pictures to post, and I’ll try to get more up really soon.