As mentioned, Marylou spoke to the group in the morning. ……..about the rug hooking museum of course, but also about a wonderful rug now owned by our hosts….The Simcoe County Museum. About 20 years ago, the members of the Huronia Branch jointly hooked a rug to donate to the museum where they meet each month. This amazing rug is about 7′ or 8′ x about 15′ (it’s massive). It had been displayed at the time , but then was taken down and carefully stored away. Being of Canadian content, Marylou thought it would be nice to have it on display during Canada’s 150th birthday. The museum agreed to once again hang it, and it was given pride of place in the large meeting room for everyone at R.U.G. to enjoy.
The design is by Thor Hansen, who was a Canadian designer and craft promoter of Danish descent. An interesting interview about him and his work can be viewed here:
Designer Thor Hansen – Huronia Museum Show
…just an aside…the Huronia Museum that houses much of his work is in Midland about 20 miles from the Simcoe County Museum where we meet.
The style is “post modern” and depicts Canada Geese flying over a stylized sea . The Huronia group used a quilt frame to hook it, and it was rolled appropriately as it progressed. Marylou recalled that various members would work on it at meetings and said it was truly a joint effort. ….Here Marylou and Fiona are trying to get out of the way so I can get a good shot of it…
Another aside…..a very much smaller version of this design appears in Celebration XXIV hooked by OHCG member Tatiana Knodel.
The afternoon was devoted to a talk about hooking Paisley designs . Suzanne Hill presented the history of paisley and related how the Grey Highlander group explored this wonderful and well loved design.
She presented a quilt top made of countless paisley fabrics which perfectly demonstrated many typical colour combinations.
These were some of my favourites.
Being a pattern designer herself, Suzanne created a number of paisley patterns for the group to try….the variation in colour palettes gives each a distinct feeling. Each of these has a black or grey background, but an entirely different feeling according to the colours chosen. She named this pattern ‘Polka Dot Paisley’.
The same dramatic differences in effect caused by colour are seen in this pattern called ‘Crazy For Paisley’.For those wanting to hook something smaller, or to make some hot pads….she created several ‘Little Paisley’ patterns. Note the variety….. some are made into pillows, some needle punched or hooked with yarn, and some with beautiful crocheted edges.There were also two examples of paisley patterns by Martina Lesar.This one done in yarn,….and this one……surrounded by colourful shapes.
The whole presentation was delightful and informative. I heard countless comments afterwards about how much it was enjoyed. Many thanks to Suzanne Hill for her designs, inspiration and explanations.
All in all it was a day full of great rugs, good shopping, delicious food, and friendly people.
If you missed it, it will all happen again in October.
Thanks for stopping by.