Rug Hooking Magazine November/December 2017
As the days get shorter its time to get cozy with a new project, and this issue of Rug Hooking has plenty of colorful pieces and helpful tips to keep you going – plus some great holiday and winter themed designs. This issue’s free pattern suits the season with the piece Vintage Ornaments, by Beth Miller.
Holly Jolly Christmas, Lucille Festa, 2017.
Whenever a new Rug Hooking arrives, one of my favorite things is the incredible reader submission. I’m always happily surprised by the range of styles, and the incredible skill on display. Speaking of showing off your skills – the call for submissions to the 2018 Celebration issue closes November 30th. Each annual Celebration is just that – a wonderful celebration of creativity from the rug hooking community. If you’ve got a piece you’re especially proud of why not share it and inspire others. The first place winner receives $500. Complete submission guideline are in this issue and can also be found online at www.rughookingmagazine.com – just click on Celebration!
Here are a few more highlights from this edition!
Northern Loon, by Kay LeFevre, 2017.
Who doesn’t love a loon? As a Mainer I’m partial to these beautiful and spooky sounding birds. Northern Loon is from the article “Canadian Birds, Canadian Mats,” a collection of beautiful bird pieces by Kay LeFevre. Kay hooked these pieces while traveling the northern USA and Canada by RV.
Stained Glass #1 (detail), Gloria McPherson, 2016.
While we often see detailed scenes of nature in rug hooking, Gloria McPherson’s article and beautiful pieces are a great example of the more abstract and geometric possibilities of this medium. In “From Stained Glass to Wool” she reimagines the look and feel of Arts & Crafts era stained glass in the distinctive colors of that movement. Shown above is a detail from McPherson’s piece Stained Glass #1, 2016.
Cat with Kittens, Mary Jarrell, 1992.
You’re never to old for this craft – or perhaps it’s the creativity that keep her young? Check out the lovely story of “Mary Jarrell: Still Hooking at 100.”
Mary Jarrell, receiving the 2017 Delaware State Fair “Superintendent’s Award” from the governor – in recognition of her many blue ribbons! (photo,Danny Aguilar.)
Since this week is all about Rug Wool at Halcyon Yarn, I’ve got to mention that there is a great how-to article that may make a convert out of you. “How to Hook with Yarn: Just Do It!” will help you understand gauge, what hooks and backing to select, and what effects you can achieve. As it says “No cutter, not twisting, no problem”, sounds pretty good – right? Stock up on Halcyon Yarn Rug WoolHalcyon Yarn Rug Wool and learn more about our favorite rug hooking yarn here – on sale for a limited time!
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