Thursday, 24 August 2017

Visuals - The Sky's the limit!

If you are not sure about colours, shapes, scenery, animals, sky etc.taking photos to build up an album is very useful. the visuals give you a good idea of shapes and colours. You can also print off your pictures and use them as templates.   Sky is always interesting to hook it is not always blue as you will see from the following photos I have taken
Here are some visuals of sky..very useful when you are rug making. Always worth taking photos to use in your work. We always think of sky being blue and clouds white but study all the colours in the pictures.











Rug Making Supplies

Rug Making Supplies. I often get emails from rug makers in America and Canada asking when they visit the Uk where are the Rug Hooking shops . The simple answer is there are none. Rug Making is a tad bit different here. First of all English Rug Makers are much more interested in drawing their own patterns/designs using their creativity to produce exciting one off designs rather than buying ready drawn patterns. (that is not to say we don't ever use patterns we do). Although I am a wool baby and prefer to hook and proddy with wool new and recycled I also use nylon hose and yarn. I would say that a good 75% of UK Rug Makers use any material they can get their hands on from t shirts, curtains, sheeting, clothing and wool. Uk Rug Makers do not like to be restricted in the materials they use. Wool is not easy to find here hence the fact that people like to try different fabrics. As a teacher I encourage my students to try different materials but suggest the benefits of wool. Squashing a persons creativity and use of different materials is frustrating for all concerned. So you are going to ask where do you get your supplies from. Teachers carry a few tools (not many teachers here either) but I carry the largest stock of Rug Making equipment in the UK from hooks, frames, foundation, hand dyed wool and yarn plus a few more items but you will see nowhere near as much as you can get in the States or Canada. For me when I make a rug I want the fun of designing a piece, choosing the material, hooking or prodding it using it and enjoying it for as long as it lasts and once its worn out its binned or given to the dog to sleep on. I don't make rugs to last longer than me! lol.. If they last too long you get fed up with them anyway . take a look at my website www.ragrugsuk.co.uk NB a lot of people here call hooked rugs and proddy mats Rag Rugs. Happy Hooking

Friday, 18 August 2017

To Glue or not to Glue that is the question

Personally I would never add any glue or latex to the back of my rugs. Why? you may ask.
First of all if you execute a good piece of work there is no need to contaminate the back with any type of clagham!. A well hooked rug or proddy mat will last a good many years.
The next reason there is no guarantee the loops will stay in place and if any loops do pop out it would be near impossible to repair trying to hook loops through a latex barrier.
Your rugs need to be flexible, floppy  and bendy not rock hard.
And glue/latex can be expensive.

I have heard stories from the past where people made a glue from flour and water and covered the backs of their rugs with that. I have made clagham that way to paste onto wall paper that has peeled off the wall in places lol....

Rug makers for many reasons have probably ladled glue onto their rugs one reason to make the rug non slip.

For me I don't want to waste my time and money with glue.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Interesting videos

These are some interesting videos I have come across ...take a look..

1. This video is about the Rug hookers in Cheticamp
http://www.wanderingnotlost.org/…/02/the-hookers-of-chetic…/

2. How to set up a Cheticamp Frame and a story about Cheticamp Rugs

3. There are times when your Beeline is not cutting through the wool correctly here is a way to rectify.
Click here and it will direct you to the Beeline Youtube video
https://l.facebook.com/l.php…

4. Laura Kenney, Artist
Morning!
Matt Brown, from Mountaindale Productions.. did a cool short documentary with me chatting about this.. that.. and the other. Steven Rhude and my Mom are also included. When you click on http://bit.ly/2vqEoE1, look on the right and I am S4 E05...thanks for checking it out! Feel free to share..share ..share..
Laura's work is fabulous she is one of my very favourite hookers 

5. Maud Lewis was a Canadian artist . Her work has been made into Rug designs. A film about her life has been made too . This is a nice write up about her you will have to cut and paste the following as it is not live.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/09/maudie-nova-scotia-maud-lewis-art-road-trip-canada?CMP=share_btn_fb

Books for Sale

1. Rugs from Rags John Hinchciffe £5
2. Basic Rug Hooking  £5
plus £3 p&p per book