Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Jillian's Work On Display

Our very own Jillian Roos-Markowitz is having a show of her works, at Edward Jones Investments located at 3 King Street West in Cobourg (next to TD Bank), with the opening taking place this coming Saturday Feb 9 from 2-4 pm.  It will be in place until the end of March.  Please drop by when you have a moment.

More info and photos can be found on Facebook.

As we all know Jillian is highly talented, and has transformed one of her paintings into a rug hooking, all in silk!  Rug hooking is just one of many media she uses.

Here are some more examples of her work that will be on display.  

Sunday, 20 January 2019

mid january assortment

Hello! Greetings from Antarctica.

Here are a few items that may be of interest to fibrey-folks, compiled before I left!

How's this for a rug hooking room?  Does your room look like this?

Check out the full article here, from a 2015 magazine.

Here's a sculpture project, using embroidery thread - a LOT of embroidery thread.

A bunch of japanese patterns have been published online and they're all copyright free.  This would go very with a theme we're working on for the fall of "weather".

While this isn't very textile-ish, the video below is an interesting one about rope-making.

The next 3 links are all on machines that are mesmerizing to watch!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Assorted Items for January

Happy New Year to you and to yours, and happy hooking!

Here's an assortment of items for your viewing enjoyment, collected from Facebook and other sources:
  • Above is a fascinating video about folks who do Sankalan embroidery, but to me it looks like they're doing rug hooking.  The "hooking" part starts at about the 1 minute mark.  Don't those look like pencil hooks, and isn't there a technique that does decorative designs kinda like this?  I also like their method to transfer a pattern, but it's very labour intensive!
  • The making of braided rugs - an interesting video
  • The non-sewers way of finishing rugs with glue. 
  • We've featured videos on flax processing before, but this one looks at a more automated approach - from a 1951 BBC film.   
  • And just in case you've always wondered about a sewing machine works!
  • This was just on the OHCG Facebook page - check out these gorgeous rugs this man is making.

Friday, 28 December 2018


Yes, indeed - the wheels are in motion for a wonderful event to take place in September 2019.  You won't want to miss this one, so Save the Date!  Details of the workshops (1/2 and full day) will be published in March, and registration will be open until June 28.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Assorted Items for December

Check out new member Nancy's latest project - didn't she do a great job?

Below are 3 things that may be of interest to you!  They've come from various blogs and Facebook pages we follow.

Loopy Supply.  There's a very interesting shop in Moncton, NB, with some lovely wares.  They have a great website (and sell stuff online, too!).  Here are two interesting things i found while dipsydoodling through their site:

Tulle sculptor.  There's a gentleman in New York who does some amazing sculpture using tulle (think tutus and crinolines).

Residue of creativity  This is an interesting article about artists who feature the residue arising from their creations.  Wouldn't it be neat to do something with all the bits we snip off from our rugs? Maybe a big glass jar filled with all our colourful "residue", or some crazy felted dryer balls?

Patterns made with sound.  An intriguing way of generating patterns.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A Completed Wreath

Back in November, we mentioned that there are folks out there making trees and wreaths from fringed fabric....and our very own Christine has completed one!

She did a fantastic job, and i know it took her quite a bit of time (and fabric) to do it, but doesn't it look lovely?

Here's a video explaining how to do the branches.  They can then be used in either trees or wreaths!

Christine used her own fabric and wire and glue, but Searsport is selling kits in various sizes.  Click here to see what they are doing.

Hopefully I can get a few more photos when i see the completed wreath "in the flesh".

ETA - more photos from the wreath, in person!  It's very lush - lots of texture and shades of green.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Holiday Potluck

It was time for yet another holiday potluck, and there was certainly lots of yummy food and a really good crowd to share it with!  

There were several rugs on display:

Jillian showed us her lovely work in silk.  It will be featured in a show at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in February.  Stay tuned for more details on it!

Lots of folks visited with Karen Kaiser and came away with some lovely purchases.  Here's Christine's upcoming project waiting for some time with Karen:

The stars of the day, tho, were the projects from the A Walk In The Woods Class with Carol Shewan.  We asked all of the participants to bring in their mats, whether completed or not, so we could compare them.....and what a show it was!  Each of them were very different, but clearly are Tom Thompson-based works.

We took a photo of the group with their projects, and it was a lovely shot:

But my favourite is this one - check out Massimo photo-bombing us!

Here's a collage of the completed works: