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New Crochet Project April 19, 2016

Filed under: Crochet,Crocheted rugs,Handcrafts,Handwork — Janet @ 6:31 pm

Same old same old but different color combinations

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More Rug Ideas August 11, 2011

I found an old photo album from my early days of rug making back in the 1970’s.  I might modify that sentence to say serious rug making.  30 years previously I had made several latchet hooked and braided rugs – I was serious enough about those at the time but they were  done more as a teen-age hobby.  My serious rug making took off in the mid-1970’s when I purchased an upright loom.  It was a Squirrel loom which I imported to Fiji from New Zealand.  I was part of a burgeoning arts and crafts movement among the ex-pats.  The Fiji Arts Club had been going for years and years but its members concentrated on painting and drama.  I dabbled in painting and went along for the Tuesday morning outdoor painting sessions.  I did not receive much encouragement there but met a number of people with similar interests along the crafts lines.  There we were, each either accomplished in their particular craft, such as candle making, or pottery, or weaving, or wanting to become so.

So a new group was in the making and became the Fiji Crafts Association.  Our first exhibition was very exciting.  At that point I only had a table loom but was happy to be a part of the developing bigger picture.  And I was stimulated to get a floor loom so that I could move on to weaving rugs.  Simultaneously, the Fiji Arts Club decided to have a small crafts section as part of its semi-annual exhibition.  And that was where I sold my first rugs.  Encouraged by my success, Ian turned his hand to acrylic painting, a latent talent to say the least, and his paintings sold even faster than my rugs.  Heady days!

To stimulate this interest in painting and weaving we seemed to be surrounded by all sorts of inspiration.  Not the least of which was this piece of bark sculpture, which we found in the forest somewhere in Fiji.   We labelled it Mbala mbala, took it back with us to Dublin, and had it sitting in our garden there for years.

 

 

the three little boys are of course James, Andrew, and David

Sort of in line with this tree bark sculpture, I found an image of Sepik art and translated that into a stitched rug.

 

        My stitched rug based on an image from Sepik art.

 

    Emily Carr painting

So the three above images are in my mind as I work on my latest rug.  The exact direction I am going in is not quite certain – it’s all evolving.  Some people like to work with strict cartoon and adhere to it religiously – I prefer to let my designs evolve as I go along.

   the rug to date

 

the orange and red that I started out with came from this orginal image in the little Norwegian rya booklet

 

 

Thinking About Another Rug August 8, 2011

Filed under: Crocheted rugs,Rug making,Rya rugs — Janet @ 2:32 am

I found that little booklet giving the nice rya Norwegian designs and more or less selected one to use as a starter for doing another rug myself.  But I’ve decided to use a crochet hook and the stiff rug canvas commonly used for latchet hooked rugs.

  progress so far, starting out with an idea to use orange and red, now finding that using the crochet hook means pretty much going in straight lines – and it’s hard on the knuckles wielding the crochet hook and pulling those strands of rug wool through the canvas.  Then I began to think more about Emily Carr and her paintings of trees.  Now I am leaning in that direction as a source for my design ideas.

  This was the rya design I liked in the little Norwegian booklet.

   Emily Carr painting (from the internet)

report on my design process to be continued…….