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A skilled rug hooker, a great organizer, a tireless volunteer and enthusiastic participant, committed and devoted to the BHCG throughout most of its history, it is no wonder that Sally has been president, not once, but twice! (1984-86 and again from 1997-1998.). It all started in 1978 when Sally saw a rug in Audrey Colliss’ entrance hall. “I was so impressed that I enrolled in the rug hooking class for beginners held by the City, and I have been hooking ever since.” Although Sally no longer attends meetings, she continues as a Guild member.
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A Pearl McGown & Jane McGown Flynn pattern
30.5” x 55”
This rug was on display in Moshimer’s studio in Kennebunkport, Maine and I fell in love with the pattern. I enjoyed doing the rug as it was very repetitive with lots of neutral colours and the composition alternates antelopes, ostriches, and ornamentation. I used no. 3 cut and hand dyed all the wool. It hangs on the wall of the entrance to my daughter’s condo and is admired by all her guests who believe she purchased it in Africa.
Adaptation of a textile design
12 x 24”
Number 3 cut
This piece hangs on the wall of my daughter’s house. The idea for the piece came from a textile design. I was inspired by an illustration on a linen book sleeve (artist unknown). I did an adaptation of the pattern, choosing a component of the print (the fisherman) and adding the middle section with aquatic creatures, and the bottom section in reverse, as I thought it would look interesting to create a mirrored composition.
A Pearl McGown & Jane McGown Flynn pattern
40” x 24”
This is Kashani Hunt Panel, a pattern designed by Pearl McGown & Jane McGown Flynn. My first love is oriental designs and I have done many of them. This one I would call contemporary, very lively and I enjoyed doing it. Except for the navy background, the wool is all hand dyed. Lois J. Morris helped me as usual. This piece was shown in the BHCG 2000 Rug Exhibition, the 35th Anniversary Exhibition (2010), the March-June 2012 Show and Tell, and has been featured as a greeting card and as an animated rug to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
A Rittermere pattern
24” x 35”
Pictorials such as this are fun to do. You can draw the subject yourself or order a scene from one of the many catalogues available; similarly, gift cards are a good source of ideas. Pictorials are great for using a variety of materials. I used burlap for the sleigh, leather for the harness, old tweeds for the trees, plastic for the maple sap, my neighbour's old coat for the red jacket and some knitting wool for the smoke and some of the snow. Lois J. Morris is a great inspirational teacher; she suggests, helps, and encourages us always. Thank you, Lois. This piece was shown in the 35th Anniversary Exhibition (2010) and in the April 2011 Show and Tell.
From the moment I met Kay, I held the utmost respect for the way she cared for the longevity of BHCG and preserving its history. Though Kay is not rug hooking anymore, at 97 years old this October, she still wants to hear all our rug hooking news. She recently told me “The Guild provided the most amazing friendships and the camaraderie was excellent, everything else that happened there was just a bonus” and I could not agree more.
Ti Seymour - Past President
Kay joined the Guild in 1977, was president from 1978-1980, and remained actively involved in all BHCG activities until recent years
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I made this cushion while taking a course with Lois J. Morris, who provided us with the pattern, so several of us used the same pattern. I used both #3 and #4 cuts of wool and the hooking work is done in a way to resemble crewel work.
Carved Victorian Rose
I did this rose while taking a workshop with Joan Boyle to learn shading and bevelling or carving techniques. I hooked it with #2 cut wool. It was shown in 1990 at our Guild’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition.
This rose, a Joan Moshimer design, was done during a course by Lois J. Morris. It was hooked mostly with #2- and some #3- cut wool, using an extremely fine hook, and the emphasis was put on the fine shading with a limited palette of colours.
I hooked this framed piece about 40 years ago while taking a course with Lois J. Morris. I drew the pansies from a picture. I hooked it through velvet using a carving technique with #3 cut. I went with Lois to the Frame-U store; we chose a frame with the exact same colour as the velvet background. It was displayed at the 1980 OHCG show.
The designer of this rug is unknown. Sheila Brokeloff from the Brockville Branch came to visit our Guild; she had the pattern and I copied it. The flower design is popular and is used in many designs. I hooked the background using a non-directional hooking technique (or higgledy-piggledy).
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