Breadcrumbs

I wanted to design a hooked rug with a realistic looking bird. My daughter suggested a pigeon, and it was a great choice because they are such distinctive colourful birds with their own attitude. I wanted to somehow represent breadcrumbs that the bird would like to eat, but worried small flecks would disappear in the saturated background. That’s why I went with the border of circles, using colours from the pigeon in random order.

Isn’t it funny that pigeons have red eyes? They also have large pink or orange feet, but I used some artistic license.

Anyway, the rug is mat size – 19 x 25 inches, but I’m not sure I can bear to use it as a rug considering the number of hours that went into hooking it. I may want to hook a seagull next.

Canola Fields Woven Project Bag

Last weekend, my daughter and I drove down to eastern Ontario to attend a weaving workshop with  Janet Whittam  in her home studio. It was a treat spending the weekend together with my daughter, and exploring the Morrisburg area in our spare time.

Janet is a knowledgeable and patient instructor, and I learned some valuable tips from her during the two day session. My mind was opened to the possibilities of a black warp, for example. In this piece, look how the black 4/8 cotton warp enhances the chosen colour scheme worked in wool.

I had originally planned to weave a canola fields striped table runner, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of some of the fabulous natural textures in Janet’s well-stocked studio, and ended up using materials that wouldn’t allow the fabric to be flat enough to be used in that way. The project bag is intended for knitting projects and is a simple, generously-sized, lined, draw-string bag.

Thanks Janet!

Canola Field: Hooked Rug Version

I really enjoyed hooking the simple colour scheme in creating this piece, and am particularly happy with the contrast between flowers and sky. I wanted to convey the light fluffy flower tops that you can see the sky behind, I wanted to portray the energy of the approaching thunderstorm, and I wanted to evoke an overall feeling of lush abundance. The trickiest part was suggesting the plant stalks: vertical, but not completely straight. I don’t feel that the design challenge is completely exhausted: I may want to do another rug on the subject, but more abstract.

This small rug will be used as a coaster or pad for hot objects. It was hooked using #6 cut wool strips.

 

Canola Field: Embroidered Version

This is my first attempt at translating my canola vision into fibre art. I am a member of the Guelph Embroiderers Guild, and took a class there on miniature landscapes. This is created entirely using straight stitches and French knots with embroidery floss on linen.

I am currently finishing up my rug hooking version of the canola field scene, and thinking of getting bolder and less representative with the quilted and woven versions.

Design Challenge

A couple of summers ago I came across this magnificent canola field near the Lake Huron shore. The photograph doesn’t do the scene justice, because what you can’t see is the thunderstorm brewing overhead, and of course you can’t feel the heat and humidity of the summer day.

The scene I saw that day has been inspiring me ever since, and I’ve decided to do a design challenge: to translate the canola field experience into all forms of fibre art that I can.

Over the coming weeks I’m looking forward to showing you canola inspired embroidery, rug hooking, quilting, weaving, and possibly knitting.

If you’re interested, why not join me in this challenge?