Truchet Tiles Cushion

Last fall I attended a workshop led by Betty Calvert about rug designing with Truchet tiles. This cushion is the outcome of that workshop, and was designed by Betty. I love the design, and I’m thrilled with the colour combo. Green and purple together are always pleasing to my eye.

In the late 1600’s, Sebastien Truchet, a French Dominican monk, observed that tiles based on a square split in half diagonally could be combined to form different patterns depending on their layout. This is different from tiles that have a central motif; when combined, those tiles will just yield a repeated motif. This is really interesting for quilters: when you think of the half-square triangle and the many combinations and orientations that result in a huge number of possible patterns, especially when you add colour to the mix.

If you Google “Truchet Tiles” there are actually websites that allow you to play with half-square triangle layouts. I’m going to try this for my next HST based quilting project.

It was great to get out and spend the day hooking and learning, and also fun to hook Betty’s design with a smaller strip than I usually work with, which makes finer detail possible.

 

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.

 

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?