Sandy came in totting a bag with finished rugs so we did a little photo shoot for the blog. Two of the rugs hooked are my patterns and three are Deanne Fitzpatrick's. It's obvious that Sandy loves colour and each mat was a delight.
Changes is one of our staple patterns that comes in a vertical as well as a horizontal shape. This was the first time I've seen the vertical one hooked. Lacking a proper picture I took the horizontal one that Mary did and worked a bit of computer magic to show it elongated but it fell short a bit on the borders.
I love Deanne's houses. The whimsy of them always brings a smile and a bit of professional envy for not thinking of them first! My friend Sue hooks a lot of her designs so I get to see first hand how fabulous Deanne's designs can be. The photo really doesn't do them justice. In the smaller house and flower garden the oranges are far more yellow and the greens are electric, and blues a perfect match, making for a wonderful palette perfectly blended. The sheep are adorable with their curly coats and posing faces. No one is camera shy in this one....the trio look as if to say, "Whatcha doin?"
Mary would be delighted to see her Scottie hooked is such vibrant colours as well. He's a handsome dude surrounded by stripes and squares!
Sandy Bruce started rug hooking by taking a class from Carol at Spruce Top in 1995. She was scheduled for a root canal and decided she needed something to do while recovering. So with the class under her belt, she bought herself a Bolivar cutter and headed back to Toronoto. To date she's designed most of her own pieces but when she sees something whimsical she goes for it.
There was an hiatus when she put her hooking away and then got back into it a year and a half ago and is now going great guns. She hooks mostly in #4 and #5 cuts. She likes to dye and has all of the equipment but these days would rather buy so she spends more time hooking that preparing to hook. She still uses a hoop, likes the mobility of it and loves to hook on burlap.
Sandy owns and operates Redland Kennels and if you would like to check out her site click the link... www.redlandkennels.com