From Charlene: I have been hooking with the Main Street Hookers for approximately 6 years and am currently working towards completing Passion For Paisley Featured earlier in a blog by Mary Doig and lately in one by Christine. When completed I hope to do a short blog on the finished piece. In the meantime my sister Ernestine who lives in St. John's, NL has completed a project that I thought was interesting. My sister hand cuts her material and works in T-shirts exclusively. I have seen the featured rug done in wool but also am very impressed with her rendering in T-shirts.
When I first saw "The Pumpkin Grinners" at Encompassing Designs I wanted to hook it for myself. I purchased the pattern and kept it for over 2 years while I finished a large cross stitch project. I prefer to use T-shirts (100%cotton only) as my medium. When learning to hook my instructor told me that T-shirt material was used in Newfoundland and Labrador more than wool so that is what I am used to. I used the photo that accompanied the pattern as a starting point for choosing my colours. I tried to hook the pumpkins in similar colours, then branched out on my own. I decided to add the moon in the upper right corner. I did not do any dyeing but did bleach out half of the most vibrant orange to do one of the pumpkins. All other material was used as is.
I have completed two other mats and finished a third. The bird rug was started by our Aunt Joan. She took hooking lessons at the age of 80. She was an artist her whole life primarily working with oil paints. it certainly shows in her rug. She completed the rug except for the binding just before her 86th birthday and passed away shortly thereafter. I did the whipping and binding to finish it off. It measures 21"x15". The stained glass/broken glass was my first rug. It measures 20"x15". The Rose Blanche Lighthouse was designed by me and was my second rug. It measures 16"x13". For my next project I have designed a rug suggested to me when I saw a photo of an old carpet bag. It will be very vibrant with a black background.