Monday, September 26, 2016

Some Proggy Rug Help

For those people who came to The Melbourne Show and were interested in making a rug... I thought I'd put together a bit of a list..
To start. If you (or someone you know... or the local Men's Shed who always need a project) want to make a Rug Frame, Rug Crafting Australia have a plan online for the same one I use.
But, you can trial run using any old tapestry frame, or even a few bits of wood with some hessian nailed onto it. Or, some like to go Frame Free.
Look at Miriam Miller's website. Her book is excellent and has the frame dimensions and loads of good instruction. And she's a sweetie.
Also, have a look at Heather Ritchie, Rugmaker UK. Her proddy tutorials are terrific Youtube's.


Here is my first Proddy Rug. I changed it as I went along, as is often the case. It's worked on ordinary hessian from Spotlight. I like using linen but was impatient to get moving. Linen feels nicer to play with and will no doubt last longer. But, hessian has been used for hundreds of years, so...
My friend Chris sells the Prodders and Hooks I use (it's nice to have nice tools). I found this on Etsy too and this shows the how the name 'Peggy Rug' came to be.
Gene Sheherd is a well-known US rugmaker and teacher. His website is worth perusing. 
Also, go to our very own Victorian Rugmakers blog to see where and when we are meeting next. We are a little, friendly (lovely) group who meet often in Warrandyte, often in Loch. There are a few of us who don't get there much, due to proximity, so new people might promote a beginning for new little groups. We're all busting to grow the craft and will happily show you anything.
2nd Saturday of every month, generally (often negotiated around and about). There are also good links there on the side of the blog.

If you have any queries, email me at r.m.square@bigpond.com. (I'm sure to have forgotten something).
This is an oldie, made using Crimpelene! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tired, Sore neck, But Happy In Myself!

I've spent the last two days at the Melbourne Show, demonstrating mostly rug making (proddy). And the KIDS! They're gorgeous! I fell properly in love about a dozen times, with these little blossoms taking to proddy-rugging like earnest, determined, clever, darling little clever people... I know I said clever twice, but there it is. Usually their Mum's were ready to go before they were and I nearly ran after one little petal with presents and adoption papers.
Could be I like orange.

This is when I first set up, before people. When they arrived I didn't get away unless Ramona or Liz or Mandy or Annette came to boss me into a break (thanks for that guys, I didn't want to be impolite and found it hard to go). There were kids at the rug almost the whole time, and adults of course. People love to share their stories and I like to hear them. Win/win.
Below is a nice story. I always buy one of these from the show. I have some oldies too, and so it was nice to see their history.


Thanks Ramona for inviting me. It gives me a real buzz to evangelize the crafts. I also got quite a bit done!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Off To The Melbourne Show (22nd & 23rd Sept)

Come and see me in the Arts & Crafts Pavilion. Gonna have a ridiculous amount of stuff there... I'll be sharing and I'm always caring so that's a given.



My friends Rhonda's coming to visit!!




Friday, September 16, 2016

Missing The Old Girl At The Moment

I don't have any decent photo's of the quilt. I've lost files on my computer and can't retrieve them. Just empty files. What's that about.
So... looking for a picture of this to enlarge... I find myself a little bit missing it.
Sniff!
Few more pictures over here...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Just Quietly...

It's the hubby's (60th) birthday soon, so I want to make something nice for us. I've long thought Log Cabin's were an excellent way to use/showcase my gorgeous fabrics. So here it is. I work on it at my Dad's, so he knows nothing about it. Surprise!


The only thing is, I leave for work while he's still in bed, then he turns it down to breathe and release boy fumes... and I maybe make the bed at night... so really the quilt will spend its beautiful, silken days on the floor in a crumpled heap. But there it is!
My Dad's enjoying the way the logs shading can be arranged to make various patterns. I may change it yet, as I delve into the ever reducing hoard of cloth and pick out new bits. But at least I can lay it out on the floor there. We don't have any floor over here at my house.

Japanese silks and other exotic lusciousnesses.



The One True's Newest Wall Made Using Some Incredible Rock

It's gorgeous isn't it? This is just out the back of the house, viewed from inside through a big window that looks into garden. The house is set into the hill a bit so the garden is at eye height, hence the most beautiful wall you've ever seen in your life. The pointing frames and accentuates each carefully chosen rock or brick.
Well done dearest! Love your work!