From member Judy Anthrop: My latest hooked rug is a map of Saugatuck from Lake Michigan to the Keewatin, passing the cove, Mt. Baldy, Oval Beach, and city hall. It's 9 feet long and 36 wide. It got so heavy I could hardly finish it. It has been about 12 years since I started it. It weighs 11 pounds which converts to about 12 yards of wool. I have about 1400 hours work and because of arthritis and carpel tunnel I am officially retiring from rug hooking.
By the way I have pounds of wool that I had sent thru the cutter over the years if someone can dream up a use. It is all 100 percent wool. There are about 12 bags. Perhaps felting and for sure rug hooking. A rug hooker likely could not use it all up in a lifetime. I have even thought of boiling it all and running the car over it to become a felted rug.
SDAC member Priscilla Lynch reports that, “For the past seven weeks I have been participating in a weekly online stitch challenge presented by leading UK textile artists through textileartist.org. It has over 20,000 members worldwide and participants are encouraged to post their work on the group Facebook page. It has been fascinating and enlightening to see work from such a diverse group of men and women. The sculptor Louise Bourgeois is quoted as saying “Stitch is emotional repair”. Something we can all use in these troubling times”.
The original stitch challenge has ended, but videos etc. are still available at the textileartist.org website.
Textileartist.org has just announced the Textile Stitch Club will present weekly videos, workbooks and online discussion and feedback taught by a different textile artist from around the world each work. The cost per month is $27.00 US. For more information see TextileArtist.org