Making hooky mats is a craft that evolved to make good with what you had. People with very little such as miners or farm workers made mats to make their homes more comfortable with hessian sacks and old clothes. Today this same craft has developed into an enjoyable hobby and an amazing art form.
Hook as show (not a latch hook) A new one is best as the hook of vintage tools is usually too smooth to grip the fabric.
Old clothes: woollen fabric, fine knitted woollens, fleece, tee shirts in general fabric with stretch or bounce to it.
www.rugmaker.co.uk northumberlandlife.org/woodhornmatters makerecycledcraftworkshop.bigcartel.com
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
This is the beach huts at Low Newton by the Sea where Simon and I walk on many a Sunday. We have lunch at The Ship Inn excellent real ale brewed in their own brewery.
The best plan is to park in Craster and walk to Dunstanburgh Castle then along the beach to Low Newton. Or if you cannot walk that far or are lazy there is a large car park at Low Newton.
This is the first pastel that I have sold. It is a scene on Coat Yards Farm Netherwitton Northumberland November 2010 and I was with Neil and Karen Gallon. We went across fields on a quad bike to feed the ducks that are reared for the shoot. When Neil saw this pastel he just wanted it straight away (a memory of that day and that snow).