A Weekend Away

These last few days have been spent at the annual Woolly Thyme hook in Victoria, BC. Seventy plus hookers doing what they love best. It was a mad din of chatter, interrupted only by the sipping of tea and noshing of chocolate.
What struck me most was the incredible array of expensive fabrics, tools, cutting machines and accessories. Our small contingent from Gabriola are apparently total hippy throwbacks. (We use mainly recycled materials and often cut our strips with, believe it or not, scissors!) I had no idea that there were other ways to do it.
Many fantastic creations were on display.

I took the photo below to show how finely some people work. This piece could have been done in needlepoint.
And this lovely arbutus tree was hooked by my friend Gill Elcock, in a style which is called "primitive". Gill taught me everything I know, so I guess I am primitive too. All right by me!
And the piece that totally blew me (and many others) away was Deirdre Pinnock's brilliant doormat, (seen here in progress) "Make America Clean Again". Made completely from recycled materials, it allows one to make a political statement whilst wiping one's feet. At one point the ladies were lined up ten deep to take photos of Deirdre's clever work.


  1. Looks like a lot of productive and talented people in that room. Love the Hippy Hookers of Gabriola...

  2. Deirdre's doormat is priceless! Beautiful work by all the hookers.

  3. An astonishing array of talent and styles! I see a very soft painterly piece by the left of that footstool, wonderful.
    I think i prefer that "primitive" look as well, letting the fabrics be what they are, ad the technique enhancing that.

  4. So much fun! I love rug hooking. Must get back to it some day. I'm one of those who owns a cutter - but not until after I pinched a nerve in my neck cutting strips with a rotary cutter and ruler. Who knew pressing down would cause permanent damage?

  5. looks like a great time was had by all. the variety of work is impressive,love the Emily Carr.


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