Saturday, 13 January 2018

Our first meeting of the New Year 2018

Hi Ruggers
Our first meeting of the New Year will be held in Warrandyte
next Saturday 20th January.  
All are warmly welcomed.

Monday, 4 December 2017

December meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi everyone
The Christmas meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers is at Anne’s in Warrandyte this coming Saturday, 9th December. Please bring a yummy something to share as this will be our Christmas breakup.

Looking forward to seeing you all then,


Sunday, 26 November 2017

'Buda' Traditional Arts Fair at Castlemaine

Anne and I spent a warm day at Buda yesterday, talking to people and demonstrating our rug making.
I managed to get some bad photo's of the rugs inside the old homestead. The tour of the house was taken by an Enthusiast of the history and she described a family of largely unmarried girls who were encouraged and educated in anything they fancied and led a very adventurous life. It's worth a read here, and definitely worth the tour, although I'd like to go back and look at my leisure (knowing the story). The whole place, inside and out, has been donated to the Castlemaine Art Gallery, which also hold a fabulous collection and is worth a visit.
These Hooked Rugs are made on the old latch-hook canvas (which is so much harder to use than hessian or linen). A lady did a demonstration in the garden but we had to admit it was hard not to butt in! It was suggested you Must Put Latex or Thinned Glue on the Back to keep it together! Exclamation Mark! We politely didn't say anything and at least there was a bit of interest.
She did use a latch-hook with the latch sticky-taped shut, which isn't a bad idea and they are easily found in op shops. 

But I wanted to say how much Cheaper and Easier it is to work on hessian. And they don't fall apart. And come inside and look at ours!
Here I am working on the footy rug.
Anne with her newest proddy, started for the show (I think).
This one was behind a cabinet and in shadow. I really like it! 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Traditional Arts Fair at Castlemaine

 Are you at a bit of a loose end this weekend? Nothing to do maybe? Why not head out to Castlemaine and attend the Traditional Arts Fair. 
And while you're at it take in the beautiful sights along the way.
You'll find Robyne and Anne from the Yarra Valley Rugmakers demonstrating rug hooking there. 

Traditional Arts Fair
Buda Historical House, Castlemaine
Sunday 26th November.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Weekend spinning retreat at Greenhills in Canberra.

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Leaving home on Friday, 5 am, we drove through the beautiful country side of South Gippsland in Victoria, to attend a most wonderful spinning retreat in Canberra, the capital of our great land, Austalia. My friend who accompanied me, spent the weekend with her grand-daughter, who lives in Canberra.
After lots of stops and cuppas along the way, we travelled through beautiful country side, into NSW and the Capital territory and to Greenhills.
My dear friends Anne, Miriam and Jacqui had already arrived and lots of die-hards were already spinning away to their hearts content. I shared a room with Anne in bunk style rooms. We were spoiled with delicious food, snacks and drinks throughout the weekend, as we spun away at our wheels. There was a fashion parade on the Saturday morning and a raffle on the Sunday and I was blessed to win 200g of the most gorgeous dark brown, fine fleece which I shall enjoy spinning into yarn.

Alison, an Australian woman, and married to a Macedonian gentleman is showing a photo of her Macedonian wedding outfit. The red vest she is holding is worn over the undervest and under the apron, as on the dressed mannequin  you see in the photo at left, which is a 19th century day outfit for Macedonian women. Unfortunatly it did not fit the mannequin, and thus she is holding it here.

This exquisite home spun mohair capelet was modelled and made by Ulli, one of the women modelling the garments.

Our rug hooking friends Miriam and Anne 
Anne, Jacqui and Maggie chatting away
More gorgeous handspun garment modelled by some of the ladies. 

 After a wonderful three days of yapping, spinning, eating, drinking and making new friends, each went back to their own corner of the world to continue their daily lives. God willing to meet up again next year, same time, same place. Cheers- Chris

Monday, 28 August 2017

October meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi friends of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Next Saturday 28th October will be our next meeting, to be held in Warrandyte. Hope to see you. New members always welcome. Please use the contact form on the right side of the page if you are interested. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

July meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers

Hi friends and followers of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers.
I know I have been amiss of late in posting. Time seems to get away from me and before I know it a month...or two has passed  and oops, no posts.

We had a most wonderful meeting in the cold of the Victorian winter in Warrandyte in July. However we were toasty warm in front of, not one but would you believe two lovely wood heaters in Anne's home in Warrandyte.

Our group was small but that never seems to matter much. The conversation was lively and interesting as always.
 As we continued to work away on our rugs- Joy on her Psalm 23 rug, Anne Marie on her yarn hooked chair pad, Anne on her paisley rug and Chris on her In the Beginning rug, we chatted away and enjoyed a lovely winter lunch of soup and goodies.
We are looking forward to having our long time member Robyne join us again very soon, after an abscence of more than twelve months. We all miss you Robyne.

Before we knew it, the day was over and off we went, each to their own homes.

 Regular followers may remember the oriental rug I have been working on for the last couple of years. Well, I thought I would post an update for you. Two thirds finished, one third to go.