Kingwood Art Show

Recently I took the plunge and joined a local art guild, the Kingwood Art Society.  I decided to join when our hooking guild was extended an invitation to show some of our rugs as guests at the KAS fall art show.  Since I wanted to be part of the actual art judging, the president Betsy Barry, recommended that I join the art guild and become a full-fledged member.  So I did.

The artist guilds have terrific categories, so I was able to enter the professional level in Studio Fine Crafts, which is exactly what rug hooking is.  Granted I have to compete with potters and jewelers, but the diversity makes it even more fun.  

Today was the judging and I am thrilled.  My portrait of Alexander took First Place, my small rug Lady Red Jack took Third Place, and my mask Red Jack on Masquerade took Honorable Mention.  All three pieces now go on to the state level and will compete in the Lone Star Art Guild Convention Competition that will be held in May.

Looking forward to it!

Fall in a frame

I pinned Lady Red Jack in my shadow box for the month of September.  I love the color in this piece.  It has really brought autumn into my home, even though it is still in the 90s outside here in Houston.  We won't see turning leaves until November and December when they flame yellow, especially in San Antonio along the Riverwalk.  But I will always be a Michigander at heart missing when the trees in the swamps began turning red in August.  So this little mat is my way of being in the leaves in Houston's September.

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Lady Red Jack in situ

Lady Red Jack in situ

Lady Red Jack is ready to be pinned

I finished hooking Lady Red Jack yesterday, and this evening I bound the mat in Nightshade Berry textured wool.  The finished mat is 15" by 19 1/2", so just right to pin into my shadow box tomorrow for the month of September.

I have started to keep good records of the wools I use when I hook my mats.  Here is what I used to create this mat.

Red Jack Palette Wool: 8-value packs of Bittersweet 162, Peter Pumpkin 163, Ellendale Orange 126, Tanglewood 148, and Lake Agate 127; 1 piece of Goodfellow Yellow 105 value 5, Will 'O Wisp 158 value 5; Moorland Moss 106 dappled; 2 pieces of Sunset Gold 104 value 6; Goodfellow Yellow 105 value 7; Black Orchid 146 value 7 and 8; Will 'O Wisp 158 two textures; 4 pieces Nightshade Berry 160 four textures.

Here are pictures of the finished mat and the photo inspiration I used to create the hooked portrait.

Lady Red Jack 2012

Lady Red Jack 2012

Lady Red Jack photo

Lady Red Jack photo