This rug is 23 “x 29” hooked with a number 12 cut, with
largely wandered wool. It depicts Wanda’s daughter Vanessa
with their cat Lucy who was a member of the family for 8 years.
We still miss her. Wanda wanted to hook this piece to test her
theory that hooking fur faces are no different than hooking
flesh ones. This rug won the OHCG’s
Best Original Rug in 2006 as well as co-winning the Rowan Award
for People’s Choice the same year with Herb Vandewell.
And The Day Came
Inspired by a saying from Anais Nin Wanda created this rug to
enter the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild’s Annual Meeting 2007.
Theme - Blossom Time.
It represents what’s possible if you are willing to bloom.
It is as tall as Wanda herself ... 5’6” x 29” but a little
wider !! She won the theme award.
This is a small rug, 13”x24”,
experimenting with prodding and hooking in the same rug.
Inspired by The Fishing Islands in Lake Huron Wanda used many
cuts in this rug to depict the distant water, she started with
#8 cut in the foreground and gradually decreased the cut size
until she reached # 3. She has written an article about this rug
for Rug Hooking magazine; “If you can’t stand the heat ....
Using the Crockpot to Dye".
The Town Hooker
This self portrait is a handtorn 41”x 30” rug. Wanda
mostly used marbleized wool to create her flesh with her
inventive way of looking and hooking.She
likes the cleverness of hooking a rug in a hooked rug! This
portrait has won the Best New Artist competition at the
Southampton Art Gallery in 2006 and
The People’s Choice Award at the McGown Teacher’s Workshop
show!!! It was a big year for The Town
This was the subject of a class Wanda gave in the Spring of
2007 in a #5 cut.Only 12”x18”. Wanda was exploring the glow
of light and it’s influences.
The Doodle Rug
This rug is the result of a rug hooking funk
akin to writer’s block. Wanda had not hooked anything for over
6 months. Afraid of becoming a dilettante Wanda jumped at a
challenge put forward by Welcome Mat member, Caryn Devlin. She
suggested we just "do a doodle ". Wanda started off
doing a doodle, just drawing lines inside a square and hooking
what she wanted, deciding the negative and positive spaces as
she went. She drew from a palette of 5 colours and let one
doodle become 6 with no respect paid to anything we normally
focus on when hooking a geometric.
#7 Cut - 21"x
This is a prodded portrait of "The King ". Some one told Wanda you
cannot make a portrait while prodding. They might as well said, the job is done
! Loving a challenge, Wanda remembered a portrait her brother made while in art
school. It was a value lesson. She used this as a base to follow. Woolvis was
hooked in rows using both the spring hook and the prodder. There was no drawing,
only a rectangle to show the boundaries.
1/2 inch x 1" prodded strips
12" x 18"
In a quest to hook on rug a month this geometric represents
the month of October 2007. A rough drawer at best and with
little or no mathematic inclinations Wanda made a mistake while
drawing her sections, she decided this was a creative gift and
decided to alternate red colours in stripes for the background.
This gives the rug extra depth and interest. The border is all
the colours in the rug brought to a dull dark, the "black
"consists of the same colours even darker down the value
#7 cut - 38"x
27" - Private collection
Wanda hooked this picture entirely from the
scrap basket, her favourite way to paint a scene. Inspired by a
photo of an abandoned house on Prince Edward Island, the lupins
also seed and grow with abandon in this rug. The tree and the
flowers show the idea of prodding in miniature.
Cuts from #3 to #8