Flotsam and Jetsam

Michael’s Harbour, Notre Dame Bay: Created by Judy Brockie in 2011

The hand dyed starfish geometric mat (35″X21″) and the owl inch-mat (33″X19″) were inspired by the large starfish and the old, wooden clock case which washed ashore during a late fall storm in Notre Dame Bay, some thirty years ago. The two dried pieces of ‘flotsam and jetsam’, now attached to the mats, had been kept on the mantle of my family’s Michael’s Harbour summer home for decades.

Trails Tales & Tunes

by Jane Jesseau, Corner Brook, NL

A Community hooked the Trails Tales & Tunes logo during the 2008 festival held from May 16 – 25th in Norris Point.  Seventy-two people worked on the mat which was presented to Mayor Joe Reid at the closing concert on Sunday, May 25th. 
The participants were encouraged to help me complete the mat , many had never tried hooking before.  Young and old, new and experienced, male and female enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of this community project.  Sixty  females and  twelve interested males put their hand to the mat.  Seven of the female hookers were experienced and almost all are members of our RHGNL.  
The Guild members included:
Starlynn Shears-Osmond, Ina Budgell, Joyce Chaulk, Dallis Shears, Pat Dawe, Susan Galloway and Jane Jesseau
This is the completed mat which measures approximately  2’x3′

Making Mats from the Everyday

Designing mats seems to be a challenge for some; in response to this concern, Jennifer Archer developed a design class and so began the introduction of three techniques that anyone can use to create beautiful mats. Tamarack Branch scheduled hook-ins were used as class time. In the end, Jennifer made arrangements to show the completed pieces as a group exhibit at Devon House in St. John’s during October – November 2010.

The techniques presented were:

  1. Shadow box: starting with pencil and straight edge, we drew attached boxes, and within each box, drew a variety of patterns taken from our surroundings. The design was adjusted until it was pleasing, then hooked as a monochromatic. This basic technique evolved over ideas and discussions; the results can be seen in several of the mats that were created.
  2. Repeating patterns: starting with any common shape cut into three sizes on poster board, the pieces could be dropped at random on a sheet of paper, then traced around. The procedure was repeated until the paper was fairly covered with overlapping shapes. Viewed with a variety of colours, we explored resulting feelings, moods and secondary patterns as they emerged, until a mat design could be created from the tangle. Again, with further discussion, the technique was presented using planned positioning to create designs with orderly repeat patterns. Again, the technique is reflected in several mats in the exhibit.
  3. Linoblock cutting: Jennifer presented the class with patterns from old wallpapers. These were attached to pieces of linoleum, and using carving tools, the shapes were carved until the relief remaining could be rolled with paint, and stamped on paper or burlap, either at random, or in a planned fashion. By studying the results, we began to see patterns emerge, another great
    design technique!

On opening day, it was quite stormy; nevertheless there was a good turnout, and a couple of mats in the exhibit were sold. We all came away from these classes feeling much more comfortable in our ability to create unique mat designs. Many thanks to Jennifer for all her hard work!

Stone’s Point Lighthouse

by Cathy Newbury, Corner Brook, NL

This lighthouse, built in 1913, was situated on a point of land about a mile from the community of Stone’s Cove, Fortune Bay (my home). My grandfather, John Riggs, was the first lighthouse keeper there and continued this work until 1950. Their family of six daughters and one son (my father) lived in the house attached to the lighthouse year round until the children reached school age. It was too windy and blustery on the point in the fall and winter for the children to walk to school so they lived in a house in Stone’s Cove and returned to the point in the spring. However, my grandfather made three trips, on foot, daily to the lighthouse, regardless of the weather.

My sister , Vera Frampton, has fond memories of going to the lighthouse with friends. She was so pleased to have acquired a photograph of it about a year ago, so I decided to hook a mat for her.

The lighthouse was replaced by an automatic beacon several years ago.