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Autumn busy-ness at Strathalbyn. We’ve had great attendances and are seeing such a variety of projects, techniques, and fabrics. Even speed of work is an individual thing. Some people are happy to stretch one project out over months, whereas others get a burst of energy and arrive with three new pieces made since the last meeting. Jenny A has been […]

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Our rugmaking group is as busy as ever, meeting every first and third Friday of the month at the Town Hall in Strathalbyn, South Australia.  As well, plenty of great work gets done between meetings and we love to see the finished projects, such as Marlene’s rustic bench cover featured above. We were delighted recently to have […]

December 2016

To  fellow rug makers and those enjoying our blog, Seasons Greetings from StrathMatters.

Here are some of our recent projects, mainly using a toothbrush tool and old sheets:

Our breakup lunch started with a project, as usual.  Under Judy’s guidance we curled silk strips around rope and then entwined them with rough yarn or other thread to make stylish necklaces.

We’ll be back in 2017. Happy New Year!  Gail




Down here in South Australia we’ve endured a long and rough winter, with widespread storms and flooding.  Not that members stopped making rugs and wall hangings:

Some members braved the weather and travelled to the Rugmakers Guild Retreat and Exhibition in September.  Strath Matters’ leader, Judy Stephens, was re elected as President of the Guild. Here she is back home, presenting Marion with her Exhibition prize for the fish mixed-technique wall hanging (which we featured in an earlier blog). Congratulations to you both.


As well as showing at the Guild gathering, we had a local exhibition for South Australian Living Artists Week, this time with small alphabet wall hangings – fun to do and great for experimenting with techniques.


cheers, Gail

June – July Oops!

Of course, our meetings are on the first and third FRIDAYS of the month, not Tuesdays, as mentioned in our June-July blog.




Numbers are growing for our get-togethers on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Strathalbyn Hall.  Some people can only get to occasional meetings and others call in to learn a specific technique, but our long table is full most of the time and may soon need another trestle added.

Members are working on all sorts of projects at the moment – not all strictly hooking, but certainly in the creative spirit of the craft.  Joan’s spectacular rugs and wall hangings are a good example. She begins by braiding a circular rug then embroiders patterns over it.

As well, we are busy with smaller wall hangings, both for the Canberra competition on ‘Shore to Shore’, and an array of decorated alphabet letters to be exhibited and sold at the South Australian Living Artists Week exhibition in Strathalbyn.  Both collections will feature in our next blog.

cheers, Gail

Joanne with her braided and embroidered wall hanging

Joan with her braided and embroidered wall hanging

Closeup of Joanne's work

Closeup of Joanne’s work

The tail of Marion's fish waves in the breeze

The tail of Marion’s fish waves in the breeze

An old Semco pattern for the archives - hooked by Gail's mother-in-law in the '40s

An old Semco pattern rug for the archives – hooked by Gail’s mother-in-law in the ’40s or ’50s

May 2016

May in the Adelaide hills means brilliant autumn foliage and cold mornings. Time to bring out the heaters in the Strathalbyn Hall to keep our fingers nimble.

We’ve been doing projects in all sorts of techniques, including a workshop led by Judy on braided-in  rugmaking – yet another use for old tshirts!   Cheers, Gai

Trish's tiger from a SEMCO pattern - nearly finished

Trish’s tiger from a SEMCO pattern – nearly finished



Noreen’s ‘Coast to coast’ turtle

Cath's proddy mat

Cath’s proggy heart mat


Judy's latest geometric rug

A new geometric woollen runner from Judy

Judy's braiding workshopMarlene & Maggie learning the 'braided in' technique using tshirt

Irene & Jenny at the same workshop

Scenes from the ‘braided in’ rug making workshop with Judy, Marlene and Maggie, and Irene and Jenny.