Monday, 11 March 2019

Coral Door Studio opening

It has long been my dream to have a dedicated home-based studio space, and my recent move has afforded me just that - a sun-filled room, large enough to both make and display my work.  Specializing in traditional hand hooked rugs, chair pads, runners and hot pads, as well as primitive locker hooked and crocheted rag rugs, Coral Door Studio is now located right in the village of Lakefield.  The studio will be open by appointment  only.  If you're interested in popping by, you can email me at rdyer@nexicom.net or text me at 705-654-3044.













Saturday, 16 February 2019

Gentle crafting with a broken wrist

I had every intention of staying upright this winter but, alas, I was no match for a piece of glare ice.  So here I am, broken wrist, cast on, (just two weeks away from a big move  - back to the village, folks!), and unable to pursue my latest rug making obsession during my down time.  I was on the search for a gentler means of creating (using just one hand and a few wobbly fingers) when a quilting friend gifted me with some beautiful scrap pieces from her latest creation.....and I happened to have bits of blue and hot pink wool on hand... perfect for making a stack of colourful "crazy" coasters.  The green coasters were made with a double layer of hand dyed canvas, embellished with scrap pieces of cotton.

Sets of 2 - $15;  Sets of 4 - $28






Thursday, 7 February 2019

Rag rugs


This winter, I got the urge to return to a method of rug making that I enjoyed several years ago.  These rag rugs are crocheted using only recycled fabrics.  Colourful, extremely durable, and so, so easy to care for, they're ideal for use in any part of the cottage or home.  

I also plan to make square and rectangle rugs - stay tuned for those!


Shades of Blue - Round
Measures 25 1/2"
$80


Candy Pink - Round
Measures 22 1/2" (great for small bathroom or in front of kitchen sink)
$60


Floral Rose - Round
Measures 25 1/2"
$80



Sunny Yellow - Round
Measures 26"
$80

Blue/Green Floral - Round
Measures 30"
$100


Rose Garden
Measures 27"
$85
Grey Green with a Splash of Coral
Measures 27"
$85



Saturday, 29 December 2018

Locker Hooked Rag Rug

Here's a pic of my newest locker hooked rag rug ... don't the colours look beautiful against the current landscape!?  Many shades of gray brightened up with pops of mustard yellow.  Durable, washable, and soft under foot.  This piece measures 39" x 23".    $230.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

I just finished up a wonderful Christmas show at Mark St. United in Peterborough, and am now preparing for the final event of the season .... the very fabulous Finer Things, a juried show at Emmanuel United Church (also in Peterborough) on Friday evening December 7, and Saturday December 8.  Here's one of my newest locker hooked rag rugs - all set for next weekend. The soft tones and nearly square shape would work especially well in a small bathroom, bedroom, or in front of the kitchen sink ......

Measures 29" x 27"
$175


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Locker Hooked Rug

This is a bit of a departure for me; after spending many years focused on traditional rug hooking, I decided to learn another primitive art called locker hooking.

One end of the locker hook resembles a crochet hook; the other end has a large eyelet for threading yarn. Using the crochet hook end, loops of fabric are hooked into the strong canvas backing, then locked into place by pulling the threading yarn through the loops.  The resulting piece is thick and durable; washes easily and can be worn and walked on for years.



Blue & Burgundy
37" x 28"
$250

SOLD

Brown & Plum
37" x 28"
$250

Teal & Cream
43" x 27"
$325

SOLD

Denim Blues & Cream
37 x 28"
$250
SOLD

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Silk Screen Workshop


META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery in Peterborough hosted an inspiring workshop yesterday - led by the equally inspiring Leslie Menagh - where an enthusiastic group was introduced to the art of textile marking/silk screening! My first piece turned out quite well I think😁 Can't wait for your new studio to open Leslie! I'll definitely be back for more workshops!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Market season

It's been a steamy, sultry summer - but the lovely Lakefield Farmers Market continues to get great support from both the community and the local cottagers.  I've been busy "making" but haven't done a lot of posting lately..... so below are a few of the pieces made recently and, happily, already sold at market.




Rug hooked chair pad
Measures 11" diameter
$65
SOLD

Rug hooked bench pad
$250
SOLD

Rug hooked chair pad
Measures 11" diameter
$65
SOLD

Rug hooked hot pad
$40
SOLD

Rug hooked hot pad
$40
SOLD

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

All ready for market season!

Just two more sleeps til I'm back at the Lakefield Farmers' Market. Here are two more pieces I managed to finish in time for Thursday! (Rug hooked chair pad; rug hooked runner/bench pad). And a reminder that I'll also be at the Chandos Lake Art Festival (Lakeview Marina) on Saturday June 30. Keeping fingers crossed for a sunny week ahead.


Rug hooked chair pad
Wool hooked on burlap
Measures 11" in diameter
$65

Rug hooked runner/bench pad
Wool hooked on burlap
Measures 34" x 10"
$180

Close-Up

Friday, 15 June 2018

Hooked Rugs

I'm getting ready for what I hope will be a busy market and festival season.  My first day at the Lakefield Farmers Market is June 28th and I continue, every Thursday, until Labour Day.  As well, I'm looking forward to taking part in the Chandos Lake Art Festival, June 30th at the Lakeview Marina.   Below are two new hooked rugs - hot off the hoop!  Both have been hooked with wool on burlap.


Dramatic "hit or miss" statement piece for small space
Measures 26 1/2" square.
$300



Large "hit or miss" geometric
Measures 36" x 24"
$400