2017 The Four Seasons

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Kris McDermet’s “Trees Please.” This piece has trees of all four seasons with hooking, quilling, and other embellishments, surrounded by braids.

 

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Bobbi Mahler created this mounted quartet of the seasons. I like the “cubist” quality to the images created in braids.

 

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Pam Landry chose to represent the four seasons in the colors of each of the bands in this rug.  There is a spring flower center, a summer leafy green, autumn oranges and browns, followed by a snowy outer band for winter.

 

Pam Rowan’s braided box has needle-felted images of the seasons on all sides.  The images are based on a children’s book that she reads to her grandchildren.

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Delsie Hoyt’s spring willow tree is exquisite! The center is created with two continuous ovals in her signature landscape style, then the edges are butted rows.
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Carol Young’s Snowman has velvet braids making his face and top hat.  The features are embellished with buttons, a stuffed carrot nose, and a jaunty scarf.
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Kelly Filo’s rug shows the four seasons of southwestern New York, where she lives:  snowy center, moving to light spring colors, rich summer colors, and then to the rusts and browns of fall.  The background is a soft gray… the usual color of her lake-effect sky.
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Jen Kiarsis taught a class on quillies, so it’s only fitting that her multi-circle rug has attached quillies for each of the seasons.  I particularly like the US flag for the summer season.

PeggyAnn Watts made this collection of baskets to show the four seasons.  From left to right:  Winter, with its basket of candy canes and a pattern created by 4-strand braids; Spring, with an Easter Egg of velvet and a wool flower; Summer, with a 4th of July picnic in Red White and Blue, and Fall, with a beautiful footed basket of autumnal colors and filled with braided Indian Corn (a class PeggyAnn taught at the braid in).

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Dianne Tobias made a beautiful autumn leaf with rug hooked, hand-dyed velvet, then surrounded the leaf with raised basket edges of velvet braids.  A small braid makes the stem of the leaf.
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Rose Robertson-Smith made a delightful rug of “Cotton Pickin Season,” which is every season where she grew up in Texas.  The long rectangular rug has a bale of cotton at the end of a long row of fluffy-yarned cotton pulled up in loops through the braid.  She had to experiment with several yarns to get the right effect.
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Lucinda Harrison-Cox has a set of four chairs, for which she is braiding chair pads with colors of the four seasons.  The chair seat’s shape was traced onto brown paper and used as a guide for braiding the first chair pad in spring colors.  They will be lovely!
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Myra Jane Ober’s all-butted oval has the joyous colors of a sunny summer.
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Mary Hibbard’s Four Seasons Rug features a pretty series of butted patterns and a multistrand braid that is striking.  The rug took her “fours seasons to make.”
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Sandy Kub made this lovely rug showing the four seasons in small rug-hooked vignettes surrounded by coordinating colors in braids.  Notice the use of both back-and-forth triple corner braids, and picot braids, to create a lacy effect.  Just beautiful!
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What a dramatic rug made by PeggyAnn Watts.  The orange and black patterned braids that look like Halloween are interspersed with softer colors of fallen leaves.
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Winter Tree by Marjorie Kauffman.  Isn’t this sweet?  Marjorie presented it as a joking entry but I really like it.  The strands have a wire in their sewn-shut folds and create a braided tree trunk separating into bare winter branches.