in the Spotlight – Nancy Hall

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Nancy Hall

Why use someone else’s patterns when you can design your own? That is the philosophy of designer Nancy Hall who started hooking in 2000 and hasn’t stopped. However, she hopes you are inspired to try her design that speaks of spring near a lake.
“This project includes the colours of spring with new shoots and greenery,” says the Sandy Hook, Manitoba, designer. “I hope it offers light-hearted inspiration for readers.” She says she likes to add natural elements to her designs probably because she lives near one of the largest lakes in the province and is surrounded by nature.
Nancy began to hook when she saw a design in a magazine. “I thought it looked interesting and decided to give it a try,” she says. “I am still amazed that you can paint a picture with this medium!” As she says, she “hit the ground running”.
Despite her desire to include natural elements, Nancy is not above inserting political statements into her work, which is why she considers herself more of an artist than a crafter. “I’ve taken political issues and turned them into feminist statements, so my subject matter is more suited to the art world than the craft world.”
Nancy has been creating since childhood. “I have a very frugal side to me, so I’ve always sewed my own clothes and I knit, but nothing grabbed my attention the way hooking has because I can make pictures.” What gives her the most satisfaction from hooking, besides designing her own pictures, is the use of recycled materials. “I love how this links me to the origins of the craft, to a time when materials were scarce and not to be squandered. I often think as I’m deconstructing old garments or cutting around worn-out patches of blankets that our beloved and beleaguered Earth would be in much better shape now if those old values had persisted.”
Read more in our Spring 2009 issue.

Article by Nancy Hall
Box 218
Sandy Hook, Manitoba
R0C 2W0
[email protected]

2 Responses

  1. Susanne Sutherland

    Hello Nancy,

    I just saw this article about you while trying to find information on how to make quillies. I am still fairly new to rug hooking and was able to attend the Red Ruggers group while in Winnipeg in 2018 when I was working for Parks Canada. I am hooking with a group in London, Ontario called the M.E. Critchlow Rug Hookers – they have taught me how to hook. I spent my working career in Wpg and still miss it.
    Your article caught my attention because you support make your own design – I do my own designs and have recently bought Annie Sherburne’s book on that topic. Thank you for encouraging hookers to make their own designs!

    • Carla A. Canonico

      Thank you for your comment Nancy. It’s our pleasure, and I’m thrilled you’re expressing your creativity. Enjoy! – Carla

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