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A Whale of a Tale ... With Hooks, Lines and Singers
by Frances Ennis, Maxine Ennis and Five Island Rug Hooking Group

A Whale of a Tale ... With Hooks, Lines and Singers by Frances Ennis, Maxine Ennis and Five Island Rug Hooking Group

Paperback, 76 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, b & w photos, b & w illustrations
ISBN 10: 1-926881-38-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-926881-38-6

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In A Whale of a Tale . . . With Hooks, Lines and Singers, members of the Five Island Rug Hooking Group have combined their expertise in design, colour, texture and rug hooking techniques with the power of song. This potent combination of creativity has resulted in thirty-five pieces of textile art that have been inspired by the sounds of music, the stories in the lyrics and the emotions evoked by both.

A Whale of a Tale . . . With Hooks, Lines and Singers began as a rug hooking project organized with Festival 500 Sharing the Voices to showcase a passion for music and song, for the visual and performing arts, and for the storytelling tradition. The project evolved into a beautiful book that follows the progress of the rugs and tells the stories behind each one. Throughout the various sections of the book are practical instructions, with accompanying photos, on how to create exquisite hooked rugs.

Frances and Maxine Ennis have been creating originally designed hooked rugs since 2002. Their rugs tell a story about who they are as individuals, where they come from and what they cherish about life and living in Newfoundland and Labrador. These sisters-in-law have enhanced their relationship and their rug hooking skills together and separately by attending workshops, courses and conferences, teaching rug hooking classes and collaborating on rug hooking projects. The Five Island Rug Hooking Group formed in 2008. The core group consists of about twenty girls and women, with another ten to twelve becoming involved in projects of particular interest to them. The group specializes in creating one-of-a-kind, originally designed story rugs related to a theme.

About the Author
Frances Ennis has been creating originally designed hooked rugs with her sister-in-law Maxine since 2002. Their rugs tell a story about who they are as individuals, where they come from and what they cherish about life and living in Newfoundland and Labrador. These sisters-in-law have enhanced their relationship and their rug hooking skills together and separately by attending workshops, courses and conferences, teaching rug hooking classes and collaborating on rug hooking projects. Several of their rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking magazine, and many are displayed in private and public collections in Canada and Europe. In 2008, Frances and Maxine hooked rugs and provided instruction and guidance to a group of women who produced a series of twenty-five rugs about Beaumont Hamel. These rugs are on permanent display at the Veteran’s Pavilion in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This project’s success led to others: “Women’s Lives: Women’s Stories,” exhibited at the Five Island Art Gallery, Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador (March 2009); “Hooking Our Heritage,” exhibited at the Five Island Art Gallery (May 2010) and at the Ros Tapestry Centre, New Ross, Ireland, (September 2010); “Hooking to Our Heart’s Content,” exhibited in Heart’s Content, Newfoundland and Labrador (summer 2011); and “A Whale of a Tale . . . With Hooks, Lines and Singers,” exhibited at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (July 2011).

Frances and Maxine have participated in a numerous provincial, national and international juried exhibits sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.

They enjoy working together to create the designs and hook all sorts of materials into the chosen backing of burlap, linen or monks cloth. They love to teach and pass on this tradition, an activity that is consistent with their backgrounds—Frances was an adult educator and community development worker and Maxine was a primary school teacher. And they treasure their “dye days” when they can transform those old castaway wool blankets, passed on by friends or found at thrift shops, into bright, mottled or subdued colours. Their tools include old pots and a propane burner by the back door, acid and natural dyes and other ingredients purchased through the mail and some native plants picked during a stroll in the woods on a sunny day.

Frances has three daughters, their respective partners, a cherished granddaughter, Abbegayle, and lives with her husband, Bill, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Maxine Ennis has been creating originally designed hooked rugs with her sister-in-law Frances since 2002. Their rugs tell a story about who they are as individuals, where they come from and what they cherish about life and living in Newfoundland and Labrador. These sisters-in-law have enhanced their relationship and their rug hooking skills together and separately by attending workshops, courses and conferences, teaching rug hooking classes and collaborating on rug hooking projects.

Several of their rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking magazine, and many are displayed in private and public collections in Canada and Europe. In 2008, Maxine and Frances hooked rugs and provided instruction and guidance to a group of women who produced a series of twenty-five rugs about Beaumont Hamel. These rugs are on permanent display at the Veteran’s Pavilion in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This project’s success led to others: “Women’s Lives: Women’s Stories,” exhibited at the Five Island Art Gallery, Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador (March 2009); “Hooking Our Heritage,” exhibited at the Five Island Art Gallery (May 2010) and at the Ros Tapestry Centre, New Ross, Ireland, (September 2010); “Hooking to Our Heart’s Content,” exhibited in Heart’s Content, Newfoundland and Labrador (summer 2011); and “A Whale of a Tale . . . With Hooks, Lines and Singers,” exhibited at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador ( July 2011).

Maxine and Frances have participated in a numerous provincial, national and international juried exhibits sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.

They enjoy working together to create the designs and hook all sorts of materials into the chosen backing of burlap, linen or monks cloth. They love to teach and pass on this tradition, an activity that is consistent with their backgrounds— Maxine was a primary school teacher and Frances was an adult educator and community development worker. And they treasure their “dye days” when they can transform those old castaway wool blankets, passed on by friends or found at thrift shops, into bright, mottled or subdued colours. Their tools include old pots and a propane burner by the back door, acid and natural dyes and other ingredients purchased through the mail and some native plants picked during a stroll in the woods on a sunny day.

Maxine has two sons and a daughter and their respective partners, two cherished grandchildren, Emma and Cody, and lives with her husband, Bob, in Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Festival 500 exhibit is the third project for the Five Island Rug Hooking Group. The core group, formed in 2008, consists of about twenty girls and women, with another ten to twelve becoming involved in projects of particular interest to them. The group specializes in creating one of a kind, originally designed story rugs related to a theme.

Projects begin with a planning meeting, followed by several design workshops. The rug hooking is done at home with biweekly gatherings that provide a great opportunity for sharing ideas and materials, monitoring progress and offering support. Projects generally end with an exhibit.

Being able to create beautiful rugs, and at the same time share in the camaraderie and network of friendships that has developed, makes this a very special group.

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