Paddles up! Ready-ready. GO!!!


That phrase packs incredible punch — an instant jolt of anticipation, excitement and steely determination to all who heed its call.

For me, it conjures up memories of some very special shared times on the water. I’m no paddler, or even athletic, but two summer sojourns on my employer’s dragon boat team were electric. So much fun!

Dragon boaters everywhere will recognize the above-noted phrase. It’s a command issued just before the start of a race, when the boat is in position but not moving. Competitors are advised to lift their paddles into the air as they focus and prepare for the challenge ahead, then the coach calls “ready-ready” to have paddles lowered to the water, followed by a mighty “GO!” when the starter horn blasts to send the paddlers off with a lunge.

Let’s make waves

What does this have to do with hooking? Well, here’s the thing: Area 1 OHCG members have been challenged to create unique pieces that reflect our 2018 Annual’s logo. We have a line drawing of the logo (without text), and there’s plenty of room for personal interpretation.

So get your game on, ladies and gentlemen of Area 1, we want to see those water droplets and rolling waves! The resulting pieces will be recognized at the Annual in a special, non-judged display, and some will be used to help promote the event.

Here’s how it works: the drawing from the logo image has been circulated, and it must be part of whatever you Area 1ers choose to hook. The main requirement is that the line drawing must be clearly visible in your piece; it doesn’t have to dominate. Find full challenge details here.

“When we first thought about the logo, we wanted it to be a hooked image. However, time wasn’t on our side, as we needed to have our ‘memento’ item ready for the 2017 Annual in Cobourg,” explains Lesley Larsen, the 2018 Annual’s planning lead.

“With Area 1 branches co-hosting the 2018 Annual with the Ottawa Olde Forge branch, members from across our region appear keen to participate in this challenge… Not only have they helped shape the theme, they’ll now help us promote it and make it truly an Area 1 event … (and) we’ll see the diversity and creativity that is just so rich in this amazing fibre art.”

Coming in September — preview of challenge entries

I’m really looking forward to this project, and my head is already awash with potential colours, textures and design ideas. How about you?

Hooks up, ready-ready, GO!! And I’ll see you in the loop,
Marla, Content creator


About ottawarughooking

Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada will, together with other branches in Area 1, co-host the 2018 Annual of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.
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1 Response to Paddles up! Ready-ready. GO!!!

  1. Loved the dragon-boating hook in this blog post! It gives a sense of the energy involved in preparing for a large event.


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