Rachelle LeBlanc (St. Albert, AB) has been working in the medium of contemporary rug hooking since 2003. Like a painter, she designs her pieces using the concepts of line, form, balance, color, and texture. Rachelle explores everyday events with emotional and tender undertones inspired by local people and places.
Rachelle’s palette is achieved by hand dying woolen fabrics. Once the material is dyed it is torn or hand cut into 1/8” or 1/4" strips and hooked onto a linen backing. The image is then created with thousands of loops of wool and can take hundreds of hours to produce. Using the same basic techniques as early rug makers, Rachelle uses high quality new woolen cloth, and a hook without a frame.
ACC Exhibitions: Wild Thing (2008), For the Love of Craft (2010), Prairie Excellence (2010), Off the Floor (2011), Furnish (2014), Language of Craft (2015), Here and There (2015), Transformation – Hooked Sculptures (2016)