Wall hanging by Merete Donnelly
Designed for a wedding
Approximately 20 hours was spent designing and hooking this uniquely designed hanging.
Rug hooking, crafted with speed. The Danella tool is made in Denmark. Hundreds of different designs, seizes and colour combination are available in kits.
The wool used is 100% pure (half Australian belli wool and half Norwegian wool spon and dyed in Norway) and it comes in 70 different colours.
A design is drawn or printed unto hessian. Working from the wrong side loops go though the hessian. The tool can go forwards and backwards and automatically make even spaces between the loops that appear on the front.
FREE Demonstrations are available by appointment for groups within the Illawarra, Southern Highland and Sydney.
LESSONS (3 hours) available on Saturday
Purchase of the Danella Tool = $100.00
Hire of Stretching Frame (refundable) = $50.00
3 hour lesson (max 6 students per class) = $50.00
Hessian with or without design + wool = $100.00
Total cost to start $300.00
Further 3 (3 hour) lesson are available for $100.00 total.
Who We Are
My name is Merete Donnelly and I live 90 minutes drive south of Sydney's Centre in NSW.
I have been involved with Danella Rug Hooking though my family and before leaving Denmark at the age of 20 I already had a detailed knowledge and experience in the craft.
I have now decided that I would like to demonstrate and teach Danella in Australia.
The Danella Rug Hooking tool was designed by my grandfather, Ernst Thomsen, in 1939, but production began in 1949. My mother, Jane Dyrdal, designed the many different rugs available in Kits.
My grandmother, Ella Thomsen, owned a large embroidery shop in Hjoerring, Denmark. Here the Danella technique was demonstrated. The speed in which one could produce a wall to wall carpet made it a very popular craft.
My father, Kaare Dyrdal, travelled to craft shops all-over Denmark and part of Germany and demonstrated the Danella Rug Hooking. Customers from USA and Canada, England and South Africa made the business viable. In Japan competitions in designing rugs and wall hangings in artistic ways are held regularly. Using the Danella Rug Making Tool is only limited to the size of one loop.
To day the Rug Hooking Tool is still available from Denmark.