Saturday
Feb182017

NEW RUGS 

I wanted something for my mantle so I hooked a "Queen of Hearts". This is a pattern for sale if you want one. I had fun with this one and did a few embellishments on it.

Backside

ers project"This is a rug I gave my little sister many years ago but I do not think I had posted it before. It was a made for the fair "sisters" project.

 

Wednesday
Feb012017

JANUARY SECOND WEDNESDAY AT MY HOUSE

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Wednesday
Feb012017

REITER RETREAT AT GOLDBAR, WASHINGTON

This was our 14th year at the retreat. It runs from Sunday night to Friday morning. We have comfortable enough beds, gr

eat food and lots of time to hook and enjoy each others' company. This year was different as some people could not make it for various reasons (more than usual) and some had that awful flu. Here are some pictures of the group hooking and the rug show.

 

Katy Powell's piece

Two lower ones were Lynne Powell's.

Gunnel Casey rug

Rose Hutchins

Katy Powell

Darlene Buckner

Julie Jones

Rose Hutchins

 

Wednesday
Feb012017

Beginner Classes

I forgot to take pictures of the two classes for beginners I taught in the studio. Here are two projects which were completed by students.

Merri with her project she will make into a pillow.

Both ladies did a nice job. Much better than my first hooked piece. The students had a wide choice of examples. The sunflower seemed to be a popular .pattern. They learned how to transfer a pattern, hook it and finish. Arlene was the first to finish hers but I did not get a pictuire of it

 

Thursday
Nov032016

TWO FINISHED RUGS FROM PENNINSULA GUILD

THIS IS FROM BETTY M

THIS IS FROM SUSAN K

 

Tuesday
Nov012016

REITER RETREAT AT GOLDBAR - OCTOBER WEEKEND 2016

There were 40+ women having fun and hooking up a storm at Camp Huston in goldbar, Washington. The weather was mild and mostly sunny. Thursday some of us hit the local tavern and ate burgers. We also played "hooker poker" or "left-right-center" game and used it to celebrate a birthday with Gunnel Casey who has been coming to the retreat for all 13 years of it. Here is the celebration and some of the rugs on display.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct132016

CLASS AT WOODINVILLE AND RUG SHOW-OCTOBER

I attended a class given by Kathy Clark on how to design a antique primitive pattern and techniques in how to make it look old. It was very good. The next day I vended at the rug show which Irene and Lianne put on every year. They are such great hostess and it is fun attending the show.

Kathy Clark

Rug show lunch

Tanya Grahams beautiful abstract rug

My vending space

Sunday
Sep182016

Peninsula Rugmakers Guild Los Gatos, CA

I had the honor of traveling to California to teach the rug hookers from the Peninsula Guild. Very nice and talented group of women. The camp is near Los Gatos. They had a quick rug show on Thursday and I was able to take some pictures. I did not get all the pictures I wanted from the show. Here are some of them.

 

I had 18 in the class and we were all in a well light room. The camp is at a formner boy's school run by the Catholic Chuirch. It is a very nice setting.

Here are a few of the works in progress.

 

I did not get good enough picturew of the other rugs to include in this report.

Thursday
Sep082016

Chatum Rose - not sure of the name

This is one of the rugs I just finished binding. It was taught at North Central and is a new pattern from Honey Bee Hive. It was fun to color plan and hook.

Thursday
Aug252016

Great Idea for Teaching

These were displayed by Brigitta Phy from Jane Olsen's materials. I love them.

 

Thursday
Aug252016

It is June and time for Teachers Workshop in Eugene, Oregon

It takes Katie and me about 5-6 hours to drive to Eugene. I have been attending for 12 years now and we still sometimes take the wrong exit. Go figure. I am the director and I like to have a theme each year and this year it was Super Hooker. I did come up with several outfits to enhance my presentations each morning. We gather together to challenge ourselves, learn new techniques and reinforce the skills we already posses. We also have the challenge to keep it interesing and to keep up with what is current in rug hooking with patterns and assignments. It is a wonderful group of ladies who gather in Eugene each year and massive amounts of talent.

These are the classes I took this year.

Water and weather: Taught by Joyce Jordan

This is a smaller version of a rug taught by Beryl Jenkins

I took a fingering class from Carol Fegles:  Results were:

 

The rug show was great and I have lots of photos. These are two projects which were popular because so many came back this year.

 

 

 

Other rugs I saw at the show:

Suzan Ferrans taught this again but redid the rug. I love both versions but this one really caught my eye.

This one was taught in the Textured Geometrics by Kathy Stephens who took a geologicalapproach to the hooking. Very interesting having the heights on the rug.

Polly cCark passed away this year and this is one I taught last year. She was a wonderful person and rug hooker and will be missed by me so much. She always had a kind word for everyone and I loved her unique color choices. We had a little display of her rugs in the show.

A class taught on how to hook black. This person (?) got the lesson.

A new pattern which Suzi Jones did in a short time when she received it from North Central/

Susan Kleidon's rug ended up on the cover of the workshop report.  love the embellishments and the basket.

Our dining experience at the dining hall up the street from the dorm hall we stay in. They also have Japanese sushi plates available as well as local ice cream. Yum

Thursday
Aug252016

Guatemala Rug Finsihed and Bound with Woven strip

I finished the rug I designed with Yolanda from Guatemala when on the wonderful tour to their country. When we visited one of the houses the ladies sold me a long strip of weaving which I applied to the edge of my rug to bind it. I like how it added to the memory of the trip. I encouage all rug hookers to do this tour at least once if not more times. It was fantastic.

The two birds in the center are myself and my Guatemalan teacher. This is made of t-shirt materials from their version of the thrift stores. I did find a shirt in the US that matched the background so I finished it with that piece. For me the t-shirts did not go as fast as the wool strips but it gives a very pleasant look and with practice, I could hook it faster.

Tuesday
May312016

CASWELL QUILT SQUARE

I received this pattern from Laura Pierce. It is one of the many squares from the Caswell Quilt. Laura will be displaying the squares this winter at her rug camp-Little River. I used a progression of light to dark in the background and the reverse in the foreground. I did this for my design class I am taking from Joen Wolfrom in Pt Gamble. It is a good class. I dyed a beige with the purple dye. It did not get as light as I would have liked but I wanted it to look a little aged.

Tuesday
May312016

FIRST PIECE FINISHED FROM THE ZENTANGLE CLASS

Katie Knoelke was the first one finished with her Zentangle rug. I love how it turned out and the colors she used. She is a speedy hooker.

Tuesday
May312016

DEERFIELD PANEL - CREWEL DESIGN

I received this pattern (Charco Pattern/Honey Bee Hive) as a teachers' workshop pattern.  I started it in some dark colors and never got too far. I had a piano bench and decided, well after I had the piece almost done, that it would be used to cover the bench. Consequently I added to the width and cut it off to fit the bench. When fitting the pattern to the piece you are covering, you must have the piece ready with all of its padding and form. Jay did this for me. I had to unhook parts of it to make the pattern fit the corners. The background was dyed with a little bit of all the colors in the piece. The colors I used were from my stash so the only wool I dyed was for the background. I like how the background came out. I just need to refinish the bench before I screw it on.