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
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 bvirds 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.
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.
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.
My eldest son was married in Cancun, Mx. in 2014. I finally designed and hooked a large rug for the happy couple. Betsy likes mermaids and the sea so that is the theme I went with. She has a microphone because she is a singer and is holding a paint brush as she also is an artist. My son makes films, boxes and surfs. I added these things to the underwater scene and made him into a merman. I hope they like the rug. I did add sparkles to the mermaid tails.
I was invited to North Central and spent two weeks on the road and in Iowa. I rode with Suzi Jones to Newton, Iowa, former home of Maytag. We spent three nights going and coming from Portland, Oregon. On the way we visited with Chris Ward and her Llamas in Idaho and Sue Cunningham and her husband in Wyoming. It was a treat at both places.
Here are some of the rugs shown in the library in Newton. I especially liked how one teacher used the ombre to create different values and textures. Enjoy.
This March we had three teachers, Susan Feller, Laura Pierce and Diane Learmonth. Everyone had a good time and here are some of the faces in progress from my class with Laura.
Here are pictures of classmates at work and discussion.
Here are some rugs at the show and tell.
This was a wonderful tour with Mary Ann Wise and her partners. It is a 10 day tour with all items, (room, meals, and transportation)taken care of in the package. We hooked with the Mayan women for four days. They designed and color planned our rugs. We toured and saw many places around Lake Atitlan. My husband went with us as he also hooks and speaks Spanish. It was an awesome experience and I would encourage anyone slightly interested to go and do it. The group that went were mostly from the Pacific Northwest and from our rug school - Puget Sound Rug School. Some of the ladies stayed to travel to the famous ruins in the northwest of the country. We were able to visit their village and communicate without much help.
To contact them and learn more about it the mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
website is www.multicolores.org
There are 50 women hooking up a wool dust storm here in the northern part of the Pacific Northwest. Goldbar is on Highway 2 on one's way to Steven's Pass which goes over the Cascade Mountains into Eastern Washington. The retreat runs from Sunday until 11 a.m on Friday. Good food, friends and laughter.. We have a rug show-vendors-and a throw down on Thursday. Everyone looks forward to coming up and hook.
It was a smaller turn out of hookers and braiders today at the house. We had a treat with Katie bringing onion soup for lunch.
Carol joined us and showed off her hit and miss braided rug with fur, velvet and other materials braided into the rug. She is fast and very good at braiding.
Katie and Judi are working on their zen inspired rugs. Katie is amost done and Judi is coming along nicely.
Karen is ready to put a braid around her rooster rug. It turned out good and she drew it herself.
This rug was from the Honey Bee Hive Charco patterns received at Western Teachers' Workshop in 2015. It was taught by Lynne Howard. This is my interpretation of the pattern. I changed the sun face and moon face and used textures in my stash to blend in the skies. I used the higgedly piggedly hooking on the rays of the sun and added a few more rays. I did about three spot dyes for the wool used on the rays. The rug was done in a 7 and 8 cut. It was a fun rug to hook and it went fast. I whipped the edges with different yarns to match the pattern colors.
This is a rug I tried to embellish and make sense to anyone. It has faux shirring, quillies, shirred, inset, yarn, wrapped wire, beads, needle felting, embroidery, applique, silk, cotton, velour, stuffed objects and proggy.I learned a lot from this piece. When I teach embellishments it takes boxes of materials and equipment but it is a labor of love to see what people do with it and the inspiration it creates.
I love what Cec Caswell did with her sampler from the embellishemnt class I taught in Canada. She has her black and white bead stitch signature technique on it but what a fun piece this is. She makes me look so good.
I am having a class in my studio for three days separated by a week. A windstorm hits the region and the first day I am without power. No phones, power or heat. Half the people show up for class. I have snacks, coffee and a propane heater going when they arrive. I have no way to contact the other people to tell them one way or another if we are having class. My cell phone is dead. My power point presentation is from my powered up computer screen on the lapstop. We had the class, stayed warm and used the natural light from the windows wich I had cleared space in front of the windows to get all the natural light in the studio. We accomplished a lot and had fun.
I arrange the next week to have a makeup class. I have power, snacks and heat. All is going well until after lunch when the power goes off again and we finish class on time but the light is fading. The days asre getting shorter in the northwest so I should probably schedule classes for earlier and leave later if the power is not going to cooperate.
The second schedule day of class goes without a hitch. I had power the whole time. It was touch and go as the day before we did not have power. I came on about 10pm. I was going to cancel but did not havr to. Since they "fixed" the power problem this summer it has been so much worse. In the house we are fine because we have a heat source with wood and stay cozy. We use the propane cook stove and wood stove for eating and gas laterns for light but it does get old. I hear there is another storm coming today. We wil see. Here are some pictures of my students in class.
Zentangle Class Day 1
The tool case was taught by Sheila Mitchell at the TIGHR conference in Victoria. It was a quick and fun project and I have my tools placed in it. Sheila is a good teacher with thorough instructions.
I forget that Victoria B.C. is so close to my house. You drive to Port Angeles and then cross the waters for 90 minutes on the Black Ball Ferry right into the inner harbor where the hotel and the downtown area is located. The Vancouver Island ladies did a fantastic job having a variety of classes and speakers throughout the conference. The hotel and food was good and Jay helped with the rug show and went on a couple tours.
This was the view from our corner room. I guess I should work on my photography.
Government Buildings in Victoria.
This is the family home of Emily Carr. She is the famous artist and rug maker from the area. Her dad was a merchant and she had sisters.
This is the sun room off of the kitchen of the house.
This is the house of all sorts built by Emily Carr to paint. It is privately owned so no tours inside.
This is Emily's sister's house where Emily painted in the room located on right side of the house.
This is an actress who played Emily Carr and did an excellent performance. She is standing next to the statute of Emily on the corner near the Empress Hotel. Emily had a pet monkey for a long time.
Some of the totems near the harbor. Emily was able to visit the first nations and record their totem poles.
A hooked piece looking something like what Emily Carr would wear. Emily made her own clothes and it looks at though she only used one pattern. She also usually wore a hat to keep her hair out of her paint. I have only read one of her books but she became well known for her writing.
Kris McDermet braided pieces at the show.
I taught a wool applique class at the conference.
Part of the class working on their needle cases.
Some of the finished needle cases from the class.
I hooked a tool kit with a Steller Jay on the front in a good class from Sheila Mitchell.