I am a rug hooker and teach rug hooking classes in my home as well as at camps and workshops around the country. I live in Overland Park, KS. I love using lots of plaids, textures and antique paisley in my rugs and hook mostly in wide cut (#6-9). I received my McGown certification in 2001. I love to share my knowledge and passion for hooked rugs with my students.
Yesterday on Easter Sunday God surprised us with a little reminder that spring is not here yet---a mix of rain, sleet and snow and slick roads greeted us. Upon arriving back home from a noon brunch I took the opportunity to have a day of rest---several times during the day I thought about doing some work and after a brief 15 minutes decided that the rest could wait---did some reading, watched a movie, took a nap---so today will be a busy day.
The Midwest newsletter came out yesterday-----If any of you have been one of my students and would like to submit a picture of your rug I would be honored---read about it on the first part of the newsletter. This is the link to the complete newsletter---definitely worth your time!
I have tried to move this crow down for 10 minutes I give up! He stays here! he is going to have a beautiful; red sky---losing the graveyard!
I am excited to be going to Maryland for a
workshop on Thursday...some fun projects to be started.
Here are some pictures from my recent workshop in Columbia Mo What a great group of women and the start to some great rugs
Sorry for the shadow on the picture---
Joyce is going to trapunto the paisley heart at he top-
--lots of standing wool techniques in this one---
love all the things she tried!
Marlene's trout---awesome job!
I found an antique fly in my collection
and she is going to put it at the mouth of the fly
and hang this from a bamboo rod!
This is my hearts and stars pattern which Patty is doing with lots of
standing wool techniques---each of these are so fun to see come alive-- -so many possibilities!
I can't take credit for Nancy's awesome rug---pattern by Blacksheep Wool---Elinor Barrett
While at the workshop she worked on the face and the path and we color planned some additional areas in the rug.
Renetta was working on a Judy Cripp's jack o' lantern pattern---always a fun pattern to work on.
I designed this crock Pattern for Pam a fairly new hooker from pictures of her crocks---added an "S" on the one on the left for her last name.
Elinor was working on her rendition of an old antique pattern---I think she was hoping to do a wider cut but the size of the motifs dictated some smaller cuts---I love the soft palette so different from the original---there was talk about her resizing the pattern but we will see what happens.
Diane designed this paisley footstool pattern with us collaborating of the design in emails back and forth---turned out great---such soft beautiful colors
Ranae was also working on a Janice Johnson pattern---great primitive house and leaves
Donna chose a Janice Johnson pattern
"Don't tread on me" Great job on the flag---and think the banner and
lettering choices came out super!
Susan was hooking a new pattern by Blacksheep wool---love the pattern and color palette.
Julie was hooking a Linda Brannock pattern called Summer Medley---great progress on a fun primitive rug.
There are a couple more pictures that I am trying to locate---sorry Kari and Laura Lee---I will find them and post but I have got to get busy and get off my computer.
I tried to post the whole Midwest Newsletter and i just can't 1do it---will try again tonite---too frustrated right now----grrrrr
Sitting here with some friends who reminded me that I have not blogged lately---I am so sorry and promise to start doing better---looking forward to the hook-in tomorrow and seeing what everyone has been up to---had a great dinner with Jody, Marlene, Tammy, Denny and Anne---will post about the hook-in soon. Baxter and Chelsea will be here next Saturday so maybe a picture of my grandson to follow.
Greetings from our cruise---we were in Key West at Ernest Hemingway's house. Promise to be better!
I thought I would share with you my most recent project.....Our State Line rug Hookers guild brought Susan Fellers to do a workshop with our guild. I have been pondering doing a sea turtle for some time---husband is a scuba diver.
I drew this turtle swimming and brought it to the workshop---I knew that I wanted the coloration to be browns and aquas and with Susan's encouragement and her saying "is it believable" this is what is happening...
Thanks to my friend Jan he turtle's name is Bertha!
Will keep posting progress pictures.
The after and the before of Sarah and Philip's kitchen---now to paint the awful pink and add a backsplash but it is functional.
Went to the lake for the first time this year to set up---our spot was under water until about 2 weeks ago---what a mess. We had some water damage in the trailer and couldn't figure out where it came from??? Fred our dog was all tuckered out!
Getting ready to leave on Saturday to teach in Tyler Texas---looking forward to another workshop. Much to do this week to get ready.
Doing physical therapy for my back and water aerobics ---also exercises on an exercise ball---all very time consuming but hoping it helps my back.
February took me to Waukesha Wisconsin to kick off 2017 and then to Athens, Georgia for two workshops. I flew to both of these workshops due to being afraid to plan a road trip in February---would have worked out due to mild February. The end of February was the Lenexa hook-in---always a great day. Then I was off to Springfield Mo and then to New Braunfels Tx. May took me back to Georgia to Peachtree City and Cummings. Wednesday I am leaving for Lancaster PA...then have a little break until heading back to Texas to Tyler.
New Braunfels TX
New England twist hooked by Barbara Houck one of my local students
The Spring also kept me busy with house hunting with my daughter here in KC---ended up with a house in Roeland Park and I became a cabinet painter---not my strongest suit but it came out pretty good...my husband Doug was the woodworker and built them all. Still have the old side to redo but added all new cabinets where there were none---just a free standing stove and fridge.
The old side still to do---uppers are staying but putting new doors up---unfortunately they painted the cabinets while without sanding or priming so it is peeling off so the boxes have to be scraped and primed and painted but the doors are ready to go up... the lowers are another story and we are putting in a dishwasher and a smaller sink so the lowers are being redone---another project for Doug. and the awful punk walls are going to be blue.
Hope everyone had a happy Mother's day!
Sorry for my long absence and meager attempt to catch up.
While in Akumal I had the pleasure to have met this wonderful woman and healer---had two of the most awesome massages that I have ever experienced---thank you Chahat!
Chahat Claudia David
Healing Arts Practitioner/Spa Manager
Bodywork, energy work, pregnancy massage, reiki
I can still remember when I gave my first massage. Working on the client’s forehead, I felt something very deep that went beyond the technique I had learned in school. Although I was not really aware of what I was experiencing, after years of practice I can describe it now as a meditative state, touching both the body and the soul.
For 30 years, this inner connection is at the heart of the sessions I share. It deepens over time and is the primary ingredient to unite body and spirit, and promotes awareness and healing for a fuller life.
I also practiced yoga every day at Yoga en Akumal---what a wonderful studio and teachers. Very thankful to have found this in my life---rug hooking, yoga and family and friends are all an important part of who I am!
Well here we are---starting a new year! I am back from Mexico and getting ready for three workshops---the first in Wisconsin and the next two in Athens Georgia. I have been in the dye pots and organizing my studio for the last two days---I love getting back into my groove---the impending ice storm gave me a good reason to stay inside---fortunately it was not as bad as expected!
Here are a few shots from Akumal Mexico:
Early morning sunrise
Yoga on the rocks on my last day
Sharing some love with my husband of 46 years---got to celebrate on anniversary while we were there
Yoga on the rock in front of our condo
Soaking up some sun!
My new 7 by 9 wool rug arrived---too big for me to hook but love how my New England Twist rug looks with it!
Here are a couple of the family photos we had taken when the kids were all here for an Early Christmas---so good to have everyone here---missing this little guy so much!
The end of this month we are having our retreat weekend at Tall Oaks---about 35 of us gathering to hook for the weekend---so looking forward to it!
After the three workshops it will be tine again for the Lenexa hook-in---February 25!!! Put it on your calendar.
Tonight we get to watch the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoff game!
And another note---my hands are much improved---I can finally say that I am glad that I had the surgery---getting better every day!!!
Well almost a month has gone by and Christmas is almost here. Christmas started early at our our house this year as we had our family Christmas celebration Dec. 7- 11 when Chelsea, Noah and Baxter arrived---the only time their work schedules permitted.
It was great to have them here and celebrate together!
Baxter and Uncle Philip like to play
We stopped by the State Line rug Hooking Guild's Christmas party---Baxter was my show and tell!
We had a photographer come to the house to do a photo shoot but still do not have the pictures---can't wait to see how they came out.
After they left I had two parties for my students---the first here at my home and the second at Cyndi's in Garden City MO
Busy week followed by a Bunco party, and several Knights of Columbus parties.
I am busy getting ready to start back up with workshops in February in Wisconsin and Georgia---it will be good back into the swing of things.
Update on hands---still having issues but yesterday had a followup with my doctor who ended up doing cortisone injections in both palms---can you spell OUCH!!! But she feels will help speed up the inflammation and scar tissue complaints I was having...and I think it is helping. Those pokes plus my Prevnar 13 shot in my arm yesterday left me a bit sore.
For some reason many pictures on my phone did not load on the the computer---will have to figure it out later so I guess that will have to be the end of this post. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The days are going by so quickly---as an impatient patient I am dealing with my hands not healing as fast as I would like---surgery went well and I no longer have the burning pain that wakes me up at night but it is taking time to rebuild the muscle that was lost---lots of exercising of my hands---tried hooking tonite but didn't last long. I am doing alot of walking and yoga that does not put pressure on my palms...I am anxious to get back into the dye pots--next week!!! Looking forward to a nice Thanksgiving day dinner with family and friends---wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving---so much to be thankful for.
Be sure and check out the ATHA biennial classes online---pictures so much better that in the magazine!!! February 16th---registration day!!!! Anita