Wild West Rug Hookers meet in Cody, Wyoming at the Park County Library every month. We are a small group of Traditional and Primitive Rug Hookers who love to have fun. We welcome anyone wanting to learn about hooking rugs.
We had a wonderful day of rug hooking in beautiful Shell Wyoming. Debra, Patty, and I held our very first meeting of the Wild West Rug Hookers Guild. We are in the process of joining ATHA . One of the other ways we have tried to reach new and existing hookers is by having a Facebook page. Please come join it at Wild West Rug Hookers.
Debra is working on her saddle blanket designed by Sally Kalin. I just love the directional hooking she is doing .
Patty is working on a footstool cover designed by Faye Schilling. It is truly beautiful. I just love her color choices.
Patty also send a picture of her Stonehouse Runner, by The Old Tattered Flag, beside her bed. It looks like a picture from a magazine! Beautiful work Patty!
I am still working on my Birds and Berries by Bea Brock. I started it at Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway with Carrie Martin as my teacher.
We had a visit from our dear friend Carol who has been going through Chemo for Mesothelioma. It was wonderful to get to see her. She looked surprisingly well for all she is going through. Prayers are always welcome for her recovery.
And another Debra came by for a visit and ended up buying a kit that Debra I. and I have made up for beginner hookers. She sat and hooked with us for awhile and Debra I, gave her a lot of pointers on hooking.
One of the things we felt was important was for us to have beginner kits ready when we demonstrate at different venues. Debra and I designed some kits, cut the wool for them, and include some directions. Hopefully they will make it easier for beginners to start hooking.
Debra designed the buffalo. It is a finished 10"x10".
She also designed this adorable old Cowboy design. I just love the colors she chose.
Her daisy is just as adorable.
I designed a kitty in the penny flowers.
And the sheep eating the flowers.
Debra also designed this wonderful star.
Another thing we have done is get our own email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have sure come a long way from a few years ago. I hope we continue to grow and for rug hooking to grow too.
So much has happened since the last post. Several of us attended the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway, for 5 days, right here in Cody, WY! Carrie Martin puts on incredible camps that she calls Destination Hooking. Her camps are centered around destination vacation places such as Santa Fe NM, New Orleans LA, and Savannah GA. Most of the women attending brought their husbands who enjoyed the sights in and around Cody why the women hooked. It was nothing for someone to take off so they could see the Buffalo Bill Museum which is 7 museums in one, or to take a day to see to Yellowstone National Park. Some even came earlier so they could vacation before the camp. No matter what, they all had the BEST time.
Carrie Martin and Diane Stoffel brought a room full of wool, hand dyed and off the bolt. There were so many wonderful choices!
Diane Stoffel is such a prolific rug hooking teacher with amazing skill for color as is Carrie Martin. Both are extraordinary teachers and bring a wealth of information with them and they are both so much fun . Here is Dianne with Laurie from North Carolina as her mother, Janice from Texas, looks on.
The room we met in every day at the historic Irma Hotel is called the Governors Room. The Irma Hotel was built by Buffalo Bill Cody and named after his daughter Irma. The owners have been very careful to keep the Irma historic including many of the rooms.
Janice, is showing visitors Carole from CA's rug. We were able to teach rug hooking and its history to SO many wonderful people who stopped in to see what we were doing. Travelers from all over the world were curious about what we were doing.
This is another view of the room. Notice the beautiful fireplace at the end. That's me in the black and Peggy from Montana across the table from me. Debra from Shell WY is talking to Dianne Stoffel, and Thirza from Kansas is across from them..
Here is another view of the room. Patty seems to be missing from these pictures but she is here somewhere. Carrie Martin is helping Sue from Montana as Marsha from Pennsylvanian hooks on.
Debra from Clark WY is busy working on a flower.
Patty and Thirza posed form me to get their picture to send to our friend Faye who didn't make it this year.
Peggy from Montana is working hard on the water in the ship rug.
This is another rug Laurie from North Caroling was working on during the camp.
This is Morris Bunny by Honey Beehive being hooked by Carole from California.
Debra, from Clark WY is hooking this beautiful floral designed by Beverly Conway.
These are some of the rugs brought by Carrie Martin. The runner on the left is a design hooked by Patty from Shell, WY. The design is by The Old Tattered Flag.
Here if an amazing design being hooked by Janice from Texas. The bird is a design from David Galchutt.
Laurie from North Caroling was working on Yellow Bird designed by Ann Willey available at Spruce Ridge Studios
Marsha from Pennsylvania is hooking an old postcard. I am pretty sure this rug is from Cushings.
Colette from Connecticut worked on this great rug from Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug.
Patty from Shell is hooking this design by Bea Brock sold by I Love Rug Hooking. I can't wait to see it finished!
Peggy from Montana has done an outstanding job on this ship she is hooking for her son.
Sue from Montana is working on Old Home Place designed by Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug.
I, Sylvia, from Cody, WY am working on Birds and Berries by Bea Brock, I Love Rug Hooking.
And Thirza from Kansas is working on this wonderful Native American. Again, I don't know the designer.
For the first year we didn't have as many rug hooker as we would have liked but it was a very warm friendly group and I truly miss every single one of the ladies. They were a great group and so were their husbands. Next years camp will probably be in September and The Wild West Rug Hookers will be so happy to co-host the event with One Rug Two Rug, Carrie Martin. We truly hope you can come and enjoy the fun, and bring your family!
Debra and I were the only two hooking at the Library Saturday, We had a great day and seemed to accomplish a lot of hooking even with all our chatter.
I finished hooking my two cats by Barbara Brown. I love it SO much! Yes it looks familiar because after seeing how Faye hooked hers I had to copy it as closely as I could. I believe it's one of my favorite rugs.
Even though Faye is still in Arizona she sent me the photos of her rugs she finished. She hadn't touched this Emma Lou Lais rug in 12 years and finished it this month! She did such a beautiful job. I just love this rug.
Faye has this adorable Sunfish in her patterns with Cabin Creek Designs, which you will be able to see soon at Spruce Ridge Studios, and hooked it in these outstanding colors. I just can't wait to see it in person! She might not be with us in person but she's with us in our hearts and through the internet. She and her husband will be moving to our area soon and we can't wait until we get to see more of her!
Debra was working on her rug called Saddle Up by Sally Kallin, Pine Island Primitives. I especially like how she is hooking the rug straight across except the center diamonds. It really makes it a stunning rug. Debra will be taking a class from Sally this weekend in South Dakota. I can't wait to hear how wonderful the new school is!
Next month we will have pictures of our rug school Old Faithful Rug Hooking Get-A-Way. Scroll down the pages to see the information and sign up sheet if you'd like to join us! I'd sure love to meet you!
Debra, Patty and I met at the Library Saturday for a fun filled day of hooking, chatter, and fun.
Debra ordered a punch kit called Lamb and Crocks by Yvonne Buus. It is a small design with wonderful yarns.
Debra also finished this fabulous rug from Woolley Fox. It is absolutely stunning! The colors are much richer in person.
And Debra was working on this large version of Saddle Up by Sally Kallin of Pine Island Primitives. It's going to be a stunner when she is finished.
I, Sylvia, used a wide cut for my Heavens to Betsy pig pillow. His tail is hiding back there so I fixed it when I got home.
I had to show everyone my red cow pattern called Clover by Theresa Rapstine. I just can't wait to start this beauty!
I have been working on an Ikea stool cover designed by Faye Schilling. The center design was taken from a pattern by Maggie Bonanomi. My next stool will be the one at the bottom of the post.
Patty is SO close to being finished with her Stonehouse Runner by The Old Tattered Flag. This runner is LONG! Faye and I both have the pattern but neither of us have started. I'm almost nervous to start! I can't get over how beautiful Patty's is turning out!
And here is an Ikea stool cover designed and hooked by Faye. I love it so much I'm going to copy it right down to the wools, which Faye has meticulously cataloged for me with pictures of the wool next to the flower and bird. The unfinished parts will be hooked in when the sides are sewn together so the design wraps around the stool. I'm even going to hook it in a 6 just like hers so I can get all the detail. I'm such a copycat but seriously, who wouldn't want to copy this stool cover.
I'm so amazed at the talent in our little group and we all feel so blessed to have such a great group with personalities that compliment each other so well.
The first get-together of 2018 was so great. We hadn't met in so long and we had so much to see and do.
Patty has really been working on her Cobblestone Runner from The Old Tattered Flag. The grayis color is actually a beautiful green. Two of us have this pattern and every time I see Patty's rug I'm excited because it's so wonderful and scared because it's so big!
Debra was binding her rug from The Old Tattered Flag. It is amazing how a two color rug can have so much impact. It is truly stunning.
Debra brought her feather tree from The Woolley Fox. Katie had kits made up and I think it's adorable. LOVE the bells!
These two adorable Santa Hats are from The Old Tattered Flag. One is hooked and the other is punched. Debra did an outstanding job, as usual. So much eye candy!
Debra has started this outstanding rug from The Woolley Fox. This rug is not only gorgeous, it's large! She is using a large cut on it.
Here are three of my 4 pillows. The largest two are kits from Theresa Rapstine, I hooked them in a 9.5 cut. The middle one is a design from The Woolley Fox and I hooked it in a 9.5 and used decorative stitches that I saw from a class Martha Lowery taught there.
This is one I drew from a design in the book Caswell Impressions. The block was hooked by Martha Lowery. I made some changes to the design.
Here it is finished up. I'm really happy with how all four of these pillows turned out.
This is a rug designed by Carrie Martin. It is one of my favorites. I made it for the kitchen floor.
This is one by Monika Jones. I had done it at Prairie Rose but hated the two bright yellow flowers so after all this time I pulled the loops out and thankfully I still had some of the hand dyed I used. I am so much happier with it now. The other one is posted somewhere on here is you want to compare it.
This is Carol's Buzzard. She has been so sick that she hasn't been able to work on him but she is sure doing an amazing job. Get better Carol!
I have added our new dates on the sidebar so if you want to come hook with us please feel free to do so!
Although is was a small number of us at the Library this month is was still such a good time. It's almost hard to remember when it was just the three of us all the time. Carol, Patty and I had a great time catching up on all that's been happening in our lives.
Carol is working on her turkey buzzard. I just love how he is turning out.
Do you see him turning around and biting his tail feather?
Patty is working on her Stone House Runner and it's stunning. It seems to be growing larger every time I see it and I have the pattern to do too. She is doing such an amazing job and I admire her ability to color plan so much.
I loved my pillow from Theresa Rapstine so much that I had to order the other one to go with it. I seem to have so much fabric left over that I ordered Lancaster Floral from Woolly Fox for the third pillow to match. I really need to be working on Christmas gifts!
Being Thanksgiving week. I want to thank all of the wonderful ladies and gentleman in our group. We are so blessed to have gone from not knowing any rug hookers to having such an amazing group in such a short time. Thank you all for everything you have done for our group and I hope and pray we inspire even more people to start hooking. I hope and pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We had so much to talk about at the Library this month. The First Annual Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway was the top of the discussions. We are all so excited and honored to have a hook-in of this caliber in Cody, WY. Cody is a top vacation destination with so many things to see and do. Carrie Martin is putting the Getaway on and it will be held at the Irma Hotel, which Buffalo Bill Cody built for his daughter Irma. Cody is steeped in history and the Irma is at the center.
The other subject of discussion, besides the typical rug talk, was the ATHA Biennial in Denver, Co, in 2019. We can't wait to be a part of such a major event so close to us. The Rocky Mountains aren't exactly what people think of when they think of rug hooking but that is changing quickly! We are working hard to be recognized in the rug hooking community and educating people who have never heard of our craft.
And speaking of our craft, we had a great show and tell, as always.
Patty finished her beautiful floral Boston, and Anne Bond design by Visions of Ewe. Patty did all the color planning and she did such an amazing job, as always.
Patty's footstool is now finished thanks to her husband who built the footstool for her. It is a design from the late Kim Nixon and the pattern is available at Honey Bee Hive.
Patty does such wonderful work and she is an inspiration for us all.
I finished my Witchy Woman, designed by Susie Shepard at Shepard's Hook Rugs, an Etsy Shop. She is tall and she was a blast to hook. My grand-kids adore her but I think I'm more in love than they are! The angle is a little off so she looks squatty but she really is proportioned right.
This is my finished pillow Blooms from a kit by Theresa Rapstine. I love the way it turned out so much that I ordered the kit for the pillow below that Debra finished.
Debra finished her pillow Blue Flower from her kit designed by Theresa Rapstine. Theresa uses very wide cuts in her designs. She was in Celebrations for her rug Vintage Blooms. This link takes you to a PDF of her rug. Our pillows are sections of her famous rug.
Patty is working on her Stone House Runner from The Old Tattered Flag. She once again nailed it with her color planning.
I, Sylvia, started the Coffee rug designed by Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug. Carrie is the wonderful woman who is the creator of Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway. I met her at the Denver Hook-In and she was SO much fun. She color planned so easily and had such an amazing amount of wool and patterns.
Debra was working on her two colored Antique Coverlet by The Old Tattered Flag. She got SO many compliments on this when she was hooking on it at the Denver Hook-In. It truly is a beautiful rug.
Carol was working on her Turkey Buzzard. She has been very ill so we were so happy to see her better and working on her design with us. It's just not the same when she isn't there. It is drawn from a photo taken by her daughter.
It was an amazing day with our group. If you want to join us please do. Dates and places are on the sidebar. We can't reserve to Library too far in advance but I try for the third Saturday. Feel free to stop by!
For more information about the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway contact Carrie Martin at email@example.com or 985-893-3285. Blog written by Sylvia Gauthier
Oh my goodness! We are so incredibly lucky! Carrie Martin is having a rug school right here in Beautiful Cody Wyoming!
It is called Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway from May 27-June 1,2018. It will be held at the Historic Irma Hotel! Buffalo Bill built the hotel for his daughter Irma. There is so much history in this hotel and now we can add rug hooking retreats to the list.
Carrie Martin and Diane Stoffel are the two teachers. They are both amazing teachers and a lot of fun. Be one of the first to join this yearly event! Here is a copy of the sign up sheet.
1192 Sheridan Ave. Cody WY 82424
- Rug Hooking -
May 27-June 1, 2018
Four Full Days + of instruction
Rug Hooking Getaway
May 27- June 1, 2018
If not staying at the Irma Hotel
__ $125.00 Total _____
Pay to order of
one rug two rug
Due with registration form sent to
Nancy Frantz, 18799 Hosmer Mill Rd Covington, LA 70435
No refund after 1-1-2018
Mark 1st and 2nd choice
__ Diane Stoffel __ Carrie Martin
City, State, Zip code
Cody, Wyoming is steeped in colorful tradition and has a rich historical background. Fascinating exhibitions like the Cody Firearms Museum display artifacts from yesteryear and Old Town Trail bring the history to life before your eyes, creating a unique and enlightening experience. Cody has its roots firmly in the Western lifestyle and rodeos and state fairs include visitors and the community alike.
Cody has a wealth of breathtaking scenery right on its doorstep and makes seeing the American wilderness incredibly easy. Scenic drives such as the Beartooth Highway are a convenient way to see the surrounding nature and wildlife and with numerous wilderness areas and Yellowstone National Park accessible it couldn't be easier to explore. The areas facilitate an enormous range of outdoor activities or just relax in incredible surroundings.
Fly into Cody; Taxi Services
Cody Cab Phidippides Shuttle
one rug two rug,
Wool Rich Cash Poor,
Join us in Cody, Wyoming
Cody is home to an inspired community of Western artists, a growing number of fine art and photo galleries, and the renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The varied landscape surrounding Buffalo Bill's town in the Rockies, the abundant wildlife, the quality of light and atmosphere all continue to inspire painters, sculptors, and craftsmen working in a variety of styles and media. Located in close proximity of Yellowstone.
We will enjoy the hospitality of The Irma Hotel; located on the historic surrounded by shops, galleries museums and fabulous restaurants. At this favored time in Cody, WY the group rate of $99. under the one rug two rug block.
Sunday Registration and Welcome 2-4, 7-9; your teacher will make introductions.
Monday-Thursday 9-12, 1-3; room will be open for evening hooking; teacher will pass through.
Friday 8:30- 10:00 Drawing for next years choice of teacher and free registration.
The Irma has a wonderful restaurant in house and we are hoping that we show our appreciation by choosing to patronize it.
Loaner Cutters and Frames:
Each class will have cutters for your use. For those flying upon request we have a few frames to loan.
Diane Stoffel, Brewster, MA
Diane’s color sense makes this a great class. She is most comfortable color planning and is more than willing to share her knowledge with you. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you will have a rug you love when finished. She is a McGown certified teacher and ATHA member who is at ease with all cuts from fine to wide and with all types of designs or patterns. Her talent shines with all rugs.
Carrie Martin, Covington, LA
Carrie’s enthusiasm will make the class fly by. She makes color planning easy to understand. She will be sharing her secrets to putting together handbags and dolls. Her mini lessons are a hit. Your needs will be her needs. Another McGown certified teacher that will work on any project of your choosing, but loves those wide cut floral, geometrics, orientals.
Wool Rich Cash Poor: Events
Auction: Monday afternoon
Wool Rich Cash Poor is gracious enough to continue the tradition of having an Auction; the money raised is used to give a helping hand to rug hookers to attend our workshop and for the end of camp and through the year scholarships. If you wish to contribute to the auction we would be most grateful.
City Tour of Cody: Tuesday
Yes, learn the history of Cody enjoy a trolley tour of the city as a group. Ghosts, Gunfights and Buffalo Bill and tales of the west come alive on the tour. Take this trolley tour in the late afternoon and you just may see a resident of the early years of Cody.
Flea Market: Wednesday afternoon
Do you make something or have something that you think others would like? We will have tables set up for you to sell your goods and hopefully pay your way to Santa Fe. There is no charge for this lagniappe. We all love to shop.
We had a blast meeting at the Library in Cody. I can't imagine our group NOT having fun!
Faye finished her footstool design. She chose a Molesworth center design of the gunfighter. It is an iconic design he used in his western furniture a lot. She used real brands from our area and made up a couple too. I love how this footstool turned out and I can't wait to see it completed! She is such an amazing designer. I wish I could be in her head for one hour just to see what it's like to be that creative!
Debra brought her Tattered Flag design. It is absolutely stunning. When we were at the Hook In in Denver Colorado she was working on it and had so many compliments.
This is one she brought. It is two cats with human faces. It is one of those love it or hate it design. I LOVE it! It is a design by Dorothy Panacheck from Fredericksburg TX. Dorothy used to own Stonehill Spinning when she sold patterns.
While we were in Denver I had the opportunity of meeting Theresa Rapstine. She was in Celebrations one year for her Vintage Blooms. This is a pillow kit I bought from her based on that gorgeous rug. She and Debra are friends and I was so happy I got to meet her. Debra got the pillow kit with a large flower in the center. I'll be showing it before too long I hope!
Patty is almost finished with her Anne Bond design! I'm so in love with her colors that I've bought all the wool she used. She is so good with color. Debra came up with the idea of using the background for the vines in the border. Another reason we are so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas around.
I have to mention the Hook In in Denver Co put on by the Colorado Rug and Fiber Guild, an ATHA organization. There were so many wonderful Vendors and such a great group of women. I was in awe the whole time. I'd never been to something so big and wonderful. I plan on going again next year for sure! Great job ladies.
Our next get together is October 21st. Hope to see you there!
We hooked at the Shell Church for our first hook in of the month. As always it was a beautiful drive towards the mountains. Shell is such a beautiful tiny town at the bottom of the Big Horn Mountains. It was especially great to have so many attend. Marlisa came down from Laurel for the first time and she was such a nice addition to our little group.
Patty is close to being done with her floral. The colors are much richer than they show here. It is truly stunning.
I got a new weaving loom so I haven't accomplished much on my witch. I really want to work on her but the new loom has been so much fun too.
Carol has done a great job on her Turkey Buzzard. I love how he is picking on his tail feather. I can't wait to see how he turns out!
Faye was working on her original design footstool. It is a Molesworth tribute. Molesworth was a man who designed western furniture here in Cody many years ago. I just love the rope and brands! Debra is going to make this one too.
But for now Debra is working on this footstool design that she created using Edith O'Neal designs. Some of us can't get enough of making footstools. I have two more Ikea stools ordered that should be here this week. The Ikea stools are so versatile because they can be used for extra seating.
Our newest friend Marlisa brought a little bit of show and tell. These owls are so adorable!
This is the rug Marlisa was working on at Prairie Rose last year when we first met her. She drove a few hours to be able to hook with us and we were all so happy she did.
Marlisa was working on this wonderful design. She was using a Cheticamp frame which was fun to see. It is so nice to be able to see all of the pattern at once. Especially when she is creating a rug like this.
We will meet again on Sept. 23rd. at the Park Co Library in Cody. Our little group travels quite a ways to meet and I always hope it's worth it. It must be. We keep doing it! Like I always say. We are so blessed.
Debra and I will be headed to the Denver Hook In this weekend. I hope to have a lot of wonderful things to show and tell about out trip when we get back.
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