Animal Crackers: Hooked On the Wild Side by Elizabeth Black, Primitive Lion Pattern, Animal Crackers tin holding a very nice teddy bear, Animal Crackers, Wool
Dyer’s: Prepared to Dye by Gene Shepherd, Scraps & Spots by Dotti Ebi, Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing by Rita J Androsko, Notebook, Cushing Dyes, Vinegar, Dawn, Awesome, Spoon, Tongs, Gloves, Lovely Polish blue and white Pitcher, Graniteware pan, wool
Beginner’s: Basic Rug Hooking Rug Hooking Magazine, Scrappy Hooked Rugs by Bea Brock, Primitive Quilt Magazines, 2 hooks, hobnail vase, Scissors, Hoops, Lots of wool for your stash –clean, washed, recycled and new, Lavender soap
Spa: Makeup Bag, Pure Pep Pads, 2 eye creams, face serum, SPF 30 Face cream, Dermalcrepe, Body Lotion, Forever Fragrant by Joy Mangano, Rug Hooking Pattern Three Butterflies, Nail Polish, Can’t sleep coloring book, Wool
Harvest Sheep: Sheep Tote-Its cute!, How ewe doing? Mug, 2 Harvest Charger Plates (plastic), Sunflower Seven pattern from Deanne Fitzpatrick, Sheep punch needle/applique/hooking pattern, 3×5 Harvest Colors photo frame, 1970’s book-Handmade Rugs from Practically Anything, Time for Bed children’s book, Ball jar with $10 Starbucks Card, Resin sheep dish, Trader Joe’s maple leaf cookies, Trader Joe’s chamomile orange tea, Harvest Leaf shaped coasters, Cabin Ridge Farm sheep & berries pattern
Green: Green Wool, Traditional Floral Designs and Motifs, Irish Spring Soap
Bright Ideas: Holiday Pattern,Steampunk Fashions coloring book, Bright color sticky notes, Bright colored wool, Ideas journal, Ott Light Task Lamp, Inside the Creative Studio magazine, Colorful markers and colored pencils
Squirrel & Acorn: Fall Harvest Squirrel Pattern (pattern only), Wool, Medium Moshimer hook, 2 swatch holders, Longaberger basket, Damak Chocolate with Pistachios, Planter’s Mixed Nuts, The Original Mateus Rose Wine
Christmas: Wool-Red and red plaid, 2 sets Dorr Swatch Wool,, Lights in the Night Elf Nightlight, Christmas With Southern Living, Snowman on spring decoration, Holiday Pin, Holly Pattern, Holiday Mug, 2 Swatch Holders, 1 Bottle Mumm bubbly, Lindor Chocolates, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Caramels, Wool Street Journal, Mary Johnson Shepherd and Sheep paper pattern with permission to copy
Be Happy: Coloring books-Bee Garden,Dream Catcher Tree of Life, Bee colored wool, Bee storage jar, Hermann the German Honey Bee Candy, medium hook
Chocolate #1: Field’s “I Love Chocolate” Cookbook-autographed by Mrs. Fields,La Minute ice cream shop Gift Certificate, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD, Brown Wool with Tracing Pellon, Coffee Cocoa Batons, Cozy Lodge Scented Candle, “Smores” Luna nutrition bar, Ferrero Nutella Pretzel Sticks, Cacoco Global Warrior Herbal Dark
Chocolate blend Drinking Chocolate, “33 Bars of Chocolate” Chocolate tasting Record Book, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, Women Owned Birthday Cake Batter, Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop Building, San Francisco Ceramic Mug, Marich English Toffee Caramels Milk Chocolates, “Chocolat” cd music from the movie, Seattle Chocolates San Juan Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar, Choco Love Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, “Hello My Name is Strawberry Cheesecake
Chocolate #2: Lots of chocolate colored wool, plenty of chocolates, Fabulous Brownies by Annie Riggs cookbook
Harvest Wagon: Cart, Scarecrow, Antenna pumpkin Mickey Mouse, Autumn Mix Jelly Bellies, Small Pumpkin, Decorative Acorns, Spiced Cake Reed Diffusers, Happy Fall Decorative jar, Handmade denim snips container, Brach’s Autumn Mix of candy corn and pumpkin, Fall Wreath Holder, 4 small pumpkin candles, Apple Cinnamon Hand Soap, “It’s Fall” squirrel and leaves pattern by Mary Johnson with wool to complete all but the background,
Winterberry: Winterberry Basket: Leave room on this one, I may get one or two more things to add.
Nice metal and wood basket, Blue and white light up tree, Mug with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, sheep ornament, Winter Red Bird small lights, Decorative white berries, Snowman/Winter small hanging or mat, Wool to complete most of the project.
Jennie, Sandy and I spent this past week in Oakhurst at the Wool Poppies retreat. Located at ECCO (Episcopal Conference Center) the camp is near Yosemite in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Although we had some excitement watching the news and smelling smoke from the fire 40 miles away in Mariposa, it was a wonderful get away, a real learning experience.
Jennie enjoys the rug show
Jennie in the classroom
Our teacher, Michele Wise is a rich source of rug hooking knowledge. Besides lightening up our days with her jokes and witty remarks, she spent time helping each of us learn to be better hookers. Check out her blog at http://michelewise.squarespace.com/
We were treated to a very special rug show compiled by Laura Pierce. She gave Caswell Carpet patterns this spring to those interested enough to spend time hooking these reproductions. Laura collected seventy three finished mats which will be shown again at Sauder Village in August. You may view the original at http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13576
Each day began with breakfast and a rug show. The remainder was spent in class hooking, eating, buying wool, chatting and generally doing what we all enjoy so much. The Wool Poppies did an outstanding job organizing it so that each of us benefited from the experience.
As usual I came home with too much wool. But it is so beautiful! I recommend this camp to everyone.
Leaves are the challenge theme for our October hook-in.
Here is Jennie’s explanation from the May meeting announcement:
Chapter Project ~ Hook-a-Leaf: Members who participate receive a 20” x 20” piece of linen, and will hook a pattern of their choice (must feature a leaf, or leaves). Minimum hooked size is 8” x 8” but can be larger. No other rules!! Be creative and see what you can come up with! These projects will be featured at the Harvest Hook-in this October.
I’m particularly fond of gingko leaves. The tree is considered to be a living fossil and is a symbol of longevity. The leaf shape and colors are wonderful and bring to mind a lovely time in my life. . Unfortunately, it was a female tree and the fruit, which also dropped with the first frost, smelled vile and weighed a ton. Even so, I still love those leaves. It would be interesting to hear other ‘leaf stories’ from our members.
We had a tree just outside the kitchen of our Victorian house in Pennsylvania. Right after the first frost the leaves turned a beautiful clear yellow
Take a leaf walk. The variety of size and shapes is infinite. Skim through your rug hooking library for inspiration. Think about synonyms for leaf. Could you hook the pages of a book? Compose a portrait of ‘turning over a new leaf’? Although it must feature a leaf, or leaves, this theme offers so many opportunities to explore.
This month is full of opportunities to hook. Several of us spent Saturday at Orange Coast’s Hook In. Sandy, Jennie, Bonnie and Lynne enjoyed and learned a bunch from Lisanne Miller’s class. Some of us chose to sit and hook, enjoy each other’s company and beautiful work, invest in the vendor’s wares, and chat with friends we see only at an event such as this one.
At our regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, March 18th Donna will teach us how to dye chartreuse.
Next day, the 18th, many members will travel to Highland Springs to 123 Farm for the sheep sheering. Sandy enthusiastically recommends this event. Wear your Ca’s 1st apron if you decide to go!
If you do not already own “Rugger’s Roundtable” by Jane Olson, and Mildred Sprout’s “Design-A-Patts”, I recommend that you ask friends where you might find copies and search for them at every hooking event.
Begun as a newsletter, “Rugger’s Roundtable” is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in rug hooking. In the introduction to the 5 year set, which spans 2006-2010, Jane described the collection as “a guide for the beautiful art of rug hooking. It is a source of instruction, color planning, dye methods and tips, hooking techniques, shading and much more.”
Just a few examples of tips show a bit of the range of information provided: “Cleaning carding strips”, “What is the difference in three grades of burlap?”, “Using selvedge edges”, etc. Her drawings are concise, inspiring and the information for dyers comprehensive. Jane’s writing is clear and logical.
The Rugger’s Roundtable newsletters were a starting point for The Rug Hooker’s Bible on which she and Gene Shepherd collaborated. Jane’s granddaughter, Brigitta Phy, continued Rugger’s in 2010. Brigitta sells back issues and now offers a FREE electronic newsletter. Her address is: http://www.greenvalleyrughooking.com/roundtable.html
In Jane’s 2012 Catalog, the price for a 35-year set (which spans 1/1976 – 11/2010) was $140. As these provide all the wisdom stated above, I feel that was very fair. Contact Brigitta for today’s prices. Given a set by my sister, I can only say, “Lucky me!”
Mildred Sprout’s Design-A-Patts is wonderful for providing designs you may copy and demonstrating fine shading of flowers and fruits.
For even more insight into our art, look for old copies of Pearl McGown’s Newsletter and Joan Moshimer’s News & Views. They can sometimes be found on EBay or through a friend who is downsizing or no longer hooking.
Janelle Leslie’s Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival exhibit of our rugs runs from February 17 – 20th. She will be demonstrating during the Fair. Contact her if you want to help out and demonstrate.
You can hear multiple renditions of the tune on YouTube.
Getting ready for the holidays and anticipating the New Year led me to think about and appreciate the gifts I have. Home, health and family first come to mind, but in addition we rug hookers have a pastime that involves our minds and refreshes our souls. We have made friends who support us in our art, give us advice, and teach us new skills. We touch beautiful textures and colors of wool and in doing so are inspired and refreshed. We see our work and the work of others and are awed. There is always a new project in the future. We are fulfilled when we complete a piece to our satisfaction.
1st Sunset of the new year
Marianne Jones our new President
The photos that accompany this post were taken at our monthly meetings that bring us together to celebrate originality and creativity. And there is always great food!
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Yesterday I came across my New Year’s Rug Hooking Resolutions for 2014. Here they are. Did I accomplish them? Yes and no.
Organize and give away patterns I do not want to start and/or finish. I’ve partly achieved this. I still have patterns that I don’t think I’ll ever care to work on, but have given some away and put others in raffle baskets. There are still the four patterns of cats. As I’ve already hooked four cat rugs, do I really need four more? Maybe there should be a dog in my future?
2. Learn some new techniques and incorporate them in my hooking. Due to a hand injury and arthritis, I gave up hooking for punch needle for 2015. This is a whole new skill and the result is different from hooking. Easier on the hands, it requires me to reconsider the finished piece. In the pieces I’ve done this year I’ve used both hooking and punch needle.
In October, Cheryl Bollenbach presented several, new to me, techniques at our Harvest Hook In. I want to try them and will extend this resolution to 2017.
3. Hook Only What I enjoy. This goes with #1. Julie Thomas designed the pattern for our hook in this year. Called “Autumn Splendor”, I didn’t think I would enjoy hooking it.* Happily, I turned out to be wrong and it was a lot of fun. Proof of that is I’ve almost finished the piece.
4. Use the wool I have. Absolutely not achieved. In fact, I’ve added to my stash since this was written. There should really be a group called Wool Users Anonymous. I just can’t resist the colors and textures and feel of wool. I will try to use the wool I have, but we have to help support our dyeing friends, don’t we?
So, my two-year-old goals aren’t realized. Think I’ll recycle 2014 for 2017.
Happy, Blessed, Holidays to all! Happy Hooking!
*Autumn Splendor pattern by Julie Thomas is from Rug Hooking Magazine Sept/Oct 2015
For the past two weeks I’ve traveled vicariously via Gene Shepherd’s blog of his tour of Spain. Yesterday’s words regarding Barcelona were icing on the cake. Gene’s photos of Antonio Gaudi’s work are so inspiring. In case you don’t read his blog*, here are a couple of web sites to encourage your imagination.
Never having hooked one, I’m not really competent to tell anyone else how to hook this type of rug. But I have all those worms, noodles, left over strips just waiting!
Our Harvest Hook In is over until next year. 2016 is going to be very hard to top thanks to Jennie and Sandy’s planning and effort. It does take a village and they had great cooperation from our guild. All of us deserve a pat on the back for work well done.