My name is Alaina Trout and I have been a rug hooker since 1998. Rug hooking has become a passion with me. In order to get the colors that I wanted I knew that I had to dye many of them myself. Now my love of dyeing beautiful colors is almost as much fun as my rug hooking! I will share many tips on both of these areas of the wonderful world of Rug Hooking!
My friend from Florida Gator Group, Peggy Weimer was telling me stories of the deer eating her flowers at her Virginia home. Peggy would go on about how they would eat anything that bloomed, even Marigolds.
After one of her visits to my home to help me update this website "The Woolly Trout", I gave her the "Night Raider" pattern, drawn on linen, as a "thank you" for her help. This pattern is available on this website.
She spent many hours color planning and dyeing the wool for her interpretation of this pattern. Since she is a new dyer, she said she made many mistakes before she got the colors she finally wanted. I shared some of my dye formulas and techniques with her to get the brown for the deer and the birch tree bark.
This was the largest rug that she had ever hooked. (Night Raider pattern - 22 x 67) She told me that one of the hardest part was to estimate the amount of wool needed for the elongated deer. As she was hooking the deer she realized she wasn't going to have enough of the brown wool. So she went back to the dye pot to dye more brown. Unfortunately, it didn't match exactly so she had to reverse hook some areas to blend the new wool with the previous color. I think this just added more interest and made the deer look more realistic.
She added the red bird, butterfly, rabbit, and squirrel to the pattern because these are very common sightings around her home at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The Hosta plant reminds her of all the ones she planted and were eaten by the deer. Ha! Ha! She even added the address number on the mailbox.
Even though the deer are sometimes a nuisance, she says she loves to sit on her deck in the early morning and watch them along with all the other wildlife activity. This includes the mama deer wondering through her yard with their baby's looking for new plant life to eat, as the squirrels are chasing each other in the trees and the birds are singing and eating from the bird feeder. Occasionally, there is a sighting of the bunny that lives under the steps on the way to the lake.
She is so happy with the results of this rug and said that no matter where the future may take her she will always have this rug to remind her of living in this very magical place!
This week has been busy. First I vendored at the Holland Hook In. It was lots of fun. After I got things back on my shelf I decided I had holes that needed to filled . Yesterday I dyed and these are some of the results. I was pleased.
As the majority of my friends know , my initial love is rug Hooking. I dye wool for rug Hookers but that same wool is great for wool applicayers. In fact I do sell to some Quilt stores. A few times a year I have some good friends that come to my house and enjoy going through my stash of smaller and larger pieces of wool. They brought some of their projects to show what they had accomplished during the year. I would like to share some of the projects with you.
I i have recently gotten back from a nice winter in Florida. Now it is time to start thinking about our rug school in Onekama, Michigan. it is from June 19th to the 23rd, 2017. Our rug school is put on by our Guild, The West Shore Ruggers. We have a great list of teachers this year. Anne Bond, Linda Powell, Pam Schmelzie, Wanda Kerr, Maria Barton, Cindi Gay, and Katie Allman. It can't get much better.
we have had a few cancellations so still have room in Our classes. So now is a great time to decide it is not to late to take advantage of the opportunity to rug school! A beautiful location, wonderful teachers and a good price at $210.00 for four and a half days of learning. contact Me at 231-970-0278. Ibfishwich@gmail.com or Karen Rorick. firstname.lastname@example.org. Or 231-352-0262. We must be doing something right as this is our 17th year.
I was totally surprise when I heard from Onekama Hooking Group that the attendance was 20 hookers. Normally during the winter there are only three faithful women at the hook-in on Thursday's. These hookers have been busy this winter as the pictures below will show.
Hooked By Karen Rorick
Hooked By Jackie Putman
Hooked By Jackie Putman
Hooked By Connie Barnes
Hooked By Pam Burkhart
Hooked By Mary Ann DeGood
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