“When the kids are out of the house” I am going to hook rugs. That was my idea when I first saw rug hooking at art exhibits, craft shows and in antique stores. When we moved to Ocala Florida in 2005 the Community College was holding a “Hand Hooked Rug” exhibit in their art gallery. How lucky was I! Timing was right, location was right. My rug hooking adventure was about to begin!
I also had the pleasure of taking a weaving class from Tammy Poff, Poff Studios to learn the Log Cabin pattern on the rigid heddle loom. This pattern has a pickup stick element in between
the log cabin which adds a degree of difficulty to the weaving. Now to wait for the cold day in January to wear it, in Florida.
Traveling in April is supposed to be, well, springy like weather, right? A late spring blizzard made me a day late to the North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Dubuque Iowa! We
made snow angels one night after the second storm of the week!
I am making progress on a primitive rug from a class at the workshop. Wide cut, primitive representation taught by Valerie Bergeman. Excellent class.
March began with the Spring Fiber Fling in Wildwood Florida! We had a full house of rug hookers, spinners, weavers, knitters, wool appliqués! And more!
The photos below are from the Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference in Lake Yale Florida March 15 - 18. Sunrises over the lake were exceptionally beautiful each morning. The
Greenway Fiber Art Society exhibited many quality examples of fiber art, weaving, rug hooking, braiding, knitting, swedish weaving, wool appliqué. I was honored to be chosen as a teacher
during the conference. My class was all about decorative stitches in rug hooking. My vendor booth was packed with rug hooking and appliqué supplies. My helper Mona added felting
supplies, felted soaps, beaded jewelry, and wool appliqué kits.
We traveled to Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson TN for the March Madness Hooking Retreat organized by Lisanne Miller. Two whole days this year to renew friendships and be reenergized!!
The park facilities are comfortable and convenient.
January flew by and I can't believe February is here! Only FIVE weeks until the Spring Fiber Fling and we have a full house already! If you are interested in attending let me know and
I will add you to the wait list. Karen@ShadyHillRugHooking.com
Are you interested in learning decorative stitches in rug hooking? I will be teaching this pattern with all decorative stitches at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Annual Conference,
March 15th to 18th at Lake Yale Conference Center. Check out all the possibilities at FTWG.org! Mini classes, vendors, 2.5 day classes, and MORE!
New hand-dyed wool from my dye pots are now listed in the website store under Specialty Dying. These are one of a kind, 1/2 yard each. Several different
color ways to choose from, ready to be mailed to you!
Two new wool appliqué kits to make your own needle case. Each kit comes with all the wool to complete the project. Finished size is approximately 4" x 4", with six pages inside
to organize your needles and pins.
To Everyone who placed orders during the hurricane! Thank you for your patience while we were cleaning up from Hurricane Irma! We still have several trees to be removed (hoping
tomorrow!!). We are extremely thankful that none hit the house. The studio is reorganized, all neat and tidy for a few days anyway,
I finished this stained glass design during the hurricane. I used my trusty Beam N Read Light, hang it around your neck light when the power goes out and you can accomplish
anything! This pattern is sold by Honey Bee Hive Rug Hooking, designed by Jane Flynn. I believe I will frame it.
Spinning when the power is out is easy! At least during the daylight hours. At night I was able to use a power block and a LED light from the studio. This is Alpaca fiber and I am going to
use it as is. I kind of like the soft color. I am always told MORE TWIST! So I did, and added more twist when plying. It was such a twisty chaotic mess and not photo
worthy, not happy at all. However, the magic happened in the soaking. Now I am delighted with it. The fluffy yarn is wonderfully balanced. Can't wait to get it on the
Registration is now open for Spring Fiber Fling 2018! You all know how much fun it was in March 2017, so click on the link to find out all the information and get yourself and a friend
registered! Plan now to finish a project or two for the exhibit or fashion show! Our vendors will have some amazing supplies for purchase, all the way from Missouri, Georgia, Maine
and Florida! Demonstrations are being planned, and door prizes are being collected. We had a lot to give away in 2017! The food drive is sincerely appreciated by Interfaith
Emergency Services in Ocala. You will get a piece of wool in return for your donation! (limit 4 pieces of wool, but you can donate as much as you want) We filled the pickup bed last
Spring Fiber Fling is open to all fiber fanatics - rug hooking, spinning, weaving, wool appliqué, knitting, crochet!