A DAY IN THE LIFE of this rug hooker can be just crazy!! I find other rug hookers' blogs so interesting that I thought I would add my adventures or mis-adventures to the mix!! Join me on my daily journey!!
here in my home studio. Check my website under "classes".
This class was GREAT FUN ~ a good time was had by all! I've had inquiries about how soon there will be another class ~ email me if you're interested and when we have enough, I'll set up a date!
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Maple and Oak ~ Large - 12"x 16" working area $135. Small - 9" x 11" working area $95. Adjustable Stand $160. Frames tilt, swivel and collapse for travel. For close-up pix, please click on 'frames' in the 'Labels' colum and double-clickthe pictures! Call 419-565-8821 for information!
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My life is a busy one ~ my husband, Sonny, and I have a blended family of 6 kids, 5 of them married and 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! We have a building business and I am the Office Personnel, if you know what I mean!! I also have a small rug hooking business in my home studio, where I sell as-is wool and my own hand-dyed wool, beautiful frames and stands that my husband builds and some finished hooked pieces, etc. I would love to hook every day, all day, as I'm sure many of you would ~ but that's rarely possible!! Thanks for checking in and I hope you'll find A DAY IN THE LIFE ~ ~ ~ entertaining!!
Here's a progress photo of my class rug ~ actually, there's more done than this now but I didn't want to run down to the hooking room and take another picture. I like the way it's coming along ~ I'll show you more soon!
I love this quilt ~ it's a block-of-month project that one of the gals from deep in the South was working on. All wool, it's a Maggie Bonanomi pattern and the colors are so soft and antique looking. The stitcher hasn't put it all together yet but laid it out on the floor for all to admire! I have Maggie's books ~ wish I'd get one together ~ her work is all so appealing!
This lovely rug is Linda Gustafson's class rug from last year at Sauder Village. We were in Jule Marie's class so I was really glad to see her finished rug. Linda loves color and this is a fine example! She also has a rug in this newest Celebrations book! I wish I had taken a photo of the rug she started at Tipp City ~ a really nice pumpkin that is that slate blue that we see now in the pumpkin world!
I don't know who the rug hooker was but I just love the colors here ~ I do remember that it is a pattern of Rhonda Manley's ~ really antique looking!
I think these, too, might be Rhonda Manley patterns ~ there were several displayed together on the floor ~ and they all had these great old colors. I think a group of gals must have been out there taking class from her and brought their work for us to see! I love looking at rugs ~ we hookers just never tire of see what everybody else is working on! Elinor, who hooked the yellow house rug, just emailed me that particular pattern is Sally Kallin's pattern from Pine Island Primitives ~ thank you, Elinor!!!
The rug to the right was done by Alice Strebel, one of our teachers ~ a combination of stitching and hooking ~ kind of a story rug, I believe. The turkey may have been teacher Nola's and the stitchery box and other little piece look like they were Sue Spargo inspired. I know some of the gals had been to classes with her, too.
Teacher Karen Kahle's "Bird Party" rug just speaks to me ~ love the colors! I intended to buy this pattern and totally, forgot!! I would probably do it just like this one!! I'm not very original, you know!
The next two photos are the work of the Nola, Karen and Alice ~ examples of what we could do with the paper patterns given to us in class and how each one of them interpreted those pieces. You can see on this pillow that Karen Kahle used a proddy edge for the finish. She showed us how to do that and it sure eliminates trying to stitch the backing right up to the last row of hooking ~ I'm going to try it sometime ~ when I make a pillow ~ which I've never done!!!
Love these chicken pillows! In the top of the photo, you can see their interpretation of the pattern that I used ~ I think it is supposed to be bittersweet.
All their work is so unique and individual ~ they brought lots of things to inspire us!
These rugs also belong to some of the students that were there day. The top one with the ladies surely has to be a Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern! And the rug in the right corner is a pictorial showing rug hookers working in the out of doors ~ hookers need fresh air, too, you know!!!!!
The last rug is one of Karen's, too. If you click on it, it gives you a good idea of how she mixes colors and does a hit-and-miss style of hooking but not in straight lines like most of us do! We get very hung up on perfection and matchy matchy colors and having just the right wool. I'm trying to grow in my hooking style ~ we'll see!
Last Saturday, Sonny and I went to Kelley's Island for the day ~ a beautiful fall day with our friends! We went over early to meet with friends who have a house there ~ Sonny has a project to do for them ~ then we met up with our lake friends and went to the annual Chili Cook-off at one of the local establishments! I had eight kinds of chili ~ and it ends up that the one I liked best and that won overall, belonged to our friend, Robin!! I was so glad ~ I wondered what I would say if I didn't like her chili ~ but I wouldn't know that because they had numbers on them ~ not names ~ but hers was absolutely the BEST!!! We ran in to people we know from home that Sonny built a house for several years ago ~ so, that was fun! Our Kelley's Island friends loaned us a golf cart so some of us rode and the really athletic, skinny ones walked until Sonny ran the cart shuttle and picked them up! It was fun day that ended with a little evening snack at our local Moose Club back in Port Clinton ~ and guess what I had? Chili cheese fries!!! Wouldn't you think I'd had enough chili for one day?!
Tad and I are off to get our flu shots ~ after having that cold for three weeks, the last thing I need is the flu! Have a great week ~ this weather is gorgeous ~ enjoy it while we can!!