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Monday, August 29, 2011
This lovely, lumpy skein of yarn was the rewards of my labor! We start out with about a yarn of wool roving (on the table in the photo above) ~ split that into threes ~ attach it to a piece of yarn that has been looped around the dowel underneath the disc ~ run it thru the hook on the top and spin away!! There's a little more to it ~ for me, lumpy bumpy yarn with a lot of texture will work fine ~ Chris had a very even tension as she spun and hers came out pretty darn perfect!! I spun a little blue roving into the white just to see what the finished product would look like! My intention is just to do a little handspun yarn to hook into a project ~ I'm not going to spin enough to knit a sweater or anything even close ~ just a little to say that I added my own handspun to a rug!!
The class was at the Overland Inn, which is located in McCutcheonville, Ohio ~ south of Fremont and Tiffin. Janet taught the class and since she is also a docent, gave us a wonderful tour of the old inn. This log cabin is at the back and is the original part of the building.
Everything has been restored and this is the reception area/bar of the old inn. It has quite an interesting history and Janet was well versed in the stories of the past!
In an upstairs bedroom, there are beautiful old handhooked rugs. Janet didn't realize that's what they were, so we enlightened her with what we knew about them! I love this runner ~ obviously, done with scraps of colors ~ very worn but almost a faded painting look to it.
I love the striated background and center and the unusual border treatment. Something to ponder for those of you who are rug hookers!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Sunday in the Park ~ lots of detail.
Love these two displayed together ~ the flower pattern is by Primitive Grace ~ I only know that because friend Donna hooked it last year!
Two whimsical rugs and a small pictorial ~
Christmas rugs ~ I know the Santa is Kris Miller's pattern.
A little bit of everything here ~ I think the middle one is Maria Barton's "Hooligans" ~ I think. And the Halloween cat is Kris Millers.
The larger rug in the middle is April Deconick's ~ she did a loop-by-loop blog post about the hooking process ~
And last are animal rugs ~ purple might be my new favorite color! I just realized that two of these rugs are the same pattern ~ maybe Rebecca Erb's? They're cute, for sure!
So another Sauder Rug week is over ~ everyone I know that went really loved it! Kathy Wright and her little band of helpers do a great job ~ it must be an overwhelming project to display and label all these rugs and secure vendors and schedule the classes! Kudos to them all!
Yesterday, I took Luke, Luci, Jake and Cam out to lunch ~ school starts next week so this was our last hurrah!!! Luci giggled and laughed and made the rest of us laugh all day! I think she ate lots of sugar before we picked her up! What a character!! At one point, I laughed so hard I told them I was gonna wreck the car if she didn't settle down!!
Last night, Teddy and Miki and the neighbors came over ~ we shared the wine that we bought at the wine auction. Mary Ann and I had been bidding against each other ~ I should have let her buy it and gone to their house to drink it! What was I thinking?! We had a good time ~ had some appetizers and sat on the deck ~ I think it's nice when young people want to spend time with old people like us! Of course, these old people are to Put-in-Bay tomorrow with our lake friends ~ hope we don't do anything crazy!!
Another week gone by ~ Fall is right around our corner ~ enjoy the last weeks of summer!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
And this rug is probably very favorite of them all!
Imagine how much thought went into hooking the sheep over stars ~ imagine!
I love her self portrait. Patty Yoder left a wonderful legacy of rug hooking when she passed away in 2005 ~ how generous of her family to loan these rugs to the rug show!
Monday, August 22, 2011
This is the original Magdalena's Dog ~ I, too, have hooked this pattern ~ seeing the original is a treat for sure! The fabrics are mostly cottons ~ and have their own patina from long years of use. The ones on display are from private collections and we're so glad they loaned them so that so many of us could enjoy the primitive folk art of Magdalena!
This photo shows the original rugs on the left and the contemporary hooked versions ~ all Evelyn's, I believe.
Evelyn has a wonderful way of just talking to you ~ not a speech ~ not scripted ~ just chatting away about what she knows. It was very interesting listening to her and looking at the many Magdalena rugs she has hooked! Behind her is 'Domestic Zoo' ~ a very interesting runner rug ~ the pattern is sold by Saundra Porter of the Woodland Junction blog ~ take a look at her recent post!
Kathy Wright also chatted with us about the personal life of Magdalena Briner Eby ~ she has tracked down lots of information herself. You begin to feel like you know the artist even though she was born in the 1800's.
And this is the book that Kathy and Evelyn have co-authored ~ I've read it from cover to cover and find it very informative ~ with lots of good pictures. You can contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy! Many of us have hooked Magdalena rugs with Barbara Carroll ~ I have the Rooster Pair in the works right now ~ well, sort of ~ I haven't hooked all summer ~ but I'm getting ready to!
I'll share more rug show photos this week. We did have a great time at Sauder Village ~ Heidi and I took a tour of the Pioneer Village that is only two years old ~ complete with costumed interpreters in the houses that talked about life during that time and gave us a sense of how hard their life was. I shopped in the spinning shop and picked up some black fleece ~ nice for a sheep and a ball of roving. Now that I learned to spin (I use that term loosely), I'll put those to good use ~ I'll write about that soon, too! A very productive class!
Okay, I'm off!! My goal this week is to be productive and to have a quiet, unhurried pace ~ we shall see!! You have a good week, too!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
The two girls on the left are DIL's Miki and Cheryl and friend Beth ~ they walked the 3-Day Walk for the cure last Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cleveland ~ 60 miles!!!!!! It was in the 90's those days up there, too ~ I give them so much credit for doing it and I think they learned a lot about themselves on their journey! It was a tough one ~ but they said they laughed till their sides hurt and I think shed a few tears as well! That's why Grandma went to the zoo with the kids ~ Miki had to be in Cleveland and for a variety of reasons, someone thought that was a great idea!! It was! We did have fun and I LOVE the zoo!!
Not to let any grass grow under our feet, on Sunday we went to the lake ~ Sonny's daughter and her boys came up till Monday! We hunted beach glass ~ the boys loved that and went home with a nice bag of their own! They go to their dad's lake place and now, I know they will be out on that beach every day with heads to the sand looking for more treasures!! They swam and we ate and walked the beach ~ Jakob and Cam told their mom they want to come live there!!!!!!!!!!
This pretty butterfly was getting his own 'nectar' out of the lantana plants yesterday on the deck ~ a peaceful moment that I decided to capture! As you can see, not too many peaceful moments here ~ our life is just crazy busy and full ~ I wouldn't have it any other way!!!!!
A very happy note that I keep forgetting to tell you about is that at the Sauder rug show, coming up in a week and a half ~ our Blog Challenge pieces are going to be there!! Kris Miller, Maria Barton, Ali Strebel and I are sending all of our projects and Kathy Wright and her band of helpers will be setting them up in a special display ~ I can't wait to see how they look all together!! Some hooker friends and I will be going to our condo on Tuesday that week and on Wednesday we'll head over to the rug show for the day and back to the condo for another overnight! Who knows ~ we may even get some hooking done!!!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great weekend ~ I'm planning on it!!