Thursday, September 19, 2013


This is my friend, Donna, and her cute donkey rug from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm ~ you can take this as a political statement ~ or not!! We had a great week at our table and Donna and her friends, took me under their wing ~ I joined them for dinners and lunches ~ since I was there alone, it was great to have friends to hang with!! Thank you, Donna!!!!! And to my friend, Jackie ~ who also took me to dinner!! I need a keeper sometimes and these girls know it!

Another friend, Carol and her beautiful rug designed by Lucille Festa ~ our illustrious teacher for the week!! Carol is lots of fun ~ we'd be dangerous if we lived close to each other!

This was our fourth table mate, Dana from Alabama (I hope I have that right after all this time!) and her rug is going to be beautiful!

This was Dana's spot at the table ~ and more under the table!! We had to laugh because if anyone said "I wish I had a "whatever", Dana pulled it out of her baskets!! I mean seriously! Carol wished for a little portable fan ~ voila! Dana reached down and there it was! Donna wished for a tootsie roll ~ Dana says "got it"! Carol needed a phillips screwdriver to put the batteries in her own personal fan that Dana's husband picked up at Walmart for Carol ~ yep! Dana had that phillips right in her little kit bag!!!! And on it went! We marveled at her preparedness ~ she's a good gal to have at your table for sure!!!!!!

This lovely lady was working on the great sheep and sunflower rug ~ it is sizable and she got lots done that week!

This gal got lots done on her cute rug ~ she worked hard and hooked some of my favorite sparkly wool into the stars ~ it's a darling rug!!

Her friend was hooking this beautiful tree that was her own design ~ I hope I get to see a picture of it when it's done ~ very artistic looking!

Sally, who is friends of the two previous girls, was hooking her rug in beautiful colors chosen to match a piece of furniture in her home! She was hooking in an 8 cut ~ small for me but larger than usual for her! This rug is going to be beautiful and matches her fabric sample to a T !!!!

Another beautiful rug start ~ this lady got lots done ~ it's going to be a great rug!

I loved this horse rug that is also one of Lucille's designs. She brought hers to show us ~ and this one will also have that nice aged look to it!!

This whale rug will really be pretty ~ love her blues and she is hooking it in a fairly small cut ~ but she made lots of progress!!

This was the first time I have been in a class with Cindi Gay ~ she hooked both these stair risers in the time we were there ~ the mounted one is her pattern ~ the one she is holding she just started hooking on a blank piece of foundation fabric!! And look how beautiful it is!!

Judy Stevens got a nice start on Kris Miller's pattern ~ Hex and Trex (hope that's right) ~ very nice!

This is Judy again ~ standing beside her rug that was on display because ~ it was accepted into the Celebrations magazine this year!!!!!!! Yay Judy!! She is a very even, precise hooker ~ and her work shows it!! Congratulations, Judy!

Another friend, Karen Dietrick, also had this same rug pattern accepted into Celebrations! CORRECTION!!! The other rug was done by Fritz Mitnick ~ a well-known rug hooking teacher from Pennsylvania!! Thank you, Donna, for the information, although it took me a while to add this!! So sorry, Fritz!!

And this is my Minnie the Cat ~ I've finished now but this is what I got done in the four day class! Lucille designed this rug, too and I absolutely love it!!

Another thing I loved was taking Lucille's class! She's very talented and patient and fun! You can find her at American Country Rugs ~ did I get a picture of her? Yes, but it was not flattering and I like her too much to post it!!! Thanks, Lucille ~ it was great fun and I hope our paths cross again!!

I'm sure you can see what a fun week we had ~ the rug show was really great ~ the shopping always is ~ the food is fabulous ~ and it's wonderful hanging out with people who share the same interest! I never really spent much time in women's groups until I started rug hooking ~ and I really enjoy the camaradarie immensely! If you get a chance to go to Sauder rug week next year or in the future, give yourself a treat! You won't regret it!!!

I posted these pictures a couple of weeks ago, but Blogger and I had some issues ~ it was a little challenging but finally, I could put the right words with the right pictures and publish it!! Hope you enjoyed your visit!!



The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! I got to go to the show for the first time this year -- we stopped on the way home from a family vacation in Wisconsin. What a great place and what a great show! Sarah

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Sarah ~ that's great! Doesn't it make you want to come back?

acorn hollow said...

What an amazing group of rugs! It looks like a great group of women.

My Colonial Home said...

Oh my goodness Alice these ladies are aggressive in their rug's pretty obvious they have moved on from the 12 x 12 starter pieces....LOL
Such beautiful work and I admire and envy all of you for all the punches that go into these size rugs. Simply amazing and beautiful.
One day I may get to that stage...but right now I'm in the first stages.

Carol Daugherty said...

That took me back! It really was a fun week! Thanks for all the pics; hope we get to see the finished products...(LOVE little slut kitty!)

Carol Daugherty said...

That took me back! It really was a fun week! Thanks for all the pics; hope we get to see the finished products...(LOVE little slut kitty!)

Julia said...

Wow Alice, I sure did enjoyed my visit to your blog this morning. My eyes are just about to pop out of their sockets, lol...
What gorgeous patterns that everyone is working on and I love their color choices. All the rugs are quite large.

And that Dana would be a great choice of hooking companion, so prepared for anything. I'm so glad that you had a wonderful time and that you chose to share it with us. Love your cat rug.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I appreciate you so much.

newburyarts said...

*****i told you that you would like lucille! tom

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great rugs. What fun!!! Sure wish I had been one of the students. Some day...sigh.
Hugs :)

Saundra said...

Looks like you had a great time. I just got home from camp last night and still haven't posted on my blog yet. Was hoping for now but think I need to read blogs first and remember how it's done, haha.


jody said...

Wow what wonderful rugs and well prepared group of gals! Enjoy your day!!

Jacque. said...

ohboy...some of the colors and patterns have me thinking that I could maybe...well, maybe...start hooking again. To make time for it. Perhaps after I move. Thanks for sharing!

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