Today was my rug hooking meeting (well, one of them anyway - I go to three different ones!) and we got such a treat! We just discovered a new rug hooker in the area who recently moved to Utah from CA. Carol came for the first time and brought lots of her rugs to share with us. She's been hooking for 8 years, and the second rug she ever made was selected to be published in Celebrations magazine a few years ago - can you imagine? Anyway, I took pictures of the rugs and will share them here. This first one is my favorite - her inspiration for this beautiful paisley was one of her husband's neckties - is that a great story, or what? The colors in this are my all time favorites - I could have brought it home with me easily and it would fit right into my house. And it's BIG! At least 4' x 6' - most of her rugs were large.
This next picture didn't turn out really well cuz I didn't get a get shot of the border. I love the colors and the way there is movement in the purple center.
This is a Laurel Burch design - one of the hookers in our group was familiar with her work - I guess she started her career designing jewelry, then fabric and quilt designs. Carol is a cat lover and owns several - several of her rugs had loose strips courtesy of her cats! LOL
This is the cat rug that Gene Shepherd recently blogged about - more cats!
This is a rug about Joseph and his coat of many colors. I didn't hear any details about it so I don't know if it's her own design, or what......
A whimsical Christmas rug - please notice the reindeer plugging in the lights on the far right side of the rug. She had bells sewn on to the corners and it made a cheerful jingle when it was handled.
This is the one she is working on right now - an unusual depiction of the Tree of Life.
It was fun to meet Carol today and we look forward to getting to know her better.