Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bear Lake Retreat

This post is way overdue for reasons beyond my control, but here is is now - better late than never! Last Friday we held an overnight rug hooking retreat at a beautiful cabin near Bear Lake. Twenty of us were able to attend and I'm pretty sure that we all had a wonderful time. Here's a group shot that we took before people started leaving on Saturday.

Here is a picture of the cabin we stayed in - it had enough room to sleep 30 people.

Here is a view of the lake that I took from the front deck.

Unfortunately I don't think I got pictures of all the rugs that were there - and some of the pictures turned out poorly because of the lighting - I need to pull out my camera's instruction manual and figure out how to get flash pictures to look better. But the variety was impressive. In addition to rug hooking, there was also some needle felting and crocheting going on.

This is Sharon's BIG rug finally finished - it measures 3' x 5'. Love it!

When Tonia & I went to the Denver Hook-In last month, they had the cutest table decorations that they gave away for door prizes. Tonia was so taken with them, she found out how they were made and generously made one to give to each one of our 20 attendees - just because - can you believe that?

We were even provided with entertainment in the form of watching videos from Deanna Fitzpatrick and Karen Kahle - very educational for all of us!
The food was delicious, the conversation interesting and educational, the laughter was infectious. I'm so glad I was able to go and get to know some of these women better. I always say - as much as I love rug hooking, I think the best part of the whole experience is being able to associate with such great gals! My thanks to those who organized the event - it was a rousing success!


Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

What fun! Those rugs are fabulous. I'm glad you had such a good time. The cabin and setting are gorgeous!

Barb said...

That looks like an amazing place to go to and what fun! Glad you had a good time.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful place to have a retreat. So happy you got to go and enjoy all the hooking..
Sharon's chicken rug is wonderful and the barn and the hill, but my favorite was the bird in the cage, would love to know the designer of the pattern.
Thanks for showing us these great rugs.

Deb said...

The retreat looks like it was so much fun and those rugs are absolutely wonderful!

Nedra said...

Did I see Victoria in the group shot? She was the only one I recognized. What a great cabin. It looks like you had such a wonderful time.

Charlotte said...

I LOVE the second rug down - with the stars and circles. You'll have to see if you can get a picture when it's done!

Kristin Dyer said...

My Mom Jeanette, went to your retreat and loved every minutes of it. Looks like fun.

woolwoman said...

OH WOW Gayle - what a wonderful room full of rugs on display and the lodge looks fantastic. Oh how I wish our group would do something like that again some time. Times like that are treasured memories for sure. Thanks for sharing them with us

Aunt Polly's Attic said...

Oh my gosh Gayle ~~ That looks like soooooooooooo much fun!!! And the rugs are fantastic too!!


The Wool Cupboard said...

Gayle ~ Looks like a great group of ladies...very talented! The rugs are terriffic and I know you enjoyed the retreat. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Anne said...

Looks like a great time was had!! How come my rugs dont look as perfect?? Wonderful work!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
WOW! That looked like such fun. Thank you so much for sharing, and speaking of sharing, you should share how your friend copied those sweet table favors! Very cute!!!
Pug hugs :)