Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rug Hooking

Yesterday at our monthly rug hooking meeting we had a really nice turnout. We met in the backyard of Kay's beautiful historic home and enjoyed hooking and visiting for several hours. There were some great rugs that I'd like to share with you.

This first one was designed and hooked by Jennifer - such a fun little Halloween ghost rug, and the braided border is the perfect finishing touch.

Jennifer also designed this Halloween witch rug - I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the rug is irregularly shaped and that adds quite a bit of whimsy to it.

This is Marilyn's version of Jennifer's design - every bit as cute as the original. I wonder if she'll be adding the same braided border treatment? Marilyn is a professional organizer who is an inspiration to all of us - you can read her blog here.

Marilyn's daughter Cindy has caught the rug  hooking bug and this is her first project. She loves Deanne Fitzpatrick's work and her influence can be seen here with all the different fibers that she included in the rug.

Here's a bit of a close up shot showing some of the colors and fibers in the border.

Marilyn brought  her quilting buddy, Julie, to see the rugs and I found out she also blogs, so it was fun to meet her. You can see her blog here. I see that she has already blogged about her visit yesterday, so if you hop on over there you can see pictures of the inside of Kay's wonderful home.

Sharon's newest project is totally awesome - she got the inspiration from this in a book of old embroideries she found at the library - the original sampler was stitched by a 15 year old girl. Sharon's colors are so beautiful and drab - I love it!

Don't know why I didn't think to get a picture of the whole group - guess I got too caught up in my project. I was busy whipping the edges of my latest rug - I've always wanted to try using wool strips instead of yarn on the edges, and since I had lots of 8.5 background strips leftover from the project I thought I'd give it a try. I love how fast it goes and how it looks, so I'm sure I'll be using this technique more often. It was a great day visiting with friends. Next month we'll be back to meeting inside again since the cooler temperatures will will be here - summer hooking outside sure was fun while it lasted!


Barb said...

Sooooo cute!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
Great rugs. Thank you for sharing. I visited the other blog to view the pictures of the house. What a great place!!! She belongs in a magazine.
Pug hugs :)

Jacqueline said...

I am new to your blog and love it... seems we have the same interests so I'll be back lurking again.

thanks for sharing

Kaaren said...

That is just too much eye candy for one post, Gayle! Jennifer's Halloween rug is something else!

When I see these beauties I want to dive right in! Why are there only 24 hours in a day?

Kim said...

Those Halloween rugs are perfect. So cute and whimsical. And Cindy's first project is amazing. SO brave of a new hooker to use so many different textures.

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Hi Gayle, thanks for becoming a follower on my blog. I am now a follower on yours. This is so fun to always meet new people. 8-)

Julie said...

Hi Gayle--It was great to meet you as well. I looked at the blogs that you follow and realized that we follow several of the same ones. It is such a small world. I am going to add you to my list, if that's okay :)!! Loved seeing all the wonderful rugs you all were creating. That is one art I have not delved into....yet.:) Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great day. Julie

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

How neat and it sounds like so much fun! Girl, you are surely blessed to be able to do this AND have that much fun while you do it! All the rugs are so wonderful. There is so much talent and creativity in your group. That would be fantastic to be surrounded by so many talented ladies. Glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while you worked.