Monday, March 12, 2012

It's Been Awhile

Spent a week visiting family in California (my mom loved her stamped spoons). Rode Amtrak this time cuz there are absolutely no bargain flights between SLC and Sacramento - and I wasn't up to making the twelve hour drive all by myself. After I got home my computer started having issues - they're still not resolved but I guess I can deal with them for awhile longer.

Last week our 1st Tuesday rug group met and there was some great show & tell that I'm excited to share with you here.

Tonia started this sheep rug at our last meeting and she has now finished everything but binding the edge. I love the vibrant red background!

She has been making these sweet needle-felted sheep to sell at hook-ins. I had a hard time getting a good picture because it's so tiny - it's mounted in a bottle cap! Cute, huh?

Cindy was adding twill tape to the edges of this rug inspired by a visit to the lavender fields of Sequim Washington. In addition to wool strips she used hand dyed yarns and roving. I think it has a real Impressionistic vibe going on.

Jeanette drew up a design like the one I've been working on and is hooking it up a whole lot quicker than I am! I think her's is larger than mine is too!

The colors she's using are so fun and I wanted to point out that the flowers in the border are hooked from the same piece of wool. She cut the strips from different parts of the plaid so they're slightly different shades.

Sharon's hubby drew up a new Fraktur design to hook after studying some vintage examples.

Marliss is hooking a bird and a cage.

Kim showed us a darling scissor fob that she had cross-stitched - so perfect with her cute floral scissors.

Marilyn has started her third Deanne Fitzpatrick design - this one has quilts on a clothesline that is so appropriate since she's ann accomplished quilter.

Her daughter gave her this wonderful cross-stitched sheep - not sure how she will finish it. It was stitched on the tiniest linen I've ever seen!

A friend sent her this cute needle punched sheep - he is aged to perfection and looks like it's mounted in a rusty metal cupcake paper.

Sandy had just returned from the Bahamas and was sporting a lovely tan - she's making good progress on her stained glass rug.

I have just a bit of the border to finish on my rug and will share a picture of it soon.


Jacqueline said...

Wow - thanks for sharing. you have quite an accomplished group of hooking friends.

Kim said...

Tons of eye candy in this post. Beautiful projects.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
Thanks for the show!
That cross stitch is stunning. Light colors on light fabric had to be difficult to stitch. At least for these old eyes it would!
Hugs :)

jennifer768 said...

Love the sheep rug...the red background makes it really pop!Beautiful rugs,so glad that you shared them.Hugs,Jen

jody said...

gayle, glad you had a nice visit with your family and im sure your mom loved your gift! i sure like them!! some great show and tell also! love all the colors and designs.. enjoy your evening! i also love your friends furniture piece!

The Grinning Sheep said...

I am so sad. I live just outside Sacramento. We could have met up to hook! Kathy

Orange Sink said...

Wow! Such talented ladies and all such beautiful works of their hands! I can't pick a favorite because I LOVE them all! Thanks Gayle for posting and glad you had a wonderful trip! Hope your computer holds out too so we can see more of those wonderful projects!
Cathy G

Nedra said...

Nice seeing everyone's work in progress.

Janet O. said...

So many great projects. I love that tiny little sheep--and the one in the rusty cupcake holder, too. Both are so cute. The scene with the quilts on the clothesline--I did a counted cross-stitch very much like that many years ago.

Saundra said...

Oh so much beauty in that post. The cross stitch sheep was wonderful but no way my old eyes could do that. I'll stick to rug hooking with the big Hartman and a #8.5 cut.


Mugwump Woolies said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful rugs. I LOVE the sheep with the red background! Happy you had a great visit.

Mimi Sue said...

You girls really get a lot of work done! Love them all. Mimi

Lori said...

I hope you had a wonderful trip. How nice to come back to such lovely inspiration!! Looking forward to seeing yours.

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Wonderful pieces! I always enjoy seeing what your group is working on.

Glad you got to spend some time with your mom. I knew she would love those spoons. =]

Enjoy your weekend~