Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rug Group


Last Tuesday was one of my monthly rug meetings so I'm kinda slow getting pictures posted - but better late than never, right? First of all - the group 'scolded' me for sharing only snippets of the rug I'm currently working on - so I decided to show you the whole thing - such as it is. You can see the house that I re-hooked. The problem that's always held me back on this is trying to figure out how to mesh the background areas - if anyone has a brilliant idea on how I can do this, please share any suggestions. For now I'll be working on the borders until inspiration strikes. I guess I should explain that this is my memory rug. You can see my little family and the Dalmation we had - a quilt hanging outside - and the mountains that edge our valley. We have trains that run right behind our house and we also live close to an Air Force Base so there are always planes flying overhead. The Great Salt Lake is pictured and the Salt Lake temple with it's beautiful flower beds. Lots of shade trees in our yard and we have always grown a garden. I drew all of this freehand so nothing is to scale.



There was lots of nice show & tell - the gals have been busy! Jeanette pulled the very last loops on this rug while we were all there. This pattern originally was for three different Christmas stockings that would be hung on the mantle and be stuffed with goodies. But she chose to combine them all into a single rug and then added a border of her own design.


A couple posts back I shared pictures of Jeanette's new house. Before her old home was demolished she salvaged the wooden door of the medicine chest from the bathroom and she hooked a piece to insert in the center panel. It's attached with velcro and she plans to make several more little rugs so she can switch it out with the seasons. This way she was able to preserved a small bit of the home that she loved so much.


Sandy brought a darling little step stool that Tonia designed - she painted it and chose wool to match the color - a very useful addition to her kitchen will make it easy to reach the top shelf - and her grandchildren love sitting on it!

This is what Sandy is working on now - a special order for a granddaughter. It's a Sharon Smith design and the colors she's using are so pretty - soft & muted but not pastel. 

Tonia brought her finished Red Riding Hood rug - her own design. The colors in this project are so rich and beautiful! She blogs at BaaRamEwe and I'm sure the pattern will be available for purchase if you are interested in hooking one for yourself.


Kim wasn't able to make it to our meeting last month, so she had a lot of show & tell to share with us. At a Guild meeting earlier this summer we learned how to make these cute proddy flowers on sticks, so she made up a bunch of them and had them all finished.


She also finished her little purse that was started at a Guild meeting - here are photos of both sides. She used a few different techniques to make it interesting.





                   

18 comments:

Darlene D said...

Beautiful work! Your memory piece is amazing!

Rugs and Pugs said...

LOVE your memory rug!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Kyle said...

Great projects and great friends. Your rug is awesome. I'm glad your friends persuaded you to show the whole picture.

Doniene said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! I think rug hooking is so pretty, just have never done it!

Blessings

Janet O. said...

I love your memory rug, Gayle. How very clever of you!
So many fun things happening here. Was this group the one that met at Village Dry Goods?
I drove past your friend's home the other day on the way to my aunt's house. I felt like I knew her and should drop in to say hello! : )

Yvonne said...

You all make amazing rugs. Love the way your memory quilt is turning out. I would use something green for the background. You said you liked my new header. you inspired me to make it like that, I love yours too!

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Wonderful! I sure wish I had time to do some hooking!!

Cheryl said...

Such lovely projects! I keep saying I am going to give hooking a try. I even bought a flag kit.

Me and My Stitches said...

I just love it when you do show and tell after your gatherings! All such great projects. I really love your rug (and glad that you were scolded, so that you showed it all!)- what a great idea!

The Wool Cupboard said...

Your rug is wonderful, Gayle!! What a fantastic keepsake...

Hugs, Linda

audrey said...

I don't have a clue what you could do with your background, but I'm loving what I see!

Karen said...

The Little Red Riding Hood piece intrigues me. That is one of two books I remember from my childhood.

I have never heard of doing a memory rug and that is very interesting. I am looking forward to seeing your finished rug.

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Gayle, such incredible things. Love your hand drawn memory rug! The pumpkin, the flowers, and the purse I also love!
hugs,
Jann

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your rug is amazing--an heirloom in progress! Your rug hooking group is very creative. Still thinking about your upcoming time with Maggie--have you seen her new book?

Saundra said...

I love your Story/Memories rug and think you are doing a spectacular job of melding everything together. The other peoples' projects you shared were great too.

Saundra

Raymond Homestead said...

The memory rug is such a clever idea! Also like those flowers and the purse!

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