Sunday, June 12, 2016

Back to Back!

This is one of those times when my two monthly rug groups met on consecutive days, so I got a BIG dose of rug hooking eye candy last week! Love it when that happens!

Marliss is SO close to finishing this colorful rug that she started in a class with Sharon Smith. I love how freeform and organic it looks!

 Kim's son drew this design for her of a woman with a watering can and she started it in a recent class with Anne Marie Littenberg. It's wonderful and she's making great progress!

Sharon is done with the hooking on this piece and was finishing the edges to make it into a pillow. The colors she used make it look instantly old, and since she lives in a 100+ year old house, it is right at home in it's surroundings!

Yvonne finished a runner that is a design from a Pat Cross book. It has a lot of energy and movement.

Fun to see it side-by-side with Nancy's version of the same rug that she hooked a few years ago.

Yvonne was stitching down the binding on this darling baby quilt for her second great grandchild who will arrive very soon. I don't usually get excited about quilts made from panels, but she did a great job of combining the printed border with some pieced log cabin blocks in the center.

Here's a picture of a recent finish that Nancy made for her telephone table. The other end is a mirror image of this side and I like how it hangs over the edge so you can really see the design.

Last month I didn't have my camera with me, but now I can share this photo of a Maggie B. rug she hooked with a vibrant pink background - SO much different than Maggie's color choice. Very fun!

She's currently working on a quirky rug inspired by an original painting that her daughter owns. Not quite her normal style so I'm looking forward to seeing it as it progresses.

Myra finished stitching these twelve beautiful wool applique quilt blocks. Her work is incredible and the colors just pop on the black background.

She also showed us this adorable tiny button that she made with fancy embroidery stitches. It will be attached to a retractable lanyard and be used to hold scissors. The design is from a local gal named Kerry Green who blogs HERE. Her style is very reminiscent of Sue Spargo to me.

I began a new rug and I'm hooking it in a 8.5 cut which seems to be my new favorite size of strip. Sure does hook up fast! This is Hannah's Star by Barb Carroll. I think each square will have the same colors in them, but I will use different wools to mix them up a little.

I received the new book from Rug Hooking Magazine about story rugs and it was SO fun to see a local friend's rugs included in it! My husband did the photography on these and they look great. She has been asked to enter them in the big rug show at Sauder Village this summer. So excited for her!


Saundra said...

Some talented friends you have. And one heck of a talented son someone has too.

Yvonne said...

Your group is so talented! I always love to see what everyone is making! Such pretty things and that button is amazing!

Cammie said...

Thanks for sharing all the eye candy!! What a bunch of talented people. It was fun to see Maggie B. pattern done in a totally different color, everyone wants to hook them just like Maggie.

Sue SA said...

Thanks for sharing, I am playing catch up here, but love seeing your array of rugs and quilts. I am especially impressed that your talents also run to couches and vinyl covers - what a great Mum you are!

Lesley said...

What a beautiful array of items. Such talent and I love the way your rug is coming along!

Saimi said...

Eye candy is right! Every single rug is so SWEET!! Very, very talented group of girls you hook with. It's so fun to surround yourself with people that enjoy the same thing you do no matter what it is, just to share ideas, encourage one another, inspire each other
and learn together is so rewarding!
Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos I loved it!

Kyle said...

It's always wonderful to see what these talented women complete and work on. Of course, you're included in that group!

Rugs and Pugs said...

So much talent. Fun to see a Maggie pattern in un-Maggie colors.
Hugs :)

Nancy said...

The rugs -- all of them -- are just so beautiful! If I keep following yours and Jennie's blogs maybe one of these days I'll try my hand at hooking. Thanks for sharing these beauties!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @,

Janet O. said...

SO many beautiful projects--I will just mention a few.
I can see that rug in Sharon's home--very fitting.
The Maggie B. rug is very eye-catching, and I love Myra's blocks!
That little button is too cute! Can't imagine doing such tiny stitching.
I really like the star rug you are creating.
What wonderful rugs your friend has made. Your hubby did a great job on the photography. I really like the meaning behind each rug. I was able to read about them when I enlarged the photo.
Lovely post, Gayle.

Three Sheep Studio said...

You have an amazing group of inspiration around you. Everyone's work is lovely !
Nice pictures.

Lori said...

Wow! On so many levels! The magazine rugs are amazing and so detailed. All of the rugs and patterns are so inspiring!!

Barb said...

The rugs are sooooo awesome!!

Kristie said...

Those are all so beautiful!

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The lady in the garden is wonderful hope you ca post pictures of it when she finishes it?

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Annie said...

Thought you might be able to advise me about a snagged wool hooked rug. Several inches of yarn has been pulled out of my wool, factory hooked rug. I think I can fix it, and have found several types of hooking tools available. I just don't know which one I need to do the job. Any advice? Your blog makes me want to learn how to do this beautiful craft! But, for now, I just want to get this rug back in shape.