Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rug Hooking Workshop (Picture Heavy)

Over the weekend I was fortunate to attend a three day rug hooking workshop sponsored by the Utah Rug & Fiber Guild. This year our national teacher was Donna Hrkman from Dayton Ohio - what a delightful lady! We met at a local quilt store.

I chose to work on a landscape rug of a red rock slot canyon in Southern Utah - an area that my husband absolutely adores. I'm hoping that my project will turn out well enough that I can have it mounted on stretcher bars and he will want to hang it in his office at work. If not, oh well! I worked from a photograph so you can see what it's supposed to look like when finished. It's only 18" square, so not a huge rug.

The Guild has always done a great job on prizes & treats for the attendees. This time all 20 people in the class received one of these adorable sheep! He's quite large - can you imagine how much work it was to make so many of these? Love him!

This rich, chocolate cupcake was sooooo delicious to eat - and cute to look at with that little face!

I recently visited my friend Kay who is hooking a rug depicting a church that is right next door to her home. She mentioned that she thought she'd like to make it have stained glass in the windows, so this morning I got out my electric frying pan and attempted to make dye some wool for her that would work as a surprise.

I used only three colors of dye - red, blue & yellow - hoping that they would run together to create orange, purple and green.Turned out kinda dark and muddy, but she might like it anyway. I'm crossing my fingers...... maybe I should have done rows of color instead?

Donna is well known for her portrait rugs, and that is what most of the gals chose to hook during the workshop. After three days solid of working on their projects, most of them had two eyes hooked - which is why I wasn't terribly interested in doing faces - too time intensive for my tastes - plus they had to use very, very narrow cuts of wool to get the details right - a #3 cut.  Jill is doing Marie Antoinette - a long term project I imagine.

Judy was hooking Freida......

Mary worked from a photograph of her granddaughter......

Leah is hooking her hubby & herself......

Brynne recently moved here from CA where she was active with a rug group there. She started an angel rug - might be a weathervane? It's a big one.

Brenda is hooking a sheep that will eventually become a small handbag.

Stacie is hooking a beloved pet dog.....

Tonia worked on one of Donna's patterns of a steam punk pumpkin......

Cheryl also bought a pattern from Donna, but she loves to make sculpted rugs, so this dog has a muzzle sticking out a couple inches from the surface of the rug - he also has a steam punk vibe....

Terri was hooking a rooster in varied colors - one of Donna's patterns also.

Marianne drew her own pattern of her sister with a cat and a computer - her two favorite things!

Coralee is doing a picture of a town on the Oregon coast she visited - great weathered wood.

Jeanette is hooking a rug to go on a window seat near where her grandchildren play when they come to visit - such fun bright colors for the three elephants!

Sandy got a whale hooked, but there is much much more to the pattern she's doing - she works quickly so I'm looking forward to seeing this when we meet again next week - it might even be done by then! LOL

Pat is making a footstool - she's started with these coiled circles and will hook around them until the surface is finished. Can't wait to see this one!

There was a small rug show at the end of the class where I snapped the pictures below - lots of talent in our group!

Over President's Day weekend we spent some time in St. George Utah - usually we escape there for the warmer temperatures, but not this time. We still had a good time - drove out to Glitter Mountain and collected these shards of rock that look like clear glass - very cool! I like them displayed in this small rope bowl that I recently made.

Hubby & I have had a new home built and it's nearly finished now - maybe two weeks till we close. After living in our current home for 37 years it's going to be quite an adjustment for us - and the physical move will be quite an ordeal - especially my studio with it's supplies. But we're looking forward to it. Thankfully, we can take as long as we need since we won't be selling our old home until the move is complete - no pressure to hurry, hurry, hurry. It's only three miles away so that helps too. I haven't had a lot of time for reading blogs lately, so I'll go catch up with everyone now!


Julia said...

Wow, so many beautiful rugs being worked on. Love the glass rocks. That's so cool.
Congratulations on your new home. I hope the move goes smoothly.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Looks like a fun class. I hear Donna is a wonderful teacher.
Are you downsizing or just was ready for a change? Moving, especially after 37 years ~ UGH!!!
Hugs :)

Kyle said...

I truly adore the talent and skill of these creative rug hookers. I'm so glad you were able to take the workshop and be inspired by all of these beautiful design and techniques. Good luck on the move. It's a huge job, and it will be nice when that part is over. We'll all be eager to see what your studio is like when you get it all set up.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

What an amazing group--so inspiring! I hope your move to your new home goes smoothly--a lot of work, but very exciting too! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful eye candy!

Yvonne said...

Every time I am surprised with the talent of the rug hookers! It is truly amazing what they make. I love what you are doing on your slot canyon rug too! I love those magical canyons and I am sure you are making another master piece.
Glad your new house is almost finished and you can take your time to move in. It must be so exciting!

Three Sheep Studio said...

An amazing group of talent!
What an exciting time in your life. A fresh start in a new home ! Because you are not hurried, I hope you enjoy the move.

Janet O. said...

I really like the photo from which you are working.
Such a variety of projects, and each one boggles my mind. I could never do what you gals do!
Building a new home is no small endeavor. How thrilling to be near the finish. Maybe when you are all settled in you will share your home decor with us in your new surroundings? (hint, hint) *LOL*

Prims By The Water said...

How fun to go to a retreat to do something you love! Janice

annie said...

Loved all the rugs!
Hope you enjoy the new house!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Those rugs are beautiful! Sweet sheep cupcake would have been hard to eat. Good luck with the move to your new home.

Karen said...

Rug hooking designs go beyond anything I would have imagined would have worked. The portraits are an example. Such talent.

Saimi said...

Oh my gosh, how amazing. Don't you just love workshops and retreats! You learn so much and get so much done - man I never knew rugs could be so creative and personal - I'm impressed with you ladies!

I'm heading to a quilt retreat next week for four days - I'm so excited to sew none stop!!!

Have a great weekend Gayle and thanks for sharing those amazing projects!

Sue SA said...

So many beautiful rugs and works of art, thank you!

woolwoman said...

First congratulations on your new home ! how very exciting. I thought the same thing when we moved 8 years ago - oh I can take my time and organize my stash room and get it just the way I want it. NOT ! I STILL have stuff in cardboard boxes, bins, totes and so much stuff crammed in that little room it's unusable for anything except falling into my hooking chair. I really need to get serious about re-doing that space. Loved seeing the photos of your recent rug camp. Hope you have lots of fun contemplating the move - Mel

Lori said...

Wow! Such a talented group! I do love your "stained glass" and don't see why it wouldn't work for a church window.
How exciting to be moving into a new home! Congratulations!!

Janine said...

Loved this post! Your stained glass is beautiful! And how exciting to be moving to a new home. Enjoy!

Nancy said...

Ohh, I love the colors of your canyon rug. It will be gorgeous!
Faces on hooked rugs look really hard to do, but the group looks like it was having great success. Such detail! And beautiful rugs all around. Thanks for sharing them.
Those rocks that look like glass are pretty amazing. I don't think I've ever seen any like them.
Congrats on your new home. I hope the move goes smoothly.

Barb said...

Good luck moving and hope you enjoy your new home...loved seeing all of the rugs..