Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Better Late Than Never!

I've been back from rug camp for awhile now, but busy with visiting family, so I'm just now getting a chance to post. I really enjoyed Cambria and I'm glad I went - met lots of nice people and got to enjoy tons of hooking time. My teacher, Susan Quicksall, was delightful with her soft Texas drawl. Here are a few pictures of my favorite rugs.

I enjoyed exploring the small town of Cambria - some really fun shops. One of my favorites was called Birds of a Feather and there were lots of garden inspired items plus vintage sewing goodies.

I went to the ocean and walked on the boardwalk above the cliffs and got to enjoy a lovely view of homes built right on the shore.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Apron for Rug Hooking

It seems I only wear knit shirts these days, and sometimes when I'm working on a rug the grippers on my frame will grab the fabric of my shirt and snag it - not fun! I decided that wearing an apron might protect my clothing a bit so I made this one. When I found this tea towel with a sheep appliqued on it I decided it would be perfect for my project! I cut a curved area for the arms and added ties for the neck and waist. Then decided it would be fun to display some sheep pins and a miniature rug hook pin that I have accumulated over the last little while. I'm on the look-out for more to add to it, so if you see something similar would you please give me a holler?

I made the pin on the far left yesterday using muslin that I cut and sewed and painted - my friend Marilyn made the punch needle pin in the center - and I bought the miniature rug hook at Ivy Cottage in Colorado Springs a few years ago. The sheep pin down below I got at the Denver Hook-In a couple months ago. Good start to a new collection! The shiny square that you can't really see is a quilt block made of different colors of inlaid wood.

And this is what the towel looked like before I began altering it - it must have been made for Christmas because the word PEACE was embroidered on it - I just pulled out all the stitching. I thought the stars were a perfect touch!

I'll be leaving early tomorrow morning for the long drive to Rug Camp in California. It's about a 14 hour drive so I'll be breaking it up in to two days to make it more manageable. Don't know if I'll have time to post while I'm gone, so I'll see ya when I get home!