Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eye Candy

I meet with two different rug hooking groups each month, and this month they happened to land one day apart - so I've enjoyed two days of visiting with friends and being inspired by their projects.

Tonia finished her Karen Kahle rug - this is a pretty big one (by MY standards anyway) and it was only half finished last month - so she's been really busy!

Here are several close-ups so you can see some of the beautiful details. Even though she hasn't ever taken a class from Karen Kahle - I think she's captured her technique really well.

Sharon was binding this cute little bird rug - love the colors she used on this - especially the background..

Victoria was working on a penny rug that she started a long time ago.

Jeanette brought these finished proddy flowers that she hooked and installed in a thrift store frame - I love the texture of them, and how she left the background unhooked so you could see the linen.

And this is the project she's working on now - everyone's favorite quote from the Bible about working with wool and flax - so appropriate for all rug hookers!

Switching groups - this is a cute little bird pillow that Terri recently finished - these vibrant, cheerful colors really pop against the black background. This was a free pattern in a recent issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.

And this is the second Halloween rug she's hooked using this pattern - the first one was made as a gift for her mother.

I'm making slow progress on my scrappy rug. It's very unusual for me to hook the background before the motifs, but that's what I've done with this one cuz I didn't want to drag a million colors of wool with me to meetings so I just grabbed the antique blacks and a green for the vine & leaves in the border. I hope I don't run into any problems when I get around to hooking the rest of those flowers!


Tiff said...

I'm in love with that first rug, it's like a prim painting!
I can't wait to see your rug finished, it's coming along beautifully.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I just love Karen Kahle's designs. Your friend did a wonderful job. I have the Fruitlands pattern...but I scared to actually hook it! LOL
Love your mat! Can't wait to see the finish!

The Wool Cupboard said...

I do enjoy your rug hooking meetings, Gayle...even if only from afar!! Thank you again, for sharing your talented friends' projects with the rest of us.


Janet O. said...

All of the projects are so fun, but, wow, that first rug is amazing!!
I love that little Bible quote piece. : )

Deb said...

What a treat to spend two days like that! I am just loving that first rug!! Beautiful.

Cathy G. said...

All very lovely works and the rug hookers and stitchers should be very proud of each piece! The Karen Kahle rug is wonderful! Such beautiful colors! I love your mat Gayle! Your colors are gorgeous!!! Thank-you so much for sharing with us!!
Cathy G

Lesley Ann Staples said...

Thanks for the eye candy. I really love the colours used in the Karen Kahle rug.

Lori said...

I love seeing your group's projects!! So pretty! I love the woman with the sheep.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

What great eye candy! Yours is coming along beautifully, too!

Mugwump Woolies said...

What fabulous rugs! Karen Kahle's designs are so wonderful...that pattern is one of my favorites.
Your rug is really coming colorful...can't wait to see the finish.
Have a great weekend,

libbyquilter said...

i've only hooked one small rug but i really enjoyed it and hope to do another at some point in time.
thank you for sharing all of these beautiful examples.