Friday, November 14, 2014

Gobbler Grind---a tough run!

Well I am almost recovered from The Gobbler Grind.  I just got the results this morning that my badly bruised left foot dies not have a stress fracture and should heal with no problems---but it was ugly!!!

Not my best time but not my worst---my buddy kelly---always the cheerleader with a smile on her face---and me with a look of pain---no smile!

I am already tired of the cold weather---Kansas city expecting 1 to 4 inches of the white stuff tomorrow.

Had a busy week with home classes welcoming 4 new students to the rug hooking world---and enjoying catching up with my regulars.  One more week of classes next week and then the end of the year Party---the highlight of the year!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving---be grateful!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Outer Banks of North Carolina, Greenwood Open House, and more....

It has been a whirlwind these last few a good way.

Where to start?

I think I will start with my last workshop of the year in the Outer Banks---what a fun workshop it

I flew into Raleigh and was picked up by my friend Cammie, some of you may know her from her blog, Primitive Junky.  She is selling some of her great patterns on Etsy too.  We had a great time exploring around her area before leaving on Sunday for the Outer Banks.  Upon arriving we got settled in and I jumped in with both feet on Sunday night to get a head start for Monday morning.  I woke up early Monday morning and had my first run on the beach.  Here is my first sunrise on the beach.

It was a beautiful start to my day---and we had great weather all week---and every morning I began with a trip to the beach.

Now check out these beauties from the week.

This is Pat's Floral Basket---She did some great creative stitching on the basket before she got to camp---she used some cross cut strips to outline the flowers---a great rug!

Joan was doing and Elizabeth Black pattern "When pigs fly"  to honor both Elizabeth and her father who was a plane enthusiast.  She changed many things from the original pattern to personalize it---what an honor this is!

Joan's mom, Georgia was hooking this Buttermold pattern by Eric Sandberg---12 blocks of fun.  We were jumping around a bit but the completed rug will be a beauty.  There is paisley in quite a few of those blocks!

Linda was hooked a Karla Gerard pattern called Flurries which she completed except for adding more snow---the colors are pretty true to the painting---beautiful!

Joanne was working on a Folk Art  landing Pattern called Paisley Influence---She turned the pattern over and redrew it to make it smaller and add some different details which we discussed before camp.
She has some more decisions to make about the leafy motifs and I am confident this will be a stunner when she is done.

Janet was working on a Nola Heidbreder pattern called Mountain Homes---she is off to a great start---we added snow on the roofs and on the trees---it will have a dark blue night sky---love it!

Jimmye was working on a pattern called Seascape---wow!  This is a big pattern and she was able to use a lot of wide cut textures---and lots of paisley to bring character to these shells.  Can't wait to see this finished---go Jimmye!

Lura was working on this Log Cabin geometric ( a free pattern in RHM)---I always enjoy working on geometrics and this one was no exception.  She had lots of great textures and colors to work with.  this is a pattern that could be done over and over again---a great way to use up leftover strip s.

Do one today!

This one was done by Cammie---1875 Floral basket---Woolley Fox
Cammie and I have been talking for years about hooking as rug with all striped wools with both of us collecting striped wools and this was our opportunity---except i had gotten is some some speckledy wools that were calling out to me---so here it is.  all but two of the striped wools were as is wools---tow had been over-dyed.  This is hooked in mostly #9 cut wool---a great old primitive looking rug!

Barbara's daughter Mary designed "Rosemary Cooney" .  This was be for Dylan.  Several attempts to find the right textures for the raccoon resulted in this one---ta da---the perfect one!

Missy chose to work on Sally Kallin's Ship at Sea.  She did a great job and was eager to learn new things---she did a great job in giving movement to the sails  and the water but still keeping it primitive.

I love geometrics and this one of Pat's is no exception! She used a cross cut gold stripe fabric to outline with and the color plan was pulled from the colors in the stripe.  To give it some slight variation she used three different purples that are planned out to move around the rug---the other colors, red, teal and the light gold background will remain constant.  You are only seeing half of the rug and there are five circles across and eight in the length.  A great rug!

Lois came with this one hooked except for the flowers on the corners----she got them all done except for one---I think she did a great job giving color balance to the corners!

She also worked on Rooster and Hens---I love her use of textures on this rug---a great colorful primitive rug with lots of character!

Janet chose and Encompassing Designs pattern called Grinners---a fun colorful piece perfect for fall.

She dod some needle felting of them and some quillies---a good rug to do some embellishing with.  A teal background will really make these guys POP!

The rest of these pictures are in no particular order, but enjoy!

Here is our group---this was taken on the day that was Halloween costume day---some still in their costumes---did I mention this was a FUN group!  Mary and Pat did a wonderful job of setting this up and feeding the gang!

 Cammie  at the beach!

 Feet in the sand---sporting my new toe ring!

Couldn't resist taking our picture in Hookerton---so appropriate!

   A few more beach shots

My home for the week---Beautiful!

Our open House at the Greenwood Mercantile is this weekend.  Here are a couple shots of my booth.

I will be working at the shop today---come shop!

Tomorrow I am running a half marathon with my friend Kelly---the Gobbler Grind---last year it was 13 degrees---tomorrow it will be a low of 31 and high of 63---a perfect day!

Home classes this week and next!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gathering on the Blue Nebraska workshop

What a great workshop in Nebraska last weekend---here are the projects that were worked on.

Joyce was hooking Paisley Hex---a Jane McGown Flynn pattern---lots of good textures and some Paisley to make a Primitive version of this pattern.

Linda was hooking this Red Barn Rug pattern---great fall colors---a medium light background and the plaid used in the pot will pull this one together---love that center flower!!!

I designed this pattern for Larry who wanted to hook a patriotic chicken---check out the red and blue tail feathers--he is one talented hooker!

Mary Jo was hooking a Sharon Smith pattern ---Russian villages---great use of textures and color---what a fun pattern!

Another Sharon Smith pattern---Ride 'em was hooked by Lynn---what a fun rug hooked by a fun gal!!!  Check out the horses mane!
 This is a pattern that I did for Pam---an adaptation of a Baltimore quilt block---she wanted a 24 inch round mat for her table---we discussed ideas and she said "surprise me"  ---this should look wonderful on a dark table---thanks Pam!

this is Tammy's adaptation with artist permission of a painting called "Solace"  KMSchmidt---she is well on her way to a beautiful piece...go Tammy!

"Cluck" by Red Barn Rugs was being hooked by Jane, a new hooker.  She did a great job and was eager to learn new things---she proddied the sunflower and high looped the red flower, hooked with paisley---she is off and running!

Maureen was working on Maggie Bonanomi's Two Urns---Maureen wanted this rug to be muted and  neutral---all of which she accomplished using some great textures---she is very good at mixing her fabrics---this is a great rug---love it!!!

Karen was working on  Kinderhook Flower basket---she also wanted a muted soft feel to her rug---I really like the way it is coming together---a wonderful primitive look.

Susan was hooking Baa Baa Black Sheep---she had some great shaggy yarn to hook the sheep---I suggested outlining with a soft black to contain the yarn---the yarn was catching on her frame so she is going to hook the rest of the sheep at the end.

Okay---that's all for today---work to do!

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Go Royals!

Another great year at Green Lake Rug Camp

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post started---the time has been flying!  I am leaving tomorrow to teach in Nebraska so have been busy packing.  I am also in training for another half marathon and went for an early morning run this morning---and I do mean early---left at 5:10 and ran till 6:30 until I hit Starbucks...and while walking about a mile to the house it started to rain so my walk quickened to a slow run.

The weather was beautiful this year at camp.  These are some  early morning pictures I took while out for my run.  I love these photographs---I might have to try hooking this!!!

Here are some of the class projects.

Pomegranate Crewel by Judy---This was an interesting pattern---I dip-dyed a very long piece of wool for the scroll (about three yards long---had to stand on a chair---

Love the colors in this Pattern hooked by Jeannine---we changed the center of the design---sorry the name of the pattern escapes me.

        Leah hooked Sharon Smith's sunflowers---this is going to be a great version of this pattern---had a lot of fun using colors and textures---love how she hooked the droopy sunflower---we redrew it a bit to achieve this.

Pam was working on Karen Kahle's Town Garden---such fun flowers and love how it is all coming together with a great balance of color

Sue chose to work on this paisley pattern of mine---which I call Paisley for Faye---She really accomplished a lot at the workshop and really like the color choices---a fun pattern to work on.
Another paisley pattern was hooked by  Kay---this one is called Paisley for Susie---again I love her colors---built around a wonderful piece of  old paisley.


I just had to post three  pictures of this geometric adapted by Lynne from and antique wallpaper---love the color plan which is pretty true to the wallpaper colors---the dip dyed wools and great textures she is using are really bringing this one to life---can't wait to see it finished.

Adriana designed this little pictorial and we worked in some great textures into the path and the hills to work with her fun bright houses---and check out that paisley sky---with a touch of sari silk.

You have seen this one before but Max tackled some more of the animals this year---and worked on Santa---this is such a beautifully hooked rug---go Max!!!

Sorry this one is sideways but Kimberly was working on Gordy's Gang---lots of fun colors and details including quillie eyes...hope this one is done for Halloween!

Marion hooked these fun owls---so whimsical and just plain fun!!!  And so is Marion!!!!!

Jill started Lilly Belle, a Searsport pattern---I really like this pattern---it was the first time I had seen it and I know that Jill will turn this one into a thing of beauty---her Square Harmony rug was in this year's Celebrations!

Here is a picture of the class---what a great group of women---I was so lucky to have spent a week with them!!!

I am so sorry it took me so long to get this post done and I have another one to do to get the Nebraska workshop on my blog before I leave for the Outer Banks---what a fun fall I am having.  The boxes are packed and ready to ship.

I have also been busy keeping up with my running---the Gobbler Grind half marathon is 
November 9th  ---my latest long run was an hour and forty minutes and I have to get in a two hour run between now and next Thursday when I leave for NC---then I am going to taper down while I am gone but still hope to get some good runs in while I am there and eat some great seafood!!!