Hooking at the Florida Harbor Hookin’

The room at the Florida Harbor Hookin’ was – obviously – filled with women hooking. Between classes, the vendors and people to talk to, many seats were empty, but still, there was a lot of hooking going on. Here are some of the fun pieces I saw.

My table mate, Suzanne, was working on this great runner. The photograph that came with the pattern showed that the designer had hooked it in browns and beiges, but Suzanne asked her teacher for bright colors. These really do sing, don’t they?

Suzanne's runner

It was fun to be in Florida and see what colors and motifs the ladies chose! This woman was finishing up a project that her friend had started. What a cute bunch of frogs.

Frog hooked rug

This is a great start to what is going to be an interesting piece. The hooker wasn’t at her seat, but from the drawing on the linen, it has a very Zentangle feel to it. What a fun project to hook!

Zentangle hooked rug

This was a pillow design I found in the Heavens to Betsy booth. For those of you who are not rug hookers, at the bottom you see what a design drawn on linen might look like, when you buy it. It’s like a coloring book. This was hooked using very wide strips.

Heavens to Betsy pillow

This wonderful piece was also designed and hooked by my dip dyed scrolls teacher, Angela Foote. I asked if this was dip dyed wool as well, but she said that she hooked with variegated wools (dump dyes). I really like the intensity of her colors.

Angela Foote design

These next rugs were designed and hooked by Carol Feeney, whose work I was happy to discover! She and her husband moved to Florida some years ago and she said that her designs and colors are greatly influenced by the area. I seem to have photographed many of her tile series; this is called Aesthetic.

Carol Feeney  Aesthetic


This is Flower Medallion Tile. Her colors are so rich and her hand dyed wool adds such texture. This piece is probably larger than it looks at 39″x39″.

Carol Feeney Flower Medallion Tile

This is Funky Flower Tile. I was really drawn to the lacy leaves and asymmetry of this piece. Click on this photo to see the many fibers she uses – funky yarns, sari ribbons and even buttons and beads.

Carol Feeney Funky Flower Tile

And just one more – this is Double Trouble Tile. This piece has lots of interesting fibers hooked in the design as well.

Carol Feeney Double Trouble Tile

I was inspired and delighted by all the rugs I saw. And now, I have added the heart scrolls piece to my rugs-to-finish list!

14 thoughts on “Hooking at the Florida Harbor Hookin’

    • I’ll check it out. There is what’s called fine rug hooking, or tapestry, and the strips are 3/32’s of an inch….just a few warp threads. Those rugs can be amazing. They can look like photographs or actual woven Oriental rugs. It’s an interesting craft because there are so many variations.


      • Sorry! I clicked on a pretty rug with birds on Pinterest and somehow the trail led me to this site! I will have to find it again and try to figure out how I ended up here. Love your blog, though!


      • Sorry to take so long in getting back to you! The wonderful fox runner was designed by the hooker and was her second piece! I love it too. I will see if I can find out about the birds. That woman inherited all her mother’s craft supplies and the woman was a “craft hoarder”! She collected many, many hooking patterns and would start a few, collect fabrics, and that’s just the hooking! Poor Susan is trying to finish hooking some and selling others.What do you like to hook?


      • I am on my fourth piece–and just love it. I have hooked a brook trout rug for our cottage and now am doing a flowered rug for home. I don’t know how to finish though! I just took one class on rug hooking and after that am sort of self-taught. So far I have only done #8 cut but I am interested in doing a more detailed piece with #4–I do love birds, foxes, and any kind of nature. Thanks so much for checking on the patterns for me.


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