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!

Florida Harbor Hookin’

This is the reason I’ve been traveling to Florida – to attend this  hook in. It is sponsored by Searsport Rug Hooking, a store in Maine which relocates to Florida in the Winter. I get their newsletter and suddenly noticed their workshop listings and event details and it sounded like fun. My brother lives in Florida as well, so there were two good reasons to go.

This is what a room with about 300 (mostly) women looks like! It’s hard to see, but there are many vendors set up around the edge of the ballroom, who came from all over. Fun!


It was a two-day event, on Wednesday and Thursday, and I had a workshop on each morning. On Tuesday the class was about various ways to finish hooked rugs. Though not the best teacher, the woman did have some (new-to-me) ideas. She had pre-made samples so we could try some of her ideas. I must admit I did not envy her having to explain to 15 women with varying degrees of expertise how to do picot beading or crochet!

Hooked rug finishes

On Thursday morning I had a class on using dip dyed wool to hook scrolls. I know my rug hooking teacher taught me how to do this, but that was a very long time ago – plus I really like the pattern and colors! The teacher was Angela Foote, a former Home Ec teacher who provided a lovely kit and who gave clear and precise directions. Here is what I accomplished on Thursday.

Angela Foote heart scrolls

It’s Friday morning and  the weather is grey and cool and rainy. I had hoped to do some beach walking, but instead I will find something drier to do. Eventually, I’m heading north, to Bradenton Beach where my brother lives.