Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – the show!

Wow! What a great time I had at the epicenter of rug hooking last week at Sauder Village. Classes, rugs, wool, fun people, rugs and more rugs….

The show was wonderful and full of all sorts of mini shows and exhibits. Let’s start with a rug I was DElighted to see in person – – – The Conspiracy by Marion Sachs. I’d seen it in print but nothing compares to viewing the real rug. The rug is adapted from a painting by David Galchutt. Do check out his website to see more incredible work.

The Royal Couple was designed by Pris Butler and masterfully hooked by Sibyl Osicka. I’m not sure which tickled me most – the authenticity and realistic hooking, or the fact that she hooked sheep faces!

And isn’t this rug charming? Gypsy Mice was also hooked by Sibyl Osicka and designed by Pris Butler from a painting by David Galchutt! He must be the new darling of the rug hookers and with good reason.

Alexander and Stuart was designed and hooked by Patricia Merikallio. I am really drawn to the colors and the wonderful paisley border. Patricia said in her description that she started with a painting from 1810, substituted her granddaughter’s face and added Stuart the cat.

Off the track of antique-looking rugs, here are two travel ones. I adore this one – the colors, the car, the maps! I’m sure many of us remember these days… (We had a station wagon and I as the littlest sat on “the hump”.) The rug is called Red Lodge and was designed and hooked by Anne Bond of Visions of Ewe.

The second travel rug is by Shawn Niemeyer who designed and hooked Life is a Beautiful Ride. The rug has such rich colors and the circles all along the border are a fun touch, and probably not very easy to finish!

I will end with this rug, terrifically different from the previous rugs. There were so many different sorts of designs to admire in the show.  Martha Rosenfeld created Cafe Shadows. It seems quite elegant to me.

Hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite rugs. I’ll be back with more of my week in Ohio with the other hookers….


Hooked Rug Design Thoughts

This is a hooked rug that I began last year. I had a vision in my head and the rug wasn’t looking like I wanted, so I put it away. The idea was that it would be a simple project; one to use up the many strips of wool that I have floating around. And I really wanted it to have a red background – I am very fond of quilts and rugs with red backgrounds. It wasn’t working for me and I’m not sure why since circles of assorted colors should be simple enough. Are the circles too even and regular? Is the red not working? Do I need to hook more circles and see how it goes? I do know with a very scrappy quilt that it can take some time for the pattern to look “good”; one or two circles wouldn’t be enough. If you look closely, you can see I was trying two ideas out. The top row was the original idea. There are circles of color in a stripe-y effect. I wondered if that was too busy, so the second row is gradations of one color. For now, I have it on the floor and am thinking about it. Comments from you all?

Another idea – I was googling hooked rug images and came across a circle pattern and it was really scrappy – each circle row had several colors in it, so I tried it out during Sunday’s football. I do like this. Since I have such trouble being random, each row has a grey textured wool it in as well as a color. The idea made me think of a log cabin quilt, where there is a dark and a light side. This might work…… Thoughts?

And while I’m chatting about rug hooking, I have some nice photos to share with you. Last Saturday was the monthly meeting of Foxy Ladies rug hooking group. It was a business meeting, but lots of hooking goes on as we talk! Susan is a prolific hooker, as was her mother. This month she had three designs to show and work on. This one is her design, taken from the postcard on the top of the rug. (Sorry about these photos; my iPhone doesn’t take the best photos.) She did a great job with the shading on Santa’s coat.

This next one is another one of her designs. She’s a Halloween lover. Aren’t the oranges of the pumpkin just delicious? And the texture that she used on the corn cob is super.

And here’s a design begun by her mother that Susan is finishing. I think it’s one of Joan Moshimer’s designs.What a sweet face!!!

This last design is being hooked by Lynnette. The colors just sing, don’t they?

I continue to hook on the Vermont shells rug, but I do want to get the circles going so that I have some variety. What to do, what to do…