Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – More Rugs!

There were shows within shows at Rug Hooking Week. Ellen Banker curated one dealing with words and I’d like to share some of those with you, as well as some of the many rugs in the show that included words.

This is one of my favorite Ellen rugs, called Lost Cow. Can’t you just see that hanging in a bookstore or coffee shop?

Another Ellen favorite – A Rug Hooker’s Sampler. What a fun idea to make each letter a separate design. I also really like the asymmetry of it.

This rug, which Ellen brought to class, was particularly intriguing to me. You can see Baltimore hooked quietly into the background, but do you also see that Baltimore refers to the designs? The rug is made up of bits of Baltimore Album quilt patterns. I just love this idea and may have to steal it one day.

I am always a sucker for a sheep! Marian Hall designed and hooked this wonderful sheep rug, entitled Herdwick Tup. She also dyed to wools for it, and was our official wool supplier in class.

Ellen and Marian designed this magnificent rug together, Speaking Shakespeare. That is a lot of small script in narrow wools to hook, and it is done beautifully.

You may remember that I took a class some years ago with Donna Hrkman. She designs and hooks the most amazing rugs! They are often monochromatic and usually include words. I happened to run into her at the show and she said that she had finished this incredible rugs just days before she needed to deliver it.

Donna had so much to say about this rug, which is called Best Friends, that here are her words: (And isn’t the Dayton Public Library lucky?)

This concludes my reports from Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week! I hope you enjoyed seeing it through my eyes.

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – the class!

Though I love looking at hooked rugs, Archbold OH is a long way to drive. Several years ago I went to Sauder Village and took some workshops. I’ve been hoping ever since to find a class I liked and was delighted to see this one by Ellen Banker – The Unconventional Rug Hookers Guide to Samplers. If you read Rug Hooking Magazine, you have seen her work and read her articles. I’m a big fan so I got signed up.

As part of the class, all the hookers {I know many of you are smiling…} got a sampler to practise on. Ellen demonstrated a variety of techniques and then we hooked them on our sampler. Another project to be continued…

For the next part of the class, we could work on a design of our own or use one of three sampler designs offered by Ellen. Most of us decided to work on an Ellen Sampler. {Though I do have a sampler design, I thought it best to work on Ellen’s and play with mine another time.} Here is one of Ellen’s sampler designs….No. 10. I debated getting this one as I very much like the big carrot and the bunnies. Aren’t the carrots delicious looking?

But in the end, I chose Sampler No. 3 because I like the flower pot and all of Ellen’s quirky birds. I’ve been trying to hook a bit each day and have been playing with the flowers and stems and leaves. The birds are under design review right now. There is a lot of background and I am also wondering if I might add a border. I have done lots of counted cross stitch samplers and they usually have a border. {Less background to hook!}

Should you be interested, Ellen has written a book, Hooked on Words.

As well as a how-to guide, it’s filled with wonderful and quirky samplers she has made. She also researched rugs hooked by other artists and so many inspiring examples are included. An interesting rug often has a story behind it and Hooked on Words is a good read!

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….


What To Do…What To Do….

Some upcoming fiber shows:

I love taking workshops and going to galleries and talking fiber to anyone who has an interest. Last year was all about relocating and I didn’t have the time or energy to go to workshops or conferences. This year all bets are off, and I thought some of you might be interested in some events on my list.

I began my fiber journey by taking weaving lessons with my mother when I was in college. We both took to it immediately. I was a Second Grade teacher and did not have the money or the time to get as involved in the craft as my mother did, but we both joined The Handweaver’s Guild of America and attended many of the biennial Convergence conferences across the US and Canada. Weaving was hugely popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s but not so much these days, so the group now embraces all manner of fiber crafts. The 2014 version is in Providence, Rhode Island, the home of the amazing Rhode Island School of Design and an area rich in textile history. I just downloaded the class and workshop list. {..sigh…} There is a lot going on! This is on the maybe list.

Long on my bucket list has been to attend something at Asilomar. Many moons ago they had a rug hooking week, but popularity for that craft has waned. The winters are now filled with quilting workshops, called Empty Spools Seminars. The locale, on a peninsula near Monterey CA, is supposed to be amazingly beautiful and of course any time you can immerse yourself in a craft you adore with like-minded souls for 5 days is heaven indeed! I wanted to attend a workshop with Melinda Bula and do a flower of my own (remember the wonderful zinnia top that’s waiting to be completed???) but this isn’t the year. They always have the most amazing teachers….

The big rug hooking event this year will be rug hooking week in Ohio at Sauder Village, August 13 – 16. I very much enjoyed it when I attended a few years ago. It’s always a treat to see a lot of hooked rugs on display, but this year an exhibit of woven coverlets will be included! On my to-do list when I started weaving was to make a coverlet…… not so much now, but I still love to look at them. This is another maybe…

The American Quilt Society has added two shows to their list this year, and since they are nearby, I am sure I need to go to them! One is in Charlotte NC, on July 30 – August 2. The other is in Chattanooga TN from September 10 – 13. I am hoping to throw Peter and his bikes in the car and have a little vacation there; it looks like a lovely spot. And maybe I should enter the quilt I’m working on in one of the shows???

There are all sorts of small, local events that I will be attending and will share with you. One of the many reasons we chose this area (of SC, NC and TN) was because there are many craft related events that seem to be well supported and attended.

This is just a sprinkling of fiber shows you may not have heard about. Where are you headed this year to feed your creative spirit???

A Class with Susan Quicksall

I learned how to hook may years ago when we lived in Massachusetts in the late 1980’s. The class was at the Worcester Center for Crafts and met once a week. I was taking classes there to be certified in Fiber Arts and was there many days each week, so it was easy to attend. Then we moved to Pennsylvania and I continued to hook. When we moved to Singapore, I took my supplies with me and did a bit of it, though since Singapore  is 50 miles from the Equator, it was a very hot activity. Then I stopped. I started up about 3 years ago because the director of the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair asked if I could teach a beginning class and I am so glad she got me hooking again. (Interestingly enough, someone asked me in a recent class what my favorite craft was at the moment and I said “rug hooking!”.)

Barbara Sleeper was the name of my first (and only) instructor and she was a very accomplished colorist and dyer and I learned so much from her. But until last week, I have never taken a class with anyone else. I looked through the classes offered at Sauder Village’s Rug Hooking Week and saw a pattern I really liked filled with wools of the most wonderful colors and I signed up for Susan Quicksall‘s class. The description said that we would be learning some fun hooking techniques, several of which I have been longing to know how to do, so I ordered the pattern and the wools for the design area and background.

Here are some photos of Susan’s work in the show and I think you will see why I jumped at the chance to learn from her. This one is “Courting Sampler”. Look at the very bottom of the sampler at the very darling mouse! I took some detail shots of this one but they were too blurry and very dark… Check on her website for much better photography!

And this one is “Cow Lady Sampler”. Isn’t the border nicely designed with the vine dividing the two colors?

Susan calls her work “refined primitive”. The designs may lean towards primitive with not a lot of shading but her colors are wonderful! Primitives tend, as you saw in the last post, to have very low contrast. Susan definitely has contrast and she uses lots of colors – I think there are 24 in my kit!!! Take a look at the table of hand dyed wools that Susan had for sale! Is your mouth-watering??? (Unfortunately the lighting skews the color and even when I tried to edit it in iPhoto, it’s not right, but you get the idea!)

The project we were all working on is called Seed Basket. One of the techniques we learned was two color beading, which means hooking with two colors at the same time. You can see it in the basket and around the flower’s middle. The technique I was most anxious to learn is called Waldoboro. That is the wonderfully fat and juicy middle of the flower. You hook, hook, hook with a fine-cut of wool successively higher and then trim it. A bit daunting, but if the shape doesn’t turn out well it’s easy enough to pull it all out and start again. Mine probably needs to be trimmed more, but I’m going to see what the whole piece looks like. Here is what I completed in class. Very fun!

Here is something Susan is working on now; perhaps she’s using it as a class demo. The pattern is called “Fantasy Garden Mini II” and I did buy it. Look at the sweet little bird with her striped belly and skinny legs, and you’ll see why I couldn’t resist. Love those flowers too!

Thanks so much for a great class, Susan!

Rug Hooking at Sauder Village

Peter and I had a bit of a vacation last week. We drove to Saugatuck Michigan for a night and then on to Sauder Village, in Archibold Ohio. I had never heard of the place until last Fall at the Mc Gown National Exhibit (a rug hooking show). One of the vendors said it was the biggest rug hooking show in the country! I found the site online and signed up to take a few classes. You can check out the link for Sauder Village and see what they are about; and they have all sorts of fun craft related events . It’s a nice place; I would call it a very small-scale Sturbridge Village.

I don’t think the show was bigger than the McGown show, but it was certainly good. There were several special shows and vendors as well. I must say that rug hookers aren’t any different from quilters in the shopping arena; we all love to shop for our bits of fabrics be they wool or cotton! I photographed a few pieces and several of the shots did not come out well, but here are a few I can share with you.

I really enjoy it when there are several rugs of the same design in the show and they are hung together. Here we have Give Ye Thanks, designed by Lori Brechlin. The top primitive version was hooked by Barbara Hoffman and the bottom one was done by Jan Adler. Though I like both colorways, the bottom one with the amazing blue background really sings!

I am a fan of folk art and this angel design caught my eye. And – turns out the designer is again Lori Brechlin and was adapted and hooked by Alicia McLeod.

This rug was spectacular! The design is by Pearl McGown, the doyenne of the rug hooking world. It was skillfully hooked by Lona Gabree and was a finalist in the Rug Hooking magazine Celebration contest. Do click on the photo to view a larger picture of it…..the colors are magnificent.

One of the special exhibits was a selection of the work of Patty Yoder. I had seen her designs in a book was so pleased to be able to view them in person. She did many designs of sheep, both realistic and quirky and was able to do both styles well. This amazing grouping is called F is for Frank and his Friends in the Upper Barn. The llama, it turns out, guarded the sheep!

I love sheep, especially their faces. I used to spin and I also worked at a sheep farm, spinning and dyeing and knitting mittens to sell. My mother started a sheep collection for me and I still have many of them. (I’m thinking I need to hook some sheep!)

And I will end with this colorful and delightful sheep! Honestly – the colors are so vivid and the design too clever! Patty Yoder is gone now, but her work lives on in these rugs and also her book entitled The Alphabet of Sheep.