Monday, January 23, 2012

Keeping the hands moving ~~

Even with threats of snow, Rug hookers push through it all to get to their favorite hook in and keep their hands moving.  What a busy Thursday it was last week.  Some people who usually come later in the day, decided to come early to get their "fix" of hooking.  Nancee came early and showed us what she finished on her cat rug since that Sunday.  Love it!!! 

Patty stopped by too! We haven't seen her for a while. Was wonderful to see the progress of her rug.

Isn't it great??

One of our newest hookers Amy making a mistake that many of us have done in the past. I had to get my camera out quick for this one lol.   She's doing a great job on her sheep!

Deb and Amy watching Marilyn finish hooking her first piece.

And finish she did!  She was shown how to do the whipping that day and was just about done by the time she went home. I showed her how to use the wool strips, and shared with her all the different ways of finishing a rug.

The Whipping Woman came back toooooo. Haven't seen her since Christmas!   Joanne was busy working away finishing up her basket of hooked pieces.

Linda was busy all day helping people. Deb watches on while Linda helps color plan a rug for another new hooker named Linda.

And here is Deb's first piece. She had already picked something out for her next piece and was also picking out wools for it.

Judith is another one we haven't seen in a while.  She brought her rug and hooked for a bit before heading out.  First picture is fuzzy, but I like to get a face with the rug.

Here's a close up.  Just beautiful in person!

Diane is making such great progress on her rug. She sits at the end of the table in her own little world with all her baggies of worms and just hooks and hooks.  It's going to be great!!!

Genny finished this punch needle piece at last weeks hook in.  Her husband made the frame for her.  What a terrific piece!!

I was able to get some hooking done that day. Of course I always think I'm going to do more than I actually get done.  But I was able to get this much done on this Antique piece that was chosen and drawn up by Kelley Belfast. Group leader of our AAPG group on line. I don't have the whole thing laid out in my mind, and sometimes that can be a problem, but i'm having fun with it.  Kelley is going to pick an antique rug every quarter to keep us motivated. I'm thinking if I choose to do the next one, it will be punch needle lol.  

And since we had snow this weekend, it was a good time to  do some hooking on my big rug.  I can look at it all I want while it's laying on the floor, but it's not going to get hooked unless I pick up the hook and do it.  I am so happy I have the largest elements finished. I have thoughts for other colors, but nothing set in stone yet.  Not feeling well Sunday morning, I was starting to feel better by the afternoon. I've never had much heartburn before, but I woke up with it about 3a.m.  A very strange burning sensation. After some antacids, I was happy it passed. I ended up just sleeping on the couch instead of tossing and turning in bed and waking George. I was thankful to be able to finally fall back to sleep. I'm thinking it was something I ate the day before.  (then the next morning I see an article about heart attack symptoms!) Glad I'm not a hypochondriac, but will keep an eye on it.

And here we are Monday morning already!   Time to get my day going. I have to run to the post office to mail a package, and then I am meeting my friend Vicki for lunch  today. Hopefully I will have some good light to pick some more colors for one of my rugs.  I do not like having so many projects going on at the same time. It starts to eat at me after a while.  So I'm trying to just do a little on one and then a little on the other. maybe they will get done around the same time. I don't know. 

I also measured the area on the wall of where I will be putting yet another piece I haven't even started yet.  I will be taking the Susan Feller class at Grant Street Woolworks in just a couple weeks. She is going to be teaching us  how to Design our own Fraktur.  I am looking forward to that. I'm not sure if the class is full or not yet for sure, so if you are thinking about doing it, you can get in touch with Linda 717-860-4628. It's filling up fast, but I hope we see some new faces!!

It's so foggy out right now. And there was ice this morning.  So nerve wracking for me when my husband goes to work, and now my daughter drives a good 45 minutes to school (on a clear day). 
Safe travels to everyone out there. And here's wishing a very productive week ahead for everyone!


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Beautiful rugs! Hope you feel better!!

moosecraft said...

Wow! All of these rugs are stunning! The hooking and color choices are perfect! Love the way the needlepunch was finished in a frame with pennies! What an inspiring group of gals!

Joanne said...

"Whipping Women" - not sure i'm so proud fo that! LOL Anyway your rug looks great! (well both of them) and was happy to be at the hook-in - felt like it was sooooooooooooo long since i got there! You will have those rugs done and "whipping" them next hook-in!

annie said...

All those are just beautiful, the intricacy amazes me! I love the colors. I am not a hooker, but it brings me such joy to see what you share!

Carmen Sutton & Jean Hohulin said...

Oh what lovely rugs. I'm very partial to the cat!

Orange Sink said...

Another wonderful post! I love seeing what all the ladies are doing and my they produce such gorgeous works of art! Tell Amy that I still every now and then catch the outside linen in my hooking...... I just had to grin when I saw that picture!
You do have a lot going at the same time and I feel like that here too...... don't like it at all! Maybe your heartburn is a little stress?....
Just keep picking away at it Kathy... each day a little more gets done and what doesn't ( well just sweep it under the rug LOL!)
I'm trying to get post up on my progress of the challenge rug too..... hopefully today!
Cathy G

Saundra said...

Wow, lots of beautiful rugs being born there. Poor Amy, but at least she didn't hook rows and rows before catching her mistake.


Amy said...

Thanks for sharing the pics, including my mistake, LOL! I think I'm hooked on hooking! Look forward to Thursdays. Great company! Seeing all the projects and talking w/ everyone is inspirational for me. What BEAUTIFUL pieces these ladies are creating! My head explodes w/ so many ideas for my next rug & the next & the next.... looking forward to Thursday! Amy T

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Now that is some amazing rugs. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Love your start to the challenge rug :)

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Always a pleasure to see what you ladies are up to! I love the variety of rugs...such talent.

PrimitiveHandmadesMercantile said...

WOW!! I never saw your other rug you were trying to finish the last time I was there! Guess I better check back through your blog!

I need to round up Michele and get back down for a day of hooking! Miss it!

Beautiful rugs!

Hope you are feeling better!!!