Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wool Heaven!

Bright and early last Saturday morning, Mr. Painted Quilt and I left on a road trip to Shelburne, Vermont.  The  fall foliage was past but the day was destined to be full of color, nonetheless.  The purpose of our trip was to attend the Hooked in the Mountains XIV show, sponsored by the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild

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Because we were in no rush, we took our time to get there.  Vermont is a beautiful state and the green mountains in and around Burlington and Shelburne are simply breathtaking.

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As we made our way along Interstate 89, I had to take a picture of the mountains in the distance.  The peaks were snow-covered, even at this time of year.

A short while later, we arrived at our destination…the Shelburne Museum.

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The rug hooking show was held inside the museum which is pictured above. 

The building is very deceiving from the outside because it is actually on three levels.  On the first two levels,  over 200 hooked rugs were displayed.

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All of the rugs were amazing.  I could see myself falling in love with this art form very easily, but quickly talked myself out of it.

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I just had to take a photo of the Westie because he looks so much like our Mac.curvemAfter admiring all the hooked rugs on the first two floors, I made my way to the lower level and found myself in WOOL HEAVEN!  There were approximately 20 vendors…all selling WOOL!  Wool in every color imaginable…and then some! 

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                   Be still my ♥ !

My started to palpitate and I didn’t know where to start.  After giving myself a shake, I managed to collect my thoughts and settled down to do some serious shopping.

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And…

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I think my wool addiction has been satisfied… until next year’s show at least.  Now I can tackle all those projects on my ‘to do’ list that require copious amounts of wool.  Woo hoo!

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And no shopping trip would be complete without a visit to one of the LQS for more turkey red and cheddar fabric…right? 

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I’m in heaven…WOOL heaven.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

38 comments:

Linda said...

Oh Kaaren...........you are so lucky to have all of that beautiful wool now living with you! I would so love to go there myself. Thanks for sharing.
Linda

Darlene said...

A very blissful day. I've always admired hooked rugs - such works of art. I think you should do at least one! :-)

Myriam said...

Thank you for this "trip". I am living in Belgium and it's fabulous to trip sitting with my computer ( sorry for my english...french is my mother language)

Julie said...

well if that's how one gets into heaven, that's just fine & dandy by me! a great haul there kaaren.
hugs,
julie xoxo

Karen said...

Beautiful wools! I would love to do rug hooking with the wool strips. It just isn't in the budget to do more hobbies than I already do. I do have a rug punching project started with wool yarn. Haven't picked it up to work on in two years now.

Lori said...

It certainly looks like wool heaven!!! I love hooked rugs too and it looks like a great showing of them at the museum. I'm so happy you posted them on your blog.

Colleen said...

Wool Heaven!!! I want to go there too. Love the plaids you purchased.
Your blog is beautiful.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Now that is my kind of day!! I love the wool your purchased! many beautiful things to come!

Linda B said...

What a great outing, and to come home with such a great supply of wool! Awsome!

paulette said...

Hi Kaaren!
Thank you so much for taking me along on your Wool excursion! I enjoyed every moment of it...AND I love your buys...very good! Next timeI would love to go in 'real life'...sigh....Take care!
Paulette

Annette said...

The rugs are stunning! What a beautiful show. They don't have anything like that out here. Your wool pieces are lovely. I can almost imagine how wonderful they feel in your hands while working with them.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Hi Kaaren, Ah, heaven, yes! Lovely purchases you made. Did you ever look at the Wool in the Willows pattern? The pattern with sheep that you were interested in seeing. Let me know. I will get more info. to you if you didn't find it. Glad you had a beautiful road trip. Great for the spirit. Have a great day! Karen

Quilt Hollow said...

I admire those who can hook those gorgeous rugs! I love WOOL...and you got some gorgeous pieces!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I wish I could have been with you Kaaren!! I would love to be able to shop somewhere with such a selection of wool!

Allie said...

That looks like a GREAT trip - I've had to talk myself out of trying rug hooking too, I love it but I'm so limited on time and space!

Deb said...

Oh, what wonderful pictures. I think that I would be in wool heaven too. I've just gotten interested in rug hooking and am so glad that you posted all those pictures. What a wonderful day you had and what great pieces you picked up.

Sherri said...

LOve, love, love the wool! On my to do list for 2010 is to begin a Dear Jane quilt and begin working with wool!

Petra said...

Oh Kaaren.. you was in wool heaven!!!! So much to see and to be inspired from and TO SHOP!!!! Wow!!
Must have been a fantastic trip!!

Vals Quilting said...

WOW what a great show - I wish we had on of these shows here in Alberta. I love driving and taking my time to trips like these...it's the journey right? AND the destination :)
Love the wool - can't wait to see your projects with it
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

rebecca said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip. I have always wanted to go there but not easy to get there living in Iowa....where no one seems to know where it is. Thanks for the trip via pictures and blogs. Maybe I will make it one day.

rebecca said...

I also love your reference to 'Mr. Painted Quilt". I chuckle everytime I read it.

julieQ said...

Fun!! blissful!! And I love your selections.

Wendi said...

YOu are so right!! that would be like heaven!!!
I just bought my first 2 wool kits. I cant wait to start!! I am taking them on Christmas vacation to the inlaws so I have something to work on without my sewing machine for 2 whole weeks!!!
~Wendi~
www.justkeepstitching.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

I would love to visit the Shelburne museum! I love the wools you have purchased, yummy xo

Carrie P. said...

OH, I am jealous. I wish I was in wool heaven along with you. lol
Beautiful choices and I love the displays. I want to try rug hooking with wool some day.

Kim D. said...

Love those hook rugs, but I surely don't need another hobby. Oh, that's Wool LOVE, I've been collecting a little and someday I'll get around to dying it and making something. Can't wait to see your next wool project.

Linda said...

Great stash... Kaaren. You know if your tried to rug hook you would get hooked. Oh I miss my quilt studio. Another few weeks to go....

Janet said...

What a lovely trip, I'm oohing and Aahing over the rugs. You have some lovely purchases thee.

Stephanie said...

It's hard to narrow down what to buy when faced with so much! I'll be the rugs were amazing to see in person. I've wanted to go to Vermont for so many years...hopefully one of these years soon.

Beth Karese said...

The rug hooking is really neat. I would like to try it sometime. In fact I even have pics of projects. A few years back I worked with a woman who did amazing rug hooking (she's now retired).

After my shopping experience last night I'm a little jealous. 20 vendors, wow! I bought my first wool pieces for a project, but they were out of creamy white. Meanwhile I'm sure I can find ~something~ else to work on. (wink)

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

The Shelburne - haven't been there in years! What a lovely place for the guild and all that eye candy!! And the stash you took home - more eye candy. I know you will find just the right projects for all those goodies!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Micki said...

The wools were just beautiful and thanks for sharing all the wonderful pics!
Micki

Heidi said...

What a fun trip! It would be so nice to live that close to Vermont. I cannot believe how nice those wool rugs are. Do you make wool rugs yourself alot? I don't remember seeing them on your blog but I do know you quilt with wool and it is beautiful.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Handmade by Mai said...

I see you had a wonderfull trip, thank you for taking us with you.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a very fun expedition, Kaaren!

Kim said...

Ooooh my goodness. I can see why you felt a bit overwhelmed. This is pure heaven. What a wonderful day trip. I was happy to tag along a bit.

Kathie said...

oh Kaaren the hooked rugs look amazing, that is one thing I really wan to learn how to do.
one of these days!
the pieces of wool are beautiful
thanks for sharing the pictures.
Did you notice in a lot of the rugs , applique designs from antique quilts?
Kathie

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Love, love, love the wool!!! You lucky girl! :-)