Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Hook-In

Every Tuesday is an open hooking day at the Moose River Rug Hooking Studio.  I went over late this morning to join in and to try to absorb whatever information I could glean from the very talented hookers in our area.  All the gals were so helpful and very giving of their knowledge and information.

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Many of the gals bring baked goodies and there is always fresh coffee and tea served.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying myself as I knew I would.  This is Diane and she designs as she goes.  If you like the scrappy style, you’d L-O-V-E this rug!  Notice her basket of precut strips on the floor beside her?  That’s all she uses when she makes her rugs.

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Bette is a wonderful hooker and has been so helpful and encouraging.  Her work is exquisite.  Look at the gradation of shading on the leaves.

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How cool is this Santa?

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And here’s what I’ve done so far.

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I’m starting out slowly and the design I’m working on is a relatively simple one but I’m learning and loving it!  Now I only wish that there were more hours in a day in order to accomplish everything that I want and would like to do.

Kaaren ♥

47 comments:

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful designs and hooking, nice variety of styles and techniques. I think your piece is coming out wonderfully.

Debbie

Betty said...

Enjoy your hooking. I think this is something I would like as well. However I have too many sewing projects to finish before I pick up another hobby. Looks like the men also hook, I think I see one in the background in one of your pictures.

Elaine said...

I remember doing hooked rugs when I was in college. These women do much nicer designs then I did then.

Diane said...

Your 1st project is fantastic. I've had my first project going for about a decade now. How wonderful for you that you've found a source of encouragement and inspiration so close to your new home--
Merry Christmas!
Diane

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

What a gift that store is and so close not only to home but to Christmas as well.

I wish you all the happiness hooking on the coast.............gee,,,did you ever think you would be a hooker on the east coast??? xxx/

and a Very Merry Christmas.
As always

By Hoki Quilts said...

Wow my friend, that must be some sort of record. Not only have you moved quite some distance you have managed to get into a group that is just so perfect for you - well done. I hope you are starting to feel the 'at home' feeling.
hugs
Miche'le

Marie said...

Wow - is that neat or not. I'm impressed with your start but it looks like you have some great help and inspiration.

Annette said...

Looks so fun and relaxing. I like seeing the finished projects on the walls too. Beautiful! You will be an expert in no time.

Marsha said...

It is so neat that you have the shop so close to your new home. What a great way to meet new friends and learn a new craft. Looks like so much fun!

CBH said...

I wish I was there too. The work looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

GerryART said...

I'm so glad you've been able to hook-up with a group so soon after your move.
Must make the transition easier.

Happy Holiday Hugs,
Gerry

Bunny said...

Your first project is just amazing. Way to go Girl. So happy to hear you are enjoying your new surroundings. Merry Christmas

Janet said...

What a wide variety of styles -looks like you will be enjoyng your new skill - there is a nice affinity between quilters and hookers - lots of crossover.
Have a blessed and safe Christmas, Kaaren.
Warm good wishes,
Janet

paulette said...

Instant friends and so talented!! How sweet is that! Look at the baskets of wool...yikes!!! LOVE it!! Nothing like a day hooking, I say!
Take care!

paulette said...

Hey, you won something over at Blackbird Designs...congrats!
Paulette

marina said...

what a great way to meet the locals.
they are all wonderful projects.
Enjoy!

Jota said...

Kaaren everything is beautiful, very developed, you are a amazing seamstresses. a hug from Toledo, Spain. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Miccosukee said...

Love your work and your enthusiasm. A big thank you to Te're from Wool Snippets for giving us your blog address. Boy, you are one talented bunch up there.

Glad to add you to my list and enjoy the holidays,
Trisha
briarrosefarm(at)hotmail[dot]com

Potpourri said...

I tried to become a hooker once but it just didn't happen.
Good for you om your first project and may all your loops be even.

moosestashquilting said...

Looks like you have found a great place in your new home town. I love your reference to them being hookers. I know, I need to get my mind out of the gutter! Thanks for a wonderful blog, great inspiration, and beautiful photos you have shared all year. Have a wonderful holiday in your new home!

Sandi said...

What a lovely group of people Kaaren. I'm sure you will be designing rug patterns in the near future.

How lucky you are to have the shop so close that you could even walk to it in deep snow!

Lynn S said...

Makes me ready to move too!!

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What wonderful designs! I am so anxious to start myself. My friend Audrey is a hooker and I will be learning with her starting in January!

I hope these talented gals let you take more pics of their exquisite work so we all can be inspired!

MERRY CHRISTMAS if I don't chat with you before then!! HUGS!

Lori said...

How fun to jump right in with such talented women!!! I love what you are working on.

Judy C said...

Looks like fun, oh no! I feel another hobby coming on. lol

Mimi said...

How exciting for you. Looks like so much fun. I want Diane as a friend. I love her rug.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, fun. I do love the one that Bette is working on. Do I see a guy hooking a rug in the background?
Your rug is looking very good. Have fun.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Wonderful colors,What great hooking designs, Cheri

Allie said...

AMAZING ladies - my goodness the talent there. You are so blessed to have such a place nearby. I love the look of your rug already!

Karen said...

I am so glad that you got out and made some new acquaintances of the crafty type. I figure you will be designing lots of hooked rug pieces.

Sandy said...

I love your rug...I would love to find a hooking shop. I don't think there is any around NE Ohio...I will have to look. A lot of talent with those gals!

Christine said...

Kaaren love, I'm happy for you. As quickly as you have found good friends. You make all the wonderful work. All the best, Christine

Huisvlyt said...

Looks like you all had great fun!!! Love those pieces that you showed us - great talent between those ladies.
Your piece is wonderful. You are doing a great job!
Elzaan

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Your so lucky to be so close to the store. The work the ladies are doing is so encouragng. I love your design too. Have a great first Christmas in your new home.
Dianne

Stephanie said...

They're all beautiful works of art. Happy Hooking!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What stunning work by all of you and what a fabulous way to recycle. I recently saw a show about rag rugging and I must admit my interest was piqued! Could I really afford to add another craft in my life!! It would be a slippery slope!!

Have a great Christmas!

Janet said...

How much fun are you having? A lot is my guess. You have taken to it like a duck to water and the group has a lot of talent. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you get to do this coming year.

SueB said...

Your first design is amazing. I would have loved to land in a new area and found this shop. I am very new to wool and I also am loving it. The designs in this shop look beautiful what a great group of friends you will have.

Sheila said...

How interesting , so nice to see some of the work these talented ladies are doing . Your project is really going to be nice as well ,great job. Have fun and Merry Christmas to you and your family ,hope you enjoy a wonderful Nova Scotia Christmas.

Bertie said...

Gorgeous so far Kaaren, you are so lucky with that shop near your home. The other hookers projects look fabulous too :))
Happy Christmas

Gayle said...

YAY Kaaren! You've got a GREAT start on your first rug hooking project! I'm so glad you were able to spend time with the gals at the store - you've found a great support group! Do you know if any of them are bloggers?

Aimee Jeffries said...

It is inevitable that I try doing this someday! I love Bette's trick of using the magnet to hold her scissors!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Kaaren this has been on my list of want to makes forever. Even have supplies and seeing your rug makes me want to dive in and your new home is beautiful.
Merry Christmas,
Bonnie

Cindy said...

My present to you ...

Another hour...to hook.

Merry Christmas.

Kathie said...

I sure wish I had a rug hooking store near me
It is something I have wanted to learn how to do forever.
Enjoy your new home and Merry Christmas!
I hope you will continue to post about your new home and area you live in.
It looks beautiful.
Kathie

Siobhan said...

How neat!! I love seeing what everybody is working on, and your piece, too! Keep sharing those pics--they are so inspirational.

John'aLee said...

All of you ladies' work is amazing!!