With much apprehension, I attended my first rug hooking class on Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Moose River Rug Hooking Studio in the tiny community near to where we live.
The class was designed to teach several different hooking stitches and techniques and the project that we worked on will eventually be transformed into a little hooked purse like the one below. Regrettably, I cannot claim this little beauty to be mine as it belongs to Kathy Leblanc who was our teacher for this class.
Each little ‘block’ displays a different stitch that can be used when hooking on different elements in a rug to achieve interest, dimension and texture. Some of the stitches were a little tricky but with Kathy’s help, we were all able to execute each one…including a raw beginner like me. Even the seasoned hookers learned a lot from this workshop.
We were each given a piece of burlap with the pattern already on so we could start right in. Kathy would demonstrate each stitch and then visit each of us to critique and offer assistance as needed.
We all worked like busy little beavers.
Kathy insisted that we take a break around mid morning…
to stretch our legs and partake of the tea, coffee and goodies provided by the gracious shop owners.
We hooked, chatted and laughed our way through the morning session where by this time we had attempted about half of the stitches. I decided to go with bold colors, kinda crazy quilt style.
Hooking is very strenuous work you know…*wink*… so we recharged our batteries by being treated to a delicious home made lunch which was made and provided by the shop owners.
With one short break in the afternoon, we worked until 4 p.m. at which time we called it a day and had show-and-tell. No two projects looked the same and a few of the gals chose to hook theirs using yarn instead of wool.
I’m hoping to have the hooking finished by Tuesday so I can bring it to our weekly hook-in at the shop.
What an incredibly fun day we all had, complimented by a great teacher, incredibly hospitable hosts and a great group of gals.
I think it goes without saying…