Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Off to Plum Island

My husband and I leave for a much needed vacation tomorrow to Plum Island on the coast of Massachusetts. Right next to the resort town of Newburyport, MA is where we will hopefully just walk the beach, read, eat lobster, and maybe even sketch a bit.

I'm in the middle of a rug right now that I'm having a hard time staying away from, but I'm not going to bring it with me. However, I do have a rug that needs binding, so that will make the trip. I figure I'm more likely to work on it if I don't have my regular hooking nearby.

See you all when I get back.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

First Rug

I was looking through some old photos recently and found some pictures I had taken in 1995 at the Green Mountain Rug Camp. It was my very first rug camp, and I was a new hooker. Took class from Patsy Becker and had lots of fun watching her dye wool during the week I was there. Also learned about binding rugs with yarn, points on stars, color selection, etc. I think the best part was the rug show at the end of the week. I saw a caliber of rugs that I never had seen before, and it made me want to try all sorts of techniques. I'm sure a lot of you experienced the same thing as you began hooking.

Anyway, included in the packet of photos was a photo of my first real rug. I completed a chair pad when I first learned to hook, but this was the first rug that to me was actually a rug. At the time I started this rug my niece was planning her wedding, and I decided to give the rug to her on the occasion of her marriage. I often wonder how I ever decided to give away what was basically my first rug.

Dick LaBarge was my teacher at the time, and he walked me through all the color choices, dyed wool for me, and really encouraged me that I could do this rug and complete it on time.

Here is the rug:

I don't know who the designer of the rug is, but what I remember most about the rug is that my hooking was very tight. At times, it looked three-dimensional!! I have to say though, I had a lot of fun working on the different objects in the rug.

Sadly, the couple who received the rug have divorced, and I'm not sure where it is. I'm sure is rolled up and stored for now. Hopefully, it will see the light of day some day.

Do you know where your first rug is? Did you learn a lot from that experience?

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Thursday, September 8, 2011


The wedding of my daughter, Maggie, and her wonderful husband, Andres is over. So long in the planning and then over in the blink of an eye.

The sun shone for the day of the wedding, but shortly after we arrived at the reception, the heavens let loose. Thank God, we were all safe inside. It was a wonderful day, and I hope to share photos as soon as I get them from the photographer.

Here though, is her bouquet drying outside.

Fall seems to be coming fast and furious. We closed our pool this week, and have already been talking about how soon the leaves will be changing.

Looking forward to fall decorating, baking apple pies, and wearing sweaters! Prayer Shawl Ministry resumes its meetings this week, and I need to spend some time with those knitting needles. I've been hooking most of the summer and haven't spent a lot of time working on any other projects.

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