Sunday, August 8, 2010

The GMRHG Summer Hook-in

The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Summer hook-in took place in tha main conference room of the hotel. It was a large room and there was plenty of space to spread out. I met up with some friends who are members of Tin Pedlars, and saw many other people whom I have met before. A side table always had refreshments and laughter was abundant.
The thing I love about a hook in is being able to go around and chat with people about what they are creating. Everyone is open to share why they chose a particular pattern and how they selected their colors.
I believe you should be able to click on any of the pictures to get a close up view.
There are many talented people in this group, and there were informal classes given on the side of the room for anyone who wanted to join. I took a class with Rose Ann Hunter on how to make jewelry from wool. She partnered with a woman who makes wire jewelry, and showed us how to make closures for our necklaces when they were completed. They took on personalities of their own and came out quite well!
As with all gatherings of rug hookers there were rugs that were partially finished and some newly completed ones that were held up for the "oooh's" and "aaaahhh's" of the crowd. I'm sorry that I didn't get the names of the people who made these rugs or their designers. They were wonderful. but things were moving fast and I could barely focus my camera!

Isn't this a fabulous background?

And I love the colors in this one. I wish I had gotten a close up shot for you because the hooking direction makes the rug, but you really can't see it well in this photo. Try clicking on it!

Many people got up and spoke for 15 minutes or more on a fibery topic. It was great being able to sit and hook and listen to them. This next one was about teaching children to hook. These small projects were all made by children in an ongoing class. I believe the ages were from 10 and up. They each created their own design and made the entire project including finishing and sewing it together!!!

The colors in this rug are fabulous! These are my colors!!! I want them!!!

Molly Colegrove shared some of her whimsical sculptural designs and I had never seen anything like them. This hooked vessel was quite nice although the legs didn't do much for me! These are made with a wire base that is molded to the shape that you want, and then you hook through the holes in the wire. It is awkward but after a few minutes it isn't very hard. You need a small hook as you would use with a 2 cut! I like the beaded embelishments she used.
This crow was fabulous, and very detailed with lots of color that doesn't show in my picture. Her eyes are made up of tiny turquoise beads. You may be able to click on the photo for a close up.
Rose Ann Hunter gave a wonderful overview of the history of rugs. Prodded, proggy, shirred, standing wool, beaded, knit and crochet rugs were discussed. I have heard her speak several times before and taken classes with her, but each time she has new information that she has discovered. Here are some of the rugs she brought to show us. Most are made by Rose Ann as she was trying to duplicate stitches or rugs she has seen in museums. She is a wonderful rug historian. This one has knit or chrocheted strips, and then the strips were rolled up in jelly roll fashion..

The one on the right used the same technique, but a row of shirring was added for the ruffled effect.

I believe this next stitch might be called the straw stitch or something similar. It is created with a piece of straw and that is sewn over with wool yarn creating the loops. It is very dense and sturdy.
This was created by taking a long strip of wool perhaps 1" wide, and sewing a sturdy thread in a running stitch down the middle. With every stitch you give it a double twist. Then you pull on the thread and the wool puckers forming a plush long strip. That strip can be sewn into a circle mat such as this, or made into a necklace, or it could even become your Christmas tree garland!
This is a standing wool mat. They are actually quite easy to make and work up fairly quickly!

I'm showing the back of this rug because from the top I would have thought it was prodded, or proggy. But the wool strips are actually sewn and cut. I don't remember the name of this technique.

I sat in on the class with Molly as she taught us how to make the vessels. These last two pictures show her cutting the wire screening and then she made cuts on the sides of the screening like a dart for clothing. Then she pushed it into a sturdy bowl to create the shape, and the "darts" she had cut overlapped. She placed a slightly smaller bowl inside to firm up the shape. Then she tossed them to the onlookers and we began hooking! The vessels can be embellished with felting, beading or stitchery or whatever you want.I will show my progress in another post. This type of screening can be purchased at Dick Blick art supply.
I hope you enjoyed my post about the hook-in as much as I enjoyed being there. There will be a Fall hook-in too, but it is the same weekend as a spinning bee called "The Gathering" that is only held every two years. Both will be held in Vermont within 20 miles of each other! Arrrggghhh! So many fiber choices! Life is good!

Vermont for the GMRHG Hook-in

I have so much to tell you! I will attempt to offer you several posts today in order to share my activities with you. Last weekend I headed over to Vermont to attend the Summer Hook-in for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. I feel a kinship and loyalty to that group as their rug show is what endeared me to rug hooking and prompted my journey into a wonderful new way of creating things with wool. Many members such as myself do not live in Vermont but enjoy the activities and amazing talent in their guild. Their membership enjoys some of the best rug hookers in the world.

Vermont is beautiful. I believe it is one of the prettiest States in our glorious Country. No matter where you look you will see rolling hills and beautiful sights. I had plenty of time so took the path less traveled. I came upon a lovely covered bridge back in the woods on a gravel path. I spent a few minutes enjoying the quiet and listening to the stream running gently under the bridge.

Vermont is celebrated for their farmland, and of course they have an abundance of cows. Isn't it curious how animals identify each other with butt sniffing greetings? I'm so glad that humans merely shake hands to greet each other!
The weather in the northeast has been wonderful and the crops are doing well. Cornfields are abundant and it looks like there will be a healthy crop this year. Most farmers plant a few rows of "pig corn" on the outer edge of their fields so that if thieves grab a couple of ears they will get the pig corn and not the good stuff.

Along the road I passed by Queechee Gorge, and had to take a break from driving so I could take a walk and see the beauty of the gorge. The first picture is a shot straight down from the bridge so you can see the height. Some nearby teenagers dropped a large stick over the edge and it took a full five seconds to fall to the ground where it shattered into mulch. The second picture shows one side of the gorge and Queechee river going into the distance.

After I arrived at my hotel I met up with many rug hookers, and will show some rugs and more about the gathering in my next post. I drove around a bit to watch the sunset and take some pictures. This is from the parking lot of the hotel.
I came across another breed of cows that I have seen before. They have shaggy red coats and wonderful horns. I believe they are an English breed and if cows can be cute...they are!

The sun was setting so I headed to a high spot to get a few shots of the magnificent sunset. I didn't have to go far as these pictures were taken in the K-Mart parking lot!

I headed back to the hotel to unpack, and enjoyed a relaxing jacuzzi by the pool with some women from New Jersey who were visiting their sons at nearby Castleton College. It was a relaxing day and I looked forward to the hook-in the following day with anticipation.