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!


Joanne said...

Wow Lauri - what an interesting mix and I'm sure you came home overwhelmed with inspiration! So cool! Thanks for sharing

WoolenSails said...

I wish I could have gone with you, what fabulous rugs and techniques. I like that straw rug, have an idea how it might be made, looks like something I would like to try, maybe with something other than straw though.


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Spectacular post! Wonderful rugs and such interesting variations of the hooked rug! It had to very inspiring to be among all that wonderful art! And your pictures of the area were gorgeous!

TamboinMO said...

OMG! This is one of the best posts I've seen ANYWHERE in a LONG, LONG time!
I'm inspired!
Thank you SO MUCH!

dulcy said...

I agree with Tammy!!! I'm in awe of what these artists have created. I'm completely inspired to try and become more artful with my hooking. Such out of the box creativity! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous projects!

Sharlene Washington said...

I love the colors in that runner too. It is an inspirational piece. Is it an original design? I'd love to know more about it and see its progress.

Sheila said...

Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just found your post today and I really needed inspiration ti get back into hooking. I bet you wnet home with your mind racing it has been years since I felt this way. Thanks so much for sharing your pics and info.