Are You In a Rug Hooking Slump? February 13, 2022

Last week, Joan asked what I do to get out of a rug hooking slump?  Basically you are not feeling like rug hooking, don't have a project that is inspiring you?  Don't feel like rug hooking, just not in the mood?  Could be these reasons or many more.  I think it correlates to the time of year it is.  February has long days of darkness, and here in the Maritimes, the coldest time of the year.  We are not connected to other rug hookers in person due to continued restrictions of COVID.

For me, the one project I had on the go, isn't inspiring me.  It isn't my usual colourful hooked rug.  I have been very busy dyeing wool fabric and yarns for customers.  Started and finished a rag quilt. So I have been busy doing other things.

What can we do to get out of our slump?  We can chat with friends who rug hook or do other hand work.  Keep looking at other peoples work online to help inspire us.  Attend virtual or in person rug schools.  Sit in on a zoom class or hooking get together.  Go for a walk in the sunshine, that always makes me feel better.

A couple of my friends and I have decided we are going to get together once a week and rug hook together.  I saw and purchased a lovely pattern online that 'talked' to me and got me excited to get back to rug hooking.  I am going to attend a virtual zoom hooking get together tonight being hosted from Newfoundland, can't wait! 

So here is my progress thus far on my Laughing Whale.  Makes me smile just to say that.


In the Mail this week; Leone Cox purchased a burlap bag from a thrift store many years ago and decided she wanted to rug hook the design.  It is lovely Leone and thanks for sharing with us.  The night sky is supplied by Della's Rug Hooking called Mag Blue.

Susan Hebert is a hooking machine, she started this pattern by Della's Rug Hooking not too long ago and she is nearly finished.  It is beautiful. Wool fabric supplied by Della's Rug Hooking, Lollipop for the flowers, Prim Navy for the border and Sterling Silver for the background.

Have a good week everyone!

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  • love your poppies. started back doing some hooking this past weekend.

    • Barbara Savary
  • Just reading your blogs Della, helps bring any rug hooking slumps right out of me! I also love looking at others works and going thru your shop photos and multitude of colours.
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day Dear Kady

    • Susan walsh
  • Love the Laughing Whale and the other rugs are beautiful as well. February will be gone before you know it and March always brings some brighter, warmer days! Hang in there everybody, better, brighter days ahead! Happy Valentine’s Day as well <3

    • Debra Ackles Adams
  • Thanks Della, lots of great ideas. I’m going to attend the hook in tonight as well.

    • Joan Macfarlane