December 4th, Wednesday is International Rug Hooking Day. I hope you will be able to pull a loop or two in celebration of this art form. A good friend of mine (Lucy Richards) messaged me asking what I was doing on International Rug Hooking day and I said probably hooking. She asked if she could come to my studio to hook with me. Well of course you can and I'll put the word out for anyone else who would like to join us. If you would like to join us please stop by anytime between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 4th. If you plan on staying for lunch please pack a brown bag lunch, I'll provide tea/coffee. This will be the first year I'm not working during this auspicious occasion! This will be a fun day!
Reminder those attending Donna Legere's class for making your own Personal Plaid, tomorrow, Monday, December 2nd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. here at the studio. This should be a fun day as well.
Last week I was able to participate with the Northport Loopers, a pot luck celebrating Christmas and their last week together until after Christmas. The food was fantabulous! The company even better. We played a game of 'right, left and center' with much laughter.
I had a wonderful weekend in that I got to do exactly what I wanted to do, I rested, I relaxed, I hooked until my hands wanted to fall off. I haven't had a marathon of hooking for quite some time. My grandson often tells me I work more now than when I did work full time and run my studio. He's probably right, I find a hard time, sitting relaxing. Hooking is relaxing to me and there hasn't been much time for that lately. I had joined a facebook group called Contemporary Rug Hooking, organized by Martina Lesar. This group has been steadily growing and I find a lot of great information and many rug hooking friends and wonderful rugs being displayed that I had never seen before. Kay LeFevre started a fun themed challenge called SEASONS which invites artist to submit a new contemporary design to be showcased to the page and exhibit. A video will be made of all the rugs if you meet the deadline of March 2020 but if not, no worries, we still want to see your design. I hate to miss out on things so I said yes I would participate. I had no idea what the heck I was going to do but I knew I'd come up with something. Last Thursday night, I went through a lot of my pictures looking for something to inspire me. Fall has always been my favorite season so I looked for photo's I've taken of fall. I decided I would hook my father's blueberry fields, in the fall, the glorious reds, purples and blues. See below picture I had taken back in 2015, my very brief drawing and what it looks like tonight. I had so much fun doing this and I love being able to just sit and hook until, well the cows come home... I had to leave the house to attend a Christmas party, get some groceries and gas but that was it, the rest of the time, I hooked. I have only the sky left to do.
I believe I had showed you my Bluenose Pattern I had finished hooking but I didn't show you I made this into a pillow. See below front and back of my new pillow.
I had heard from some other rug hookers about the 'Hallmark Christmas Movies' being played the month of December. I had got rid of cable in our home many years ago but had recently re-installed and had no idea. I got to sit and watch Christmas movies over the weekend which was a treat for me to sit still and watch. When I realized I could also play them on my phone down stairs in my studio while I hooked, well I had the best of both worlds.
It has turned much colder which makes me appreciate my nice warm home. I love this time of year. I hope you have a wonderful week.