Friday, October 24, 2014

One of my UFO's

Here is one of my ufo's.  My husband bought this beautiful mermaid pattern for me several years ago!  I enthusiastically hooked about 75% of it, put it down and have not touched it since!  I vow that I now will complete this large beauty!!   


Sebago Lake Rug School

One of my favorite rug hooking workshops is the Sebago Lake Rug School which is held every year in May at St. Joseph's College, in Standish, Maine.  It is a week long workshop.  It is now going into its 42nd year!  The teaching staff includes:  Sarah Guilliani, Betty McClentic; Diane Stoffel; Lois Dugal and Martha Beals.  I have attended for a few years and have taken classes with Diane and Sarah.  It is a wonderful week of learning, laughing and sharing!  Here are some pictures of the beautiful rugs that were displayed at the show and that the students were working on (unfortunately I did not keep track of the pattern names or the students names).  

If you would like more information about this workshop, you can contact Gail Walden at  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

When I First Discovered Rug Hooking

I can remember the first time I saw someone "hooking". I was at an auction, there was a woman sitting in a chair creating a beautiful picture with fabric. I watched in amazement as she pulled long strands of fabric from a bundle, they disappeared below the surface of the drawn design, and they suddenly reappeared back on the surface filling in the outlines. I approached her and asked her "what are you making?". She replied that she was making a rug. She briefly explained the process. She reached into her bag and handed me a business card. She was a rug hooking teacher! She invited me to her studio to come and see what it was all about. I couldn't wait to go! The following week, I went to her studio. She patiently sat next to me and demonstrated. I nervously held the hook and started "pulling up loops". It only took a few minutes and I was "hooked"!! I signed up for her class and bought my first kit. I looked forward to each week! What a wonderful time we had each week: learning, sharing, laughing and creating! That teacher was Jacqueline Hansen. I will always be thankful and grateful for everything she has done for me. How and when did you discover rug hooking?