I know I've been absent from blogging for awhile! Things have been hopping around here getting ready for the first session of my beginning rug hooking class at WITC. I'm happy to report the success of the first class and hopefully introduce to you soon all the newest rug hookers from our area! Nine ladies of the ten students were present and Mary Kay got the flu so she wisely stayed home to rest! We will see you next week I'm sure Mary Kay!
I love teaching and only felt a little rattled and slightly shaky when nine pairs of eyes were closely observing me hooking and watching so closely! I had them take their hooks and hold them in their hands while watching me hook for a few minutes! By the time they sat down and pulled their first loop the hooks felt a little more natural to hold and soon they were all hooking away! After about a half-hour I was hearing things like " Wow.... I like this!" And " I could see not wanting to stop doing this!" Well, what do you think? Are they hooked? Oh yeah!! They're hooked!!
I didn't take photos as the class flew by so quickly and I was hopping around like a jack rabbit answering questions and checking everyone's progress!
So stay tuned .... it promises to be exciting as the next class session takes place next Thursday!
As if I didn't have enough on my mind last week, the Chronotype our local newspaper wanted to do a feature story on me! The reporter Valerie Leair did a great job! I tried to talk her into becoming a hooker too so we'll see what happens there! LOL!
Here is a bad photo I took of the newspaper article.
It was a full page spread! I wish I could somehow link you to the story online. The newspaper has a paid subscription for online subscribers..... and so far I have been told ( by my hubby who is the sports guy.... that you can't link to the story unless you are a paid subscriber.) Well, unless you are interested in what happens around our fair city of Rice Lake, WI I doubt you will want to subscribe just to read about me.
(although I do have to tell you Dave writes some pretty interesting stuff in his outdoor pages and journal every week.... nature writing at it's best.) A sub. would be worth it for that alone! ( your welcome honey ;-))
Now, after all of that excitement I had wool from Heavens to Betsy arrive here yesterday! Jill Holmes of NorthwoodsWool.Com and I went together on a big order. I relaxed last evening by washing and tearing it into quarter yard pieces. Yes.... that is relaxing to me. Then I like to sit and stare at it for awhile. So here you go...... sit back with a cupa something and stare away! It relaxes the mind and body!
Oh one last thing! The rug in progress at the top is a pattern by Robin Leuschen of Bird In The Hand Primitives. I love this adorable pattern she designed called Oh Spring! I have been thinking that a lot lately as in "Oh Spring.... where art though?!" I hear a major snow storm could be headed our way this week. Ugh! Anyway Robins pattern is a punch needle pattern that I adapted for rug hooking. Her pattern is available Here if you would like one for yourself! Isn't Robin doing a great job on her hooking?( See her blog) She is teaching herself and I see the makings of a master rug hooker in her future! You go Robin! Enjoy every Loop!!!