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My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lisa's First Rug!

( Lisa and her first rug)

I don't know who's more excited about Lisa finishing hooking her first rug.... Lisa or me?  When she came to me back in April of this year she had no experience hooking whatsoever!  Lisa loves primitive's and fell in love with this rug she spotted online and was bound and determined to learn how to hook one for herself!   Somehow she stumbled across my blog and learned that I gave rug hooking lessons here in my studio.  
After getting a good start on her rug Lisa had to put it on the back burner for awhile.  Her daughter was married this summer and the wedding was held among the beautiful gardens of her home.  Farming,  raising and showing horses,  two young sons and driving the US Mail truck daily kept this energetic gal busier than usual!
Then a few days ago she called to say she was done hooking and needed help with binding!  
We decided to go with a nice wool binding in black. 
I am really loving this rug!  
Every loop has determination, learning to overcome obstacles, love for the craft of rug hooking and the desire to have something made by ones own hand hooked right into it!
Lisa will tell you how much reverse hooking she did..... a perfectionist at heart!  Then she realized how wool is a tender loving material to work with and that in the final product those loops that weren't perfect in her eyes became the character so sought after in primitive rugs!
So Lisa when you read this...... know that it was a pleasure to help you on your way to learning how to hook rugs!  I am so very proud of you that you kept on going and finished your very first rug!
It's a beauty and I can't wait to see what's going on your frame next!!

Cathy G


  1. This rug really is a beauty!!! Awesome colors and prim shading. Love it!

  2. It is really very, very pretty. Such a wonderful first rug. It would be so nice to not live across the country from you and
    to have to give me lessons. It would have helped to be able to ask questions. You are a good teacher Cathy!

  3. Congratulations Lisa on finishing your first rug. You did a great job. How lucky you are to have a great teacher like Cathy.

    Well there you are Cathy, reaping the rewards of your efforts. You must be a great teacher. What a satisfying feeling this must be for you. It's a beautiful rug and I love the colors.

  4. Bravo, Lisa...you've hooked a wonderful prim beauty! A+ for the teacher as well.

  5. LISA, you did a fantastic job of hooking and it looks much better than my first attempt and mine wasn't nearly that big. So, Cathy, that must have something to do with your teaching abilities because as I've always heard...."if the student hasn't learned then the teacher hasn't taught". So both Cathy and Lisa have done a wonderful job.


  6. Hi Cathy. Wow, that is a wonderful piece of art for a first time rug. Great work,love the prim look. Blessings Francine.

  7. Cathy ~
    VERY impressive!! What a busy lady.
    Hugs :)

  8. Congratulations, Lisa!
    Beautiful first rug!!!
    And congratulations to you, Cathy for being such an excellent teacher.

  9. What a beautiful rug..better than I could do my first time. Congras! Take care, Janice

  10. Way to go Lisa ~ you did a wonderful job!!!
    I guess your now a professional Hooker!!!
    Your teacher must be very proud!
    Prim Blessings

  11. I feel so honored to have met Cathy!! to think she only lives a half hour away. She has gone above and beyond as a teacher, she is so patient and kind( I cant tellyou how many times I called with questions) I cant wait to start the next one, Cathy is getting her sunflower and horse kits ready for me now. Thank you so much Cathy

  12. perfect rug, the colors and the hooking are so prim , you should be very proud and to have a great teacher that understands the look you want is a wonderful thing.

  13. How wonderful for your both.
    Beautiful work Lisa.
    I love it.
    Happy Fall


  14. BEAUTIFUL....just gorgeous.
    Oh Lisa you are a trooper girl...so much going on in your life and you still put out a grand hooked rung.

    Cathy if I lived closer to you I'd come take lessons from you - I'm so slow at it as I have my business and can't get to it as often as I want to...if I had a time set aside it would be so much fun.
    How far away are you from Burlington??? I know how far...about 5 hours!!! A tad too far for lessons. LOL


  15. Cathy, please congratulate Lisa for me! She created an amazing rug! Ohhhhhh, the color combination! I do remember your "rescue operaton" and Lisa worked so hard to complete the rug. Way to go, Lisa...and Cathy-our "Guru Girl."

  16. How lucky you both are to have found one another. I share the thrill of a rookie who is just so enthusiastic, it rubs off on you. Congratulations to both of you for a first rug well done. I think there will be many more to come.

  17. the rug is wonderful love it. I wish you many many more.But really you are old enough to have a daughter to get married? You look so young.

  18. OMG, you did an awesome job !!! Great pattern, good color choices, and your hooking looks great !!!

  19. I think the rug turned out great! I love your saying "Every loop has determination"....I'll have to remember that one!

  20. it is just fabulous!
    congratulations to you both!

  21. What a wonderful, first rug. Lisa you are a natural, keep up the good work. Cathy you are an incredible teacher and I love the Halloween pillows in your new header photo. Gosh, how I wish I lived closer. Have a lovely evening, Julie.

  22. What a great first rug!!

  23. Lisa's rug looks wonderful, Cathy!

    Hugs, Linda

  24. I've always loved that design and Lisa really did a wonderful job! Good student ~ good teacher! Congrats to both of you!

  25. Well done! A large finished hook piece gives such a sense of accomplishment. Love the neutral colors!



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