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Rice Lake, WI, United States
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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Friday, November 8, 2013

My Latest Class of Beginning Rug Hookers!

"Simply Sweet Sunflower"
designed by Cathy Greschner for
Beginning Rug Hooking Class November 7th 2013

Yesterday we had seven lovely ladies here in the studio for another beginning rug hooking class!  What an awesome group of ladies!  We laughed, chatted, drank some spiced caramel apple cider, ate pumpkin muffins and yes we hooked!  They are all off to a wonderful start on their little sunflower mats I designed especially for this class!  
Everyone is thrilled to be learning how to hook rugs! These gals are talented quilters and wool appliqué artists already and want to learn yet another craft! 
Next week they come back to learn the art of binding their sweet little mats!  
I am a stickler for making sure they learn to bind their rugs... the part of rug hooking we all love so much.... right Lauren?  LOL!! 
It's not a rug until it's bound!

Speaking of finishing... Jill and I just completed a couple of wool appliqué  models for the studio shop.... here is Jill's...

Didn't she do a beautiful job?  Of course everything Jill does is finished and stitched to perfection!
I just LOVE this bag!  Oh my goodness the studio is REALLY starting to feel like the Holidays!!

I have  a finish to show too.... this 18 inch wool applique mat with Holly and Berries!  It was SOOOOO much fun to stitch!!  The more I do this wool appliqué  the more I'm lovin' it!!

Well off to work a little more in the studio today and get things ready for tomorrow! 
We are open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00 so if you live in this neck of the woods PLEASE stop on by... the coffee and cider will be brewing!  Warm up between snowflakes and come fondle our newly dyed wool and browse all the new patterns!  

Cathy G


  1. Oh wow, those ladies are working very seriously on their little sunflower rugs. It looks so nice and inviting in your studio.The wool appliques are wonderful. It really is starting to look like the holidays at your place. I'd love to be closer to your place Cathy. I need a boost to get back at my hooking but it will have to wait. I'm starting to envy my hooker friends who are churning rugs like as fast as corn pops.

  2. And I forgot to mention that I love your new little sunflower mat. It's a great beginner project.

  3. Cathy, I laughed out loud! You make them come back to learn the binding!! Haha. I bet you tell them how "fun" it is but soon they will be just like the rest of us (well, me and Lauren) with a pile of hooked, not bound, projects.

  4. I fully agree on the finishing!!! Nice size class!!! Good for you!!

  5. I wish I were close I would be over for sure.

  6. I can see why there's so much enthusiasm in your new class.
    A lovely antique-filled studio, a great teacher, and a lovely little mat to work on. What's not to be happy about?!
    It's a winner!

  7. Oh... beautiful, loverly wool! How I wish I could stop by for some wooly goodness!

  8. Oh but those pumpkin muffins sound delish! Cute Sunflower design!! Hopefully all the gals will share a picture with you once done so you can show us their results.


  9. Cathy ~
    I would love to visit your studio. It is beautiful and so neat and organized.
    Wonderful applique designs but I don't have time for another craft.
    Binding...ugh! I'm up to 4 rugs again.
    Hugs :)


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