Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Inspiration ~

Betsy, of Heavens to Betsy fame, was the guest presenter at the Amish Country hook-in.  Last summer I attended Betsy's retreat (if you are looking for a wonderful retreat in a beautiful location, be sure to check in to check it out) at Shaker Village in Kentucky.  Betsy is so down to earth and believes there are no hooking rules that MUST be followed.  

These are too sweet!  Betsy gave a little demo on how she does her patchwork backs.

Miss Kitty was stuffed with lavender and smelled heavenly.

Isn't this a fun rug.  It is much more muted in person.  She did a braiding demonstration showing us how to add a braided edge to a rug.  

Even though I've not yet hooked the cat pattern I bought at the retreat last summer, I had to add this one to my stash.

And how could you attend a hook-in and not come home with a few yummy wools?

Saturday I am off to another hook-in, this one in Ann Arbor, MI.  In my next post, I'll show the progress I've made on my Magdalena runner.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Pug hugs :)


  1. yummy wool!! you are a rug hooking machine attending all of the rug events.

  2. Wow Lauren, you are just hopping all over the hooking places. I'm so glad that you are having all this continuous fun.
    I can't wait to see the wool in your next project.

  3. Evening Lauren, so wonderful those pieces, love the bunny's.....

  4. I love the shaped rabbit and cat, something I have been wanting to try myself, maybe for gifts for next Christmas. Wools are always fun to see and buy and those are great to go with your new pattern.


  5. Hi Lauren,
    Talk about inspiration! LOVE Betsy's rugs.... those wide cuts are calling my name! Wish I could've seen the demo on the patchwork backs... just love them!
    Thank-you so much for getting photos and sharing them! Have fun at the next hook-in! Will be waiting for photos of your rug too!!
    Cathy G

  6. Hi Lauren,

    Love those little rabbits, the patchwork back is sure fun!! Love the wool too, a girl can never have too much of that!! I wish I lived closer to go to the fun stuff that is available up there! Can't wait to see the next hook-in pics.

  7. Well aren't you the travelling hooker! Cute design and great wool.


  8. What fun!!! I love your cat rug! I think any day when there is some wool in the day, it is just a great day. I am so glad you remember to take your camera because I sure enjoy looking at all of the things you get to see.

  9. I've just finished hooking two little hearts and I was wondering how to do the backs so I can stuff them - I like Betsy's patchwork method. You're so lucky to have several hook-ins to attend Lauren - we have one a year and feel fortunate to have that! Thanks for the photos!

  10. Hi, Lauren,
    Lucky you to get to go to all these fun events! I just love that cat and mouse rug, the background is so different and interesting. I am working on the antique repro kit I got from Maria, but have run out of lots of the wool, and I'm not near done. I have written her yet, I'm worried that maybe I hook too high? Maybe I have over compensated from when I hooked too low. Looking forward to seeing your Magdalena runner...

  11. Always fun to see all the hooked pieces from the retreats, hook in's you go to.

  12. This is such fun ! I love Miss kitty stuffed with Lavender !

  13. Oh how I'd love to take one of Betsy's classes! The heart, cat and rabbit are so cute! And, love the rug you bought the pattern for! You certainly brought home a great stack of goodies too! :-)

  14. Wow Lauren, You've really been getting around in the rug hooking world lately....I'm a bit envious! That cat with the patchwork back is just adorable! How fun!
    I do get to go hook with some girlfriends tonight after work and I am SO looking forward to it!

  15. those are the cutest things with the patchwork wool backing and stuffed with lavendar - how darling ! what a great gift idea for someone you don't quite want to make a rug for. Aren't you the lucky duck getting to attend so many retreats lately. I'm off to our guilds 3 day retreat tomorrow up on St Simons Island - YIPPEE!!!!!!!!! Enjoy and I will enjoy too ! mel


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