Monday, April 14, 2014

It Really Was ~

~ almost heaven :)  Susan Feller's Retreat in to the Mountains . . . two and a half days of hooking, friends old and new, more hooking and in my case non-stop eating.  I am a grazer and with all the goodies in the hooking room, I spent a little too much time at the goodie table.  So many talented hookers ~ so many different styles.  

Karen Larsen of Crows Foot Farm gave a talk on the thought process she uses to design rugs.  She explained how this rug came about.  It was based on drawing by her eight year old granddaughter and aptly named Lucy's Fairy Village.  Isn't it just too sweet?

Another rug of Karen's of a local Pennsylvania barn, Star Barn 1872.

The same barn hooked by her hooker friend Nancy who was also at the retreat.  Totally different but equally as wonderful.

My partner in crime Melissa was hooking this pattern by the Woolley Fox.  This is what she accomplished the first day.  Her color choices were amazing.

Sweet Liz who also attended the retreat last year brought everyone a piece of antique paisley.  Melissa hooked it in the center of her hearts.  

She completed the rug Sunday morning. Absolutely GORGEOUS :)

Some of you may recall I posted a picture of this rug a month or so ago from a hook in and several readers were asking to see it spread out.  Shirley was hoping to finish it before the retreat but had just had a little hooking left to do.  Here she is contemplating her wools in April of 2013, having started the rug that January.

April 2013 progress.

Here she is Saturday evening pulling her very last loop.  She has been hooking since 1974 having been taught by her grandmother.

WOW!!!  What more can you say?  (The background is navy, not black.)  I can't remember if the rug is 5 or 6 feet wide (I think it is 6') by 8 feet long.  It will proudly grace her living room floor.  It is a pattern by Kate Porter of Loopdeeloo rugs of Chardon, Ohio.  It does come in a smaller size, too :)

Not having anything else to hook, she bought this pattern from Susan Saturday evening and by Sunday morning was already done except for outlining the petals, using the same wool from the room size rug.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I have lots more rugs to share in the next post.
Pug hugs :)


Crow’s Foot Farm Designs said...

It was such a fun retreat. Lots of hooking and laughs with new and old friends. And don't worry about the food grazing, we need to keep up our energy!!

acorn hollow said...

That is one large rug! So much talent and sounds like so much fun.

WoolenSails said...

What gorgeous rugs, looks like it was a wonderful retreat.


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

That big rug would be daunting ~ she's quite the hooker, I would say! Love Melissa's hearts, too ~ really nice color choices!! I know you had a great time!!

jody said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Lots of good food and wool! Boy what a big rug and its beautiful! Love the heart rug too, just fun to see them all! Enjoy your day Lauren!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Always in awe at the beautiful rugs. Warm Blessings! Amy

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wow...that is one beautiful, big rug! Glad you had a great time...hook ins are such fun!

Saundra said...

That is one big honking rug she hooked and don't think I'd have the courage to tackle one that size. Glad you had such fun and it was time for you to have a 'getaway'.


Farm Girl said...

So beautiful and I bet you had just a lovely time. What talent. Someday I am going to go to one of those things.
Have a wonderful day.

Julia said...

Lauren, I'm so glad that you had such a great time at the hooking retreat. My those rugs are beautiful. My favorite is the second star barn rug and that large size rug. Wow...

Hooking and eating are two of my passion to. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at these two hobbies.

HomeSpunPrims said...

Glad you had a good time Lauren. Looks like a very fun time. Some great rugs. Love Melinda's choice of wools for her hearts. That big rug is something. Wow! Can't wait to see more. Hugs, Lori

Jacqueline said...

WOW WOW WOW what else can you say about that rug.

jennifer768 said...

Lovely rugs,sounds as if the retreat was great.Melissa's heart rug is gorgeous,she chose such pretty wool colors.WOW ! That is one big beautiful rug.Looking forward to seeing more.Blessings,Jen

Gayle said...

what a wonderful time you had - sure wish I could have been there too! So many great projects - thanks for sharing the pictures with us Lauren!

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Oh My!!! That sound perfect! Friends, hooking, food and laughs! perfection! OLM

Raymond Homestead said...

What a great time you must have had!