Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rug Hooking in Cody, WY

Three of us met at the Park Co. Library in Cody Saturday and we all had such a good time. Patty was working on the footstool that was designed by Faye Schilling using Cindi Gay's Ikea stool pattern outline.
I love her Mountain Bluebirds so much. She had built a Mountain Bluebird bird house a few years ago and this year was the first year she actually had the bluebirds nest in it. This is the perfect way to have the bluebirds with her all year long. Faye designed a wonderful stool cover and Patty is hooking it beautifully, as always.
Debra was working on the rug she started at Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway right here in Cody Wyoming at the historic Irma Hotel! Diane Stoffel was her teacher and Debra is hooking this in a very wide cut. It is so beautiful. I wish the colors turned out better on my phone camera. The basket is just stunning with the colors she used.
 I (Sylvia) finished hooking the rug I started at the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway and I was whip stitching the outer border. I wish (again) that the colors had turned out better. My quail and inside border are much prettier.

The weather was perfect for traveling since both ladies come quite a distance to come hook. As I always say, we are so blessed to have such a great group of women.

We will be demonstrating rug hooking at the Festival in Thermopolis Wyoming on August 4th and 5th. It is a wonderful festival with so much fun for everyone of all ages. We would love to see you there! Just look for the Wild West Rug Hooker sign in the BIG tent.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Beautiful Day In Shell, Wyoming

We had a wonderful day of rug hooking in beautiful Shell Wyoming. Debra, Patty, and I held our very first meeting of the Wild West Rug Hookers Guild. We are in the process of joining ATHA . One of the other ways we have tried to reach new and existing hookers is by having a Facebook page. Please come join it at Wild West Rug Hookers.
Debra is working on her saddle blanket designed by Sally Kalin. I just love the directional hooking she is doing . 
 Patty is working on a footstool cover designed by Faye Schilling. It is truly beautiful. I just love her color choices.
 Patty also send a picture of her Stonehouse Runner, by The Old Tattered Flag, beside her bed. It looks like a picture from a magazine! Beautiful work Patty!
I am still working on my Birds and Berries by Bea Brock. I started it at Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway with Carrie Martin as my teacher.

We had a visit from our dear friend Carol who has been going through Chemo for Mesothelioma. It was wonderful to get to see her. She looked surprisingly well for all she is going through. Prayers are always welcome for her recovery.

And another Debra came by for a visit and ended up buying a kit that Debra I. and I have made up for beginner hookers. She sat and hooked with us for awhile and Debra I, gave her a lot of pointers on hooking.

One of the things we felt was important was for us to have beginner kits ready when we demonstrate at different venues. Debra and I designed some kits, cut the wool for them, and include some directions. Hopefully they will make it easier for beginners to start hooking.
Debra designed the buffalo. It is a finished 10"x10".
 She also designed this adorable old Cowboy design. I just love the colors she chose.
 Her daisy is just as adorable.
 I designed a kitty in the penny flowers.
 And the sheep eating the flowers.
Debra also designed this wonderful star.

Another thing we have done is get our own email address at wildwestrughookers@yahoo.com. We have sure come a long way from a few years ago. I hope we continue to grow and for rug hooking to grow too.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway in Cody, WY

So much has happened since the last post. Several of us attended the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway, for 5 days, right here in Cody, WY! Carrie Martin puts on incredible camps that she calls Destination Hooking. Her camps are centered around destination vacation places such as Santa Fe NM, New Orleans LA, and Savannah GA.
Most of the women attending brought their husbands who enjoyed the sights in and around Cody why the women hooked. It was nothing for someone to take off so they could see the Buffalo Bill Museum which is 7 museums in one, or to take a day to see to Yellowstone National Park.  Some even came earlier so they could vacation before the camp. No matter what, they all had the BEST time.
 Carrie Martin and Diane Stoffel brought a room full of wool, hand dyed and off the bolt. There were so many wonderful choices!
Diane Stoffel is such a prolific rug hooking teacher with amazing skill for color as is Carrie Martin. Both are extraordinary teachers and bring a wealth of information with them and they are both so much fun .  Here is Dianne with Laurie from North Carolina as her mother, Janice from Texas, looks on.
The room we met in every day at the historic Irma Hotel is called the Governors Room. The Irma Hotel was built by Buffalo Bill Cody and named after his daughter Irma. The owners have been very careful to keep the Irma historic including many of the rooms. 

Janice, is showing visitors Carole from CA's rug. We were able to teach rug hooking and its history to SO many wonderful people who stopped in to see what we were doing. Travelers from all over the world were curious about what we were doing.

This is another view of the room. Notice the beautiful fireplace at the end. That's me in the black and Peggy from Montana across the table from me. Debra from Shell WY is talking to Dianne Stoffel, and Thirza from Kansas is across from them..
Here is another view of the room. Patty seems to be missing from these pictures but she is here somewhere. Carrie Martin is helping Sue from Montana as Marsha from Pennsylvanian hooks on. 

 Debra from Clark WY is busy working on a flower.
 Patty and Thirza posed form me to get their picture to send to our friend Faye who didn't make it this year.
 Peggy from Montana is working hard on the water in the ship rug.
This is another rug Laurie from North Caroling was working on during the camp.
 This is Morris Bunny by Honey Beehive being hooked by Carole from California.
 Debra, from Clark WY is hooking this beautiful floral designed by Beverly Conway.
 These are some of the rugs brought by Carrie Martin. The runner on the left is a design hooked by Patty from Shell, WY. The design is by The Old Tattered Flag.
 Here if an amazing design being hooked by Janice from Texas. The bird is a design from David Galchutt.
Laurie from North Caroling was working on Yellow Bird designed by Ann Willey available at Spruce Ridge Studios
Marsha from Pennsylvania is hooking an old postcard. I am pretty sure this rug is from Cushings.
Colette from Connecticut worked on this great rug from Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug. 
 Patty from Shell is hooking this design by Bea Brock sold by I Love Rug Hooking. I can't wait to see it finished!
 Peggy from Montana has done an outstanding job on this ship she is hooking for her son.
 Sue from Montana is working on Old Home Place designed by Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug.
 I, Sylvia, from Cody, WY am working on Birds and Berries by Bea Brock, I Love Rug Hooking.
And Thirza from Kansas is working on this wonderful Native American. Again, I don't know the designer. 

For the first year we didn't have as many rug hooker as we would have liked but it was a very warm friendly group and I truly miss every single one of the ladies. They were a great group and so were their husbands. Next years camp will probably be in September and The Wild West Rug Hookers will be so happy to co-host the event with One Rug Two Rug, Carrie Martin.  We truly hope you can come and enjoy the fun, and bring your family! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April's Rug Hooking

Debra and I were the only two hooking at the Library Saturday, We had a great day and seemed to accomplish a lot of hooking even with all our chatter.
 I finished hooking my two cats by Barbara Brown. I love it SO much! Yes it looks familiar because after seeing how Faye hooked hers I had to copy it as closely as I could. I believe it's one of my favorite rugs.
 Even though Faye is still in Arizona she sent me the photos of her rugs she finished. She hadn't touched this Emma Lou Lais rug in 12 years and finished it this month! She did such a beautiful job. I just love this rug.
 Faye has this adorable Sunfish in her patterns with Cabin Creek Designs, which you will be able to see soon at Spruce Ridge Studios,  and hooked it in these outstanding colors. I just can't wait to see it in person! She might not be with us in person but she's with us in our hearts and through the internet. She and her husband will be moving to our area soon and we can't wait until we get to see more of her!

Debra was working on her rug called Saddle Up by Sally Kallin, Pine Island Primitives.  I especially like how she is hooking the rug straight across except the center diamonds. It really makes it a stunning rug. Debra will be taking a class from Sally this weekend in South Dakota. I can't wait to hear how wonderful the new school is! 

Next month we will have pictures of our rug school Old Faithful Rug Hooking Get-A-Way. Scroll down the pages to see the information and sign up sheet if you'd like to join us! I'd sure love to meet you!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wild West Rug Hookers for March

Debra, Patty and I met at the Library Saturday for a fun filled day of hooking, chatter, and fun.
 Debra ordered a punch kit called Lamb and Crocks by Yvonne Buus. It is a small design with wonderful yarns.

 Debra also finished this fabulous rug from Woolley Fox. It is absolutely stunning! The colors are much richer in person.
And Debra was working on this large version of Saddle Up by Sally Kallin of Pine Island Primitives. It's going to be a stunner when she is finished.
I, Sylvia, used a wide cut for my Heavens to Betsy pig pillow. His tail is hiding back there so I fixed it when I got home.
 I had to show everyone my red cow pattern called Clover by Theresa Rapstine. I just can't wait to start this beauty!
 I have been working on an Ikea stool cover designed by Faye Schilling. The center design was taken from a pattern by Maggie Bonanomi. My next stool will be the one at the bottom of the post.
Patty is SO close to being finished with her Stonehouse Runner by The Old Tattered Flag.  This runner is LONG! Faye and I both have the pattern but neither of us have started. I'm almost nervous to start! I can't get over how beautiful Patty's is turning out!
And here is an Ikea stool cover designed and hooked by Faye. I love it so much I'm going to copy it right down to the wools, which Faye has meticulously cataloged for me with pictures of the wool next to the flower and bird. The unfinished parts will be hooked in when the sides are sewn together so the design wraps around the stool. I'm even going to hook it in a 6 just like hers so I can get all the detail. I'm such a copycat but seriously, who wouldn't want to copy this stool cover.

I'm so amazed at the talent in our little group and we all feel so blessed to have such a great group with personalities that compliment each other so well.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018 Rug Hooking

The first get-together of 2018 was so great. We hadn't met in so long and we had so much to see and do.
Patty has really been working on her Cobblestone Runner from The Old Tattered Flag.  The grayis color is actually a beautiful green. Two of us have this pattern and every time I see Patty's rug I'm excited because it's so wonderful and scared because it's so big! 

Debra was binding her rug from The Old Tattered Flag. It is amazing how a two color rug can have so much impact. It is truly stunning.

Debra brought her feather tree from The Woolley Fox. Katie had kits made up and I think it's adorable. LOVE the bells!
These two adorable Santa Hats are from The Old Tattered Flag. One is hooked and the other is punched. Debra did an outstanding job, as usual. So much eye candy!
Debra has started this outstanding rug from The Woolley Fox. This rug is not only gorgeous, it's large! She is using a large cut on it.   

Here are three of my 4 pillows. The largest two are kits from Theresa Rapstine, I hooked them in a 9.5 cut. The middle one is a design from The Woolley Fox and I hooked it in a 9.5 and used decorative stitches that I saw from a class Martha Lowery taught there. 
This is one I drew from a design in the book Caswell Impressions. The block was hooked by Martha Lowery. I made some changes to the design.
 Here it is finished up. I'm really happy with how all four of these pillows turned out.
 This is a rug designed by Carrie Martin. It is one of my favorites. I made it for the kitchen floor.
 This is one by Monika Jones. I had done it at Prairie Rose but hated the two bright yellow flowers so after all this time I pulled the loops out and thankfully I still had some of the hand dyed I used. I am so much happier with it now. The other one is posted somewhere on here is you want to compare it.

This is Carol's Buzzard. She has been so sick that she hasn't been able to work on him but she is sure doing an amazing job. Get better Carol!

I have added our new dates on the sidebar so if you want to come hook with us please feel free to do so!