Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hooking Rugs for February

Carol and I were the only two at the Library Hook In for the month of February but we had a wonderful time just the same.

Carol is so close to being done with her Covered Bridge! She did such a fabulous job on this Big rug. Great Job Carol!

Since the last post I pulled out the background and rehooked it. The straight lines weren't giving me the look I wanted. For some reason I like this one better and that's what counts.

I'm hoping by next month some of our other ladies will be here to hook. We really missed them!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January at the Library Hook In

Patty, Carol, and I met at the Library Saturday for a fun day of hooking and catching up. It was a beautiful day and some of the snow we have been slammed with started to melt.
 Patty had started on her footstool designed by Kim Nixon, sold by Honey Bee Hive. Her background is a beautiful navy color.
 Patty brought her finished sunflower rug for us to see. It turned out wonderful Patty!!
 I haven't been working very much on my trade sign. In case you are wondering, I changed the title to 30 Mile Stage Stop. My great grandfather ran a stage stop between Roundup and Billings Montana. There was a salon, post office, and boarding house, and barn. My grandmother even drove a stagecoach before she was 16 years old.
Carol has her clouds all hooked and she is finishing up her sky. She has done such an amazing job on this rug.

We dearly missed our friends who were out of town and I hope Debra is back in time for our February meeting.

Times of our meetings and location are on the sidebar. We try for the third Sat. at the library but we can only book 3 months at a time so sometimes it's already taken. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome!

Blog post by Sylvia Gauthier.

Monday, January 9, 2017

First Hook-In of 2017

Patty and Carol met at the Shell Church Friday to hook for our first Hook-In in 2017. I had planned to go but sometimes surprises crop up so I didn't go. I sure wish I could have.
 Since we had just hooked together there wasn't a lot of work that got done but Carol's sky is absolutely wonderful. She has really done a fantastic job on her rug.
Patty has finished her border since Friday. She was so nervous about running out of the border wool. She only had a 2" wide strip left of the border fabric. Whew! That's so close! Her rug turned out so wonderful!
Faye Schilling is in Arizona for the winter but she is still one of the Wild West Hookers and she finished her stool cover designed and color planned by Cindi Gay. This stool cover goes over an Ikea stool. Faye is such an amazing hooker.

Cindi has a class you can sign up for to make this stool cover and she walks you through color planning and putting the stool cover together Her website is probably the best instruction packed website I've ever seen. I'm always learning from her.

We will be hooking again this month on the 28th at the Library in Cody. I can't wait.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Last Hook-In in 2016

Patty, Carol, and I got together on Friday to hook in Shell, WY. It is always such a relaxing day when we hook there. The drive towards the mountain is always so beautiful.

 Patty is so close to being done with her sunflowers that she started at Prairie Rose Rug School. She is so happy with it and I can see why. It is turning out wonderful.

 I started the Tavern Sign, Temperance from Two Old Crows. My great grandfather had a stage stop between Billings and Roundup, MT so I decided to make the sign a tribute to him. It will say 30 Mile Stage Stop.

 Carol is now on the final leg of her rug. She only has sky left to hook. She has done such a wonderful job on this beautiful rug.

 This is my Antique Floral by Maggie Bonanomi. I am really happy with the way this turned out. My red shows a little darker than they are but you get the idea.

And this is my chair pad. I can't remember who's pattern this is right now. When I remember I'll change my post. I did change the chicken wing design.

We will be bringing in the New Year right by hooking again in Shell this Friday. We are taking advantage of school being out since Patty drives a school bus and because we don't hook in Cody until the 28th.

I hope everyone has a Blessed New Year. 2017 is going to be good.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November Hook-in

We had a small group meet at the Library for a very fun day of hooking. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful place to meet. 

 I brought a chicken I finished. The colors in the photo aren't quite right but you get the idea. I haven't decided if I want a chair pad (just finish the edge) or a chair cushion (stuffing and wool fringe outside).
 I brought my completed Padula Pomegranates. I have decided to hang it in the guest room instead of putting it on the floor. White rugs aren't a smart move in my household.
 Carol has more done on her Covered Bridge. It is turning out so beautiful!
 Before Rug School I was working on this New England Berry Tree. After I finished the Pomegranate rug I finished the background of this one. I was using the Flax and Linen wool for the background but decided it needed a little extra umph so I overdyed some of it just a tiny bit darker. Then I pulled a little bit out now and then and added the darker and finished using both. I'm so in love with this rug.
 Patty had done more on her Sunflowers. I absolutely love how it is turning out.
Now I am working on my Floral rug from Maggie Bonanomi. I thought I'd choose something a little different like teal leaves. I'm really loving how it is coming out. 

We are so lucky to have such a great group. God has certainly blessed us!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Hook-in

We had so much fun hooking at the Library Saturday. Faye Schilling was able to come for her last day until next August. She is such a great addition to our little group. We will miss her terribly.

 Debra showed a penny rug she made. She tea dyed the #10 crochet thread she used and washed over the whole rug to tone it down. She did an amazing job and designed it so well!
 Carol was working on her trees. Her covered bridge is so wonderful!
 This blurry picture is Debra's rug,Tulips by Woolly Fox. I wish I could get the colors better. It is just stunning, as are all of her rugs!
 I have finally finished my Padula Pomegranates and I'm putting a show binding on. I prefer whipping the edges but I knew I'd never find yarn the color of the border so I decided to do it this way.
I took two pictures of Patty's rug and they were both horribly blurry. You get the idea though. He is moving right along on her sunflowers.

We are so blessed to have such a great group. The bigger it gets, the more we learn from each other but the conversations are the best part.

Post written by Sylvia Gauthier.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Shell Wyoming Rug Hooking Day

Last week a few of us met in Shell Wyoming to hook for the day. It was the perfect day to hook inside with friends. It rained the whole day so we all felt very cozy inside the Shell Church. 
 Faye Schilling brought her floral to work on. Faye is such a good fit for our group. We are so blessed to have her part of the year. Her colors are wonderful!
Carol has some trees hooked in on the hillside. This rug is turning out so great!
 I was almost finished with the background on my rug. I actually finished hooking last night so I can't wait to steam and bind!

 Patty had finished her dog camping rug. I just can't get over how cute this rug is! Patty is so creative!

 Patty went back to her sunflowers after she finished her dog camping rug. Beautiful.
Patty gave me some black walnuts which I dyed some wool with. The top piece is the original of the overdyed one below it. The next on was a natural solid the the bottom was a grey hounds tooth,

As always we had such a good time. I wish we all lived in the same town so we could hook together more often.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lincoln Bag

I forgot to show my Lincoln Bag in the last post. I have had such a hard time with this bag that I almost had to start over on the leather work. When I FINALLY got it back from the leather place I sent it to, and it took months, I wanted to cry. It was put together with yellow leather. The yellow completely washed out the whole bag and it was awful! After a few days of depression I got some leather dye and started to dye the leather a brown. It took the whole bottle. Then I just put some Neets Foot oil on it. Well, that wasn't enough of a seal.

At Prairie Rose I had my water in the bag when I was going to class and it leaked. There was dye going everywhere! It was on my hands, my clothes, the floor, my chair...everywhere! I was so disappointed I wanted to throw the whole thing away. When we left Prairie Rose it was raining and  that was enough to get more dye on me.

My dear friend Patty Tyrrell got a hold of her neighbor who does beautiful leather work and Patty took my bag home with her for her neighbor to look at. I wanted to have the leather removed and new leather sewn on the bag but the neighbor was a little too nervous to do that. She and Patty did dye a piece of leather and put a sealer over it. They tested three sealers and when they were dry Patty did the water test. One won out.

I bought new dye and the sealer and went to work again. For now I'm pretty happy. Last time I checked I could wipe a little dye off with a wet cloth but nothing like it was. I'm leaving it alone for a while and waiting to see if it cures better with time. If not I'll try adding more sealer.

Yes, I did tell them the color of leather I wanted, and no they didn't do it. Yes I paid $125 for the work and no I didn't say anything to them about it. It took so long to get it back and they were so awful about communication I was afraid to send it back. The bag was sewn beautifully. It has a great canvas lining and pockets and I had a zipper put in the top. If I ever do have it redone I will do it locally where I can pick my own leather out.

The colors of the bag are brighter than it shows and it has a navy background. 

Post written by Sylvia Gauthier

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Hook-In Wild West Rug Hookers

What a great hook-in we had this month. We had several visitors stop by, which is always so fun. Faye Schilling was able to come hook for awhile and we enjoy her company so much. She is a great fit for our group.
 Debra Inglis brought her finished Cabin Fever designed by Janice Johnson. She used a 9 cut and it is one of my absolute favorite rugs.
 Faye Schilling was working on one of her Cabin Creek designs. Her color choice is so soft and warm.
 Patty Tyrrell was working on her sunflowers. Since school started she has been so busy. She's doing a beautiful job.
 This is my Padula Pomegranates by Monika Jones, Fold Art Landing. Trying to get the colors right in the photo was almost impossible.
Here is more of a closeup where I tried to get the background to show up. One direction is gold sparkle and the other direction is silver sparkle.

Blog written by Sylvia Gauthier

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Prairie Rose Rug School Walking on Art

I took pictures with my phone of the rug show one afternoon. I don't have the names of all the rug hookers and designers but I will add the names when I know who they all are. It is always so great to see the rugs of so many wonderful hookers.
 This was a big proddy by Darlene Buckner. It is so fluffy. She saved here salvages when she dyed wool for years to make this rug.

 I know the bottom two were by Christine Sorenson. The bottom bear is proddy.

 This one and the man below are both by Jerry Dickerson, Celina, TX.

 Teacups are by Patty Tyrrell, Shell, WY

 Bottom landscape is by Carol Messerli, Greybull, WY. You can see the back of my sheep peeking through.

 The tree is part of a series by Carolyn Godfreed, Bismarck, ND
 Carolyn Godfreed hooked this one too. All her work is original.

 My Sheep and Sunflower. (Sylvia Gauthier)

 The morning bird, abstract cat and couch potato are all by Sue Cunningham, Laramie, WY.

 My (Sylvia Gauthier) Lion and Lamb

 This rug of different stitches is by Ingrid Hieronimus, She has a book with the stitches in it.

 Prayer rug by our Director, Suzi Jones, Tualatin, OR
 Sue Cunningham's animal jazz rug.
Mary Lou Person from Bismarck, ND did this adorable rug. I wish it were more clear!

Like I said, I will add the names of hookers as I remember them. Thanks for looking at the Rug show from Prairie Rose Rug School!