Sunday, September 21, 2014

September Wool

September has been a busy month for wool. The Paintbrush Piecers put on a great quilt show called Yellowstone Quilt Fest where I was a vendor under Woolin Rouge Designs. Kathi Charles was a wonderful helper and insisted I bring my Sheep and Sunflowers rug to display in the booth, even though I didn't have any rug kits for sale. It really was a great idea. A lot of people stopped by to look at the rug and a few were interested in learning to hook or wanting to finish rugs they started years ago. I will also be the guest speaker at the Paintbrush Piecers meeting this month to talk about wool. I plan to bring my rugs, wool applique quilts, and Woolin Rouge patterns and kits to sell. 

Wild West Rug Hookers also had our hook-in at the Park County Library. It is always such a pleasure to chat and hook with such a fun group. We discussed having a class in Powell, other rugs we were going to hook, and problems and solutions to rugs we are working on. Gardens seemed to take the bulk of time for most of the hookers in the past month, but we still found time to do a little bit of work on our projects.

Patty Tyrrell has really made some progress on her Lacy Heart. She got a lot of the blue done. I love the way she is outlining is a size 4 and hooking in a size 7. 
Carol Messerli has been working on her background behind the elk. She had a lot of berries to make into jelly so hooking had to take a back seat, but she is sure getting a lot done. Keep in mind that this is her second rug and is a design from a photograph. I'm so impressed with her work.
 In between working, weaving, and life, Barb Pearson has been working on her background of the design she created using Laurel Burch elements. I absolutely love Barb's eye for color!
 This is my (Sylvia Gauthier) Sheep and Sunflower. I have a little bit of the background left to do. I had to lighten the blue around the two red sunflowers up because the values of the petals and background were so similar that the flowers got lost. I did a lot of work on the sheep's face and with the help of my future daughter-in-law Shelby Olsen I think it came out great.
 Craig Pearson is moving along with his Lamb and Ram rug. I especially like the way Craig hooked peach colored apples instead of the red. He isn't afraid to put in purple strawberries instead of the traditional red either. If a different color accomplishes the feel he wants, he'll use it. That's a good lesson for all of us.
Kathi Charles started a top for a footstool but somehow we didn't get a picture of it. I'm hoping that by the next meeting she will let us show her progress.

We would all like to invite anyone wanting to learn about Primitive and Traditional rug hooking to stop by the Park County Library in Cody, WY on our hook-in days to see what we are up to and hopefully join in our fun. New rug hookers are always welcome. Our time and meeting days are posted on the sidebar of this blog. We only book the room three months in advance, but try for the 3rd Saturday. Come join the fun!

Post written by Sylvia Gauthier