Monday, October 2, 2017

Second Hook In for September

We had a blast meeting at the Library in Cody. I can't imagine our group NOT having fun! 

Faye finished her footstool design. She chose a Molesworth center design of the gunfighter. It is an iconic design he used in his western furniture a lot. She used real brands from our area and made up a couple too. I love how this footstool turned out and I can't wait to see it completed! She is such an amazing designer. I wish I could be in her head for one hour just to see what it's like to be that creative!

 Debra brought her Tattered Flag design. It is absolutely stunning. When we were at the Hook In in Denver Colorado she was working on it and had so many compliments.

 This is one she brought. It is two cats with human faces. It is one of those love it or hate it design. I LOVE it! It is a design by Dorothy Panacheck from Fredericksburg TX. Dorothy used to own Stonehill Spinning when she sold patterns.

 While we were in Denver I had the opportunity of meeting Theresa Rapstine.  She was in Celebrations one year for her Vintage Blooms. This is a pillow kit I bought from her based on that gorgeous rug. She and Debra are friends and I was so happy I got to meet her. Debra got the pillow kit with a large flower in the center. I'll be showing it before too long I hope!

Patty is almost finished with her Anne Bond design! I'm so in love with her colors that I've bought all the wool she used. She is so good with color. Debra came up with the idea of using the background for the vines in the border. Another reason we are so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas around. 

I have to mention the Hook In in Denver Co put on by the Colorado Rug and Fiber Guild, an ATHA organization. There were so many wonderful Vendors and such a great group of women. I was in awe the whole time. I'd never been to something so big and wonderful. I plan on going again next year for sure! Great job ladies.

Our next get together is October 21st. Hope to see you there!

Blog written by Sylvia Gauthier

Monday, September 11, 2017

Septembers First Hook In

We hooked at the Shell Church for our first hook in of the month. As always it was a beautiful drive towards the mountains. Shell is such a beautiful tiny town at the bottom of the Big Horn Mountains. It was especially great to have so many attend. Marlisa came down from Laurel for the first time and she was such a nice addition to our little group. 

 Patty is close to being done with her floral. The colors are much richer than they show here. It is truly stunning.

 I got a new weaving loom so I haven't accomplished much on my witch. I really want to work on her but the new loom has been so much fun too.

 Carol has done a great job on her Turkey Buzzard. I love how he is picking on his tail feather. I can't wait to see how he turns out!

Faye was working on her original design footstool. It is a Molesworth tribute. Molesworth was a man who designed western furniture here in Cody many years ago. I just love the rope and brands! Debra is going to make this one too.

But for now Debra is working on this footstool design that she created using Edith O'Neal designs. Some of us can't get enough of making footstools. I have two more Ikea stools ordered that should be here this week. The Ikea stools are so versatile because they can be used for extra seating.

 Our newest friend Marlisa brought a little bit of show and tell. These owls are so adorable!

 This is the rug Marlisa was working on at Prairie Rose last year when we first met her. She drove a few hours to be able to hook with us and we were all so happy she did.

Marlisa was working on this wonderful design. She was using a Cheticamp frame which was fun to see. It is so nice to be able to see all of the pattern at once. Especially when she is creating a rug like this.

We will meet again on Sept. 23rd. at the Park Co Library in Cody. Our little group travels quite a ways to meet and I always hope it's worth it. It must be. We keep doing it! Like I always say. We are so blessed. 

Debra and I will be headed to the Denver Hook In this weekend. I hope to have a lot of wonderful things to show and tell about out trip when we get back. 

Happy Hooking!

Post by Sylvia Gauthier

Monday, August 28, 2017

Library Hooking in August

We had such an amazing time hooking at the Library last Saturday. Faye is in Wyoming for a couple of months and she is such an inspiration to us all.  In her honor we tried to bring projects Faye hadn't seen yet so we had a lot of visitors to our little rug show.
This is one Faye brought. All she has left to do is finish binding! I can't remember how long ago she started it but it's almost finished now!
 This is one of Faye's designs. She changed some of her flower colors from her original colors and it's so perfect. I liked it before too.  Absolutely one of my favorites and she has designed a footstool cover to match!
 The center design of Faye's footstool is a Maggie Bonanomi design that Faye changed up a little and then Faye designed the picket fence around the bottom of the footstool. Absolutely stunning!
 This was a little rug Faye started years ago and finally finished. All it took for Faye to start hooking again was a new frame and friends to hook with!
 Notice Faye's footstool and my stool are the same pattern. I changed my house a little. I just love seeing two of the same patterns hooked differently.
 Here is my I've Got You My Prettie designed by The Old Tattered Flag.
 Debra finished her Close Enough For Jazz for her husbands drum room. It's just wonderful!
 Faye also designed this adorable log cabin and outhouse. The top comes off the cabin for storage. It is wood covered in hooking and wool. Of course we all wanted the directions! She still has a chimney to put on top of the roof and she has a wonderful fireplace on the side of the cabin.
 Here is another view of Faye's footstool. Notice the legs! She had her husband cut them from their own property. She is so creative!
 And here is the top view. This is the pattern from Cindi Gays Footstool Class online. It is a great class and a fun design.
 Here we are hooking, or should I say standing. I'm the only one sitting.

 And last but not least, we have Faye's two cats. A design by Barbara Brown. Absolutely one of my favorites!

We didn't get any pictures of the rugs we were working on. I think everyone was too excited to see all the wonderful projects Faye had brought. I can't believe how blessed we are to have such a great group of hookers.

Next month we will meet two different times. On the 9th we will meet in Shell, WY at the Shell Church and on the 23rd we will meet at the Park County Library.  I know it will be a blast!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 Thermopolis Folk Festival

We had the pleasure of demonstrating our rug hooking again this year at the Folk Festival in Thermopolis WY.  It was so exciting to have so much interest in our craft. We have two women who are very interested in learning from last year. One has even bought her kit!

 These are a few items we showed. Sadly the picture of Carol's rug on the other side of the racks was too blurry. It was the Covered Bridge she just finished.
 The footstools and a stuffed owl from Heavens to Betsy were VERY popular. One man was so disappointed that the short footstool wasn't for sale. He said it was the first thing his wife has liked in 20 years.
One gentleman really wanted to buy Patty's camper rug. He pulled up his sleeves and he was covered in camper tattoos! I must say I had never seen camper tattoos before but they were pretty cute.

The vendors were wonderful and we went home with a lot more goodies than we had when we showed up. I even had a Navajo taco which was wonderful even though I felt the effects from my celiac. It was worth it!

We met so many wonderful people and saw several old friends. It was the perfect day with the perfect friends. Sadly Carol wasn't feeling well so she couldn't make it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July's Hook-In in Shell

For the month of July we hooked at the Shell Church in Shell, WY. Debra and I rode together from Cody and it was a beautiful day to travel.  The ride to Shell is always such a treat which is usually filled with wild horses and antelope. We didn't get to see the wild horses this trip but the antelope didn't disappoint us.

 Carol finished her Covered Bridge. It will hang in her new house, which we got a tour of. She lives right outside of Shell now. She has a beautiful view of the Bighorn Mountains. Wait until you see her next project. A turkey buzzard! I can't wait!
 Debra is working on her Close Enough for Jazz rug. Her husband is a drummer so I'm guessing he will love this when it's finished. The navy background is a sparkle wool which is Perfect for Jazz!
 I was almost finished binding my I've Got You My Pretty from The Old Tattered Flag. I used an 8 1/2 cut so it worked up rather quickly. I'm on a Halloween kick lately. Wait until you see my other two projects.
And Patty is really moving along with her Boston by Visions of Ewe, Ann Bond rug. I am so in love with her colors. She has such a great eye for color!

It was a day full of laughter and conversation with such good friends. We are so blessed to have such a great group in such a remote area.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June Hook-In

The Wild West Rug Hookers met at the Park County Library for our June hook-in. As always we had a blast. It's always fun to see what everyone is working on and what they finished.

Debra stole the show with her Magdalena footstool cover. Katie Hartner of Woolley Fox created the design with Magdalena animals. Debra hooked different backgrounds on each animal. It is absolutely stunning!

Patty is working on her Boston by Anne Bond, Visions of Ewe.  The pink is so soft and inviting. Her background is just perfect! I love seeing Patty's colors come together.
 I, Sylvia, have been working on Cora's Garden by Julie Thomas, The Old Tattered Flag. I saw a photo of a woman who was hooking it in red and two neutrals so I bought the pattern right away. It was hard to get my colors right in the photo. The background is a deep wine/maroon and the neutrals are a medium and light taupe. I have learned a lot so far with this rug. I've never worked with such a limited palette.

I took an online class, Wonky House Ikea Stool, from Cindi Gay. The stool is from Ikea and it is chair height which makes it perfect for extra seating as well as putting your feet up. I changed my house. Hers was a white house and I didn't want that much white on the top of my stool.

 Yes, it would have been easier to get one picture of the pattern laying flat but I forgot so you get all four sides. She taught the perfect way to sew the side seams together.
 The designs wrap around the corners so her technique for sewing works perfectly for this design.
 I like the fact the the cover just slips over the Ikea stool and I can easily take it off if I ever need to clean it.
The class was very inexpensive. I'm taking her color planning course too. I have already learned so much from it. Cindi does Live Webinars every week that are incredibly educational and you can watch the edited versions HERE. I use her technique for binding since the beginning of my rug hooking. What a wonderful giving person to so freely give out all the wisdom she has amassed in her years of rug hooking. Thank you Cindi Gay.

Carol has been super busy moving in to their new home so she is working on her binding of her Covered Bridge. It will be so nice to have it hanging in her new home. 

Next month we will be meeting on Thursday, July 13th in Shell, WY.  Hooking in Shell is always such a special treat. I love the drive and I'm sure Patty and Carol love not having to drive to Cody!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Hooking at the Library

Hooking at the Library in May was so special for me. My husband has had strokes, pneumonia, and heart failure, so for the last few months I have been either in hospitals, or being the 24/7 caregiver. To finally meet with the women who have been so supportive was a blessing.

Debra has officially moved to Clark so she is here for good! We are so blessed to have her here.
She had taken a class with Martha Lowery at the Nimble Thimble. Barbara Carroll's Lancaster Posies was the pillow top she worked on using different techniques.

 Even though my photos aren't the greatest, her pillow top is fabulous. She will finish it with a prodded edge.  Guess what I want to make?

Debra also brought a stuffed owl from Heavens to Betsy she hooked using torn strips. It is beyond adorable!

We didn't get a picture of her footstool cover but we did get a picture of her Magdalena crow she is making into a pillow to match. 
Her footstool will have different Magdalena animals on each side and on top. It was designed by Katie Hartner at The Nimble Thimble. 

Patty finished hooking the footstool cover designed by the late Kim Nixon from Honey Bee Hive

It is absolutely stunning. She needs to get the footstool made so she can fit the cover to the stool.

Patty's new project is called Boston by Anne Bond of Visions of Ewe. I just love her colors!

I (Sylvia) ordered a footstool kit from Searsport Rug Hooking. It came with the pattern, wool, and stool parts. It was so nice for me to just start hooking and not have to color plan.  I love the fact that the top is removable so I can change to a different top with the season and it makes it easy to clean if I ever need to.

Before I started the footstool I finished my rug I call 30 Mile. It had the word Temperance on the bottom for the hotel sign it was designed from, I purchased the pattern from Two Old Crows
 I made this rug to honor my Great Grandfather Buckey who ran a stage stop called 30 Mile between Roundup and Billings Montana. My Grandmother Holliday even drove a stage a few times!
 For Easter I made the bunny and large egg designed by Ali Strebel.The small eggs were just drawn out and hooked by me. I downloaded an egg shape and went from there. They were all so cute in an Easter basket that was my husbands as a child.

I am now working on a footstool cover for an IKEA stool. I am taking an online course from Cindi Gay and the cover design is part of the class. I've gotten much further since this photo. It's such a pleasure to hook. I changed my house. 

Faye finished hooking her cover last month! She didn't get to come to the meeting but she was there in our hearts. Have you noticed we are all doing footstool covers? The last time Faye was with us in Cody we all decided to do footstools. The nice thing about the IKEA stool is that it is tall enough to sit on so I'm doing mine for extra seating. 

Carol was at the Library binding her Covered Bridge and Kathi brought her sewing machine and sewed. It was such a great time!