Saturday, October 28, 2017

October's Hooking at the Library

We had so much to talk about at the Library this month. The First Annual Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway was the top of the discussions. We are all so excited and honored to have a hook-in of this caliber in Cody, WY.  Cody is a top vacation destination with so many things to see and do. Carrie Martin is putting the Getaway on and it will be held at the Irma Hotel, which Buffalo Bill Cody built for his daughter Irma. Cody is steeped in history and the Irma is at the center.

The other subject of discussion, besides the typical rug talk, was the ATHA Biennial in Denver, Co, in 2019. We can't wait to be a part of such a major event so close to us. The Rocky Mountains aren't exactly what people think of when they think of rug hooking but that is changing quickly! We are working hard to be recognized in the rug hooking community and educating people who have never heard of our craft.

And speaking of our craft, we had a great show and tell, as always.

 Patty finished her beautiful floral Boston, and Anne Bond design by Visions of Ewe. Patty did all the color planning and she did such an amazing job, as always.

 Patty's footstool is now finished thanks to her husband who built the footstool for her. It is a design from the late Kim Nixon and the pattern is available at Honey Bee Hive.
 Patty does such wonderful work and she is an inspiration for us all.
 I finished my Witchy Woman, designed by Susie Shepard at Shepard's Hook Rugs, an Etsy Shop. She is tall and she was a blast to hook. My grand-kids adore her but I think I'm more in love than they are! The angle is a little off so she looks squatty but she really is proportioned right.

 This is my finished pillow Blooms from a kit by Theresa Rapstine.  I love the way it turned out so much that I ordered the kit for the pillow below that Debra finished.

 Debra finished her pillow Blue Flower from her kit designed by Theresa Rapstine.  Theresa uses very wide cuts in her designs. She was in Celebrations for her rug Vintage Blooms. This link takes you to a PDF of her rug. Our pillows are sections of her famous rug.
 Patty is working on her Stone House Runner from The Old Tattered Flag. She once again nailed it with her color planning.

 I, Sylvia, started the Coffee rug designed by Carrie Martin, One Rug Two Rug. Carrie is the wonderful woman who is the creator of Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway. I met her at the Denver Hook-In and she was SO much fun. She color planned so easily and had such an amazing amount of wool and patterns.

 Debra was working on her two colored Antique Coverlet by The Old Tattered Flag. She got SO many compliments on this when she was hooking on it at the Denver Hook-In. It truly is a beautiful rug.

Carol was working on her Turkey Buzzard.  She has been very ill so we were so happy to see her better and working on her design with us. It's just not the same when she isn't there.  It is drawn from a photo taken by her daughter.

It was an amazing day with our group. If you want to join us please do. Dates and places are on the sidebar. We can't reserve to Library too far in advance but I try for the third Saturday. Feel free to stop by!

For more information about the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway contact Carrie Martin at or 985-893-3285.
Blog written by Sylvia Gauthier

Friday, October 20, 2017

Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway

Oh my goodness! We are so incredibly lucky! Carrie Martin is having a rug school right here in Beautiful Cody Wyoming!

It is called Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway from May 27-June 1,2018. It will be held at the Historic Irma Hotel! Buffalo Bill built the hotel for his daughter Irma. There is so much history in this hotel and now we can add rug hooking retreats to the list.

Carrie Martin and Diane Stoffel are the two teachers. They are both amazing teachers and a lot of fun. Be one of the first to join this yearly event! Here is a copy of the sign up sheet.

Hotel Address:
Irma Hotel
1192 Sheridan Ave. Cody WY 82424
Cody, Wyoming
“Old Faithful
- Rug Hooking -
 May 27-June 1, 2018
Four Full Days + of instruction

Diane Stoffel
Carrie Martin

Cody, Wyoming
“Old Faithful”
Rug Hooking Getaway
May 27- June 1, 2018

Workshop Registration      
 __ $250.00        
Commuter Fee
If not staying at the Irma Hotel
__ $125.00                 Total  _____

Pay to order of
 one rug two rug
Due with registration form sent to
Nancy Frantz, 18799 Hosmer Mill Rd Covington, LA 70435

No refund after 1-1-2018
Teacher Selection
Mark 1st and 2nd choice
__ Diane Stoffel    __ Carrie Martin



City, State, Zip code

Phone Number


Emergency Contac
Cody, Wyoming is steeped in colorful tradition and has a rich historical background. Fascinating exhibitions like the Cody Firearms Museum display artifacts from yesteryear and Old Town Trail bring the history to life before your eyes, creating a unique and enlightening experience. Cody has its roots firmly in the Western lifestyle and rodeos and state fairs include visitors and the community alike.
Cody has a wealth of breathtaking scenery right on its doorstep and makes seeing the American wilderness incredibly easy. Scenic drives such as the Beartooth Highway are a convenient way to see the surrounding nature and wildlife and with numerous wilderness areas and Yellowstone National Park accessible it couldn't be easier to explore. The areas facilitate an enormous range of outdoor activities or just relax in incredible surroundings.

Airport Transportation:
Fly into Cody; Taxi Services
Cody Cab            Phidippides Shuttle
307-272-8364      866-527-6789
Sponsored by
one rug two rug,
Wool Rich Cash Poor,
ATHA Chapter
Join us in Cody, Wyoming
Cody is home to an inspired community of Western artists, a growing number of fine art and photo galleries, and the renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The varied landscape surrounding Buffalo Bill's town in the Rockies, the abundant wildlife, the quality of light and atmosphere all continue to inspire painters, sculptors, and craftsmen working in a variety of styles and media. Located in close proximity of Yellowstone.

We will enjoy the hospitality of The Irma Hotel; located on the historic surrounded by shops, galleries museums and fabulous restaurants. At this favored time in Cody, WY the group rate of $99. under the one rug two rug block.

Class Times:
Sunday Registration and Welcome 2-4, 7-9; your teacher will make introductions.
Monday-Thursday 9-12, 1-3; room will be open for evening hooking; teacher will pass through.
Friday 8:30- 10:00 Drawing for next years choice of teacher and free registration.

Meal Plan:
The Irma has a wonderful restaurant in house and we are hoping that we show our appreciation by choosing to patronize it.
Loaner Cutters and Frames:
Each class will have cutters for your use.  For those flying upon request we have a few frames to loan.


Diane Stoffel, Brewster, MA
 Diane’s color sense makes this a great class.  She is most comfortable color planning and is more than willing to share her knowledge with you. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you will have a rug you love when finished. She is a McGown certified teacher and ATHA member who is at ease with all cuts from fine to wide and with all types of designs or patterns. Her talent shines with all rugs.

Carrie Martin, Covington, LA
Carrie’s enthusiasm will make the class fly by.  She makes color planning easy to understand. She will be sharing her secrets to putting together handbags and dolls.  Her mini lessons are a hit. Your needs will be her needs. Another McGown certified teacher that will work on any project of your choosing, but loves those wide cut floral, geometrics, orientals.

Wool Rich Cash Poor: Events

Auction: Monday afternoon
Wool Rich Cash Poor is gracious enough to continue the tradition of having an Auction; the money raised is used to give a helping hand to rug hookers to attend our workshop and for the end of camp and through the year scholarships.  If you wish to contribute to the auction we would be most grateful.

City Tour of Cody: Tuesday
Yes, learn the history of Cody enjoy a trolley tour of the city as a group.  Ghosts, Gunfights and Buffalo Bill and tales of the west come alive on the tour.  Take this trolley tour in the late afternoon and you just may see a resident of the early years of Cody.

Flea Market: Wednesday afternoon
Do you make something or have something that you think others would like? We will have tables set up for you to sell your goods and hopefully pay your way to Santa Fe.  There is no charge for this lagniappe.  We all love to shop.

More information
Carrie Martin - 985-893-3285
Dorothy Delaune

Nancy Frantz

Hope to see everyone there!

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