A book winner and projects completed.

I expected a great response to the book giveaway of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking] and I wasn’t disappointed.

Thank you all for your comments and participation.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Shannon, who said, “I would love to have such a great inspiration in my little hooking corner!" Shannon, I'll be contacting you for your mailing address. This book is just chock-full of eye candy!

My first priority after coming home from Sauder Village was to finish up the projects from the two workshops I took there.  One was an evening class with Nancy Z. Parcels, in which I learned how to make a brooch using wool quillies, buttons, and beads. It was a lot of fun and I now want to make more of these as gifts. My first attempt isn’t perfect, but you know what “they” say about practice…..

I also took a two-day workshop with Meryl Cook titled Hook a Healing Mat. In this class we worked with chakra colors and their meanings and how we can work with them. Some of us were working through personal issues and we vowed “what went on in class, stayed in class”. 

We each received Meryl’s 16” heart pattern drawn on linen as a starting point, but we were encouraged to make changes as we wanted. I made the center of mine a spiral that starts with the seventh chakra [the lavender/crown chakra] in the center and then spirals out to the first chakra [the red/root chakra]. We all wrote significant words around the outer edges of the linen that pertained to our issue. Since I decided to make my mat into a pillow, I embroidered the word “Own” on the back. That’s all I’ll say about my personal mat journey!

As always, being at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is a full-immersion experience for me and it does take me a while to be fully back at home, both mentally, physically and emotionally. I think I’m home now.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many facets of rug hooking experiences.

My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

On a roll.

After a few false starts, I’m having fun working on my super secret project.  Like many of my projects, one thing leads to another and I follow the breadcrumbs until I get to the end.  I think it’s fine to share a few things as I go along, such as a creative resource that is proving invaluable.

This resource is the book, Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns by Tracy Jamar [© 2017 Stackpole Books].  Do you have this book?  It is filled with amazing techniques and ideas for all sorts of projects.  I wrote a review of it, which you can read here.

The photo below shows my standing wool quillies, which will be part of the project.  This is not really a hooking project, but as we rug hookers know, anything made with wool is fair game.  I’ve torn 1 ½” strips and folded them before rolling.  I like the soft edge this gives.

I’m still deciding what else to start hooking.  Sometimes I come to a pause and have to wait for inspiration.  Maybe I’ll jump right into a Halloween project.  It’s always the right time for Halloween, isn’t it? Or there are always the ferns and fiddleheads that are waiting.

There's a lot of beauty out there and in playing with wool.

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