Sibyl Osicka came to Sebastian for a three day workshop on January 21st – 23rd for members of the Gator Group Rug Hookers. A total of seventeen members signed on to the workshop to learn from one of the best McGown instructors in the nation. Her emphasize was on fine shading, however, she stated “Not everyone is interested in fine shading and that is fine, but some of my thoughts can be taken over to wide cut and applied.”
This was a very well organized workshop and many different areas of rug hooking were covered. Sibyl covered so many avenues of rug hooking that it did not matter if you were a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooker, everyone learned something in this workshop.
She shared many helpful hints during this workshop. Some of them are listed below.
“Ode to My Wife, the Hooker”
By Cyvia Simmons
She learned to hook on Monday, her loops were going fine.
She forgot to thaw our dinner, so we went out to dine.
She hooked pretty daisies Tuesday, she said they were a must.
They really were quite lovely, but she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was strawberries, she said the fingering’s were fun.
What highlights! And what Shadows! But the laundry wasn’t done.
She hooked apples on a Thursday, so juicy, bright, and red.
I guess she really got engrossed for she forgot to make the bed.
It was violets on Friday, in colors she adores.
It never bothered her at all that crumbs were on the floor.
I hired a maid on Saturday, so my week was now complete.
My wife could hook for hours, yet the house would still be neat.
Well, it’s already Sunday, and I’ve gone by the book.
I’ve cursed, I’ve raved, I’ve raged, my wife taught the maid to hook.
Oh Lord, one more project!
This was a very good workshop. Judith and Marta had many projects to show the many ways Proddy can be incorporated in your rug hooking designs. We had a hands on class where they were very helpful in showing us how to make beautiful Proddy flowers. They both stated that the book “Prodded Hooking for a Three Dimensional Effect by Gene Shepard” is a very good book to learn proddy. All who attended this class was very appreciative of Marta’s and Judith’s contribution and time spend preparing for this class.