Members of our guild who attended the Searsport Hookin in Punta Gorda, Florida on February 25th and 26th had a great time. According to Julie from Searsport 261 hookers were in attendance. As Biffie said, “Have you ever seen so many hookers in one place?” Some were sitting at tables in the middle of the room with their projects on their lap or floor stand just hooking away. Others were wondering around to see all the displays set up by the vendors selling their wares.
We all had our goals to obtain certain items from these many vendor booths. Judi Overly was on a mission to replace a beloved hook that she had lost. The Searsport booth had just the right one for her. Check out all the selections in the picture above. I do not know how she could just chose one?
My goal was to have my “Happiness” pattern designed by Lib Calloway color planned. That was accomplished by using my free color planning coupon in my welcome bag with Carol Feney. See my earlier post regarding that experience. Awesome colors!
Doreen was hoping she would find her next rug hooking project. After looking at all the patterns available at the vendor booths, nothing really got her excited. Sometimes that happens and you have to wait just for the right pattern to speak to you. However, she did find some beautiful wool from “Heaven to Betsy’s” to add to her stash. Well, I think we all did!
“Heavens to Betsy” was an interesting booth. Judi Overly and I fell in love with the Rabbit and Cat pillow patterns on display. Of Course, we then had to purchase the wool and Lavender Potpourri to stuff them with.
Next we moved on around the room and "Pelican Pete" caught mine and Judi's eye. This beautiful hooked piece was at Capri Boyle Jones booth. She only had one pattern remaining and after Judi decided it wasn't what she was looking for I grabbed it. I fell in love with it at first sight! Capri was so helpful in helping me choose the wool I would need to finish it.
As we walked around we noticed the door prize table. So many vendors and teachers had donated so many items to be giving away by a silent auction. Everyone attending received one ticket in their welcome bag to bid by ticket on any items they wanted to take a chance on. Additional tickets could be purchased for $1.00 each if you wanted to take more chances. All the door prize ticket money and 20% of the money raised in the yard sale booth went to the Semper Fi Fund. This fund uses 95% of donations to directly provide Financial, emotional, and tiered support for injured/ill service members and their families. . The final total raised in two days was a whopping $4300.00. .
Polly Minick donated two finished rugs all mounted and signed to be in the silent auction. Our very own Lynn Soule won one of these beautiful rugs. Lucky Dog!! Searsport Rug Hooking Facebook Page posted the picture above and said ““She ran up whooping and screaming!! We all laughed so!!! All anyone heard for the next hour? Did you know I won a Polly Minick!?!?!? I understand she was carpooling home.... A couple of hour drive.... Lol I bet it was not a quiet ride!!!!!” Okay ladies looking forward to hearing all about the ride home.
I was starting to feel guilty that maybe I had stolen "Pelican Pete" from Judi because at the end of the day she still had not found the pattern she was looking for. However, the next day she saw a pattern called "Sea Horse" designed by DeEtta Beebe and knew that was the one. Mission accomplished! She plans to take that pattern to Manistee Rug School at Onekama Michigan in June to get it color planned.
This was an amazing two days! I hope you enjoy some of the pictures taking by our Gator group members. I know I’m looking forward to going back next year!
What a great time this was. This was my first visit to one of these events and I must say I was very impressed. As I walked into the ballroom I was amazed to see all the "hookers". Some were sitting at tables in the middle of the room with there projects on their lap or floor stand just hooking away. Others were wondering around to see all the displays set up by the vendors selling their wares.
I loved roaming around the perimeter of the room visiting all the vendor booths. The beautiful wool, patterns, and other rug hooking supplies available were fantastic.
My plan was to have someone help me color plan a pattern that I had purchased from one of our local group members. It is called 'Happiness" 27" x 40" designed by Lib Calloway. It was just my luck that in our welcome packet - Carol Feney - http://www.rugsbycarol.com had placed a coupon for a free color plan if you purchased the wool from her booth. After seeing the beautiful rugs she had on her display I knew she would do a good job for me. Her rugs were so colorful and unique, using not only wool but other mediums in them, such as Sari Ribbon and yarn.
Well, I had no idea how long it takes to color plan a rug. Carol and I spent several hours on the floor pulling colors I liked and then deciding where to place them in the pattern. Her assistant labeled each color with a number and created a list of where they would be hooked on the pattern. After we were finished, I had a pattern with all the numbers marked in the spot to hook them. It reminded me of the "paint by number" kits I used to do as a kid.
Now the final part was to decide how much wool I needed of each color. Carols rule of thumb is about 4 times more wool than the size to be hooked. This will also depend on the size cut you will be using. She recommended a size 6 and 4 cut for the main design, and a size 7 or 8 cut for the background. Carol stated that she likes to over estimate by at least 10% to make sure I would have enough of each color of wool.
Okay, so far it has been a great experience. I feel not only do I have a professional color planned rug, but, I have learned so much from Carol about certain tips in color planning that I can use in my future rug hooking projects. However, when I saw all that wool and Sari Ribbon I got nervous! How much is this going to cost me? I was very surprised at how reasonable the final cost was. Could not wait to get back home and start this project. I believe it is coming along very nicely!
Coming soon - I will have more about the Searsport Hookin from some of our other members that attended.
The Hobe Sound Rug Show held on March 7th, 2015 was a very enjoyable day for all who visited. The featured artist Dolores Wieman stated that she was overwhelmed, “I see my rugs all the time, but to see them all on display was amazing. I’m finally coming back down to earth!” An estimate of 75 to 100 people visited the one day rug show. Stephanie Allen-Krauss from Green Mountain Hooked Rugs sent her sister down from Orlando to take pictures to submit to Atha magazine and Rug Hooking magazine. They had two vendors: Alaina from " The Woolly Trout" along with Lisa Prive from "The BeeSkep" . Ginger took pictures of Dolores rugs and made postcards to sell for $3 at the event. I hope you enjoy this slideshow of some of the beautiful creations on display at the Rug Show.
Update on Marta's Sucha Rug. This is a beautiful combination of colors.
Marta gave us a Mini Workshop on Scrappy Rugs on December 16th Hook-In. Marta challenged us all to join in on one of these patterns. I am so excited about this! I can not wait to see how many of you will start your own Scrappy Rug to share with the group. She brought several copies of the free patterns from the book Scrappy Rugs, written by Bea Brock, for us to transfer to our own backing cloth. I have attached copies of these patterns to this email if anyone else would like to start one of these scrappy rugs.
""Susha" , designed by Jane McGown Flynn #1398 (24"x36")
This is Marta's new project. She is using dip dye swatches and transitional swatches in a #4 cut. I love the beautiful color combination. She has a gift for created magnificent rugs!
As stated in the Rug Hooking magazine November / December 2014 article on "Floravians", transitional swatches are regular swatches dyed over a pastel colored wool. They blend harmoniously with their base swatch and add subtle variations to the overall look.
Okay I have started my Scrappy Rug for our January meeting. I decided to do a primitive sun and star pillow. I hope to use up a lot of my left over wool strips. I still tend to cut more strips than I need for my projects. I hope to use this helpful hint in the future that I read in one of my much loved Rug Hooking Magazines. (Only cut enough strips that will take you 30 minutes to hook.)
I've been working on this scrappy pillow for about a week now.