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.