Sunday, February 22, 2009

Another Weekend Ends....

....and no fun stuff going on here. The cold/flu bug that is going around has caught me. Some people can knit or sew when they're sick. I just don't happen to be one of them. So no new pictures this weekend.

I do have some pictures from a rug hooking retreat I visited last month. This is another fiber art that I'm very interested in. I simply do not have the time right now though. This isn't the latch hook method I remember from my childhood. This is the hand dyed wool, cut your own strips and even design your own pattern kind of rug hooking. This is serious business!

These are framed rugs that have such tremendous detail!
One thing I learned is that even a small piece takes months and months to complete. This one must have taken a year or more!
Look how the placement of the wool and the slight color variations give the sky such texture!
Here is a picture of a portion of the room. I have never seen so much craft related "stuff"! There were stacks and stacks of wool everywhere! I thought I'd taken a picture of a rug in process but I just can't seem to find it.
I hope that you are having a more enjoyable weekend that I am! I have been blog surfing and there are a lot of good things going on in blog land!

15 comments:

Brennee said...

Those are amazing! Hope you're feeling better soon. Being sick sucks. I'm a "no knit while sick" too. Take care!

Barb said...

wow, that rug is amazing....It does look like alot of work. Thanks for shaing it. Hope everyone is better.

yarnjourney said...

Thanks for the rug photos. Rug hooking is something I want to learn too. So many crafts, not enough time.

I hope you feel better soon!

Jean in Georgia said...

I hope that you're feeling better! :)

Debbie said...

I could easily become addicted to rug hooking and have always wanted to make ceramic mosaics...some day.

Hope you feel better soon.

Teresa said...

Beautiful pictures - I have not tried this yet, and think may need to leave it be for awhile. Looks like it could be as addictive as quilting.

Candace said...

Jackie - I hope you feel better soon - I know how hard it is to want to create, but your body tells you to rest! I, too, would like to take up wool rug hooking! My mom and I braided rugs from wool coats she would buy at Goodwill when I was a teenager and wanted to try hooking rugs, but we never got around to it! Your pictures are incredible - what a retreat that must have been!
Cheers!

Zlaty said...

Hi Jackie,
I hope you get over your cold/flu real soon! Eat some chicken soup and plenty of liquids are my advices.
The rugs look amazing!
My grandma and my mom wave wool, but you need a special frame. I am curious if it's the same process.

Irene said...

Hope you are feeling better by now. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything we would like, are there? That rug hooking is amazing, but I need instant gratification so that's not for me :-)

You did a great job on your heart blocks - do you like paper piecing?

Susan said...

Wow...those "rugs" are amazing! I can't imagine the hours that go into making them.

Crafty Lady said...

Thanks for the comment! The quilting went great! I am almost completely done! I can't wait to get it all done.

Chris said...

I've never seen such detail in hooked rugs. Amazing. Hope you are feeling better soon!

Simone de Klerk said...

What lovely pieces of art! There is so much taught over there! Wish we had all those wonderful classes!
Have a lovely day (O:

Gayle said...

Woozers! What a large group of rug hookers! Here in Utah, our numbers are still small, but we are growing. Looks like a wonderful gathering!

Abby said...

Rug hooking IS amazing! My grandmother and her sister hook rugs and it has always impressed me. I'll have to show off some of her wares in the blogosphere since I don't think she'll be starting a blog any time soon ;)