PATTERNS ~ Was asked what size pattern one should take to class. If you are a newbie I'd suggest something small so you aren't overwhelmed and will have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the camp. Don't take a 24 x 36 or larger unless you have been home practicing and have established a rhythm pulling loops.
Choose a design which makes you happy and will have fun hooking. You can purchase it on your own or if a pattern your teacher offers you can have her bring it to class for you. Frankly I'd rather pay postage and ponder it at home before camp.
If you have the supplies and can draw your own that is okay too ~ BUT, be sure you are not stealing someone else's design by seeing something on Pinterest or someone's blog. You could always email that person to ask who sells the pattern or if it is an antique and in public domain. I won't get into the detail of what determins public domain as it is complicated. Okay, you have your pattern and what about the wool?
WOOL ~ Teachers will color plan from the wool selection you take. Sometimes when using your colors she/he might have a suggestion which would make the rug better (in their eyes). You are not required to buy from the teacher but they have a huge selection and better than ours. It has been my experience that the wool purchased was a great choice and did make my rug better.
My favorite colors are barn red, old gold, earthy greens and browns, blue. My background choices usually are either primitive black or a dirty cream/white. Depending on the pattern and the room it will go in determines my colors and background. Sometimes I don't care about the color of background and let my teacher (particularly Barb) have free rein.
OH, that is something else... protocol....there is an unwritten law that you can't visit the other teachers' classrooms to buy wool until the second day after lunch. This way it allows that teacher's students to get first dibs on the wool she has taken.
OTHER SUPPLIES ~ Here is a list of what you should take:
cutter and blades
Ott or other light (just in case)
Sharpie (just in case) but the teacher always has one
If you do not have a cutter please let your teacher know before arriving so she/he can take one for you to use or unless you are traveling with a companion who has offered you to use it during class.
Rug camps are a perfect time to try someones hook, another style frame or cutter so you know if you'd like to own one. Please ask and most hookers will happily comply. While I often volunteer to let admiring hookers test drive my equipment I wouldn't want them depending on my cutter the entire camp.
Here are optional supplies to which I and my gal pals indulge:
snacks for the room
Have a great Sunday evening and sorry for the rambling. Seems this subject can't be reduced to one or two paragraphs. If I'm forgetting something please feel free to let me know so that it can be covered in a future post.