Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Cape May Rug

I so much thought of waiting to post an updated picture of my rug which is still in progress.  I've given it several names; before Cape May it was called "Ali Katz" since my teacher was going to be Ali Strebel.  Then it was called a couple different names and not sure what the final name will be when I make it into a pattern....... 

But, since it is so much fun hooking thought I'd show an update now.  In all honesty, as this is way out of my normal hooking style I'm surprised it is still so much fun.  The border has been figured out in my mind but not executed yet.
Ben is needing to visit the meadow and sniff who has been there before him so will see ya later gator.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

This and That from Cape May

Thought I'd show you a few photos of the in progress rugs from the four classes.  On Thursday we have a 'throw down' in the front yard so all students and teachers can see what each of us has been working on.  It is also a great time to see designs which may go on our "must have and hook" list.  This rug below is being hooked by Ohio gal Deb and think she is using every technique Ali taught us.  The green leaves to the left side were Deb's favorite things on her rug.
 Another rug from the Ali class.
I thought the birthday cake and banner were cute.  Sandra did needle felted the letters. 

Below is roomie Deb's piece which is an adaptation of a Gustav Klimt art.

I have also hooked Rufus the lion.


 This is Sue, from Ohio,  wearing a nifty sweat shirt that her pal Deb did embroidery on.  Ya just gotta love the wording!

Have a great Sunday everyone.


Friday, September 26, 2014

I Know You've Been Waiting For It.....

.....for a picture of my Cape May rug project.  Well here it is.  Yes, this is a far cry different than the primitive and antique adaptations usually on my frame.  Frankly, I'm enjoying working on it and can't wait for it to be finished and be the companion piece to the silk painting I did in Mexico in 1998.   
Ali and I discussed a border with it being wider on the ends.  The place this rug is going to reside could only be 24" tall but I wanted it wider from left to right.  There are a couple things we discussed for that treatment and just need to decide which one suits me for those ends. 

BUT the border suggestion that I love, and a suggestion by Ali, is to do beading all the way around the entire rug using a hit and miss of all the colors in the rug with the one constant be the navy colored wool.  I LOVE that concept!!!!!  You can see at the bottom I just had to pull a few loops to see it in progress.
Here is a picture of sweet Ali and me.  Surely you can see me whispering "cheese" to myself.  I never figured out how actresses on the red carpet look so elegant 'in the moment and natural' when being photographed.  I'm like a fish out of water when the camera is in front of me.
That being said, remember me mentioning those Ohio gals and their antics?  I figure you were looking forward to seeing pictures of them too.  Well talk about random natural photos, ....let me set the scene (those girls were so bad!)  

It was Thursday, just had lunch and for SURE I wanted pictures of us who had so much fun for so many days since we were leaving the next day.  So just before my pal took the photo I mentioned I'd put a lot of red onions on my salad.  OMG, then the gals decided to squeeze their noses like I smelled like rotten onions.

Then someone said, "Let's stare at her".

 And it went downhill after that.  From left to right it is Deb (my roomie's name happens to also be Deb but not this one), then me, Katie, and Sue.  Oh what a trio of gals it is from Ohio.  

This is an evening shot when I visited the gals on the cottage porch where they were enjoying the music (as my roomie and I were).  I got a picture of Deb and Katie and asked where Sue was.  They said she was in bed, that I could take a picture of her as she slept but that it wasn't a pretty sight.  Oh but I WISH I'd taken a picture to blackmail her for all the trouble she stirred up.  Okay, it would just be fun to hang that picture over her head and tease her.
Katie, Deb and Sue, if you read this blog I sure hope our paths cross some day as you were a hoot to meet and get to know. 

Have a great evening everyone, and thanks for allowing me to re-live the Cape May experience through posting these photos on my blog.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cape May Rug Show #2

Yes, there are more rugs to show and then tomorrow I'll post photos of the fun Ohio gals and the rug I'm working on.
This humongous endeavor was hooked by Cheri Reid.  I don't think she has ever made a smallish rug.  There was quite a structural piece at the top for this to hang on her wall. 



The rug below is hooked by Michelle Micarelli and ALL her rugs have a story.  This is huge and I'll show close ups of detail below this.  At lunch time where her husband was also in attendance, Michelle said that the dragon was her husband and she was the woman riding him.  Continuing with her story, she said the ring around the leg was to show the dragon was already taken.  If you look at the leg in the foreground you will see a gold band.
Here is a close up of some embellishments.
And here is a close up of the woman who owns the dragon.  Michelle said that her grown son asked if she always rode the dragon with her bike shorts on.  That brought a good laugh from the table.

Well I'm sure there are more rugs but some have been named, some reduced and at this point I've lost track of what I've posted.  But perhaps this will keep you entertained until tomorrow.
And, tomorrow I've a pattern to draw and ship so will work on my camp rug as much as I can to give you a good preview tomorrow.
Have a great evening.