In all honesty I felt a little intimidated going to my very first Barb Carroll rug camp, well maybe even the second and third class too, lol. After all she was this icon who had worked side by side with Emma Lou Lais, designed several rugs, had been published numerous times and had a dye book. But I've always found Barb to be this very down to earth and classy woman with a great sense of humor and with loads of talent.
I remember my first class like it was yesterday, yet it has been 8 or so years ago. The pattern I chose for that first class was Kinderhook Basket, a design of the original antique which Barb owns.
Her new students had been forwarned that she would use only textures in the pattern so took colors which are me....earthy and old looking. Barb used most all the wool I took.
If there is a lesson to be learned by someone else's rug she will call the other students up to share the learning experience. The classes held on Woolley Fox Lane are small, only 5 or 6 people so there is a lot of individual attention.
For you folks attending your first class with Barb you are in for a wonderful surprise. Ya know how one forgets what color goes where when you get home? Doesn't happen with a Barb Carroll class. Barb has a special way of providing your color plan by using colored pens which are indicated with a snippet of the color which goes there. Magnificent technique, wouldn't you say?
Until taking classes with Barb didn't really know how to use textures; but boy does it really make for a better rug. With each of the rugs I've hooked from a Barb class I can see the lessons.
Perhaps tomorrow I'll post pictures of all the others rugs I've hooked with Barb.
Those of you going to a class with Barb next month will have an awesome time and I'm envious that I won't be there too.