I could copy and paste all the wonderful story about this rug but instead, treat yourself to Cindy's WEB SITE where you can not only read about it but check out some of her offerings.
First, here is a little of what we gals were doing. A view across the room from my linen ~ on the left is Cathy and friend Betty Ann getting a head start. Nothing on my linen yet.
Cindy brought a great collection of semi-precious beads to use on projects. My gal-pal Deb would have a blast shopping here I'm sure.
soft leather. Ruth was able to complete hers before the last day of class so gave it to Cindy. Ruth then did a couple other small projects in class.
Cindy also taught us a way to attached an all hooked purse where you do not see one iota of linen backing. Her example was that hooked hobo bag on the right.
Another very interesting lesson we were shown was how to hook a frame around a rug. It is totally wonderful and up close resembles a wooden frame but requires a lot of work. Cindy said it took as long for her to hook the frame as it did to hook the entire rug.
Cindy also explained the sky effect, the thatched roof technique and wool used, flowers were a combination of velvet, and other textiles. The roadway was interesting too as it was a piece of wool which looked like a cobblestone road. That was stitched down and then to secure and hide the edge of wool she needle felted the green.
A turkey rug which I believe is also the artwork of Lisa Arkus and offered by Cindy in pattern form.
Cindy made this clutch purse below and I want to make one. It is beaded and needle felted for extra pizzazz. Wonder if I could make a strap for it???
More delightful purses by Cindy. This first purple one has very sturdy leather as opposed to the soft supple leather of the green purse above.
In another post I'll show some of our in progress work and the small participation of the impromptu rug show.
Contact Cindy on the link near the top of the post if you wish to purchase any of these patterns or wish to have a class with her.