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HOLY COW … What a week this has been. First of all Fiberfest last weekend was THE BEST it has ever been. When I first learned we were moving to the arena I was a little nervous about what the show would look like but OHHHH Michael and the other organizers outdid themselves. It was a fabulous location – all vendors in one spot and 12 NEW vendors made the venue beautiful and exciting. I could hardly stop myself from buying – hmmm oops I did NOT stop myself from buying. There were beautiful yarns and handspun hand dyed, rovings, wools, quilts and fabrics, recycled bundles of textures and wools, threads, finished items, supplies and OHHHHH amazing beautiful buttons. I have a passion for old buttons and there were bins and cards of them to look at and buy. Next year – if you were not able to make it to Fiberfest this year – put it on your calendar! It is worth the trip!!!

And then on Wednesday Kathy arrived from California to teach our group her technique of making her rugs old old old looking! Welllllll, she brought samples and was I going to wait until class (which did not start till Friday) to see and fondle those samples – NOOOO. And, be still my heart!!!!! the mini rugs are so exciting and the finishes on the edges are so unique and fun. Class started on friday morning – 17 crazy or is that crazed hookers all desperately waiting for a year to learn how to design a primitive antique looking rug and how to hook it so it looks aged and worn and dirty. We started by being inspired by Kathy’s rugs:














And ended up creating and hooking our own masterpieces:

Susan’s Kisby dog…HPIM4864

Elizabeth’ cat rug…HPIM4881

Barb’s antique pictorial…HPIM4882

Deb’s new hall runner (hooked in almost half inch wide cuts)…HPIM4883

Karen’s bunnies…HPIM4884

Dancing Rabbits (one of Kathy’s designs) by Andrea…HPIM4886

Sandi’s rendition of her dogs Caleb and Hallee…HPIM4887

Linda’s cat rug…HPIM4888

Barb’s Lake Menagerie…HPIM4889

Anne’s Barley Rug (Barley is their dog)…HPIM4890

Carol came over to the dark side and hooked number 8 alllll weekend – I think she is a convert…HPIM4893

Kathy’s design hooked by speedy Tina and almost finished by the end of the weekend…HPIM4895

Wendy’s memory rug…HPIM4896

Louise’s Bunny rug…HPIM4900

If you ever get a chance – take a class with Kathy Clark of Briarwood Folkart.  She is a fountain of information and ideas and tips on how to make your rug aged and generous in her sharing of all she knows. The weekend is over but I have Kathy here for a few more days so I am taking advantage of her! and her knowledge… We may spend some time walnutting (new verb not yet in the dictionary but part of our vocabulary all weekend)…

3 responses »

  1. What a generous posting! Lots to enjoy here. Many thanks Loretta.

  2. Love them all ..but the ‘astonished’ look on the Westies has to be a favourite. Thanks, Loretta!

  3. Thanks Loretta, wish I’d known. Maybe next year!


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