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Just returned last night from the Hooked in the Mountains rug show in Essex Junction, Vermont. What a wonderful show!!! So much beauty and creativity to share with you. We would have taken even more pix if the iPhone had not stopped taking pictures. Now I know usually I complain about my camera running out of battery power but this time it was the iPhone that let me down! It was FULL! How did that happen??? Well when we loaded the pix on the computer last night we realized that every second picture was a 2 – 3 second video!!! whyyyyyyyy… Apparently this is something new Apple has decided is necessary (or at least that’s Gords explanation). In any event, thankfully I had packed my 11 year old free camera and the rest of the pix were taken with it and only 2 recharged batteries!!!!

The rugs are amazing so if you have the opportunity to go to the show (it does, unfortunately, end tomorrow afternoon) do so! For us it was a 6 hour drive (well that did include many bathroom stops – and one junkin stop) lovely drive on Wednesday through the fall foliage… but it was worth every second of the drive to see these rugs. And, of course, to visit the vendors! So without further ado … (I have tried as much as possible to give credit to the hooker and designer of each piece either but I think I may have missed a couple 😦 – my apologies)…img_1221


Davey was one of the three featured artists (Davey Degraff, Jackye Hansen and Liz Alpert-Fay) and I am excited to say I am taking a class with her at the Green Mountain Rug School next June!!!)… The next few rugs are all hers… hpim6599







As we walked in Jane grabbed us and hauled us over to a presentation being given by another of the featured artists, Jackye Hansen, who is well known for her Waldeboro style rugs (raised and clipped hooking) (thank you Jane as we would probably have missed this very interesting presentation). These next few rugs are some of the ones Jackye had on display…




Roxy designed and hooked by Heather Wright… hpim6608

Nude designed and hooked by Jon Sullivan…hpim6610

Madame designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…hpim6612

Golden Moment designed and hooked by Rae Harrell…hpim6614

Miscou Decoy designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…hpim6616

The Old Lady’s Shoes designed and hooked by Louise de Tonnancour…hpim6618

Taylor’s Pork Roll designed and hooked by Weezie Huntington…hpim6621

So sorry to the designer and hooker as I missed the card for this one but decided it was too wonderful not to share…hpim6623

Dream Stream designed and hooked by Sandy Haller…hpim6625

Lovely display by one of the hooking groups… (I want those punkins!)…hpim6627


So sorry I know the designer is Margaret Shaw but did not get the name of the rughooker…hpim6633

Designer Tish Murphy but oh again I don’t have the name of the hooker but HAD TO POST as this stool is just toooooo fun…


This amazing rug was designed and hooked by Nancy Thun and is entitled Mirror Mirror…img_1223

The Guardian designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…

Heating with Wool designed and hooked by Anne Cox…


Mergansers designed and hooked by Jennifer Davey…img_1231

Under your Soles 1 and 2 (left and right) also designed and hooked by Jennifer Davey… and so very sorry but I could not read the label on the lovely centre rug…


A wonderful display of hooked pets (if you zoom in you should be able to see the name of the various rughookers)…


In Praise of Autumn designed by Blackbird Designs and hooked by Marilou Leclaire…


Flower Power designed by Carol Feeney and hooked by Carol Murphy…


Geometric designed and hooked by Susan Longchamps…img_1250

Mz Zinnia designed and hooked by Pam Bartlett…img_1252

Everything Comes Around designed and hooked by Julie Rogers…img_1254

The Muse designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…img_1256

Autumn Memories designed by Lin Wells and hooked by Tricia Tague Miller…img_1258

Sultans #291 hooked by Yvonne Isabelle…img_1260

Daisies in the Sky designed by Martina Lesar and hooked by Jen Nunnally…img_1262

Rocking Chair Seat Pad designed and hooked by Barb Ackemann…img_1264

Molly’s Fall Tree designed by Molly Colegrove and hooked by Dawna Matthew…

Apothecary Rose designed by Karen Kahle and hooked by Janice McKnight…img_1271

Tessellating Oak Leaves designed by Beth Calabrese and hooked by Priscilla Heininger…img_1273

Coriolus designed and hooked by Anne Cox…img_1276

Crazy Horse designed by Alex and Alma Shelly and hooked by Alma Shelly…img_1278

Kensington OSV designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Yvonne Isabelle…img_1280

Oh oh, the bottom rug is Happy Hour designed and hooked by Grace Collette but not sure about the top rug… img_1284

The Shaman designed and hooked by Dana Psoinas…img_1286

51 Shades of Purple designed and hooked by Heather Wright… img_1288

Ipswich Clammers designed by Pam Kirk and hooked by Denise Commons…img_1291

Cosmo adapted from Leigh Standley card and hooked by Judith Phillips…

If I lead will you Follow designed and hooked by Sharon O’Neill…img_1296

Mer-Cat designed by Margaret Shaw and hooked by Jaime Jacobs…img_1298

Angel and Sheep designed by Karla Gerard and hooked by Georgette Provencher…

Birds can Coexist adapted from a card by Vickie Sawyer and hooked by Judith Phillips…

With wings and Prayer designed and hooked by Sharon O’Neill…img_1302

The Road Home designed and hooked by Julie Rogers…img_1305

Girl and Basket designed by Karla Gerard and hooked by Suzy Senecal…

Geometric Hit or Miss Runner designed and hooked by Bonnie Olson…img_1309

Domestic Zoo designed by Sandra Porter and hooked by Jen Nunnally…img_1311

Birds in the Border designed by Lin Wells and hooked by Jane Griswold…img_1314

Oh To Dance with Flowers designed by Heart to Hand and stitched by Peggy Stanilonis…img_1316

Primitive Flower designed and hooked by Noriko Manago…img_1332

Jane’s Magdalena designed by Norma Batistini and hooked by Jane Griswold…img_1334

Mr. Iggy designed by Star Rug Company and hooked by Dorothy Walsh…img_1336

Colonial Table Runner designed by Cheryl Brubaker and hooked by Sharon Jerome…img_1338

Nouveau designed and hooked by Grace Collette…img_1340

A Sheep named Goat designed by Fabric Foote and hooked by Lynn Soule…img_1342

Chilly Winter Evening designed and hooked by Sue Barton-Kelly…img_1344

Carmi Sunrise designed by A. Dunne and hooked by Anita Rogers (top)…

Picken Apples designed by Jodi Desjardins and hooked by KC Carr (centre left)…

Good Morning designed and hooked by Beth McDermet (centre right)…

15 Mile Falls designed and hooked by Roberta Smith (bottom)…


Beyond the Bridge designed and hooked by Reggie Price…


Oceans of Tears designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick and hooked by Cheryl Orcutt…img_1357

Design for the back of the (Tarot) card designed and hooked by Pris Buttler (part of the Tarot card display)…img_1360

Horse designed and hooked by Mary Lee O’Connor…img_1362

My Vermont Cow designed and hooked by Dayle Young-Wheeler…

Bobcat designed by Jon Ciemiewiecz and hooked by Mary Aman…img_1364

Wood Duck adapted from a Kelly Quinn painting by Pam Bartlett and hooked by Dayle Young-Wheeler… img_1367

Hola Mola adapted from a Kuna Mola and hooked by Beth McDermet…img_1369

Heathen Hill designed and hooked by Nancy Thun…img_1371

Crocodile Mola II designed by Norma Batistini and hooked by Suzanne Girouard…img_1373

Up North designed by Cabin Creek Designs and hooked by Sue Burton-Kelly…img_1375

Blooming Floral designed and hooked by Dorothy Walsh…img_1377

The Fisherman designed by Bev Conway and hooked by Alma Shelly…img_1379

Pineapple Antique designed by Marion Ham and hooked by Fran Oken…img_1381

Jazz and Poppy designed by Margaret Shaw and hooked by Jaime Jacobs…img_1383

Horse and Bunnies designed by Lucille Festa and hooked by Susan Gingras…


Hawk Eye designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…

The Dance of Life designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1390

Alpaca Quartet designed and hooked by Robert Wertz…img_1392

Belgians and Berniers designed and hooked by Barbie Beck-Wilczek…img_1394

Passing Winter Storms in the Dunes designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…img_1397

Spirits of the Lakes designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1399

Seaside Landscape designed by Wanda Kerr and hooked by Jane Sittnick…


Toby designed and hooked by Meg Howland…img_1403

North Atlantic designed and hooked by Jane Sittnick…img_1405

Paradise designed and hooked by Kris McDermet…img_1407

Words of Wisdom designed and hooked by Emily Robertson…img_1410

Genghis designed and hooked by Rae Harrell…img_1412

Passion designed and hooked by Kris McDermet…img_1414

Great Horned Owl Mother with Baby designed and hooked by Sandra Grant…img_1416 Anny with her daughters designed and hooked by Louise de Tonnancour…


Tennescott Four Dogs designed and hooked by Barbie Beck-Wilczek…img_1420

Child of the Universe designed and hooked by Grace Collette…img_1422

Annie’s Birches designed and hooked by Barb Ackemann…img_1424


9 responses »

  1. Hi Loretta, these are some of the best rugs that I have seen in a long time…have not even started the big rug yet….Hadley has me run off my soon

  2. Fantastic array of Hookings. Thanks for sharing, Loretta. Nancy

    Sent from Nancy’s iPad


  3. Have friends from Penetanguishene who went to this show today I think- this work is just spectacular! Thank you for sharing these works. Am enjoying the tree production- one to go to Canmore. Beth

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Hey Loretta. What a great rug show, the best ever. Thanks for all your hard work to let us see these beautiful rugs. Do you know how to get in touch with Davey? Does she have a website? Love to see her pattern line. Thanks so much.


  5. I was feeling sad I was not going to make it to the show this year so thank you so much for bring it to me. Just wonderful.

  6. Thank you for all the work it must have taken to post this show. Saw the link on The Out Of Hand Hookers and bookmarked it to look at again. There are two rugs with Bernese Mountain dogs that I would like to post to 2 BMD FB sites for BMD owners to see. How do I get permission?

  7. Thanks so much for investing your time into posting these clear pics and details for all of us to enjoy! So much inspiration and talent!

  8. Loretta- Thank you so much for sharing these. I will be attending this event in 2018 for sure! What amazing works of art.
    Thanks again for getting the Karla Gerard pattern to me so quickly. Looking forward to starting that one!

  9. Maureen McIlwain

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful rugs, and both the Northumberland and Ontario Hooking Craft Guild shows…such a wealth of beauty and talent!


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