Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My name is Debbie and I am a hooker.



In my spare time...I hook rugs. Traditional rug hooking. I started hooking almost four years ago and I am totally hooked. This hobby began innocently enough ~ I wanted to spend more time with my oldest daughter so the two of us took a rug hooking class at a local high school as part of their adult education courses. One thing quickly led to another. I love the colors of the wool. At times hooking can be relaxing, at other times frustrating. I love figuring out what colors to use in my rug, I enjoy the friendships I have made, I love being creative. My brain unwinds as I hook. The picture above is of my second rug which was designed by my instructor. The two pictures below are of wool being dyed for my current project.





These are the piles of wool at the studio where I take classes. Sometimes I forget to hook and just get lost in all of the colors, dreaming about future hooking projects.


Books, books and more books in the studio to help inspire us or guide us. I rely on these books lots as I work on my latest rug.



On a recent Saturday I went to a hooking workshop which was like hooking heaven. Just sit and hook and talk with people who have a common hobby as you ~ the perfect way to spend a Saturday. The photo below shows a work in progress. I love the colors and the paisley print the artist chose.




This zebra almost looks like an oil painting. My goal is to someday be able to hook like this!




Another work in progress by one of my hooking friends~ I just want to touch this sheep. His coat looks so realistic.




The next three photos are of a huge wall hanging of our Solar System. The pictures do not do it justice. This piece truly is a work of art and is just one of many rugs created by a hooking artist.









I LOVE this sunflower rug. The artist has only been hooking for a short amount of time but her talent shines through !! This is blue ribbon work !




This rug is titled Mini-Fantasy ~ and the artist chose the perfect colors. Perfect hooking!







And here is my current project ~ Queen of the Sea. I really need to finish her since I have ideas for my next ten projects. So when I am not blogging or caring for grandbabies or working or gardening or reading or exercising this is where you will find me ~ playing with wool and colors and letting my creative side be nourished !




14 comments:

Maggie May said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh! I LOVE this. Wish there was something similar here.
Great idea!

Nuts in May

Melissa said...

She's looking good! I need to dye some wool so I can finish my tree of life.

And I think you should tell everyone, in case they're not familiar with this - it's not latch hook! neither of us have ever made a fuzzy Garfield rug.

lakeviewer said...

Wow! These are great! You make me want to learn.

R.J. said...

Wow! How beautiful! It must be complicated if it requires a class. I've only tried the latch hook type and it is very easy. Does it require a major commitment of time and resources? Even more importantly, it must require a great deal of artistic ability to design those creations. If so, I'm out of luck--can't draw.

Brian Miller said...

wow. you are amazingly talented...loved the pics...figure you may get some extra traffic with that title...lol.

pink dogwood said...

You are so talented. these make me want to learn to.

Have you read Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier? It is about a family of tapestry makers - you might like it.

Akelamalu said...

Your rug is beautiful! I love that sunflower one and the sheep. My grandmother used to make rag rugs (she was poor)and my MIL does beautiful cross stitch. I used to knit and crochet - now I just blog. ;)

Daryl said...

Oh this is even more involving that needlepoint ... wow .. you need to use of your fabulous photos as a basis for a rug ... seriously.

Marg said...

Is this the right Debbie? I did not know that you hooked rugs. Way to go. What an art. I used to do that way back...and now I've started to take up knitting...but very simple.
I'd rather be outside.

Kim Mailhot said...

Not only are you a hooker, but you are a damn good one !!! That Queen of the Sea is making me itch I want it so much. I am a huge mermaid lover !
Painting with wool and a hook, that's what you are doing. Amazing stuff !

Natalie said...

Your title had me worried for a second, Deb!
What a fantastic hobby, they were all wonderful, but I genuinely like yours the best. :)

SandyCarlson said...

These are incredible. My great gram was a hooker. I have her wool, her hooks, her rug frames, her canvases. I should try again. Such a beautiful art.

You made me smile and cry a little. Lovely. Thanks.

MarmiteToasty said...

Jebus, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this..... I adore the sunflower and picket fence work of art....

so you use cut up strips? and not like little bits of rug yarn? Im fasinated by it now and need to find out more lol - so they are more like rag rugs?

dam, why did you have to put this up lmfao hahahaha

x

Lori ann said...

Oh MY! i am so impressed! you are so talented, your rug is just gorgeous. I have so many questions, i've never done this. Thank you for sharing this Deb.

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