Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Hooking!!!

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Halloween Hooking Weekend - a private workshop at the exclusive Azalea House Inn on the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River in Palatka, FL. We arrived on Friday morning to be greeted by a fully decorated Inn. Jill loves Halloween and has two trees full of ornies and lots of fun friends on mantles. The stair risers that rug guild members hooked several years ago for the Inn were up and are always fun to see!

My project for the weekend was Give Ye Thanks, a Lori Brechlin design of Notforgotten Farm available thru Spruce Ridge Studios. Three friends were working on the same design - Lori's Bittersweet Pumpkin, Jill was hooking on Pumpkin Thyme, which she started earlier in the year, and Melody was busy on Peace and Plenty. Can you tell that we LOVE Lori's designs adapted by Spruce Ridge for rug hooking???
Our teacher this year was Dianne Kelly, who was so instructive and as always - FUN! We had many laughs. The night before I left, I just got the urge to dye up a few pieces of wool, and luckily my husband was busy at work. So I had the kitchen to myself for 4 hours. WEEEEE!!! Wet wool everywhere! Dianne liked several of the pieces that resulted, so I used 2 of them for my log cabin. The pictures look a bit dark, but the cabin is a mottled pumpkin-y color, with lighter highlights hooked in.

Black lettering and brown trees. One little acorn, so far.

The background is going to be an off-white plaid with the hills being a puce-y green plaid. I'll be sure to post some progress pictures.

Decorated trees! One with a painted box as a base, and one with Jill's UNREAL hooked tree skirt (partially covered by a student's piece).

For my quilting and cross-stitching friends, here's Jill's Quaker wall, with Sarah Tatum and Sarah Moon, and a fabulous Halloweenie Quilt draped over the couch.

And the very recognizable And They Sinned, taking up a whole wall, that Jill stitched in THREE months! (Better get on it, Ann. Next summer vacation, maybe?)

It was a wonderful weekend away. Great place to hook, good friends, good food and another great time with lots of memories.
Please, check out Melody's blog entry on the weekend. She always does fabulous event reports and her entry on this past weekend is another great one! Plus, she's got a picture of the hooked stair risers.

1 comment:

woolwoman said...

Karen your report of our fabulous weekend was so great. Your photos were much better than mine so I'm glad the readers will get to see them closer and with more detail. your Give Ye Thanks rug is just awesome - quite a compliment to your dyeing abilities that Dianne was inquiring on your formulas. Love how the cabin is working out - can't wait to see the progression - hope you're bringing it to the OGC retreat in a couple of weeks. Cheers! Mel