Saturday, September 25, 2010

2010 Rug Hooking Camp Part One

I went to the Chiropractor yesterday to get the kinks worked out of my achy body from rug hooking all week...told him I had spent a lot of hours hookin & a strippin...strippin & a hookin...he replied, "Is the leader of your group a pimp?" I laughed a good belly laugh & said no, we are traditional rug hookers who strip wool fabric which is then hooked into a linen or burlap fabric base which is stretched over a frame...we create rugs much like the ones our pioneer ancestors made years ago. He surprised me by saying that he remembered hooking a sailboat rug as a child...his eyes grew distant & he recounted that it was his grandmother who taught him to hook. I was flabbergasted...as it is so rare to hear these stories from men. I promptly asked him is he would like to join our rug hooking group....he said he would think about it...

Our Rug Camp celebrated it's 10th anniversary this year...it was so heart warming to see women who had been to every camp during the last decade...& such a pleasure to hear them reminisce about the classes they took, teachers they've had....memories made. Some instructors have come & gone now, but I am happy to say that five student teachers graduated this year...teachers who will follow in the footsteps of the ones who have gone before them...

This year rug camp was held at Cedar Lodge which sits on the edge of Blackstrap Lake about 40 minutes from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I have to say that the staff at Cedar Lodge spoiled us rotton...I am sure we all gained 5 lbs from all the home-cooked meals...never mind the scrumptious deserts that we ate after almost every meal. Truly a place that warmed your heart...as well as your tummy!!!

 Fall was in the air & I did manage to get outside to take a few photos of all the autumn splendor...frost was in evidence on the surface of tiny leaves & lichens...

Canada Geese making their annual migration across our skies...their honking & bleating could be heard miles away...flying in formation...the flap of their wings brushed the air as they drifted past me.

 Harvest fields, hay bales & autumn leaves surrounded the lake...

A Saskatchewan Sunrise

Tangled Thicket

A  U  T  U  M  N   C  O  L  O  R

Cabin in the woods

Chopped wood for the old stove

W A T E R C O L O R

S O F T

In a couple of days I will post part two...I will tell you all about our Touring Grain Elevator Project; show you photos of our Rug Show as well as some class pics.
I do apologize...I was so busy snapping photos at the rug show that I forgot to write down the names of the rug's creators. This is just one of the many Grain Elevator rug photos that I will post later on...till then...Susan.

9 comments:

Carlie said...

I so wish that I could be you for awhile!!! I am really jealous. All you talent and then you get a rug hooking retreat! I'm glad you are enjoying it except for the pain thang!!!

May said...

Precioso resultado y preciosas fotos.
El colorido de la naturaleza en el comienzo del Otoñño es maravilloso.
Besitos, May

MosaicMagpie said...

What a wonderful post, so glad you shared it with us. The geese fly over my house but never have I seen that many at once.
Debbie

WoolenSails said...

What a beautiful place to have a reteat.
The rug is gorgeous, can't wait to see the rest.

Debbie

Michelle May said...

Oh wow! How gorgeous was that place! I know you must have had the best time. Love the rug and looking forward to hearing more about this fun adventure.
xx, shell and the bunnies

Susan deGeneres said...

Your photos are so gorgeous, I'm wishing I was a hooker too! It seems they get to go to all the best places. I LOVE the grain elevator rug and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Susan

Zan Asha said...

Hi Susan! Long time no talking to you! I missed some of your wonderful posts! I am so glad you are finding a wonderful adventure with rug hooking--everything all around you is so beautiful looking! Have a wonderful Fall season!

Crowsnest Pass Primitive Folk Art said...

Hi All...thanks for all your kind words about this blog post...it was a joy to share rug camp with you...the scenery & all the beautiful creations our rug hookers have created. Hoping you pop by to read part two. hugs Susan

Alicia said...

Wonderful pictures!!! Thank you very much for sharing these moments with us!
Hugs
Alicia

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