Sunday, February 22, 2009

Having Fun In Emma's Garden

I was in Canton, Mississippi recently teaching a workshop at P is for Primitive. Most of the participants worked on the Emma's Garden pattern. We incorporated antique paisley in the leaves, hooked with roving and sheeps' locks (Emma generously donated a small bit of her locks to everyone's rug), flowers were given dimension with proddy and beading. We talked a great deal about my favorite subject: the life and behavior of sheep and goats! The most thrilling part for me was to see the rugs develop into their own personalities. Everyone did their own thing and added their own personal touches....which is exactly what I had hoped for!!! Here are just a few samples of what was going on......

This "Emma" belongs to Candi. She looks beautiful with her curly locks.

This is Carol's version of Emma. Carol was using a lovely roving that was natural taupes and light browns.
This is Melanie's rug in progress. You can see her lovely prodded sunflower at the top of the picture.
This is Ginger's rug. Ginger added some "foofy" yarn to the plumes on the bird's head which added some great dimension and interest.
Now isn't this a fun little Emma? Becky made a glamerous pink lamb....err...Becky calls it "Glam-ah".
Kala hooked her "Emma" with gray roving. Her sunflowers are big and bold!

Bette's "Emma" has some special meaning to her. She used roving from her granddaughter's sheep! I also love how Bette thought "outside the box" and hooked her flowers in different colors.

The last two photos are views of Martha's work. She chose to make her lamb with dark features, more like a Suffolk sheep. Her bird and flower were turning out great...she used "foofy" yarn too!
Thanks to Lisanne Miller, owner of P Is For Primitive, for organizing, making sure everything ran smoothly, and cooking lunch.
And thanks to all of you who brought snacks and food everyday...I loved the King Cake...probably a little too much...yikes! Now my jeans are too tight!


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Beautiful rugs!! Love to see how everybody uses the same pattern and how different each rug looks!!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Me, too, Kris!! They are all darling ~ love the pink sheep!! Emma is more than just a sheep ~ she's your inspiration, too!! Great pictures ~ thanks!

JoJo said...

Each and every rug is adorable. It's so nice to see the different ways people hook the same design. The pink Emma is especially cute.