Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Off The Ocean Rug School-Jacksonville

Well, friends, I am going to try to get back to blogging...not making any promises as to how often I will post because of my travel and teaching schedule...but I have realized what a happy little place the blogosphere is and I think I'd like to dwell there a while.

I taught at the Off The Ocean Rug School in Jacksonville in mid-January.  I had a wonderful class!  I adored them and the rugs they were working on.  Thanks to everyone who made the week very successful and enjoyable! 

The rug "throw-down" was in a hallway of the hotel so there are some unavoidable shadows. Sorry about that.

 Kay was working Big Bird, a pattern by American Country Rugs.  Her tulips were the color of yellow ware and I LOVE that red background!  Now I want to hook a red background!

 Emily hooked and finished the Caswell Couple (above) and then started on a fraktur design.  Her angel is perfection.
 Starr was working on my pattern Have Ye Any Wool. This one always has a place in my heart because my own wooly critters were models for the sheep (Emma) and goat (Zack).
 Nancye was working on this pattern from Red Barn Rugs.  We tweaked a few things and this is going to be spectacular.  So many things to love about this rug but the cabin/chimney and pine tree are outstanding.
 Leah was working on this pattern from Sally Kallin.  Oh my, I LOVE all the neutrals in this one.  It was basically just "play time" when Leah was hooking...just shifting the neutrals around and not getting too serious about values.

Kudos to Ken for working on Trout.  Ken is a fairly new hooker and this is a huge pattern.  He has a good start!  So proud of what he did during rug school.

 Silvie is a fairly new rug hooker too.  She finished the Honey Bee Chair Pad and then started working on Binx.  I think if she had another half day, she would have finished Binx as well.  I don't think I've ever had any student who finished TWO projects during rug camp.  Bravo, Silvie!
She sat next to Emily at the end of a table so I called them the "over-achievers corner."  Ha ha, fondly, of course.  I am in awe of what they got done.
Karen was hooking Antique Hearts. It's hard to teach the corners because it is just a series of close values hooked in to make it look like the fabrics have faded.  You don't want them to look like stripes, just that the fabrics from long ago wore out and mellowed.  I think Karen nailed it.

There were two other students who had to leave before the throw down.  I wish I could have gotten photos of their projects too, but let me assure you, they were wonderful.
Enjoy your day and stay creative!


NMK said...

That was fun to see ….beautiful rugs !!!

woolwoman said...

Kris it was so much fun to be next to your class again at OTO this year. I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye but the root canal was calling. I was in such horrific pain on Tues I just could hardly load up my stuff and get the heck out of there. As you know I am not a prim hooker but there were some great patterns in your class and some I want to remember for the future. Thanks for showing them all and giving the names. After all they can be hooked in a 6 ! Welcome back to blogland - I think it's a good place to be.
love and hugs and have a very safe 2019 and be well - Mel

Saundra said...

OMG, sweet woman I'm so happy to see you here again FINALLY. Just now got on the computer and saw your blog post. Have been off since yesterday afternoon because I was sick of things I was seeing.

But your warm welcome here and eye candy brought me joy. I'd really love to hook a red background myself.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Hey!!! Yay!!!!!! Happy you’re blogging my sweets ~
That red background is beautiful and not a color that I would think of to use... it then again, I just hooked a small project with a beautiful ‘sunset’ color that I never used before...never say never when it comes to creating, right?
Lucky students all ~

Farm Girl said...

So nice to see a post. I always feels so motivated when you write. I love those rugs! I have never even thought of a red background. I think it looks so good.
Welcome back!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Welcome back to blogland!
Looks like you had a greatl class and so many wonderful rugs in progress. So sorry I wasn't there.

HomeSpunPrims said...

Good to see you blogging, Kris! Fun rugs! I enjoyed seeing them all. Lori