Saturday, September 7, 2013

San Antonio Workshop - first half of pictures

San Antonio in August is a little crazy as it is hot, hot, hot but spending time with the lovely gals in my class was worth a little heat.  Wait till you view the fabulous rugs these gals were hooking.  I was like a proud little peacock as I snapped all these photos.
This is Julie's rug and isn't it great? The colors in her rug are primtastic!  How's that for a new word?  On a side note, Julie sells the most wonderful stone-like sheep heads that you hang on the wall.  Julie, if you are reading this, please bring me one to Holland next summer!
Beth was hooking my Tumblin Down pattern and boy did we have fun playing with embellishments on this pattern.  Check out the buttons on the top two pumpkins.  Those flame buttons are antique and are terrific.
I had to snap a closeup of the the zipper mouth because it was so fabulous.  Don't you agree?
Denice was my chauffer for the weekend and was the best host.  She wanted to be bold and bright and achieved that with her version of my Halloween Stroll pattern. Although bright, it is very nicely done.   She used the perfect colors to balance against the brighter wools. I love the Sari ribbon she used for the dress bow and ruffles.
You just have to see what she did with the sari ribbon.  She tied it into a bow and let it hang down.  Brilliant! And every pumpkin gal needs high heels right? She adapted the pattern to give the pumpkin gal pumps as you can see in the above photo.

Christa was hooking my tree skirt and was making good progress as this a big rug, 46 inches round.
I love her santa!  Look closely at his beard. She gave it texture by twisting the wool in different directions and hooked in a higgley piggly fashion.
Aren't the colors in her snow people perfect? The background wool is a blue that Katie Hartner  dyed and it has glitter in it. You  can contact her at her shop here. Alice Frazier also has glitter wool in a similar color.  You can find it here .  It is going to make the perfect night sky.
Oh and I love the log cabin.  The cabin was hooked with one piece of wool.  It is just the perfect wool for log Cabins!
Crista also had me design 4 stockings to go with the tree skirt. Hook Crista Hook!
Anne was making great progress with the Halloween Hooligan pattern.  Check out the closeup below of the witches nose. 
   She needle felted it to give it more dimension.  Rather than hook around on the circles on her dress, she first hooked the dress in the purple wool and added the circles in red by needle felting them.  It is a great way to embellish the rug.
Anne is also a fabulous needle puncher and has punched some terrific pieces.  I wish I would have snapped some pictures for you all to see. Very talented!
The next two rugs were hooked by Linda. You can always pick Linda's rugs out in a crowd because her hooking is so high, perfect and soft looking.  All her rugs are just the best.  Oh the other thing about Miss Linda, is that she is a very quick hooker!  This is her second rug. 

                                  She first hooked the flower basket rug. Isn't it grand?

I'll have the remaining pictures from the rest of the class in the next couple of days. As always, I appreciate you stopping by, Maria 


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