Posted by: laurawp | August 11, 2011

Oakhurst & Hooker Hill Rug Retreat

posterized photo of ECCO Lodge

Another year at the Wool Poppies’ rug retreat; another fun time!  There is a path around the pond at the ECCO center where Hooker Hill Rug Retreat is held… this is the view from the other side of the pond.  See the little parade of ducks?  Upstairs we have our meals, ‘Show & Tells’, and 5 o’clock receptions; downstairs we have our 2 classes.  Our sleeping rooms are a gentle walk away.   Breakfast is served at 8am, but the coffee is ready at 7am, so each morning you’ll find rug hookers sipping coffee next to the pond watching the colours change as the sun gets higher in the sky.  Many of us took walks around the property and around the pond to stretch our legs before a good day of hooking!

ECCO pond from the inlet side in the morning

As you can see, i enjoyed walking around the pond and recording the long shadows and bright sunshine.  The climate in ECCO is warm, but not oppressive as you’re up around 3000 feet elevation.  Campers wear 1 layer of clothing and sandles, from morning until night; unheard of in Petaluma where i live.

Black-eyed Susan and butterfly

Lots of natural flora and fauna around the property caught my photographic eye.  The walk around the pond takes about 10 minutes, perfect for a break anytime of day.

Morning sun lit Manzanita

My morning walk started up the hill around the property, then down to the Lodge and pond, and around again.  I’m always captured by the patterns of grass and trees while the morning slant of sunshine makes everything more dramatic.

My class at Hooker Hill - mostly Portraits

Always an intensive subject, the portraits came to life during our 4 days in class.  2 of my students decided to continue working on projects already in progress.   I enjoyed the variety of projects; faces, story rugs, dogs, a landscape and a garden!   

Marita Friedman with her class

It was great fun teaching along side Marita Friedman.  Some of us snuck over to her class to see her special edging techniques and enjoyed seeing her ‘shibori’ dyeing results.  Marita also brought her amazing store;  http://www.themerryhookerwoolens.com/

The Wool Poppies asked me back for next year!  My class will be ‘Open’ to any and all projects.  Please check out their website;   http://www.hookerhillrugretreat.com/   for photos and information.  Sharon Saknit is the other teacher next year… July 22-26, 2012.   Save the date and join us for a very good time!   Since i was teaching this year, i didn’t take many photos.  Besides, several Wool Poppies are photographers and had their cameras ever ready!   i will post some of the photos i have borrowed from the hooker hill website, in my next post.

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  1. Laura, I like your post about Hooker Hill Rug Retreat–it brings it all back to me. I had such a good time and I also got energized about hooking again. I didn’t realize that I had gotten into a hooking slump and needed to be around hookers to get those warm feelings back again. Thanks for your lovely pictures and words.
    Gail

  2. Beautiful photos Laura! They evoke that peaceful quality you find up at ECCO (except during Wool Bingo!!). Are you going to “postcard” some? Thanks, again for gracing Hooker Hill with your expertise.

  3. thanks Gail and Cai,
    i am definitely thinking about CA Postcards… and i love the poetic greetings that Cai put on her postcards… Wow! Gail and i drove up together from Turlock and we passed one of those familiar country road sights; a bunch of mailboxes all together, but each independently leaning this way and that. Can’t say it’s strictly CA…

    i still have to finish 1 more postcard of 6 on a piece of linen before i get to cut them apart and progress to the next step. i’ve gotten side-tracked by a miniature portrait of my mother and her folks.

  4. Hooker Hill is such a peaceful place and full of wonderful people who are warm,funny and supportive.I can not wait till year to see everyone again.

  5. Laura, I’ve been missing your blog…all these pictures, etc.! Where is Hooker Hill? It’s warmer than Petaluma? Fun to see Cheri when she was a girl! Your portraits are wonderful, as usual!! The grandfather (soldier) IS HANDSOME!!!! Thanks for sharing! Sarah

  6. Hooker Hill Rug Retreat is just north and up the hill a bit from Oakhurst, CA. Yosemite is just a bit further up the road. it’s in the Sierra Nevada… Gold Country. Big Rocks, big Trees and a million stars at night!

    yes, we’re going to have fun in the portrait classes at ATHA!

    the soldier with the gal is my mom & dad… 1939. Emma had a book signing at the local bookstore this past Saturday; that’s the photo on the cover. Dad was actually in the Army Air-Corp later, but in this photo… he had been at the Navy hospital. i’ll have to loan you my copy…ha!


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