Posted by: laurawp | August 17, 2012

Hooker Hill Rug Retreat 2012

sister swans play with an orange

yes, they replaced Sammy the swan with a couple of sister swans… they’re much nicer and equally fun to watch. There are lots of regular ducks and a few white geese that enjoy the little lake at ECCO conference center, just north of Oakhurst, CA. It is a lovely place for a Rug Retreat and the Wool Poppies have proved it!

soft foliage around the pond at ECCO

I didn’t take many photos of rugs or people this year; the wool poppies have 2 members that have their cameras all the time. I just rely on them to take those rug retreat photos and i took the landscape and floral photos i can’t resist.  See more of the Wool Poppies’ photos on their website:  http://www.woolpoppies.com/

daisies or small sunflowers or something else…

there is a little garden close to the main building where we have our meals and our classes. They plant sunflowers and have all kinds; it reminds me that I’d like to plant some sunflowers one of these years.

Orange sunflowers or daisies?

Burnt Orange: how beautiful is that!?

Michele Wise and Laura Pierce – teachers at 2012 Hooker Hill

It was very fun spending time with Michele! She is always up to something… i found her making little wool rose rings one evening. We rendezvoused at Gail Becker’s place the night before; then made the last 2 hour trip from Turlock to ECCO on Sunday morning.

Laura’s class at Hooker Hill 2012

I had another fun class with plenty of challenges; several portraits, some fine-shaded roses, a stained glass lighthouse, a landscape, a kitten, some graphic cat’s paws and a few bunnies.

Michele Wise’s class at Hooker Hill 2012

I heard rave reviews of Michele Wise’s class; they enjoyed her style! Michele kept working on a big round rug for Debbie Clement with lots of design details finalized in class. Debbie is an attentive rug hooker and will have this big rug done by next year… at least she was well on her way!

Sugar Pines outside my bedroom.

I always enjoy the big trees, especially the sugar pines with their distinctive bark. It got cool at night, but i left my window open, enjoyed the mountain air and some early morning walks.

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