Posted by: laurawp | May 12, 2013

Workshop at Rocky Mountain House

April Workshop Group at Rocky Mountain House

April Workshop Group at Rocky Mountain House

It was a fun and productive workshop at the Community Center in Rocky Mountain House!
Back row, l to r: Leona Stretch, Cindy Taschuk, Judy Lougheed, Bev McKay, Faye Swenson, Susan Brun, Cecile Gillis, Susan LaCount, Katrina Courvoisier, Lise Merchant.
Front row, l to r: Joan Pasieka, Suzanne Elliott, Laura Pierce, Lynn Roth, Melissa McKay, Bernice Fulton.

Laura and Melissa select wool.

Laura and Melissa select wool.

Yacking away… I had a lot of ground to cover the first night of the 2 1/2 day workshop at Rocky Mountain House. Melissa and her mother, Bev, brought lots of beautiful spot dyed wools for sale, from recipes in ‘Multiple Fusion Spots’ by Ingrid Hieronimus. here, we are discussing possible options for her background. Photo by Leona Stretch

Leona with baby portrait

Leona with baby portrait

Leona choose one of the hardest Portrait subjects; one of her babies! She has really captured the soft smooth skin of this little boy, her third son, Craig. Leona is also a Photographer like me and she took lots of great photos during the workshop, some of which i have included in this blog. I took this one of her; otherwise she wouldn’t be included in her photos.

Santa by Cindy

Santa by Cindy

with a kit from Tish Murphy, Cindy brought her Santa to life! Photo by Leona Stretch

Lise works on a portrait of her Dad

Lise works on a portrait of her Dad

working from her stash, Lise learned first hand about the changing values of wool flat and wool hooked. Her subject was challenging but since she signed up for the Edmonton Workshop too, so we knew we had time to work it out! photo by Leona Stretch

Lady and her Horse by Bernice

Lady and her Horse by Bernice

It was fun listening to Bernice’s stories about her horses! a self-portrait of the artist!

Mother by Bev

Mother by Bev

Bev was prepared to do a portrait of her mother and her father. With a false start using wide-cut, Bev began again with her preferred #4 cut. She created this happy portrait of her mother as a young woman.

Little girl in autumn leaves by Melissa

Little girl in autumn leaves by Melissa

This is actually a self-portrait of Melissa from when she was younger. From a very small photograph, Melissa is creating a lovely memory rug!

Angel of the Morning by Joan

Angel of the Morning by Joan

Another fun design by Bev Conway, Joan enjoyed hooking this cartoon portrait!

Geisha by Judy

Geisha by Judy

Judy had fun using specially dyed wool… transitional wool to create the Geisha’s beautiful outfit.

Rainbow Bubbles by Faye

Rainbow Bubbles by Faye

Faye wanted to try something new… and these bubbles fit the bill. She used swatches she had dyed herself. it was fun to see the bubbles emerge!

Crazy Quilt rug by Cecile

Crazy Quilt rug by Cecile

coming to class without a project, Cecile quickly settled on this pattern by Susan Quicksall and purchased it from Lynn Roth. It’s a fun primitive design; just outline and fill. Cecile had room to try some special stitches… ‘Rip and Wrinkle’ and ‘Random Fill’.

Blue Pansy values by Susan B

Blue Pansy values by Susan B

Susan worked on blending values in her favourite hue… blue!

June Flowers in a silver bowl by Lynn Roth

June Flowers in a silver bowl by Lynn Roth

Lynn had her flowers and background hooked… but waited until the workshop to work on her ‘silver bowl’. She found some nice spot wool that worked well as silver and as ‘mother of pearl’ for her next project.

Poodle sisters hooked by Susan L

Poodle sisters hooked by Susan L

Susan really wowed us with her beautiful poodles. She used some special roving to add texture to their hair-dos!

Black and White Terrier hooked by Katrina

Black and White Terrier hooked by Katrina

Katrina is one of the new members of the Rocky Mountain group… and is so happy to be included. She sat next to Susan L, and they got their dogs hooked!

Blue feathered Turkey by Suzanne

Blue feathered Turkey by Suzanne

a fun design by Melissa and hooking by Suzanne from her suitcase stash… I enjoyed the change of pace with this graphic project!

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Responses

  1. I am a hooker from Eugene, Oregon. I loved seeing all the work presented in this wonderful e-mail. The faces are just amazing! I am just so impressed with the talent of so many who hold a little hook in their hand and create such lovely art.

    For me it is such a deep love for family, pets, friends, places, beautiful things in nature, that seem to call to us to honor the beauty around us with our expression of love through our hooking. Keep hooking one and all!

    • Hi Jill, i attend Teachers’ Workshop in Eugene, every June, the last whole week. do you ever come by and see the rug show on Thursday?

      Rug Hooking is an interesting art… personal, natural, recycled, creative, chunky, tactile…

  2. Laura, I can’t believe your students’ portraits…the baby is wonderful!! And the variety of projects is astounding! Can’t imagine how you do that in 2 1/2 days!! It looks like the workshop was a big success. Congratulations to you and your students!! I miss hearing from you! Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,
      to tell the truth… i was concerned about the big class, 15 students, in 2 1/2 days… but they just boogied on down; a very fun, comfortable and caring group. We hit it after work on Friday with snacks and wine. everyone pitched in and set up the work space. the snacks were near the sink and adjacent to the hooking area. there was an area for vending with several gals participating. there was a lunch area with tables and chairs and a catered lunch, Saturday and Sunday. Everyone seemed happy to be there, worked fast and enjoyed their projects. it was really fun and successful too!


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