Posted by: laurawp | August 20, 2013

Rug Hooking at Sonoma County Fair

yes… we enjoy teaming up at the fair and doing a little hooking, a little visiting, and a little demonstrating to the public for a few hours. We enter our rugs in the fair and take our chances for a prize!

Brigitta Phy & daughter, Sadie, at Sonoma Co Fair

Brigitta Phy & daughter, Sadie, at Sonoma Co Fair

I enjoyed two days at the fair, the first time with Brigitta Phy and her daughter Sadie.

Brigitta Phy runs Inspiration Station at Sonoma Co Fair with help from Sadie

Brigitta Phy runs Inspiration Station at Sonoma Co Fair with help from Sadie

Brigitta teaches Rug Hooking in Sebastopol, and also ran an ‘Inspiration Station’ for the Sonoma County Fair! Sadie helped out with the fun projects they had kitted up for the crowd.

'Cherries & Grapes' hooked by Myrna Willis

‘Cherries & Grapes’ hooked by Myrna Willis

We had another great display of hooked rugs… including this one by Myrna Willis. I like the way she used the natural linen as the backdrop for the hooked features. This is one of my designs and I always enjoy seeing it hooked by other Rug Artists!

Birdcage hooked rug by Nada Ferris

Spring is Here design by Karen Kahle – hooked by Nada Ferris

This rug garnered lots of attention from the fair goers. We mentioned that Nada likes antiques and her rugs have that flavor.

Ohio hooked rug by Nada Ferris

Ohio hooked rug by Nada Ferris

Another rug the crowd responded to was the Ohio Rug, also hooked by Nada. lots of people from Ohio, it turns out!

Cat Rug based on Cat Paper Mache by Nancy Winn

Cat Rug based on Cat Paper Mache by Nancy Winn

A cat rug from a painting of a paper mache cat… that’s the real story. Nancy Winn created the cat in 3D paper Mache, and a friend made a painting of said cat. Nancy was inspired to hook a rug of the painting! Fair play in Art!

I shared my second day a the fair with Nancy… we had a pretty busy day since it was ‘Senior’ Day. My mother and husband came up and enjoyed the Hall of Flowers and crowd watching.

Hooked Rugs at Sonoma Co Fair - south wall

Hooked Rugs at Sonoma Co Fair – south wall

Wow… seven of my rugs on one wall, competing with Brigitta Phy, we were in the new ‘Professional’ class. it was great to have Jeanine Hillman’s Mola rug and China Dusk’s vase of flowers in our company. My portrait rug of ‘Young Will Pierce’ won Best of Division and Best of Show!! many thanks!

Roses with the Fiber Arts at Sonoma Co Fair

Roses with the Fiber Arts at Sonoma Co Fair

i love the addition of the flower competition to our building! The flowers really go well with the backdrop of quilts and other crafts.

Felted Flora by Helea Fischer at Sonoma Co Fair

Felted Flora by Helea Fischer at Sonoma Co Fair

It’s always interesting and inspirational to go around the building and see what other Fiber Artists are doing. This needle felted Floral strikes my fancy.

Squares, squares in a Circle quilt at Sonoma Co Fair

Squares, squares in a Circle quilt at Sonoma Co Fair

The quilters play with colour much like rug hookers do. Geometrics are a fun way to use colour to create new geometrics!

Diamonds in neutral blues Quilt at Sonoma Co Fair

Diamonds in neutral blues Quilt at Sonoma Co Fair

a simple design, but a powerful use of value…

Inspirational Quilts hang at the Sonoma Co Fair

Inspirational Quilts hang at the Sonoma Co Fair

We all crane our necks to enjoy the high flying quilts.

Rainbow Quilt at the 2013 Sonoma Co Fair

Rainbow Quilt at the 2013 Sonoma Co Fair

There are always those ‘Rainbow’ quilts… that i can’t resist! i can’t believe i haven’t made a ‘Rainbow’ rug yet.

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Responses

  1. Thanks for all the inspirational photos Laura. Love seeing Brigitta and her daughter. Looks like a fun and busy time.

  2. Do you happen to know the designer of the “Birdcage” rug? I would love to hook it!

    • Hi Maria,
      i asked Nada about the rug and it turns out to be a design by Karen Kahle. you can go to her blog and go back to January 2013 to find her link to order it. Nada did personalize the birds a bit.

  3. Wow, Laura, thanks for taking us on a county fair journey! Fun to see Brigitta’s daughter – she is a beauty! Also all the color in rugs and quilts, etc. The setting looks a little upscale compared to our State Fair which comes up next week! Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,
      it is always amazing to see the building before and after they put up all the crafts and fiber arts. It’s a new crew that’s running this portion of the Fair… and they have some fresh ideas.


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