Posted by: laurawp | January 13, 2015

Thanks for the Workshop Memories in 2014!

Old Pueblo Rug Hookers group photo March 2014

Old Pueblo Rug Hookers group photo March 2014

Last year started off with a workshop in Tucson with some very creative rug hookers. A few of the folk were snow birds; coming to Tucson in the winter to escape the harsh cold in Canada, Washington State and Nebraska. By March, the days were already getting quite warm. It does snow in Tucson… I’ve seen photos of Saguaros in the snow. Saguaros grow mainly in the Tucson area… they’re quite rare and unique! My hostess, Kathy Kovaric, treated me to a trip to the Eastern Saguaro National Park, dinners with various students and dinner at home for her husband’s famous Shrimp Curry!

2014 Rockaway Class minus one

2014 Rockaway Class minus one

I’ve already posted this photo a couple of times… my class at Rockaway: Friends by the Sea Rug Camp, 2014. This is a warm and cozy rug camp on the Oregon Coast. An annual event for rug hookers in the Pacific Northwest… it’s great to connect up with everyone and see the wonderful rug show; Walking on Art! Held at the Friends’ Camp & Conference Center in Rockaway, call Kathy Cline to register; 971 302-8264.

Cambria Pines Rug Camp 2014 - most of my class.

Cambria Pines Rug Camp 2014 – most of my class.

It is always a pleasure to teach at Cambria Pines Rug Camp! Gene and Marsha Shepherd make us all feel welcome and wanted at this rug hooking extravaganza. Eating out in the garden on Wednesday is worth it for a fabulous rug show Wednesday afternoon and a fun auction at night. The Cambria Pines hotel has well lit class rooms, beautiful gardens, wonderful food and a lounge with entertainment every night. Register on-line on www.GeneShepherd.com

Portraits with the  Colonial Ruggers, July 2014

Portraits with the Colonial Ruggers, July 2014

After deciding to take a workshop with Roslyn Logsdon in Maryland, I was invited to teach a Portrait workshop for the Colonial Ruggers in northern Virginia a week later. This is another very creative group of ruggers and it was great fun working with them on their various projects. My hostess, Barbara Bashaw, showed me a bit of DC and arranged for dinners out in DC and ‘Old Alexandria’. 1 night it was in a fabulous restaurant/bar in old downtown Alexandria; another night, dinner was at the old Torpedo Factory where we visited many artisan shops while waiting for our reservation. I could definitely stay in Alexandria for a year or two and soak up all the American history!

Most of the Retreat Class at Sauder Village, August 2014

Most of the Retreat Class at Sauder Village, August 2014

Capping off a wonderful year, I was invited to teach a retreat class plus a 1-day class at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week. This is indeed an EVENT! Wow! Front and center in the Rug show are many of the Celebration Rugs; the Celebration Artists are often there too! There are many special rug shows; this year Norma Bastatini brought a group of ‘Folk Life’ rugs, Judy Knipe brought her rugs and those of her mother, Esther Knipe’s, a rare treat. Paula Laverty brought many beautiful, original Grenfell mats while Melinda and Laszlo Zongor brought a collection of American Woven Coverlets, which were complimented with hooked rugs inspired by the designs. There were also many other collections of rugs along with the rugs sent in for the regular Sauder Village categories. An amazing rug show, lots of wonderful rug hooking artists and a special group of Rug Vendors around the periphery. My students were fun and wonderful to work with; the retreat class had many landscapes and portraits and combinations of the two.  The 1-day class was quickly over and I didn’t get a chance to get a group photo. We worked on ‘Special Stitches’ and one of the students showed us a few more! I look forward to returning to Sauder Village in the future and taking time to visit the village, too. Kathy Wright and her crew put on an amazing event and show. Register on-line at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.

2014 Little River Inn Rug Camp campers

2014 Little River Inn Rug Camp campers

Of course, each year I get to run my own little rug camp! It’s small and sweet and we all certainly enjoy it! This coming November, Brigitta Phy and Judith Rippstein are teaching. We’ll have a few extra mini classes, a slide show and a rug show on the walls during the week!

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Responses

  1. You were quite busy in 2014!
    Can’t wait to see you in Rockaway this year.


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