What! Another new Hobby!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I love to learn new things.  If it’s related to fiber, I’ll probably try it at least once.  A long time ago, I used to braid rugs with wool fabric and my braiding buddy, Laurie, became interested in rug hooking – I resisted it back then.

Last weekend we traveled to Maryland for our annual first camping trip and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – and something just called to me as I was passing a booth with beautiful rugs……I have no idea what clicked or what little voice I heard but the next thing I knew I had bought a little kit, hoop and hook.

Of course I was excited, but so intimidated – I’ve done locker hooking and thought this was a little similar and possibly kinder on my hands – plus wool!  Did I mention I used to braid rugs and have a huge wool stash that has sat untouched for years – I’m a little scared to open those bins up.

I found a lot of information on youtube, my first (notice I numbered it?) rug hooking book arrived yesterday.  A great little talk show on youtube, My Rug Hooking Show, hosted by Annette, has been so inspirational and helpful.  Last night I finally put the little piece of burlap on the frame and started….

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It’s coming along nicely and I cannot stand how cute this is.  It’s a little circle mat and I also purchased another kit from another seller – a Flying COW….my husband pointed it out to me and well, it was minutes before I owned it.  With watching Annette’s talk show, I can already see the possibilities in making my own designs and incorporating some Zentangle into this – oh that would be so sweet!  The really wonderful part about this is that you don’t need a boatload of time – as Annette reminds us in her talk show – just a small block of time, 5, 10, 15 minutes of working on a piece – you don’t have to finish a row, mark your spot on a pattern, remember where you left off – it’s just so easy to stop then start up again.  And let me just say, how relaxing this is – another relaxing hobby can’t be bad.  I need some more relaxation techniques to keep the stress levels down, don’t we all?

 

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. Rug hooking is a blast! I have a larger piece, a Nascar official one of Jeff Gordon, but I also have a nursery type one with stars and a moon and all kinds of cute little things! It sounds like you’re already “hooked” (pun intended). And yes, it is very relaxing. The only thing about it that’s not relaxing is when you have to stop to do housework! Enjoy!

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