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….
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?