Thursday, May 26, 2011


Oh my goodness - the rug hooking workshop I attended this past weekend at The Hookery in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North GA was simply heaven.  It was held at the home of certified rug hooking instructor Linda Bell - her home is perched high up on a hill overlooking Lake Chatuge and with a stunning view of the Blue Ridge mountains.  Linda engaged another national level certified instructor Eric Sandberg to teach an intimate workshop of 14 at her home.  Apparently Linda does a spring and fall workshop every year and invites guest teachers.  She also has classes in her studio that she teaches all during the year.  I was excited to be able to attend and met many nice women.  I learned so much from Eric - his style of teaching is a bit different from most instructors I have taken classes from.  The whole first day was spent learning about the color wheel and how placement and usage of color in your rug could make or break the overall quality and appeal of the piece.  This type of lesson would be applicable to any type of design work - quilting - needlepoint - home decor placement - etc etc. - I had Eric in a 2 day workshop some years ago and he was on the same track but has honed things tremendously and I would say this is a teacher not to be missed.

After the lecture on the color wheel was over - we all took our canvas, wool bags and chairs out to the covered patio just off of Linda's studio which is on the ground floor of her home. One by one Eric called out each student to discuss her canvas and see what wool and colors she brought to contribute to the design.

Some people had everything they needed to make a successful color plan and some he said "go shopping for this, this and this" - Linda had two WALLS of wool and Eric had a whole table full he brought from home.

Here is Eric's table overlooking the covered patio.  Who wouldn't love that view !

This was my view from where I was sitting in the workshop - total bliss - huh?????

Here is a beautiful oriental that Eric is hooking.  The rug will be for sale to the highest bidder when he completes it.  It is 5 ft X 7 ft and is hooked in a 3 cut - it is an old Pearl McGown pattern but I don't remember the name.  His current highest bid is $4500 - a pittance of what this rug should be worth - so if you have $5000 to spend and want this rug - it might could be yours. 

 For some reason - I did not take a photo of my persian oriental.  It is a small rug - I think 18" X 30" but a very interesting design and I was pleased with the color plan.  We did not get a lot of hooking done on our actual projects because Eric also gave 2 dye demos and a finishing demo so I guess maybe that is why I did not include any WIP's of the projects in this workshop.

Since I was in a hurry to get a post made before the holiday weekend - I did not take any WIP photos of my needlework or knitting either.  Actually there has not been a lot of progress with my stitching or knitting lately.

So for those of you who are lucky enough to be taking off on a trip for Memorial Day weekend - have a great time.  I have sampler guild on Saturday and we'll probably hang out around the pool and cook out on Sunday - Don't forget to remember all of those who have fought and gave up so much for our freedom in this great country.  America the Beautiful - sing it loud and sing it proud !!!!!!!!



mdgtjulie said...

Glad you had a good time. Those views are stunning!! Can't wait to see your progress pics!

BrendaS said...

Wow! it looks like you had a beautiful setting for your class. Eric's rug is simply stunning.

Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comment:)))

Laurie in Iowa said...

A beautiful location for your rug hooking event. I'm happy for you that you had a good time.

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Mel...sounds like you had so much fun. Sounds like Eric is a wonderful instructor too. I love to learn and then put that learning to work. Way too much fun. Have a good time at your Saturday meeting and enjoy your weekend. HUGS

Laura said...

Oh goodness! How exciting! That class and its location look just top notch!!!!! I would LOVE to see your rug! Your teacher's rug is stunning. I had no idea someone could do that.

Thanks for your funny comment on my blog today!

krayolakris said...

Thanks for sharing your latest adventure Mel. What a stunning venue!

Margaret said...

It looks so wonderful! Great location and everything! Thanks for showing it all off. I'd love some of that wool. lol!

Nancy said...

Hi Melody! I really enjoyed reading your post. The workshop sounds fantastic, and a valuable one, and I'm so happy you had the chance to attend. Don't you love it when you can gain some valuable information that really helps with your hobby? The home and the view look amazing! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
How lucky for you to have attended the workshop ~ especially in such a beautiful location with a great teacher. Eric's rug is stunning ~ and a 3 cut ~ WOWZA!
Happy Memorial Day!
Pug hugs :)

beeinstitches said...

Sounds like a wonderful workshop and certainly a beautiful location. Glad you had a great time. Hope we can book a private workshop there sometime. Miss Linda!!!!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, what views! I'm glad you had such a good time! Enjoy your day today.

Susan said...

Mel, so great to see you enjoying your craft. And those views! I must visit Georgia someday.