Thursday, January 26, 2012


I had hoped to do a long post about Off the Ocean rug camp which ended yesterday.  However I have been extremely busy and feel I better break this up in two posts.

First I am going to show you my rug which I absolutely adore.

I selected Dianne Kelly from Ohio for my teacher again.  I have had Dianne as a teacher 3 or 4 times before and I love her wool - I have always liked every rug she has planned for me and this one is no exception.

My canvas was adapted by combining two lovely cross stitch patterns by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle fame.  Yes I did contact Brenda months ago and ask her permission to create her design on rug hooking canvas.  Most designers have no problem with this as long as you purchase the chart (s) and do not mass produce their work which I would never ever consider anyway.  Just common sense stuff.  My friend and our local certified rug hooking teacher Katie Puckett took the charts and did the tracing for me to linen.  To say I am pleased is an absolute understatement - I AM IN LOVE with my project.  It is evidenced by the amount of hooking I did in 4 days.  Last year my camp experience was disasterious - I was very sick - missed one whole day of class in the bed and tried to breathe life into a former project.  To say I was miserable last year was also an understatement.

Anyway - without further ado - here is my precious Santa and Ewe.

EGADS !  I have no idea why these came thru sideways - I don't know how to fix it either because when I saved the photos on my desktop they were correctly positioned.  Oh well - rug hooking is so large - I think you can all see the photos so I'm going to press on here.

TOO CUTE !  I just love how they came out.

No those stringy gold things on the feather tree are not going to stay that way - it is just a technique used to make a small dot like an eye - once the hooking is filling the backround - those long strands will be cut even with the loops.

My sheepy is just precious - I used the same wool in the swirls to do Santa's wooly trim on his hat.  Of course Santa shares the wooly warmth of his friend.

the holly border and the reindeer, tree and house on the other side that I did not focus in on are elements that came from the Sampler of the Season chart also by With Thy Needle.  It is a perfect way to frame out the Santa and Ewe.  Just love the folky look of this design.  You can't see much of the backround but it is a snowy whitish grayish bluish color.  Can't wait to see more of the backround go in.

Stay tuned for the exhibit photos from this rug camp along with some impromptu shots from the hooking room.


geeky Heather said...

WOW, you did get a lot done! That is too cute...I am loving the swirls on the sheepie. This is going to be an awesome rug!

Gayle said...

What a darling design! And at the rate you're hooking, it'll be done in PLENTY of time to enjoy it for next Christmas! I look forward to seeing more photos from your rug camp.

Jacqueline said...

Love your project. Thanks for sharing

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Brenda's designs translated beautifully to your rug. Love how you combined the two. Just lovely. Can't wait to see more!!!

Susan said...

Mel, so glad you got to enjoy camp this year! I love this project! The sheep is perfect with those swirls. Will look forward to seeing the progress on this rug!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you had a good time -- and I loooove your rug!!!!!!! Gorgeous!!! And you did so much too! I'm glad you decided to post in two parts. I'm so looking forward to part 2!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Great project! I'm so glad that you had a better experience at Camp this year.

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Mel....your rug is just beautiful. First of all I love Brenda's designs, especially this one, and your adaptation and work is stunning. I am IN LOVE !!! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work. I can't wait to see the rest. Hugs dear friend !!!

Katrina said...

So glad you had a good time at your rug camp. Your rug is absolutely fabulous!!!

Jackie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I think that is the cutest sheep I've ever seen. I'm looking forward to the 2nd post too.

krayolakris said...

Great rug, Mel, and your hooking is stunning! So glad you were able to enjoy camp this year!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
What a wonderful design you came up with in combining the two patterns. You are off to a GREAT start. Now don't go putting it away and forgetting about it {grin}!
Hugs :)

Jeanne said...

It's gorgeous Mel - I love Brenda's designs, I have some needlepunch of hers I really need to do. Love how the sheep came out with the littel swirls. Great choices! I do remember you being sick at last year's camp but can't believe it's been a year gone by already. You really got a lot done!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Goodness, your rug hook must be enchanted with pixie dust! The rug is lovely, and I quite enjoy ogling the photographs adds a bit of variety! (Tho' my Mister looked at me quite quizzically... knowing full well not to ask.)
I shall look forward to the next installment of the rug camp.
Happy weekend to you!

Siobhán said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, that rug is amazing! What a neat idea. I love all of Brenda's designs and that rug is going to be spectacular!

Ellen said...

Wow--did you get a lot accomplished at your retreat and had a lot of fun at the same time!