Monday, April 01, 2013


Happy April Fools Day Friends !

I trust everyone had a beautiful Easter.  I know we sure did.

On to the big news - last weekend my mom and I made our annual trip to Sebring FL to attend the Scrub Rug Hooking workshop.  It is always a great time for us.  I have tons of photos to show - so many in fact that I am going to have to break this up into two posts but I wanted to give you the exciting news first. 

On Sunday night we were hooking away in our classroom and someone from the upstairs class ran into our room and said Bill Cosby was sighted in the hotel.  YEAH right - we just chuckled and kept on hooking.  Didn't really give it too much credence actually.
Well the next day - there was all this commotion coming from the lobby - everyone was rushing out into the lobby.  Bill Cosby in the flesh.  Here he is with our teacher Vivily Powers and in one of his famous shirts.  He was talking with all the hookers (rug hookers) laughing and joking of course about being surrounded by "hookers". 

Here is a  photo with my mom peeking out from behind Bill Cosby, Janet a classmate of ours on the left and Vivily Powers our teacher on the right.  What a great shot.  He was very gracious and cordial and just sat there in the lobby quite non-chalantly while all these woman posed with him - sat by him and asked him a zillion questions.  Apparently he had been in Orlando over the weekend for an appearance and then was appearing in Sebring.  It was a fun experience and fortunately he was very patient with all the "fan"fare.

On to the rug exhibit - there were some lovely rugs in the exhibit and some real big rugs.  There were great examples of all styles of hooking, fine shading such as this beauty above and wide cut primitives, bright bright bright -

You always see an abundance of bright Florida colors in Sebring

Searsport Mom and daughter team Julie and Chris taught at Sebring this year.  This is one of their rugs which they also designed.

It was fun meeting them and shopping in there mobile store - WOW - great hooks made by the daughters husband - I'm sorry but I don't know which one is Chris and which one is Julie.  Their colors on this rug are just wonderful.

You can always see lots of bird life in Sebring around the lake.  Here is someone's blue heron which was color planned by our teacher Vivily.

exquisite !

lots of tropical themed rugs in this area of the state

This is one of Carol Feeney's creations.  Carol designs rug canvases and this was her first teaching assignment.

Another of Carol Feeney's rugs - you can't see it but the flower petals were ruffly with some type of roving.   Lovely - just lovely !

Another teacher's work - Marq Miller from Canada who will be teaching at Sebring in November.  I think she said this was a wide cut shaded project.

Another of Marq's rugs - she was working on this one last year when she was in our class with Polly Minick if I am not mistaken.

Many of these rugs I don't know the designer or hooker but they were all just so lovely.

Here's my little wedding pillow by Dianne Kelly sharing a seat with a cool zebra purse.

Elaine's Peking duck - she was in our class 2 years ago and Vivily did most of the wool for this project.  Nice to see him framed and finished.

Is this tiger realistic or what ???  Sue was in our class this year but you can see Sybil Osicka's influence all over this work of art.  Looks like a photograph.

Another of Carol Feeney's designs - DF Donna was hooking this canvas in Carol's class this year.  It will be fun to see it coming to life.

I know this canvas was designed by Connie Charleson (Connies Cauldron) - fellow guild member and friend.  I don't know who hooked it.

This rug was hooked by Fern G - I was completely captivated by this rug.  If I had the money - I would have asked to purchase it.  the purple flowers on the right and left are proddied.  Love the verse - the rug was almost finished except Fern was hoping to buy wool to complete the border.  This was probably my favorite rug I saw this whole weekend.  Fern is quite the character - she has been hooking at least 50 years and she is always all smiles and full of sharp witty remarks.  She is one of the people I always look forward to seeing only when I travel to South Florida.  A real treasure and her repertoire of hooked rugs is simply amazing.  A lifetime of hooking have created many works of art.  I am so pleased to have met so many people like Fern.  The hooking community is a wonderful one and part of the fun of going to these workshop events is having time to really sit and talk and listen to the life stories of the people you meet along your journey.

I still have the Inn on the Lakes gardens and our class WIP's to show in another post.  Until then - keep those needles and hooks moving.


Margaret said...

Oh wow! What a treat! Bill Cosby -- how cool is that!! You should have gotten a pic with him too! And all the beautiful rugs. Ahhh, beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Deb said...

How cool to see Bill Cosby like that. Why isn't there a picture of you with him!! Love all the rugs. I really need to get back into hooking.

Laurie in Iowa said...

That's wonderful that you got to see Bill Cosby and that he is as gracious as I thought he would be.
Beautiful rugs!

Loraine said...

So awesome Mel! What a visual feast of beautiful rugs. I'm so glad you shared so many pictures with us.
Also, what a thrill to meet Bill Cosby. He is one of my favorite comedians. My husband and I are always quoting him. "Jimmy gunky" (that one is a favorite.) LOL
Hugs to you! I hope all is well.

Katrina said...

What a fun, fun weekend!!!!! The rugs are fabulous and too cool to meet Bill Cosby!!!! I still occasionally watch the Cosby show reruns ;-).

Rugs and Pugs said...

What fun! Sounds like Bill is one class act!
Thanks for the rug show. There is so much talent in the hooking community.
Hugs :)

KDono62139 said...

what a great update and love all the amazing rugs, such beautiful work - all that & bill cosby too, wow!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What great fun! You and your mom always seem to have a great experience but this one has got to go down as one of the most fun! Great pics with Mr.Cosby.
Love the rugs and I agree, the last one you showed would also be one of my favorites, too'

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh very beautful pictures
bisous from FRANCE

Karoline said...

Wow, what stunning rugs & Bill Crosby to boot!

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