Friday, January 23, 2015

OFF THE OCEAN RUG CAMP

Off the Ocean 2015 is history.  We had a new venue which was very close to my home, being a commuter has it's benefits.  The drawbacks are that I didn't spend at much time hooking as I would if I was staying in the host hotel.

This was my 16th year being a student at OTO - wow where has the time gone.  For the previous 15 years I have started a new rug but this year I wanted to take Sibyl Osicka again and I wanted to get jump started on a gorgeous crewel pattern I started with her about 4 or 5 years ago.  It is called Cumberland and is by Joan Moshimer.  Here is a photo taken at the end of camp.  I felt I did pretty well on it - 3 cut and fine shading is slow going.  It requires a lot of just sitting and staring at your charting and your subject.  I had done the tropical pigeon and the tree trunk and the turquoise leaf in the prior class along with that clump of fruit by the bird.  Everything else was done in this class.  Even though we had fun - it is a more serious class than some less demanding types of rug hooking.  I did have to pull some things out but I mostly forged onward.  This is not the type of rug I could work on at guild meetings.  It will probably require concentration at home to make acceptable progress.  I do intend to keep it out and keep working on it so the concept of shading doesn't leave me again.  I also want to put in some backround and start working on the rope border which I feel maybe be somewhat tedious since it is the same thing over and over.  This is a pretty big rug - bigger than I remembered - 45" x 33" It might be in the next decade that this beauty is finished but Sibyl did a gorgeous color plan on it and I wanted to show what I did in camp.

We had a lovely exhibit this year with about 70 rugs, pillows, bags and other hooked artwork.  I was pleased my Angel Runner got a 3rd place among so many beautiful works.  That is Diane Stoffel my teacher who did the color plan on the Angel runner.
At some point I will be back with photos from the exhibit.  I don't like any of them, it was very crowded and my Iphone and I didn't do a great job of capturing the beauty of the exhibits.  I also have my first finish of 2015 to show, forgot to take a photo of it.
 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend doing what you love to do, thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. 

15 comments:

Ellen said...

Wow--you made great progress in class!

Congrats on your ribbon. Your runner is gorgeous, and I would have given you a blue ribbon if I were the judge.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your rug is breathtaking. I can't even imagine hooking with a 3 cut. I think an 8 cut is narrow...lol!
Congrats on the 3rd place finish for your angel rug. It, too, is a masterpiece.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW--I work with one of the biggest cuts and often think it is small. My skills aren't great so I will stick with prim and hope for the best.

Keep working you are making progess

Devon said...

Beautiful work Mel.

Mary said...

Lovely work! Congratulations on the ribbon.

llknbillburg said...

Gorgeous work! I can't wait to see it progress. And congrats on your ribbon. Validation is always good! Laura

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Melody, Wow, that rug is gorgeous! What amazing detail, and the colors are to die for. Your angel runner should have gotten 1st place! I love it!
Melinda

Susan said...

Love seeing these pictures of your rugs! Congrats on your ribbon!

Margaret said...

That is so exciting about your 3rd place on the angel rug! That is still one of my favorites of your rugs. Your rug WIP that you worked on is gorgeous! Your hooking is amazing. I don't know how you do it -- such skinny cuts!

Nancy said...

Beautiful crewel work! Haven't done that type of needlework for years!

Henrietta Allegrante said...

Congrats on your ribbon, it's a wonderful
piece!!

Jackie said...

You made great progress on your rug - the shading is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on your ribbon - 3rd place is a very high honor. I know you have some very talented rug hookers in your guild.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Your angel runner is so stunning! I can't imagine. You made really good progress too. Congrats!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The shading in Cumberland is amazing, Mel. It looks like a painting. I absolutley love your angel runner. It is fabulous - absolutely gorgeous. I'm seriously gobsmacked by your talent!

Loraine said...

Oh Mel, your rugs are breathtaking!!! I love the angel one, congrats on your 3rd place win! Also, your other one is just stunning. It looks like a ton of work, but will be worth the effort. How wonderful to get away for s little while!
Big hugs.