Meanwhile, I have moved to Southern Utah and my rugs stay mainly folded on a shelf in a closet.
I have stacks of wool just sitting, ready to be used.
Before I moved, I used to go around to different quilting groups and do trunk shows on Rug Hooking. I loved showing people how therapeutic it is to work in another medium. Just like quilting, you work in color.
When I first moved here I tried to find other people who made rugs, but couldn't find a one. I even offered classes at a local quilt shop to stir up interest. It never took off. Maybe because of the heat the idea of working with wool just isn't attractive. I have noticed that even the types of quilts people are drawn to up North are quite different than here. Diversity and variety are what makes the world go round, so I haven't worried about it too much.
In order to have the right colors in making a rug, I hand dye my wool. It's a really fun process, and I think it's about as easy as making a batch of cookies. I have this dresser in my sewing room full of hand dyed pieces. Each drawer holds a different color.
Since it's the fall season, I'll show you some of my Halloween and Fall rugs.
This is actually one of the first rugs I made. My rugs are "primitive" using 1/4 inch wool strips.
These small rugs are from designer Sandy Kandris. I went to a few of her retreats. She did a lot of designs combining Halloween and Americana.
This one used to go in front of my fireplace in my other house. Fall is my favorite time of year.
Emma Lou Lais of Kansas is considered the pioneer of Rug Hooking in the United States. She helped revitalize the art by designing patterns and teaching seminars. Now in her 80's, she still travels and teaches classes. She did two seminars at Jennifer's house and I was able to learn so much. The pumpkin rug below is an Emma Lou design. It's quite long, about 3 feet in length.