Maine Fiber Frolic and Rug Hooking

Last weekend was the Maine Fiber Frolic and I braved the rain to attend. While there, my daughters and I took a rug hooking class (because I thought I could use another hobby). We had a very talented teacher (Janet Conner of J Conner Hooked Rugs) and a fun group. I started a chair pad named Pomegranate Branch:

I have always loved antique hooked rugs and have read a number of books on the history and technique. Years ago, I made a small self-designed punch needle mat using yarn:

I enjoyed the punch needle technique, but really LOVE the look of the old fabric hooked rugs. When I saw the class offered by Janet, the temptation was too great, so now I am hooked! The old woolen fabrics with all the colors and textures are fun to work with. The only problem is finding time to work on it and finish my knitting projects and everything else there is to do. Since my girls are each working on a rug hooking project, I will put down all beading projects (knitting with beads not included, of course) and work on my chair pad when I need a little break from my knitting. Do I really need to sleep?

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