Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rug Hooking and Oxford Punch

It's been an amazing week. First I would like to thank all of those concerned about the tornado's here in Oklahoma. One of the local towns suffered quite a bit of damage and many lost there homes. As the surrounding communities pull together to help one another somehow life goes on for those affected. The worst part is not the material things but the loss of life. I am especially saddened by the heartache of the families that lost children. Just makes my heart ache for all the family and friends that knew these little ones. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those with this tremendous loss.



Our ebay group leader Kelley thought we all needed a bit of sunshine and came up with the idea for a challenge to make a sunflower. This is the one I came up with!



I attended the Star of Texas Rug Hooking Camp in Tyler, Texas last week and really enjoyed the time I spent visiting with some of the gals I met last year. Of course there was lots of inspiration to see with all the wonderful rugs that were presented at the rug show. Hope you enjoy looking at a few of them.















I took an oxford punch class with Frank Bielec. He is such a wonderful teacher. Not only do you learn all kinds of new things you hear such funny stories that always keeps you smiling. There was a total of 9 of us in the class. This is part of the group. We all were there right up until the end.




These four gals were also from Oklahoma and were such fun. They all came from the Broken Bow area and this was the first time they had ever worked with wool to make a rug and they made some outstanding projects! I think they are hooked :)



Frank treated each of us to our own special rug. Just name anything and he would draw you a pattern.



For my rug I chose a farm scene with chickens, cows, a house, flowers and a flag. I was simply amazed at how fast he can draw.....

Well I hope to show you more rugs and some of the projects I made in the upcoming days. I've got a bit of catching up to do around the old farm place first. The laundry basket is spilling over and the tomato and pepper plants are hiding in the weeds :(

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day and remember to say a prayer of thanks for all of those who have served and are serving today for our country. We wouldn't have the comfort of FREEDOM if it were not for the sacrifices that have been made!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

15 comments:

primitivebettys said...

Thank you for sharing the rugs & fun! Your sunflower is wonderful! Have a great holiday with you family. :-)

HomeSpunPrims said...

Looks like you had a great time in Texas. What I can see of your rug from Frank looks neat. Can't wait to see it better when you are hooking on it. I'm glad you and your family are safe and my heart is with all those that have been affected by the tornados this year too.

WoolenSails said...

What a fun class, goofy is good;)
That is nice that you could tell him what you wanted and he would draw it on the spot.

Debbie

annie said...

Ginger, you always have such interesting posts. I love the photos. Please yes! Post more as you have time!

rachel said...

Wow! Looks like so much fun & all the rugs are AMAZING!!
Hope you have a great Memorial Day!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Ginger ~
Thanks for the rug show!!! Love your little sunflower mat.
Happy Memorial Day to you and your loved ones.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Farm Girl said...

I kept praying for you during all of the weather. I am so glad you posted.
I love how beautiful the rugs look and it looks like something I have to put on a someday list.
It looks like so much fun.
I love your sunflower rug too.

katie said...

What a great rug show you gave us.
The Koi in the water is amazing. Really I like them all.
Frank looks as tho he enjoys what he does and is good at it. I remember him from one of the hgtv show I believe.
Hope you get that weeding done before it takes over.
Bet Sloan was happy to see you.

Gayle said...

Ginger - I LOVE the background you did on your sunflower rug! Looks like you had a really fun class - thanks for sharing all the pictures.

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Is that the same Frank that used to have a show on HGTV? He is a character.

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, the rugs all look great. It looks like it was a good time!! Can't wait to see your farm rug hooked. Or even partly hooked, lol. We said a prayer for all servicemen, past and present, today. So many people forget what this day is all about...

moosecraft said...

So glad to hear that you and your family are safe from the tornado damage... I pray that the worst of the weather is done. That pic with Frank covering his head with a pattern is priceless!!! Thanks for sharing the rug pics with us! Looking forward to seeing how you hooked what Frank drew out for you!

kelley said...

Ginger...no wonder you returned to this retreat...how fun it looks!

Love the sunflower...

Carrie P. said...

Thanks for showing the rugs. They are all so beautiful. I am new to rug hooking and really enjoyed them.
That is so neat that Frank drew you a special picture. That should be fun to hook.

Claudine brodeuse de perles said...

C'est vraiment magnifique !