My rug hooking obsession began on October 24. I knew about rug hooking . . but all I knew was that a friend did rug hooking probably 30 or more years ago and a couple of times, I chatted with her while she was hooking but I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to any of it.
On October 24, a blog reader emailed me about something else and said she had passed close to my town while going to a rug camp. I asked “what is rug camp?” and 82 emails (really . . I counted) and two days later, we met in Abilene, shared a room for two nights. Two strangers became friends and I fell in love with rug hooking.
She is a retired school teacher, is passionate about rug hooking and was the best teacher!
Vince couldn’t believe I was going to meet a total stranger and spend two nights with her . . I think her husband thought the same thing. Vince said “What if you don’t like each other?” I said “We will!” He said “What if there’s nothing to talk about and you just stare at each other?” I said “We won’t! Have you ever known me to have nothing to say?” 🙂
The first night, we turned the lights out a bit after midnight and kept talking. She finally grabbed her flashlight and turned it on. I was laughing . . I told her it reminded me of middle school kids when mom says “Turn that light off and don’t turn it on again!” so we turned on the flashlight and kept talking til after 2 a.m.
When I got home, Vince wanted to see what I made. I think he was expecting to see something finished. What I had done was work on the outer edges of one of her projects. She had finished the hooking but had not finished the project so I just worked on her scrap edges and didn’t bring any of it home with me. I think at that point Vince was wondering if I had really been doing what I said I was doing!
I did come home with a couple of projects. This is the first one I’m working on. Hopefully in a few days I’ll have a good progress photo for you. I’ve started it but I’m slow.
Rug hooking is an expensive hobby when starting but unless I pick up a whole lot of speed, it’s not going to be terribly expensive because this project is probably going to take me months to finish!
I do find it relaxing, though I’m still struggling to find the best position so I don’t end up with aches and pains. What I really need is more room in this house but I don’t think that’s going to happen.