Angela came toting all her mother's paraphernalia. She's been in a nursing home for five years and has lost her desire to create so the proper thing for a daughter to do is pick up where her mother left off and she fit right into her mothers shoes, her loops mirroring her mother's beautifully. I could see pride in her eyes as she told of her mother being the entire rug hooking package, designing her own pieces and dyeing the wool. Angela tried fooling around with hooking before but got frustrated and set it aside but now seemed to take to it like a fish to water. She's originally from Winnipeg and refers to herself as a CBC - "Come By Choice" to Nova Scotia.
I knew Susan would be an enthusiastic student just from the way she expressed herself in previous conversations. She'd been wanting to hook for awhile and decided the time was right to start. She'd been preparing the hooking nursery for a bit and had gathered a number of supplies. Someone had given her some lovely hooks, one was the Hartman (or Irish Hook) which she is using for this project. She purchased our "Loons" pattern and decided to hook with yarn. She came with a lot of colours and I dyed the Loon's head in a dark green. Most of the wool she'll be using will come from MacAuslands Woolen Mill from PEI mixed in with a bit of Briggs & Little Woolen Mill from New Brunswick. She was delightful to teach and I'm sure we will see her at one of our hook-ins.....Tantallon isn't that far away!
Angela is planning on finishing a sweet pattern her mother had been working on of a cat sitting on a fence all cut in a #4. It is evident that Angela will have no problems merging their work to complete the piece.
Angela had a very interesting wrap for holding wool strips that's a must have guys. She thinks you can buy strips with snaps from fabric stores and I plan to check it out because I'd like to have them made for the shop. What do you think Pam???? This wrap is perfect for rug hookers on the go, heading out to hook-ins and visiting friends with projects in tow and of course at home just to keep the wool organized.
The pink masking tape was a gift from Susan. When she phoned before the class to ask a few questions she wanted to know what were the ways to protect the edges of the pattern from fraying while you hook. I said the usual way was a machine zig zag stitch but there are those who use masking tape for a quick and easy approach. Susan went to a hardware store and bought a bunch of rolls that came in multiple colours, pink representing Cancer awareness so she thought I might like a roll for the shop in case anyone should need any. Sweet!
We planned to have the reception after his return but then my mother died so it never felt right and then there was never time. We always talk...or I talk and he listens...about having a big affair in the backyard with tents, music and all the fluff. I'd love to have the fluff and a pretty dress! Hubby said we could renew vows and that was sweet but a little too hokey for me as there isn't much in the way of romantic bones holding up my frame! Maybe next year...at least that's what I always say as the date rolls around......