Last weekend I spent Saturday and Sunday demonstrating rug hooking at the Ozarks Empire Fair from 11am-7pm both days.
It’s fun talking to the people walking through the exhibits and sharing something that I love to do. I got a chance to meet some really great people and I’m always amused that there are so many men who are truly interested in hooking if they could just get to a place where they felt it was “acceptable” for a man to hook. It seems to me that when men set their mind to something that is looked at as a “woman’s craft” that they can become quite prolific…..just look at Eric Sandberg.
and Kaffe Fassett
However, sometimes while I’m demonstrating I get a bit annoyed with…..”oh yeah, I did that latch hooking stuff when I was a kid”…….my response….”yeah, I did that too when I was a kid, but this is not latch hook”
I was so excited that one of my BFF’s won grand champion of rug hooking….her second year in a row….and I’m proud to say…..my first student, Ebay Renee!
She did this self portrait with Sharon Townsend as her teacher at a camp in Texas this spring.
Here are more pictures of rugs from the fair this year…..
I can’t say that I always agreed with the judges choices, but on a
different day with different judges perhaps things would have turned out a bit differently.
I try to remind myself that mainly this is about getting rug hooking “out there and exposed”.
This one below is not rug hooked, and was in a different category, but
it’s a cute appliqued book cover….