Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I learned something new today...

...and needless to say, I've found a whole new appreciation for "rug hooking". Being a crafter myself, I understand the value of time but I have to admit I'm one of those who likes to see quick progress on a project. You know when I paint, the transformation happens pretty quick - I feel like I've accomplished something. Well, when I finish this lil' project I'll KNOW I've accomplished something.

I signed up for a "locker hooking" class at my local Extension office. I took the class last night after I got there a lil' late coming in on two wheels - ;-) We had loads of fun and had great instructors - sweet Ms. Linda and her daughter Audrey. But now let me tell ya something, it may be "easy" but it is time consuming. To put it in perspective - after being shown how - I didn't even make three rounds in nearly two hours on something the size of a potholder. So a rug for me - OUT OF THE QUESTION!!!

Linda, our teacher, had made a beautiful place mat - it took her 35 hours - 35 HOURS!!! That's nearly a work week. I think I'll stick to my lil' potholder and hopefully it will be done in time to sit something from Christmas dinner on it. And I'll be proud of it for sure!

Here is what I started with - 2 1/2 yards of torn fabric...

...my rug canvas, a needle and some Cotton string.

This is how much I completed.
I so enjoyed the fellowship with others - we really did have a great time and hey, isn't that what it is all about anyway.
I'll show you my finished project - sometime! Oh yes, and it will be available for purchase for $1,000 -hehe
Oh- the value of time!
Happy Crafting!


Deb said...

what fun...I don't like long drawn out projects either...can't wait to see your finished $1000 pot holder :)

Rooster Inn Primitives said...

Cathy you are too funny...People don't realize the time it takes to make things. You can buy those cute little things in a store cheep by they are mass produced. Us homemade crafters put alot of time into our work and that is why it cost a little extra. Sounds like you had alot of fun. well maybe you can do that when you get really old and have nothing else to do. He He He.

Have a wonderful day

Anonymous said...

Cathy~ you are "sew" talented~is there anything you can't do?
Now you have me wanting to make a rag coaster!!
I am so glad to see you posting!
Oh and every time I wear my beautiful bracelets, which is quite often~ I think of you!
Wishing you a Tuesday full of sweet and simple joys! ♥

Christina said...

wow, I guess time consuming. Don't think I could do that either I like almost instant gratification.

Country Dreaming said...

Looks interesting---Would you show us more---like how to make stiches etc?


Paula said...

It's always fun to learn a new skill. This craft looks like something good to do during the winter while you watch tv. Once that potholder is finished, you aren't going to want to use it!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Wow, I never knew it would take that long! I love instant gratification projects! I think I would frame the potholder! But, it sounds like you had a nice time!

Melody said...

You're much more talented, patient, coordinated than me. I have tried rag rug making and hooking..I have absolutley no patience. If it's not done quick, I'm done. Plus I can't do and Talk at the same time. I'd get too interested in everybody elses project.hehehe...can't wait to see your completed project. What's the commercial...commaradarie, fun, potholder..priceless.

Ruth said...

What a great time. I love to get together with others and learn new things and create.

I haven't tried rug hooking but have wanted too.


Cindy B said...

Cathy, this is something I want to try.Just bought an instructional book and no doubt takes time.....saw some rugs made up at a shop in Ohio( primitve colors) selling for 189 dollars! sounds like they were asking for their time too...and should! Placemats would be neat!