Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 21, 2016


Happy Monday, dear friends!

Since moving to Arizona, I have been extremely pleased to find that Rug Hooking is alive and well here!!!  

I recently found a wonderful group of ladies that meet at the Alta Mesa Country Club, the third Saturday of every month and decided to join them for a day of hooking!

The group is lead by Carol Miller, who has a blog called TICKLEPIE!  Here she is, demonstrating a special technique where she just pulls wool randomly!

We all gather around to watch, ask questions, and share thoughts!! 

Here is a close up of the rug she was sharing!!  Such fun colors!! 

Carol also has wonderful wool that she brings each time for purchase!!

  I helped her put the wool out on the table and must confess I actually wanted to just scoop it all up!  Swoon!!!


Recently, many of the ladies took a class on hooking a house they lived in and Carol helped them design it!  Each one was so unique and different, and will certainly be a special treasure to cherish!

This is Beth's rug!  Love the flag waving over the front door!

Victoria is doing a house from her early years!  She titled it Bristol House, since it was on Bristol Street!  We sat next to each other and I so enjoyed chatting with her!!

Judy's house is a brick one, and she is really enjoying the process of choosing those colors!!  She also makes the wonderful covers you see on her frame that many of the ladies are using, to protect from getting scratched by those sharp barbs!

This is Faith's rug and I just love the color of her house.........RED!!
Don't you just want to move in?

This rug hooked by Rose was really unique, as she used a tulle like fabric to hook the tree on the right!  It has amazing texture and was so clever!  If you click on the picture, you can really see it better!!

Here is a rug that Catherine was hooking! It has a paisley look and I love the black background!

This rug is just FUN!!!  I wish I could remember the name of the lady who hooked this!!  She had a HUGE pile of orange worms beside her and this will certainly make a statement when finished!!
Love those painted toenails!

I am currently working on a small rug kit that I purchased in CA from Mary Johnson, of Designs In Wool!  It is my first rug using Monks cloth, and though I prefer linen, I have enjoyed hooking this on monks!  I think I will make it into a pillow when I finish hooking it!  It is a bit lighter than my usual darker colors, but is a fun Spring design, perfect for the season!!  Also, the beautiful green wool came home with me from Carol's wool table!!!


I also recently attended The Pebble Creek Hook In, hosted by The Rug Hookers of Pebble Creek, a beautiful community in Goodyear, AZ!  It was held in the Eagles Nest Ballroom and about 60 people attended!  It is their first one ever, and I hope it will be one of many!!
 They had a Rug Exhibit, some vendors, a silent auction, and a wonderful lunch!!  The perfect way to spend a Saturday!!  The ladies did a fantastic job and I certainly hope they do it again next year!!
Sadly, none of my pictures turned out, or so I thought
 but I did manage to find one that was not too dark!

This is Elaine Yates, a dear friend of mine from WA!
   She comes to live in AZ during the year and just so happened to be at the Hook In!!!  I was so surprised and happy to see her and enjoyed chatting!
Here she is, working on her lovely rug, a wonderful log cabin design!!!  It was so wonderful to see you, Elaine!!!

I also met some other wonderful rug hookers from several other groups that meet during the month, Dianne Eaton and Janet Carruth, and hope to be able to get to one of their meetings sometime!!
Janet was so gracious to work with me on a future rug I plan to hook and I am excited to get started on it soon!  You just never know who you will see at a Hook In, but you can rest assured, it will be a new friend who loves to hook!!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some Hooking, Arizona style! I also trust you are enjoying some lovely Spring weather, wherever you are, and keeping your hands busy with a favorite task, whether it be hooking, punching, stitching, or even digging!!!

Busy Hand, Happy Heart!!!

Wishing you lovely projects to make your heart happy, my friends~



Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon Julie, how wonderful rug hooking is alive in Arizona, talented gals.Blessings Francine.

The Eveningstitcher said...

HOw great is that?? You found a hooking group!! Yay! It's fun to hook, but it's even more fun to hook with a group of like-minded souls!! Love the idea of hooking your house!! Enjoy your new craft!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks ladies! It was a nice surprise to find so many gals who love to hook!! We just all crank up the AC in AZ!! The houses are really amazing and Carol did a great job of drawing them!
Enjoy your week!
Warm Hugs~

Saundra said...

Enjoyed your post very much. That tree hooked with a tulle like textile was very interesting and will tuck that in my cranium. Was interested in reading Carol's blog post after the class. Ticklepie's blog is on my side bar too. Thanks for the fun post and have a great evening.

Julia said...

Hi Julie, I love your floral rug. I'm so glad you are finding all kind of ladies to hook with in Arizona. So nice to run into an old friend too. I love those house rugs, just so beautifully done.
We're having a big nasty snow storm today and local schools are all closed. Bad visibility and a lot of snow.
Hopefully it will go fast once the sun comes out but still more snow forecasted during the week.
Enjoy your new hooking groups.

old crow said...

so happy you have found some wonderful rug hook ins!! Thanks for sharing all those lovely house rugs, amazing!! My favorite of course is Elaine's, her rugs are beautiful. Have fun "hooking", you have inspired me to get to work on mine!! Your flower rug is so sweet, can't wait to see how you finish!!
Hugs, Mona

HomeSpunPrims said...

How wonderful, Julie! So excited for you!! And how neat you saw your friend there! What a nice surprise. I'm so glad you've found some wonderful rug hooking connections in AZ. Big hugs, Lori

moosecraft said...

There certainly is a lot of beautiful hooking going on in AZ! The craft becomes that much more fun when you have folks to share it with! :-)

Rugs and Pugs said...

There certainly is a lot of hooking talent in Arizona. So happy you found them.
Happy Easter,

dmae said...

Looking for a hooked pattern
A chair pad with alphabet
By Renee Paige -
I would like to buy her pattern !