The past two days at Sauder Village have exhausted me but I sure got a lot done- about 24 hours of hooking over two days. I hooked all the hit and miss on the left hand side and the corner. The little bit of empty area is now filled in. I took this picture earlier in the day yesterday. I’m glad I did because by the end of the day, I did not have the energy to spread the rug out one more time. I also hooked three rows around the entire rug. This set up the entire hit and miss area so it can be hooked at any time.
I hooked the corner on the right some time ago without any planning. I didn’t want to hook a typical mitered corner. What if I did a sort of woven corner? The idea was good, the execution was not so good. I’ve learned in the past that I need to just jump in and try an idea even if it is not perfect. Often during the execution, I figure out a better way. If nothing else, I figure out what does not work and this corner did not work for me.
For the second corner I planned it a bit more. Still no measuring, just eyeballing. I divided the area into bands and them wove them together. Sounds simple? It took me over an hour of fiddling with scraps of paper to get the overlaps to line up just right on the miter. Thanks for the tape idea, Chris. What added to the complexity of the layout is the fact that the two edges are not the same size but I still wanted a 45 degree angle. More a problem of concentration than anything else. Once I got the layout, the hooking fell into place. I like this corner.
The hook-in was a welcome relief from the winter. Seeing old friends and making new ones was even better. This is Pam, my long-time roommate for all events at Sauder Village. We had a great time, but that’s not unusual. I always enjoy the time we spend together.
The dates for next year: February 3-4, 2012, a Friday and Saturday. We stayed Friday and Saturday night and then drove home during the daylight on Sunday. Several of the girls came in on Thursday, lounging by the pool and hot tub in the evening after a day of antiquing. Sauder will post details on their website as the date nears for next year. I took a quick video of the event. Not really much sound, but it will give you a feel for what it was like. I should have taken it in the evening after everyone warmed up. You would have heard a LOT more laughing and carrying on.