Written by Cindi Gay

Everyone taking photos of the class rugs on the floor.
Everyone taking photos of the class rugs on the floor.

I had a great time last week at one of my favorite places, Sauder Village Rug Hooking Camp. My teacher for the week was Jayne Hester. I have taught with Jayne at rug camps before but this was the first time I got to spend all week with her as a student. I can now walk a bit closer to the primitive drab side.

My project was a stool cover for an IKEA stool called Nils. In the store I was able to buy it without a cover and the price was $10 cheaper. Since I was making the cover, I was thrilled that I could get the stool alone. **UPDATE: I found the “super secret” link to buy the stool without the cover. Spend the $10 you save on the shipping!

Developing the rug hooking pattern

Drawing of Jaksin by Jacob SilerI started with this artwork from my grandson. He drew it about 8 years ago when Jackson was a puppy. I thought it would be perfect for the stool especially since I needed an animal pattern for Jayne’s class.

jaksin patternI worked up the footstool pattern (more info on that in a later post), lived with it for a few days, made adjustments and then transferred it to my prefered backing, rug warp using red dot.

Now I just needed a bunch of neutrals. I tucked in a few pieces of color. Luckily, Jayne did not restrict us to just neutrals and the class used a wide spectrum of colors, some quite vibrant.

Rug Hooking Progress

Day 1, about 2:00 in the afternoon
Day 1, about 2:00 in the afternoon

Jayne taught the first day the same way I do. She invited everyone to gather around while she worked through the rugs. I did not get much hooked because I wanted to see and hear what she said about everyone’s rugs.


Close up of rug hooking project at Sauder Village by Cindi Gay

Rug hooking project at Sauder Village, hooked by Cindi GayOn Wednesday I had a book signing for my books. I did not spend much time in class so here is the progress from Day 3. I tried a geometric pattern (see the final image) and flowers and chose the flowers. I winged it and sketched them lightly as I worked my way across the edge.


Day 4 rug hooking progress for rug hooked stool coverI finally know where the rug is going. I usually need about 25% of the rug hooked until I find my stride. Jayne suggested the lines in the background. After I had a piece of the border hooked, I was brain storming on how to meld the straight lines into the border. Jayne suggested a ray. I drew it on the pattern and it worked. Jack looks like Super Dog.

I’m skimming over the footstool pattern development for now. I’ll write more detail later. I want to be sure everything works before I describe what I did.

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