August 21, 2010


My friend, Melissa and I went to the wonderful, words-cannot-express, rug hooking exhibit at Sauder Village this past week. I have been every year for the past six years and this was, by far, the biggest and the best! I took lots of pictures and would have taken more...but my battery died the very first day. I posted what I did take so sit back, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy. I apologize for not getting the hooker's names or the designers, but I am sure most of you will know who they are. The first few pictures are the amazing and unbelievable work of Mary Shepard Burton and Leonard Feenam. The Noah's Ark was just beautiful..what a true labor of love! Click on the photos for a larger view. Enjoy!

I was mesmerized by this simple green cape. It was in the exhibit by Mary Shepard Burton as well. My picture just does not do it justice. The green beading around the botton of the cape was outstanding.

This is one of the most outstanding hooked rugs I have ever seen. It was hooked by Donna Hrkman. It was hooked to resemble the old "brown and off white" tin type photos. Her colors and shading were amazing. It was so looked like a photo!
A complete wall was dedicated showing different ways to finish rugs. This was had braiding and all typed of needlework intertwined with hooking. Beautiful colors!

This is one of my favorite rug designs from an antique rug adapted by Barb Carroll. I simply love the "simplicity" of the design and colors in the rug.

I love how these hookers made these rug/figures!! They are precious..especially the ones sitting.

Another rug hooked by the phenomenal Donna Hrkman. This rug almost brought tears to my eyes. The look of sadness and grief on the old soldier's face, made me wonder whose folded American Flag he is clutching so tightly to his soul. If rugs could talk...what a story they would tell...My favorite Santa rug. And antique rug adapted by Maria Barton. I have this rug, but haven't started it yet..bought it last year at Sauder...determined to get it done by this Christmas!

I have a few more pics to post, but I'm tired and going to bed! I will be back this week to show off the wool Melissa and I purchased plus a few other goodies too! Thanks for visiting my blog!


kelley said...

Thanks for sharing the photos Bobbie...looks like a dream come true to see all those beauties in person!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Bobbie ~
Sauder was wonderful, wasn't it? I can't believe it, but I somehow must have missed that rug designed by Barbara Carroll that you showed. How on earth???
I took LOTS of pics and will be posting many of them on my blog, too.
That soldier rug was one of my absolute favorites. You are so right in commenting that it brought tears to ones eyes!
Pug hugs (and I just loved the pug rugs, of course!) :)

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Oooooh Bobbie, what eye candy. Some day I'll get there. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Can't wait to see the wool you and Melissa bought!!

moosecraft said...

How fun! I like the house in different seasons with different dogs... and the one with the different finishings around it is very clever! Ooooooohhhh... so many rugs so little time!!! Thanks for sharing!

Joanne said...

Great picture show thanks so much - must have been so inspiring to be there

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Your pictures are really good ~ nice and clear ~ mine not so clear but they give the idea!! What day did you go ~ would have loved to meet up with you!! We feel like we 'know' each other out here in blog land!!