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Rug porn from Tucson

 

In front of Sparky's oon the way to the hook-in in Tucson.

This fine metallic gentleman greeted us at the door when we stopped to lunch at Sparky’s in Hatch, New Mexico. You know, the chile capital of the world. It’s an AWAG tradition to stop there for lunch on our way to Tucson. (Even if you’re on a stupid elimination diet…)

 

Like every good blogger who goes to a hook-in, I have returned home from last weekend’s Tucson Hook-In to share the event’s rug porn. Okay, I’m a little slower getting to it than the ladies who were at the Eliot Hook-In in Maine last weekend – a couple had there photos out by Sunday! – but does that matter? No!

I’ve got pics for you. Enjoy!

 

Flowers growing in January in Tucson.

Okay, NOT rug porn. But I love bougainvillea so much. This big bush was growing outside my hotel room. And blooming in January! That doesn’t even happen in Albuquerque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rug porn.

Did I mention our guild’s project, our friendship rugs? Here’s a sneak peek of Nancy Hart’s. It’s done; all she has to do is finish it off. Lucky girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paloma Country Club in Tucson.

This was the view from the terrace where some of us ate lunch. Have to hand it to the Paloma Country Club and the Old Pueblo Rug Hookers (OPRH), they certainly know how to feed folks. Always a fabulous salad bar and BIG cookies. (Although, those of us who are gluten-free and also on an elimination diet at exactly the wrong time, might feel a little sad about those cookies…)

This spectacular rug “Mimbres” was hooked by members of OPRH: Kathy Kavoric, Julie Gibson, Adrienne Price, and Diana Foltz.

Rug porn.

The “Very Wet Bear” was hooked by Russ Nichols and designed by Kari Lehr. Makes me swoon and wish I’d hooked it.

“All is Well” was hooked by Kathy Kovaric. Cheers the heart, no?

Silent auction rug porn.

I have to stop making a habit of picking up frames at the silent auction. Two years ago it was the Anderson frame. This year I admit to somewhat aggressively pursuing this Puritan frame and stand. Hey, I have students coming in March. I needed one more frame!

Rug porn.

Another amazing silent auction win. This beautiful, little mat was hooked by Diana Foltz. I do not lie when I tell you that I give more money to OPRH and their auction each year than I do my own guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I bring you a gorgeous picture of some seriously cool rock formations. I took the pic at a rest area on the way home. See why I love New Mexico? Thanks to Melinda, Cathy, and Mary for a fun weekend!

Thank you to OPRH for once again putting on such a classy and fun hook-in. One that was worth the eight hours of travel each way. See you next year!

 

Tynan’s back with this week’s “What’s on the frame?” As you can see, the mystery rug is coming along. It must be because I’ve started to make some corrections. Still not completely sure how it’ll look when it’s done, but I press on. More next week!

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8 thoughts on “Rug porn from Tucson

    1. LauraS Post author

      Oh, Johanna, I’m sorry you couoldn’t attend. Are you a member of OPRH? I know that they have some photos on their facebook page.

  1. Deb Moyes

    I’m so jealous seeing all those wonderful rugs. (I’m so looking forward to Sauder!)
    Students in March? Do you have another class coming up?
    I’m going to apply to teach some workshops at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, where I also volunteer. I am definitely proposing some quilting workshops and debating rug hooking…
    The issue is always frames – wish I lived closer to you! I’m going to try out something I saw on Gene Shepard’s blog – a sturdy stretcher frame with bull clips. I know a lot of people use quilting hoops, but I dislike them. I have lots of hooks from other teaching gigs.

    1. LauraS Post author

      The only quilting hoop that I found tolerable was a lap one. And I only used that when I was first starting out. I don’t punch much because I have to essentially a stretcher frame with carpet tacking. And staples and nails. Too much of a pain in the butt to move the rug. We used small stretcher frame and staple-gunned for a beginners class our guild put on at a library for 12 students. Class in March is here at my house, so they can use my two extra Puritans. And if I needed to, I could borrow within the guild. 🙂 Now I need to get hold of some hooks.