Finished a few Prairie Sky rugettes during the Exhibition. Here are the last two or three from Sunday. Demonstrated to over 225 people in five days! I am tired! Taking today to recuperate. 🙂
Spent this morning cleaning up my sunroom studio and putting things back in place. It looks as messy as usual! I am taking a break currently. Will have to get back to it soon.
I always find demonstrating at Exhibition an exciting experience. People come at rug hooking with no preconceived ideas and are curious and open to learning.
There are a few people who come with attitude, but not many. One lady told me to give “the finger” to the Craft Council for suggesting I line my rugs to appeal to the consumer. Many rug hookers would be aghast at both suggestions. But as I hook on linen and am lining with 100% cotton, I am not so concerned. Both of them breathe, to my knowledge.
However, that being said, I am only lining small rugs that are ornaments, and rugs that are part of the poetry series…so I can attach the poem to the back of the rug neatly. I think I’m too much of a purist in that, as a knowledgeable rug producer I know a knowledgeable consumer would want to see the back of my rugs to make sure it was hooked properly.
Many times at Exhibition I wished I had another rug hooker beside me to help demonstrate and to spell me off for meals. Thankfully there were some friendly spinners nearby to watch over my booth while I ate. I am hoping some of the people who wanted lessons will actually phone me and arrange something, so next year there are more people to help.
Next up is writing a lesson plan for a dye day class. But more on that tomorrow… 🙂 Back at the cleaning today!