This year’s Celebrations contest and those darn Canadians…

DSCF1143Flipping through this year’s Celebration Of Hand Hooked Rugs, I was flabbergasted at the number of Canadian rugs! My goodness, I had underestimated you Canadian hookers! Yet it was one of the coldest winters in human history, so I suppose it is no wonder that every wool loving crafter was hunkered down by the fire with their hooking frame, making a masterpiece.


Honestly though, hats off to you guys! You’ve impressed me. One third of Celebrations’ rugs features one of you folks from the north! One of my favorite rugs is among your ranks. I just love The Gathering by Rachelle LeBlanc of Alberta. For those of you who live nearby, this piece is on display at the Alberta Craft Council.


close up of The Gathering by Rachelle LeBlanc, p 48 and 49

It is a 3 dimensional work, and it has a magical quality that captures a feeling of how nature looks through the eyes of a child. At least that is what I does for me.


Blue Mermaiden by Donna Hrkman, p 32 and 33

This year’s issue is filled with exciting rugs of all different artistic visions. Interestingly, there were very few primitive rugs this year. Why is that? It could be that there is a growing trend toward  more realism and art rugs. There were many creative examples of this genre.


Mary Magdalene by April DeConick, p 30 and 31

Another thought is that many of us doing primitive rug hooking may feel like our work is too simple to be worthy of any contest. A perennial issue for sure. I don’t know. What do you think?


Klimt Ottoman by Kim Kaelin, p 100 and 101

My thanks to this year’s judges who took so much care in choosing these from the hundreds of rugs that were submitted. I think it was a labor of love. Congratulations to you all for sharing your work with us. I want to express a special thanks to those who took the courage to enter their work, yet did not get the big honor of being chosen.


I say kudos to you! I know how it is to not get chosen as I have entered many different kinds of contests through the years. But just entering is a great thing. And taking a chance is so gutsy!

Keep creating stuff ~ Karen


See this year’s Celebrations issue of Rug Hooking Magazine on sale by clicking HERE.

Mark the date on your October calendar

I will be vending in Woodinville, Washington along with other rug hooking folks, so come on out for the day!


This will be a new venue for our rug show this year that we are all excited about. I will be selling Primitive Spirit patterns and goods, as well as my hand dyed wool.

22 An Olive Rose folk art doll trunk show is another added treat!

All in all, this event is a wonderful way to usher in the Fall season, with pumpkins, good food, raffle goodies, door prizes, happy faces, cozy rugs, hooking stuff, and wool and lots of inspiration for your rug hooking addiction!

Invite your friends and come see me in Washington this Fall!

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Tools of the trade

DSCF1104I am finishing a new rug design for the class I will be teaching this October in Tipp City, and thinking about how I love every step in completing a hooked rug piece. I particularly enjoy each detail of creating the crochet binding with long strips of wool fabric. Part of what makes it satisfying are the tools that I use.


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home is best

East, west, home is best, and I am visiting my hometown for most of this month. For those of you hankering for a rug hooking pattern, note that my Etsy shop has PDF instant downloads still available. I have some new patterns added to the mix, including the pattern above, so if you would like to check them out, click HERE.

PDFs are my latest favorite thing, as they allow me to purchase patterns online, pay for them, and download them to print in the privacy of my own home. No waiting or shipping! So when the inspiration strikes, I can act on it and get creating in no time.

Have a wonderful and creative summer! ~ Karen