Monday, April 4, 2016

Tennessee Rug Retreat Throwdown

Another great Tennessee Rug Retreat has come and gone. It was such fun and everyone accomplished so much. There is just something about being with a group of hooking friends that is not only fun, but so inspiring. Great camaraderie.

Without further ado, here is our throwdown...

Becky's bunny....designed by our very own Vicky Dickerson.  She started this and finished it at retreat!

Also Becky' would have been finished, but she ran out of wool.  This runner is so cushy to step on with its 1" hand torn strips.

All of the above pieces are Vicky's....her own designs, started and finished at retreat. She plans to use the one on the bottom left as a box topper and the other two on stools. She actually finished the bunny before retreat was over.

Katie continues to work on her birdhouse s....original design. She has limited hooking time, but has set a goal of 2017 as a finish date.

Rhonda started and completed this original sheep mat while at retreat...In a #3 cut!!

Rhonda also brought her completed panther to share with us. She worked for a long time on this beauty.

Nancy came close to completing her pineapple. She used some gorgeous Sari ribbon in this.

Despite feeling bad, Kathie made great progress on her beautiful rug.

Sheri's Boney is ready for binding, and she moved onto these wonderfully primitive penny rugs designed by Cee Rafuse of Diary of a Rugmaker...

Deste finished off all of those tongues and worked on a rich gold-brown background.

Nancy only lacks a few more berries completing this beautiful rug. I love how each border is different.

I am so glad to finally have the binding done on Bible Friends.

Then I moved on to Nancy's Baskets and made pretty good progress with it. The original was a 1930s rug, and I am attempting to replicate the feel of the original...outlining in white, using flat black for the background and those 30s pinks, blues, greens and yellows. Although I enjoyed working on it, I will pack it away again for awhile. I have a finish another rug before Caraway Rug School in June. I will show you when I pull it out, which had better be soon.

Happy 17th birthday to dear Roxie!!! She is loving her new birthday bed.

Take care,


  1. Oh my gosh, those rugs are beyond gorgeous, Jennie. It's hard for me to imagine finishing a whole rug during a weekend. Your fingers must be sore by the time you get home. Happy Birthday to Roxie!
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  2. Oh my what wonderful eye candy. I'd be at a loss to choose a winner or pick one to keep because they are all great. Love the white outline you did on Nancy's Baskets. If only big dogs lived to the ripe age of 17. Happy B'day Rox.

  3. Happy happy birthday, Roxie. I hope you get some extra treats today.
    So many beautiful projects. I can't imagine hooking in a 3 cut and getting a rug done. She must be speed hooker.
    Hugs :)

  4. Thanks for all the eye candy - I LOVE seeing all the beautiful projects. Looks like there is a variety of styles and tastes and they're all wonderful!

  5. Lots of beautiful eye candy in this post! Thank you! I particularly like the background in the pineapple mat... very "Monet"! :-)

  6. All of those rugs are absolutely beautiful!!! Love!

  7. These rugs are so amazing! Thanks for sharing them.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,