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Glimpses of Star Island creativity

image Primco pattern

My friend Mary says that sometimes when I am hooking, I go into a little world of my own and just get very absorbed in my hooking. I don’t see this, and feel like I spend a lot of time just visiting, looking around, and enjoying the moments. Pam encouraged us to disconnect from phones, facebook, the news, and the stresses of daily life, and really make a creative retreat of our time on Star Island. So I really didn’t give a thought to my blog until the last morning we were on Star Island. Some people (and their lovely rugs) had already left the island. Some people were off wandering the island, so I was unable to ask them permission to photograph their rugs.

So here is a very partial round-up of what people were working on, in our nice Marchman Cottage workspace. Above, “A Wooly Welcome” was being hooked by Bonnie Roycewicz, of Fort Ann, NY. It is a Primco pattern that Bonnie is turning into a really charming rug.

Deb Palmer, of Hadley, MA, was just getting started on this wide-cut (#8 cut) floral basket for her front hallway. She designed it herself, but says I really need to mention that she used Susan Feller’s fraktur design kit to create it, and the kit of templates was a great help:


Teddi Pearson, of Hillsborough, NJ, was well on her way to finishing “The Road Between Friends”, pattern by Cammie Bruce. With the colors Teddi chose, this is such a happy rug:

image Cammie Bruce pattern

Sandy Haller, of Underhill Center, VT, had just finished a beautiful job making “Dream Stream”, pattern by Going Gray:

image Going Gray pattern

Cathy Dupuis, of Holderness, NH, was making this rug for her husband, to mark their 41st anniversary. It was based on a design by Cathy Greschner, but is personalized, as you see, with their own initials carved into the tree. Happy Anniversary, Cathy, and I think your husband will love this:


Sarah Jansen was getting back to work on a large rug for her daughter, who told Sarah she wanted a “rug with farm animals in it”! Sarah designed this piece made up of smaller tableaus of animals, unified with a flowered vine design:

image Sarah Jansen

and here is a close-up of the sweet little pigs and chickens Sarah has already hooked:

And finally, Pam Bartlett (the owner of The Woolen Pear in Loudon, NH, and inspired organizer of our Star Island retreat) was starting a new design adapting a photo that she took of our first Star Island sunset. It’s something we all could relate to, and enjoyed watching take shape:

image Pam Bartlett

There were so many projects that I didn’t take photos of! Kris McDermott was just starting a lovely hooked-and-braided rug, Jennifer Davey was creating a beautiful piece combining felting and hooking in a landscape, and Beth McDermott was well on her way to a gorgeous rug depicting the four seasons on a farm. What a beautiful rug that is going to be! Maybe they and our other Star creatives will send photos of their rugs when done.

But this gives you at least the flavor of the varied and wonderful pieces being created during these few days. I continue to be amazed at the variety of hooked rug projects, and what can be done with this craft of ours. This was our little island home, Marchman Cottage, outside and inside:

image Marchman, Star Island


I felt very lucky to have shared these few days with other rughookers, and to see them at work, in such an inspiring setting. But you don’t have to be on a retreat to make beautiful rugs. Maybe just turn off the phone for a while, go a day or two without facebook and blogs, breathe deep, and as Pam encouraged us to do, try to be mindful of wherever you are.

Photos of these rugs are used with the kind permission of their makers. And thanks to Laurie Troutman for the photo inside Marchman Cottage!


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