|Aspen Rug Hooking Company|
The Art of Living
Summer exhaled her last warmth upon us, whilst the trees slowly shed their life to welcome a winter's sleep.
The season of autumn slowly begins to prepare herself for the cold winter months ahead.
Flying across the sky, migratory birds make their way to warmer climes, and stop to roost in the giant trees to rest their tired wings. I feel the presence of eyes upon me as I walk this uneven path.
It is the cloak of the Vultures I see resting high in the craggy dead branches of Cottonwood trees. Their sinister presence against the grey mottled clouds appear ominous as I crane my neck whilst stumbling on the cobbled path.
I stop to take in their immenseness and foreboding presence as they keep watch over the grove from a-high.
Impressions of a Vulture portray a menacing and haunting bird with mighty wings that are wide enough to embrace me twice over. I stare at them way up there almost defying them to say, your presence here does not alarm nor signal death. But they convince me that death is here: the death of summer cannot be stopped.
The Black Vulture
Wingspan: 4.4 – 5.5 ft.
Mass: 2.6 – 4.3 lbs (Tropical lowlands population)
Lifespan: 10 years (In the wild)
Scientific name: Coragyps atratus
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A Student Pass & Accommodations
Have fun and relax with a two-day student pass and receive two-nights accommodations in my beautiful contemporary home and studio along with delicious meals cooked especially for you. Enjoy nearby walking trails and shopping along historic Main Street in Parker, CO.
Two days that are planned just for you. We will hook rugs, and as my special guest, I will make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails for you while you enjoy sunny Colorado! We can hook indoors or outside in the Cottonwood grove (depending on the weather).
I will work with you for 8 hours to teach you various hooking techniques on the first day then take a break and stroll along Main Street for some shopping.
On the second day, we'll hook some more and enjoy the nearby nature trails.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, we will hook a pattern of your choice that is provided by me and included as part of this pledge. I provide all food and beverages, and all of the necessary supplies. All you have to do is show up!
In addition to being student for a day, you get 1/2 yard of assorted wool fabric and a quality medium rug-hook (for cuts 5-8) for hooking your rug. You will also receive 8 issues (two years) of RUGS PLUS our annual Flight of Fancy issue that features rug patterns; a $25.00 value, a rooster rug pattern , five artful greeting cards, 10 screensavers to inspire your art of living and hooking rugs, the Queen Bee pattern, and the Flowers and Vase pattern.
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Yesterday, I released the digital version of RUGS, and I want to publish and distribute it to subscribers. Printing and distribution costs are pretty hefty: $10,000 or more. So far, I’ve used my own money, talent, and skills to develop this great magazine, and I would be very disappointed if it wouldn’t go to print.
Reviews are overwhelmingly positive and wonderful. I am overjoyed with how happy my subscribers are.
There's a sneak peek preview of the magazine just below this post right here on my blog page, so if you get a chance, scroll down and see the preview for yourself. Then if you like it, will you consider subscribing and pledging to my GoFundMe Campaign to pay for printing and distribution costs? Thanks!
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RUGS is a new vibrant magazine that brings the art of living and hooking rugs into your home. This art underfoot is not just for floors anymore.
What makes a magazine good?
1. A stunning cover.
2. Stylized and functional Table of Contents.
3. Illustrated Graphics.
4. High-impact and stunning photography.
5. Infographics; less text without losing important information.
6. White space; I don't crowd pages, and I give your eyes a place to rest.
7. Typeface that sets a certain mood.
8. Every issue has a theme.
9. Thinking in spreads adds creativity & vitality to the story.
10. In this case, lots of beautiful patterns.
11. Creative projects that add juice to your aspirations to make you a more creative rug-hooking artist.
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Enjoy receiving the summer edition of RUGS printed on premium paper and receive a complimentary digital issue. Your printed copy includes two 10x10 inch wool samples from an assortment of 100% wool fabrics. The Queen Bee rug pattern, five artistic greeting cards, and 10 screensavers to inspire your art of living and hooking rugs.
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It's finally here. The cover for the RUGS Summer issue takes us seaside; the perfect place for inspiration and relaxation. Plus, the Kickstarter campaign for RUGS is days away from launching. Stay tuned.
The impulse to cover interior surfaces has historically been both utilitarian and decorative. Early American rugs were yarn sewn, shirred, appliqued, and embroidered. As many surviving rugs attest, the best examples transcend function through the graphic power of their color and design.
“The Great Cover-up: American Rugs on Beds, Tables, and Floors” features approximately 65 rugs that span the end of the 18th through the mid-20th centuries, including several monumental masterworks, such as the museum’s stunning 13-foot Appliqued Carpet (c. 1860) and the magnificent Embroidered Carpet (1832–1835) by Zeruah H. Guernsey Caswell from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other treasures from the museum’s collection include the rare and strikingKnitted Rug attributed to Elvira Hulett, a member of the Hancock Shaker community, whose design is a technical tour de force, and the graphic Pictorial Table Rug, which powerfully illustrates the strong link between church and home. Originally, hand-sewn and -hooked rugs were enjoyed only within the intimate confines of the home. Today, their public appreciation provides a fascinating glimpse into the private spaces of American life.
Although the museum regularly includes rugs in its exhibitions, “The Great Cover-up” is the first presentation devoted to a wide range of American rug traditions since 1974, when Kate Kopp and Joel Kopp organized the seminal show “Hooked Rugs in the Folk Art Tradition.”
Coordinated by Stacy C. Hollander, senior curator and director of exhibitions
You can read more in the Summer issue of RUGS coming in July 2018.
Meet textile artist James Shedden as he shows you how much of an impact color makes when your allow your creative spirit to roam free.
Say hello to Deirdre who hooks rugs that send powerful messages about our world today and where we are going.
The summer edition of RUGS is coming to you in July. A big thick magazine that hopes to capture your creative soul to inspire and learn about hooking rugs, the art of living, and the art of cooking. Your summer issue features textile artists from all around the world who have diverse backgrounds.
If you want to see beautiful colorful images and learn new things about you can add creativity to your daily life, explore the bright and happy pages that offer an escape from a hectic world, and enter a quiet place where everyone is welcome and friendly.
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Finding Coyote tracks in the newly fallen snow attract Sir Finlay's curiosity, and lead him along a path that takes him to a flowing creek and a small pond. Whilst small animals and birds watch Sir Finlay move through the snow, there is a resounding stillness and roaring quiet all around.
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Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.