|Aspen Rug Hooking Company|
The Art of Living
Since last year, the rug hooking movement has really grown in
greater numbers, and it is totally trending the home
decorating scene. I see stores carrying (ugh -- *sigh* --
sadly machine-made hooked rugs and pillows - NOOOO!). This
means that we as artisans have, shall we say, influenced the
textile industry. Compared to five years ago, the number of
rug-hooking and punch-needle artists has leaped right off the
dock. Social media has brought this artisan community together
with the HUGE help from rug-hooking artists who established
Facebook Groups, their own Blogs, or websites. Kudos to
y'all!!! Us rug-hookers love you!
It's a great time to be a rug hooking artist. The online
experience brings hooking resources right into our homes. The
world of wool is ours! Sing it out; "the world of wool is
ours!" Ordering rug hooking materials, fabrics, resources, is
easy-peasy lemon-squeezy. And, gosh-golly, signing up for
classes to help keep us current with techniques is ugh-hem, a
click away (I know ban the cliche).
Social media gives people the opportunity to start a small
business and grow it! I mean isn't that awesome?! Most artists
dream of having their own little business to show and sell
And, hey, let's not leave this out - Inspiring conversations
take place on Facebook, Ning, and blogs. Sharing ideas,
resolving issues, learning, and having a feeling of
connectedness are all by-products of online interactions.
Artists use videos and still images to teach their skills.
Five-years ago, most of us were still trying to figure out how
to navigate Facebook and realize it's benefits. Some cursed
it, even denied its existence (ugh, me). Many of us didn't
even have a FB account (again, me).
With the many super rug-hooking and punch-needle groups out
there, we now connect with other artists who share our passion
for this artform. That connection really helps keep the
hooking mojo alive to do more, learn more, and hook more!
If you are stumped for ideas, just hop online, check out
groups and websites, maybe chat with a friend, and then off
you go, creating something new. Need to learn about dyeing
techniques? No problem; that's covered too. Videos that teach
us different dyeing techniques, hooking methods, or finishing
a rug's edges are all available for FREE! And if you want to
boost your hooking techniques even further, sign up for an
online class with any of the talented rug hooking artists.
trust me, it's money well invested. Yes invested!
So here's to you ladies and gentlemen; especially the baby
boomers, who have had to struggle with software and hardware
technology changes over the years. Y'all have WON and
EXCELLED! If I could reach out through my computer monitor, I
would hand each and everyone of you a medal! You are the
champion rug-hookers, punch-needle artisans, and "HURRAY"
online surfers! Look at how far you have come since the
1980's! Gen Xers and Yers, and millennials may not get quite as
enthusiastic, "jumping for joy joy," as us boomers do about
technology evolving over 40-plus years, but even you have
reason to "Wahoo!" because you too are contributing to the
change within and outside of the rug hooking world.
See for yourself, by picking up a rug hooking magazine or book
published 10-years ago, then go online and search for recently
hooked-rugs (by design or artist name). Or do the whole
research thing online. The fact is, you will see the trend
moving away from traditional hooking toward a liberating
hooking using a myriad of textures and haberdashery including,
Sari, ribbons, and buttons. And notice the designs! There are
so MANY designs! It's amazing!
I know I get pumped when I have the opportunity to ask
questions of a well-known artist who has artistic knowledge
that I wish I had. I am like a woolly little sponge, humbly
soaking up all the wisdom I can. To watch, listen, do; it is
like a water for my body; I need it to stay sane! That is
social media, that is connecting, and that is rug hooking
A loving mother to an incredibly intelligent and beautiful young adult, writer, textile artist, and a nurturing keeper of a very lovable Siberian cat and Sir Finlay my rescued Terrier mix.