Jennie, Sandy and I spent this past week in Oakhurst at the Wool Poppies retreat. Located at ECCO (Episcopal Conference Center) the camp is near Yosemite in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Although we had some excitement watching the news and smelling smoke from the fire 40 miles away in Mariposa, it was a wonderful get away, a real learning experience.
Our teacher, Michele Wise is a rich source of rug hooking knowledge. Besides lightening up our days with her jokes and witty remarks, she spent time helping each of us learn to be better hookers. Check out her blog at http://michelewise.squarespace.com/
We were treated to a very special rug show compiled by Laura Pierce. She gave Caswell Carpet patterns this spring to those interested enough to spend time hooking these reproductions. Laura collected seventy three finished mats which will be shown again at Sauder Village in August. You may view the original at http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13576
Each day began with breakfast and a rug show. The remainder was spent in class hooking, eating, buying wool, chatting and generally doing what we all enjoy so much. The Wool Poppies did an outstanding job organizing it so that each of us benefited from the experience.
As usual I came home with too much wool. But it is so beautiful! I recommend this camp to everyone.