Woolwrights Hook-In

March 18, 2013

By Candi Derr, Rug Beat Editor

I came rolling into work today on a high from my first hook-in this past weekend. I attended the Woolwrights Hook-In in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with some girls (including RHM Editor Debra Smith) from my regular hooking group, the Magdalena Rug Hookers. Deb and I went last year just for the shopping and show, but this year we took our hooking along and enjoyed the whole event.

When we arrived just before 9 a.m., the hooking tables were nearly full of rugs, hooks, and wool, but where were all the people? Shopping, of course, out in the vendor area. Shopping seemed to be first on everyone’s agenda, and there were plenty of lovely choices of wool (both off-the-bolt and hand-dyed), patterns, kits, hooks, cutters, punch needle supplies, frames, binding wool, and other items. I limited myself to things on my “needs” list: a #8 cutter blade for my Fraser Model A and a new pencil hook that is already making me a much faster and happier hooker. I also did a little shopping for an upcoming top-secret office rug project (you’ll have to subscribe to Rug Beat to learn more about this project in upcoming issues).

Half of our happy Magdalenas were hooking away; the others were out gathering wool, which was available in abundance.
Kitty Dreams, 22" x 22", #8-cut hand-dyed recycled wool. Hooked by Connie Bateman. Adapted from Nancy Jewett's Calico Cat.

The rug show also provided inspiration (I’m including just a sampling of the rugs here). Seeing what others do with hook and wool is awe-inspiring. I admired works way beyond my skill level and looked at the rugs with an eye toward understanding color choices and hooking techniques. Then I sat down and started hooking. I got a nice portion done on my rug, and, with my new hook, I returned home newly inspired and refreshed and ready to really get going on my own piece.  

Another highlight of the trip was seeing the results of Rug Beat’s Wool Hunter Nancy Parcels’ latest dyeing video (which will be in the April Rug Beat). You will not want to miss her ingenious technique for making a SLEW of gorgeous colors out of stash you already own. I haven’t even seen the video yet, just the wool results, but I am eagerly anticipating trying the technique that created the beautiful colors she showed me.

Pear Study, 38″ x 13″, #8- and hand-cut wool on monk’s cloth. Designed and hooked by Anne Stevens.

But truly the best part of the hook-in was sharing it with friends. We filled a whole table of Magdalenas and chatted, laughed, hooked, and shopped the day away. It went too fast, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Appliqued and embroidered jacket by Sharon Kollman.
Birds of Sirouk, 40" x 60", #3-cut wool on monk’s cloth. Designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Lelia Ridgeway.
Nostalgia, 49" x 27", #3- and 4-cut wool on burlap. Designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Ange Banko.
Hampden, 23" x 23", #4-cut wool and semi-precious gemstones. Designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Cindy Irwin.
Mola Butterfly, 22 ½" x 16 ½", #6-cut wool. Designed by Norma Batastini and hooked by Llarilyn Buckingham.
Jaguar, designed and hooked by Lelia Ridgeway.
Betsy’s Cats, 46" x 26", 1" to 1 ¼" ripped wool. Designed by Heavens to Betsy and hooked by Judith Fackler.



Deb Burcin

Woolwrights Hook-In

Candi - I just wanted to send you a little note and tell you thank you very much for your article on the Woolwright's hook-in.  We are so glad you were able to attend and we look forward to you being there again next year.  Here is our Save the Date for next year:Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014Place: Lancaster Farm & Home Center1383 Arcadia RoadLancaster, PA 17606Vendors, Rug Show, & Mat SwapAdditional information to follow