Simple Christmas Wishes

Debra Walland

We wish you the time to enjoy what and who you love.
We wish you security in your life...enough of what you need.
We wish you good health or comfort and a path toward good health.
We wish you safety and freedom from anxiety.
We wish you peace in your heart, in your family, in your community,in your world.
We wish you Christmas joy.

Holiday blessings,
Laura Kenyon and Debra Walland

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Green Mountain Gorgeous.

Laura Kenyon
A tour and discussion of the 2018 Green Mountain " Hooked in the Mountains" show.

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Hooking isn't just for Rugs Anymore - Sheila Arbogast

Debra Walland
Meet the menagerie of Sheila Arbogast, one of our teachers at the SCRUB Hooking  School in January in Sebring, FL.

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My Trip to Vermont (where lots of people know what rug hooking is!)

Debra Walland
A short trip to Vermont, where people know what rug hooking is.

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Communicating with color

Debra Walland

Did you ever wonder why all SALE signs are red?  Did you even for a split second be surprised by the red title I used?  Color definitely talks to us.  A choice in color can make our work fly or hide.  The right placement and amount of color can make an immense difference.
So let's just look at a few colors and what they can do.


Brown, Gray, and Sky Blue

This is post 9/11 New York. The color choices tell us what we want to believe.  Browns bring out emotions of stability and comfort.  Brown is used to warm the scene,and give it stability.  It is the "down to earth" color. But it also suppresses emotion - like we shouldn't get too comfortable.
Gray is a neutral- it quiets and composes. It also can depress a mood. But it is often used in advertising to convey maturation or timelessnesss.  New York is still standing.
Blue is always known as the color of loyalty.  Sky blue actually can inspire trust and brings out the sense of freedom.    Thank you to Laura Kenyon for letting us borrow her work.





Orange, Red, and Yellow

We already talked about the sky blue. Along with freedom, it can evoke joy like in Ann Rudman's little friend.
Yellow is the color of happiness and optimism. That shouldn't be news to anyone but too much yellow can cause anxiety, especially if it is a bright yellow. She used bits of the high chroma yellow, but her gold background is still a yellow. Far from being overstimulating, it actually does induce relaxation. Pay attention to wall colors, we use a lot of creamy yellows and gold in our homes and businesses-the color of wealth!
Red is used by advertisers to draw attention and inspire action, thus SALE! We all know that red is for passion, either anger or love. It is such a strong color that it is often used with a blue or orange tinge, not a true primary. It is an energizing color but can be overbearing and be perceived as violent.
Orange is an interesting color; the combination of yellow and red. It is adventurous and optimistic. Orange is the color of encouragement. Advertisers know that it appeals to young people. It is used to express freedom and draw attention. Too much orange can denote self-indulgence and insincerity.



We love color!  That is why we are selling hand-dyed wool on the Seaside website now.  It is the same wool we have at shows, so you already know the quality of the Dorr wool we use as a base.  Keep checking back at the site for new wool as we replace sold pieces.

Note: This is a reprint of the latest newsletter.  If you haven't subscribed, add your email address to the bottom of the home page and we will send one about once a month.

Debra -In Living Color (remember where that phrase came from?)



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Harold's Diner - Not Famous for its Food

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There is a tiny greasy spoon called "Harold's"  on the main drag on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It is a staple for the locals in the winter and gets flooded with tourists once the golf season starts in March and straight through the beach season and back to the golf season ending in November.  But no one goes there for the food,

They are there for the entertainment,  There are only about 5 tables for two and a short counter, but people wait. As soon as the front door sign says , "Sorry, we're open" (really) they start stumbling in.

Behind the counter is Chuck, a redheaded young (compared to me) guy who owns the place. He is the world's worst host, but world's greatest Red Sox fan. Don't walk in with a Yankees ball cap either comes off or you go hungry.

Chuck's favorite one liner goes like this: Almost every tourist is trying to get friendly so he can eat.  So they say "Are you  Harold?". His stock answer is a straight-faced, "No, Harold is dead".  It cracks up the regulars every time.

Just thought I'd share a little background of how my Chuck's Diner came to be.  Hope I got you to smile. I also have to brag a little since it is included with "Curb Your Dog" and many much nicer rugs by some great artists in Ellen Banker's new book, "Hooked on Words".


Hook with happiness!


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No End in Sight

Laura Kenyon
dots and dashes finished rugHow to hide the tails of strips , both at the start and at the end of the strip.

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When is a rug finished?

Laura Kenyon
How to index and organize your finished rugs.

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Color Planning Basics

Laura Kenyon

How do you color plan your rugs? This is a question that I am often asked. I have a couple of guidelines I consider when I start thinking about a new rug. I usually do not plan a landscape too much as it is what I see in nature and I tend to just paint with my wool. Here are my guidelines for other rugs.

Think about the overall mood of your rug. Is it going to be vibrant or subdued?

What value of color do you want for the background? Light, medium or dark. You do not need to think about a specific color just the value. If you consider this first in your rug, you are less likely to hit a road block when hooking and picking colors for your rug.

Now let us talk about COLOR!

The color wheel is a great place to start. If you have a basic understanding of what colors work together you can feel comfortable that you will love your rug when you are done.

There are three “primary” colors: Red, Blue, and Yellow.

Then think about mixing the two colors together to get “secondary” colors. Violet, Green, and Orange.

Then think about mixing those colors together to get “tertiary” colors. Red orange, yellow orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet, or red violet.

Now with this information we can build our color plan. What colors go together?

Complimentary – Two colors opposite the wheel. Red green, blue violet, yellow orange, etc.

Triad – Three colors that are three spaces apart. Red-yellow-blue, orange-green-violet, etc.

Tetrad – Four colors together. Just keep the distance as a rectangle or square within the circle. Red-violet, orange, yellow-green and blue, for example.

Need more combinations?

Analogous – a series of color along the same side of the wheel. Blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet or yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green.

Now back to your rug. A couple of other items to consider. A rug should contain the following phrase ‘light, bright, dark, dull”. Make sure you have each of these conditions in the rug. Some teachers will refer to a “poison” in your rug. That is the bright or light in the rug. Another suggestion is to move the colors around the rug. Place the colors in more than one place to let the eye move from place to place.

I hope this alleviates some of your color planning anxiety. This is only the basics and you will develop and grow. This information is only to get you started. You will get more and more comfortable with your decisions and develop your eye for color.

Happy hooking!





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Happy Thanksgiving's Eve

Laura Kenyon

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and not a hook in the air.

The frame is put away. Tomorrow we'll need that chair.


We are all in the kitchen figuring what we forgot to buy

and how we can make biscuits without baking powder to fly.


Will the turkey be cooked in time for the meal?

Looks way to frozen tonight to make the feast real.


When the family is together and grace has been said,

We'll be thankful it's over and Friday we'll be dyeing red.

Thanksgiving meal






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