Monday, March 1, 2010

Cold Weather is Perfect for Rug Hooking

I have been inspired to pull out an old large rug that I started over five years ago, this 'Antique Rose Runner', designed by Primitive Spirit. With so many mediums of art crafting that I love to work in, I often find myself ignoring one particular subject. And in recent months it has been rug hooking. For no particular reason, I have just not been motivated to pick up my hook and frame and delve into my piles of wool. I have made smaller items, but larger projects have not appealed to me. That was until my family and I vacationed in Kennebunkport, Maine this past month. I heard about Camp Wool from my friends that I meet with once a month, at our Hook-In. The gals had talked about this store before, but had no idea how glorious it would be. And to my surprise their new location in Kennebunkport turned out to be right across from where we were staying.
This store is large, bright, colorful and filled to the brim with the most yummy colors of hand dyed wools, a huge selection bolts of mill wools, patterns from every designer, threads, dyes, books, tools, a room just for punch needle and of course, an inspiring display of finished rugs. All sitting amongst charming and useful antiques to help display these fabulous goods. There is a Coats and Clark antique thread drawer that houses countless spools of Valdani variegated threads and other hand dyed floss and pearl cotton in the back of the store, that is not to be missed.
Camp Wool's owner is LeAnn Hodgson and her talent for creating a store like this will undoubtedly bring all Hookers from the east coast to this destination location. If you are from other parts of the country and you visit the Northeast, this shop needs to be one your itinerary. No, there is no website. and when you arrive here you know why. Creating a store like this is more than a full time job. There are classes and retreats, so here is the phone number and email so you can get on their mailing list.
866-938-WOOL, Thanks LeAnn for opening your closed doors to let my Mother-in-law and I in to get this picture.
Also in Kennebunkport is the charming Crow Hill Primitives., checkout her website. This homespun shop is run by Sharon and her daughter Alicia. (I couldn't get my daughter to rug hook for the life of me!)
This is a call 'ahead shop' because it is located in her house. She has a small room packed floor to ceiling with so many hand dyed and mill dyed wools, all neatly stacked and organized by color. She had such rich, luscious colors I couldn't resist. I ended up with these three brights that look like primary colors. But, let me tell you that the 'blue' one, is really a vibrant royal purple that I just couldn't get true for these images, no matter how much I "Photoshopped" them. Trust me it is gorgeous! And I also got this ivory check that I just know is going to hook-up into a fun speckled pattern.
Sharon was so nice when I returned to pick up a pattern I had ordered. I arrived towing along my 13 year old son, who kept himself busy chasing her rooster (Roostie, who has a rug pattern fashioned after him!) and the hens in the front yard while we chatted. She even gave us a few eggs. Very fun.
Well, here I am rejuvenated and inspired by wool and the wonderful wool community in Kennebunkport, Maine. I didn't even get a chance to mention Joan Moshimer's studio, so this is my shout out to her.
Ah, the ideas. Now, let's just hope I can finish this runner before the next five years.


  1. What a great find. And right across the street from your vacation place? hmmm that's serendipity for sure. Love looking at your work, as usual. Judy

  2. Great post! I love discovering treats like the shops you described. Crafternoon soon, I hope!

    xoxo megan


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