Hampden, Maine Hook-In, Sponsored by The Keeping Room – 2014

Once again, I was invited to be a vendor at Toni Philbrick’s beautiful hook-in in Hampden, Maine yesterday.  Toni is the owner of The Keeping Room, a gorgeous studio in the historic Hannibal Hamlin building in Hampden.  Toni always goes all out for this hook-in, providing a really nice light breakfast and a hearty lunch.  She adds a theme based swap, goody bags, coupons, and many, many door prizes to the mix, leaving everyone with great memories.  She also provides a short instructional period in which she shares her considerable knowledge and talent.  Last year it was about penny rugs.  This year she spoke a bit about finishing coasters.

To visit Toni’s shop, or take her classes, go to 56C Main Road North in Hampden. For her business hours, fiber art class schedule, or to express interest in attending next year’s hook-in, give her a call at 207-862-3181. Toni has wonderful hooking supplies, penny rug supplies & kits, artisanal lamp shades, and much more.

I was able to sneak a few pics from the hook-in yesterday in between a busy time selling goodies to the wonderful attendees.  It goes without saying that the rug designs are the intellectual property of their designers, and may not be copied without the express permission of the artist.  I was not able to take the time to write down the designers and hookers for all of these, but anyone who has that information may feel free to leave it on our comments.

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Here is a view of the brightly lit space as the attendees were just getting ready to have a nice lunch of corn chowder, sandwiches, salad, and homemade carrot cake.
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A customer peruses the booth of Al Jenkins of Wool & Ewe. Al’s hand dyes are really beautiful.
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Toni assists a customer at her vending booth filled with all things wool.
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My table. The most popular item of the day was the wool, and especially, to my delight, brightly colored hand dyes. Also seen in this photo are our popular Bear Pond Wood Works frames bedecked with Edna Olmstead’s super duper frame covers.
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Loved the braided binding on this one, and the painstakingly shaded fruits and leaves.
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Look at that wool on the sheep. Love, love, love.
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The array of styles at hook-in rug shows is always so much fun to see. These fish were just stunning – I have no idea how many different wools are in that rug, and the two home scenes that flank it were beautifully done too.
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The snowman rug at the center of this photo was voted “favorite” by the attendees, but as you can see, it was tough to choose just one! They were ALL gorgeous.
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True confessions – although I loved them all, I voted for the two cats with the bunny border. It was hooked by Martha Whitehouse, who is one of the Hampden Hookers, based on a design on a quilt square.
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I loved the colors, patterns, and asymmetrical buildings in this one!
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This one reminded me of 18th century crewel work. I loved the warmth of the color combination in this.

I know I will see many of the ladies who were at Hampden at our 2nd Annual Paris Hill Hook-In in two weeks.  Can’t wait!  Til then, happy hooking!  🙂    – Beth

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