Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hooking in Searsport Maine

I just returned from a lovely vacation to Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.  And, yes, I'm tired and glad to be home.  But, travel is truly invigorating and always creatively stimulating for me.  It's good for me to see the world through new eyes.  Colors become more bold when viewed from a new perspective.  I just love to see how people live in other parts of the country and world.  I got so excited when I saw the faded salt box houses of Maine, and the brightly colored homes along the coast of Nova Scotia.  Watching whales and dolphins gliding by from the ferry between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia was a real treat as was seeing hooked rugs from the early parts of the 19th and 20th century at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine.

The original purpose of the trip was to take a rug hooking class with Jane Halliwell Green in Searsport, Maine.  My lovely and talented step-daughter, Lily, took the class with me.  We learned so much, and had such a fabulous time!  I'm posting just a very few pictures from class.

The puppies like resting in the display case (how cute!) greeted us at the door.  Dixie and Dexter love being part of all the goings on.

Dee, my neighbor, and Jim's tour director of the area (thanks Dee!).

Gobs of wool everywhere..  Paradise!

I'll post more of Maine, and shots from Nova Scotia in a few days. xo


Amy McPheeters said...

Hi Dulcy and welcome home! Sounds like a wonderful experience - the hooking, the sight-seeing, the lobster dinners! And it is great to see that Lily has become a rug hooker. Both her rug and yours look absolutely wonderful. We'd love to see you and Jim soon and get caught up.

Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

Beautiful rugs you were all working on. What a fabulous trip!

Kim said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Sounds like a good time. Hope you got to see lots of beautiful Nova Scotia.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Fascinating...such a beautiful and interesting craft, your rug-making. Somehow it makes me breathe slower and deeper thinking of creating such beautiful things....with such patience and care. And your post reminded me of a delicious trip to Maine two summers ago. Oh the blueberries! Looking forward to more pictures:)
Thanks for sharing,

summersundays-jw said...

I'm so jealous. I love Maine. Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures. I think I want a summer house in Maine -- when I win the lottery. Jan

Unknown said...

Beautiful post...glad that you had fun in Searsport! Come back and attend Fiber College ( to enjoy more fibery fun in the Fall sunshine!
Glad that you had fun...your hooking is beautiful.

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

What fun! I love Maine, and Searsport is the best. Love your rug, and Lily's too.


Relyn Lawson said...

I was just dropping in to wish you and Jim the happiest Independence Day. May your day be full! May you enjoy laughter shared with family, great food shared with friends, fireworks to make you gasp, a lump in your throat at the anthem, and a full and grateful heart at all we have been given. Happy Fourth of July, my friend!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh Dulcy I can not tell you how much I enjoyed reading this post about your trip. Please do post more and more about it.
For some strange reason I have always had a fascination about Maine so much I told my parents that they must of adopted me from there. hahaha. Whats really strange is I have never been lucky enough to go there but it is one of the first trips I am taking if I ever get to somewhere again.
I am fascinated to about your lovely art of hooking. Do you and Kim do the same kind of rug hooking.
I would love to learn more about it you and Kim should do a Blogazine story on my site about yourselfs and rug hooking. I know everyone would love it.
Can't wait to see your other post
I bet this time of the year was beautiful for your trip

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Oh.. I was so hoping you would share some wonderful photos from your trip and you did!!! Of course you know which one is my favorite! It all looks fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Dulcy on your interview with Maggie!!! Wow...I just love this house and the reflection on the water!!!!!!! Wonderful!