The last retreat is over.
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it was mah-vel-ous !
I just returned from my very first rug hooking camp and had such a wonderful time! I just spent six days at Topsail Island, North Carolina at a luxurious beach house facing the ocean, with a great beach for walking, incredible gourmet food, and a terrific group of women to hook with. Our skill levels ranged from one who had never hooked to one who had hooked for 40 years. We all learned from each other, especially from our teacher, Ramona Cann, a talented teacher with a great sense of humor and lots of warmth. She was so encouraging, especially to those of us who hadn't hooked much and needed our confidence built.
I carry my pictures around with me everywhere to show my friends. I can't say how much I enjoyed camp: hooking space at ocean-side, gourmet food, and ten of the nicest women I have ever met. I think I've made some lifelong friends. Please, Ramona, do it again!
Had a most wonderful week at the beach! Sure hope this will become an annual event.
Jean (North Carolina)
The rug retreat at Topsail Island is over! We all had such a wonderful time. We hooked and hooked and hooked - ad infinitum! Everyone was working with a pattern of their own design, and even the beginners were hooking great designs - and "looking good!" Ramona inspired everyone to new heights. It was so wonderful to be able to sit and enjoy the ocean and hook all day, with no interruptions. The weather cooperated with only one rainy day, which didn't stop us at all. Everyone learned lots of new things (even me, who has been hooking probably as long as Ramona)!! The accommodations as well were very nice and convenient. All in all it was a wonderful vacation/hooking week! I would do it again at the drop of a hook!
A friend asked me to join a group of rug hookers for a week in North Carolina. I had never heard of rug hooking before, but the fact that the camp was at an oceanfront house and that we would be enjoying gourmet meals were big factors in my decision to go. Every night I left my balcony door open so I could hear the surf whenever I woke. A couple of days we saw dolphins playing in the water near the shore. The water was too chilly for swimming, but I took walks on the beach to find shells.
Some in our group were veteran hookers, and a couple of us were beginners. We used wool fabric and learned to dye material to the colors and shades we wanted, although Ramona brought wool of all colors for us to choose. At dinner each night Ramona gave us little surprise gifts, one of which was a booklet of some of the recipes for the food we had enjoyed. I've never been so pampered.