As a young newly wed I loved to collect country magazines. I studied them religiously to learn about antiques and decorating. Then we started collecting a few primitive antiques for our small bungalow. That was also about the time I new I wanted to learn to hook rugs.
Our favorite houses in these magazines were always the stone ones. We saw wonderful old stone buildings during our travels in Galena, Illinois and in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. But there were very few stone houses where we lived.
One Saturday morning as I was getting ready for work I noticed that there was an Open House being held at an old stone farm house. This property was across the river from where we lived. It had two acres of land and a stone barn and wood barn. As I set off for work my husband went to look at the property. He arrived at my workplace later that day to announce he had bought the property without going inside.
We are still living on our dream property. The barn which had a dirt floor and stairs to the hay loft has evolved from its original use for cows, to a carpenter workshop for my husband and now the home of my rug hooking business – Wheaten Woolens.
The dream keeps evolving as I build my small business. I am open on Saturdays and by appointment as I continue to teach elementary school during the week. Twice a year I venture out to a Hook-In to be a vendor. During the summer months I bring teachers into the studio to teach classes.
Last year, I was very lucky to be the first person to contact Rebekah L. Smith to teach a class outside of Ohio. She was relatively unknown then because her first book became available the week before the class.
What a difference a year makes. Rebekah’s book has been reprinted and she’s writing a second one. She is traveling to Iowa, Texas and California to teach classes as well as in her home state.
Many wonderful ladies attended her workshop this past June. If you would like to learn more about the class, my home and my studio please read Patti’s blog –http://windingvine.blogspot.com June 2016.
Have a great summer,