November 1981 Vicki attends Royal School of Needlework design class and renders the original California Rug design.
March 1983 Vicki weaves 1"x3" California Rug, her first hand knotted rug, later to become the prototype for the California Rug Project.
May 1993 Vicki completes 5"x7" Earth Rug and embarks on most ambitious project ever: learn to spin and dye own material for 5"x15" mega-rug, the California Rug Project.
January 1997 Simon returns from eight months travel in Asia to the words, "Simon, you must build me a loom."
March 1997 Scanes of newly-spun cotton, wool, and angora fiber along with ¼ scale model of loom presented at Artist-In-Residence show, Mendocino Art Center.
May 1999 First knot laid on California Rug Project.
April 1998 First "I'd Rather Knot" California Rug Project Newsletter released updating loved ones and weaving community of project progress
June 1999 Alice, the angora rabbit, joins the California Rug team contributing her fluffy white fur.
November 1999 Vicki welcomes Emily Whittlesey as designer of the rug's cartoon
January 2001 Project moves to Hwy 1, Elk, CA
September 2001 Newsletter No. 2, "I'd Rather Knot" issued.
August 2002 Rug reaches 5" in length, a THIRD of the way complete!
March 2003 Project moves to Main Street, Mendocino, CA.
Completion of the movie,"The California Rug Project".
April 2003 Vicki attends the 10th International Conference on Oriental Carpets in Washington DC.
June 5, 2003 Sandy McCabe brings three fleeces!
March 13, 2004 The rug is half done!
October 2005 Emily and Vicki journey to northeast California
March 2006 the rug is two thirds done.
April 2006 2nd film, "A Rug for California: The Making of a Magic Carpet" by Carmen Goodyear and Laurie York is under way.
August 24, 2007 An evening at the Mendocino Hotel, celebrating the folks who have been a part of the rug sponsored by
August 25, 2007 The rug was taken off the loom, all the knotting completed, and a party ensued. Over the course of the winter, it has been finished, and the pile sculpted.
January 7-12, 2008 The rug's first hanging, at the Highlight Gallery on Main Street in Mendocino, as part of the 13th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium.
February 2008 The rug moves back to it's birthplace, the Jennie Studio at the Mendocino Art Center.
April 2008 The Tale of the California Rug was printed and is available for sale. Written by the cartoon designer, Emily Whittlesey, this tale delves into the techniques used, the reasons for making the rug, and the meaning behind the images.
April 12, 2008 The rug is featured at an event at The Woods, Little River, Ca.
April 2008 Don Tuttle photographs the rug.
May 2-4, 2008 The finished California Rug will be on display during the Northern California Handweavers Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, CA, located on Business Hwy 80 at Arden Way. The display will be open to the public, and all are welcome!