Sunday, September 25, 2016



planning a new pumpkin rug
with crows...

right now I'm back to the geometric
lost interest in the little cat and pumpkin rug

plenty of pressing on my plate
the big stack of chair pads all have whipped edges
now to press and stitch on wool backing

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Another 2 Cats Mat

another simple one
to empty out the worm baskets

can anyone recommend a simple
dog themed antique rug
to inspire my hooking?

I'm going to hook a little mat for a fund raiser
it's just that I can't draw a dog!

thanks in advance for your help...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Srappy Tips

asked me about my hit-n-miss hooking
I should really just refer to it as scrappy

I choose my colors palette...
this project included all the colors except the light neutrals
mostly medium to light shades

no high contrast strips

I have a ton of worms after cutting so many last year 
for Mom and Ann to sort for me
 normally there would never be a mountain of worms

they have been sorted by color
then into light, medium and dark bundles
placed in a large basket by color

I pull a bunch of worms 
 put them on the rug in progress
my huge Talon frame has given me lots of room
to the left in this photo is a small basket overflowing with worms
I work from these worms
pulling from the large baskets as needed

I NEVER pull a random strip and hook
the traditional way to hit-n-miss
I have to like the feel of the rug I'm hooking
I've tried the traditional way and it doesn't work for me

I hate to waste linen
normally I draw my pattern leaving a 2-3 inch background
stitch on some scrap fabric so I can move it on the frame
usually I hook beyond the marked outside edge too

adding scrap fabric to your background 
lets you hook on small pieces of linen

if you purchase a pattern 
with a generous background
stitch some fabric to the edge before hooking
then use the excess linen for coasters or ornaments
before you take it off the frame

*while this one is off the frame
I'm going to do a few more small pumpkin mats

some of my rugs from years ago
the American Alphabet Crow was such fun to hook
if I remember correctly I did the border first
without any idea of what would go in the middle
obviously my design

bottom left is a Lori Brechlin pattern 
Old Glory my own drawing

it feels good to be back hooking
thanks to all who have welcomed me back

Friday, September 16, 2016

More Scrappy Hooking

progress...not sure about that yellow...
it's much brighter in person
 very far out of my comfort zone 

the dark dividing line looks black
it's actually a reddish brown that never worked anywhere
love it here

a few gals asked about the pattern
the drawing is what I started with
can you tell I'm not a perfectionist?

1. draw any size rectangle on your backing

2. draw an X from corner to corner

3. mark the middle of each outside border line

4. connect the dots to form a square

hope this makes sense...
very simple 
if you make one I'd love to see it!

found this one of ebay
for all those dark worms still haunting me

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kitchen Sink Rug

this scrappy rug is going in front of the kitchen sink
hoping this one will really shrink the worm stash
fun using colors I normally avoid 

mats prepped and ready to finish
whip the edges
then cover the back with a heavier wool

will practice on these before doing Debbie's

biscuit making
he looks a mess but I swear he's always being brushed

working on decluttering this week
about 20 large bags of fabric donated to a few 
churches and gals that make small quilts
for hospitals, homeless and nursing homes

still plenty left for quilt making

next I'm tackling Mom's clothes
starting with her coat collection
she loves coats like some women love shoes!

Wishing you a good day...


Monday, September 12, 2016

Just the Eyes

after the eyes are added
I must 
work on finishing the chair pads
at the very least get them ready to tote around with me
remind of that if I start another rug first, okay?
sorry about the blur

enjoying her perch on the ironing board
until Melrose spots her...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Big Orange Cat

another fun chair pad
now to decide on the border...

after this I have a large geometric planned
to use up lots of scraps
inspired by this rug:

mine will have a lot of red
a lot

Wishing you a great day!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Next Please...

my other new cat chair pad design
is already waiting on the frame

this one was so fun it almost hooked itself
I did hook outside the lines 
so now it's about 13"

I'm a happy hooking again hooker this week!
 also decided to close my etsy store
so I won't be tempted to try and list things again
too stressful for me

Cat on the Frame

sorry about the blur

to put it mildly
I've been obsessed with this one
the border is WAY out of my comfort zone
and I love it!

started the background in green
changed to black
just right

the stem is just there as a place holder
looking for a brownish-grey that will hold up 
next to black

as you can see I've been derailed
from listing things for sale
story of my life
especially when the hooking is going smoothly


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Cat Patterns

  I totally forgot how much I hate creating listings...
have a bunch part way done on etsy 

so for today
I'm selling these patterns from my blog

Two Cats with Pumpkin is $30
11 x 22
on premium linen with a generous border
price includes shipping to lower 48

chair pads are 12"
plenty of extra linen if you want to go larger
can be drawn with points or half circles
 including shipping to lower 48

with my limited free time I am only able to ship
to the lower 48 US states

I only accept PayPal

patterns are for one time use only

email me at 
kankerdoodle @ aol (dot) com
to order or with questions...

will work on listing some of the wool 
on FB later today