Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Not Forgotten Feline


A Not Forgotten Feline
rug designed and hooked
for the auction beginning Nov 9 on Facebook
check out
Forgotten Felines HSV Auction Page

I found out about them while
following
The Love and Hisses blog




close up of my signature in stitches
rug is approx 14 x 24
hand dyed and as-is wool strips on linen
edges whipped with wool thread
finished with strips of wool




this is closest to the true color
he is one lucky cat...

he was rescued and now lives a life of
love and devotion
with plenty of treats


the pattern is available from me
on primitive linen

Please share the auction info with your friends
you never know who might need
a new kitty!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Antique Reproduction Hook-a-Long


I found an antique rug photo on Pinterest
turned it into a gray scale image


simplified version for hooking

I started this Saturday on Facebook
you are most welcome to hook along with me

I drew my rug with cats in the lower corners


another antique rug from Pinterest
might be some inspiration for the background

I've started my hooking using pre cut strips from the baskets
will also be cutting as I go for desired colors


Day 1


Day 3

the blue flower pot
was inspired by my salt glaze pottery collection
subject to change as hooking progresses


Olivia the other day
complaining that Melrose was looking at her


trying to look innocent


Picked up my laptop from the shop today...
even with a smart phone and a Kindle I sort of felt lost...


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Again and Again



well my old friend depression
has settled in for a long visit

no advice needed
there is nothing I haven't tried
it will pass
again

on days when I can keep busy
instead of sleeping
the house is getting a deep clean

am glad I can function to workagai

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Now What


pulled out some twill from ages ago
before long I'll be making curtains for the kitchen

more yardage of the piece with the red
so that's the curtains

maybe some pillow covers from the other...

I am still painting the kitchen
good thing I live alone and am not bothered by the mess


removed the scrappy hooking samples

starting my Out of Hand Rug Hookers freebie
(Facebook group)

mine will end up being an altered version
of the pattern given
just because my mind has moved on 

*******

I have a couple of prayer request for strength and healing
my cousin Patty 
and 
a good friend of my NC sister, Betsy

thank you!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Scrappy Hooking


subtle differences

the row on the left was hooked using one wool

the middle row was hooked with two different wools

the last row was hooked with at least 3 different wools


I rarely hook anything using only one wool
whether it's the background, a house or flag
I like the interest mixing different wools creates

each of the wools in the left row is a texture
the blue is also overdyed

using a variety of wools comes naturally to me
my first handwork love was quilting
many people choose a line of fabric
and make a quilt using only those fabrics
to my eyes
it turns out looking like a purchased comforter
as the colors are made to blend well together
there is no spark, no interest
anyone could have made the exact same quilt

when I hook a rug
no one will ever hook one the same
having a large stash of wool
is like having a painter's palette
use this color, mix that color


all the same wool
ho hum to my eyes


a little better
but not much interest


this is what I love
mixing different shades of the same color
sometimes adding a bit of something different
rust with the red
gray with the tan
teal with the blue

So that's it
when it comes to wool
the more variation the better in my eyes

*******


how about an update on my No Spend on Supplies year?

I broke down and bid on 2 kits by Notforgotten Farm
you know I love me some Lori B designs!!!
that were donated to the Mango on a Mission auction in May
thank you to one of my followers
for donating them 

last week the binge shopping continued with a new
wool dye book

that's it this year...less than $75 all together
is it okay if I pat myself on the back?
there is so much on my wish list
but even more on my 
"already in the house I want to stitch or hook" list

Happy Saturday!






Friday, June 28, 2019

Another Flag Rug


Flag Day rug #2
I do like to hook flags
this is the second version hooked in June
8.5 x 28.5

it is available to purchase
*****

next blog post
will be some chat and photos
about my style of scrappy hooking

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Finishing a Small Rug


after pressing the rug
I do a two rows of a zig zag stitch
around the outside of the hooking
1/2 to 1" away


I round the corners when stitching
then trim off linen close to the stitching



I fold the linen towards the back


whip the edges
about 1/2" before reaching a corner
pinch the linen together


then fold the next side towards the back


manipulate the linen so it's 
as flat as possible
continue whipping the rug


after whipping I press rug again
cut or tear strips of wool to use for binding
I use wool that's a bit too heavy for hooking
because I have a stash of it
use any wool 
any width you like
my width is usually 1 1/2-2"


pin the wool to the back of the rug


I round the corner of the wool strip
very slightly



continue pinning
around the entire back
whip with quilting thread

so
this is how I do it
others pin the wool
then whip the outer edge and wool strip
at the same time
I like hand work
so the extra step works for me

there are many ways to finish a rug
this is my favorite
if it was a floor rug
I would whip over according at the edge first

questions?
just ask

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Little Quilts



in the spirit of
"I'll do anything to avoid painting"
Olivia and I spent the past week or so basting little quilts
for hand quilting


these were 2 leftover blocks from a lap quilt
which has not been quilted yet...
I got crazy and machine stitched on the borders




this one was all ready
except the borders
they will be less than 1/2" when the binding goes on



this one had the borders hand stitched on
I wasn't trusting myself with the bias edge
and all those points



I hand pieced most of the blocks last year
lost interest in them until now...


Debbie St Germain stitched this little
Cheri sampler as a gift for me
and sent it as a little pillow
I thought it deserved to have some wall space
so added the patchwork borders
from some abandoned projects


can hardly believe how many red, white and blue
projects were in the works
they might be finished by this time next year

I've been working on gathering some wool to sell
the past few days
going through my stash 
has inspired me to do some more dyeing

Still no desire to hook
I'd rather paint and you know how I feel about that
ebb and flow of creativity
there is always something to keep me busy


Happy Wednesday!