polly minick and her sister have a new book out!…….
this is a gorgeous book that explores how polly and her sister use their rugs and quilts to enrich their homes. i highly recommend this one!
i miss hooking. really, really miss it. so, today i stepped way outside my comfort zone and spent money i don’t have to invest in a future i really want to pursue.
i purchased this rug hooking frame….
… and this cutter from The Merry Hooker ~ click here for her shop.
this is an investment, a big one, and i’m somewhat terrified. why? well, for three reasons:
my 3 best friends are also my worst enemies when it comes to hooking. they want to lounge, languish and lie on my rugs… not just the finished ones, which they love to pull apart, but more importantly the ones that i’m working on… while i’m working on them. i’m hoping, hoping, hoping, that now that they’re a little older they’ll allow me to hook without playing with my wool strips, napping on my lap, biting my hook, and generally making themselves PRESENT….
wish me luck!
thank you, all of you, who have sent me messages, emails, texts and cards. you are an amazing society of supportive and creative women.
everything is fine here. the thing is, i injured my thumb a while ago…. like 18 months ago. i’ve been hoping that it would heal and that i would be able to get back to punching, but… no…
i think it might be arthritis ~ yuck!
so, not being able to punch or hook has put a damper on my blogging.
i’m hoping, hoping to get back to it someday soon!
in the meantime, enjoy all these gorgeous rugs ~ i want to punch and hook them all!
be well and enjoy life!
well, i’m glad that’s over! the presidential election, i mean. the outcome may or may not have been what i was hoping for, but i did reach my ultimate goal by surviving these past, seemingly interminable, months. my guess is that much of the country feels the same. so, congratulations to each and every one of you for persevering and, may four years from now find us in a much less embittered battle!
wishing you peace and healing…..
i started this piece a year ago…. a YEAR ago. how embarrassing! however, i did, finally, finish it and in time for this year’s halloween…..
this little witch is backed with black and white ticking….
lilly, what do you think of ticking?…..
the base, which resembles a rocker but acts more as a stand, is also finished with ticking, as is the handle of the “jack”….
how about now, lilly, any further thoughts about ticking?….
now that i finally have lilly’s approval and understanding, here is the finished Witch, Cat, Jack in all it’s glory….
you can visit this piece, along with my other offerings, in my etsy shop by clicking here.
may the witching season only cast the most happiest of spells!
I’ve been aware, lately, of a slight, ever so slight, feeling of division in our country. A bisection, a breaking up, a partitioning, if you will. Have you noticed it? I mean, it’s ever so subtle, sort of like a rumbling of far off thunder….. hmmmm….
Actually, a better way to describe it is to say that it’s about as subtle as a hurricane, and potentially as destructive. So, during this season of election, I punched Lori Brechlin’s, “United”…..
I wanted to remind myself that regardless of how vicious and dangerous the political stage is, right now, we are still a great country, filled with quiet, compassionate and decent human beings.
So, hang in there! November 9th will, hopefully, find us on the other side of this troubling and desperate time, and on the road to healing our nation and, once again, see us united.
You can find Lori’s “united” design in her, “American Folk” pattern book on etsy ~ click here.
think happy thoughts!
Marion shared her finish of Polly Minick’s “Polly’s Parade” months ago, but I’m only just now getting around to sharing it with you……
didn’t it turn out beautifully? This is a design I’ve been wanting to punch and Marion has inspired me to actually get to work!
You can find the pattern for Polly’s Parade in Polly Minicks, “American Summer” design book, available on etsy ~ click here.
enjoy the day!
I didn’t realize, in June, that I was going to take the rest of the summer off blogging, but that appears to be just what happened. What did I do while I was away? Not much, I’m afraid. At least, not much as far as punching goes.
However, I did go to Ireland….
…and, I went camping twice, and I spent a lot of time sitting in the shade reading. That about sums up my summer!
Now, I’m working on some Halloween projects which I’ll be sharing with you asap.
wishing you a delightful September day!
I’ve been wanting to get all of my patterns ~ the ones I’ve created and the ones I’ve made from antique hooked rugs which are in the public domain ~ in one place so that they’re more easily accessible for those who want them.
You should be able to click and drag these to your desktop for copying (or double-click or right-click or just click ~ I hope!). If the browser you’re using won’t allow you to access the photos try another browser. Usually, from Chrome, I’m able to access the photos on my blog, but other times Chrome won’t let me. So, I try Safari and sometimes Safari cooperates and sometimes not…. then onto Firefox, etc.
You have my permission to use these patterns for your own personal use, for creating limited number of finishes for sale. Mass marketing of either patterns or finishes is forbidden.
Please give credit to me if you use one of my personal patterns or give credit as inspired by antique original if you use the patterns I’ve provided from antiques.
Thank you much and good luck!
Merrie, of Maggies Farm 1846, sent me this photo of her hooked rug from my pattern, “summer swimmer”. I love her wool version ~ all that movement in the water ~ just gorgeous! Merrie graciously gave me permission to share her finish with you… thank you, Merrie!
As you know, I am TERRIBLE at getting my patterns drawn on paper, but here, for what they are worth, are the patterns for my summer swimmers…
The above is sometimes called “summer swimmer 1”, and sometimes called, “summer swimmer 2”. You can title it any way you’d like!
And, the above also goes by, “summer swimmer 2” or “summer swimmer 1”! Again, you can call it what you like!
I believe you should be able to right-click, or double-click, or click and drag, to get these patterns to your desktop so that you can print them to your desired size. I know! it can be an exercise in frustration trying to get photos to the desktop, sometimes!
If you’d like to see my punch needle finishes from my original post where I share the patterns and the Valdani colors I used, click here.
It’s raining here today, so I’m not doing much swimming, but maybe I’ll pick up my punch needle and create a new Summer Swimmer….