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!
Hello, hello, hello! It’s so nice to see you again! If you’ve tried to contact me in the past 3 or 4 months and I haven’t responded, please try again! I’ve been computer-less.
Just after my last post my laptop expired. I’d been nursing it along for several months, trying in vain to somehow save my photos, contacts, messages, etc. After my computer drew its last breath I found that I’d lost everything… EVERYTHING! Oh Woe! However, there are worse things in life than losing three years of photographs (*sob!*), etc., and I have put my despair behind me and moved on…. sort of…. *sigh*
So, here I am with a healthy (I hope) laptop and an external backup (it’s about time), ready to begin life anew.
Would you like to see some of the things I’ve finished this summer? Yes? So would I. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished one single thing as far as punch needle or rug hooking goes. What have I been doing? I’ve been frittering away my time in the garden: planting, watering, dividing, transplanting, watering and planting some more. It’s been an absolutely perfect summer to work outdoors!
Though I can’t show you anything I’ve accomplished lately, I do have three FABULOUS finishes to show you from some incredibly talented needle women….
Betsy created this stunningly beautiful “Family Tree” for some friends of hers. She incorporated all the family members, human and otherwise, and mounted her work on a hornbook using little tacks. How much do I love this finish? I love it so much that I want to come inside from the garden and finish my own family tree!
Sharon shared this, almost, finished hooked rug ~ isn’t it gorgeous ~ I just love her colors! It’s from the Magdelana Horses design I shared with you a while back. Did you miss that design? Click here to view that post.
Marion punched this antique-rug-inspired mat from a design she said I’d shared. (I can’t find it in my archives to link to, but that doesn’t mean a thing… it’s probably there somewhere…. I’m not known for my organization skills or for my adeptness at this whole blog thing.) This is a pattern I’ve been wanting to punch and I love Marion’s finish!
As far as Lilly, Ellis and Otis go, it’s been a successful summer…..
Next up, I’ll be sharing a very, very, very simple pattern for “Ticking Horse”, which I promised a follower many moons ago. Until then…
be well and happy!
The other day, I got out all my un-finishes to see just how far behind I am. Today, my Sciatica is biting fiercely and I’m sitting quietly on an ice pack ~ a good day to share said un-finishes with you. So, here we go….
I made a pact with myself to finish at least one thing before starting something new. In an effort to get started right away on my finishing, this morning I started this…..
…a totally new project for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop update which happens a week from Friday…. hmmmm….
The other day, I received a package from Notforgotten Farm….
I’ve been looking and looking for the perfect lap~size punch needle gripper frame. At last, I saw Lori Brechlin using her little wonder on her blog, and I knew I’d found what I was seeking.
This perfect gem angles, like in the photo above… or,
…sits squarely, which Ellis prefers.
See how perfectly proportioned it is? Just right for a cat to fit under and help with ones work.
Ellis demonstrates the advantageously placed gripper strips.
I love how the gripper strips go all the way around the frame. No loose bits of weavers cloth or rug foundation will sag on this frame!
Not only is this frame adaptable to different positions, it is, perhaps best of all, made from Notforgotten Farm trees by Lori’s husband and master craftsman, Peter. Just knowing that I’m purchasing something made in a sustainable way by someone who cares about his work and his land makes me feel that much better about my latest acquisition!
Now, to test it out…
I think I’ll punch up this Old Glory flag design from Polly Minick using some of my favorite Valdani perle cotton #12: p3, 4, and 6. If I get it done in time, I’ll be able to add it to my Primitive Handmades Mercantile update this Friday ~ wish me luck!
If you’d like to visit Lori’s blog you can click here, where you’ll find links to her awesome frame and other fab items.
Well, YaHoo! I finally finished the rug for our entryway. The above is the only photo I took sans cats. The rug quickly became a favorite spot….
Ellis was the first to discover the new flooring, but he was soon joined by Otis….
Ellis is not yet ready to relinquish his territory and a mighty battle ensues….
After the fur settles, Oatbran enjoys his corner and then some.
Lilly came along shortly after Otis’ victory….
…and the fur continued to fly.
I’ve been thinking about taking all the paintings and globes down and just having simple white walls, but, now I don’t know… I think I kind of like this view.
Anyway, on to the next weekend-hooking-project.
Between the grid I drew on the linen and the wrinkles from over two years of storage, it’s nearly impossible to see the design. Here’s the original rug from which I took my inspiration.
For some reason, which escapes me, I decided to make my rug shorter and wider than the original. However, I did draw the pattern just like the original so I’ll share that here. I think you can just grab the photo below and drag it to your desktop.
Here’s the pattern reversed, if you’d like to punch it.
When I drew up the design on linen two years ago, I made a small start on the rug.
I think I must have been feeling extremely ambitious, because all my strips are about 1/3 the width of my usual cuts….
…um….. yeah…. This is going to take me a loooonnnngggg time. Because I hand tear all my strips, now, I’ll be tearing wool for this rug and then hand cutting each strip into three narrow strips. That won’t be time-consuming, at all. Maybe I can recruit a helper… “Lilly? How about it? Will you lend me a paw?”
*sigh*… guess I’m on my own.
May you always be happy and healthy!
Thank you, each of you, who commented here or emailed me yesterday ~ I was humbled by your kindness and generosity!
I’m using, mostly, torn strips up to 3/4 wide, so somewhere between a #8 cut and a #11 or #12 cut (do cutters go up to that width? I don’t have a clue! :~>) There are one or two “as-is” wools in the mix, otherwise they are my hand-dyed pieces.
What am I going to do with this rug once it’s finally finished? It’s going to live by our front door, probably with at least one cat on top of it and one burrowed underneath ~ fun, fun, fun! Or, maybe I’ll put it on our bed. On a day like today, with temps in the single digits that extra weight and warmth would be mighty welcome!
cuddle up, my friends…
My, how things change.
Hooking has become a group activity.
Before the advent of the kittens, I was a hooker through and through. I did some punch needle, but my true love was wool.
…the whisper of wool against linen, it seems that those single stitches, those tiny seeds, will never amount to anything.
But, like gardens and hooked rugs, like friendships, the more time one gives to a thing, the more that thing will grow.
So, this is where you’ll find me, nearly every weekend. Cultivating my long neglected rugs…
…and keeping good friends near and dear.
May you always find the time to give the time to the things you love!
Just a quickie today, to let you know about an invaluable post for hookers…
After catching up on Lori Brechlin’s Notforgotten Farm blog today, I simply had to share this with you! I’m so inspired! It’s about hooking a foot rest topper, which is simply awesome by itself, but Lori also has sooo many wonderful, exciting tips for hookers wanting to use fabrics other than wool and wanting to age a finished rug, I just know you’ll find it as valuable as I! Click here to go to Lori’s post.
where ever you find yourself today, may you find happiness, too!
I just wanted to share this rare event with you…
I can hardly believe it…
I finished a rug!
It only took me a year to complete, but that’s because I had so much help. Even right up to stitching on the binding, my friends were beside me, pitching in.
I’ve listed Home on etsy (click here if you’d like to take a gander), but until Home finds a new home, I will enjoy having Home at home!
Hoping you had a pleasant weekend and wishing you a delightful week!