new listings……

i have, amazingly, just added several “new” punch needle pieces to my etsy shop.  These are all pieces that i punched and finished last year, before my thumb started bothering me.  i’d forgotten all about them until recently.  you can find these items and several more by visiting my etsy shop (click here).  here’s a sampling of my new listings:

bunny stocking

angel pillow

polly minnick design, “St. Nick” pillow

bunny pillow

notforgotten farm design merry wreath

autumn leaves hooked pillow

autumn leaves tiny punched pillow

enjoy the day!

 

~rebecca

a new book…..

polly minick and her sister have a new book out!…….

“blue and white” – minick and simpson

 

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!

 

you can find, “blue and white” on etsy by clicking here, or on amazon by clicking here.

 

rebecca

taking a risk…..

notforgotten farm “home” click here for her blog

 

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.

bee line townsend 14″ rug hooking frame

i purchased this rug hooking frame….

bee line townsend #10 long cutter kit

… 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:

ellis, otis and lilly on the track of “something” (i don’t even want to know what).

 

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!

 

rebecca

finishes…..

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….

amazing!

amazing!

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!

wow!

wow!

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.

fabulous!

fabulous!

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…..

"not you, again!" ~lilly, ellis, otis

“not you, again! and with your camera, too.  there’s no peace in this house!” ~lilly, ellis, otis

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!

 

rebecca

 

to be continued…..

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….

boy on the beach.  polly minick design

boy on the beach ~ polly minick design

chicken make do

chicken make do

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

family tree

family tree

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

sheep pull toy

sheep pull toy

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow.  betty dekat design

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow ~ betty dekat design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

polly's sampler ~ polly minick design

polly’s sampler ~ polly minick design

antique flowers and cats

antique flowers and cats

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…..

sheep cookie cutter

sheep cookie cutter

…a totally new project for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop update which happens a week from Friday…. hmmmm….

 

rebecca

look what i got!….

The other day, I received a package from Notforgotten Farm….

notforgotten farm goodies

notforgotten farm goodies

Here’s a peek inside…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

angles...

angles…

This perfect gem angles, like in the photo above… or,

square

square

…sits squarely, which Ellis prefers.

perfectly proportioned

perfectly proportioned

See how perfectly proportioned it is?  Just right for a cat to fit under and help with ones work.

"notice the grippers" ~ ellis

“notice the grippers” ~ ellis

Ellis demonstrates the advantageously placed gripper strips.

perfect!

perfect!

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!

"do you think Lori would let me be her gripper-frame spokesmodel?" ~ellis

“do you think Lori would let me be her gripper-frame spokesmodel?” ~ellis

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…

first project

first project

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.

happy punching!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

one rug down, another in progress….

 

finished rug!

finished rug!

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….

"ah... life is all peace and tranquility..." ~ ellis

“ah… life is all peace and tranquility…” ~ ellis

Ellis was the first to discover the new flooring, but he was soon joined by Otis….

"i just want a tiny corner, ellis..." ~ otis

“i just want a tiny corner, ellis…” ~ otis

Ellis is not yet ready to relinquish his territory and a mighty battle ensues….

"this rug is not big enough for the two of us, partner!" ~ ellis

“this rug is not big enough for the two of us, partner!” ~ ellis

After the fur settles, Oatbran enjoys his corner and then some.

"ta da!" ~ oatsy

“this rug is mine, all MINE!” ~ oatsy

Lilly came along shortly after Otis’ victory….

"this is my rug, lilly." ~ otis

“yo lilly! SCAT!” ~ otis

…and the fur continued to fly.

While I was upstairs taking photos of the rug, I took this photo of the “art gallery”…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

what a wrinkly mess

what a wrinkly mess

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.

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

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.

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds

Here’s the pattern reversed, if you’d like to punch it.

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

When I drew up the design on linen two years ago, I made a small start on the rug.

a beginning

a beginning

I think I must have been feeling extremely ambitious, because all my strips are about 1/3 the width of my usual cuts….

strip on the left ~ usual cut (about .5 inch to .75 inch) strip on the right ~ oh my gosh, what was i thinking?

strip on the left ~ usual cut (about .75 inch to 1 inch)
strip on the right ~ oh my gosh, what was i thinking?

…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?”

"ha ha ha ha ha ha HA!" ~ lilly

“ha ha ha ha ha ha HA!” ~ lilly

*sigh*… guess I’m on my own.

May you always be happy and healthy!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

rug specs…

Thank you, each of you, who commented here or emailed me yesterday ~ I was humbled by your kindness and generosity!

A few of your emails asked for specifics about the rug I’m working on….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The projected dimensions of the finished rug are:  45″ wide x 65″ long…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…each square measures approximately 12″ x 12″.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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…

 

rebecca

 

 

weekend hooking….

I’ve been remiss….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI started this rug two whole years ago, when the cats were kittens and hooking was a solitary activity.

the oatsy-toatsy

the oatsy-toatsy

My, how things change.

the elly~belly

the elly~belly

Hooking has become a group activity.

lilly-lou-who

lilly-lou-who

Before the advent of the kittens, I was a hooker through and through.  I did some punch needle, but my true love was wool.

wool, oh so soft... almost as soft as ellis's coat

wool, oh so soft… almost as soft as ellis’ coat

This rug hasn’t seen the light of day in those two years.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hooking a rug is like planting a garden ~ one seed, one stitch, and time… lots and lots of time.  Just as a garden grows, so do my rugs….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…one quiet row after another….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…the whisper of wool against linen, it seems that those single stitches, those tiny seeds, will never amount to anything.

three best friends forever

three best friends forever

But, like gardens and hooked rugs, like friendships, the more time one gives to a thing, the more that thing will grow.

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So, this is where you’ll find me, nearly every weekend.  Cultivating my long neglected rugs…

ellis and lilly

ellis and lilly

…and keeping good friends near and dear.

 

May you always find the time to give the time to the things you love!

rebecca

 

notforgotten farm…

lilly rests

lilly loves to sleep under this fabulous little rug given to me by the very talented and generous Betty DeKat.

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!

 

rebecca