miss b’s turkey, day one…

today, i started on miss b’s turkey.  i got to use my new, fabulous bee line townsend hooking frame.  I’ve been reluctant to get back to hooking (you can click here to see why).  and, while it wasn’t entirely paw-free, i enjoyed it thoroughly!

“this looks like the purrfect place to perch.” ~the elly-belly

i finally got a photo of my progress…

miss b’s turkey

as you can see, if you look past the actual hooking, my drawing skills leave lots to be desired.  i must have drawn the turkey’s head four times, with a sharpie no less, however, since i draw my patterns on my backing freehand, there are always lots of extra lines and blobs and various marks.  that’s simply the way i do things.  i know there are far more efficient methods, but i like to be comfortable.

what do you think, lilly?

“it’s a snake!” ~the lilly-lou-hoo

lilly likes to steal the wool strip that i am about to use and pretend that it’s an enemy.  once she reduces it to a pulp, she carries it around and mourns over it.

we have many turkeys in our neighborhood and woods.  some people think turkeys are ugly and awkward, but i think they’re extraordinary.  the females are amazing mothers, and the males are so graceful when they’re courting.  i’m proud of my niece for seeing the artistic side of our natural world!

 

until i can get to my hooking under all these cats…

be happy!

 

~rebecca

miss b’s turkey…

well, hello!  it’s been awhile.

 

i have a new pattern available in my etsy shop.  it’s my favorite, by far!

miss b’s turkey

my niece, miss b, created this fabulous artwork in school this year, and it was featured in an art show recently.  i asked her if i could create a pattern from it and she said yes!  so, now i get to pass it on to you.  it’s only $2 for an instant download and you can find it by clicking here.  all proceeds go to miss b.

miss b’s artist statement for this piece reads, “i was making a realistic drawing.  i thought that brown is a plain color so i mixed brown with some silver.  my art teacher helped me with my drawing.  she is amazing!”

 

one of the, many, things i love so much about her drawing is the turkey tracks.

what do you think about the turkey, lilly?

“i loooove turkey!” ~the lillykins

how about you boys?

“is that a turkey on the deck? i could catch that turkey!” ~otis
“i’m fairly confident that’s not a turkey, otis.” ~ellis

i think i’m going to start by making a rug from miss b’s design.  i’ll keep you posted on my progress!

 

enjoy whatever you find yourself doing today!

 

~rebecca

a horse and a snowman….

if you’ve been following me, you know that i’ve been struggling with thumb pain for about a year.  that seems to have subsided (hooray!) so i punched a few things which resulted in an incredible burning pain from my elbow to my wrist.  ah, these things are sent to test us, aren’t they ellis?

“sh! quit complaining! at least your thumb doesn’t hurt anymore.” ~ellis

however, i was able to finish a couple of pieces.  one is an antique rug inspiration.  here’s the original rug….

antique rug

i love the muted background and the unexpected red and black highlights, don’t you ellis?

“what?” ~ellis

regardless of ellis’s opinion, i did actually finish my adaptation…

antique rug inspired

usually, when i finish an antique inspired piece i simply turn back the weavers cloth and use it for the backing.  this time i backed this piece with ticking and edged it with the same fabric….

back of “horse”

and added a pocket, because i love pockets (shouldn’t all clothing have pockets?), and a button to hold an id tag.

the other piece i finished was a little snowman…

“snow” snowman

these pieces are so fun to make, and they’re so happy!  This snowman is also backed with ticking….

ticking, ticking, give me ticking!

and a tiny pocket.

 

You can see these pieces, and more, at my etsy shop by clicking here.

 

wishing you some peace in this time of uncertainty.

 

~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

thank you….

antique rug

thank you….

 

thank you, all of you, who have sent me messages, emails, texts and cards.  you are an amazing society of supportive and creative women.

antique rug

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…

antique rug

i think it might be arthritis ~ yuck!

antique sampler

so, not being able to punch or hook has put a damper on my blogging.

antique rug

i’m hoping, hoping to get back to it someday soon!

antique rug

in the meantime, enjoy all these gorgeous rugs ~ i want to punch and hook them all!

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

be well and enjoy life!

 

~rebecca

 

 

 

 

witch, cat, jack…..

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…..

witch, cat, jack on the mantle

“witch, cat, jack” on the mantle

this little witch is backed with black and white ticking….

ticking, ticking, ticking

ticking, ticking, ticking

lilly, what do you think of ticking?…..

"ticking? is that anything like cat food?" ~lilly

“ticking? is that anything like cat food?” ~lilly

the base, which resembles a rocker but acts more as a stand, is also finished with ticking, as is the handle of the “jack”….

more ticking

more ticking

how about now, lilly, any further thoughts about ticking?….

"oh! ticking! yes, i LOVE ticking!" ~ the lilly-kins

“oh! ticking! yes, i LOVE ticking!” ~ the lilly-kins

now that i finally have lilly’s approval and understanding, here is the finished Witch, Cat, Jack in all it’s glory….

done!

done!

 

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!

 

rebecca

united?……

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”…..

united

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!

 

rebecca

marion’s polly’s parade…..

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……

marion's polly's parade

marion’s polly’s parade

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!

 

rebecca

my summer vacation….

Well, hello!

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….

ireland!

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!

rebecca

patterns….

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!

 

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

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hearts in hands pattern

Group 03a 96 px

hearts in hands antique original

2 chickens pattern

2 chickens pattern

antique hooked rug

2 chickens antique original hooked rug

my punched "two chickens one horse"

two chickens one horse finish

"two chickens one horse" pattern

“two chickens one horse” pattern

"two horses" pattern

“two horses” pattern

"two horses" original antique hooked rug

“two horses” original antique hooked rug

my punched "we win"

we win finish

"we win" pattern

“we win” pattern

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2 cats 2 birds finish

2 cats 2 birds pattern

2 cats 2 birds pattern

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

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rabbit and sheep greetings finish

santa pattern

santa pattern

santa finish

santa finish

ticking horse pattern

ticking horse pattern

ticking horse finish

ticking horse finish

family tree pattern

family tree pattern

family tree ~ punched but not aged

family tree ~ punched but not aged

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

antique cat and dog pattern

antique cat and dog pattern

original antique cat and dog rug

original antique cat and dog rug

 

Magdalena Horses

Magdalena Horses

Magdalena Horses reversed

Magdalena Horses reversed

 

magdelena horses original antique rug

magdelena horses original antique rug

 

enjoy!

 

rebecca