An older Cabin Creek Designs pattern, recently hooked!
Sunflower chair pad 12" across.
A mixture of browns were used for the center, 2 shades of gold as leaves and a nice green background. I roughly outlined the petals with a narrow strip of a dark brown just to make them stand out a little better.
After not working on it for a few years, when I came back to it, my taste had changed. I took out the pinkish and blue colors, kept the yellow and added the deep red. I'm still not completely happy with it, I think it's because I'm partial to dark backgrounds and I was forcing myself to use light for a change plus the light background wool had a pinkish tinge to it thus why I went with pink in the beginning. The rest of that pinkish tinged wool will soon be overdyed!
Well, I did learn something, stay with dark backgrounds for my own rugs!
Wildwood is not on Spruce Ridge Studios website yet but Kris will draw any of my designs whether they are on her website or not so please don't hesitate to ask either myself or Kris.
And since I was determined to see if I would like this design with a dark background and I did not want to hook the same rug again, I hooked a footstool. This is using a template by Cindi Gay it is one of her online courses called Ikea footstool. I hooked her Wonky House footstool and then continued with more. This is my fourth footstool, not finished yet.
I'll add a link here and once you get to her site you can either click on the drop down menu and then click on Cabin Creek Designs or click on "Patterns" and scroll to the bottom where you will see a photo of yours truly and a link to my patterns.
If you are wondering about how Kris draws her patterns, she does it exactly the same way I do. They are hand drawn with an ample 4" extra all around and straight on the grain.
I am back at it! I finally have a computer that I can use online to post again and I'm going to do my best to get back to blogging starting with Cabin Creek first!
I'm still semi retired from drawing patterns but I will still draw something if you need one. Mainly on monks cloth. The Dorr Mill Store carries some of my patterns. I travel often so sometimes I am on the road but most of the time I haul along at least my wool applique patterns. I still have the Etsy shop and if it's on vacation I'm probably on the road for a few days.
Next thing here is I'm not going to post just my designs that I've hooked or stitched. I want to hook and stitch other designers patterns and I've been hitting it pretty hard this year. It all started with a hooked footstool and The Wild West Rug Hookers in Cody Wyoming!
Everyone in the group was going to make a footstool, I've been out of the loop for so long I was wondering...what? So I looked online for a pattern and the one that immediately caught my eye was Wonky House by Cindi Gay. I won't go into that right now but I will post pictures next of my footstools, yes footstool'S... more than one!!! I still need to take the pictures.
Anyway, that got me fired up and starting on Christmas Eve day last year (2016) I started hooking again, the Wonky House footstool. Since then I have finished 3 projects that I started 15 years or more ago plus I hooked from start to finish 8 more. Some decent sized and some rather small like an outhouse for example. That's 11 hooked projects since last Christmas and this year is not over yet! More on that at a later time.
So here goes, the larger pillow in the middle is not my design. It is by Grant Street Woolworks and I believe she is only on Facebook. She intended it to be a hanging bag but of course I had to put my own twist on it and turn it into a pillow.
The other two are my designs. I made both the rectangle wool applique pillow and the small hooked mat with the 4 pumpkins for the old Create & Decorate magazine when it was still around.
The above pillow has bittersweet berries made out of wool roving and wet felted into little balls, I believe there are 58 little balls I made. The yellow part of the bittersweet is just a 1/2" wide short strip of wool hooked in first, like proddy, and then I trimmed the corners to make them rounded. Very easy.
I'm actually hooking again and stitching!!! As much as I have enjoyed having a pattern business it got to the point where I never had time to hook or stitch, AT ALL!!! I seriously needed to step away, I need to be creative or I get crabby and I was no longer creative, just nothing. Now my head is always spinning with new ideas and it's been so much fun!
Hurray! I'm back at it! It's been 3 1/2 years since I worked on this rug!
I thank all of you for all of your orders and the last 3 years have been busier than ever but it's time for me to cut back and get back to what I haven't been doing.
I was a little lost on this rug, I loved almost all of the colors but the blue just wasn't working for me. There are small 'padula' flowers scattered all around and I kept thinking they needed to be a light color so that they wouldn't pop and detract from the other flowers.
Finally I spotted a beautiful dark sort of raspberry wool in my stash, it has a few gold threads running through it, gave it a try and that did it. It's dark but it works!
You just never know until you try!
I reworked some of the large gold flowers too and added a little 'life' to them by adding a colorful check that had a touch of light turquoise in the middle of each petal.
You can see the dark padula flowers at the bottom on this picture, (not a very good picture) and further down my blog you can see it with the blue flowers. The blue just didn't have the feel I was trying to achieve. I wanted warm colors, golds, warm greens, pinkish shades.