I'm so happy you stopped by! Please take a look and spend some time here at the cabin. I post pictures of current rugs I have designed and am working on, new wool applique projects, rug camps, quilts, anything that I think might be interesting to see and read about. And of course I always love to read your comments! Thanks for visiting...and come back soon!!!



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Autumn Oaks Table Topper

I've been absent here for so long. So many things going on and never enough time...does anyone else out there feel like time flies so fast as we get older?
I thought when I hit 50 (and I'm past that) that I would have all sorts of time to do all of this fun stuff.


I finished this 'leafy' table mat a few weeks ago.
I used national NonWovens WoolFelt for this pattern because I wanted to stitch only the veins in the leaves and give it more of a dimensional look.

Felted woven wool would work just as well except that I would want to stitch down all the edges.

I use this as a centerpiece in the middle of my dining room round table and then set a bowl of fall mums in the middle.

My next wool applique pattern has lots and lots of snowmen, hopefully I'll have that finished before the snow falls, stays around a while and then melts...ya think? 

I've been cutting out hats and scarves and snowmen all afternoon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Snowmen Here!


I have been a very bad blogger for a long time.
There has been just a ton of changes going on for almost all of 2012 and already this year.
After my dad passed way we had the estate business to deal with (which took months), then we spent a good part of the summer getting the Wyoming 'bunkhouse' started. The exterior is finished, next summer we will work on the interior.
I feel very fortunate to be staying in Tucson, Arizona for a few months soaking in the sunshine...I already feel better, the old aches and pains are slowly going away! 
(Especially when it's below zero in Minnesota right now, how can that be! It was 79 and sunny here today)

There is a hook-in this Saturday in Tucson hosted by The Old Pueblo Rug Hookers.
I plan to bring my Wildwood rug, hook and make new friends.
I must not forget my camera, I hope to get some great pictures and post about it. 

No snowmen here!
But I did wake up to a very light little dusting of snow on Jan.11!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wildwood continued...

Can anyone tell me where the days...weeks...months go!!!
It goes so fast!

I was planning to post this rug more often but life got in the way.
My dad's health went downhill and he passed away at age 98. I left the rug sit for a few months and am just finally getting back to it again.

I'm using the 3 shades of sort of a pinky red for the 2 different style flowers. The gold is the center of the 5 petal flowers. I'm still not too fond of the color I used for the centers of the other red flowers...need to experiment with that and also some of the leaf veins are not quite right.


I had a hard time deciding on what color to make the small flowers (the blue ones). I didn't really want to bring blue into the rug. I liked the pinky reds, the yellow golds, greens and the tan background but several people kept telling me "add blue"!

I did and it's okay...I guess... I'll hook more of it and see how it goes.
Funny thing, I bought a floral fabric to recover a few pieces of furniture in the living room. 
When I brought it home, to my surprise, it has the exact same colors on a tan background and it has this shade of blue flowers in it! Guess that pretty much made me realize blue will work!

I'm going to try to keep at it because I just love how it's turning out. This is my favorite rug hooking project so far.

Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rigby Cutter for sale...used

I'm doing a little spring cleaning. I have 2 Rigby cutters for sale and several cutter heads along with the cleaning fingers.



This cutter is already listed in my Etsy shop.



And so far I've listed these 2 cutter heads including the cleaning fingers. I have a few more to list later. If you are interested and are also looking for additional cutter head sizes, email me with what you need and I'll let you know if I have it.

If you don't like shopping with Etsy let me know and I can work something else out.

UPDATE...SOLD

Thanks!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wildwood

I started hooking a new design that I've named Wildwood.


This pattern is loaded with flowers and for those of you who get bored with a lot of background...this has very little.


A close up of the first flower...



And a peek at the wools in the yellow-gold flower along with the background wool.
The darkest gold on the right is the gold in the middle of the petals, the palest gold 3rd form the right is the outline of each petal.


I'm hooking on Dorr's primitive natural linen using a #6 cut.
I love hooking on this backing, I've been using monk's cloth but I think I'll be using this backing from now on.


And of course my color planner...she helps me every step of the way!

I'll keep posting pictures of the rug and wool as I go along....thanks for stopping!

(pattern will be available on my website soon)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Daisy Basket Hooked Rug...Finished!!!

It's finished!!!


I like how it turned out. 
You can see the wools I used here. The size is 9" x 17".


(The pattern is available for sale on my website)

Now I'm off to draw up the next rug...I'm in the mood to hook colorful flowers...wishing for spring to arrive sooner rather than later!
 I'll post it as I go along including the wools I use.

The next rug is a new design I just drew up and it's a bit larger (24" x 36")...I can't wait to get started but first I think I'll need to dye a little wool....maybe I can post a little bit of dying as I go along too.

Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Basket of Daisies

I started on a small mat yesterday just for fun.
I wanted to hook something that I could finish in less than a week and I've been in the mood for flowers!

Maybe it's the long dull winter that has me wishing for spring so I've been drawing up new patterns with flowers...one design is a huge dragonfly (with a few flowers).


Here's part of the design and the wool that I have used.


The orange strips are not quite that orange, more of a rust shade.
I used the off white for the flower petals, the green for leaves and a solid and dyed green as stems (not shown here).
The pretty camel is the basket and the dark blue was a hand dyed.
Everything but the background is hooked using a #5 cut so that I can get a little more detail.
The background and border will all be done with a #6 cut.

I haven't quite decided on the border color yet but I'll post it when I'm finished...I hope in a couple of days. Since I took the pictures earlier today, I've finished hooking the flowers, the background around the flowers and the basket.

Thanks for stopping!