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.
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!
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.
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.