Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas 365 Magazine

There is a brand new magazine called Christmas 365. Christmas365 It is a sister magazine to Create & Decorate. The premier issue just came out and one of my designs is featured in this issue. These are my Christmas Treats canning jar lids. You can't see the jars in this photo but they are the little half pint wide mouth canning jars by Kerr. I use them to keep all sorts of little things. The holiday jars hold little peppermint candies. My floral lids, which are in an older post, sit on my sewing room counter full of old buttons and beads so that I can see at a glance what I have. There are more patterns for all seasons including Halloween and Autumn that can be seen on my website Cabin Creek Designs Kits are available for this Christmas design.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Needle Felted Wool Sheep

This was a fun little project! I just took wool roving and needle felted this cute little sheep. So easy to do! I can see this could become addicting!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Punch Needle Doily

Well, I'm not real sure what to call this but it's pretty. I found this on Etsy and couldn't resist buying it. It's old but I don't know how old, it is hand made using a punch needle tool and a nice thread with a sheen to it, not stranded embroidery floss. The lavender flowers have faded on the front. It has a wonderful feel. It measures 12" x 9". If anyone has an info please leave a comment. Please click on image for a close up view.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wool Acorns

These are felted acorns using hand dyed roving. We have oak trees and tons of acorns so I thought I'd try making a few of these. I just wet felt the roving into an acorn shape and when dry I glue a real acorn top on it. If you want to purchase wool acorns there are many vendors on Etsy that make and sell these. They're kind of fun to set out in a little dish.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sunflower October Block Of The Month

The latest block in the Block of the Month hooked rug. Block number 4. Hooked by Karen Haskett. I also stitched this as a wool applique pillow on a dark navy background, it turned out very well....will post it at a later time.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Star Christmas Tree Skirt

Featured in Create & Decorate Magazine December 2009. My most recent project in the magazine. This tree skirt is made with National NonWovens WoolFelt. The wool felt has a nice texture but not as costly as 100% wool, although it certainly could be made using all wool fabric. I've blanket stitched the stars and all the edges. A few beads and simple embroidery in the center of each star. Kits are available on my website Cabin Creek

Sunday, September 20, 2009

White Pumpkin Pillow Create & Decorate Holiday 2009

This is my latest project in the Holiday 2009 issue of Create & Decorate magazine. I love this pillow! The colors are so warm. (If you like wool applique I have kits available on my website.) The magazine with the pattern in it should be out in stores the middle of September. I'm dying wool today and it's really turning out beautifully. So pretty I can hardly part with the wool! Just way too much fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September Block of the Month

This is the 3rd block. Sorry about the photo, this is really wider than the bluebird but it's the best I have for right now. I should have had this here sooner....time just flies! I love the colors.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bluebird Block of the Month Hooked Rug

This is the latest Block of the Month. Better late than never. The next one will be available in a few weeks already!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pansy Hooked Rug finally finished

Well, It's finally finished! After 5 years of sitting in a basket. I'm pretty happy with it now. So glad I tried the dip dye for the leaves. This is my own design, if you are a rug hooker and would like this pattern please stop by my website The pattern is available on monk's cloth or linen. Please click on the rug to see a better view.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Block of the Month Hooked Rug

This is a Mystery Block of the Month project by The Wool Basket of Loveland Colorado. This is a 9 month project where you purchase the wool kit each month. The design is by Cabin Creek.

This is the first block, but you will not know what the next block is until August. They are all very do-able within a month. The rug is a floral design with each block having a different flower. With the exception of next month.....but I can't tell you!

You will want to hook this in a #6 cut, I'm doing mine in a #5. But the background can be a #6, #7 or #8 cut.

If you are interested please click on the link to The Wool Basket and it will take you right to Karen's website where you can read all about it and sign up. Even I am purchasing the kits from Karen so that I can hook along with the rest of you. I may know what the entire pattern looks like but I have no idea what Karen is going to do so it's still a surprise to me!

By the way I just finished my pansy runner this afternoon! After I block and finish the edges I'll post it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pansy Runner Rug in progress

This is a rug that I started at least 5 years ago in a workshop with Jeanne Benjamin. It was my second attempt at shading only this time I wanted to go with a wider cut, #6. I'm very happy with the pansies but the shaded leaves were not good. This is why it's been sitting for so long. Every so often I drag it out, try to fix the leaves, get discouraged and then put it away.

One evening while skimming Jane Olsen's Rug Hooking Bible I noticed most of the leaves in the book were shaded with dip dye. First thing next morning out came the dye pots and from my first attempt came a lovely dip dyed shade of green by combining 2 of Emma Lou's formulas. I started hooking the leaves on the left side as they were the only 4 that had not been hooked yet.

It looked so much better so I started ripping out the others and left only the leaves on the far right pansy and took a photo. They have since been ripped out and new leaves are in place!

A few more days and maybe I'll get this rug finished! If you click on the image you'll get a much better look at the leaves.

I'll post it when the time comes. By the way, the small Red/Pink Rose at the right side was my first attempt at teacher gave me an A+.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Shaded Iris

I found this a few days ago at a tag sale. It's completely hooked, just needs to be finished. I thought it was a pretty good deal, I only paid $24.00 for it. All of that work into this and what a shame that it's not finished. I'll eventually whip the edges with wool yarn. I have no idea how it was intended to be used but it needs to be finished. If you click on the image you can really get a detailed view. Written on the sides is designed by Pearl McGowan and 1952. It's 18" across.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


I guess he doesn't know it's open season right now! He hangs around here all day. He's out there gobbling as I post this. He sees his reflection in the window and thinks it's competition!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Crochet Bedspreads

Here are 3 bedspreads that my Grandmother crochet. They are so beautiful and I keep them hidden in a closet so I may as well share them here. They are so old so I'm too careful with them and should really have them out where I can enjoy them. All 3 are large and would fit a double bed. The one on the right was given to my cousin years ago, her mother would wash it in a washing machine and thus pretty well ruined it. It's starting to rot, this happens to be a good part of it. It's beyond repair, my Aunt gave it to me so now I have all 3 of them and they are well taken care of.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Prickly Pear Cactus

This is a little wall quilt I made a several years ago. It's hand appliqued and I did a little bit of hand quilting on it. Not as much as it should have, I was anxious to hang it up. Not my design but unfortunatly I can't remember who's pattern it is. I embroidered cactus stickers on it but they don't show here unless you click on the image to make it larger.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wyoming Landscape Quilt

Quilt in progress. This is my most recent quilt project. My first attempt at a landscape quilt. This is a view in Wyoming from our driveway looking at the cross road and the backside of the mailboxes. The Big Horn Range in the background.

I took a landscape class with Regina Browne in Arizona. So far this is only tacked down with fusible web and pins but eventually I'll start stitching all the pieces down and quilt it. It still needs a LOT of work as I found a much better fabric for the forground that looks just like grasses and will save a bit of time rather than cutting greens into grass like shapes. I hand painted the sky. Colors look a little off here but it's close enough. I'll TRY to get this finished....someday! Hopefully it'll turn out okay! It's about 39" x 24" and why didn't I start out with a much smaller first time project!!!!
If you click on the image, you'll get a much better look at the details.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lone Star

This is one of my first quilts made in about 1978. I tackled a difficult pattern right off the bat! It's machine pieced and hand quilted by me. Back when I hand quilted everything I made. I think I started this quilt first and then started the Postage Stamp Quilt at about the same time. 62" x 62". The colors came from memory of the hills from a trip out to eastern Montana. All the grass, cottonwood trees, dirt and sagebrush.

Embroidered Quilt

This is a small wall quilt. 21" x 32" I hand embroidered this and machine pieced. Made in about 1997. Not the best shot but it's winter and I can't get outside for photos. It's about 20 degrees!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Moose Runner

Moose hearth Rug. Another one of my designs. 49 1/2" x 12 1/2"

It's snowing heavily today. We are suppose to get the heaviest snowfall of the season, possibly 8" or more. It's dark and gloomy and I can't see any further than about 20 feet outside. We even had snow thunder. I'm afraid we're in for a big one! The wild turkeys are really making noise out there. Everytime it thunders, they complain!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


It's time I add some of my hooked rugs again. One of my designs called First Heavy Snow. 49" x 12"

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time for some color, it's so dreary outside today!

Hedgehog Cactus Arizona Spring 2008

Desert Poppies Arizona Spring 2008

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Woke up to a bit of snow this morning. It's pretty but I'm ready for spring.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kitting up the jar lids

Today I'm putting together kits for the wool applique jar lids below. I dyed wool yesterday for these kits. I ran out of embroidery floss so I guess they won't get finished until tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Create & Decorate Magazine April 2009

I’m proud to have been published in the latest issue of Create & Decorate magazine! My project, Wool Appliqué Jar Lids is featured on page 30. A huge surprise for me was that Create & Decorate also published 2 of my photos in Country Still Life on page 71. The April 2009 issue will be available in shops by February 17th. Please pick up a copy of this magazine, you’ll find plenty of projects to enjoy!

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