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!
Take care and I'll post again soon!