Friday, December 26, 2014

Reminising and on to a New Year

A belated Merry Christmas!

  I managed to stay unplugged yesterday for the most part and enjoy the day.  As I reflected back to prior Christmases I recalled the Christmas of 1979.  Yes, that was 35 years ago, I did the math.  I can't believe how time flies.  Back to the point.  It was on that particular Christmas I received my first rug pattern, wool, hook, cutter and frame.  My mother got me the whole kit and kaboodle!!  I was on my way and never looked back.  Yesterday I went looking for that rug that was started on that Christmas day.  It has been rolled up and tucked away for a few years now as I haven't had a place for it.  I laid it out and took a picture to post today as a reminder of where I started and how far I've come. 

Here it is!  A pattern by Pearl McGown, called Paisley.  I hooked it all with a #3 cut.  It is on burlap as that was the only option back in the 70's. 

Now I look forward to a new year and some new rugs, keeping in mind where I started and how far I've come. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Catching up for a lot of lost time

Yes, it has been a long time.  No excuse, really just life.  Once I did decide I really needed to catch up on my posting I had issues getting into my account.  It would be so nice if you could just pick up the phone and ask someone but that is not to be.  So after many bad words under my breath and a lot of just trying everything I could think of I FINALLY figured out what I needed to do to get into my account.

So, here I am, and I'm going to fast forward through all the rug hooking related things that happened over the past few months.

First,  I did finish my very large kilim runner.  Ta Da!

Picture is not the best.  I took it inside atop a very tall ladder.  It is 32" x 79" after all.

Second,  I attend a fabulous Hook In put on by the Merry Mountain Rug Ruggers in Asheville, NC.  They are the best!  Met some new hookers and caught up with a lot of old friends.  I had a wonderful time and I was awarded Best Original Fine Cut rug in their show for my Beltie.
Next, I was off to Ohio to teach the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild, a great bunch of gals.  They were very warm and welcoming and were working on some truly awesome pieces. Sadly, I can't put my hands on any of the pictures I took to show here today.

My next adventure was to go hook with my teacher buddies at our annual meet up in Kentucky.  Every year we do a different project.  This year it was a zentangle.  I designed and hooked a small piece for my Grand daughter.
When I arrived back from Kentucky I had only a few days to  regroup before I was off to our guild's workshop for 3 days.  This year we had Vivily Powers come teach.  I've known Vivily for a  lot of years and know that she loves bright colors and excels at doing crewel jacobean type designs.  I've had a chair that has needed a new seat for years and I decided that a Jacobean design would suit it very well.  I drew up the design and sent it of to Vivily with some color swatches.  I had wool I wanted to use for the background but she did the rest based on the swatches I sent.  I think it turned out just lovely.

Here's a close up...

The last thing to report on is a class I recently finished up teaching at home.  I had several students wanting to hook Tish Murphy Santa designs.  I scheduled a series of classes and we dove in.  I just finished mine up this past week.   Here's mine.

I did change it a bit from the original design.  I wanted a moonlit evening sky. When the gals finish up their Santas I'll get photos to post.

Well, I think I'm caught up now. Whew. I will make an effort to post at least once a week from now on, sort of a pre New Years resolution. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rug retreat and kilim progress

Yes, it's been a long time since I last posted.  I've been in and out of town, dyeing wool, doing lots of yard work etc.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.

A couple of things to report.  First,  I got to the beach last weekend for our guild's annual retreat.  We had beautiful weather.  This was great for getting out and getting some fresh air but not so good for progressing on my rug.  However,  I have been working on it fairly steady and now am happy to say I've past the half way mark.  Yeah!  Here's the latest photo.

Here's a few of the gals at work.  As I said previously, the weather was a bit of a distraction.  When I took this photo I didn't realize how many of our group was out on the beach.

Lisa got a good amount done on her trout.  That's SOME trout!

One more fin and then to the background.

And here's Pat's very, very large floral.  It's at least 6' x 6'.
I had to stand on a chair with the camera way above my head to get this shot. Some really lovely leaves and flowers.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Time flies but winter just won't quit!

This is the longest, coldest, nastiest winter that I can remember since living in the south.  Everyone is just sick and tired of it and it just doesn't want to quit.  Being stuck inside one would think I would have gotten a lot done in the past 2 months since my last post.  I can't believe it's been 2 months.  Time flies but winter won't quit.

In these past months I have gotten a few things done.  I taught 2 beginning workshops. Had some nice thank you notes afterwards.  It's always nice to know your class was an enjoyable one.  I've already had one student finish their first piece and is ready to get going on the next one!  She's hooked.  I was so busy teaching I didn't get any pictures.  They were all great students and they caught on quickly.

I also have my advanced class going.  I do these in a 5 class block, once a week for 5 weeks.  We were supposed to have our last class today, an extended day as we were going to makeup for a snow day we had the second week.  Well, wouldn't you know it, mother nature slammed us again.  There has been sleet, freezing rain and now all rain. It has been going non stop since last night.  I do have a picture of Annmarie's ewe to show you.  She's just started but she'll move right along, she's got a natural artist inside her.  Her only bit of problem was with value, but I got out the value scale and I got her back on the right track.  I can't wait to see what she's got done when she comes back next week.

Lisa's working on a trout.  She found a great visual aid and next week when I see her she'll have it hooked, filleted and grilled. ha ha.

I got a request to design a series of fruit chair seats.  I was so pleased with the pear one I decided to hook it myself.

I also got the crazy idea to design a large kilim rug.  I've always liked kilims and have always wanted to do one.  I bought a book years ago filled with pictures of kilims.  I got it out and went through it noting the different motifs that interested me.  The one that really caught my attention was the motif they call "the goddess". I used it as a repeating theme across the entire rug.  To separate the bands of goddesses I made up a simple geometric band.  The border was just me playing and fitting something that I though would work.  The colors I chose to go in my home.  The rug is 32" x 78" so I'll be working on it for a while.  The one thing I really like is the strong graphic look that it has.

I think I'm mostly caught up now.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jumping into the New Year

After a really,really busy December I just keep going with a fast start to the New Year.  This Friday and Saturday is the annual Quilting and Fiber Arts Marketplace in Sanford.  I hope to see you there.
Here's the info...

Also, a few things I've been up to...

I managed to design and assemble a new purse pattern.  I call it Country Shoulder Bag.  I used some oatmeal and taupy wools for the purse body, did the appliques in some muted reds,blues and greens, and found a wonderful linen remnant for the lining.  Here it is...

Patterns and woolens will be available at the show. 

At the show I will also have info on rug hooking classes for the New Year.  I have a couple of beginning classes set up for February.