Sunday, June 17, 2018

Three Years Ago

That was a very productive year hooking 14 pieces; but then several were small mats.  Hannah's Hen is the first on the list.  It is a design by Woolley Fox.  Shown below on my antique school master's desk.
Antique adaptation of a Magdalena design is known as Harvey's Magdalena which hangs on a wall in this room.
A crow design by Heavens to Betsy I made into a pillow. 

Right after finishing the pillow decided it might be fun to have another crow pillow so designed a Magdalena inspired crow which ended up hanging in my kitchen instead.
An antique cat rug inspired this small piece ~ the edge is finished with the Betsy Reed technique.
The rug below is an antique adaptation and was color planned by Barb Carroll.  And yes, the antique rug showed the dog having claw like toes.  I didn't know whether to hook the dog with regular paws or toes.  Barb suggested I hook it like the antique.
Another antique adaptation which I LOVE is one I named Cherries and Candy Stripes.  It has my favorite blotchy background.
Mr. Cotton Tail is a design by Brenda Gervais.
The rug below was an Out of Hand Rug Hookers challenge which I named Puppy Love.
That year I finally decided to hook a pattern from my stash ~ actually it was a kit purchased years prior from Tonya Robey who once owned Mad Hen.  The first photo is with a flash.
What a difference.... the photo below is without a flash now taken on my back porch.  One shows an orangy red and the one below a blue red.  Neither red is how it actually looks in person.
That year I did 3 fall/Halloween themed pieces.  First was Hester, a design by Lori Brechlin which was a pattern offered in Primitive Quilts and Projects.
Also Hobo Joe, a design by Lucille Festa.  She showed her sample as a cut out but I chose to hook a mat for the table.  You can see I used the same green over-dyed wool for both.
And at a Cape May rug camp with Kris Miller, I hooked this wonderful pattern by Lori Brechlin called Nantucket Broom Ride.  We three gals did a good collective job, didn't we Kris and Lori?  

Actually, there was one more contributor to the success of this beauty.  That was my dear friend Barb Carroll who came to my rescue when I had a cellulitis bacterial infection.   Sweet Barb sent a few purple choices, red for hair and green for the flowing scarf.  Yup, that did it!  Thanks for the 'get well' package dear friend.
And last but not least, this was the year I designed a rug for my son's addition to his home.....his "Man Cave" rug.
Happy humid Sunday folks.  But at least it isn't raining.  

Yesterday I mentioned to someone I was going to cut grass before the humidity set in today.  She wrote back asking if the water had subsided enough to cut the grass.  The first photo inside the fenced yard shows still a puddle of water but surrounding that is mucky mud.
It is hard to see, but just beyond the fence the water has receded but beyond those trees and my clothes line is full of water and tons of mosquitoes. 
In the picture below you can more easily see the water and the shine into the woods of the sunlight's reflection on the water.
Was able to walk in this area just beyond my garage side without getting my feet wet, but to show the water level I opened up the in-ground propane tank and you can see water.  There are leaves floating around in there but was afraid to stick my hand in to remove them for fear of damaging a wire, gear, etc.
So yeah, still have lots of water here unfortunately.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Moving Forward Slowly

Am being productive but at a snail pace.  Started binding Radiant Flower, an antique adaptation that reminds me of Bee Balm.  You can see the previous blog post by clicking the link a few words back.

Am presently working on the Cape May Sheep piece and will show you this part for now ~ at least I've started.
Have also chosen my next rug project and hope to start soon.  Yes, it is another antique adaptation and as it has been drawn so I've gone beyond the point of no return.  Yup, I'm now committed.

Stay tuned to see what happens next and worse come to worse, I'll post antique rug pictures.  Hey, that's a win win....right?

Happy Friday.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

An Antique Adaptation

Look what I just found on Pinterest.  It is an adaptation of an antique rug I posted yesterday.  This one is hooked by Weslee Hursh and you see she also hooked in her age in 2010 when she hooked it.  How cool!
And, so you don't have to scroll down to see, here is the Nancy Shippee antique posted yesterday.
Tis Wednesday, hump day for you worker bees but for the retired me, it is just another holiday.  Just need to settle down and work on my sheep a bit, bind my rug a little today, then draw out the real pattern interesting me.  Or at least the one I'm interested in today.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Passing Away Time

I'm really not into hooking the piece on my frame (the sheep) but want something to fill my time.  Not into binding my last rug either, but not that bored I'd actually run the vacuum and dust...gawd forbid. 😉

So think I'll look at some antique rugs and share with you.  I'll start off putting a smile on Kelley's face with Two Cats from 1900 found in Pennsylvania.  Think those are your colors Kelley... so what'cha gonna do?
This was an interesting rug and sadly tattered from age since it is truly a beauty.  From the script I'm guessing Nancy Shippee was 38 when she hooked this rug in 1851.  Except for the edge it looks in good shape.
Below is a rug hooked by Annie Stevens great great grandmother...uh, think I've got that right.  Lucky her to have a treasure a family member hooked.  Too often I go to the thrift store and see quilts and worn hooked items given away by the 'throw away' generation their family members have hand made.
A snowflake design below was hooked circa 1900 on burlap and measured 34 x 40.
This Flying Horse rug below is awesome.  The information was it was hooked between 1880-1890  an measured 361/2 x 37.  The horse has a blanket and the border is a geometric top and bottom.  But something of this speaks to me as a cave drawing.
Here is a primitive scroll rug being sold by Sothby's, sorry, no date or size given.  But what a great way to use up lots of left over worms and not have to worry about the nick picking of detail.  Hmmm, maybe that is what I should be working on.
Okay, one more then the rubber meets the road and decision on what the heck to do the rest of the evening.  It won't be vacuuming.  Hey, this is another great primitive design to use up those odd nicely primitive colors.  Personally, I love the drab dull colors of antique rugs.  But can also see this with brighter reds, greens and yellows as well.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  And so is life.  I'm thankful for every day I wake up even if every step or turn in bed hurts.  Not sure if it is all due to the osteo arthritis, but think the right leg/hip/back pain is due to the sciatic nerve.   Have had my share of struggles in life and lately here with trees, flooding, etc.  But there is so much joy that I LOOK FOR and make myself happy.

I change channels on the TV on depressing news, get off FB when there is negativity and generally choose to be happy.

Happy Tuesday folks.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Still Pondering the Next Project

I've been wavering on what to hook next.  Would like to hook an antique adaptation but guilt is leaning toward the Cape May sheep challenge.  It was the 30th Anniversary of Rugs by the Sea gift to all students at Cape May last September.   A piece of monks cloth with a sheep and waves.

No perimeter lines were drawn as it was up to the hooker to decide if it would be a mat, purse, pillow, etc.  I drew the lines you see to ensure whatever I designed would have at least 1" for binding.
The packet even included wool, roving and yarn we could use or not.  It was a generous and time consuming project for Norma and Linda to give this gift.  That is why I feel compelled to work on it before September. 

I'm not fond of monks cloth and thought of transferring it to linen...but that wouldn't make me want to hook it any more.  
I've pondered several design ideas in my head during the day and while waiting to go to sleep.  But none of them seem very good to me.  Norma sent her rendition to students coming in 2018 and asked we design ours and bring them to camp.  This is Norma's great mat with locks, shells.
Sheesh, how does one compete with that?  I don't plan on winning any prize, I just don't want to hook a dumb looking piece to submit.  Hmm.... fear of failure Saundra????  Yup, goes way back to childhood days.

Meanwhile, I've still my Radiant Flower to bind (nope not done, lol) and have my eyes set on an antique adaptation unless I change my mind before it is drawn out.

BTW, not that you're keeping score... but after yesterday's post there was yet another thunderstorm with more torrential rain.  There were sprinkles today, tomorrow is supposed to be clear but with more rain on Wednesday.

Trying to stay sane here..... but thank GOD I don't let the bad stuff drag me into a rabbit hole.  I'm the type who will think of something positive out of the worse scenario.  For that I'm blessed.

Happy Monday and happy hooking, needle punching, quilting or whatever your pleasure is.  


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Maintenance and Other Stuff

The Radiant Flower rug all hooked (not bound yet tho) it was time to do some maintenance.  I cleaned all 7 Townsend cutter blades for when it is time to cut more wool.
Put away the piles of wool and scrubbed the top of the cutting/drawing table.  Since there wasn't a Domestic Zoo pattern ready to go I cut a linen, serged the edges and drew it out yesterday.  Now it is ready when an order comes in.  Thought it wise to do this while the table was clean of wool and debris. 
Then another order came in for an antique adaptation for someone who likes to hook humongous designs.  She's purchased several and before drawing them on linen I always double-check with her to see if she's changed her mind.  Nope, she didn't.  I've cut and serged the linen and will draw it out tomorrow.

Then it seems some small critter enjoys my sweet basil as much as I do.  There had been a few tiny holes and this morning saw a huge chunk out of one leaf from that hog.
I made some 'easy' Minestrone soup yesterday and chopped up a few leaves for it.  Also put sweet basil in my salads ~ omg does it add to the flavor of a salad.

Won't use any leaves today so gave it a spray with Safer, the insect killing soap.  So take *'that'* you basil leaf eating insects!
Oh, not 'new' news, just the same old s**t ~ it poured rain all day yesterday so the water level has increased even more.  Mosquitos are so bad I can barely stand to be outside long enough to fill up my bird feeders.


Friday, June 8, 2018


All finished but the steaming and binding.  As I previously mentioned this was a LOT of fun to hook.  The blog post 'last lap' seemed like still a lot to hook but it went fast.  I finished hooking last night then did some preliminary clean up of the area where I hook on the sofa.
The finished dimensions are are 22 x 31 and this weekend plan to add that to the rug pattern site.  Also need to finish cleaning up the piles of wool and woolie worms.

Then....decide what will go on my frame next.

Happy Friday and happy hooking.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

This n' That

The other day I received an order for a doll from my old web site.  When going to the containers to see if Althea was still available I had doubts.  Lo and behold there she was.  Here is her photo from the web site.  Happy to sell some of my stock as I'm no longer making dolls or doing shows.  They are all stored safely in my home in a temperature controlled environment.  Sometimes take a couple to sell when attending rug camps.  
I kept the Domain Name so the old web site is view-able on the web.  But the software with which I built the web site is extinct so can no longer make changes.   There is a newer RUG PATTERNS site I built which needs updating as I've more patterns to list.  If you are a rug hooker click on the link to view what rug designs are offered.  The latest couple might not be listed so inquire.

Now to the 'that' part.  My close friends know this already but now I'm sharing with my readers.  Before I was divorced my now ex was writing his very first novel.  He has always been a veracious reader and had many life-times worth of experiences.  He often shared those world travels and military experiences with me and I constantly suggested he write a book.  
BJ, won't give his real name as BJ Coltrayne is his pen name, is a member of the Association of the US Army, Marine Corps Association and the Rhodesian Army Association.  The main character's name in all the books is Frank Burnham.   BJ is now working on his 7th book; here is a list of his novels:
  • The Jackals Feed: A Novel of Africa (The Burnham's Book 1)
  • Blue Dragon Cafe: A Novel of Indochina (Book 2)
  • Venganza: A Novel of Central America (Book 3)
  • Lone Wolves:  A Novel of Terrorism (Book 4)
  • Mukaro Mission Redux: A Novel of Africa (Book 5)
And his most recent published book "First Strike" (Book 6)
If you know someone who enjoys mind-travelling the world with intrigue and action you might want to suggest these books.  If you'd like to read the reviews or perhaps purchase an eBook for a Father's Day gift you can check it out by clicking the link to AMAZON .  

He gave me his first 3 books in paper back but I've since purchased a Kindle and have all 6 of his books downloaded on it to keep them together.  Once his present novel is published I will purchase that eBook version as well.

Oh, I cannot finish that segment without mentioning that 3 times per year for 10 years after the divorce he came to my house and dog sat plus did homeowner repairs.  Quite a guy I'd say.

Okay, back to real to finish Radiant Flower and decide what will go on my frame next.  Think I might try working on that 'challenge' piece but not sure just how long that will last.  


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Last Lap

Soon it will be time to bind this rug and begin another project.  Have really enjoyed working on this, which is named Radiant Flower.  When the last loop is pulled will dab some areas with black walnut liquid.
The colors aren't as washed out as it appears in the photo.  And, the original antique did have that extra length of a black strip as well as the change of color at the bottom of the light stripe on the side.

Seems my stash of Olde Patina is getting thin so will need to do another batch of dyeing to replenish my supply.

Father's Day is coming up real soon so tomorrow will give you an idea as a gift for those men who like to read manly adventurous novels.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rug Pattern Thinking

Soon it will be time to start a new  project.  And with the recent May 30th sighting of a Humpback Whale off the shore at Bethany Beach, DE I'm thinking of hooking a whale.  

There is a video of that sighting but cannot figure out how to separate the video from advertisement and other news so won't post it here.  However I do have some free images to share.

Here is the mighty whale breaching.

I read some very interesting facts about this mammal which you can also read by clicking the link above.
And here is a video of a whale saving a swimmer from a nearby shark.
I have long wanted to hook a certain antique whale rug design with whalers, also have an old issue of Early American Life magazine which has an Edyth O'Neill pattern free to copy.  Or could design my own using this Cousteau Society statue as my model.  It was named "Monarch of the Sea".
But who knows what will go on my frame next as my mood changes at the drop of a hat.  Haunting me is a challenge piece which I feel responsible to do but am dreading it.  Even passed it by when choosing to  hook Radiant Flower.

Happy Sunday.... it's just another rainy day here in Delaware.