Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some Old Rugs to Enjoy

Since progress on my three is moving at a snail's pace thought I'd entertain you with some old rugs.  Below is Little Bo Peep which was hooked around 1940
Below is a rug found in Darnstown, PA area and was to have been hooked about 1930.
On the auction site the rug below was named Fisherman's House and hooked 19th century.
This folk art pictorial of the pioneer frontier was said to have been hooked between 1880- 1920.
A stylized swan with hit and miss background and no date given.
Auction house says the Birds in Tree was found in Pennsylvania and hooked about 1890.
I'm hungry already but today is my lucky day (not) as I'm on a liquid diet for my roto rooter main event tomorrow.  So far I've consumed 4 of the required 10 8 ounces of 'the magic potion'.  Guess I won't stray too far from the house today, huh?


Monday, August 14, 2017

Movin' On and UFR's

I tend to get bored working on one thing at a time EVEN IF I love what I'm working on.  Presently I have 3 hooking projects going ...otherwise known as UF?  Huh?  Why were they called UFOs?  So I think that this day forward they should be known as UFR's.  Un-Finished Rugs.

Anyway, tucked safely away is my sheep (which I want done before Cape May), Kelley's adorable pumpkin (an October rug), and my grandson's rug which is a Christmas gift.  Yes December is a bit away but must be perfect for my grandson and want it done in good time.
Now I'm getting excited about working on this one for my grandson again.  It has been in the basket for way too long.

Hope you have a great evening.  Frankly I'm on edge as tomorrow is Ben's stay and play test to see if the kennel will accept him so I can attend rug camp at Cape May in September.  


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Black and Blue

I love this design from the doodles of Kelley Belfast and it was love at first sight.  Doesn't it look like the birdie is whispering into an ear?  Her sketch just cracked me up and knew this was the one I wanted to hook.

Color planning in the beginning was to over-dye wool and cut new strips. But was too excited to begin hooking so decided to use strips from my worm bags. 
Working up close to the rug and under the OTT light some of the colors didn't look right so kept reverse hooking and didn't make much headway on this smallish mat (13.5 x 22.5).  However, looking in the picture here I kinda like what I see; it looks primitive and naive.  So me thinks me will just pull strips and hook randomly. If two dark strips end up next to each other or two lights be it. At least I'll be working thru my pre-cut wool strips.  

If you would like to purchase Kelley's new/old doodles booklet please contact her at the link above.  If you would like to hook this design or another in her booklet but don't have the resources or skills to do so, contact me and I will draw the design on Dorr Natural Primitive linen. Kelley has given me the authority to draw patterns from her designs.

Happy rainy Saturday.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me

After receiving Kelley's "New/Old Designs" booklet was set on hooking a sunflower after seeing what she was hooking....UNTIL.. thumbing thru her sketches.  When I saw a drawing that spoke to me.  

That drawing was an unusual shaped pumpkin and wee bird.  The stem on the pumpkin looked like an ear to me which the birdie was whispering something into.  That is why I've called this "A Little Birdie Told Me".
This smallish design I drew was meant as a quick hook and measures 13 1/2 x 22 1/2 .  While I had grandiose ideas about over dying wool instead decided to pull from my cut strips.  

Have a great evening everyone and happy hooking.  


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Get'n Ready

The sheep rug isn't finished but having received Kelley Belfast's latest "New Old Designs" pattern booklet am planning to start another small project.

When Kelly posted her piece on her BLOG my heart was set to hook a sunflower too.  But after thumbing thru the templates and designs of her new booklet had other ideas.  One design just grabbed me. 

So picking some templates have drawn out a nice easy size of a pattern I'm calling "A Little Birdie Told Me".  It is from the art work and doodles of Kelley Belfast but not a sunflower.  At least not this time.
Huh?  You can't see the design?  Dang.... The wool I began pulling has covered it up.  But even the wool choices might change since that blue NEEDS to be put in a pot of dye and mottled.  Plus, there is a choice between the orange which needs a soaking with khaki drab or using the piece to the right which I mottled using a Karen Kahle method. 

So stick around and see what is on my frame next.  Which means I will now have two project floating around.

Have a great evening and hope you are safe from the crazy weather, happy and healthy.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Have You Any Wool Pattern

Didn't get to pull any loops on the rug this morning until after lunch. First was 1 1/2 hours of grass cutting before the next monsoon starts this evening.  And then my second shower of the day.

The pattern is from the art work of Carol Endress and a design offered by Woolley Fox.  The pattern measures 23 x 31.

Not a good photo even tho it was with a flash.  I wanted to see if the green leaf color would work or if I should choose another color.
Then took a photo on the back deck with natural light hoping to get a better photo.  Nope, no better.
So I will continue to work on the inside background and finish the leg before working on the border and choosing leaf colors.

When asked what my thoughts were on the shape of the sheep, a couple of you commented it looked like a skein of yarn.  That made my day.  And, yes I understand a sheep tail is longer and fuller but decided to make the sheep appear more like that skein of yarn instead.

Have a great Sunday evening.


Friday, August 4, 2017


FYI, there is an update to my blog.  If you look to the right section there is a place for you to send me a message.  I'm thinking this might be a way for those of you who don't know you are a NO-REPLY Blogger to communicate with me.  Guess I won't know until someone tries it. 

You can use that as an opportunity to ask questions about hooking techniques, frames, foundation fabrics, etc.  Some might find this an easier way to communicate with me.  SO, Elaine A...... please try this to see if I can get your message.  

So to continue...... Here is what I've accomplished on Have You Any Wool, which is a pattern by Woolley Fox.
In a previous post showed the wool I'd use.  For the background it would be the lighter part of the plaid. And am using the darker section for the border.  Must admit I'm worried about coming up with a leaf color with the teal.  All will work out I'm sure. I'm a glass half full type of person.

Happy Friday everyone.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Have You Any Wool?

Yup, that's the name of the pattern I'm working on.  It is a pattern design by Carol Endress and offered by Woolley Fox except it isn't listed on the web site.  So if you are interested please contact Katie.

Those of you who said the sheep looked like a skein or ball of yarn were correct.  That is exactly what my vision was but wasn't sure I'd be able to pull it off.  The difficulty was the head and the rear due to shape.  But still glad it was good enough that some knew.

Since yesterday have decided on two possible background and border choices.  What makes the decision difficult is having a GREY sheep and BLACK face and legs.  So a light background would conflict with the light grey sheep.  A dark background would loose the legs of the sheep.

OH NO.... what's a hooker to do?  (a little humor here).
So looking thru my humongous stash of wool knew there WAS an answer.  Above is a teal plaid which just might work.  The light teal strip cut for the background would be nice and the darker section for border would work well with adding flowers of any color.
My other thought was a red background and using the black legs and face for the border and using the red for flowers.

So, stay tuned to find out what I decide.  BUT... as always do truly enjoy your input.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What Was I Thinking??

That isn't a rhetorical question.  Actually I'd like to know what you thought I was thinking when hooking the sheep.  Just wish the legs were hooked too but I've been tardy enough posting on my blog so decided to go for it without the legs.

The design is called "Have You any Wool" and is a pattern offered by Woolley Fox.  I had a vision but think this one fell short of my expectations, unlike the Gossip rug.  So what do you think I was trying to accomplish here?
Since I took liberties changing the shape of the sheep's body decided to shorten the legs as well.  Now to hook the legs and decide what the heck the background and border colors will be.  Background can't be too dark because of the dark face.  Can't be too light either because of the grey sheep.

As I have a tendency to paint myself in a corner....stick around and see how I work myself out of this mess.

Happy Tuesday all.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Antique Rug Show

I'd really intended to post a photo of my in progress sheep pattern but there is still too much of the sheep to hook.  I've been busy trimming limbs, picking up pine cones, etc.  in preparation of the grass cutting. So didn't accomplish as much as I'd hoped.
Love the border of the above rug and that was sorta what I'd hoped to achieve in the border of my Olde Hearts rug recently hooked.  Also like the simplicity of the flowers and stars.
Old dog rug above is very naive and would be fun to pull from the wool strip bags to hook that background.
The two ducks rug above was in an old issue of Country Home magazine.
It is fun to find the old rugs which have motifs out of proportion, a perfect example of a naive primitive design.
Love the antique rug above and it was the model for Jo Wick's recent hooked rug in a class with Barb Carroll.
Another dog rug with stars, leaves and zig zag border.  But I'm wondering if it might be a more recently hooked rug made to look old.  I do like that blotchy background.
The rug above was hooked around 1925 and in the Canadian Textile Museum.  I do believe those are bee hives and honey the animals and birds are looking for.
The above Eagle Pair is gorgeous and was said to have been hooked around 1870 and found in the Lititz, PA area.

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday and hope your next week meets your expectations.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ready to Hang

All hooked, steamed, bound and ready to hang.  The 7 in the date at the top isn't very clear so will work on that later.
This rug is going to hang in my bedroom so sewed a sleeve and inserted a yardstick with a saw-tooth hanger.  Unfortunately the top didn't fit as snugly to the wall as I'd have liked.  Will change the saw-tooth hanger closer to the top of the wood.   OR, maybe use a heavy duty stapler to staple a D ring to the yard stick.  That should make it more snug.

Here is what the binding on the back looks like.  I used a heavy cotton twill as the binding.
And a close up of the label.  It is hard to read but I copied and pasted a picture of the original design onto the label.  As I took creative license to change some of the motifs thought it might be nice to have reference to the original design.  It was designed by Bill Laraway for Woolley Fox
Nice to have this big honking thing done.

We're in for a monsoon later tonight, tomorrow and into Saturday.   Hope there isn't another flood here again.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Oh My Stars

Have made a little more progress on my star quilt/spread and am going to ask my readers' advice on a couple things.  One would be the direction of the stars and the other would be if a solid strip should be sewn between the rows of stars.

On the origin quilt ALL of the stars were facing the same direction as shown below.  This was a 1998 catalog and now wish I'd ordered that king size quilt for $139 instead of my making one.  But I wanted a large star in the center and decided to make my own pattern.  So, Saundra, how's that workin' for ya?
This is what I've accomplished so far; there are other quilt blocks sewn together but not attached to the larger piece.  However, I've dozens more blocks to make yet.
Okay, my first question is on the direction of the stars.  If you look carefully at the corner closest to you the stars on the left are all facing the same direction while the bottom the quilt is facing another direction.  I'm wondering if that is the way I should continue (above).

Or if the stars should face as they are below.  Hmm, not that I'm looking at it on my computer perhaps the photo above is the way it should be. But would still love your input.
The other question on  my  mind is whether or not I should put a dividing strip between the rows as with the photo above as well as the one below.  
OR.... if the blocks should just be sewn together and depicted below?
Here is another view of the quilt on my bed.  I started out sewing the stars with the top point toward the center.  Then noticed when getting to the corners it required for the quilt block to be facing one direction or the other.  look at the photo below which shows the far right blocks are a different direction than the stars on the sides.  So which way should those two face?
Or, perhaps I should use my seam ripper and make all the stars facing downward from the top to match the center block.  So quilt aficionados, would love your input.  

BOOHOO, over night I lost 5 followers.  Is it because I've only been posting every other day lately?  Is it because I've started writing about quilts instead of all rug hooking?  Whatever is the reason I'm losing my followers it makes me sad.

Happy Wednesday everyone.


Monday, July 24, 2017

What am I Doing?

I'm actually doing several things alternately.  Have started binding the Gossip rug which was made easier by sewing on the cotton binding before hooking.  Have drawn another Magdalena Goat pattern and am occasionally stitching more star blocks...AND have started the next rug.  
Thankfully the new rug is smaller than Gossip and also thankfully it is one from my stash.  So many times I get sidetracked wanting to replicate antique rugs so leave those purchased patterns in the drawer to collect. Not this time.

However, I can't show you mine as not much has been hooked.  Plus I've made changes to it and don't want to give my plans away.  As with the Gossip rug, I have a vision how it should look and just hope I can pull it off.

Will tell you the name of it..... "Have You Any Wool" by Woolley Fox. Can also show you the wonderful way my gal pal Deb hooked hers.
Have a great evening folks, the days will soon be less humid!!!!!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Incompetent Quilter

That would be me and have proof.  Since the last loop on the Gossip rug was pulled (yay), it has been steamed and resting.  Needing something to do decided to sew a few quilt strips together and a few previously sewn blocks. 

Remember last month when I posted about finding my container of fabric and previously cut quilt pieces and some sewn blocks?  If not, you can read the post HERE.

First of all, let me say that I did NOT have a pattern for this quilt. I saw a photo of a star quilt in a magazine somewhere a few years ago, fell in love and decided ..."I can do that".  Yeah, right.  Made my own star drawing, cut the sections, added seam allowance and hope it worked.  

Okay, first problem was getting the dimensions of the main center to line up with the smaller star blocks.  OY!  That was a task in itself.  Then decided to sew the top and bottom smaller blocks to the large center.
Uh, do you see anything wrong with that picture above, lol?  Yeah, the top row of stars are upside down.  No way I could leave it that way before nightfall or I'd probably have packed everything back up and put it in the attic again out of frustration.
Now it is time for me to start a new hooking project.  I'm not ready to divulge the project yet but it is something from my pattern stash.  All too often I get a hankering to draw an antique adaptation when there are patterns in the stash waiting for attention.

Storm came thru this afternoon leaving some much needed rain and hopefully the temperatures will drop a little.

Happy Saturday to you all.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Need a Break?

Well it isn't a true break from 'my rugs' because this is my current project, the Gossip rug which I want done so badly!!!!!  My plan (wish) was to have the rug done by tomorrow as that is the 2 month mark since starting it.   You can see the diverse blue and purple strips used in trying to achieve a feather look.
Guess I shouldn't complain for not having it done because I've been busy drawing Magdalena Goat patterns and more patterns for Polly to hook.  

It was definitely too hot to work outside today so only did errands and rode bike to get the mail instead of walking.  Ben only wanted to go for his early morning walk; noon and 4:15 he walked outside and walked right back to the front door.    

Have a good evening and hope your A/C is working.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Rugs Continued

In 2014 I hooked several rugs and mats.  As some were small mats the list of hooked pieces was more extensive.  Yesterday's post included a couple of those done that year also.  Among others were the small size Folk Art Horse (Woolley Fox pattern).
Magdalena's Olde Ducks is what I hooked in a class with Betsy Reed and is presently on my harvest table.
I miss my girl Shadow and after having hooked my Rottweiler Memorial in #3 told Shadow 'she was a wide cut sorta girl'.  So hooked Shadow in #8 in a class with Diane Stoffel.  Shadow's Memorial is hanging on the wall to the left of me.
This was the year that Deb Burcin hosted a "chicken challenge" on the Woolrights Guild Blog.  Visit the site and you can view all the entries.  I bound the rug using Betsy Reed's primitive binding technique and think it adds to the old look.
For several years the Granny Geometric was a UFO....I mean SEVERAL years.  Finally found the determination to finish this.  You can even see how my hooking evolved and my finally learning how to make sharp corners.  You can see the difference in some of the blocks.  Another great way for me to use up those excess wool strips.
Magdalena's Farm was a rug hooked with Barb Carroll, another Magdalena design.
Even tho there are always numerous rug patterns in my stash I continually end up drawing an antique adaptation to hook.  Such was the case for this Antique Pot of Flowers.
In order to use up more of those pesky multiplying wool strips I challenged people to join me in a circle Mat.  Since circles was the theme thought I'd round the corners of the mat to compliment the look.
In 2014 my friend Evelyn told me she was teaching a class at Sauder on Harriet Powers Bible Quilts and Granny Donaldson's cow blanket applique.  So took that as a challenge for myself and told Evelyn my plan to design a small piece from a Harriet Powers' Bible quilt block.  If you would like to read the article I wrote about it on my blog in 2014, click HERE.
That wasn't the end of that story....... Evelyn asked if she could take it to Sauder with her to show the class as an example of adapting a quilt piece to a hooked piece.  Evelyn razzed me about people coming into her class to see the mat and how it was tilted on the wall, how with all the muss and fuss of having to deal with visitors the rug should go to her as payment.  

That is Evelyn's humor but at Cape May when she returned the mat to me for the show there, and upon picking up our rugs after that show, I presented Evelyn with the rug as a token of our friendship.

Lucky me, I was the winner of a give-away for the Duluth Pumpkin kit offered by Maria Barton of Star Rug Company.
Afterward decided to design my own pumpkins mat.  I've always wanted a collection of vintage paper mache' Jack-O-lanterns....well I'd be happy with just one frankly.  So decided to design a rug pattern called Mache' Jacks.  It measures 15 x 25 and costs $30.
That year I finally decided to hook an adaptation of the old Santa and Deer pattern.
Same year I fell in love with a small Snowman mat design by Maria Barton so had to order it.  That hooked up really quickly and is cute to display during the Christmas holiday.  Oops, sorry Lauren, I said that "C" word again.

Have a great evening everyone.