Thursday, November 15, 2018

Horses and Hearts

Upon coming home from Ocean City rug camp thought it best to finish the rug started before attending camp ~ Horses and Hearts.  It is a design by Marion Hamm and understand it was in a crafts magazine free to use.  I purchased mine drawn on linen at Cape May rug camp 2017.  It measures 20 x 36.
You'd think I'd be back hooking my Star Geometric right now, but that would be wrong.  Someone ordered a design by Kelley Belfast and I'm so enamored with it that I've drawn one out for me to hook as well.  

Guess you'll just have to come back for a visit to see what that cute design is.

Yet another nor'easter headed this way and because of the March 2018 storm which brought down two healthy trees I'm fearful of wind and rain combinations.  Guess I should be thankful it isn't snow......yet.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More from Ocean City Rug Camp

The November camp has 3 teachers with around 10 - 12 in each class.  Most all of them have been hooking for a while, yet there is very little participation for the show ~ I've even thought 'why bother taking mine?'   

I took all the rugs which were hooked since last November so had about 8 rugs to show, won't bore you with them again since you've seen them over and over during the year.  Here are a few of the pieces which were brought and I have no idea who hooked what.
 The rug below has a pair of doll glasses on the woman's face which added something special to the rug.

 Love how the person hooked the background of the bunny rug.
Hit and miss circles and squares was interesting and good use of worms.
The party cat below was cute.
There were a couple pieces in frames but when I went back to get a photo of them they had been removed.

Here are a few of the in-progress projects some of us were working on in class.  Betty Ann was hooking this very handsome goat.
Cathy accomplished a lot on her Harvest Time rug.
Tho the narrow cut piece being hooked by Betty is not something I'd hook but had a great appreciation for it was a beautiful piece of work.  The cherry blossoms were proddy and looked real.  The Pearl McGowan design underwent a little reworking with the help of Cindy so that Betty could have a good vision on where to hook.
Oysters and More was another project in our class and forget who was hooking it.
Sadly I didn't get a photo of Diane's beautiful owl, Reina's Tiger or Ruth's finished purse.  If any of them are following my blog perhaps they will send me a photo so I can add it to the blog.  

Here is my Star Geometric which is an antique adaptation.  The dimensions are 29 x 32.  Haven't worked on it since being home as I'm trying to finish hooking Horses and Hearts rug first.
There wasn't a group 'throw down' as normally happens, but made sure to get a photo of Cheri Reid's rug which was being hooked in another class.  Cheri is hooking a life size rug of Marilyn Monroe in the gown she wore singing "happy birthday" to President Kennedy.

This is the photo being used as her guide.
 And this is what Cheri has accomplished so far.  I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished at Cape May rug camp next September.
Happy hooking.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Back to Ocean City Rug Camp

As mentioned in my brief post earlier, the class with Cindy Irwin was informative and fun.  When Cindy showed and explained what went into her designed and hooked "Dad's Rug", we were in awe.  Amazing how much we learn from our teachers ~ even those who become teachers learned from other teachers.

I could copy and paste all the wonderful story about this rug but instead, treat yourself to Cindy's WEB SITE where you can not only read about it but check out some of her offerings. 
First, here is a little of what we gals were doing.  A view across the room from my linen ~ on the left is Cathy and friend Betty Ann getting a head start.  Nothing on my linen yet.
In this photo from Nancy Jewett's side of the room is Patty, Cheri and Diane. 
Betty Ann (left) is busily hooking and Renia shopping.
Below is Cheri wearing her newly purchased coat weight cape which has a hooked and embellished collar.  Cindy overdyed the wool, beaded and hooked the collar.
Cindy brought a great collection of semi-precious beads to use on projects.  My gal-pal Deb would have a blast shopping here I'm sure.
Cindy demonstrating how to attach beads to a hooked purse.
This is the purse my table mate Ruth was hooking but with different colors.
This is the back of that purse.  Once the hooking and beading is done the hooked piece is then sent back to Cindy who has a leather craftsman make a purse complete with zipper opening and matching leather straps.  You can see it is a nice soft leather.   Ruth was able to complete hers before the last day of class so gave it to Cindy.  Ruth then did a couple other small projects in class.
Cindy also taught us a way to attached an all hooked purse where you do not see one iota of linen backing.  Her example was that hooked hobo bag on the right.  
Another very interesting lesson we were shown was how to hook a frame around a rug.  It is totally wonderful and up close resembles a wooden frame but requires a lot of work.  Cindy said it took as long for her to hook the frame as it did to hook the entire rug.  

Cindy also explained the sky effect, the thatched roof technique and wool used, flowers were a combination of velvet, and other textiles.  The roadway was interesting too as it was a piece of wool which looked like a cobblestone road.  That was stitched down and then to secure and hide the edge of wool she needle felted the green.
Some other works done by Cindy.  The adorable "Runaway Bunny" rug below is from the artwork of Lisa Arkus and hooked by Cindy.  
A turkey rug which I believe is also the artwork of Lisa Arkus and offered by Cindy in pattern form.
Cindy made this clutch purse below and I want to make one.  It is beaded and needle felted for extra pizzazz.  Wonder if I could make a strap for it???
More delightful purses by Cindy.  This first purple one has very sturdy leather as opposed to the soft supple leather of the green purse above.

In another post I'll show some of our in progress work and the small participation  of the impromptu rug show.

Contact Cindy on the link near the top of the post if you wish to purchase any of these patterns or wish to have a class with her.

Happy Hooking.


Friday, November 9, 2018

A Tribute to BEN

All this week while at camp I aware of the loss of my boy Ben one year ago yesterday.  Didn't write about it after arriving home yesterday because I didn't want to go from a high of camp to a low of my boy's departure on the same day.

Last year had to leave camp a day early only to find Ben had just died moments before my pulling into the driveway.  He is still missed.  

5/12/2008 ~ 11/8/2017
He was a wonderful Rottie who I adopted in 2011 and got very lucky to have such a loving dog.  Below is a photo of the very first day we met.  I told him to sit in order to see how he responded to me and commands.
Miss you sweet boy you may be gone but not forgotten.

Next post will talk more about camp, show rugs and talk about the class.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ocean City, MD rug camp

I did try to do another blog post from camp.  Now remember the one sent from there had been constructed on my home PC and was lucky to add a photo from my iPad.  

BUT when trying to do a post from camp and after multiple tries to  choose the font, font color and not being able to get a photo uploaded from my iPad, gave up.

Am home but totally exhausted from having fun ~ up too late, loads of social interaction which I'm void of at home.  Plus eating foods not normally in my diet so am feeling like a slug.

Must say my class with Cindy Irwin (below) was beyond great.  psst, isn't that hooked piece on the wall behind her cute?   Will tell you about it after I recover from the fun, grocery shop, launder clothes and get back to 'reality'.

BTW, the photo was taken before class time on the first day ~ she was NOT on her phone during class.
Admitted to her that while perusing the Woolwrights blog and seeing that beautiful hooked and beaded dress was wondering what this primitive hooker could get from her class.

HA!  It was wonderful and she has a great sense of humor.  Am hoping to be in her April class in Ocean City and should receive a confirmation in a day or two.


Monday, November 5, 2018


Okay, must admit this post was started at home before leaving.  Wanted to be sure to do a blog post during my absence.   Now to see if I can add the view this morning from the unruly surf fog.
Wow, I sorta think the new photo this morning and what I typed last week might make a complete blog post.  If this does work maybe more will come later.

Here is the wool I've gathered for the camp project, first a photo with flash.
Then a photo without a flash ~ true colors are somewhere between.
And, in case you forgot what I'll be working on, here it is.  I drew it and the dimensions are 29 x 33.  Already have a spot on the floor in mind when finished.
Am looking forward to watching the linen develop into some semblance of this design.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Almost Ready to Leave, BUT.....

Thought I'd better do one more post before pulling out of the driveway as I head to camp.  Had hoped to have all the hearts hooked so only thing left to hook was the background.
But it will be plenty for me to work on tonight in my room and also waiting my turn for the teacher in the morning. 

Not sure if I'll be able to do a blog post on my iPad as Blogger seems to be a bit of a 'bugger' and non-compliant with posting pictures.  But if I can post you'll probably hear from me again before coming home.

Happy hooking everyone.


Friday, November 2, 2018

November... REALLY?

Cannot believe it is November already.  Am sure most of you agree with my sentiments.  Today the Halloween rugs and decorations were removed and replaced with Turkey and Tallowberries on the harvest table.
Okay admit I was too lazy to take a photo of the harvest table but am trying to get ready for rug camp and still have stuff to do here.

Turkey and Tallowberries is a design by Lori Brechlin and pattern sold by Spruce Ridge Studios.

Enjoy this mild temperature on the east coast while it lasts.  Haven't packed my suitcase as the weather is going to change.  It was in the 70's and going to change..... to what?

Happy Friday.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Marion Hamm's Horses and Hearts Design

It isn't finished yet but needed to see what the rug looks like on my computer monitor.  Since I've changed the red and blue color schemes I'm thinking there may be some reverse hooking needed.  

Won't change out horse colors since the background requires them to be a lighter color.  Would loved to have a sorrel horse but they have dark tails.  Once on the floor I'll never give the horse colors another thought and not worry about the two similar palomino horses.
Interesting seeing this on the monitor as I am thinking of making some changes in the heart colors.  There are only 6 horses and had trouble coming up with color ideas for them.  HA!  there are 14 hearts so try coming up with non-boring or repetitive colors for those!  Ya see my problem?

Ya notice those two most center RED hearts?  The one on the left looks okay and am thinking of making the other near the white horse look the same with a darker perimeter.

THEN.....on the far left plan to remove that blue center in the red heart and make it more mottled red like the one near the white horse.  

Yup, that's my plan for what's left of tonight but think it will only be the reverse hooking and not the replace hooking.

Have a good evening.


Monday, October 29, 2018


....time to show some antique rugs.   First up is a 19th century period rug with stars, diamonds and two deer at the bottom border.  The other three border sides are checkerboard style.
An American hooked rug depicting a house complete with weather vane at the top and stylized trees.  Original measured 22 x 33 and hooked late 19th or early 20th century.
Blue Birds and Pot was part of Harriett Gorman's estate from Pennsylvania.  Original measured 36 x 56 and was hooked 19th century.
A Dog with Block border looks like the color bled after getting wet.  The auction house said it was hooked 1900s and measured 24 x 35.
Chickens and Horse and have no other information.  
Again no information but it is obviously 2 ducks swimming and I'm wondering what the original colors were and if they either faded or the hooker used what she had.  BUT.... if that was the case think I'd use that grey/blue as the water and the golden brown as the ground.  So that's why I'm thinking it was faded.
Kelley, this one is for you.  A mama cat carrying her kitten to a better place.  My imagination is thinking the angle of the directional hooking indicates rain and the owner wanted to capture the protective nature of that mama cat.  The original size was 25 x 34 but no date or location was given.
And finally, a Reclining Lamb which is dated late 19th early 20th c.  The original measures 23 x 41.  
Hope you have enjoyed the show and a perfect pause for me.