Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
All that is left to hook on Old Tom is the border. Haven't decided which colors to use so thought if I took a photo with wool laid out could make my decision easier. Below is a photo with a thin cut of the gold used in Tom's legs and some textured used in the wing.
And here is a photo of the gold with a primitive black border. Think I definitely prefer the black but..... what if I put one row of gold, one row of the texture of wing and then black????
So decided to lay those out. Hmm, Think I'm leaning toward the gold and black only. But will see how things shake out as I try and finish this up.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Just recently printed out and stitched 6 rug labels on previously hooked projects. Since I don't want to waste fabric pages always wait until there are 6 labels to print. Here they are:
In case the print is too small or the pattern name escapes you, they are, beginning at 12 O'clock an antique adaptation I named Bespectacled Lion, Early Bird design (sold by Spruce Ridge), another antique adaptation Lone Flower. At the 6 O'clock is the recently hooked and bound antique adaptation I named Pride, Glory, Freedom, then is Windy Day by W. Cushing, and another adaptation of the ever faithful Cats Paw.
Still not bound and no label yet is for Jack's Crow. And think I know what my next project will be. Today I received a new pattern fresh off the drawing board from both Lori Brechlin and Kris Miller (Spruce Ridge Studios).
I chose the smaller size and hopefully will be ready to celebrate next month. Must say that Kris Miller draws out a PERFECT pattern. When I buy a pattern from anyone, before hooking I always check the exterior drawn lines to be sure they are straight of grain. I have never ever found even one row off in Kris' patterns. So gave up checking as there's no need for any correction at anytime ~ she's dang good at what she does.
Forgive me for not having links but this #!&+?} new blogger interface just kicked in for real and have no idea how to do much of anything anymore. Good luck when you do your next post and have fun figuring it out.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Full disclosure....didn't use the wool I yanked out of Kris' hands at a rug camp planned for the turkey. While contemplating background color (primitive black) my mind went to brassy gold for Old Tom. Guess I'm in a 'bold gold' mood.
Perhaps Old Tom looks more like a Durkey (duck/turkey) but I'm happy. Like I said...it is folk art, right?
Will hook the letters next, more background and then fiddle with the tail feathers. The two rows of border will be decided after the letters and tail feathers are done. I already pulled out and replaced the last row of wing wool and might re-hook it with some of the same dark plaid to define it better.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
"AHEM! I do believe Jack's crow somehow strayed too far from Nod when he was just a fledgling and ended up at the Edge of Nowhere....his father, Poe, who still lives in Nod goes out daily searching for his son, but has not yet been successful in bringing him home. Can you ask Jack what he named his crow so I might comfort Poe and let him know he is safe and content???"
So being a concerned parent myself, albeit my child is now an adult, I responded with:
"Oh, Jack had already told me his crow's name is Hugo (Huginn, the Norse name). Jack also said Hugo has no desire to return to the Land of Nod as he is dedicated to Jack and the information he provides about the world outside End of Nowhere. No longer a fledgling, Jack says Hugo is now off his leash and free to roam wherever he desires. Hugo is quite content, says it was time he left the nest, but sends love to his father Poe.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Most young boys would catch a frog and ask his mom..."can I keep it"? But Jack befriended a crow and his mom said "yes". Jack is wearing a pair of brand new pants his mom made from pillow ticking so thought he'd take his pet crow for a walk.
Funny, but this is the story running thru my head as I was hooking the pattern and just had to share it. The pattern is a design by Terri Leamer so if you want to hook your own Jack's Crow click HERE. The pattern is offered in pdf format as well as linen.
I had fun letting my mind wander and the story developed as I was working on the pattern. Perhaps that is why it was so easy and stress free. Have fun making up your own story about Jack and his crow. If you have a blog I'd love for you to tell your story and hope it is in my list of blogs.
Hope you had fun reading the tall tale from a home sequestered crazed rug hooker 😊. Writing this post was almost as much fun as hooking the pattern.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
This geometric mid 20th century hooked rug reminded me of covid masks. A big rug measuring 96 x 124. Although the auction house said hooked rug I'm wondering if it was really a woven rug. But the humor of the masks is what prompted me to post it.
Another recent find is the Prancing Horse with diamond border. It is from the collection of Susan and Mark Laracy of NY. Dimensions are 31.5 x 37.75.
Also found this wonderful Dove with Berries and scrolls. Dimensions are 19 x 35 and was hooked late 19 early 20 century. I sent this photo to Kris Miller today thinking it was the same shape dove as the previous posted...but it isn't.
In a previous blog post I showed this Dove with Welcome banner which measured 19 x 32.
hooked early 20th century and measures 20 x 40.
situation of America would look like today? I shutter to think how it would be hooked. It surely would be a sad vision and wouldn't want to hook it or want to own it.
But I am confident it will all get sorted out. God Bless America.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Yet, I'm marching to my own drum....first of all I'm using mostly all the ugly grey thin wool, using worms for the pumpkin head and star out of character and a blue moon.
Not only that but am using strips of wool with a blue stripe saved since working on a Polly Minick patriotic rug. It was a cream and blue windowpane design and saved the wool with the blue line. I'd always wanted to use that for a white striped jeans pants for a boy. Finally that has come to fruition.
After the rug is all hooked I might give the pants a spray of walnut dye to tone it down. But what I'm seeing here doesn't seem to need it. Must say this has been a slow and relaxing project...no muss, no fuss. Which is what I needed after the last storm and preparing for the remnants of Laura over the weekend.
My fish pond pump still needs to be replaced (waiting on my son), the ceiling fan and replacement TV need to be set up by my son but the fish pond is my concern before the water becomes stagnant. But he has a wife and son so they are his priority. Push come to shove I can always hire someone. HA, so guess husbands are good for something....IF they stick around.
Hope everyone stays save during this summer season's last hurrah of devastation from Laura.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
This is Shumba, our first Rottweiler pup at about 8 weeks. We purchased her from a local breeder who also shows their dogs. Her chew toy is almost as big as she is.
And here she is about 2 years old and a mother of 8. We had her hips OFA certified to ensure healthy pups and to show potential buyers the k-9 parents' hips were certified. Our intentions were to breed her once and have her neutered. We were not going to ruin her health by over breeding.
Shumba was a fantastic mother. Bruce built her a whelping pen and it was in our living room so we could watch over the group. No way did mom want that. She wanted to care for her brood in the basement out of the prying eyes of others. So we made a place for her down there.
We sold 7 pups and kept one, a boy named Panzer. He was a silly, funny dog who made me laugh all the time. When loose in the park area behind the ball field if there was no ball to play with and they got tired chasing one another Panzer would pluck a wild flower and tease his mother with it. Once his endeavor got him a bee sting on the nose....poor baby.
behavior was 100% German Shepherd. Her behavior changed faster than her appearance which was that of a Shepherd.
Shadow was a loving dog and full of energy which Shepherds are known for. Sadly I lost her too and she is also missed.
When I hear of new pets up for adoption at the local shelter I consider inquiring. But in reality know that at my age it probably isn't wise. Besides, I'd want another Rottweiler or Pittie and if rug camps ever begin again would have to put them in a kennel. Not only do I NOT like putting dogs in a kennel, but most kennels don't take those breeds in.
Be kind to your beloved dogs and I do promote adoption over buying from breeders.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
The original antique sold at auction for $3,690 and measured 32.5 x 71.5.