Sunday, June 16, 2024


Lovely rug with petite flowers in diamond shapes.  Size is 24 x 65 and said to be hooked 1900.
A nice primitive abstract geometric dated late 19th century, 39 x 44.
House and landscape hooked early to mid 20th century.  Dimensions are 18 x 35.5.
A dog, no date provided, but measures 19 x 33.  From estate of Kathrine Pease.
Feathers and fur ~ are they friends or foe?  Given a date of 1910.   
Torso of two deer 19th century.   The background is blotchy but colors are a very close match except for a couple small spots.  As you know I sure do like a blotchy background.
Boy will I have a mess to clean up around my hooking spot when the last loop is pulled on Running Horse.  Try tho I may to keep colors together in separate containers there always seems to be a mountain of mixed values and colors to my right on the end table and arm of the sofa.  Won't be looking forward to that.  Sometimes I think I'd rather bind a rug than clean up after my mess.


Thursday, June 13, 2024


Finally finished binding 1922 Fox yesterday and even sewed on the label.  That label was the last of 6 printed on an 8.5 x 11 cotton sheet.  Now will  have to hook 6 more rugs to print out the next 6.
The house washing task was completed today and just in time before the heat and humidity skyrockets.  A couple folks have asked me what product I used and this is it.  Was purchased at my local Walmart.
The hose attachment (on the left) has a wash, off, and rinse selection.  And when that became empty it was filled back up from the gallon container on the right.  

SO glad the house is done ~ on the far end I was unable to reach the 2nd floor with my mop so still shows green mold.  Hopefully my HVAC guy won't look up when he comes again.

With the house done I decided to get an estimate to have my decks washed and sealed professionally.  The guy came out today and said he'd have estimates for me in a couple days.  I last did the back deck myself 2 years ago and posted about it HERE.

Gonna play with my hook and wool for a while and ponder what it must be like to have the life of luxury and have everything done for you.  Yet that's not how I was raised and guess it is a good thing I was taught to be responsible.  Oh, and yup, I was spanked and never considered it parental abuse for I earned every whooping I got, lol.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Plans for today are 1) get my vehicle inspected for new tags, and 2) finish binding 1922 Fox while I wait in line at the inspection lane.  Soon, I  hope, the Running Horse rug will fill that empty spot for binding.
Yesterday I continued with my on-going project of washing the vinyl siding on the house and was on half of the back side.  I forgot to take pictures of the previous before and after washing days.  Here are photos of the before washing of
the indented part of the left side of the back.  I still have the far right side to do another day, and the other end of the house.  
And this is the after.  
A professional could have had this whole project done in an afternoon ~ but at what cost to me?
Guess I'd better get myself organized, post this and get ready to leave for the DMV.


Sunday, June 9, 2024


Yesterday I did some mundane household chores and my wool arrived from The Wool Studio so washed up those two yards.  I miss having Heavens to Betsy wool, I know we still have Dorr, but Betsy had some great wool and it was a regular weave not the tight weave (TW) that Rebecca sells.

So now I've a question for you ~ do you like the tight weave wool?  And do you wash it or use it as is?  I find that after washing the TW it ends up feeling like coat weight wool.
Today I washed my vehicle which hadn't been washed in YEARS!  My vehicle lives in the garage so it is shielded from some elements.  But road grime during my limited traveling does get it dirty.  So it looks nice and clean for a change.

Then after doing that I washed the short side of my home and got rid of dirt and green mildew.  By then it was time for lunch and was too tired to do anymore house washing.  I've a haircut tomorrow and by the time I get home it will be lunchtime and too hot and humid to put my body thru house washing again.  Besides, that mildew will still be there waiting for me.

Gonna go play with my hook and wool with a glass of cab. 🍷 Cheers.


Friday, June 7, 2024


For you stitchers, here is something I found during my on-line antique textile hunt.  Look at the remarkable work of a 9 year old.  As you're well aware, back then young girls were taught handiwork as one area of perfection expected of a proper lady of the time.  I'd never have been selected as a wife with my stitchery examples, lol.
In case you can't read the text here is what was shown as the close up of that section.
I received my wool samples from The Wool Studio a couple days ago.  You cannot depend on the photos on the web site to properly depict the true color.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Cranberry Relish is not like the picture on her web site.  I ordered a yard since is a dark red and not a pinky red. Also ordered more of the Black Jack reversible which is a staple of mine.

So as a public service announcement I'm posting these more true colors of her wool.  If you have trouble figuring out the name of the wool from my photo to that on her web site, email me and I'll give you the name.  BE SURE you are not a No-Reply blogger or you won't get my reply.
Happy Friday.


Tuesday, June 4, 2024


I've found a few new rugs, or at least new to me.  First is a cat with a Greek key style border.  Dimensions of 26 x 38.5 were provided but no date.  It appears to be old with my limited knowledge and not looking or feeling it in person.
Good Luck rug is from the estate of George Fernald of Chatham, NH.  It measures 
24 x 36, again no date provided by the auction house.
This one titled TOON INN is from estate of Kathrine Pease.  Public domain is questionable since the auction house gave it an 'around time' of mid 20th century.  But oh my did it intrigue me.

Inside the oval, on the left, appears to be a fisherman on a pier?  Artistic perspective is a little off on that me thinks, but the hooker was capturing an event.  There is also a boat in the water yet there are two people who seem to be walking in water around their ankles.  This is such a fun landscape, floral, and apparently a memory rug.  With all its quirkiness I think it is sweet.
A round 28" shirred mat.  This was the only photo available so am guessing it is the front and severely worn.  So for you newbies who want an antique that would be a great practice piece and easy to draw. 
A lovely landscape I copied from Edyth O'Neill's blog.
Here's the dog rug I recently showed you as a pattern I drew for someone.  Decided to put it in  a 'rug show' post in case someone does a search for 'rug shows'.
country cottage landscape dated 1890.   Appears to have been well worn.
A 19th century embroidered dog.  Would love to know the story about this piece.  Why is there a pocket or pockets on it?  Was this a project by a young girl to practice her stitches?

A floral /geometric hooked between 1900-1920.   I wonder about this one too ~ is the W M just a happy accidental part of the design or did the person have initials of WM?
And last, a horse hooked in the 19th century.  Must say I'd have worked a little harder to get the tail end of the horse to look right and eliminate or make smaller, the flowers on the sides.  Some show horses do have bobbed tails but this one looks a little strange.  So we'll call it a naïve primitive hooked rug, lol. 
In other news ~ I had intended to submit my hooked Mother With Fishbowl photo to ATHA in time for the "Family Portrait" issue.  The deadline was June1 but I lost track of time and was 3 days late.  Not sure it will appear in the issue and will understand if it isn't because of my lateness.

Happy hooking, gardening, stitching, etc.

Sunday, June 2, 2024


Had some leftover dye so decided to over dye more of the grey stripe and checkered plaid.  The previous dye job is to the left and the latest darker wool is obvious.
I've been hooking on Running Horse at a snail's pace but this is where I am at the moment.  Lauren started her Askew pattern after I started this (me thinks), hers is larger and she's finished hooking it already.
My next project will be an antique dog rug, unless I change my mind, but it has been top on the list for many weeks now so perhaps that will be the one.  Still hasn't been put on linen yet tho so who knows. 

For the person who commented on an old Barbara E Merry blog post as to whether I had any more of her rugs for sale ~ I never had any of her rugs for sale.  There were just posted as part of my sharing pictures of her numerous works.  Was unable to respond to you as you are a NO-REPLY blogger.


Thursday, May 30, 2024


Yesterday I did a little dyeing; not pretty blue colors like Lauren recently did but dyeing for a couple upcoming projects.  So my colors are more on the 'dirty' spectrum for antique rugs.  The wool I'm most happy about is that grey stripe which shows the before color on the right side.  I might dye more of that grey but with more solution in the pot and throw those two brown checked pieces back in the pot again to get those darker.
Today I cut Ben's backyard with the push mower and drew a pattern for a customer.  Below is a recumbent dog, circa 1900 of which she requested a pattern.
Susan said she loved the hit and miss background and the antique rug just spoke to her.  As you all know, when I hook a rug for myself I usually name it.  Susan was so enamored with this one I asked if she'd like to give it a name.  So this new design has been named "Abigail's Watch" after her fur baby.


Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Perhaps there will be a rug here to inspire something new for your frame.  And if I'm lucky it will get my juices going to put one on my frame when Running Horse is completed.

Recently Lauren showed us her new project which is an adaptation of a Victorian wallet which you can see HERE.  So it seems apropos that I show you an 18th century purse stitched with silk and metal thread.  This design would also make a great hooked rug.  Again Blogger won't let me make the pictures below any larger for your viewing comfort.
A bowl of flowers dated 1863.
A geometric with an easy to draw and hook design.  With it's simplicity this would be great to use up some of those wool colors we consider ugly but which would add interest to an otherwise boring rug.  Try it using those plaids you don't know what to do with or perhaps dye jobs that didn't go as planned.  
Rug with a sailing ship and waterfall rug hooked 19th century measures 22 x 40.  Sure wish I could enlarge this one so try clicking on the photo to get it to enlarge.  Hopefully Blogger will work for you.
Profile images of 2 horses hooked late 19th early 20th century. 
I wonder if Babe is an antique because of the artistic background but felt it worthy to share and maybe someone knows as the auction house did not give a date.
And for my Canadian friend is a landscape displaying sugar shacking which is, of course, a Canadian hooked rug.
Cooler temps now that the storms have moved to the east from the left and middle of the US.  Have heard it is also going to be a higher than normal year for hurricanes.  Hope all will be calm when I plan to take the ferry to rug camp in Cape May, NJ.

Happy hooking.


Sunday, May 26, 2024


God Bless the men, women and K9 military who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep Americans safe.  
Thank you for your service.


Saturday, May 25, 2024


Actually I don't have a favorite way. 
I liken it to when I used to make dolls ~ after the cloth doll was sewn and stuffed the shape inspired me to either hand stitch facial features or paint them.  Likewise once the doll had a personality she inspired the clothing I'd make.  Below is one with a stitched primitive face.
Another with a Victorian look.
Don't want to bore you so will do just one more picture, but you get my drift I'm sure.
So depending on the rug is how and when I choose the style binding I'll do; and think I've done them all.  The rug below is a Bev Conway design named Rufus hooked in 2006 when I was in my brighter side of the crayon box.
I bound the rug with a bias wool covered cord.
BTW Blogger is NOT playing nice at all today.  It will not allow me to enlarge the photos.  Hopefully if you tap on the photos they will appear larger for you to get a better look.

Magdalena's Goat (and other rugs) have wool yarn whipped edges here is a corner of the front and back views.  I used to do wool whipped edge with cording but no longer do the cording.
Cherries and Candy Stripe was bound using the doubled cotton fabric technique which I have done on a few occasions.
This chicken rug was done in a completely different style as I wanted it to look primitive.  Betsy Reed demonstrated the technique in a class and you can see how I did it HERE.
And the last way I've bound rugs is using the traditional cotton binding which can be purchased in various colors.
I would like to suggest you not place your wool covered cord rugs in a highly walked area.  One of my rugs wore thin and you can see those white holes on the left side and bottom of the photo below.  Those are not moth holes, the wool has worn thin.
Okay, I know what you're thinking and saying to yourself, "but the cord edge protects the hooked edge".  Yes, that may be true but I've rugs in well used areas with cotton binding and the wool on those at the edge has not worn thin.

Well, I've an Ox Farm pattern to draw and hope to clean the pollen covered back porch.  Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Now is when I wish there was a plus one to post about instead of another update on Running Horse.  While I'm excited to make progress on it I suspect you readers would like to see a variety of rugs in progress ~me thinks.  Anyway, here is what the antique adaptation looks like now.
You can see the fabric choice made for the doubled cotton binding.  So once all hooked, steamed and extra linen trimmed away it will be a breeze to bind it.

I have an annual doctor visit tomorrow but perhaps once home I should look for that 'plus one'.  Don't know what it would be yet but would like it to be something smallish so a finish wouldn't take too long 😊. Happy hooking.


Monday, May 20, 2024


Can't take credit as my finish, lol.  It is a wonderful finish of Domestic Zoo hooked by Tammy Warren.
Tammy chose to hook a border around her rug and it frames her work nicely.  It is fun to see how each person's choice of colors changes the rug.  I hooked mine without a border but the border does frame it like a work of art.   Tammy needs her stand-alone private rug show otherwise I'd share pictures other folks have shared with me.  Great work Tammy!!!  And thanks for sending me your finished photo.

For others who have purchased patterns from me and who would like to share your finished rug with me I'd love to brag about your work too.  Happy hooking everyone.