Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Rugs Hooked in 2019

The year 2019 is coming to a close so thought I'd give you a rug show of the rugs I hooked this year.  First one of the year was Lititz Hens which is an adaptation of a Magdalena Briner Eby design.
Still having the antique adaptation bug hooked Early Farm Scene a Frontier Homestead pattern.
Finally a UFO which had been hidden for years, the Paisley Stair Riser was finally finished instead of being trash.  It was designed for a narrow cut and I was determined to hook it in nothing less than #8.
Next was an adorable pattern named Cat Nap designed by Kelley Belfast and too adorable to pass up.  So that was next on my frame.
Back to the antique designs of Magdalena....  When seeing the Great Granddaughter of Magdalena was donating the original hooked rug to the Historical Society of Perry County knew it had to be on my frame next.
Below is my attempt at an adaptation of that wonderful rug originally hooked by Magdalena. 
Have always heard and even repeated, these words:  "Use it Up, wear it out, make it do or do without".  That was the slogan from the War Advertising Council of 1944.  That was a time when most resources were being used for the war effort and conserving in the home was promoted.  
Then it was time for Cape May rug camp with teacher Miller who I always enjoy.  The pattern to be hooked was Oh Glorious Day, a design by Lori Brechlin and pattern sold by Spruce Ridge Studio.  
In November Kris Miller was my teacher again and took a design named Friendship Bells by Folk Art Landing.  There was a little creative license taken and this is the result.
Was looking for something small to hook until I could decide on my next project so picked one from my stash, a design by Tonya Robey called Winter Bloom.  It is all hooked but still have the remainder of the whipped edge to complete.
That next major project happened to be and antique adaptation I've named Mighty Whale.  And yup, it was all hooked AND bound before the new year.
Am anticipating completely getting the whipped edge finished on Winter Bloom before going to bed tonight and I'll have a clean slate for works hooked in 2019.


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Hidden Image Revealed

Among the photos in my previous blog post there was a vintage hooked rug (below).
I asked if anyone could see a hidden image in the rug somewhere.  Only one person found it right away, great job seeing it Lady Locust.  Then a few people said they couldn't find it so I gave them a hint.  At which time they could see the image.  Unfortunately since Gina and Carrie are NO REPLY BLOGGERS (no email address provided in the Blogger account), I was unable to write them.

So now, look at the tree to the right of the house.  Do you see it now?  If not..... what about now?
Do you see a Gnome hidden in the leaves and branches now?

Don't know how it is possible for a year to go by so fast and it is almost 2020.  Does your family have a traditional New Years meal?  My mother always cooked black eye peas as the New Year's meal.  It was supposed to be good luck.  As part of that southern tradition some also include collards and corn bread; I just might include that in my meal plan as well.

One year I forgot to buy my bag of black eye peas and there were none left in any of the stores.  But I searched even the dollar stores and found a can of prepared beans.  Wasn't as good as fresh cooked from scratch but mentally I was satisfied.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Throwback Thursday

      NOTE: Carrie and Gina, both of you are "no-reply" bloggers so you will not be able to receive replies from me.  I'm not ready to give the secret away quite yet so email me thru the EMAIL ME spot on the right side of the blog post.  Then I will be able to reply.

Reminiscing past rug camps with the classy and talented lady Barb Carroll thought I'd share some photos from when classes were held in her former Ligonier home.  Here she is color planning a rug for Deb.
Over the years I was fortunate to stay in both of the cabins located on the premises.  One year my roomie Deb and I stayed in the 'Guest house'.
It was quite comfortable and decorated with antiques and hooked rugs ~ some antique rugs and some hooked by Barb.  There was a propane fireplace which we enjoyed if there was a chill in the air.  
In the distance on the left wall you can see the antique rug 3 Bears.  I have always loved that design and it remains somewhere on my 'to hook' list but has yet to make it to the top.
This is the bedroom.
There was a well stocked kitchen with coffee, egg cooker, microwave, breakfast foods, eggs, milk, soda and other goodies always stocked in the fridge.
There was a bathroom to the right of the kitchen.  One year when we arrived we noticed a vintage rug had replaced a print on the wall.  Study that rug and see if you see a well hidden image anywhere.
There was also a deck and this was the scene from the deck.  Deb and I hooked on the deck when it was warm enough.  Originally a swimming pool Barb made it into a Koi pond.
After 'hard day at work hooking' in Barb's home, Deb and I would sit and hook in the living room in the Guest House and enjoy a glass of wine...or two.
Perhaps next throwback Thursday I'll show you photos from the Woolley Cottage.


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

'Twas the Night Before Christmas....

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”  

Written by Clement Clark Moore
My gifts have been wrapped ~ for those who are getting 'things' for Christmas.  My grandson wants money so he can put gas in his Jeep and have cash in his wallet.  And I made a deposit in his education savings account.  Meanwhile I'm busily attempting to finish hooking The Mighty Whale and think I just might get that task accomplished.  


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Can I Do It?

I'm wondering if it is possible for 'me' to finish hooking Mighty Whale by December 31st.  It was first posted on my frame on the November 30th blog post.  I drew it out measuring 19.5 x 32 thinking that would be a doable time-frame.  Perhaps it IS possible if I'd pull more loops and less looking at the TV.
I'm the same way at rug camps.  No way I can listen to someone in the room talk to me without looking them in the eye.

The next project is already lined up.  Originally it was going to be "Over the Moon" by Spruce Ridge and have all the wool ready.  But then I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Acorn Hollow.  So that pattern will be on my frame when this one is finished.

Guess all Santa's elves and helpers and busily wrapping gifts, assembling bicycles, train sets and even baking cookies and making fudge for Santa's arrival.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Vintage Rug Show

Below is a rug hooked 1887 with initials AK on one side and CN or is that a W on the other.  Looks in pretty darn good shape for the age.  Wish I'd age that well.
This next rug, a floral with primitive scrolls, has an odd shape center which is off square.  It was hooked 1920 and comes from New England area, it hasn't aged as well as the rug above.
For Kelley, here is a rug of colorful kittens which was said to come from the Mennonite community.  It was hooked with fabric and yarn and the auction site said the glass button eyes had been removed.
Here are some ducks getting into the action now, Ducks and Cattails said to be hooked around 1900.
The Roosters, Flowers and Hearts rug was hooked 1890.  The hearts must indicate they were their prize roosters.
I find this one a sweet rug with a dog and cat ~ is hard to identify the cat at first.  The rug was hooked 1900 and she used what she had.
I should be pulling loops on my whale rug because I'm determined to finish it in 2019.  Plus, am anxious to start the giveaway I won from Cathy of Acorn Hollow.  Still have Christmas gifts to wrap too, but am getting ready to go pull loops now. 


Monday, December 16, 2019

Lucky Me!

Lucky me to be the recipient of a giveaway hosted by Cathy of Acorn Hollow.  Last year I watched Cathy as she was hooking this sleigh design and commented how much I adored it and her hooking.  Asked where she got it and she said from Cushing.  Then I inquired at Cushing about purchasing the design but never received a response.
Fast forward 11 months from the time I saw Cathy's blog post and I'm now the lucky recipient of her giveaway.  Seems her hooking group had a pattern exchange and this is what she received, a duplicate of what she had previously hooked.  
So lucky me to now have it; thank you Cathy!!!!!!  This will be the next on my frame.

In Cushing's defense I'm guessing these were freebies given to folks who ordered just before or during the winter holidays so it wasn't for sale and no need to contact me.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Mighty Whale Update

Am so glad I chose this as my next project as it is pure joy working on it.  This is an antique adaptation with unknown designer. I drew mine out to measure 19.5 x 22 which is a suitable size for me and be able to hook the men in the boat using left over slivers of wool ~  uh remember I'm a wide cut hooker.  The bodies were #7 or 8 and the heads, hats oars were what ever slivers I'd saved.
When first drawing out the design thought I'd like the inside border to be wonky like the original antique.  Then decided against that so you will see the red lines drawing straight of grain.

Now the colors for sky must be decided.  Here is the original antique so you can ponder what the heck I'll do next.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Throw Back Thursday on Friday

I graduated high school in 1959 and this is our class photo taken on the school steps for our year book.  Just like each of us, this year book is showing its age.
I happen to be in the front row right in the middle of the fold just above the arrow.  Yeah, back then I wore a DA hair cut.

Here is a 35 year reunion photo of those who attended.  I'm in the second row dressed in winter white.  The woman in purple near me is my longtime friend Pat.  She had a horse named Dixie and I had a horse named Richie.  We use to pack lunches and go horseback riding in the woods.  There was a lot more wooded land back then and lots of nice dirt roads to roam.
I didn't attend the 50th reunion this year as I was in Cape May attending a wonderful rug camp with Kris Miller.  But did receive a photo of those who did attend.
This week I had Christmas lunch with several of classmates and it was fun seeing and chatting with some I hadn't seen since graduation.

Was pleasantly surprised to see Mrs. Owens, one of my former teachers who taught me typing and shorthand.  Mrs. Owens is the gal with still natural red  hair and the red sweater.  The typing skill has been invaluable all thru my secretarial employment but the shorthand was never used (thankfully) due to wonderful transcribing machines.
My horseback riding buddy Pat was there but upon coming home noticed I didn't get a frontal photo of her.  Pat wearing the snowman jacket.  However, you can see a recent photo of her in the September 50th reunion pic above; Pat is second row dressed in black.
Won't bore you with any more photos.  There were still folks showing up for the lunch, thus the empty tables.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Update on my Mighty Whale

This magnificent antique rug has been on my 'to hook' list for several years and finally getting around to hook it.  

Am using wool from my obnoxious collection since there are 3 lifetimes of wool on the shelves.  Am not over dying anything ~ will make do with what I have and make it work.
You see those red lines I'm sure.  When first drawing out the pattern I'd considered hooking the INSIDE lines (not exterior border lines) wavy like the original antique appeared in the photo.  But after thinking about it decided to keep the border and inside rug hooked on the straight of grain.  Sure would make it easier for me.

Tomorrow I'm having lunch with my graduating classmates of 1959.  OMG, where did the time go????  Will take my digital camera which is showing signs of failing so hope to capture some photos to share.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Holiday Themed Old Rugs

Will start out with some antique Christmas rug photos I've collected but don't think I have many.  Recently discovered this early 20th century piece from a Maryland collection.  Dimensions are 19 x 35.5.  
One we are all familiar with is the antique Santa and Deer rug.  A lot of us, including me, have hooked it.  
No date or other information but this Santa looks like he is ringing  Christmas Bells.
No Santa, but this rug from the Kellogg Collection looks cozy with the red outline, pine trees in the snow and full moon.  Wonderful hit and miss border.
Barbara E. Merry also hooked her version of Santa.
Another by Barbara Merry is the Maple Sap collecting rug.  Again  no Santa but has the spirit of the season.
Goodness but BEM was a prolific hooker.  I envision this couple riding to their friends house with freshly baked Apple Pie and Christmas Cheer.  Hmm as an after thought and years ago by perhaps it would have been fruit cake?  I hate fruit cake, lol, but love applesauce cake, banana nut bread, zucchini bread and that type.
This rug of the boy and dog was listed for $1,295 on ebay despite all its damage.  It was hooked in the 1800's and measures 19 x 38.  I have always liked this rug.
Off to church they go ~ not really an antique since it was hooked 1940 but is a worthy of showing.
Wow, found more holiday inspired rugs for this post than I thought.


Friday, December 6, 2019

The Mighty Whale

This is what I've accomplished so far on the whale antique adaptation.  Wanted to get all of the whale hooked before posting on the blog.
Drew mine to measure 19.5" x 32" which is an easy enough size for me to hook and see some sort of end result.  Don't know how anyone can do a room size rug ~ first because of the weight and mostly because I'd get bored working on the same thing for a year or so.  It would seem like driving on a road to nowhere.

TGIF you to worker bees out there and happy hooking.

      P.S.  Carol Rock-Altenhof <noreply-comment@blogger.com> I am unable to reply to your email question because you are a NOREPLY blogger.  But to answer your question, the 2 crows design known as The Gossips is by Quail Hill Designs and I have no idea who is now offering those designs on linen.