Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Old Rugs to Show

This is my 'go to' blog post filler.  Besides it has been said that some of you quite enjoy the antique rug show.  And I enjoy viewing them again as well.  

First is Flowers with tongue border and was hooked late 19 century,  measures 19 x 37.  The red has kept its color quite well and quite a beauty.
This Delicate Floral with Scrolls has a lot of edge damage.  Sadly I don't know the dimensions or date it was hooked. 
Black Rooster in circle measures 18 x 31 using various re-purposed fabric on burlap.
The back of the rug shows the colors of the dress or other type clothing used in the bottom of the area around the circle.  For those newbie hookers, burlap does NOT hold up well so choose your foundation fabric wisely.  I prefer linen.
Ducks and Cattails L'Anse Au Persil, Quebec.  No date or dimensions were provided.
One day I'll get around to hooking a Hutchinson rug.  This Hutchinson rug with Mermaids was hooked between 1925-45.
Floral with scrolls was hooked 1920 and no dimensions were provided.
I love this primitive and whimsical Lion, hooked early 20th century and measures 26 x 40.
The only information I have on the following rug was "Farm" ~ no date, no dimensions but it is a nice primitive design.
For you geometric lovers here is Hit and miss geo center with neutral scallop border.  I have the owners name but no dimensions or location.
Last but not least, is this very humble Wool Dog Applique Table Mat.  Dated late 19th century measuring 40 x 60.  There is something special about this that makes my heart skip a beat.  Was the person honoring their beloved pet with patchwork and using what they had?  
Hope you all are staying safe and healthy.  Thank goodness all I have to do is heat up some homemade soup for tonight ~ love it when I've made a pot of soup and have leftovers.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

IT's NO Van Gogh

I've been spreading my time around with yard work, heat outage (yes again), lawn mower repair and grass cutting...in other words LIFE.  However, what little progress has been made on this adorable Windy Day still has me stymied.   Was hoping to produce something between Van Gogh's Starry Night and breath of the gusts of wind blowing the animals.  

Oh well.  Here's where I am at the moment.  Plan now is to enjoy the process and release myself from the pursuit of making this look like anything other than just a fun whimsical pattern.  No artsy fartsy take on a cute design but just enjoying the pattern I fell in love with.  So there... I'm released!!
This isolation thing hasn't really upset me since I live alone and have lived alone for years.  So just hearing the words or having someone tell me that I must stay apart from others isn't going to pull me off the edge.  Yet I think that has had that effect on some people/friends.  

During this time and happy that Comcast has offered "FREE" TV and movies until April 8th.  So I'm binge watching Doc Martin.  I used to watch it when it was free on MPT but then it was sold to Acorn.  Since my Comcast bill is large enough I refuse to pay more for things I used to get as part of my subscription.  Therefore I'm binging for as long as possible to catch up.

Happy Sunday evening.

Friday, March 27, 2020


Since I missed posting on 'Throwback Thursday' thought I'd give you a Friday version.  Good heavens, has it been nine years already?  This is a photo of a hook-in held at my house April 2011.  That is me on the left  with my girl Shadow. 
From left to right is me, Shari, Deb, Mary and Char.  The girls stayed a couple days which also corresponded with the rug camp being held at the Dunes Hotel.  That would also be the same rug camp which has been cancelled this April due to the Corona-virus.

Here is a picture of Shari and Char on the deck since they were the first two to arrive.
It appears Shari is working on a Bev Conway design with pears on it.  And I happen to have a finished photo of it.  Think it was called Pears and Partridge in case you want to purchase the pattern from Bev Conway.
I was working on two different rugs at that time and here are both finished.  One was Home Tweet Home, a design by Karen Kahle.
Was also working on a hooked version of the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt using blocks which I could hook in #8 strips.  
Here is the booklet that was the inspiration for us rug hookers to honor Jane Stickle.
Those who participated in this rug challenge and send photos by the deadline were debuted in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.
Mary didn't hook, instead she brought her spinning wheel and spun wool.  For the life of me cannot recall what Deb or Char were working on.  

When April camp was in progress there would be a rug show so a couple gals drove the hour to take in the show and eat lunch while the rest of us stayed behind.

Happy Friday, happy hooking and wishes for good health.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Will post the rug hooking segment first since my blog is dedicated to we rug hookers.  I've reverse hooked loops and re-hooked some on Windy Day.  Tonight I'll not hook as I want to 'sleep on it' and decide how to handle the "windy" part of the rug.  Just the slant of the house and tree isn't enough for me ~ I want to SEE the wind. 

Instead I'll work on the dreaded UN-finished binding of TWO rugs.
Last Monday before going to pick up what little was available at the grocery store (which wasn't much) I made myself a face mask.  It worked fine and nobody looked at me like I was an alien.  No, I don't have Coronavirus (at least not symptoms) but want to protect myself from anyone else who may be coughing even if just allergy related.

Here is a link to a DIY Mask video for a couple versions of the mask.
My thanks and my heart go out to all those BRAVE Nurses, Doctors, Police and other first responders who put their own health on the line during this critical health time.  But it isn't just their health, it is the family they love and go home to each day or night.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Oh My.... What About That SKY?

Okay, here's the pattern on my frame ~ it is called Windy Day by W.Cushing.  Before getting to the sky issue, want to confess that I increased the black cat at the bottom another 15%.  At least it would be closer in size to the yellow cat on the left and a tad easier to hook.  Still couldn't get those damn ears to look right but they have been ripped out and re-hooked so many times that I just don't care now.  
Now I'm wondering what to do with the sky to make it look like wind.  So pulled somewhat darker sky colors for the swirls and took a photo to see if it looked okay.
Hmm, not so much.  Then found Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.  Now I see the curls should be lighter than the regular sky to make it appear as wind.  Okay.... tomorrow I'll try and tackle that.  So had it all planned out wrong in my cranium.
Hope all of you are staying healthy.  Sure as heck hope I stay that way too.  Enjoyed my salad tonight with more broccoli sprouts.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Another Antique Rug Show

Recently a follower commented she loved my rug shows  ~ that's great because here is another.  I'll start with this brightly colored proddy dog with scallop felt border.  Said to be hooked 20th century and measures 31.5 x 47.
Here is a close-up of the face.
Then on the other end of the spectrum is this rug of Two Pale Blue Cats.  Perhaps the auction house could tell the color better by the back but they did not show that on this particular auction site so will take their word they are blue.
Here is a close up of the cats and you still can't see them well. The rug measures 19 x 38.
Eagle holding the Union Shield measuring 28 x 40.  Colors have maintained their brightness very well.
The back of the rug and it is fun to see how others hook their background and in which directions.  If you tap on the photo it will enlarge.  
A Castle with 3 red Turrets said to be hooked late 19th century.  While I understand people 'using what they have' to hook a rug, I find it rather distracting how the darker wool echos the shape at the top.    I'd have tried to spread it out elsewhere and not repeat the shape at the top, JMHO. 
This half moon floral has been used quite a lot and appears the foundation has come loose from the back.  17 x 30.
Hand in a Heart with hit and miss background circa 1920, measures 22 x 45. 
Should get busy hooking on my rug so there is a little something to show you next time.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Pattern on my Frame and Day 5

This pattern called to me at first sight and despite there were a few narrow cut motifs decided to buy it anyway.  That pattern would be Windy Day from W. Cushing.  Don't have a lot of progress but did decide to tackle the one cat using the narrow strips from the bag.  
On second thought wonder if using #7 or #8 could have done the job faster and if it would look more tidy since there are a lot of wool threads sticking up.  Have often heard narrow cut hookers say..."narrow cuts are so more forgiving than wide cut".  But to me the narrow cuts are unruly and hard to control.  Anyway, I will endure because once I get those 4 small motifs hooked it is fun time.

Now to DAY 5 of my broccoli sprouts.  Look how filled that jar is now.  And that was just with one tablespoon of broccoli seeds in a REGULAR canning jar, not the wide mouth jar spoken about on most web sites.

Since soup and salad is my dinner tonight I'll put some of that broccoli sprout delicacy on top of the salad, add cherry tomatoes and dressing of choice.
IF you are interested in growing your own broccoli, alfalfa or mung sprouts also, click HERE.

Hope everyone is healthy and staying happy in your own personal cocoon.  

Today I took the time to organize my WEB SITE.  After starting the web site weebly then upgraded and pages looked different.  Now they are all alike and on one page.  If you want to see the entire rug pattern you tap on the photo and it will enlarge.  Don't think all the patterns I offer are listed on it and will eventually get to that.  But at least it is easier to navigate there.

Happy Friday.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Narrow Cut Worms and Day 4

I'm preparing to start a new project so pulled out a few bags of worms in narrow cut to hook the small motifs.  That quilt size bag of narrow cut worms was inherited from departed friend Theresa.  
I received that and yardage a few years ago.  First thought was to give this bag to a friend who hooks in narrow cuts but those small cuts have really come in handy.  Most recently I grabbed some to outline the otherwise bland flowers in the rug below.
Here is a close up of one flower.
This is the result of those changes.
Also used some narrow strips from that large bag to outline the boat, the light sections of the whale and the narrow beauty line.  So those narrow worms sure do come in handy and glad I kept that bag.
Now to day 4 of my broccoli sprouts and the difference between yesterday's post and today is amazing.  As you can see there are still some seeds which will still germinate.  
Tomorrow I'll show you what, if anything, is accomplished on my new project.  Happy hooking and keeping my sanity.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Day 3 for Sprouts & Surviving Virus Isolation

This is what my little (almost) green sprouts with tails look like now at day 3. There are seeds which will still germinate in the next couple days.  Am having a salad tonight and wish they were ready but sadly they aren't.  If and when I receive my order for the two jars are delivered I can start a second jar before one is empty.  But I read somewhere that Amazon has stopped all shipments temporarily.
Tomorrow I was supposed to have laser surgery on my left eye which has scar tissue from cataract surgery 3 years ago but cancelled due to  Covid 19 scare.  As mentioned in yesterday's post April rug camp was cancelled and local Department stores are closing.  Sad day for the US economy with people out of work and no money flowing.

On Facebook I read several other rug hooking events have also closed and am sad for the vendors who depend on sales from the comfort of our habit (oops hobby 😀)Recently I purchased a couple patterns from rug 2 different rug hooking vendors offering sales.  Hey, a little bit of something is better than all of nothing.  So any folks who wish to comment and post their web site with a sale is very welcome.  And also post them on Facebook.

Today I did clean up my mess in the living room and slowly binding one rug ~ Have I mentioned I HATE binding!!!!!   And am posturing myself to start my new project.  This new project (sadly) has some small motifs which will require SMALL strips.  That's the un-fun part but the rest of the design is good and a CUTE whimsical design.  And rug hooking is a great past-time which keeps me entertained since I'm sequestered in this humble home.

Hope you are all well and staying sane.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In Case You're Wondering.....

...I'm not sick, I'm okay.  Just didn't have anything new to blog about and wanted to get Posies and Stars finished to show you.  It was just taken off the frame so hasn't been steamed yet.  As mentioned previously, this antique adaptation was drawn out measuring 21½  x 21½.  
Now comes the clean up of mess on the sofa, floor and sofa arm rest before I can even begin to think about wool for my next project.  Also a good vacuuming of the wool dust is a must.  The other rug (Lancaster Barnyard) still isn't completely bound so will work on that a bit tonight since there are now two rugs to bind.

As was expected, next month's April rug camp has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 scare so my deposit will be rolled over to the April 2021 camp.

On a previous blog post I wrote about growing my own sprouts.  I used them all up for salads so started another jar ~ this is day two.  The jar is laying on its side and you can see the little tails developing.  
So in about another 4 days I should have a jar which will look like this.
If you would like to do grow your sprouts click on the link HERE.  Matter of fact I have ordered the same jars and tilted framing you see on the web site instead of the makeshift jar and screen I made.

FYI, since I'm the only one who eats the sprouts I only put 1 tablespoon of broccoli seeds in this regular canning jar and it gave me enough sprouts for 3 salads.  If I ate sandwiches I'd have made more since sprouts are fantastic on them too.  I believe those canning jars are bigger so just might grow more next time.

Hope all are well and keeping themselves sane with their favorite activity; mine is rug hooking.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

A French Canadian Antique Rug (Updated info)

I found this beauty during my search for antique rugs and have questions to you French Canadians, particularly those who can read the language.

It was described by the listing auction site as "French Canadian hooked rug with Native Americans meeting the Mayflower".
Unfortunately I don't have the ability to read the words on the rug and think it holds a clue as to its truth.

When I think of the Mayflower, I think of it landing in Massachusetts, USA.  Yet in 1600's under King James of Scotland there were 26 ships named "The Mayflower".

Herein is the reason for my inquiry.... I watch the History channel and one of the shows so interesting is the mystery surrounding Oak Island, a/k/a The Curse of Oak Island.  There were early visitors to the island before any human habitation by England, Spanish and Scottish ships.  

The indigenous peoples would have been the Mi'Kmaq who would have greeted the ships and record has it they were friendly.  It would have also been a time when the Crusading Knights Templar would have visited that area.  

Guess you can see I'm quite interested in the history of the area surrounding Oak Island, Nova Scotia.  Anyone who can transcribe those letters for me would be appreciated.  I know the oval rug wasn't hooked back then but still it is interesting.

UPDATE:  Thank you Just Gail and Claire for your information, btw, both of you are NO-REPLY bloggers so I couldn't reply to your emails personally.

I did a google search for the Jacques Cartier info provided by Claire and these are the interesting facts I found.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Antique Rug Show

Basket of Flowers was hooked late 19th century and measures 33 x 40.
Deer and primitive trees has a nice soft appeal and measures 17.5 x 34.5.
A delicate vase of flowers surrounded by large brown scrolls was
hooked in the 1800s.  Provenance Victor Weinblatt (Mass.) 33 x 50.
Dove of Peace hooked 19th century, property of Michael and Janice Doniger, Chicago, IL.  Dimensions 24 x 41.
Another rug property of Michael and Janice Doniger is this Fancy Floral hooked mid 19th century 37 x 52
I find the following rug interesting ~  'Horse Race No. 5 Won' was hooked late 19 early 20 century.  Am wondering if it was the inspiration for Barb Carroll's design named Tally Ho?  While Tally Ho has only one horse but several dogs they seem similar somehow.  Check it out.
Another horse rug, Running Horse with 2 white socks and corner block accented border was hooked from a salvaged uniform.  Cut hooked mixed fabrics on burlap.  Measures 20 x 36.
Was hoping to post more old rugs but I've got to run errands and want to be home for lunch.  Ta Ta.