Monday, May 17, 2021


In case you're wondering, I did reverse hook those dark curved rows in Jewel Basket and The Thin Blue Line Flag is on my frame presently.  However, hooking the Canton part of the flag is tedious and find myself walking away to take a break often.  I've hooked stars numerous times and never felt this.... but as this is a flag and not an antique adaptation or primitive design am finding it stressful.

So since this is break time thought I'd give you a rug show.  Heck, I'll take an antique rug show any day of the week.  I like this first rug of a hooked Bird with hit and miss border.  It measures 19 x 36 with no  mention of date in the auction.  But I like the action of the bird in flight and the border.
Isn't this Downingtown Chicks and Peeps rug cute??  It was said to be hooked early 20th century and measures 18 x 35.  Maybe it should be called "Pecking Order" since it seems the rooster is telling the hen to fetch him some dinner and the hen is giving orders to the peeps.  Sorry, found a little humor in the rug.  Hmm, maybe that was the purpose of the design the original hooker was trying to say.
Shirred Flowers and Urns with a double serpentine border measures 32 x 62.  No date was provided.
The neutral colored rug below I named "Lisa's Grey Horse" because it is an antique rug she wanted me to draw for her to hook.  It has all the elements I like ~ some hit and miss, blotchy background, lots of worms can be used which is great for replicating an antique rug.  I'd planned to hook it too but after working to get good dimensions from a photo at an angle was enough for me to put this one on a backburner.  After that work it felt like I'd already hooked it.
A rug named My Sacred Memories circa 1910-19 measures 27 x 38.
For the feline of the species, let's have a Tabby Cat with Apple Blossoms added to the show.  Sorry, no dimensions or date.
Now for a canine.....Recumbent Dog from Lancaster County is dated 1890 and with initials on the left of EG.
Hope you have seen something here to get your rug hooking mojo going.  I know the brief break from my rug has given me time needed away and am now ready to get back to it.


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Patsy Becker's Jewel Basket Update

I've worked a little more on Jewel Basket and this is what it looks like now.  It doesn't appear nearly what I'd planned.  I wanted to replicate an antique rug with blocks of similar color but the curved dark area top left needs changing.  Am okay with a section of dark but don't like how that area looks.

Am sure you noticed how I've moved images around on the linen including removing some leaves and the trumpet shaped flowers.  
Plan for today was to pull more loops on the Thin Blue Line but before setting Jewel Basket aside think it  needs to be in a better position for me to want to work on it again soon.


Thursday, May 13, 2021


...has made it to the end.  As you can see by the end result I sped up the process by adding wide borders vs. making more star blocks.  At least it is finished and on my bed.
This quilt was started years ago, even before I started this blog in 2011.  It was put in the attic with some cut pieces and fabric for at least 5 years.  Then when it was finally retrieved from the attic it was worked on piecemeal and thought it would never get finished.

Must admit when I was attaching the lining to the front noticed it was longer on one side than the other by about 5".  WTH?  How could that be when I had the same number of blocks on both sides and the border fabric was cut to that length???  Since it on the sides and hidden from view it stayed that way and I added more fabric for the lining to 'make it do'.

I'm quite happy to have this never ending quilt finished.  And can state on good authority..."never will I ever make another quilt!!!!!!!" 

I was going to throw out the pattern pieces but thought I'd ask if anyone is interested in my sending them to you.  If there is anyone crazy enough to want these be sure you aren't a 'no-reply blogger' or use the 'contact me' spot and the first one to respond will get them if they live in the US.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The "Plus One" Project

Finally the big reveal of the rug pattern on my frame.  Even if I'd shown you the unhooked photo of the pattern it would be obvious it was a flag.  You may have thought it was the US flag until you saw the black and white hooked part.  Then you would have known immediately it was a Thin Blue Line flag.  That is why it was given the temporarily name "Plus One" until I'd had a chance to show you more of the hooked area.  

With what seems like a war on our Police throughout the United States I've been saddened with each report of an attack and angered with a senseless death.  And the recently brutal beating of Cpl. Keith Heacook just 16 miles down the road from me hit too close to home.  I didn't know him but my heart hurt just as if he was family.  

All of a sudden there was this overwhelming need to hook a Thin Blue Line flag in honor of Cpl. Keith Heacook and other officers who lost their life serving to protect the people of their community.  There's still a way to go on the rug and the Canton part will need a little TLC working around the stars.
Cpl. Keith Heacook was a 22 year veteran of the Delmar State Police, he left behind a teenage son and wife.  He was admired, respected and loved by friends, neighbors, family and even those of us who never met him. 
Rest in Peace Officer Heacook, I'm sure you will do your best to watch over the rest of the BLUE from your place in heaven.  Looking at your gentle eyes makes me want to cry all over again.  God Bless You and God Bless all other Police Officers who serve to protect us.

Readers of this blog, look at his eyes again.  BTW, after his death a person who had been arrested by Officer Heacook years ago called the local radio station and said he had deserved to be arrested and that Officer Heacook was respectful and kind.  I believe he said more wonderful things about him but cannot recall exactly.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Jewel Basket Update

Just so you know, I'm still working on the 'plus one' design and when there is a little more accomplished will show you what it is.  Meanwhile, here is an update on Jewel Basket.
A lot has been changed on the design ~ some leaves removed or shifted, flowers moved and enlarged and a couple flowers also removed.  Yeah, I could have drawn my own rug but admired the design but wanted to hook Jewel Basket my way.  If I'd drawn it on my own it would still be close to the original Patsy Becker design and that would be illegal.

If you are interested in this pattern Wool and Goods sells Patsy Becker's patterns now.  You can find patterns HERE.  Happy hooking.


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Throwback Thursday

It has been a few years since I enjoyed a rug camp with Barb Carroll but doubt I'll ever make that 6 hour trek to Ligonier, PA again due to the travel.  Barb's skill in working with textures and color to get that old look is top notch and have been very happy with every rug hooked with her.

After Barb sold her Woolley Fox property she had to do a massive downsizing as she was moving from a big home and two cottages down to a townhouse.  All of Barb's buildings had beautiful hooked rugs and antiques, so no matter whether I was staying in the Woolley Cottage or the Guest House those rugs added to the enjoyment of the visit. Here are a couple rugs which were in the Guest House.
You can see the main part of the Guest house in this photo, the bedroom, bathroom and mini-kitchen are to the right.  But here is a close up of those rugs on the wall.
There were also rugs on the walls in the bedroom and one in the big bath (neither shown).  But thought I'd move to the main point of the post.  One year a bunch of us hookers got together and purchased a huge amount of large rubber ducks for her koi pond.  We did this to uplift Barb since she was going thru a rough patch.
Knowing we were soon scheduled for a camp with Barb, Deb and I both decided to design and hook a Rubber Ducky mat to keep the momentum of joy going.  Barb put them in the classroom at her main home; Deb's Duck is on the top and mine is below.
After Barb moved and photos were put up on her new web page I was surprised and honored by what I saw hanging on her wall of the townhouse.  Yup those Rubber Duck mats Deb and I hooked for Barb survived the downsizing.  That is because Barb, in addition to being a great teacher is also very sentimental.
If you would like to visit Barb's web site to see what she is doing, check out the photos and inquire about a class, click HERE.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

My Plus One

Sometimes I've worked on more than one rug at a time.  Frankly that is good so when I get bored hooking background can grab the other project and have a change of pace.  

I'm still working on Jewel Basket and will show you an update on progress in a day or two.  But yesterday afternoon I had this overwhelming urge hook something else.  Usually I vacillate between project ideas but this idea would not waver.  I knew immediately what would be on my frame next in addition to Jewel Basket.

Today after running errands and after lunch I drew out the Plus One.  That isn't the name of the rug but the name would give away my secret.

Meanwhile and to tease you here is all I've been able to accomplish on this end.  Gee, sorry if this doesn't show you much, but then I've not had time to hook much on it.
FYI, there was a piece of linen already cut and serged and since the two ends only had about a 2" margin I sewed on a piece of cotton to extend the length to grab my grippers.  Waste not want not.


Monday, May 3, 2021


Several years ago a turquoise and silver beaded necklace broke ~ I put the beads and pendant in a baggie but could never find it when I had an urge to repair it.  This breakage happened maybe 2 decades ago before moving here so perhaps I forgot where I placed it in the turmoil of packing.  I knew it had to be somewhere in my possessions and thought I knew where it was stored but wasn't no matter how many times returning to that same box to look.

Today while in my sewing room picking items to take to the thrift shop I saw a vintage quilted box and wondered what the heck was in it.  And there it was in all its glory and all its parts.
And this is the quilted box.  Am wondering what that vintage box was originally used for because since it held a treasure of mine I'd like to clean out the other stuff and use it.  Am wondering if it was used for hankies.  
After finding the necklace parts thought about dropping it at the jewelry store to have them repair it.  HUH?  Saundra, do you know how stupid that sounds after all the craft stuff you've done over the years????  DUH....  Am sure it would be more than $25 and I could purchase findings for much less than that.

As I was running to the grocery story anyway thought I'd check Walmart to see if they had jewelry findings.  Yupper, they did.  Not a big selection but it would work for me to immediately fix my treasure originally purchased out west during travels from the east coast to California.
And here is my newly repaired necklace.  Just after lunch it was my priority and cannot wait to wear it at rug camp in September.
The gauge wire used was probably heavier than needed but was so scared of losing my necklace to a break again that I purchased it.  Nevertheless it is wonderful to have my necklace back again.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

What Time is It??

Nope, it isn't Howdy Doody Time, I'm neither Buffalo Bob nor Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring ~ are you old enough to remember that show?  I am and looked forward to it as a kid.  And if I'm not mistaken Kate Smith came on afterward and started her show with a song ♫♬🎜🎝 "When the Moon Comes over the mountain......."

First rug depicts the animal all rug hookers love, sheep.  It is also easy on the eyes; 2 sheep rug circa 1900 which measures 28 x 44.
This next one has much more color yet is small.  I named it 
Downingtown Rooster since that is where is is located.  It was hooked early 20th century and measures 21 x 22.  That background looks great and is probably a black and hound's-tooth.  Sure do LOVE that hit and miss border. 
Oh my, look at this 19th century Floral Hearth rug.  It's lovely and measures 22 x 52.
Here are two very primitive Roosters from Downingtown, PA.   It measures 31 x 45 and sorry, no date provided.
American Farmers hooked rug isn't really old enough to be in the 'public domain' category since it was hooked 1948, but thought I'd show it anyway.  It measures 39 x 85.
I'm guessing this is a Wolf, not a Dog.  A shame it is in such bad shape on the ends.  It is hooked on burlap and comes from Simcoe County, Ontario.  Probably the fact it is hooked on burlap is part of the reason for its fate.
Floral basket with great border and blotchy background.  It measures 26.5 x 36.5 and said to be hooked 20th century.
Here's my horse for the show with large border and leaves in corner.  Dimensions are 29 x 46.  I've said before that often I look at rugs and try to channel the hooker.  Notice the blotchy border and variance in color on the horse?  I wonder if she hooked a while and then stopped until she could either save up more textile similar in color or had to find textiles to do natural dying to try and get a similar shade.  You can see the center is quite soiled.
So see, if you run out of a certain wool being used in a rug, it is quite appropriate and will even add interest to your piece by using something similar in value or color.  Frankly I love antique rugs with those blotchy hooked areas.