Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Last Loop Pulled

Yippee, the horse rug is all hooked and steamed.  And just before pulling those last loops I knew how it was going to be bound....with Ali Strebel's dyed wool yarn.  Not knowing if I had enough of the yarn left I measured it to see if there was (that length at the bottom of the rug).  Want to know the formula?  Click HERE to see a previous post on how to determine amount of yarn required.
Well dang, not quite enough left of that color to whip the edge of the horse rug.  I have two other skeins of different colored dyed wool from Ali but the brown variegated is what I thought would match best.  So I ordered two skeins and they arrived yesterday.

If you would like to purchase some wool yarn, patterns, etc., visit Kindred Spirits.   The variegated wool yarn is not shown on her web site, only the solid is so you would need to ask for it.  And it is $20 per skein whereas the solid is $17.  Here are the three colors I have.
Here they are again opened up so you can see the colors better.  Again on the left is the "brown variegated", the middle is "dark multi-variegated"  and on the right is "dark variegated".  I love them all and really want to use up the middle one as the colors would be fun to see develop as I whip.

Ali does custom dyeing and one-of-a-kind dyeing; so if there is something special you need, she's the gal to contact.
I've started working on my new project and will show you my progress in a couple days.  Do you believe tomorrow will be December???  Oh my but life is zooming by in a flash and too fast for me.  It is cloudy, cold and dreary outside so think I'll stay in and play with wool strips.  Perhaps I'll start preparing the horse rug for binding later today.  You all  know how I hate to bind but with interesting wool it makes it a little more fun to see the colors develop.  Perhaps that's the key to turn my feelings about binding around 😁.

Happy hooking.



Sunday, November 28, 2021

Antique Rug Show

Since there isn't much progress to show on the horse or anything else new to report here is a rug show to please us all.  First is Dueling Roosters circa 1920-40 and measures 19.5 x 34.5.
This rug was also up for sale  and wonder if you Canadians know anything about him.  Seems that since Dr. Drummond's Home was hooked he must have some significant standing.  The rug measures 19 x 40 and Canadian made.
A view of the back and you can see there was some fading.
Noble Dog must be a Hutchinson rug and unfortunately I have no date or dimensions.
Big cat small tree and house.  Sorry, no date or dimensions provided.
Hunter with rifle measures 22.5 x 61 and was hooked early 20th century.  Notice the rifle is as long as he is tall.  But then primitive folk art has cats as big as houses and those little things make the rug more endearing.

The auction house said this rug was 2 cats; but is it?  Or is it a cat and dog or 2 dogs?  Regardless, it measures  29 x 56.5 and hooked late 19th  or early 20th century.
 Below is a close up of the one on the right side.
Here is a busy rug with birds, dogs and flowers with fan border.  Said to be hooked late 19th or early 20th century using cotton on burlap 28 x 73.
A farm scene measuring 39 x 72 is a lovely rug with lots of detail; except I have no date.
A photo of the back and not sure why that cloth is attached to the binding.
A view of the ducks in the lower right side.
Temps are supposed to be around 57 degrees today so will go outside and pick up limbs which fell from the hard winds and clean up more leaves.  I know that I live in the wooded area but OMG I think the neighbors' leaves are coming in my yard too.  

Also plan to draw out my next pattern but still haven't finished hooking the horse.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Still Celebrating

Yesterday was a 'winner winner turkey dinner' day for a few reasons.  As my wonderful DIL wasn’t feeling well a couple days ago and had no taste I decided to not visit my son yesterday.  Plus her family from PA came to visit and didn’t want to expose myself to a group of people in close quarters.  My grandson delivered my turkey and all the sides to me and I sent him on his way taking a pumpkin pie I'd cooked for them.    There was plenty and even enough for my lunch today.

I have absolutely no idea why my print is so erratic.

The best thing is both pallets of rocks were sold!!!!!!!!!!  Word got around the neighborhood that I had rocks that I was going to sell and a neighbor wanted to put in a rock walkway.  The driver of the 4-wheeler is Justin (buyer) and the one in the back is Chris, another neighbor helping.
One pallet leaving.
And the second one almost out of sight ~ good riddance and my work was profitable.  Was told a pallet of those rocks would be approximately $350 per pallet.  I asked the neighbor (the other neighbor not the buyer) if $150 per pallet would be a fair price.  He said it was very fair so I've $300 extra in my pocket.
The cherry on top is that Chris wants the landscaping wood for his back yard near the stream which runs around our development.  Naturally he can have those for free for the takeaway.  He may even want those sandbags which are sandwiched between the heavy liner and wood framing.  This is a picture taken before digging out all the plants.
So yes, I'm still celebrating.  This afternoon my son is bringing me all the turkey leftovers (dark meat and bones) and I'll make some turkey stew one day soon and freeze some goodies for soup for another time.  A winner winner turkey dinner indeed.

This morning I hung another rug on the wall.  It is the rug to the far right and in order to hang it had to  move that TV gently to get back there with the stool.
If you can't see it, here it is again.  Brave Hunter an antique adaptation I purchased from Woolley Fox when Barb owned it and hooked it in her class in 2010.
My belly is telling me it's hungry so getting ready to heat up more leftover turkey.  TaTa.

Happy Hooking.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Wishing all my blogger and rug hooking friends a Happy Thanksgiving.  Despite the lawlessness, high inflation, mandates (and I could go on and on) there are things I am thankful for.  Mostly am thankful for my health, family and friends.
Here are some of the turkeys I've hooked over the years.  Below is 1847 Turkey hooked 2007 and was in Falloween booklet by Needlove.
Turkey and Tallowberries designed by Lori Brechlin and offered by Spruce Ridge Studios.
Old Tom, another design by Lori and offered by Spruce Ridge Studios. 
And I have had a freebie by Robin when she had Heart and Hand blog that I'd like to hook for next fall.

God Bless America.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Finally Bound and Happy

Push come to shove Margaret Shaw's pattern Stacked Birds is finally bound with a whipped edge and label attached.  As I'm getting close to finishing the horse antique adaptation and wanting to draw my next one that's when push came to shove.  If you are interested in purchasing this pattern you would need to request it as it is not listed among her designs.  You can find her web site HERE.
Matter of fact I like it now.  Perhaps the recent hanging of rugs in the house reminded me of the other colorful rugs I've hooked.  Here are just a few which I see daily.  On the cedar chest at the end of my bed is this rug which I hooked 2004 called Humble Beginnings.  
One recent rug hung in the kitchen is the Simple Gifts designed by Karen Kahle and hooked in a Barb Carroll class.   
And to the right of that I hung OH Glorious day by Lori Brechlin and hooked in Kris Miller's class.
Below is a Bev Conway Speckled Hens design and the hens were sitting on one large egg except I wanted them on straw.  This is still in my kitchen at the back French doors.
Hanging in the living room is Long Island Farmhouse by Lucille Festa.
Pineapple and Flower used to be on the floor in the kitchen but retired it with another rug.  It is a Bev Conway design which I hooked in her class.
There's also the Wee Folk design I've loved forever and hangs on the wall over my bed now but photo was taken on the floor in the kitchen before hanging it.
So you can see a theme here...suffice it to say that I do like some color but have an affection for antique adaptations too.  Perhaps I was in need of an antique rug fix while struggling on what colors to choose for each of those multi-colored circles and was wanting a change.  

So I will not be giving Stacked Birds a wash of walnut dye as I love it just as it is and very glad it is bound.  Haven't decided where to hang it yet as it needs to make it in the show next September at Cape May.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Guess What I Just Found

Just found this Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln log cabin rug said to be hooked 1920 and measures 22.5 x 32.  This is the front.
A view of the back and the colors don't seem to have faded.
Here's a corner so you can see the mixture of dark wool used.
And you're probably wondering what all the hullabaloo is about...look at this last photo.  It was hooked by none other than Barbara E. Merry and am so pleased to have found another of her rugs.
This find has made my day and wonder how many more of her rugs have alluded me.  Happy Sunday and happy hooking ~ also unhappy binding, 😖.


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Updates on Stuff

Here is an update on the horse pattern which I named Lisa's Horse.  When Lisa Halverson sent me a photo and asked me to draw a pattern for her this past March I'd never seen that antique rug before.  While I loved the rug and had intended to hook one also that didn't happen until 7 months later.  Now it seems Facebook is flooded with photos of the rug being drawn and hooked by others.  Of course it is an antique and no copywrite so now there is a whole herd of horses running around out there due to its popularity.
It won't be too much longer before the hooking will be done and I can move onto another project.  The decision has been made between a Granny Donaldson or a Magdalena design.  Magdalena won out as the first to hook with Granny following after January 1st. 

Reason for the delay in Granny is because two blogger friends say they wanted to join me ~ Sheila and Lauren said they'd like to join in on the fun but Lauren cannot do it until after the new year because of other commitments.  Sheila loves primitive and previously hooked a Granny Donaldson rug pattern from Woolley Fox.
This should be a fun and easy hook because the motifs wouldn't have any detail, just mostly the same color used for the individual motif ~ easy peasy.

If you would like to participate in the fun of hooking the simplicity of a Granny Donaldson design too, you can check out the various Granny Designs HERE.  You can draw it any size and if you don't draw your own designs you can check out Woolley Fox or if you tell me which one you prefer and what size I can draw it for you.   It would be drawn on Dorr natural primitive linen with serged edges and price would be determined by size.

Have been spending about half an hour daily now whipping the edge of Stacked Birds ~ hey hate binding and that's about all l  can tolerate at a time.  So before the horse is finished so should the whipping task.  After the whipping is done I'll draw out the Magdalena rug I chose to hook....which is Bird Dog.  
After studying the face on Bird Dog to determine how I'd draw the face I compared it to the similar rug Magdalena hooked (below).  It looks as tho it might be an ear on the right side with a white tip on the dog above.  If so it would give the face and muzzle a little better shape.
The pattern hasn't been drawn yet as I'm waiting for the binding to be finished first.  Besides I've got yard work to do today before rain tonight and cold wind tomorrow.  Oh, before I forget.... I did trim the leaves of the dainty blue Iris type flowers and replanted a few then gave away the rest to a neighbor; so Just Gail and Julia I  heeded your comments.

Happy hooking and unhappy yard work, 😄.


Monday, November 15, 2021

What if I Choose a Magdalena Design Next

While I've hooked several Magdalena rugs there are still some which interest me and would be happy to hook if not a Granny Donaldson design as mentioned in a previous post.

One I love but which is way too big for me to consider is this Magdalena animal 
Menagerie.  It measures 45 x 115 circa 1890.
Also like Two Crows Two horses which measures 46 x 50.
Primitive Double Horses below measures 24.5 x 45 and appeals to me more than the horse rug above.
With a lighter or maybe faded background is Dog, Cats, Birds and Turtle measuring 45.5 x 52.  
Another one of interest is Dog, feathered friends and turtle, hmm maybe I prefer this one to the one above.  Size is unknown.
Bird Dog with Crows is the one so far which is calling my name and measures 37.5 x 50.  Of course no way mine would be that big.  The picture is poor because it is a photo of a photo which was printed in a booklet.
Magdalena hooked this rug twice (see above) and you can see the differences plus this size of this one is 36 x 42.  Called the Great-great-great Granddaughter's Rug it was found 2006 in grandma's basement in the bottom of a wooden crate under Magdalena's quilts.
There are many other Magdalena rugs but some of them I've already hooked and a few I don't really interest me.  Since I'm near the end of hooking the horse I need to hurry and finish whipping the edge on Standing Birds.  Sure don't want a pile of rugs needed binding accumulating on the side lines before starting something new.

That last and final corner of the pond has been cleaned out and found 10 more rocks hidden under the ground cover the last couple days.  What I am salvaging are these tubers which started out as a volunteer dainty Iris of unknown origin but it had a nice blue flower.  Hope they can survive in the garage during the winter and if not guess I should give them away.  It's getting quite chilly and windy and can feel the joints in my knees grinding on one another and they hurt.
Am happy to be free of the burden of the pond, or at least the part I could control a little at a time.  No way I could possibly dismantle the wood framing as it needs a crowbar at the very least and more muscle than I'm capable of.   Meanwhile I'll enjoy hooking and will even enjoy whipping the edge vs. work outside in the cold.

Happy hooking.


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Some Rugs to Think About

The selling price of the rug below will certainly give you pause.  Black Horse hooked with cotton on burlap, flowers, horseshoe and scalloped border sold for $8,190.  Yes it was professionally mounted and measured 50 x 75 but that's a hearty sum.
Wonder what the hooker was trying to say when she hooked this rug?  Was she indicating her dog could smile or that he was aggressive and showed his teeth?  Reader Lady Locust commented that  maybe the dog got hold of her dentures 😁.  The rug was hooked in the 19th century and measures 27.5 x 51.  Believe it or not it sold for $3,680 in 2003.
More horses... recently friend April Leas showed an antique rug on FB she purchased and it seemed familiar to me.
So I grabbed a flash drive and did a search and found this one.  It wasn't the same rug she purchased but could be its sister.  After finding the one similar sent her a picture of the image and asked if she thought the same person hooked both.  I think so; look at the shape of the horse, the legs and mane. 
This is a nice antique rug with a central star, posies and border of triangles.  Rug said to be hooked late 19th or early 20th century measures 32 x 43.  Colorful worms would be great to use in the background.
This next one was described as a Star Pie Center by the auction house.  I'm wondering if the shape has a nautical meaning, anyone out there know?
A view of the back and you can see the hooker did a one-step binding by hooking thru doubled burlap on 3 sides and wanted to hang it so just turned over and stitched down the top.
And a closeup of the top and textiles used.
A short post and didn't dig out the last corner of pond flowers but I did cut grass in the backyard since I just got my push mower back after repair.
Unfortunately when I went to move the black hose out of the way it split.  When it was warmer it was more flexible and since it has gotten cooler makes it more brittle.  So before I get ready to drain the water again,  which fills up more each time it rains, I'll have to tape it.
And the extensions go to the back wooded low area.
Now I'm getting ready to pull a few loops.  Tomorrow I plan to make a pot of chili as it's getting quite chilly outside and time for chili inside 😊.

Happy hooking.