Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Was looking for a shoe I'd carelessly tossed in the closet and found a box in the back corner.  Holy moly, there were trophies in there I'd forgotten about and hadn't seen for years.  The one that caught my eye first was a Judo First Place trophy I'd earned while in my early 30's.  Can't recall how long I took Judo classes but I quit around 1975 when we moved out of that area.  
I didn't start running until my early 40's but was proud of my accomplishments.  Never ran a marathon and one must be a hardcore, dedicated runner to attempt that with lots of duration training.  The longest distance I ran was 10K (6.2 miles).  Here are the trophies for some of the races.
In a previous post I showed a news article with a photo taken at the finish line HERE.          

In rug hooking news ~ I went to my wool yarn stash to pick out a hank of wool yarn to whip the edges.  Was sure I had the perfect yarn left from previous Ali purchase but this was it.  So I sent Ali (Kindred Spirits) an email with this photo below and asked for a black and brown mix yarn.  She said she will dye some and ship by week's end. 
That means the rug won't be bound tomorrow during the boring doctor waiting room visit but at least I'll have a more perfect color for this rug.  I have plain black wool or could have done the cotton binding but wanted Ali's perfectly dyed wool for this rug.

Baby it's COLD outside.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be in the 50's but today only in the 30's as a high.  



Sunday, November 26, 2023


Worse than adjusting to daylight savings time is adjusting to a week with a holiday.  I don't know what day it is ~ week day or weekend.  And regularly watched TV shows are held hostage by parades and football games on any of those days.  Thankfully I've a constant companion of wool, hook and patterns to help keep me grounded.

In case you're wondering about the sheep rug, the body is all hooked and the rug is resting while I decide where on the pattern I want to proceed.  Meanwhile the 1776 Eagle is back on the frame.  For some reason none of my 3 attempts at getting the rug straight in the photo turned out, this is the best of the 3 so I'm showing you this one.  I even tried tugging up the right top to make it level but that wasn't successful either.
Just might decide to continue with this rug since it's so close to being finished and can take it to whip while in the waiting room for my scheduled visit next Thursday. 


Thursday, November 23, 2023


Definitely won't be a Black Friday for me as I wouldn't put myself into the circus of pushing/grabbing shoppers, packed parking lots, and highway traffic.  But my daughter-in-love and her siblings do that every year.  Nope, not me, I'm staying home thank you.  

Cats and flowers dated 1925 measures 37 x 38.
It's deer hunting season now and hope those deer fawns who visited my yard this spring and recently survive.  Yes I understand the need to cull the species and know they are detrimental to the farmers crops.  Hopefully the deer know my yard is their safe space.  I like this rug and its blotchy background.
A lovely 
crescent shaped hooked rug with cabin and crow.  Hooked early 20th century measuring 18 x 35.5.
Very nice geometric!  No dimensions were provided but you can see the date.
I read or heard somewhere that at one time elephants were a very popular animal to hook.  Am wondering why the elephant?  Could it be the influence of the traveling circus which visited small country towns?  The elephant was probably the most exciting event of the circus which they wanted to replicate as a memory?  No date attributed to the rug below but dimensions were 18 x 34.
As I have hooked a Frost Sheep with scrolls it is always great to see an antique.  This one had fringe at the ends and no date provided but it is obviously old.
Decorative floral but no other info provided.  The hooker ran out of the really dark fabrics for the background so had to improvise in a few places.
Show horses and again no date provided.  Nice horses but won't be one I'd replicate.
An eagle rug with a hit and miss border as well as background.  Yet the eagle does stand out.
A frightened horse ~  look at his eye, and it is bolting away.  Rug measures 31 x 59 and while no date was provided it sure does look like a legit antique.
Happy Thanksgiving, happy shopping for you folks who are brave enough to venture out Black Friday and happy hooking, stitching or knitting to those who are staying home.


Tuesday, November 21, 2023


Today has been cloudy and rainy.  It is to rain all thru the night and prediction for this eastern shore area is between 1"-3" of rain.  At least it isn't snow, yet.

Wishing all of you a happy Thanksgiving.  Here are a few turkey rugs I've hooked.  The 1847 turkey was from a Need'l Love booklet and color planned in my first Lucille Festa class.  There is no last initial hooked in the rug as I was being divorced from and planning to take the last name Porter back and relinquishing the name Slagle.  He didn't want me so I didn't want his last name.  Yeah, I know, more information than you needed, lol.
Turkey and Tallowberries designed by Lori Brechlin and sold by Spruce Ridge Studios.  This one I hooked at home around 2016.
Old Tom is another pattern with the Lori and Kris collaboration.  I hooked this one at home too but not as happy with my color selection even the second time around.  If you want to look at poor Old Tom's before life you can see it HERE.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving.


Sunday, November 19, 2023


Thought I'd show you what my slow progress hooking the sheep is looking like now.  Changed that bow and of course the body which still isn't finished.
The photo below was then ~ just after camp and before reverse hooking some loops.  For sure I'll redo that brown spot to the left and make it softer colors.  Not sure what else will be done over but will have a better idea once the sheep is hooked.
And, this is a photo of the original antique.
Am missing working on the eagle but the sheep needs attention first.  Hope everyone had a great weekend but bet most of you spent time preparing for Thanksgiving this coming week.  Where in the world has this past year gone?


Thursday, November 16, 2023


Am sure many of us have way too many magazines on their shelves or somewhere in the house and I'm guilty of that.  I promised myself to not subscribe to Primitive Quilts and Projects when my subscription was going to lapse.  I failed to keep that promise and subscribed again going until 2025.  Foolish I know.

Just received my Winter 2023 issue and on the cover top left look at what it says  ... "Our final print issue".  
So until my subscription ends in 2025 they will be sent via email.  At least I can save any interesting hooking patterns without adding magazines to my overwhelming stash.  

In the latest issue of Rug Hooking Magazine there is an article on a book excerpt about Louisa Creed.  Not sure if you remember but I showed several rugs hooked by Louisa and her departed husband Lewis.  You can see those previous posts HERE.
Again I've promised myself to not renew my subscription when this subscription ends.  Hope I keep that promise.  One subscription I will continue to support is ATHA as it offers more than the other two IMHO.
Uh, anyone want to buy a particular issue of RHM or Primitive Quilts and Projects?  If so contact me.

Just sat down to pull a few loops as I was busy most of the day and want to make a little progress on the sheep.  Happy hooking.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023


All my unpacking from camp is complete but my Hartman hook was not found.  Thank goodness I've a backup and won't have to endure the increased cost of another new one.

The left side background on 1776 Eagle is hooked, leaving the right side yet to do.  Yesterday I pulled out the loops from the sheep and will start giving her a new coat today.

Below is a sweet farm scene with birds, dog, horse and what appears the rest of the family coming out to help with chores.  Was given a timeframe of 19th century.
A geometric hooked late 19th -early 20th century and measuring 20.5 x 41.
Just found this hen and rooster rug on Live Auctioneers web site but no date.  I love this drab and primitive rug but will also post some more colorful rugs for you who prefer color.
Flowers and stars 20 x 39 but no date was provided.
A lovely 13 star Eagle rug hooked 1800's measures 36 x 69.  This is the front.
Here is the back and you can see the rug was hooked thru folded foundation all the way to the edge requiring no binding.                            
Birds on a bare tree, no dimensions and no date.
A horse drawn covered wagon in the farmland hooked 1910's.  Dimensions are 34 x 60.
Horse with a mild hit and miss background, 26 x 37.5 but no date.
Another hit and miss background but more boldly done and makes me dizzy.
And last is a beautiful cat rug hooked by Mme Jeanne d'arc Gaudette.  She was born in Canada but lived in Holland, born June 30, 1926 DOD August 9, 2023. You can read more about her on her obit HERE.
I'll do a little happy hooking today on my sheep today and maybe do a little bush trimming outside as long as my knees and back play nice.


Sunday, November 12, 2023


... am taking a respite from my sheep rug so thought I'd pull a few loops on the eagle rug.  I wanted to do a blotchy background but won't know if it is a good blotchy or overdone until it is viewed on the monitor. 
Am hoping to decide the sheep's future soon, but don't worry, she won't be obliterated as that antique rug is too special to not continue.

Happy hooking, stitching, quilting or junk journaling, hope you are happy at it.


Friday, November 10, 2023


While I did hook on the sheep some last evening and a little this morning am feeling a little lost on what to do with the sheep now.  Even Caroline didn't like that really dark part of the tail so that needs to come out in some areas.  

Perhaps I should have suggested buying wool for the body as I obviously didn't take enough suitable colors.  Looking at the photo I'm not happy with the value differences in the body colors of the sheep so for now the sheep has been put in her pen until I search my wool for better candidates.
For reference here is a photo of the original antique.
Meanwhile my eagle rug is on the frame until I'm ready to herd my sheep.  At least it's a no brainer with the background on the eagle.  And I need that just before bed time.  

Happy hooking.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

HOME but TIRED to the BONE

Having fun is exhausting, or at least it is this time for me.  Everything is unloaded from the van and moved to the appropriate rooms and most important items first... like my cutter upstairs in the wool room with the wool being used for this project.  Other things like emptying out suitcase can wait, as well as the laundry I brought home.

This year camp was at a different venue for me since I didn't go last year.  With Caroline Twigg (Eagles Nest Woolens) as the teacher it was a no brainer to send in my registration in right away this time.  So had her at Cape May in September and this one ~ great teacher and loads of fun.

This is my hooking spot in the room after 5 p.m. arrival on Sunday still working on the eagle rug and of course you can see my glass of wine.
I chose the 'city view' since it was $100 cheaper than ocean front (hey, I'm from here y'all).  But heck, the ocean is in full view from my balcony anyway.
Sadly I didn't get many photos this time but did want to get a photo of Caroline with this beautiful floral she hooked which wasn't taken to Cape May.
Below is a close up of a spot in the rug for me to study the colors she used to outline that large leaf and the wool color choices for the vein in the other leaves.  Intersting.
There was no rug show or throw down at this camp so photos were impossible to capture.  I'd hoped to take photos of everyone's rug this morning before departure since that is when most loops would have been pulled on each of our rugs.  But since we had to be out of our room by noon today many had left last evening or early this morning.  But did get a photo of my tablemate Vickie's rug this morning.  She was hooking in #9 cut I believe and got quite a lot done.

Vickie told me she had just been to another camp two weeks ago (think that is what she said) and it's a good thing she is a young thing because I couldn't do back-to-back camps.  I'd like to but my body just couldn't recover that fast.  Like I said, having fun is exhausting.
I will show you my work in the next bog post because I'd really like to have the sheep completed.  Caroline wanted me to hook just spots (she calls it "go mark your rug" which translates to hook just those colors in those spots so I can see how the colors play together.  And then if the colors play nice she color plans another section.   
So hopefully will have a completed sheep to show next post.      

Tomorrow I've two service people coming, HVAC guy in the afternoon to service my furnace and outside unit and HOPEFULLY the septic guy comes in the morning so there will not be issues preventing me from flushing and doing laundry.  'Oh the joys of homeowner ship', as Lauren would say.  

OH, Lauren, Vickie, my tablemate said she reads my blog (and yours) and loved the segments where we bicker ~ she especially liked 'when the fat lady sings' but didn't ask her who she thought which of us won, LOL.                               
Little hooking will be done tonight since I've got to clean up my kitchen first.


Sunday, November 5, 2023


Figured maybe you might miss me 😁 so thought I'd do one more antique rug show before I left.  Recently found this 19th century hooked chicken with a delightful blotchy background.
A cat hooked early 20th century.  And to think I was scared to hook my first rug with scrolls and this woman just did her thing with what she had.  Lovely.
The deer rug with hands really had me thinking.  Did the hooker mean to imply that deer fed 4 people in the family?  Are those flowers a way of giving thanks?  See why I love antique rugs?  Did it take 4 hands to bring down the big buck?   Back then the people hooked out of need but usually also designed their rugs with meaning.  Now, or at least for me, I hook what strikes my fancy at the moment.  I've only designed a couple rugs with an emotional or special meaning.
Somewhat blurry are two cats with a pot of flowers.                       
Guess I need a dog and horse rug to complete the post, and maybe a landscape for good measure.

Running Horse 26 x 40 collection of Alain and Louise Huin.
A dog rug but with no date or other information provided.
And finally the landscape.  A h
ouse with birds (17 x 39) from the collection of Jeff Gorrin & Susan Fetteroff.
Am sure I won't post anything from camp but will try to return replies to emails and comments.  Happy hooking or stitching everyone.


Friday, November 3, 2023


Thought I'd show Lollipop Flowers all hooked and bound and am happy to have it done in time for camp to show Caroline (Eagles Nest Woolens) who is my teacher next week and who color planned it at Cape May. I LOVE it!!!!
Also love the rounded corners which made whipping the edge so much easier.  Below is a photo of the label attached which has a picture of the original antique.
The picture is hard to see so here is a larger view of the antique rug.
Also, I did try reverse hooking that brown top part of the wing with the grey wool like the body and which is that strip on top of the brown.  You'll have to wait until I return home from camp to see what the results were of that.  BTW, the eagle rug is NOT done, it's still a work in progress.  My focus will be on my new project after my start with Caroline at camp.
Am looking forward to class with Caroline to hook the reclining sheep which has been on my long list of rugs to hook.  Everything else will be on the backburner for a while.

Happy hooking.