Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Rug Finish and More

I've been hooking a rug from Designs in Wool and finally finished the hooking this week.  Now I'm only about 10 rugs behind!

This one is hooked in 3/8" cut,  from as found and over-dyed wools.  I like the way it turned out and really love this pattern!

I wanted to get an apron to wear when hooking to protect sweaters and shirts from being snagged by the carding strips on my frame, so I bought an apron that I liked on and added some fun "rug hooking elements" in wool applique and embroidery.  The adorable rug hooker pin is by Vicki Hardcastle.  The apron turned out pretty cute, and I have added some of my collected pins to make it even more fun.  The flag is painted on a tiny piece of slate.   Love the result:

This is what we do in our rug group, "Wool Ewe Join Us Rug Hookers."  We hook some and talk a lot!  Anyway, it was a fun project....and very useful.

I have found a couple of little treasures lately while out and about in my favorite shops:

 This primitive rabbit was so cute, I couldn't pass it up.

I LOVE little chairs (doll or children's), so when I saw this little white doll chair at a reasonable price, I snapped it up.  My collection is growing!

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  God bless all those who have served our country in the armed services and much gratitude to the families who sacrifice so much to make us safe and free.  THANK YOU.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Two New Finishes!

I recently purchased a little antique stool from a favorite antique shop.  I LOVE the little cubby shelf open on one side only!  I knew right away that it would be perfect for a small hooked rug on the top.  Here is the finished project.  (Sorry, I can't seem to take clear pictures anymore...time for a new camera?) 

I really like the finished result.  The rug measures 8 1/2" X 13" and is hooked in a 3/8" wide cut.  I used worms left over from previously hooked rugs...yay! (I have accumulated waaay too many of them!)  The stool may have been red at one time, but it has faded to this neutral color.  I thought about painting it, but in the end decided to keep the primitive look of the old faded paint.

This floral mat was designed by Susan Feller, the same person who designed the table runner that was featured on the blog a couple of months ago.  It measures 9 1/2" X 12 1/2", and is also hooked in a 3/8" cut. 

Hope you are enjoying the wonderful sunny day that we are.  It is in the mid 40's and beautiful...hopefully all the snow will melt this week!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Rug Hooker's Perogitive...Right?

 As I mentioned in my last post,  I wanted to crochet an edge on my latest finished rug.  After trying several inches of crochet, it just did not suit this rug, in my opinion.  After a trip to a wonderful local yarn shop to find wool yarn to whip the border, I left empty handed!  This shop has lots of beautiful wool yarns, but none of them seem to be the right color!  What to do?  I came home and considered my color options and decided upon using the actual wool that I used in the background to whip the edges.  I didn't want to make the border the focus, I was in the mood for simple.  After nearly a whole day of's harder when you use 3/8" cut :0)... I finished the edge.  I also added a 1 1/2" strip of wool all around on the back just under the whipped edge.  My thumb has a "needle pulling" blister, but it is finished!  I think I like it.

We have 7 new inches of snow this morning and the sun is shining...winter is certainly beautiful today!