Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Rug on My Frame and Wonderful Changes in Life!



Finally, the weather is starting to seem "Spring-like!"  This has been a very long winter....sigh.

I have begun a new rug and in the above picture,  you can see the progress so far.  I really like the way this is turning out and LOVE, LOVE this pattern.  It is not my own design, but can be found in the book, "Designs for Primitive Rug Hookers" by Jenny Rupp and Lisa Yeago.  The pattern is called "Madi's Favorite" by Margo White.

I have decided to hook this in a 3/8" wide cut, which I LOVE.  It looks very primitive in person and will measure 30" x 30" when completed.

Great news!  I've been doing more rug hooking than ever, and my friend Ann and I have organized a new rug hooking group locally.  We had our first meeting last month with four of us, and we have at least four more who are planning to come this month!  What a great beginning!!  We are calling ourselves, "Wool Ewe Join Us" Rug Hookers......fun!  Ann and I have been acquainted through our blogs for several years, and amazingly she moved to within four miles of my home last fall!!!!  Neither she nor I had any idea that we were so close until Ann emailed to say she had moved to central Illinois and wondered if there were rug hooking groups nearby.  I was thrilled when I thought she had moved to within 20 minutes of my location, but she lives in the next town west of me....4 miles away!!!  Needless to say, I was excited!  We have been driving to a rug hooking meeting an hour and a half from here and enjoy it, but we  talked one day and decided why not start a group closer?  To make a long story short, WEJU has been organized and begun.  We are also attending yet another rug hooking meeting (recently started up again) in Washington on Mondays.  WOW, how quickly things can change.  We are now rug hooking with groups 7 days each month!  WOOO HOO!  We have also planned to attend hook-ins at Bishop Hill and in St. Louis this month.

Getting to know Ann better has been fabulous.  She is really sweet and a lot of fun, and it is wonderful to have a rug hooking good friend so close.

Hope you have a great week!

Hugs,
Linda

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Antique Find and a Finish!



I started this rug over a year ago, but never finished it until this past week.  It is an old Buttermilk Basin pattern.  Sorry for the slightly out of focus picture...didn't notice that until just now!  I think I will finish this as a pillow.





Stopped in my favorite local antique shop last weekend and found a great old basket at a really great price....so I bought it.  I have a weakness for baskets of all kinds, and my collection is growing almost too large for our home...almost!  I suppose at some future date, I will be forced to downsize my collection.  THAT will be hard to do.  My candlestick collection is nearing the same point...don't want to think about that either.

We have SUNSHINE today and it is supposed to be 63 degrees....WOOOOOO HOOOOO!!  There is so much cleanup that I need to do outside, but the inside is in even worse shape right now!  So today is cleaning day....right up until I can't resist a little rug hooking break....that will likely be the end of the cleaning.  LOL!

Hugs, Linda

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finished Mat


I finally finished this spur of the moment project this morning.   The pattern is from a Kindred Spirits book, entitled "FolkArt Seasons" and measures 8 1/2" X 14 1/2."  The blue of the bird looks much more primitive in person...actually ALL the colors are darker and more primitive in person!  I can't seem to take a photo that turns out to be true to the color of the item...must be my camera...couldn't possibly be my lack of knowledge of photography :0)  It is hooked with a #8 cut and the buttons are metal.  The bird's eye is a small black bead.  I usually don't use a lot of blue in my rugs, but for some reason I decided to go with blue for the bird.  Now that it is finished, I wish I had made the bird black (as in crow) and the background lighter.  I guess I can hook another...LOL.  This is my first time using the new frame, and I must say, I really like it.  It holds the backing very taught and I did not have to adjust the pattern once.

The back of this mat is covered in wool, and this is my first attempt at the penny  "tongues" ...hopefully I will improve with practice!

Have a great week!
Hugs, Linda