Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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!
Posted by The Wool Cupboard at 1:56 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014
(Bee Creek Ltd. photo)
I like the hooking frame that I have used for years, but decided to find a frame that could tilt and swivel. Working on a large rug convinced me that I needed those features! I looked at quite a few, and would love to have purchased a Townsend (not likely in my lifetime), but found one that I really like! I searched on Ebay and discovered Bee Creek Ltd. The frame came the other day, and I love it! It is 14" diameter octagonal (as you can see in the picture!). It is so much faster to use than to rotate the rug itself on the old frame and then pick up the entire frame and turn it. Larger rugs create the need for these time saving features, I've decided...anyway that's what I told myself before I hit "buy!"
Anyway, just had to show you my new tool! I'm also working on a little mat that I started the day after my frame was delivered. It is an old pattern from Kindred Spirits and I love the way it is turning out. I will post a picture of it in a day or two.
Have a great evening!
Posted by The Wool Cupboard at 3:53 PM
Friday, February 14, 2014
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
It is snowing again today........While it looks beautiful, I want warm sun and green grass and flowers...sigh.
This is a pillow I hooked several years ago. I gave it to my granddaughters because they loved the red hearts! Hope you all have a great day with your favorite person/people. Making valentine cookies for grandchildren and having fun decorating them.
Posted by The Wool Cupboard at 12:20 PM