Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Finish and A Trip to the Antique Shop

This is my newly hooked rug, which was inspired by a design from The Simple Quiet.  LOVE the way it turned out, and now I need to decide how I want to bind it.  I would love to try a crocheted edge using wool strips.  I've seen a short tutorial, but it wasn't complete, so it would probably be more trial and error on my part!  We will see...

I also have made an afternoon to visit one of my favorite local antique shops and brought home a few treasures.  I apologize in advance for the picture quality...something wonky going on with my camera....maybe operator error!

 LOVED the small redware bowl.  The hand crafted hearts are very primitive with a black bead at the bottom of each heart.  They looked wonderful in a bowl or hanging!
 I HAD to buy this wonderful prim snowman.  He is so much more primitive in person than depicted by this picture.  LOVE him!
 This old looking "crazy" cat was very inexpensive and waaaaay cute.  I also HAD to buy it.  It is sitting on a small hooked rug in an antique child's wooden chair.  Looks great (except for the chair's layer of dust!)  The little cat came the way it looks old, primitive and dusty looking...the fabric is wonderful!
Four ladies from our rug hooking group took a trip to The Woolen Needle in Williamsburg, IA last Saturday.  What a great shop!  Lots and lots of fabulous wool and the most helpful staff ever.  They were so nice!  After leaving The Woolen Needle, we decided to go just a little out of our way and stopped at Wheaton Woolens, in Davenport.  Beth Ann's shop was very busy that day, but we bought more wonderful wool and I also purchased two new patterns!  I think I now officially have projects lined up for the next 10 years! :0)  If you have never visited Wheaten Woolens, it is well worth a drive to see. Beth Ann's rugs are the her color choices.   I can't wait to go back!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Table Runner Finished!

Several months ago, I began a new rug.  The pattern is a table runner designed by Susan Feller.  I loved the pattern, but it was going to be waaaay too big for my narrow dining table.  I decided to alter the pattern and hook it.  It was one of those rugs for me where I struggled with color choices and changed my mind twenty times during the process.  After all the indecision, I have finished the runner today.  Here are some pictures:


I am really happy with the result.  One of the things I love about Susan's pattern is the asymmetrical design.  The leaves on the flowers are not exactly the same on each side of the center flower.  I also changed the flowers on the ends to this tulip style.  The original had flowers similar to the center one.  The rug measures 12" x 51" and the back is covered by brown tweed wool.

I hope you are not in the deep freeze as we are today. The wind chills are supposed to be around 30 degrees below zero tonight...ugh.  No school for the grandchildren tomorrow with those deadly wind chills expected.  Hope you all stay warm!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Finish

I've been hooking a table runner for quite a while and needed an (almost) instant gratification project, so I hooked this mat in the last few weeks.  It is one bird of a three chicken rug designed by Polly Minick.  I had never hooked a chicken before, so decided to simplify and to just do the "lonely" chicken.  Thought about making it a pillow, but instead,  hemmed the back of the rug in red wool 1 1/4" wide strips.  I love the way the background turned out.  The chicken wing looks a little blue in the picture, but it is a black and white tweed.  The rug measures 15 1/2" x 11" and is hooked in hand torn strips.

Mom has adjusted to the care facility very well and seems content to be there.  There are lots of activities for the residents,  and the staff is very good at making sure that they all get to the activities on a regular basis.  I really appreciate the job they do and that they seem to enjoy their work.  It makes a huge difference.  My sisters and I are planning to get together a couple of times a month to enjoy some "us" time.  We haven't done much of that in the past few years while taking care of Mom 24/ will be nice.

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful (but much too short) Autumn and that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I'm kinda getting in the mood for Christmas decorating....all the Christmas open houses in the area have done their job!  But FIRST, I need to do some major cleaning and organizing...esp. the wool room :0)

Have a great weekend!