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!

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!