Friday, July 26, 2013

Dye Job

I dyed a background yesterday. Usually I just dye a dark color using a natural or tan wool, but I had some antique black that I decided to use. I have been meaning to try spotting over a dark wool because so many people have told me that it gives the wool more life and movement. I followed a wise woman's advice and dyed Cushing Bright Green and Crimson over a half yard of Dorr Antique Black. I used 1/4 tsp of each dye in a separate 2-cup measuring cup; added 1 1/2 C. boiling water and 2 T. vinegar to each dye liquid. Then I spotted the antique black in a flat pan; covered with foil and put in the oven for 1 hour at 300*. The amount of color that showed up on the dark wool was perfect. Now I'll be using it in the paisley rug I'm working on.

                                   The colors in the photo are much lighter than the actual wool.

Friday, April 12, 2013

2 Cows

I hooked a rug last fall in 2 weeks. It is an adaptation from a photo by Ree Drummond with her permission. Ree has a great blog called The Pioneer Woman. Check it out.

Anyway...the rug was fun. I hooked it in a 4 cut on rug warp. I loved this photo when she first published it on her blog a few years ago, and when she showed it again last summer, I knew I wanted to hook it.

The shading was difficult and putsy, but I do like the results. The cow shading was especially difficult and I used a few different swatches to achieve the result. I entered this in the Celebration contest, but it was not chosen as a finalist. O-well. On to another rug. Maybe the Starry Night rug I started 4 years ago for my daughter and never finished.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

1897 Sheep

This is the rug I hooked for an article in Rug Hooking Magazine. I still don't have my issue, but I have had some feedback about the article. I enjoyed writing it. It took a lot of time and rewrites. The magazine also did a little editing, which was fine. They did a better job than I could. From the beginning of the idea for the article to the actual publication of the article was 15 months. Things don't work fast in publishing and it also took me 8 months to decide on which rug to hook, get permission to hook the rug, research antique rugs, and write and rewrite the article. Still, I would do it again and would encourage everyone to think about writing an article for one of the rug hooking publications out there. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

More from Sauder

One of the special exhibits this year at Sauder was a display of tavern signs hooked by Karl and Mary Jo Gimber.  I had 2 favorites, for very different reasons.

Silent Woman made me laugh. I can see this tavern full of men with no women allowed unless they were cooks or waitresses. The owner was probably not married. If he was married, then his wife must have had a good sense of humor. That's my guess.

Buckmans 1775 was my favorite tavern rug because it was so primitive and so perfect. The photo is not perfect as the rug was up high and hard to get a good photo.

Now onto a few great animal rugs.

Ram Tough by Michele Wise was a wonderful rug that I had seen before at Western McGown Teacher's Workshop, where Michele is the director. This rug is in Celebrations. Sometimes you see a rug and know it will be a winner. This was oe of those rugs. The variety of colors she used in this rug were perfect. I thought her rug was hung too low, but I know every rug can't be hung at the perfect height.

This gorilla was hooked by one of the retreat teachers...Judy Carter. If I'm wrong about that, I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure she hooked this. She's an amazing hooker. I would love to take a class from her one day.

This was hooked by April DeConick, a workshop teacher. She used a wide variety of colors in this lion and it was beautiful.

I think this rhino rug was hooked by Jon Ciemiewicz. It looks like his work, but I didn't take notes and I can't read the tiny sign in the photo. He has a rug in Celebrations this year called Turtle Reflection. He's a great hooker and I've admired his work for years.

                                                 A wonderful bear rug. No info available.

                                                  Great sheep. No info available.

                                                 A whole wall of animals...with one butterfly.

More later.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week 2012

This was my 3rd time at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio for the rug hooking show and workshop/retreat classes. It is one of my favorite places to go for rug hooking. The show is fantastic, the vendors are varied with beautiful wool and supplies to buy, the accomodations are perfect and the classes are fun and worth the trip. I was notified of a late cancellation in a class taught by Trish Johnson. I jumped at the chance to take her class and was so glad that I did. I will talk more about this later, but here are a few photos from the rug show. The above photo is the Eye See You display and it was amazing.

This was one of my favorite Celebration winners. It was hooked by Roland Nunn and called Lake Shore. If you have the Celebration issue, it's on pages 98 and 99. Perfection.

Another favorite of mine, Fantasy Flight hooked by Lyle Drier. This rug made the cover of Celebrations. Congatulations, Lyle!

Isn't the reflection amazing on this rug?  Hooked by Liz Marino.

Geronimo hooked by Grace Collette. Sweet story with this rug. You'll have to read about it yourself. It's on pages 22 and 23.

I was especially attracted to the landscape/pictorial rugs in the show, maybe because I was taking the class from Trish Johnson on pictorials. This was called Gold Hill, UK and hooked by Bernice Howell on pages 90 and 91 of Celebrations.
That's enough for now. I'll add more later.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Here's the finished pillow that I hooked for a class I taught out in Eugene, Oregon last month.  As I explained in an earlier post, I prodded the edges to match the colors in the pillow, so around most of the pillow I used green, blue-green, orange and gold wool and silk strips. Along the bottom of the pillow I used dark brown, dark blue, dark green and black wool and silk strips. It was a fun class. I left the pillow in Eugene with my son and granddaughter. I know they will get a lot of use out of it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I recently hooked a pillow top for a class I'm teaching this summer. I decided to do something special to the edges.  I took a class last fall, and the teacher had prodded the edge of her pillow and it looked fantastic.  I decided this was the finish this pillow needed.

I made a hidden zipper backing for the pillow so I could sew all the way around the pillow top.  I was afraid if I had to hand sew any opening closed, the force of prodding the edge would break my hand stitching.  This way I could avoid that possibility. I found instructions for the hidden zipper by Googling "hidden zipper pillow back".

                        I cut strips of wool and also strips of silk approximately 1/2" to 1" wide and 4 to 6" long.

I can't for the life of me remember what this tool is called. I have 3 of them and used them for stuffing doll legs and arms back when I made primitive dolls. This one has a small tip and worked the best for pushing through the linen and catching the wool or silk strip and pulling it back through. (Update: It's called a hemostat.)

Always go into the same hole from the last strip. I skipped 3 or 4 holes before coming up and grabbing the strip to pull it through.

This is as much of the finished project I'm going to show. I like to wait and have the class get the first look. I'll show the complete pillow when I get home in July.

I'm happy with the look and it is worth the extra trouble and time to do this.