Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Here in Arizona we're 4 hours away from the end of 2015. Since I gave up making New Years resolutions many years ago, I don't have to confess unfinished goals. LOL
Just before Christmas I started 2 new rug designs. The first rug is designed for the FB group " Out Of Hand Rug Hooker's Hook-a-long & Challenge Group". Lori Brechlin posted several different motifs and we could choose from those templates to create our designs. Entry Rugs have to be completly finished by Jan 3rd 2016. I will post a picture in a few days.

The other new rug is an adaptation of a vintage rug. This is a great design to use leftover worms. Though, I'm actually not noticing the pile of those going down.
Antique Floral Geometric 20x54

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It's finished!

Then it was time to do the binding. I over dyed 1 yard of wool. Cut my bias strips 3 inches wide and these 2 triangles are the left overs from 1 yard of wool. That's cutting it pretty close. (maybe a little to close for peace of mind). LOL

rug size 8x10

The end is in sight.

Time to celebrate, the big rug is home. Steaming was done on the floor in the Garage

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chair Pads

The little rug "Fraktur 2015" is hooked.
Since then I had an order for chair pads in the Fraktur style, so I redesigned the pattern to fit chair seats. The other chair pad has a rooster as the main attraction.

Patterns are available.

Talking about chair pads. Here is one I designed for La Rae Schneider to match her chair. She started working on it during the 3 day Wine Country Rug Hookers workshop, Spring 2015.
Great job La Rae.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Finally getting around to post new pictures of my progress. The BIG rug is hooked, but I'm waiting for cooler and less smokey weather to lay it out on the garage floor to steam. The wool for binding is overdyed and ready to go. I'm thankful we only have the bad air and not the actual fires in our neighborhood. We need rain to help putting out the forest fires, but that usually doesn't happen till October.

Right now I'm working on a couple of smaller rugs. I'm already thinking about another large design, but planning that will take a while.........

Padula Pomegranates is 24x48.  After starting to hook by echoing around the motifs, I changed my mind and decided to hook the background in "non directional" loops. I still have some echo hooking left in spots, so you can see the difference.

The other small pattern is a replica of an antique rug. Simple Spirit is 18x30

Tomorrow is hooking at the Library. Mara Lou is starting "After the Flood" and requested blue wool for sky and water. These are samples out of the dye pots.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Big rug update

I had a few progress report requests. LOL. Coming along, but still a ways to go. I am starting to think about the finishing. I wonder how long that is going to take and how much more wool I need to over dye for that?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A New Week

Finally made it to the Library to join my rug hooking friends. Between talking and looking at books this is 2 hours worth of hooking.
I'm still working on the 8x10 rug. It's progressing nicely. Finished hooking the center background and the outside is off to a good start. I over dyed more antique black wool for the background. Not sure this will be enough to finish. 9.5 cuts gobble up lots of wool.
We're having a heat wave in Southern Oregon. 103 yesterday and not much cooler today. I'm happy hooking with the air conditioning running.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A new Design

This is the new rug I started. (24x49) Small enough to take along to rug hooking meetings.
The wool I over dyed are in shades of the Pantone Color Spectrum for 2015. The red is called Marsala.

I wasn't able to go to the Library last Monday to hook, but did a little preview hooking at home. Now I'm back to the big rug and the background.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Big Rug

Giving this blogging another try.
I've been working on the big rug ( 8x10 ) yes, that is feet, not inches. Finished 8 log cabins last week and now only background is left to hook. Lots of background......I don't mind hooking background. I find it relaxing, since I don't have to think of where to put what color. Planning on finishing it, so it can move to Arizona with me, this fall. I can't wait to see it on the new wood floor in the great room.

I did not keep track of how much wool I've used so far. I just over dyed another 2 yards of various colors to make more of the antique black background. I'll take another picture when I get that hooked in. The background is hooked in a 9.5 cut. The motifs in 8.5 and 9 cuts.

Today I dyed wool for my next project. I needed something portable to take to the Library where we hook every Tue morning. I'll take a picture of the new rug tomorrow evening.

Thanks for visiting.......

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Springtime in Southern Oregon

A sign of Spring, when the Rhododendrons bloom.

 Workshop in Sebastopol
What were we talking about?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scrolls with 3 Chickens

OK, only 2 chicken are showing up here, but I am hooking on # 3. It's going a little slow right now, since I have company from Germany here and I just finished teaching a 3 day workshop. I can't wait to see it on my kitchen floor. It's 10 feet long.

Phoenix Workshop 2015

what more could we want......
rug hooking, friends, sunshine and lots of textured wool.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February update

 Last weekend 13 Pebblecreek Rughookers went to Tucson for the annual Hook-in. Friends, food, the rug display and lots of wool make this an enjoyable event.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

News travels fast.

Yes, the Chicken Runner is 10 feet long and 24 inches wide.
It can be designed shorter with only 2 chicken or just 1 chicken in the Center. 
And of course without chicken. 
How about with cats?

Rug 24 x 51

Creative Juices Flowing

Lets start the new year off with a new design.
I signed up for a workshop in January and that means starting a new project. Once I had the pattern traced onto the linen, I couldn't keep the hook away from the frame. So here is the first picture and the workshop isn't till next week. The runner is 10 feet long and this shows about 1/3 of it. I'll post pictures of the other 2 chicken soon.