Saturday, March 30, 2013

What Jane and Pam and Pat and Shirley Made

                                   From hooking class this week, a sampling of the works from:

Pam J



 Jane ( this is a tea cozy) 

Birdee is in love with it



And then it got quite busy and I left some very important projects unchronicled.
There is always next time.
Happy hooking!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wool Resurrection - a video

I'm busy preparing a wonderful Easter Surprise for The Welcome Mat, and I thought I share with a little with you too.
Here is a video from The Mat archives showing how to fix up wool you don't like.
Feel free to pin post or share this in any way.
If it is on my blog, it is free for the picking!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What Sandy Made - Doll House Rugs

  I have many delightful ladies come to hooking, today I'm going to introduce you to Sandy, this week she had a couple of treasures to show us all.
First of all - Doll house rugs. She tells me it is a tradition to have a doll house in her family and it gets passed down and around I believe and at each stop it gets refurbished. She is getting it back and look what she made for the rooms.

Finished with clear silicone and cotton on the back, I love the big pink one, it looks straight out of the "chenille rugs for your home" catalogue, circa 1950s

She also just finished this beautiful North Woods Waterways rug.

 I made a coil of piped wool for her to try finishing in a new way, she brought a lovely brown tweed with warm and cool coloured flecks for it.
We took an opportunity to show everyone how to finish this way. I learned how back at the Riverside Rug School Freda Macdonnell ran, back in 1999 or '98 Yvonne Wood taught me how. She used to say how she didn't care for cornering with the whipping method and as she usually did rug finishing in the car while her husband drove, this piped rug binding made for more peaceful cruises down the highway, no shouting at unresponsive corners.
I love it and I've used it ever since. I'll occasionally
 whip just to remember how but always on something small.

Surprise, Surprise!
It is still possible to ski.
I'm going out for the last time though this morning, the sun is mighty hot and the pussy willows are starting to show in their hip high snow banks.

White on White, makes an interesting idea for a rug, hmmmmm.
Happy Hooking All!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hooking Dots Without Ends - A video

Want to learn a new hooking trick?
On The Welcome Mat, my online studio for artistic growth in rug hooking, we have about 50 instructional videos. Every Monday we talk about and learn new skills.
We are sharing this one with you. If you are interested in joining look below and then click on the link.
Happy Spring!

PS You are  welcome to share this video where ever you like, thank you.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A little colour addition for my Faded Glory Article.

I just got my copy of Rug Hooking magazine yesterday and was a little worried about my article. The colours are quite off as pictured. These things happen!
I was concerned you might feel frustrated as you made my formulas and they wouldn't end up looking like the photos!

So, I've created for you a colour chart of them as they are. Please print it off and insert it in your copy for future reference when you want to use them. Please also print some off for your friends and please let people know anywhere and everywhere of these corrections.
You could even use photo paper and staple each sample over the one printed for  permanent correction. I'm sure people are wondering upon looking at if I understand the concept of faded rug colours! LOL
These dull colours are greatly influenced by their surroundings and vulnerable to teeny digital changes. I wish you happy dyeing!

                    Colour Samples of Fade Glory - Colours From Old Rugs RHM - M/A/M issue

Thank you for your help!