Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hooked Cone Flower Chair Pad And Gingerbread Rug

I have always liked my hooked Cone Flower runner and wanted to hook a chair pad. I added at random some tongues on the border to fill the space and used the same grey green as the leaves. Making it more neutral and not to busy.
Mr. Gingerbread Man  was a quick hooking project. He has a light cinnamon color behind him making his body be the center attraction. The border is a brown green and has nice mottling through it. He is so proud of the red heart he wears. A few greenery sprigs with red berries give him a festive look.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mustard Hooked Santa

Found a picture I had taken of the Mustard Santa, so thought I would add it for you to see. I now think I like it best!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hooked Chalkwware Santas

These are my last two Santas. The one on the left is a grey green coat with a brown background. The one on the right started out to be an Americana Santa, but somehow that is not what I see when looking at this one. Although each one of the Santas are the very same pattern, they all hooked up differently. I hooked five colors in all. Janice has my other one and she will post it on her blog along with another hooked Santa that she will do in a white coat.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chalkware Santa Hooked Rug

 I am giving a "Single Saturday"class on this Chalkware Santa pattern at The Rug Hooking Store in Valley NE. October 4th. I also have it hooked in a mustard and an Americana, if time permits I am doing a grey green one. The latter ones are not finished enough for pictures. But as soon as the finishing touches are done I will post them. Also you can see a couple of them on Janice's Blog. Finished size is 16 1/2 x 8.


I colorized this rug for a student of mine at last years retreat. I was so thrilled with how it was looking that I couldn't get my mind off of it. I collaborated with a couple of friends that we might get together and hook these rugs this summer.We all chose different color pallets and mine being the darkest. I can't do white, so then there was a problem with the ice. Being that the snow wasn't white, then what does one use for ice? This piece of wool was just the ticket for my ice and made a nice compliment for the snow. Ok, I know what "YOU ARE" thinking. My way of thinking is that this is the perfect fit for my coloring. Even though the other girls have lighter backgrounds and I helped  pick colors for them. I love how they are all different. Winter Wonderland by Carol Endres, an adaptation by Barb Carroll,Woolley Fox.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gobbler

I am showing my Saturday only class on this Turkey rug that will be June 21st at the Rug hooking Store in Valley Ne. This picture was taken outside and a little cloudy. The next picture was taken inside with a flash. As you can see, I changed the feet of the turkey, they didn't show up enough against the green background at the bottom. I had changed them 5 times. This is what I ended up with. Although both pictures look different here, they both look pretty true to color. The bottom picture just has more light on it to make the colors stand out. In my house it will be more like the color above. I like that this class is early in the season so the ladies will have enough time to finish it in time for the Turkey to be on the family table! Ha! When I drew this design, I had in mind that all the designs would be chunky and large. More of a country Folk Art piece rather than true to what a real Turkey would look like, cause we all know Turkeys do NOT have pointed tail feathers! Also this pattern is offered in three sizes. I hooked the largest size which is 32 1/2x25 1/2. I used an 8 cut and think the other sizes will be fine using the same. Designer Jan Goos, hooked by Jan Goos. Patterns are available through The Rug Hooking Store.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Spring Is Here

 The first inkling of Spring in our neck of the woods is what is on my dining room table! A friend called one day and said she was bringing me some of her pussy willow branches and boy were they nice! I thank you!




                                                           I finally had a nice day to get out some things and display them by my front door. Always a task for me, as I have to wash everything up from the winters grime and haul from all the out building that I store my things in. I live on a gravel road and not much traffic, we are farmers and there is dust blowing from our near by fields to always make things dusty. So why bother with doing all this? Well, it makes me feel good to look at the front when I am outside working in my flowers beds and just a nice inviting look as you drive up the driveway. As the sun goes down the candles come on and give a nice glow out front. It says "Welcome"!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Civil War Tokens"

Last fall when I was on a trip up North to Country Sampler in Spring Green WI. I picked up this Penny Rug kit. It all looks so simple (which it is) and at a glance you think no big deal I can do one of these in a couple of days! Let me tell you, more than a few days and weeks and months have gone by and it seems all my free time, whether it was riding along with hubby or setting in a Dr's office or just relaxing watching TV, I was forever threading my needle to stitch another circle. Did I say circle? I mean "CIRCLES"! 300 to be exact! I just now finished the velvet overdyed binding and gave it one last pressing and here it is. So happy it is done and believe me, next time those circles are going to be a lot bigger and maybe just not as many. I love it now it is done. Designed by Lavonne Young.