Monday, October 17, 2016


Wow, more than a month has passed since I posted. I don't know where the time goes!

I've been working on my Karla Gerard rug. Here is a picture of my progress. The rug photographed a bit darker than it actually is.

In addition, I've started a new rug for the new grandchild my daughter is having in March. I love woodland animal scenes, so with the help of some coloring books, I put together some favorite critters in a forest setting. Here's the beginnings of that rug. I've used some yarn in this rug, because I just love the texture you get.

In this closeup you can see the birch trees I've started hooking. They use a wool of mine called Winter Tracks, pictured below.

Julie Smith's fall classes began two weeks ago, and we are doing a project on dolls. We are hooking the faces and sewing the bodies. I'm not so sure about the sewing part, but we'll see. It's great to challenge myself with this. Used Pinterest, Google, and various prim Web sites for inspiration. I'll take some pictures of the finished projects as the autumn progresses.

Made a quick trip to Cape May the third week of September to go birding. Cape May is one special place in the birding world, and we got to see some new birds and meet some wonderful and experienced birders. A great place to visit anyway with lovely shops and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

 I believe this is a Semi-palmated Sandpiper.

Hope to post again sooner rather than later!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Another cityscape rug

Here is a picture from a friend who also took Norma Batastini's cityscape workshop recently. 

Mary's rug is spectacular! She is one of the finest hookers I know, and also one with a great color sense. Her whipping is impeccable. I asked her how she gets her whipping so even and she said, "I don’t think there’s a secret to my binding. It’s just turtle speed!"

I hope to show you more of our cityscape rugs when our classes resume this September.

Julie Smith's annual garden party hook-in is next week. I'll be taking pictures and will post pictures of the rugs that people bring to share..

As always check out my auctions on Ebay and my shop on Etsy. Links are to right side of my post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Rug -- Shorebirds

During the winter, I went to Heavens to Betsy's hook-in just south of Kinderhook, NY. Ali Striebel was there selling her wool, books, etc. The great thing to see in her booth was all the samples she brought showing the wonderful ideas for using wool. I was fascinated to see that she had made some pillows using wool fabric. Attached on top of the face of the pillow was a piece of dyed linen with a hooked motif on it. The background of the hooking was simply the dyed linen. That got me thinking about some of the small pieces of linen I had left from larger rug projects.

At a dye session in May, some of my fellow hookers went to Julie Smith's studio where we dyed perle cotton thread for use in embroidery. I brought some of my small linen pieces thinking I'd use the leftover dyes to create some colorful linen backgrounds for hooking. Of course, the linen got set aside for a bit!

A couple of weeks ago I came across a pretty aqua blue piece I had dyed, drew some shorebirds on it, and started hooking. Here is the rug I came up with. I haven't finished figuring out how the edging is going to look, but I did finish the hooking and did needle felt in some wispy clouds using natural roving.

I used a variation of the wool to the right called Murano Swirl for the sand. The variation is a fair bit lighter, but you can see how the colors play together. I also used a formula called Pink Sands that is a pale, pale gray pink shade. I like the effect of the colors hooked randomly.

This was one of those projects that I couldn't stop working on. Perhaps knowing I didn't have to hook the entire background helped a lot!

Hope your hooking is going along great this summer.