Monday, October 12, 2009

Did you ever notice?

Did you ever notice that when you are hooking a rug in an 8-cut, there always seems to be some small part of the rug that needs to be hooked in a smaller cut. You resist doing this as it will involve changing a cutter head. So, you forge ahead anyway with that large cut. You get the strips put in, and you realize that your hooking just looks horrible and the motif doesn't quite look like what it is supposed to be.

Now, having wasted time, you relent and get that small cutter head out. If you have a Rigby like me, you take it all apart, insert the new head, put it back together, and wish you had that Townsend cutter you've been hinting about to anyone who will listen.

While working on my Time Travel rug, I came to the clawed feet on the shelf that holds the clock. I was sure I could make this work in a 6-cut. I gave myself credit for not even attempting the 8-cut!! Alas, the 6-cut didn't cut it (excuse the pun!). So, out came the 3-cut head. And now, having hooked the claw foot, I can indeed tell it is a claw foot! Eureka! I learned something I should already have remembered!!! Here is a photo of the claw foot:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday's Dye Session

Yesterday (Tuesday) was a dye day. Decided to do some more casserole dyeing, as I had such fun with it last time I dyed wool. Here is the result:

The pinks and blues were casserole-dyed in the regular manner. The green pieces were pleated first. I love the way they came out. Look for them on Ebay soon.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival 2009

I attended the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival last Sunday with my sisters and had a great time. For a first effort, the show was great – lots of vendors and lots of demonstrations, and lots of animals! Here are some of the photos I took.

A group of Episcopal nuns raise these goats and spin their fur into yarn. Surprisingly soft!

These cute little guys were so funny to watch. I bought some roving from the owners of this trio and intend to try my hand at dyeing it.

Ran into the Easton Rug Hookers who had a beautiful display of rugs. Patty Varley and Phyllis Riley are working away on their latest masterpieces!

My friend Jean Fleming is working on a spectacular rug. I love the colors in this one!

Some of Easton's finest!

Check out this hand-dyed roving. What a feast for the eyes! Couldn't resist buying some of the greens. It hooks up surprisingly well.

This picture and the next two show some of Linda Van Alstyne's needle felting. She was there demonstrating her craft. You can check out here Web site at:

All in all, it was a great day. The show was such a success that it will be held again next year.