Monday, April 30, 2007
OH, I must be crazy!! I've started yet another piece. I'm working on this smaller pattern from www.madhen.com called "Basketful". I'm hooking this for the Primitive Rug Hookers Group "May Day" launch that started yesterday. Hope to have it finished and bound by Thursday.....we'll see!! Definitely not drab, primitive colors. I'd call these more Carribean.....Maddi from Simply Fibers had a hand in the color planning on this. The colors make me smile!!
Go forth and be creative,
I've decided to put some of my rugs on the floor in this room....now that I can actually see the floor.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Today I washed all the sheets and put on a bedspread in place of the comforter....it got up in the 80's here today.
She loves a freshly made bed.....who doesn't.
Resting....it's good for the spirit.
Go forth and rest,
Gift giving is a good thing!! This little robin that I call the "Spring Messenger" has hung on my cupboard door for a few years now.....such a happy fellow.
He now has a new home! At my husband's prompting I gave him as a birthday gift today to a great friend's mom.
She was tickled...which tickled me!
Go forth and give,
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
My solution (I hope) is in this fabric I bought the other day. It coordinates with the bedding in this room and I just love it. I've just started making panels to make a skirt around the table. I've got one panel sewn....which is no easy feat for me, since I am just horrible at sewing...so much thinking and math...but I think I'm getting there.
On a brighter note, here is one of the rugs in the "rug hooking room" This is a pattern from Cammie Bruce at www.basketsofwool.com. Just a tiny little rug, but I used strips of wool that I got from members of Wool Snippets several years ago, so it has lots of personal meaning and is one of the rugs that I will most likely never part with. It makes me happy to look at it.
This is the "Big Truvy" rug that I started with teacher Abby Vakay www.artnfiber.com at Mt. Magazine, Arkansas. I actually have hooked more on this rug, but just need to take a picture of it, but this gives you an idea of what I'm currently working on. On this rug I started with her big sad eyes. As it progresses I will keep you updated.
It's home is in our entryway and it has held up great...it gets walked on ALL THE TIME!!! Even with the light background it really doesn't have much soiling....other than where one of my dogs pee'd on it and the red colors of the lettering run when I was trying to get the stain out. I had used recycled wool and even though I had washed the wool before I hooked with it, it still bled. I unhooked that part and tried to dye somewool to match. Here is a picture of the repaired part. The colors don't match exactly, but I think it just adds to the story of the rug.
Here is a picture of the repaired area.
These are NOT the dogs who did the damage....it was our old dog, Geairmo, God rest his little soul..he was just old when it happened. These are my girls, Cleopatra and Truvy.....looking out the window last night at the rain.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Here's my tip of the week for you:
When trying to decide how much wool that you will need for a rug hooking project...figure you will need 4-6 times the area that you are wanting to hook. If you have an area that is 4" x 4" then you will need 64-96 square inches of wool to hook that area or a piece or pieces that add up to be 16"x16" up to 24" x 24" or something that makes that equivalent.
When I'm hooking a rug I figure on 6 times the area...I tend to hook a bit higher than most...if you are a high hooker you will need closer to 6 times the amount....if you are a "packer"....same thing. Better to have a little bit too much than to run out with a few rows to go!!!
Have you ever had a rug design that had lots of leaves around the border....those things that are hard to "figure" how much wool you will need.....here's an idea....get a piece of tracing paper or computer paper and lay it over the leaves...trace ALL of the leaves onto your sheet of paper and then use the size of the paper to decide how much you wool you will need.....trace all of the leaves close together....NOT the way they appear on your pattern.
Go forth and be creative,
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I started out dyeing a couple of recipes from the Prism Spot dye book...I think in the picture above the first wool is called Morning Sky and the second is Delphinium if I remember correctly. I love the way the Morning Sky turned out. After that I thought it would be fun to dye a brown wool that went from light to dark and that is how the third piece came about.....I'm thinking it will make for hooking some really fine animals!!! Here is a picture of it more close up.
A bit chilly this morning....I think it was about 48 degrees while I was out walking about in my bare feet through the dewy grass. The peonies are almost past their prime, but hopefully as the sun comes out more today they will open up a bit more and put on one more big show. What a wonderful flower....so voluptuous yet delicate....just like women!!
While I was out around 7:30 am the squirrels were already up and about starting their day....running back and forth along the ivy covered fence chattering to each other. Lots of people don't like squirrels, but they are very entertaining to watch.....my bassoon, "Big Truvy", is especially fond of making sure they keep their wits about them and will bark at them and chase them along the fence....if it's not too hot outside and she's in the mood to give them a go!I also need to dye some browns and oranges and just thought this big urn would be a great color to try to get out of the dye pots today....perhaps a spot dye with a coppery brown and mossy greens together. Also the lambs ear in the foreground is such a pretty soft blue sage green...another great color to work towards today. My husband made the fountain....if you look really close you can see that the water runs off the side of the urn and down into a grate covered hole....when it's really hot outside the dogs love to lick the side of the urn to get their water....kind of a garden dog water fountain of sorts.
This is one of my favorite trees in the yard....at least so far this year....I believe my husband said it was called a Golden Himalayan cedar ....a kind of weeping cedar tree....it's so beautiful this year and I just love the colors in it! So much that I even took a close up picture. Just look at those chartreuse greens, dark greens and lime greens...all on the same tree....just inspiring!!!
This is another one of my favorite trees....in case you haven't noticed I like trees with character....weeping and irregularly shaped....odd colors....I can't remember what this tree is called....we call it a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree....it is growing really tall and kind of has limbs that stick out with no rhyme or reason....I just love this tree! It is the most magnificent shade of blue!! We planted it about 10 years ago and it was about 6 foot tall at that time...now it's waaaay taller than our house!!!!
Enjoy your day and don't forget to go outside...even if just for a little bit,
Friday, April 20, 2007
"Some men throw their gifts away on a life of mediocrity, great men throw everything they have into their gifts and achieve a life of success."Greg Werner
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."Mary Lou Cook
"There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish."Warren G. Bennis
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward De Bono
Thursday, April 19, 2007
This is the bed area.....can't say that myself or anyone else has ever slept here, but I love the sheets on this bed...they just have that yummy cottagy feel to them and I just LOVE them! The big cabbage roses....from one of my favorite places to shop....Target!!! I might as well tell you I have an affinity for old stuffed animals that just look like they have been overly loved and I just can't seem to part with them....I know....I'm 39....what's the deal?! So, on the bed I have a big old patchwork teddy bear who is wearing my Las Vegas sun hat and a big old carnival dog.
Here are some of my pitiful old stuffed animals that needed homes....I really love the little pug dog....I'd like to make one of these using pretty wools one day. I also love the little poodle too! The doll was my great grandfather's when he was a baby and it has 3 faces on the same head....smiling, crying and sleeping...my grandmother gave it to me for Christmas this year. The little stitchery was a gift from my good friend, Reba.
This is the inside of the bottom cupboard...it is houseing my "neutral" wools from the lightest on top to the darkest on the bottom.....LOTS of recycled wools which are just so hard to store neatly....I hope to work through them all one day and have them in rugs!!!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I based the design on a pair of vintage salt and pepper shakers that I had and then added a bird house from our backyard and a bee skep to symbolize my husband's love of gardening.
Once again, I used mainly recycled wools on this rug. My favorite part of this rug is the sky.....I used a juice glass and just drew around it with a marker and then used different blues for the sky....very whimsical, I think!
This rug was my first adventure into dyeing wool and on this one I dyed the wool for the bee, beeskep and the orange around the perimeter of the rug....I learned that this was another part of rug hooking that I simply adored!!!
Again, this is a rug that has a place on the floor in our home....I really don't understand the reluctance of people to put their rugs on the floor. This was hooked in 2000 and is still holding up great! It's not in a high traffic area, but the basset hounds that we have now love to lay on the rugs and when Geairmo was with us he adored lounging on his own special rug.
In a future post I'll talk about rugs in high traffic areas....I have a big rug in our entry way and it is walked on ALL the time!!!!
Go forth and be creative,