My Shop

Monday, February 13, 2017

A New Pattern: A Notebook Cover

Just finished this notebook (journal) cover pattern. It was a bit tricky making it fit nicely over the book I chose, but I finally succeeded. But writing the instructions is the most difficult part for me. Trying to put myself in someone else shoes when reading it. How detailed do I need to be? And recently I've been adding thread to some of the kits, so that can be challenging keeping track of much I use, especially when I have interruptions, as we all do. But I admit, it does get easier the more I do it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello Everyone

Just a quick shot of another one of my favorite scrappy rugs. I do enjoy making these hit or misses...using up scraps and worms and cleaning out the scrap baskets. I do have some which I am no longer fond of for whatever reason....poor judgement, wrong colors, etc. Do you?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


This is one of my favorite hit or miss rugs. The background is done with lots of browns and dark reds. The crosses are in golds, tans, and lighter tones. It needs a mall repair where my kitty snagged a of these days.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Keepsake Box

I just finished this keepsake box which could be used for one's special mementos; letters, pictures, treasures from a walk or it could be used as a container for laces or jewelry. Lots of possibilities.
I used chalk paint over a paper mache box, oh so easy even for this non-painter. I hesitantly applied fabric glue to adhere the wool and trim to the box, but it worked just fine.
Stitches: Chain, fly, colonial knots, buttonhole, buttonhole bar, long and short buttonhole stitch,and running stitch.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


My daughter sent me an Etsy gift certificate for Christmas and I  purchased these sturdy ironstone vessels. They're very versatile . But  I  am using one for flowers.  Even though they're artificial! Wool ones are on my agenda. I love how they are slightly chipped and I wonder what their histories are?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see this?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Here is my completed and newest  design: A Sampler Pillow. What a fun one this was! All 9 squares have different stitches but none of them are too difficult to master. It's amazing how different each little block looks. As you can see I used a very bright pallet but it would look marvelous with muted colors, like an old fashioned penny rug. I also applied running stitches to add a quilted look.
Stitches used: whip, seed, buttonhole, buttonhole wheel, chain, straight, stem, lazy daisy, running, long and short buttonhole, fly and colonial knots.
Pattern available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Morning Eveyone!

I've been experimenting some with marbleizing wool. I followed the instructions as shown on Primitive Spirit's web site and the results have been interesting. I bought the perfect pot to do this project in; the KettlePot. Three 1/4 yards fit perfectly. If I find a piece that I don't like the results of, I do it again with 2 other color combinations or I do a quick-set method of over dyeing it. So nothing is lost.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy Day!

It's been nice having some quality time off these last couple months. My husband and I have been enjoying ourselves ..... with a lot of cooking, baking and eating! My "to do" list has gone by the wayside. Oh well...I'll blame it on the weather, which has been sooo very cold here.
But I am looking forward to our up coming shows next month.  One of which I'll be selling more hand made items rather than the wool. I've made a bunch of cases for glasses. It will be fun seeing old friends again and seeing what's new.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Loose Ends

I finished hooking this small rug yesterday evening. Now I just need to sew the edges. I plan to use rug tape and add a hanging sleeve since it's too small for the floor. I have to finish this one before I start a new hooking project. My space just doesn't lend itself to more than a couple projects happening at the same time....which is probably a good thing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Hooked Tree

I thought I'd share one of my older hooked pieces. 'Tis the season for this one, although I keep it hanging all year round. I like the peace-giving theme; a gentle reminder for all times.
Oh Christmas Tree