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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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

As the Crow Flies

I made this cute, cute, cute pincushion from a pattern by As the Crow Flies...just love the name. It's a fairly new company of 2 pattern designers. Two sisters in fact. The company offers many exciting wool applique patterns and this is one I chose to do.  It was very simple with easy to follow instructions. It's a hefty size; 7 inches, which I like for a pincushions...plenty of room for pins and needles, plus easy to find. They will be featured in Country Sampler magazine in the upcoming issue, so take a look.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

More Yo-Yo Pins

Happy Sunday to you all!
  I stitched up a few more of my yo-yo pins. I like having some of these on hand to work on when I'm not in the mood to work on larger projects or just to do when my creative juices aren't flowing.
I added beads spaced between the blanket stitches, something I hadn't done before and I kind of like the look. I also added an extra piece of wool, sandwiched inside, giving it a bit more volume, like a mini pillow; nice and squishy.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Complete

I woke up very early today, not my plan but I did. So I finished Jan Goos' pattern "Morning in the Meadow". On this wall hanging I added wide gros-grain ribbon on top to hang it. I got kind of carried away with embellishing the bird: rick-rack and beads on the wing, fly stitches on the tail in variegated floss, and a piece of trim and large bead for the eye. Quite the handsome fellow! For the backing, I used a piece of cotton. Now, what to do next? Maybe a nap!
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.
Morning in the Meadow


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stitch Awhile

This week I hooked up with some stitching buddies at Karen's in Sequim. We spent the morning stitching and catching up with news of the past month. It's amazing how time flies!
So here are a few photos of projects from this get together as well as a few from prior ones, which I neglected to post.
Linda's table Runner Christmas gift

Linda's table runner #2 another Christmas gift
Robin's Gingerbread man Christmas ornament

Robin's Gingerbread man  #2
Marilyn's Owl Purse: a gift exchange

Linda's Robin's: A gift for a friend
Lynsay's needlebook

Marilyn's pins: to be sold
Til the next time: happy stitching!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Details, details

I've been working diligently on this wool project, stitching an hour here  and


there. I especially like to work on my project when I first get up while I 'm having my cup of tea. I can then critique my stitches from the night before. Sometimes I turn my piece upside down to get a different take. I find this very helpful.

I've added a thin lining on the back to give the piece more stability since it is a bigger piece. I don't want it to stretch out of shape once I hang it.
Some of the stitches I have used so far are the chain stitch, colonial knots, back stitch, blanket, cross stitch and detached buttonhole. Oh and I used the stem stitch to outline the leaves. I've never done this before and I like how it looks.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Stoneware Rug


Here is a medium size rug I made last year and just recently finished binding it. I still favor using wool yarn wrapped over cording.  I then cover the raw edges of burlap with twill tape.
The rug has moved from room to room. Right now it's place is in my wool/workroom in front of a very old English dresser. We'll see how it settles in.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Morning in the Meadow


Good Sunday to you all! While my husband dyed wool today, I prepped a wall hanging by Goos Nest. I was recently asked to make a kit for this pattern, so I made one for myself as well. I was able to get it all basted down, yeah. Cutting and basting is always the most tedious. But now I'm all set to start stitching away.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Greetings!
Hope all is well with you all on this very fine Sunday.
I've been busy stitching up a few Christmas tree pins for an upcoming show in early November, our last for the year, Yeah! These little pins have 6 tiny yo-yos stitched in place to form a small tree. They're kind of addicting to make.
I have also several hooked little "house blessings" to go as well. For this last event I'm planning on having a Christmas table with items for gift-giving. It's hard to believe it will be here in 2 months! What a year it's been and where has the time gone I ask you!
House Blessings
Yo-yo Pins and trees
Oh, the little trees are filled with walnuts shells, so they can be slouchy or upright. This a pattern I found on-line a few years back and still make a few every now and then.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I'm Back....

Hello Everyone
It's been awhile. I've been so busy with the business, which is a good thing, but also recuperating from tendonitis in my wrist. The worst motion for it was using the computer. So I had to give it a rest. And with the help of an acupuncturist I am much, much better.
In our area in Washington many of the quilt shops are doing the wooly block adventure, similar to the row by row. I was asked by Karen of Karen's Quilt Shop in Sequim to design a block. The theme is winter wonderland. So here's my take...a bit of sharing amongst 2 woodland creatures.....good for all seasons, don't you think?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gala Pin Cushion

I just finished a new pin cushion. We're getting ready to do another show this weekend and I try to have something new to offer each time. Sometimes it's my creation and other times it's a new notion like thread or velvet. You know, try to keep things interesting for us gals.
This design is based on an Eastern Indian motif. The shapes are kind of wonky, but I think it works.
Not too many stitches used: chain, buttonhole, colonial knots and the running stitch around the leaves. Pretty simple in fact, so I think it will be appealing to the novice stitcher.
And I topped it off with a very bright pom-pom trim.
Well, I off to make one more delivery before we have to pack it up.
This pattern is available in my Etsy shop.Wishing you all a happy day!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Three Roses

Even though I've been very busy lately, I feel like I don't have much to show for myself. I'm waiting for inspiration to come but it's slow, maybe on a vacation! So I've finished up some loose ends;  wool pins, which I already showed you a few of, and preparing for another show in a couple of weeks. And of course, dyeing more wool. So I thought I'd show you one of my older rugs I hooked probably 12 years ago...yikes! It's a bigger one....3 x 5 or so. I prefer doing larger rugs and I for the most part put them on the floor, and since we have wood floors they lay nicely. Some are starting to show there wear and some of the once bright colors are starting to fade. But that's ok.
I think I purchased this pattern from J. Moshimer , and it was kindly brought to my attention, that it is called "Wentworth".

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Completed Pins

wool pins
 I was able to finish some of my pins recently. We had several deliveries of wool to make and so while my husband drove, I stitched away. It's amazing how a few stitches here and there, gets the job done.
flower in a bucket

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little Pins

I enjoy making these pins to sell at the shows. I tend to accumulate an endless supply of scraps as we all do, so these are perfect to use up some tidbits, but certainly not all.  I like having small projects to work on, along with the bigger ones that don't required a lot of planning, etc.
basket of pins to be
finished
It's also a good exercise in "free form" designing and if (when) I screw up, there's very little waste.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bowl of Plenty


Here is another Maggie B patterns I just finished, called Bowl of Plenty. I added some very old buttons and dressed the birds up a bit with some stitchery and linen ric-rac trim. Now I need to find the perfect spot for it and pound just a few more holes in the wall.
This pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Needle-book



I can never resist buying vintage lace and buttons at thrift stores. I was raised by a Hungarian grandma, who during her "free " moments had either a crochet hook in her hand or a prayer book. So her spirit lives within me still...nearly 60 years later.
I enjoy using these textile treasures with their hidden history and create something (I feel) useful in our times. And in this case; a needle-book. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty persnickety about my needles and they vary for each project. So it's nice to have a "special" case to keep these ready for use.
This case is a test model for a class I'll be teaching in Portland; a "make and take" class. But now I have to make another  one to track my time, to make sure I schedule the time correctly. What will I ever do with 2 needle-cases?!!!
All of the stitches used are pretty basic: fly, chain, buttonhole and colonial knots.
 This kit is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stitching Away

Amazing what you can get accomplished waiting for the ferry..... I'm glad I took a project along for the ride. We had a pleasant trip over to Whidby Island....stopped at a wonderful bakery in Langley and made a stop at Quilter's Workshop and a couple thrift stores. A low stress day! Just what I needed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wool Eggs

I know that Easter has passed but I think that these wool eggs will look sweet in the home during this beautiful Spring season. I prepped one so I could work on it while we're on the road today....got to have something to do with my hands! I sealed the edges with Fray Bloc, since the pieces are small. And I didn't want the motifs to fall apart over the years of handling. I will whip stitch the parts in place with a coordinating color of thread....then embellish.
Chartreuse Egg

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Wool Day in Everett

Lorenzo and I had a very fine leisurely day delivering wool across the canal to Bonnie's wonderful new location in Everett. If you are ever in this area stop by her shop: Loving Stitches. She 's also an exquisite basket maker!
 The weather was perfect and we had a delicious lunch at the Hungry Pelican in Snohomish..****



Friday, May 13, 2016

Hookin'

  A few of the many rugs at a recent hook-in in Bellingham. It was loads of fun...lots of laughs, good food and great friends.











My Garden Cat

Just need to bind this one and it's ready to go! It was a fun piece to hook.