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Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Garden Cat

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Busy Week....

Some pictures from some very talented gals.
Linda's applique
Linda's applique
Debbie's Rug punching


Lindsay's baby quilt


Lindsay's log cabin

Mary Sue's punching

Rosemary's Crazy quilt
Susan's punching

Susan's punching

Susan's work

Tia's punching
Joan's wool applique

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Notebook Cover; Published


 My notebook cover has been published in the summer issue of Simply Vintage magazine. Check it out; there's so many tempting projects to do.,,just need to find a wee bit more time.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

A Few More Loops

Been making head way on this rug....now that I stopped unhooking. I have about a quarter of the border left and then the binding. I think I'll dye some yarn up and be ready.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

More Tree of Life Kits

Had a run of these "Tree of Life " kits this week, so I'm busy dyeing up more. This is a Swedish pattern from the 50's, that I adapted. It was originally designed for crewel embroidery.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Deep Maroon

I'm ready to start hooking the house and I think I'll use this color....deep maroon. It's a reddish brown and is becoming one of my favorites. Now if only I didn't have to clean house today!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cat in the Garden: Hooked and Appliqued

I recently drew up this pattern based on my "Cat in the Garden" applique. I worked on it while my dear husband drove us to and from the Yakima quilt show
last week. I was able to get quite a bit done, thanks to him. And I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I could hook "on the road". Will definitely do it more often.

Testing, testing...purrfect.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rug Punching Continued

On Sunday afternoon we had a reunion with some of the gals from the rug punching class we attended last month. Here are 2 of the finished works by Judy and Debbie...very nice job!
I worked on a small piece...I'll show you all soon.
We will meet again next month at Cabled Fiber and Yarn.
These patterns are available at Needles In The Nest

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stitching Away

Greetings to you all!
Connie's candle mat

Sandy's Flower Garden Quilt
Here's a few pictures from our last woolly group at Karen's....and a few oldies as well.
Karen's Velvet Flowers
Sylvia's sashiko
Sylvia's Sashiko
KD's pin cushion

Front of  Connie's Sewing Book

Inside of Sewing Book


Monday, April 17, 2017

Folk Bell Flowers

This is one of my wool appliqué wall hangings; Folk Bell Flowers that was just published in Primitive Quilts and Projects Summer issue! So cool.  I made this piece last year and have taught a class for it in our area. Sometime in the near future I plan to make a hooked rug pattern from it. I think it lends itself well for that. I'm slowly getting back into the groove of hooking.  But it's hard to find the time to do all the things I love to do.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Three Little Posies; Hooked and Appliqued

Just finished up these 2 projects. The first one is in wool applique with very simple stitches: running, chain and cross. I added some sari ribbon and beads. I especially like the metal tin. I'm planning to make kits, providing I can find more of these tins at a good price.

















With the same pattern I hooked a small wall hanging. Here I used a variety of yarns and ribbons as well as the wool strips. It kind of looks like an impressionist painting.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thoughtful Hill Designs

I recently have become acquainted with a new wool applique designer: Anne Hardy owner of Thoughtful Hill Designs. Anne has created some really sweet designs for us. One in fact, has been published in Primitive Quilts and Projects, maybe you have seen it. I'm certain there will be many more! Her designs are indeed thoughtful and so darn cute. Which one should I do first?
Find more patterns and notions at her Etsy shop and here.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Little Punching


I took a class this weekend on needle punching a rug with Lolly and Ellen from Needles in the Nest in California. They are both certified Amy Oxford teachers and were very thorough and oh so patient. They kept us entertained as well!
The selection of yarns were absolutely gorgeous!
As you know I typically do the traditional method of hooking but I was anxious to try this one and compare the two. It was a great day!   


                                            
I did the chicken pattern...love my feathered friends!


 The bee hive was a popular choice.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tree of Life, Published

I'm so proud to have this pattern published in the Spring issue of Simply Vintage magazine. This is a wonderful "crafty" magazine with international entries. It has projects in punch needle, embroidery, rug hooking, wool applique, quilting and more.
I was inspired to stitch this wall hanging from a Swedish embroidery pattern from the 50's. I chose a light grey background for a Pacific Northwest sky; quite fitting.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Complete!

I finished off by hand quilting all over the background wool with seed stitches in #8 perle cotton. I had added a thin piece of wool on the back first, to add more  substance when I quilted it. I made my stitches rather tight to give it a puckered look.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The stitches I used on this flower: backstitch, buttonhole and colonial knots. I used Cosmo Seasons thread for the center knots. It's a very nice hand dyed floss from Japan. Try it!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Close up

Closing in on finishing "sweet bouquet". On the large circle flower I couched some silk ribbon I had in my little box of wonders. I did some random seed stitching and added some beads. On the leaves I used this wonderful perle cotton from the Thread Gatherer. On the violets I did long and short buttonhole stitches which I like. I get bored using the same stitches, don't you.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where Does the Time Go?

A Sweet Bouquet
It's hard to believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. We've been so busy with Olympic Wool Works. We've had 2 shows during this time and are now working on new orders. The weather here has been chilly so I don't  mind being in doors. Actually there's talk of some snow tonight. Brrr. But at least the days are getting longer.
I have squeezed in a little stitchery. This is a wall hanging which is nearly complete. A few more leaves and a bit more embellishing.


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.

My Garden Cat

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