Sunday, July 20, 2014

Busy, busy ~

Thanks to all who gave me suggestions on how to clean my little hooked mat.  I don't know when I will get to it, but I definitely will not be soaking it in Woolite.
Also, when I was talking about the burlap that the yarn sewing mat was being worked on, I called it the wrong thing.  I found my note a few days after posting.  It was called fine weave burlap.  I still have not worked any on it, nor have I started a rug.  I need to get my mojo back ~ and soon.
Thursday afternoon I left work a couple hours early, picked up my grandson Jake, and headed an hour west to African Lion Safari in Port Clinton, OH.  It really is kind of cheesy ~ so happy I had purchased the tickets through Groupon.  Jake had a good time so that is the only thing that matters.  Here he is in front of the monkey cage . . .

. . . and on his first camel ride. 

Much of Saturday was spent antiquing in Seville, Ohio.  (No.  We did not stop to see the Barber . . . lol.)  They had an outdoor show in addition to the wonderful shops in town.  Not too many vendors and I'm wondering if it was because of the threat of rain.  I did purchase this really cool vintage hooked rug.  It's about 3 1/2' in diameter.  I'm not too sure where it will end up.  It is showing signs of wear, but not too badly. 

 You can see the colors are much more vibrant on the back side.

I also got this sweet little ironstone tea (?) pot to add to my small collection of white ironstone.  I don't think it's English, but I like it nonetheless.

My find of the day was this wonderful little sampler from Seville Antiques.  It is only 9" square, newly framed but nicely done.  As you can see, there is some damage, but for the price it was a steal.  When I was paying for it, the sales person said it had just come in to the shop and she wishes she had found it first.  That is my third visit in a row to the shop that I have purchased an antique sampler.

I am a real homebody and prefer to spend evenings at home, but last night DSO and I went to a dance (even though we both have two left feet).  I believe this is the third time we have had the pleasure of hearing the Swing City Big Band.  They are wonderful and I really do enjoy that era of music.

Joanne of Snippets and Scraps (who hasn't blogged in forever) sent me this pug doll years ago to sew.  I am so bad.  It sat in my closet and finally sweet Melinda of Merry Wind Farm sewed it for me.  Isn't he just wonderful???  She even added some rusty bells.  Thanks so much Melinda for being such a good friend.

Oh, these weekends pass much too quickly! 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wool ~ and more Wool :)

This little vintage hooked mat was purchased Sunday at the Milan, Ohio, antique show.  I don't think the show was as high quality as in previous years and the threat of storms kept some dealers away, but overall it was still a very good show with lots of great antiques.  This mat measures just under 13" x 16" and has serious damage issues on all four sides, but for the price, I just couldn't not bring it home.  I have an idea for finishing the edges, but am not sure what to do about cleaning it.  There is one area that is stained (on the right, by the fence) and overall just looks dirty.  I don't want to wait until the snow flies to try snow cleaning, but I don't want it to fall apart either.  Has anyone tried soaking a rug like this in Woolite?  Any other suggestions?
Oh, my.  Have you seen the latest Rebecca Erb wool samples?  They are wonderful.  So wonderful that I ordered six yards of wool.  I shouldn't have, but I just couldn't help myself.  These three are her coverlet colors.  The colors are to die for in person, nothing like is showing here.

I am absolutely in love with the top wool.  It is called Portabella. 

I also stocked up on two of my "go to" wools, reversible black and flax and linen.  Two "must have" wools.

Now if I'd just get the hook to linen.  I have a couple patterns ready to go, but just haven't found the time to start either.  Maybe tomorrow . . . sigh.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

More on Yarn Sewing

Kathy Wright (not the same Kathy Wright who organizes Rug Week at Sauder Village) was our delightful teacher for my yarn sewing class.  Here are some examples of her work. 

Finished with binding like a hooked rug.

I lost my little note, but I believe the backing for our project was a linen burlap purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.  You can also use rug hooking linen, monks cloth or plain burlap.  The yarn used is 100% wool if possible, but you can also use a blend if it's a color you like.  She purchases much of her wool yarn from JoAnn's, too.  Does this mean that I am going to become a yarn hoarder, too?  I have many small pieces of primitive linen that are too small to fit on the hooking frame and this might be a good way to use some of them. 

You can read more about yarn sewing in the book "American Sewn Rugs: Their History with Exceptional Examples" by Jan Whitlock with Tracy Jamar.  They say, and I quote, "Yarn-sewn rugs fall into the earliest category of sewn rugs, 1790-1830, and are more closely related to needlework than floor coverings."  I believe there is also information in "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs: Folk Art Underfoot" by Joel and Kate Kopp, but for the life of me I cannot find my book :(      {These books do not give instruction, just talk about it and show examples.}
This is Kathy's sample, made in to a little pillow.

Close up.  Sorry this is sideways and I can't figure out why. 

Our kit ~

Starting out ~

And here's what little I got done.  I hooked his beak blue and will  probably go back and change it (reverse


I think yarn sewing can best be described as doing the satin stitch on a backing material.  Actually quite simple but it takes some time figuring out the length of the stitch and the tension.  I think Kathy's tension is much looser.  I'll have to work on that. 

Start from the top of the backing, insert the needle and leave a tail that will be covered. 

Come up very close to your tail.  (I moved the tail aside so you could see where I came up.)
Now you be doing a satin stitch.  Keep your stitches very close for good coverage.  This yarn is a little thicker than the blue of the bird and covers much better.

It's that simple though it will take some practice to feel confident doing it.  
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact me or you can email Kathy.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Since the rains have once again passed us by, I need to head outside and do a little yard work before the day totally slips away.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Yarn Sewing ~

I'd not heard of it before, but tomorrow I am heading about an hour east to take a yarn sewing class.  We will make a 5" x 10" mat.  The description of the class is as follows.  "Yarn sewing, a technique that predates rug hooking, can be used to make rugs, table mats, or wall hangings.  It does not require frames, hooks or cutting wool strips so it is a portable project."  Just what I need.  One more craft I don't have time for but it sounds like fun :)

Sunday is my favorite annual antique show in Milan, Ohio, the birthplace of Thomas Edison.  It is held on the square and there is no admission.  I hope I don't find too many things I can't live without . . . lol!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last Loop ~

This evening I finished pulling the last loop on a little mat, Fraktur Tulip, by Star Rug Company.  The finished size is only 11" x 12 1/2".  One more to add to my binding pile . . . sigh.  I guess that's a good thing because it means I'm getting things hooked.  I do not have my next project planned.  I have plenty to choose from, for sure.  Decisions, decisions.

Many of you will remember I ended up adopting Ellie because my dear friend Judy passed away way before her time.  Her daughter Laura was in town and stopped by for a visit.  Aren't these just the sweetest pictures?

My computer has been giving me fits downloading pictures tonight and this short post took about forever . . . gggrrrrr.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sissy Sailing ~

What a glorious holiday weekend it has been.  Time spent with family and friends, time in the garden, time for hooking.  Life is good :)
DSO lives in what was formerly The American Ship Building Company.  The channel in front of his unit was a dry dock where 1000' ore carriers were built.  A friend drove up in his amphi-car to say hi.  Since the car doesn't have cleats to tie it to the dock, foot power is used to keep it from floating away.  It sure does garner a lot of attention.
Just down the river is the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge, the second largest bascule bridge (aka drawbridge) in the world.  It was raised to let a sailboat pass under.  What a beautiful sight.

We had a wonderful view of the fireworks from DSO's dock.
Today we went sailing with my brother Bill ~ sissy sailing, as he calls it.  It was quite windy on Lake Erie, so he only put up the Genoa sail, also known as the jib.  When he sails without the main sail, he calls that "sissy sailing", but we were still sailing about 8 knots (roughly a little over 9 mph).  That's a good clip in a sail boat.  Here we are leaving the harbor, heading out to open water past the Lorain Lighthouse, known as the Jewel of the Port.
The lighthouse is a work in progress.  Note the scaffolding.

"Skipper" brother Bill

Weekends pass much too quickly, even long ones.  Back to work tomorrow . . . sigh.
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Friday, July 4, 2014


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