Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More Sauder and a Give-Away Winner ~

Our trip to Sauder did not quite start as planned.  About 30-40 minutes from Sauder, still on the Ohio turnpike, a warning light appeared.  I looked it up in the owner's manual, and it was electronic throttle thing-a-ma-bob.  The Jeep was running rough but we drove on.  Thankfully got off the turnpike before it died :(  AAA was called and luckily Bobbie had already arrived so came to our rescue.  Melissa was sure she had blown the engine but it ended up being a dead battery.  Dead battery???  I thought a battery only started the vehicle, but I guess it also keeps the electronics working. 
Here are a few of the amazing rugs being hooked at the Sauder retreat.  Tulip Cross (so sorry I can't identify the hooker) is 48" x 48", me thinks.  Simply amazing with breathtaking colors.  Acorn Hollow Cathy, you hooked this one, right?

Dawn, our overachiever was hooking with handtorn strips for the first time.  I don't know how she got so much done because every time you saw her, she was socializing, not hooking.  She may have even finished before leaving.

Don't you just love this face.  Sweet hooking by Pam.

Charisse chose the most beautiful colors for her rug.  I hooked this one last year, but like her colors so much more.

Melissa was hooking this heart and hand.  I hope to share her finish soon.

Bobbie was working on a sheep rug and had just one small troublesome area to finish and decided to start on this antique adaptation.

Isn't this too cute???  The sheep were hooked Waldoboro style.

Check out the sweet little butts.

Just a fun rug.

Congrats to Susie.  She won my heart hooked with handtorn strips.  Some of you may recognize the name from eBay or Facebook.  She makes the most incredible pin keeps, sewing birds, etc.  Susie, you have three days to contact me with your snail mail address. 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Donkey Balls ~


When I hooked Daisy's tail, I remarked to Melissa and Bobbie that I thought it looked like that redneck "thing" that guys hang from the back of their pickup truck.  Well, one of the first comments I got was from Kelley.  "I'm concerned about that looks a to me ? pardon my concern...but I showed it to a coworker in the ER without saying a word and she said the same thing..."  Then came a series of emails from Kim and Saundra (no big surprise, right?) with Donkey Balls as the subject.  More comments have followed.  Perhaps I need to rehook the tail???
Some rugs from the throw down . . .

Adapted from an
antique postcard

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

My Sauder Rug ~

Once again, the hooking retreat at Sauder was a great time.  Friends, old and  new.  Lots of laughter.  Yummy snacks.  Plenty of hooking time.
I started on Daisy, a pattern by Spruce Ridge Studios.  I completed hooking Daisy the first day.  Yes, I did hook her in a 9 and 9.5 cut.  Yes, I did hook from 9 AM until midnight.  But for me this was HUGE.  I know I've never accomplished that much hooking in one day.

Day #2 was another story.  I didn't start hooking until about 10 AM and by 2 ish we were packing to go home, so not much was hooked :(

This is what I accomplished last evening and today.  Not nearly as much as I had hoped for . . . but some progress is better than none.
Here is the wool used for Daisy.  I looked through some of my old wool fliers to try to find whose wool it is, but could not find it.  Anyone know?

Lots more Sauder to share, but somehow the day has slipped away.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Another Rug is Bound ~

What a great feeling to have all my rugs bound.  Here is Stag, pattern by Lori Rippey, finally finished.  He will be rolled up and put away until next Christmas.  It's a terrible problem not having places to put all my rugs :)

I've also finished the last two hearts, hooked with handtorn strips.  The wool is similar on both fronts, so the backs were finished with the same wools.  They are stuffed with snippets and some heavenly lavender.  I still have several pumpkins to finish this way, but since they are not rugs, they don't count as not bound in my world :)

Tomorrow I leave for Sauder Village for two days of hooking heaven.  It's something I look forward to every year.  My hooking supplies are packed and ready to go, but still need to pack my clothes.  I left work sick today which is a rarity, so I do hope I am over this by tomorrow.
Because I have THE BEST readers, I am giving away one of my hearts.  The rules are simple ~ leave a comment on this post or send me an email with give away in the subject line.  The winner will be chosen next Wednesday and must contact me within three days or I will choose another. 
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Color Planning ~

Next Saturday at this time, the Sauder rug hooking retreat will be winding to a close.  Two days of hooking heaven :)  Melissa and I will actually meet Bobbie there Thursday afternoon.  It's always fun time ~ I think this is our fourth year going. 
Of course I always agonize over what I am going to hook.  Presently there is n-o-t-h-i-n-g on my frame.  I am almost done binding my Lori Rippey stag rug and that means I am caught up on my binding.  That doesn't happen very often and when it does, I always vow not to let that happen again, but we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions . . . lol.  I also have two more hearts to finish and stuff. 
Subject to change, of course, here is the rug I plan to start at Sauder.  Daisy, adapted from Lori Brechlin folk art by Spruce Ridge Studios.  It is a rather large (for me) pattern.  I plan to hook it with a dark background.
Wools I have pulled so far.

A couple years ago at the Lakeside hooking retreat, Bobbie was hooking it.  Here is her completed rug.  Wonderful, no?
Happy Saturday to you.  A very pleasant day on Ohio's north coast.  I even spent a bit of time raking leaves from the little brick patio.  One day closer to spring :)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

3 1/2 Years in the Making ~

What Nots, an antique adaptation by the Woolley Fox, was started at the Heavens to Betsy Shaker Village rug retreat in July of 2012.  Upon returning home it was set aside until 2014.  I finally finished it in June of that year, rolled it up and there it sat until last week.  FINALLY I decided it needed to be finished (well, except for the label . . . sigh).  Here it is, hooked, bound and steamed.  I don't hook really big rugs, and this is the largest rug I've hooked to date.  It's 23 1/2" x 41", hooked in a 9 cut.  The colors are much richer in person.  They are quite accurate in the second picture.

I think it will reside in the living room in front of one of my favorite antique cupboards.

I know it's silly and it's only a number, but I have lost over 20 followers in the last month.  I was hoping to one day hit 400, but now I'm down to 368 :(  I know it's not just me because Saundra is whining about it, too.  (Love you, Saundra)
How the heck did it become almost February.  Wasn't Christmas just last week?  How is this happening???
It's a great evening for a fire.  It's 28* which really isn't bad for this time of year, but it's a very chilly 28* . . . lol :)
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Finishing Hearts ~ "Betsy" Style ~

Since a couple people wondered, I thought I'd give you a quick how-to finish the hearts.  The finished heart is about 10" x 10", give or take a little.  After the hooking is complete, I cut out the heart leaving about 1" - 1 1/2" of linen.  I then zigzag around to prevent fraying.

I just thought I'd show the back so you could see how far apart the hooking is.

I use fray check in the crook of the heart and press the linen to the back.

I then lay pieces of wool on the wrong side of the heart.

CAREFULLY begin to trim away the excess wool.  It's better to trim away too little and continue to trim more.  I do not fold the edges under.  I then use a straight stitch (a whip stitch that is not slanted - does that make sense?) to sew all the pieces together.  Be sure to stitch only the wool and not catch the backside of the heart.  After you've stitched all the patches together, whip stitch your patchwork to the heart.  I leave an opening and lightly stuff the heart with wool snippets and a lavender sachet and then continue to stitch closed.

Time consuming, but worth the effort.  It takes me longer to do the patchwork back than it does to hook the heart.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
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