Thursday, October 22, 2020

October Project List ~ Week 4


Well, this is not a good sign.  My post was complete . . . just needed to preview it.  The preview would not load so since it said it was saved, I closed and reopened.  Darn . . . the whole post is G.O.N.E. 😡  

This week was not as productive as past weeks but I did get a little done.   


HOOKING

Santa & Rudy - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label

Mr. Hempenstallpattern to linen - hook - bind - label

I think Mr. H is a very dapper looking snowguy.  


I love the old shoe buttons!  (This pic shows the true colors.)


Hanging pumpkin pocket
hook - assemble - label

Old Tom - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label

Great progress has been made.  I just need to finish hooking the outer two border rows.  


APPLIQUE

Rebekah Smith turkey - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch

Stack 'O Jacks - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch
Absolutely NO progress 😞

CROSS STITCH

Bethia Fenshaw 1861 - stitch - attach to spool

WIPs to finish

Hooked sunflowers - proddy petals - add backing and stuff

Hooked Santa - finish hooking - bind - label

A Small Marine Sampler - (aka the cross stitch from hell)

finish cross stitching - hem stitch the edges

Tomorrow I am heading to Las Vegas to see my #1 bad boy.  It has been far too long.  Just a quick trip . . . I will be home Monday afternoon.

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Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Two Toms ~

 


Tom #1 was hooked back in 2015.   


I am currently hooking Tom #2.  He is hooking up quickly since he will only be about 12" x 16" ish.  I feel I should make him a little Covid mask to wear 😁


This Star Rug Company Santa was started quite a few years ago.  I assume I stopped because I was avoiding hooking the face.  I am determined to finish him but when I found him tucked in the closet I did not notice if I had any of the red wool needed to finish his coat with the pattern.  I am guessing I will have to find something similar and work a few worms throughout the coat.  I also plan to reverse hook the snow and change it to my favorite Flax & Linen.



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Lauren

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Must Have Wool ~

 


Do you have a favorite "must have" wool in your stash?  I have many, but one of my very most favorite (how's that for bad English?) is Flax & Linen by the Wool Studio.  It is an older wool, but a few months ago I was able to order a couple yards from them.  I know the general rule is to cut wool with the stripe, but more often than not, I cut it against the stripe.  However, you can cut it both ways and mix the two and it looks great.


Santa's beard is hooked cutting against the stripe and his moustache is cut with the stripe.  You can see the moustache is just a tad darker since I chose the darker stripes.


Mr. Jingles body was hooked against the stripe.

So was the background of this little mat, though it is showing up much too white.


It just hooks up as a kind of grungy white 😍 . . . and it overdyes beautifully.

I did one more batch of goldenrod dyeing.  Here are the before wools (including Flax & Linen).


And after.  More tan than yellow which I like.


I hope everyone is well.  As always the time is flying by.  Mid October?  Argh.

Do you have this problem?  No matter what I do or how hard I pinch the nose wire, I have this issue.  I don't envy people (Cathy!) who have to wear masks for hours on end.  I suppose that is why so many people wear their mask under their nose . . . 😁😁😁


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Thursday, October 15, 2020

October Project List ~ Week 3

 


This week has been semi-productive.

HOOKING

Santa & Rudy - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label

Mr. Hempenstall - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label
The binding is almost done!  I will share in my next post.

Hanging pumpkin pocket - hook - assemble - label
The pocket is done and hanging on the corner cupboard in the living room.  I lined the pocket with a cotton fabric and added a wool backing and wire hanger.  Only need to label.


Old Tom - 
pattern to linen - hook - bind - label
The wool has been chosen and I'm ready to get started today 😁

APPLIQUE

Rebekah Smith turkey - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch

Stack 'O Jacks - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch
Slow going but I have made progress.

CROSS STITCH

Bethia Fenshaw 1861 - stitch - attach to spool

WIPs to finish

Hooked sunflowers - proddy petals - add backing and stuff

Hooked Santa - finish hooking - bind - label

A Small Marine Sampler - (aka the cross stitch from hell) - finish cross stitching - hem stitch the edges 
I hem stitched the edges with a simple running stitch.  So happy that is finally done.  Even though I am not totally thrilled with it, it will probably be gifted to the person it was meant for.



Have you had a virtual doctor appointment?  What a racket.  I had one the other day.  I waited TWO AND A HALF HOURS to finally speak with the doctor and the connection was bad and he had to call and face time me.  I was on my third phone call to their office when we finally made contact.  No explanation as to why I waited so long.  I was obviously dropped from the queue because initially I was told there were only two people ahead of me.  Now here's the kicker.  He said he would call me Friday to see if the med was helping.  WELL . . . this is another virtual appointment.  Doctors can no longer make a phone call without charging?  To say I am pi**ed would be an understatement.  

Sorry, I just had to vent.


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Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Monday, October 12, 2020

Goldenrod Dyeing ~


I did one pot of dyeing wool with goldenrod.  

Before


After

A beautiful, subtle change in color.

So many of you have commented about how productive I am.  Right now, it is my coping mechanism.  I wish I had that ambition to do house projects, wash windows, etc.  Sadly none of that is happening.  I have tried to hire someone to level my front sidewalk and replace a picket fence.  Most people will not even return phone calls and those who have responded have been less than helpful . . . other than one estimate on my sidewalk that was outrageous 😟


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Drumroll Please ~



The winner of the sunflower give away is Ginny Hillman who entered via email.  Ginny is a former Buckeye who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago.  Ginny, please send me your snail mail info.

Thank you to all who entered and for continuing to read my blog.  I am amazed it's been 11+ years.  Please stay safe and healthy.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends 🦃

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Thursday, October 8, 2020

October Project List ~ Week 2

 


It's been a rather productive week and for that I am happy 😁


HOOKING

Santa & Rudy - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label
A pattern by Mavis Butterfield, you can find the paper pattern here.


Mr. Hempenstall - 
pattern to linen - hook - bind - label
A fun pattern by Maria Barton, Star Rug Company.  Maria has such a fun style and you can spot her patterns a block away. 😁 Find it here.


Hanging pumpkin pocket - 
hook - assemble - label
The pocket is normally not my style, but since it was gifted to me, thought I would hook it.  I must say, I LOVE how it came out.  Now to assemble ~ my downfall . . . sigh.

Old Tom - pattern to linen - hook - bind - label
Pattern by Lori Brechlin.  Find the paper pattern here.


Are you detecting that I LOVE paper patterns?


APPLIQUE

Rebekah Smith turkey - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch

Stack 'O Jacks - pattern to freezer paper - pieces to wool - stitch
A free pattern by The Teacher's Pet that can be found here.


CROSS STITCH

Bethia Fenshaw 1861 - stitch - attach to spool

WIPs to finish

Hooked sunflowers - proddy petals - add backing and stuff


Hooked Santa - finish hooking - bind - label

A Small Marine Sampler - (aka the cross stitch from hell) - finish cross stitching - hem stitch the edges 
This was supposed to be a July birthday present, but I just got so disgusted with it I nearly threw it away.  (Marly, you would just burn it, right?)  The chart was fraught with errors and I had to guess at some of the motif placement.  I am just not happy with it.  There seems to be too much dead space in between.  I was getting ready to start frogging and redoing, then just said the heck with it and put it aside.  I was so close to finishing I figured I would go ahead with it as is.


I hope I've added the links properly for the patterns.  Still learning new blogger . . . sigh.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren