Binding a Resistance Rug.

I finally finished hooking my rug titled, Women’s March 01-21-17.  It is a tessellation of pussycat hats in various shades of pink to honor the Women‘s March last January.  I knitted at least seven of these hats last year and some made it to the march in Washington DC.  It was a small way for me to participate in what was the largest and most peaceful march in US history.  It was also a march around the entire globe!

This rug has a couple of feminist buttons pinned on it and I will be looking for a few more to add to it.  It also has some velvet, sari silk, and strips of other colors that were donated by rug hooking friends, who wanted to contribute to my effort.

I wanted to do a different binding combining a cord edge with a crocheted outer edge using some bright pink yarn left over from one of the knitted hats I made.  After steaming the rug, I laid it right side up and arranged the cord [I use cotton clothes line] next to the outermost row of hooking and whipped it in place with dark red-violet wool yarn [I give a nod to Nancy Parcels' multi-cord edging technique here].  I then trimmed the excess linen to 1 ½” all around, folded it in towards the cord two times and then started to crochet.  This didn’t create the coverage I wanted, so I decided to whip around the rug with the yarn using a blanket [or buttonhole] stitch.  This created a nice beaded edge. 

Now I will continue hooking my Down to Earth2 round meditation mat and begin a super secret rug for a group project.  So much to do!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in details that make a hooked rug special.

A whipped cord and a buttonhole stitch whipping make a special finish on this rug.

A whipped cord and a buttonhole stitch whipping make a special finish on this rug.

The finished rug and a great book filled with Women's March images from around the world.

The finished rug and a great book filled with Women's March images from around the world.

International Rug Hooking Day.

Today is the annual day to take rug hooking to the people! Where will you be rug hooking?  I am hosting my First Monday Crafters today, so I will be rug hooking with this group of knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, weavers, jewelry makers, and all around crafty ladies.  I’ll post a photo on the Rug Hooking Magazine Facebook page.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have been able to do a lot of hooking.  I finished hooking a piece that has been in the works for months.  It shouldn’t have taken me so long, but I kept putting it aside for more urgent projects.  I am doing a different kind of binding on it and will unveil it when it is completed.

I got a good head start on the Down to Earth2 circular meditation mat that I will donate to my granddaughter’s school auction in March.  I had plenty of background wool left over from the original mediation mat that I finished recently.  I also used up some wool that I dyed for a previous project for the snake’s body.  Kundalini is ready to rise!  Do you do seated meditation?  This pattern is for sale, although it’s not on the Shop page of my website yet.  I will substitute two animals that are special to you, if you’d like.  Contact me at hookedrugpatterns@outlook.com for details.

December is here along with the annual holiday hoopla and hi-jinks.  I try to keep away from it and stay grounded and stress free, but I'm not always successful.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the celebration of the art and craft of traditional rug hooking.

A good start on my 36" diameter Down to Earth2 meditation mat.

A good start on my 36" diameter Down to Earth2 meditation mat.

Winter beckons.

This past week was devoted entirely to the annual multi-day Thanksgiving happenings here at Crow's Foot Farm.  Although there were fewer of us in attendance this year, the preparations remained the same.  It’s always a pleasure, but I’m looking forward to getting back to normal [whatever that is]. 

My rug hooking studio had become a bedroom, so no hooking was done.  No time for that anyway.  On Saturday the guests were gone, so I got busy putting the house back to rights.  I even put away the autumnal decorations and have started to bring out the more winter-y ones.  My holiday decorating has become “minimalist” and I like it that way.

Next Monday is December!  It is really true, that the older one gets, the faster time seems to fly.  I cannot delay the passing of time, but I can remember to take time to be aware each day of the natural beauty around me, both dazzling and subtle. 

As I walk out to open up the hen house each morning, I look to the east to witness the sunrise, noticing the subtle colors in the lightening sky and the shapes of the clouds.  I also listen for the sounds in this rural setting - Great Horned Owls, Screech Owls, roosters, squirrels, wild turkeys, Canada geese, to name just some of them.. 

I will now get back to my rug hooking projects and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Winter months are the perfect time to manifest creativity.  I’m ready!

Below are a few of my winter-y patterns available on the Shop page of my website.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the natural wonders all around us.

MNorthern Lights à la Emily Carr.

MNorthern Lights à la Emily Carr.

The Night Visitor.

The Night Visitor.

Not Quite White.

Not Quite White.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.

Down to Earth two ways.

Now that my 30” x 70” Down to Earth meditation mat is finished, I’m working up a design for a 36” diameter round mat for seated meditation.  This will actually be an auction donation for my granddaughter’s school.  I will share my progress on it as I go along.

I seem to think that I don’t ever procrastinate, but somehow I’ve managed to accrue a number of rugs and rug designs that are awaiting my attention.  How did that happen?  I made a list of these projects, so I can check them off as they are completed.  Remember the funny saying: “The faster I go, the behind-er I get”?  I’m a good example of this.

I have also said in the past that I don’t have any UFOs [Un Finished Projects].  Wrong.  I apparently need a major reality check.  But those projects will have to remain in the closet until the current list is completed.

With the slowing down of the seasons and the return to early darkness, it’s the perfect time to hunker down and focus inward.  These projects will keep my mind and fingers busy for the winter months ahead.  I love the dark half of the year. 

I signed up for a workshop at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.  I always love spending the week there in August.  If you're interested, go to the Sauder Village website and sign up now.  Classes and workshops fill up quickly.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the darker months to come.

The new pattern for a round meditation mat is in the cut and paste phase,

The new pattern for a round meditation mat is in the cut and paste phase,

A winning name is drawn and other happenings.

One does not have to be of Scots-Irish descent to be interested in the new book, Hooked on Celtic Rugs by Gail Lambert [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking], but there were certainly many of you, who claimed that heritage and hence have a special interest in winning this book of Celtic designs.

The dye pot was overflowing with names.  With a bit of help from Benji, one of my furry helpers, the winning card was drawn.  Congratulations to Barbara Personette, who commented, “This looks like an interesting book. I’ve always liked Celtic designs.”  Barbara, I will contact you for your address and send that book on its way to you.

Last weekend I spent some time in Salem, Massachusetts with a friend.  We have been there a few times in the past, but it had been about ten years since our last visit.  Much has changed, but all the important and historic things are still there.  We were there after the Halloween hoopla, so the crowds had thinned out.

The clocks were set back one hour to Standard Time.  This causes great distress to the four canines, who call this place home.  I’m still trying to get them into the new routine.  I would be so happy if we could all just stay with Standard Time and forget messing around with it every year.  Does Daylight Saving Time actually save time?  I don’t think so.  There are still 24 hours in a day.

We had our first snow last Tuesday and Crow's Foot Farm looked so lovely.  Big soft flakes that coated everything in sight.  I do love winter-y weather.  My trips to the hen house become a bit of a slippery slog three times a day, but I’m willing to put up with it.

My Down to Earth meditation mat is finished. I need to have it photographed and listed on the Shop page of my website.  The pattern is available to buy and I will put two of your special spirit animals on it, if you’d like.  I will now start designing a round one for seated meditation. 

Thanks again to Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine for the giveaway book. I love doing giveaways and it’s obvious that you all do, too.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the first pristine snow of the season.

Benji sniffs out the winner.

Benji sniffs out the winner.

An iconic sight in Salem, Massachusetts.

An iconic sight in Salem, Massachusetts.

We found this alleyway intriguing, but off-limits.

We found this alleyway intriguing, but off-limits.

The beginning of the beautiful snowfall.  Daniel Peifer, the German farmer who worked this land over 200 years ago, lies beneath his mulberry tree.

The beginning of the beautiful snowfall.  Daniel Peifer, the German farmer who worked this land over 200 years ago, lies beneath his mulberry tree.

Celtic design book giveaway.

I’m not sure if it’s my Scots-Irish genealogy or my love of rug hooking that has me more excited about this book-giveaway book, Hooked on Celtic Rugs by Gail Lambert [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking Magazine].  I think it’s both and I’m sure this book will appeal to you, too.

Gail Lambert has collaborated with David Rankine to offer a book of Celtic rug designs.  Included is a gallery of Celtic designs of animals, illuminated letters, geometrics, etc.  There are numerous step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to set up your design, how to choose wool strip size, colors, and the sequence of hooking your loops to produce the best results.

As an added bonus in this book are Celtic recipes!  We all know that rug hookers love to eat, so the illustrated and kitchen tested recipes are sure to whet your appetite.

To enter your name in the dye pot to be eligible to win this new book, read on…

BOOK GIVEAWAY:   To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 12th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, November 13th , 2017.  Good luck!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the intricacy of Celtic artwork.

Get your name into the dye pot for a chance to win this new book!

Get your name into the dye pot for a chance to win this new book!

A room full of rug hookers.

Q:  What do you get when you combine a gaggle of rug hookers, excellent vendors, and door prizes?

A:  The annual Brandywine Hook-In.

Many thanks to the hard working members of the Brandywine guild for hosting another fun day of rug hooking and camaraderie on a beautiful October day.  It takes a lot of planning and advance preparation to successfully host such an event.

I brought along my Down to Earth meditation mat to bind.  I got a bit done, but there were too many pleasant distractions.  I will finish the whipping with yarn this coming week. This fun day was topped off with my winning of a great door prize!

Tomorrow is Halloween, one of my favorite days of the year. Since moving here to PA, I have attended an annual spooky dinner at the Olde Log Cabin Homestead in Elizabethtown, PA.  It’s a night filled with stories, traditions, and a solemn ceremony to remember our departed loved ones.  I hope tomorrow will be a special day for you, too.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the honoring of our dearly departed.

P.S.  Tune in next week when I will be doing another BOOK GIVEAWAY.

This is a room filled with people focused on rug hooking and having fun.

This is a room filled with people focused on rug hooking and having fun.

LC WoolnSilk's display of eye catching colors and texures.

LC WoolnSilk's display of eye catching colors and texures.

Jan Cole, the Wool 'n Gardener, had a garden of proddy wool flowers on bed springs.

Jan Cole, the Wool 'n Gardener, had a garden of proddy wool flowers on bed springs.

The Wool 'n Gardener's yummy bundles of wool.

The Wool 'n Gardener's yummy bundles of wool.

The Old Tattered Flag was there with all sorts of supplies for wool lovers.

The Old Tattered Flag was there with all sorts of supplies for wool lovers.

Creative focus.

This past Friday I hosted my annual Halloween breakfast for my fellow Breakfast Club ladies.  I love doing this and look forward to it all year.  My creative focus was on this during the past week, except for making a Down to Earth rug pattern for a customer.

I chose my breakfast menu carefully, weaving together dietary restrictions, the ability to prepare most dishes the day before, and adhering to the holiday theme.  Making an interesting table is also of upmost importance.  I would love to have a job making party favors, because I love details!  I’ve shared photos below.

After we finished breakfast and drank up our Bloody Elviras [mine was a virgin Elvira, because I was the designated driver], we all headed out to Campbell’s Broom Shoppe in Loysville, PA.  Well, it’s not exactly in Loysville, but that’s what their address says.  One can never have enough brooms, so I did come home with a few. 

What is next?  I’m not sure, but I do have several things that need to be started.  Time will tell.

Today I am a year older.  I am always amazed that I got to be this old so quickly.  Several years ago, I decided to spend my birthdays honoring those whom I used to know, who didn’t live to be this old.  I am feeling grateful and humbled.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in remembering those who now walk among the stars.

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A few of the creative hand-made brooms at Campbell's Broom Shoppe.

A few of the creative hand-made brooms at Campbell's Broom Shoppe.

In a bind.

Such a fun and busy week this was!  The weather has finally turned autumnal, although I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it stays this way.  I had a nice visit from a friend, who has moved away, so we have less frequent visits.  We enjoyed fall scenery and temps.  The leaves on the trees aren’t very colorful this year, due to previously warmer than normal temps and little rain, but there is still a fall feeling in the air.  We crammed in as much fun as we could during her brief visit.

I’m having fun getting ready to host my annual Halloween Breakfast Club here on Friday.  I love this group of women!  I will share photos of the table decorations, etc, next time.  If I remember to take pictures, that is!

My Down to Earth meditation mat is finished, but for the binding.  I love to bind rugs.  Really!  I‘ve got a lot of it finished, but I decided to hold off and take it to work on at the Brandywine Hook-In on October 28th.  I’m always too busy at a hook-in to actually hook!  There are so many shopping opportunities and catching up with old friends and making new ones.

There is a photo below of a part of the binding that I have done so far. I mentioned previously that I would share my favorite binding technique.  I’ve shared it before and you can see it by following this link.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the excitement of autumn!

P.S.  Although my Down to Earth meditation mat isn’t on the Shop page of my website yet, the pattern is available for purchase.  It is 30” x 70” hand-drawn on unbleached traditional or primitive linen.  My mat has a Frog and a Tiger [two of my spirit animals], but you can choose two animals that are meaningful to you.  The mat is designed with petroglyph-inspired chakra designs. Contact me if you’re interested at hookedrugpatterns@outlook.com

Sunshine and shadows on my Down to Earth mat.

Sunshine and shadows on my Down to Earth mat.

A bit of the edge binding.I always roll the linen over cord and baste in place before whipping with wool yarn.

A bit of the edge binding.I always roll the linen over cord and baste in place before whipping with wool yarn.

My happy place.

This past week I was in my favorite geographical area.  Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Cape, it is shaped like the arm of someone flexing his/her biceps.  The part of the Cape that I like the best is from the elbow to the fist.  That is the wilder, less manicured part, where the sand dunes reign and the plants are scrubby.

October is the best time to be there with fewer vacationers and traffic.  We did some touristy things, ate fresh delicious seafood, went on an eco-tour on a pontoon boat around Sandy Point, and just relaxed.

Since this past week didn’t include any rug hooking, I will share some photos from this trip and from a trip a couple of years ago. 

This week I assume I will get busy designing some new hooking projects.  Just let me shake the sand out of my sneakers.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and on Cape Cod.

Happy colors on these buoys!

Happy colors on these buoys!

More buoys at a lunch stop.

More buoys at a lunch stop.

Well, probably not rug hooking, but I couldn't resist this sign.

Well, probably not rug hooking, but I couldn't resist this sign.

A Provincetown butterfly enjoying lunch.

A Provincetown butterfly enjoying lunch.

Sunset on Race Point at the curved tip of Cape Cod.  Here is where East coast-ers can see the sun set over water.  Someone made artwork from scavenged beach detritus. 

Sunset on Race Point at the curved tip of Cape Cod.  Here is where East coast-ers can see the sun set over water.  Someone made artwork from scavenged beach detritus. 

I love this sculpted edge of the beach at low tide.

I love this sculpted edge of the beach at low tide.

Perhaps this gull is waiting for his meal to wash ashore.

Perhaps this gull is waiting for his meal to wash ashore.

In the distance is Provincetown with its iconic tower.

In the distance is Provincetown with its iconic tower.

The recognizable shape of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The recognizable shape of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Almost there.

It was a busy week and try as I may, I wasn’t able to complete the hooking on my Down to Earth meditation mat.  Just one more kundalini snake to go and then on to the binding.  I will take pictures of my binding technique to share with you when I get to that point.  I’ve shown photos of the cord binding before, but I get asked about it every once in a while, so a repeat is coming.

I will be in my Happy Place for most of this week.  Where is that?  Cape Cod!  I’m hoping for cool, sunny days, seafood, and fewer than normal tourists.  I will share some photos next Monday.

I am trying to think up a hooking project to take with me to work on at the Brandywine hook-in happening in a couple of weeks.  That is always a wonderful day filled with enthusiastic rug hookers and excellent venders. I’ve missed it for the past two years, but I will be there this year along with some of the other Magdalena Rug Hookers.

My next project will definitely be smaller than my meditation mat.  This weighs a ton and is so awkward to deal with on my frame.  Maybe I pumped up my biceps.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and on my favorite place, Cape Cod!

Down to Earth almost there.....

Down to Earth almost there.....

Toppers.

Having worked on my Down to Earth meditation mat for weeks now, I decided to hook some toppers for a few stools that were waiting in my studio closet.  Small projects are fun, quick to complete, and give a sense of accomplishment.

I decided to spray paint the stools.  A couple of them are newly made and the others are older ones. None of them is a rare antique, so painting them was fine by me. In the photo below, the stool with the Celtic heart design is a very nice antique stool that my hubby bought a couple of years ago and I hooked a new topper for it at that time.  That one I did not paint, as it already has a very nice paint job.

I always wait for fall to arrive with such anticipation.  This year fall is officially here, but Mother Nature forgot to tell the weatherman!  Hot and humid.  Not my favorite, but there still are signs of autumn all around.  I took a photo tour of Crow’s Foot Farm and the results are below.

I will be hooking on my meditation mat this week and maybe, just maybe, I will finish the hooking.  Then on to the binding.  Unlike many rug hookers, I like to bind.  I’ll share my progress with you next week.

I hope it is autumnal where you live.  It is a season that teaches us to see the beauty and then let it go.  Nothing is forever.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the rich colors of fall all around us.

Fun footstool projects.

Fun footstool projects.

Asters = Autumn

Asters = Autumn

I love this Beauty Berry that I transplanted here from Cape Cod.

I love this Beauty Berry that I transplanted here from Cape Cod.

We live on open farmland, but there is a bit of a woods area out back. 

We live on open farmland, but there is a bit of a woods area out back. 

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With the arrival of some early fall-like weather, I seem to be emerging from my annual summer heat coma.  This past week has been a whirlwind of hooking, crocheting, painting, and animal husbandry.

My Down to Earth meditation mat is coming along pretty well.  I only have two more petroglyph-inspired chakras to do. Hooking with a wide 8.5 cut of wool strips makes quick work of my hooking sessions.  I’m anxious to complete this mat and take it when I go to guided meditation.  Lying down while meditating is just about perfect for me.

Yesterday a group of Magdalena Rug Hookers spent a beautiful day at Fort Hunter in Harrisburg, PA.  Fort Hunter Day is when a variety of groups demonstrate their old-time crafts.  We enjoy showing interested folks how to pull loops.  It’s mostly the kids, who like to sit a spell and learn how to make a picture with wool, but we even had a man, Al!  He loved it.  This event also has great music, vendors, food, etc.  We always have a wonderful time.

I have been hooking toppers for a few small footstools.  I’m pleased with the results and I’ll share them with you soon.  I’ll see if I can put the finished hooked rugs and these footstools on the Shop page of my website.  I am still feeling the urge to purge!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in sharing rug hooking with the public.

P.S.  I have added three finished hooked pieces to the Shop page of my website.

Down to Earth meditation mat is approximately 3' x 6'

Down to Earth meditation mat is approximately 3' x 6'

The purge begins.

I know I’m not the only person who is feeling the urge to purge.  I wonder what the impetus is?  Is it the new season of autumn, which is in the air?  As the leaves turn color and begin to fall, we are reminded that beauty doesn’t last. It fades away, but lays the groundwork for future new growth.

This need to lighten the load is encouraging me to sell off some of our smaller antique items.  We have been collecting primitive antiques since the 80s and love what has come to surround us in our home.  But how much do we really need?  There are certainly many pieces that we truly love and use daily and those will remain, but the smaller items that fill in the visual gaps can be thinned out.

I have also decided to sell a few of my smaller hooked pieces.  I’m sure I will add more as I go through things.  I am also finally hooking toppers for some small stools, which have been waiting, naked, for much too long.  I’d love to sell them, too.  If you are not in the purge stage of life [and I do think this is partially age-related] and are interested in any of these hooked mats, please inquire through the Contact page of my website. 

I’m still hooking on my rather large Down to Earth meditation mat.  I will share that with you next time. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in releasing and letting go.

Star Barn 1872 - finished rug 24 1/2" x 28"  price upon request

Star Barn 1872 - finished rug 24 1/2" x 28"  price upon request

Frogger - finished rug 15 1/2" x 22 1/2" -  price upon request

Frogger - finished rug 15 1/2" x 22 1/2" -  price upon request

Five Fish -  finished rug 18 1/2" x 24"  - price upon request

Five Fish -  finished rug 18 1/2" x 24"  - price upon request

Large Pizza - finished mat 18" diameter -  price upon request

Large Pizza - finished mat 18" diameter -  price upon request

A winner revealed and a new season begins.

Thank you for all of the entries and comments in this book giveaway.  The lucky winner of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 27 [© 2017 Ampry Publications LLC / Rug Hooking] is Debbie Bryant, who said, “Hookin’ my way to Sauder”. Congratulations, Debbie!  I will contact you for your mailing address, so you can start enjoying this book filled with this year’s winning rug entries.

Although the month of August was still hanging on, I was in the mood for autumn.  I traditionally start with the fall decorations at the beginning of September, so this was pretty much on track this year.  I admit to having a bit of a glass bottle and jar fetish and use my large collection [hoard] of these to decorate around the house.  I just swapped out the beautiful “Mason jar blue” bottles for my beloved collection of brown glass.  I don’t know what it is about brown glass, but I love it!

A fellow autumn lover just ordered my Stack o’ Jacks pattern, which reminded me to rearrange the pattern photos on the Shop page of my website.  The most fall-like ones are shown below. 

I mentioned recently that I am in a major PURGE of things here at Crow's Foot Farm.  I do love my belongings, but it’s time to lighten the load.  It feels good. I will be selling a few of my finished rugs and will post them in my blog in a week or so.  I’m also busily hooking toppers for a few small stools that have been waiting way too long. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in living simply.  Less is more.

Stack o' Jacks 36" x 18"

Stack o' Jacks 36" x 18"

La Hora del Te  26" x 21"

La Hora del Te  26" x 21"

The Recipe  24" x 18"

The Recipe  24" x 18"

Fall Fields  22" x 19"

Fall Fields  22" x 19"

Barn Owl With Moon  28" x 38"

Barn Owl With Moon  28" x 38"

Creative Energy  28" x 12"

Creative Energy  28" x 12"

Celebrating Celebration.

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is over for another year.  I hope you were fortunate enough to be there, but if not, put it on your bucket list.  I spent the week volunteering at the Rug Hooking Magazine booth with Deb Smith, editor, and fellow volunteer, Nancy Parcels.  It is such a great week filled with all things rug hooking.

While there, I went to Nancy Parcels’ dyeing demonstration on Thursday.  Nancy demonstrated about five different ways to dye wool with and without dye.  It was an inspirational workshop.  Nancy and I also took a workshop on Saturday taught by Capri Boyle Jones.  It was called, Small Works of Art.  Fun class!

The focus of the week, besides all of the retreats and workshops, is the incredible rug exhibit.  At the center of the exhibit is the collection of this year’s winning rugs that are now published in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 27 [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  I am delighted to have a copy of this book to give away!

Here’s how to have a chance to win this book:

BOOK GIVEAWAY--   To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  NOTE: Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment. Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.  The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 3rd at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Good luck!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

Entering the rug exhibit at Sauder Village.

Entering the rug exhibit at Sauder Village.

Back to normal..... almost.

After a whirlwind trip to Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in Ohio, which came on the heels of a visit from our son and his family, I’m ready to get back to “normal”.  Normal for me is a quiet life surrounded by dogs and chickens and plenty of time to hover over the rug hooking frame.

In the meantime, while waiting for normalcy to return, I’ll share a photo of my until-now super secret rug that was in the Sauder rug show.  The title of the rug is Fickle Finger of Fate, and it was designed and hooked by me for a group project spearheaded by Lisanne Miller.  The theme of this group project is, “a door closes - a window opens”.

I must confess that this theme really threw me for a loop.  Luckily, I had a lot of time in which to complete my rug, because it took me a lot of time to decide on a design. My interpretation of the theme is that when you come to a roadblock in your life, you may want to consult someone who is in touch with his or her sixth sense.  So, why not visit a palm reader to get some guidance for your future?

Another excellent Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is in the books and I’m already looking forward to next year. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the convergence of rug hookers from all points on the map.

Fickle Finger of Fate, 16" diameter. Wool cloth strips, embroidery, trapunto, silk and button embellishment on linen foundation.  Photo by Impact Expozures.

Fickle Finger of Fate, 16" diameter. Wool cloth strips, embroidery, trapunto, silk and button embellishment on linen foundation.  Photo by Impact Expozures.

On the road to Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.

I'm on the road today as I travel to Archbold, Ohio for one of my favorite events of the year. I look forward to this week all year long.  If you’ve never gone to Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week,  put it on your bucket list or better yet, find your way there this week [August 15 - 19].

This is the biggest and best rug hooking show.  Last year there were more than 700 rugs on display.  With many retreats and workshops for rug hookers of all levels of experience., the sense of excitement and camaraderie is palpable.

As we have done for several years now, Nancy Parcels and I will be volunteering our spare time with Deb Smith at the Rug Hooking Magazine booth. It’s such a fun way to see old rug hooking friends and make new ones.

I will be taking Nancy Parcels’ dye demonstration on Thursday and a workshop with Capri Jones on Saturday.  The rest of my time will be at the booth, or looking, mingling, and shopping.  Oh yes, there’s always time for shopping!

Please stop by and say hello.  I’ll be wearing one of my Rug Hooker name tags made by the talented husband of Janine Broscious.  If you don’t have one of these colorful name tags yet, you can order one here or I’m pretty sure Janine and her hubby will be at Sauder Village with their 3-D printer.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the company of enthusiastic rug hookers.

You might see me in my Wanda Kerr apron with my green name tag......

You might see me in my Wanda Kerr apron with my green name tag......

....or wearing my Magdalena Rug Hookers shirt with my purple name tag.  I'd love to see you there!

....or wearing my Magdalena Rug Hookers shirt with my purple name tag.  I'd love to see you there!

Summertime in full swing.

August is truly a summer month in every sense of the word.  The weather is hot, the gardens are bursting and we are enjoying a visit from our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Lucy.  They live far away, so their visits are treasured.

Perry County, PA is a quiet place full of country vistas, Amish buggies, and a slower pace of life.  Our plans may include a trip to the safari park, swimming at the big pool at Buffalo State Park, a proper luncheon at a tea shop, possibly a visit to an amusement park, and definitely hosting our annual corn hole party. 

So, with summer in mind, I’ll share some of my Cape Cod inspired rug designs.  I’m excited that I will be going to the Cape once again at the beginning of October.  That’s my favorite time of the year when there are fewer vacationers and a more laid back pace.

These designs are available as patterns on the Shop page of my website.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the special times with family.

Smoked Bass, a whimsical rug I designed for my brother and sister-in-law.

Smoked Bass, a whimsical rug I designed for my brother and sister-in-law.

Ship in a Bottle, one of my favorite designs.  

Ship in a Bottle, one of my favorite designs.  

Cape Cod Tidal Pool, a rug I donated to a fundraiser.

Cape Cod Tidal Pool, a rug I donated to a fundraiser.

Wedding Day, a rug designed for a friend's son.

Wedding Day, a rug designed for a friend's son.

MJ's Tidal Pool, a rug hooked for a friend.

MJ's Tidal Pool, a rug hooked for a friend.

Warp speed.

Tomorrow ushers in the month of August. Things are moving along at warp speed here at Crow's Foot Farm!  Next on the agenda is the upcoming visit from our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, Lucy.  They’ll be here before we know it and we can't wait to see them! 

Living in rural Perry County, PA has many advantages, but also some challenges. They roll up the sidewalks pretty early around here.  That makes entertaining people very home-centric [is that a word?] We will have lots of quality time "down on the farm" with our wonderful family.

After the family departs, I leave to go to Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio [August 15-19].  I’ll be spending lots of time at the Rug Hooking Magazine booth, so if you’re going to be there, do stop and say hello.

Because things will be busy around here, my blogs for the next few weeks will share some rug designs that have a summertime feeling.  It’s fun to highlight and revisit rugs that have been put aside for newer ones.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the activity of the summer season.

Sunflowers for Sarah, hooked a few years ago for our daughter-in-law.  Grizzly Peak in Ashland, OR is in the background.

Sunflowers for Sarah, hooked a few years ago for our daughter-in-law.  Grizzly Peak in Ashland, OR is in the background.

My adaptation [with permission] of the photograph, Barn Meadow Flowers, by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan.

My adaptation [with permission] of the photograph, Barn Meadow Flowers, by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan.

No sunflowers here, but this is my adaptation of Van Gogh's, Crows Over the Wheat Field. Photo by Impact Expozures.

No sunflowers here, but this is my adaptation of Van Gogh's, Crows Over the Wheat Field. Photo by Impact Expozures.

Friend Pat helped me make these Breakfast Club table gifts when she visited recently.  I tend to hoard bottles and jars, so this was a fun way to use some of them up.

Friend Pat helped me make these Breakfast Club table gifts when she visited recently.  I tend to hoard bottles and jars, so this was a fun way to use some of them up.