A book winner, a rug finish, and worm-aggedon.

First of all, thanks to everyone who entered to win the Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 26 book. [© Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking Magazine]. The name of the lucky winner that I pulled from the dye pot is Patty Cassidy, who commented, “Great book giveaway.  I can’t look at these beautiful rugs enough.  What inspiration.”  Congratulations, Patty!  I’ll contact you for your mailing address.

I finished my Fall Under Foot rug that is now lying in front of the red pantry cupboard in the kitchen.  This is the “magic cupboard” that contains the dog food and treats.  It’s a popular spot, so it’s a bit unusual that there isn’t at least one dog in the photo below. 

As you can see, the background of the rug is done in a hit-or-miss pattern of dark wools.  I dug into my worm/noodle bin and got out a big pile of worms for the background.  I did cut a bit of wool to add variety to these wonderful dark colors.  Now here’s the weird thing…. after using lots of my leftover worms, the worm bin is more full than ever!  I might have to buy another plastic bin for worms.  How can this be?  I know I’m not the only rug hooker with this phenomenon.

Something I must confess is that I dislike hooking in straight rows, which is what I did in the whole background area.  Because of my less than stellar eyesight, I have to practically put my nose on the linen to make sure I’m hooking a straight line along the warp or weft of the linen.  When hooking in a more natural style, I can just put my hook in wherever it needs to go. 

On the subject of hooking direction, there is an article by Nancy Z. Parcels in the new Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine about “higgledy piggledy” or antigodlin hooking.  Check out Nancy's article to see how this kind of hooking can enhance your rug.

It’s early September and we’ve been having yet another heat wave.  In spite of that, I am decorating for my favorite fall and Halloween season.  Some Halloween-y items seem to find their way into the permanent year-‘round decorating scheme.  Rubber rats and papier-maché pumpkins are always on display.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the changing of the seasons.

Fall Under Foot adds a bit of autumn to the kitchen.

Fall Under Foot adds a bit of autumn to the kitchen.