A book winner and projects completed.

I expected a great response to the book giveaway of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking] and I wasn’t disappointed.

Thank you all for your comments and participation.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Shannon, who said, “I would love to have such a great inspiration in my little hooking corner!" Shannon, I'll be contacting you for your mailing address. This book is just chock-full of eye candy!

My first priority after coming home from Sauder Village was to finish up the projects from the two workshops I took there.  One was an evening class with Nancy Z. Parcels, in which I learned how to make a brooch using wool quillies, buttons, and beads. It was a lot of fun and I now want to make more of these as gifts. My first attempt isn’t perfect, but you know what “they” say about practice…..

I also took a two-day workshop with Meryl Cook titled Hook a Healing Mat. In this class we worked with chakra colors and their meanings and how we can work with them. Some of us were working through personal issues and we vowed “what went on in class, stayed in class”. 

We each received Meryl’s 16” heart pattern drawn on linen as a starting point, but we were encouraged to make changes as we wanted. I made the center of mine a spiral that starts with the seventh chakra [the lavender/crown chakra] in the center and then spirals out to the first chakra [the red/root chakra]. We all wrote significant words around the outer edges of the linen that pertained to our issue. Since I decided to make my mat into a pillow, I embroidered the word “Own” on the back. That’s all I’ll say about my personal mat journey!

As always, being at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is a full-immersion experience for me and it does take me a while to be fully back at home, both mentally, physically and emotionally. I think I’m home now.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many facets of rug hooking experiences.

  My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

  The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

  I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

  My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

Celebration book giveaway.

As I get organized and back to hooking in my studio, I decided to do a book giveaway. I know you all love these as much as I do!

The book is Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking Magazine]. This is the annual publication of the best rugs entered and chosen to be in Celebration. The variety of rugs is amazing and the talent is breath-taking.

Many of these rugs were on display at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week. I was there as a volunteer for Rug Hooking Magazine, so I had the fun of hanging the Celebration display. Up close and personal was a great place to be!

Not all rugs chosen as finalists were at Sauder Village, so this book is filled with even more beautiful rugs. It’s always the annual best of the best and a great book to have as inspiration for rug hookers everywhere.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a collection of beautiful hooked rugs.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  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, September 2, 2018 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, September 3, 2018.  Good luck!

  Leave a comment below to get your name in the dye pot!

Leave a comment below to get your name in the dye pot!

Thumper guards the dye pot.

There were many of you who entered to win Ellen Banker’s new book, Hooked on Words [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking Magazine].  Thank you for all of your comments and enthusiasm.  It appears that I’m not the only rug hooker, who wants to improve her lettering skills.

Although Thumper is too short to reach into the dye pot, he kept a keen eye on the proceedings.  After much tossing and scrambling of the cards in the dye pot, the lucky winner was drawn out.  Robin Nalepa will be getting this book!  Her comment is, “Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!”  Congratulations, Robin, I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address.

There is an important sewing project that I’ll be working on for the next week or two, so rug hooking will have to wait.  I do have my next Mother Earth Speaks design in mind, so I’ll be ready to go as soon as the sewing is completed.

I’m still recovering from a wonderful week of having a house filled with family and friends.  Our son and granddaughter’s visit was busy and fun and the annual cornhole party went off without a hitch. Perfect weather!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the time spent with family and friends.

  Thumper is making sure the drawing is fair and square!

Thumper is making sure the drawing is fair and square!

Hooked on Words.

The latest book I’m excited to give away is Hooked on Words, by Ellen Banker [©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].

Even though I worked in the typesetting and lettering biz many moons ago, I resist hooking words. If anyone can turn around my hooked lettering phobia, it’s Ellen Banker!

This is such a fun book filled with Ellen’s colorful, fun, and imaginative designs as well as similar designs by other fiber artists.  Where to begin? 

Ellen says that it’s important to “match your typeface to your message”. She gives examples of how and why to choose a particular typeface. She also shows how to develop your own unique type style. In Ellen’s designs, the lettering is an important part, and sometimes the only part, of the overall design. Her creativity stuns me.

There is an intriguing chapter focusing on Bev Conway’s “secret messages” that can be hooked into your rug and only seen from the back of the rug. How cool is that?

Hooked on Words is filled with so many color photos of rugs by many hooking artists that you’re sure to be inspired. I know I am.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many ways to hook words.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this book?  Here’s how:

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Hooked on Words, by Ellen Banker[© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].  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, July 15, 2018 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, July 16, 2018.  Good luck!

  Enter for a chance to win Ellen Banker's new book!

Enter for a chance to win Ellen Banker's new book!

The luck o' the Irish.

Irish eyes were smiling upon Randi this week.

Randi, who commented, “Perhaps the luck o’ the Irish will be with me and I will win this book”, is the lucky book winner!   Congratulations, Randi.  It’s always good to call upon the luck of the Irish, especially during the month of March.

I will be mailing Randi her copy of the brand new book, The Color Lab – Color Cues for Rug Hooking [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking]. Judging by the many names in the dye pot, this is a desirable book. Thanks to all of you who entered and commented.

If you’re a member of the Rug Hooking Magazine book club [I highly recommend it], you probably have received your copy of this great book at a special low price.  But if not, you can buy a copy at the Rug Hooking Magazine website or go to amazon.com. 

I finished a super secret rug this past week.  I have to write up a paragraph or two about it and then I’m on to the next project, which will be an angel rug.  My group, Magdalena Rug Hookers, will be having an exhibition of our rugs next summer at the Landis House in Newport, PA.  The main theme will be angel rugs.  

Time was spent in my studio cleaning up and organizing.  I am not one of those creative types who is stimulated by seeing the mess all around me.  Visual clutter seems to bring me to a screeching halt.  I like to clean up after each rug is finished and then start the next mess.  I mean, project.

The weather has been pretty wild recently.  March is always full of surprises.  I hope you stayed safe during the recent nor’easter.  We live on farmland, so we don’t have large trees around our home.  The only things blowing around here were a couple of metal porch chairs and my broom hanging outside the back door.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in creating hooked rugs – one after the other.

  Thumper monitored the pulling of the winning name.

Thumper monitored the pulling of the winning name.

The Color Lab book giveaway!

There’s a brand new, exciting book on the market and I have a brand new copy of it to give away.  It’s Wanda Kerr’s book, The Color Lab – Color Cues for Rug Hooking [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].

Wanda Kerr, a master colorist, shares her in-depth knowledge of contrast and depth, color temperature, saturation and glow, and color transitions.  There’s a lot to know about color and Wanda’s book will help you with countless color photographs of her finished rugs and her color samples.

Do you want to learn how to color plan your rugs?  There are so many tips included here.  This is a book that will become your go-to book for all things color.  When to use warm color, cool color, how to transition between them, how to use a color wheel, etc.

Don’t hesitate! Here’s how to get your name in the dye pot for 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.  [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, March 4th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Good luck!

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

  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!

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. 

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.

A book winner and a pizza finish.

It was a fun week reading comments on the book giveaway and tossing names into the dye pot.  This book, Designed by You: Ideas and Inspiration for Rug Hookers, by Tamara Pavich [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC /presented by Rug Hooking] is so full of ideas and colorful rugs by many hooking artists.  I received my RHM Book Club copy of the book, and I’m happy to also have a giveaway copy to send to lucky winner, Naomi Duval. Naomi’s comment reads, “I hope I can get this post to work.  Great blog. Great pictures. Like your designs very much.”  Thanks, Naomi!  I’ll contact you for your mailing address and send this book on its way.

I completed my large pizza with a variety of toppings.  I finished the piece by trimming the excess linen to three inches and steaming two and a half inches of it to the back of the piece, leaving one-half inch showing all around.  I then spot dyed a piece of speckled wool, which wasn’t quite brown enough.  I laid the pizza [face up] onto the backing wool, which I trimmed in a circle about one inch bigger than the pizza . I brought the wool over the edge of the linen and folded it neatly against the row of loops on the front.  Basting it in place held it nicely until I could use two strands of wool yarn [one brown and one beige] to crisscross the edge.  The beige yarn was too light, so I used a brown marker to color it a bit here and there.  I wanted it to be spotty.

Now to decide on my next project.  I do want to hook a wall hanging for the back hallway.  And I have my super secret project that I have begun. Our weather is very hot and humid, but that doesn’t seem to deter me from working with wool.  How about you? I hope you are all hooking and having fun.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in all of our wooly artistic projects.

  The Zen Pizza is finished!

The Zen Pizza is finished!

An inspirational book to give away.

The good news is that I have a great book to give away.  The not-so-good news is that I don’t know how to tell you about it.  The book is, Designed By You: Ideas and Inspiration for Rug Hookers, by Tamara Pavich [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC / presented by Rug Hooking].

There are so many wonderful and colorful examples of how to go about planning and designing your own rug that I’m wondering where to begin.  Tamara Pavich, the book’s author, has her inspirational designs alongside those of rug hookers she admires.  Every page has color photos of rugs from the minds and hands of many talented artists.

Tamara and the other rug designers share the inspiration for their designs and give details about the nuts and bolts of getting the design from their head and onto the rug backing.  Wouldn’t you want to follow along?  Ideas – Drawing – Style – Color – Art - Materials – Story – Yourself.  Don’t you want to take the journey?  Keep reading for the how-to-enter directions.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the imaginations of rug hookers everywhere.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Designed By You: Ideas and Inspiration for Rug Hookers, by Tamara Pavich [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  Below this post is the teeny tiny word "comment".  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, June 11th at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, June 12th , 2017.  Good luck!

  Enter to win a copy of this great new book!

Enter to win a copy of this great new book!

Two names pulled from the dye pot.

TWO lucky winners this week!  The new book, Needle Felted Tapestries by Neysa Russo [©2017 Stackpole Books] elicited entries from many hopeful fiber enthusiasts, whose names were added to the dye pot.  The two winners are Laura S., who said, “This looks interesting. My felting experience is limited, so should be good.” And Connie B., who commented, “That sounds like it would be so much fun and bring out the creative juices in all of us.”  Congratulations to you both.  I’ll email you for your mailing addresses.

Fiber folks are a curious bunch, who love to learn new techniques.  This book will give them many exciting ideas.  Thanks to Stackpole Books for the giveaways.

I’ve continued to make progress on my Resistance Rug #1, which depicts Dorothy and Toto looking out over the new American landscape.  Contrary to Dorothy’s experience of landing in Oz, where everything is in dazzling color, this landscape is all in shades of black and white.  What to make of it? 

I’m hooking another rug titled, Resistance Rug #2, which I will show at a later date.  So far, the hooking is progressing well, but I want to add elements to it and that will take some time to ponder.

A third piece that I’m about to begin is another “super secret rug”.  I know this is worthy of a sigh and a shoulder shrug, because I can only mention it and not show it.  This means that I need to start something that I can hook and show as I go along.  My supply of hooking mojo is still somewhat low, but with determination I shall persevere and come up with a new design.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in fiber in all of its forms.

  Two wooly book winners. Congratulations!

Two wooly book winners. Congratulations!

Another book giveaway!

Yes, it’s true. I love doing book giveaways and there are so many exciting new books on the market!

I’m going to give away TWO copies of the just released new book titled, Needle Felted Tapestries by Neysa Russo [© 2017 Stackpole Books]. For those of you who love to needle felt and those who would love to learn how, this is a book filled with designs, ideas, and all the practical information you need.

In her book, Neysa has included not only how-to information on her variety of two- and three-dimensional projects, but she also gives directions on how to wet felt wool and exactly what tools you need. She even suggests how you can make some of the tools to make your projects picture perfect.

The designs and projects in this book are really charming.  Neysa gets some of her inspiration from antique textiles, samplers, embroidery, needlepoint, and Middle East rug designs. I can imagine many of them not only as needle felted pieces, but also as hooked rugs.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the creative designs and needle felted process of Neysa Russo.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have TWO copies of Needle Felted Tapestries- Make Your Own Woolen Masterpieces, by Neysa Russo [©2017 Stackpole Books] to give away.  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post on my website.  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, April 23, 2017 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, April 24, 2017. Good luck!

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

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

A book winner and why "Art is more than just pretty pictures".

What a great response to my giveaway of the new book, Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns by Tracy Jamar [© 2017 Stackpole Books].  This is truly an exiting book and I know the lucky winner will be as inspired by it as I have been.  It has given me a creative idea for my next super secret rug.

The winner is [drum roll please…] CINDY, who said, “Looks like an exciting fiber book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!  Congratulations, Cindy, I will contact you for your mailing address and have this book sent your way.

I have hooked more of my Resistance Rug and will do the background at Susan Feller’s Retreat Into the Mountains [WV] this coming weekend. I’m looking forward to this relaxing and rejuvenating weekend spent with other creative rug hookers.

Apparently, posting a photo of my Resistance Rug on one Facebook rug hooking group may have offended some people and it was taken off.  I’m not upset by that, just disappointed. and a bit confused.  “Art is more than just pretty pictures”, as I often have said.  I actually think my Resistance Rug is pretty attractive.

One example of this is Picasso’s, Guernica [1937], which I saw many years ago in NYC.  It is probably Picasso's most famous work and political statement.  It was painted in response to the Nazi's devastating bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The tortured figures of both humans and animals create a very disturbing and chaotic scene. The large size of this piece [11'5" tall and 25'6" wide] makes the viewer become part of it. I’ve never forgotten standing in front of it and the effect it had on me.

I will show more of my Resistance Rug in a week or two with a caveat for those easily offended. For those of you with a sense of humor, I do want to give a link to the incredibly creative fiber work of Salley Mavor, who has also ventured into the political arena with her Wee Folk Players. Visit her website for a world of her small handmade folks. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in using one’s Art to make a statement.

  Thanks to all who entered the drawing.  I actually have ANOTHER BOOK to giveaway in a week or two, so stay tuned.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing.  I actually have ANOTHER BOOK to giveaway in a week or two, so stay tuned.

  Guernica by Pablo Picasso 1937.  Black, gray, and white oil painting on canvas.

Guernica by Pablo Picasso 1937.  Black, gray, and white oil painting on canvas.

Another fantastic book giveaway!

A new book by Tracy Jamar, Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns [© 2017 Stackpole Books] is out and it is filled with amazing eye candy and projects to up your rug hooking/fiber craft game!

The title says it all. Tracy shows you how to use these varied techniques to add interest, depth and excitement to your fiber projects. I personally love her coiled and standing wool projects. The instructions are all in the book and I can’t wait to get started. But then I flip the page to a shirred project and I am smitten again. And mixed techniques, too. Tracy also includes a gallery of incredible work by other fiber artists. These photos are sure to inspire you. I love this book!

If you would like to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book, you have until noon on Sunday.  Good luck and thanks to Stackpole Books for offering this giveaway book.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the creative fiber techniques of Tracy Jamar.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a copy of Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns by
Tracy Jamar [© 2017 Stackpole Books] to give away.  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  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, April 2, 2017 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, April 3, 2017. Good luck!

  Enter to win this excellent new book.

Enter to win this excellent new book.

A book giveaway and a secret revealed.

There’s a great new book out that is filled with thirteen amazing rug hooking projects.  It’s titled, Hooked Carpetbags, Handbags & Totes, presented by Rug Hooking Magazine and published by Ampry Publishing LLC. 

The range of bags makes this book perfect for the beginner or seasoned rug hooker. Whether you want to replicate the designer’s bag or use it as a stepping off point for a design of your own, the instructions will help you turn your hooking into something useful and beautiful.

The designers included are Ali Strebel, Nola Heidbreder, Linda Pietz, Jennifer O’Malley, Norma Batastini, Sharon A. Smith, Cindy Irwin, Susan Clarke, and Jen Manuell. Each of these women has given her own creative spin on a bag that would be fun to make and carry. And I'm proud to know Kathleen Eckhaus, who photographed the finished bags for this book! See below for how to enter to win this book!

I received the latest issue of Rug Hooking Magazine [March/April/May 2017] and I can finally reveal one of my super secret rugs. My Aesop fable rug, The Golden Egg, is featured. I had so much fun hooking this piece and including some “other” fibers and techniques.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a copy of Hooked Carpetbags, Handbags & Totes [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking Magazine] to give away.  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my websiteBe 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, March 12th at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, March 13, 2017. Good luck!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in hooking something fun, beautiful and useful.

  Enter to win this excellent new book!

Enter to win this excellent new book!

   The Golden Egg  is featured in the March/April/May '17 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine. Pattern available on my Shop page.

The Golden Egg is featured in the March/April/May '17 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine. Pattern available on my Shop page.