Seeing double.

I finally got back to the hooking frame this past week.  I started with the barn owl on the Waxing Crescent pattern I’m hooking for a friend.  For some reason, the face was giving me trouble, causing me to pull out and re-hook areas.  I always download an image of the animal or other subject I’m hooking, so I can study the colors, etc.  I’m not trying to create a photographically perfect image, but rather an interpretation.

As I was fussing with it, a lightbulb went on over my head and I remembered another pattern that I have on linen, which is in the I-need-to-be-hooked queue. That one is Harvest Moon and it also has a barn owl.  Doing them both at the same time will save me from trying to remember how I hooked the first owl.

As always, my noodle bin is providing much of the wool that I’m using. As hard as I try to use up my noodles, they remain the same. Too bad that doesn’t work with money.

Meanwhile, there are Yule gifts that need to be made. They’re fun to make and offer a nice diversion from my usual obsessive rug hooking.  I tend to get lost for hours in my studio and when I look up, the afternoon is already darkening.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the variety of creative projects to complete.

Waxing Crescent owl on the left. Harvest Moon owl on the right.

Waxing Crescent owl on the left. Harvest Moon owl on the right.

The owls have it.

Songbirds are colorful and sing pretty songs, but it’s the raucous and taloned ones that I like the best. Owls, raptors, corvids and even vultures are the ones I prefer to hang with.

I’ve designed hooked rugs with owls and crows and they seem popular with others, too.  I recently had a request from a friend to hook her my design, Waxing Crescent, featuring a barn owl, a mouse, and the waxing moon on the night sky – all of my favorite design elements.  Whenever I recreate one of my hooked pieces, I try to make the new one better than the original with more thoughtful use of color and value, for instance.  We shall see how this new one comes out.

October was a busy and fun month filled with witchy and Halloween-y fun and projects.  November brings family and Thanksgiving activities. Our son and his family will be visiting from Oregon and we are so excited to see them!  With that in mind, my time at the hooking frame will be zero.  But then comes December and that is a free and open month leading into the beautiful, dark and quiet months of winter.  I can’t wait!

So, hang in with me as I tend to the needs of hearth and home.  I’ll still blog every Monday - I haven’t missed one yet. How many years has it been?  I’m not sure.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the darkening days and comforts of gathering around a warm hearth fire.

Waxing Moon - the original.

Waxing Moon - the original.

Little Saw whet and his dinner [pattern not available]

Little Saw whet and his dinner [pattern not available]

Emma’s Owls - [pattern not available]

Emma’s Owls - [pattern not available]

Not Quite White. This rug is featured in the new book, Rug Hooking Through the Year ©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking

Not Quite White. This rug is featured in the new book, Rug Hooking Through the Year ©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking

Barn Owl With Moon - take 2.

Barn Owl With Moon - take 2.

Seasonal rugs.

October is my favorite and busiest month of the year. I haven’t spent time at the hooking frame for a couple of weeks, so today I’m featuring my fall and Halloween rug patterns, which are available on the Shop page of my website, if you’re interested. 

It has finally cooled off!  We had a freeze last Thursday night and the back lawn was like a field of diamonds when I let the dogs out early Friday morning. The air was so crisp and clear that I took many deep breaths, which nourished my soul.  I love autumn!

Coming up on Saturday will be the Brandywine Hook-In in Lancaster, PA.  They always put on a spectacular day of hooking, shopping, and camaraderie.  I have a list of spot dyed wools to buy for two of my future rugs and I’m also buying wool for a friend.  I love spending someone else’s money. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the crisp clear days and nights of autumn.

The Recipe 24” x 18”

The Recipe 24” x 18”

Stack o’ Jacks 36” x 18”

Stack o’ Jacks 36” x 18”

Waxing Crescent 24” x 18”

Waxing Crescent 24” x 18”

La Hora Del Te 26” x 21”

La Hora Del Te 26” x 21”

Fall Fields 22” x 19”

Fall Fields 22” x 19”

Barn Owl with Moon 24” x 36”

Barn Owl with Moon 24” x 36”

Harvest Moon pattern 22”x 40”

Harvest Moon pattern 22”x 40”

I just can't stop!

I finished hooking my Barn Owl with Moon2 rug this past week.  I was going to wait to bind it at the Brandywine Hook-In later this month, but I. Could. Not. Wait.  I actually love finishing rugs, so the desire to hold off was overwhelmed by the desire to bind and whip the edge.  I guess I’ll have to find something else to hook at the hook-in.

There’s a spot on my kitchen floor that has been waiting for this rug, so that, coupled with the fact that I will be hosting my Breakfast Club ladies in a couple of weeks, really gave me an irresistible urge to get this rug done and down.

What’s next?  I will be hooking my new design, Harvest Moon, in the near future, but I need something else in the meantime.  Maybe another piece for my Mother Earth Speaks series?  I do have a few ideas bubbling around in my head for that.  I’ll see what grabs me.

Autumn is here at Crow's Foot Farm, but the temps are still a bit too mild.  I hope your autumn is beautiful where you are.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in having a new rug for my kitchen floor.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

 

Pumpkin palette.

My Barn Owl with Moon rug is almost finished.  An autumnal design gets me excited and my hook flying.  This rug, which is 24” x 36”, is hooked mostly in #8.5 cut wool strips for the pumpkin and background, and #8 and #7 for the other design elements.

Orange is one of my favorite colors.  It’s my Power Color and signifies Creative Energy to me.  I used about ten different orange and orange-related wools for this pumpkin.  I also love to add pops of magenta in my orange pumpkins. Using an unexpected color in design elements adds excitement and moves the viewer’s eyes around the design.

Although I’ll be finished with hooking this rug by next week, I will hold off on the whipping of the edges until the Brandywine Hook-In in October.  Binding a rug at a hook-in can be done without lugging a frame, tub of wool, etc. I spend most of my time at a hook-in shopping, chatting, and looking at an array of rugs.  I confess that little actual hooking is done by me.

My next project will be my newest design called, Harvest Moon.  I’ll be hooking it for a friend, who is an artist who loves color.  I want to do some wool shopping at the Brandywine Hook-In for this new rug. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the rich colors of an autumnal rug.

Barn Owl with Moon 24”x 36”

Barn Owl with Moon 24”x 36”

A close up of the many pumpkin colors used.

A close up of the many pumpkin colors used.

The orange wools used.

The orange wools used.

My next pumpkin pattern, Harvest Moon, 22” x 40”

My next pumpkin pattern, Harvest Moon, 22” x 40”

Progress and pumpkins.

I started hooking my Barn Owl with Moon-take 2 rug at Fort Hunter Day in Harrisburg PA a week ago. Good progress has been made thanks to using wide #8.5 cut wool strips for the background. The design elements are being hooked in #8 cut.  A border might be added, but I will wait to see how it looks when I finish what is drawn on the linen.

This past week, a friend asked me to design a pattern for her with pumpkins, a full moon, an owl, and vines and leaves - pretty much what I’m hooking now, but in a different size and no mice.  I worked up a design for her, which I’ve titled, Harvest Moon.  I’ll be hooking the same rug, too, so it’ll be fun to see how we each interpret it.  Although the pattern is not yet listed on the Shop page of my website, it is available for purchase by contacting me through the Contact page.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but the weather seems more autumnal recently. I am ready for cool days, pumpkins, fall leaves, apple cider, and earlier dark nights. Oh, and Halloween!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in hooking fall rug patterns.

Barn Owl with Moon- take2 in progress.

Barn Owl with Moon- take2 in progress.

Barn Owl with Moon - take 2.

Those of us who hook rugs find it amusing when someone asks if we actually put our rugs on the FLOOR and WALK on them!  Yes, we do.  Wool hooked onto a sturdy foundation can withstand many years of foot traffic. 

The second rug I ever designed and hooked depicted a barn owl sitting on a pumpkin with a large full moon low in the night sky. That rug had been on the floor in front of the kitchen sink for eleven years. Although the loops were somewhat flattened and it had a few stains, it was still in amazing shape.

Then it happened.

One of our dogs [I’m not naming names] had an accident on it. I picked up the rug, put it in a garbage bag, and took it out to the trash. I wasn’t upset with the dog at all. Stuff happens.

Deciding to re-hook that rug, I searched for the original pattern, but was unable to find it. Back to the drawing board I went and even added a couple of mice to the new design. I can’t wait to start hooking. I bought some beautiful dark, multi-colored, spot-dyed herringbone wool when I was at Sauder Village.  I’ll use it for the background. This new rug will be darker overall than the original.

I hope to have some good progress to show you next week. In the meantime, get your rugs out of the closet, lay them on the floor, and walk on them!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the redesigning of an old rug.

Barn Owl with Moon 2. Stay tuned.

Barn Owl with Moon 2. Stay tuned.