Book giveaway!

It’s always fun when I get a newly published book to give away. This time it’s, Hooked Rug Designs for Baby & Beyond by Norma Batastini [© 2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking].

This book is filled with colorful rugs designed and hooked by many rug hookers for their children and grandchildren of all ages.  Many of the designs are original ones adapted from drawings by their imaginative youngsters. 

Do you have some artwork on your refrigerator that would make a wonderful hooked rug?  Can you imagine how much it would mean to frame the artwork and make a matching hooked rug for some special child?  It would be a family heirloom for years to come.

Norma gives many examples of styles and ideas to create your own rugs.  She also goes over copyright laws concerning familiar and popular cartoon characters and gives practical ways to stay within the rules.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Hooked Rug Designs for Baby & Beyond by Norma Batastini[© 2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / 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, June 16th at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, June 17th , 2019.  Good luck!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in creating a rug for a special child.

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win Norma Batastini’s new book!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win Norma Batastini’s new book!

A winner and a rug finish.

Thanks for all the entries and comments for the book giveaway.  The lucky winner of Rug Hooking Journeys: Finding the Maker in the Rug by Tamara Pavich [©2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rig Hooking] is Lisa, who said, “I’m new to rug hooking and am completely taken with it. I love looking at others’ creations for inspiration. Thanks so much for this wonderful gift. Here’s hoping.”   Congratulations, Lisa, I’ll contact you for your mailing address and send this wonderful new book your way.

We had more snow here in Pennsylvania this past week and then some icy rain, so things were a bit dicey.  I stayed home as much as possible, which gave me a bit of cabin fever.  The good news is that I finished my piece titled, Looming in Greenland, the third installment in my Mother Earth Speaks series.  I have trimmed, folded, and basted my usual cotton clothesline into the edges, but I still need to whip the edges with yarn, which I will do at the Woolwrights’ hook-in next month.

Before I continue with my Mother Earth Speaks series, I want to hook my pattern, Harvest Moon, which I am doing as a trade with a friend, who is a very talented mosaic artist.  More on all this next week with some beginning progress on that rug.

I’m having a visit from my friend, who now lives in Connecticut.  We plan lots of things to do while she’s here, so it’s been fun. That has helped with the cabin fever.

I hope winter is bringing you time to be inside with your rug hooking project and a warm beverage on these cold days.  Look for signs if spring, which can surprise us when we least expect it.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the next new project.

Lisa is the winner of this great new book!

Lisa is the winner of this great new book!

Looming in Greenland designed and hooked by Karen Larsen. All finished but for the yarn whipping.

Looming in Greenland designed and hooked by Karen Larsen. All finished but for the yarn whipping.

Jump in the dye pot - BOOK GIVEAWAY

I have a brand new book for today’s giveaway.  It’s Rug Hooking Journeys: Finding the Maker in the Rug by Tamara Pavich [©2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking].

This book is filled with rugs and their artists and is a visual treasure trove to inspire all rug hookers and designers.  There are artist interviews, which share the process and inspiration of many well-known and excellent rug hookers.  You will know many of them and others will be a surprise. In all cases, their designs and stories will delight you!

Words are inadequate to describe this book, which is really something to be seen and enjoyed. There are many color photos to get your inspiration flowing.

So, with that in mind, if you would like a chance to win this book, here is the way to get your name in the lucky dye pot.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a book filled with inspiration.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Rug Hooking Journeys: Finding the Maker in the Rug by Tamara Pavich [© 2019 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 in 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, February 17th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, February 18th, 2019.  Good luck!

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

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

Rug Hooking Through the Year.

I’m doing a book giveaway this week.  The book, Rug Hooking Through the Year, is the latest publication by Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking.  Before I launch into my book review, I must disclose that on the cover is my rug, Magpie Cherry Pie. This book also includes my snowy owl rug titled, Not Quite White.   So, you know I’m going to love this book.

Rug Hooking Through the Year contains 24 favorite projects, which are arranged around the theme of the four seasons.  Fifteen designers are featured with projects for every level of rug hooking experience.  Each designer has included lots of helpful tips about how the rug was designed, wool dyeing and color choice decisions, and there is a line drawing of each design, which can be enlarged and used for one-time personal use.

If you’re looking for ideas for rugs to hook for every season, this book is for you!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a new book about hooked rug designers.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Rug Hooking Through the Year [©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, November 4th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, November 5th.

Good luck!

Be sure to leave a comment below to get your name into the dye pot. You might be the winner!

Be sure to leave a comment below to get your name into the dye pot. You might be the winner!

Magpie Cherry Pie hangs in my laundry room.

Magpie Cherry Pie hangs in my laundry room.

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 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!

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!