Time to fly.

My Tombstone Angel rug is finished.  After the hooking was completed, I steam blocked her and bound the edge my favorite way with cord.  I had some charcoal grey wool for whipping around the edges, which was just right.  To see some photos of a previous rug bound this way, click here.

I still need to buy some Velcro® for attaching the angel ‘s head.  I will hand-sew strips vertically on the linen and horizontally on the back of her head.  This way I can roll up the rug to store it if needed and keep her head separately in a box.  That sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it?

I hurried to finish this rug so that I could spend time with an old friend, who was going to visit from Connecticut.  Unfortunately, her plans fell through and she was unable to come.  So, I spent a lot of time this past weekend beginning a gift rug.   The design has evolved and it should be a fun one to hook.  I’ll share the progress next time.  I hope the progress will include some hooking and not just the pattern drawn on linen.  I have picked out some very colorful wool to use, which will be quite a change from this angel rug.

We have had a couple of nice days recently, so perhaps Mother Nature is warming up to the idea of springtime.  Let’s hope so!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in planning a colorful new rug.

Tombstone Angel is ready to fly!

Tombstone Angel is ready to fly!

This is my Snow Angel rug that I also designed and hooked for the Magdalena Rug Hookers rug show in August.

This is my Snow Angel rug that I also designed and hooked for the Magdalena Rug Hookers rug show in August.

Every time a bell rings.

I’ve been thinking about angel wings this past week.  I thought I was all set to hook the wings on my Tombstone Angel rug.  Apparently, I was wrong.  I tried three different combinations of dusty lavenders and greens, which just didn’t work.  I love those colors together, so this was a bit disappointing.

Delving into my rather extensive wool stash, I came up with a series of mossy greens.  I hooked the lightest hue at the top of the wing and worked my way down. I looked at this for a few days to see if I liked it.  I do. Then the final tweak was to “reverse hook” the brown over-dyed wool that I had used between the feathers and replace it with some leftover off-white wool that I had spot-dyed with dark khaki for the German Shorthaired Pointer rug that I finished recently.  This echoes the pale marbled look of the angel’s face.

This past week, I was also aware of angel wings when our beagle-mix rescue, Benji, grew his wings and flew to the Rainbow Bridge.  This is always a painful thing to go through.  I have had many dogs in my life and it never gets any easier.  But he was sick for a long time and he told me he was ready to go.  I’ve put a photo below of him when he modeled for my Hutchinson-esque rug that I designed and hooked a few years ago.  Fly high, Benji.

This week I will finish hooking the Tombstone Angel rug and hopefully start the gift rug I want to hook. I’m not even settled on a design for that one, so I’d better get a move on.

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

I think she likes her wing.  One more to go!

I think she likes her wing.  One more to go!

Benji is immortalized in my Hutchinson-esque rug.

Benji is immortalized in my Hutchinson-esque rug.

Benji in his favorite pose.  

Benji in his favorite pose.  

Topsy-turvy.

Winter arrived on the first day of spring.  The clocks sprang forward and I don’t know what time it is.  I get up at 4:30 a.m., which is really 3:30. “They” can’t fool me! Things are feeling topsy-turvy right now.

So, as long as that’s how it’s going to be until Standard Time returns, I decided to start my Tombstone Angel rug by hooking the background.  I’m using the over-dyed grey wools that I bought from Jan Cole, The Wool ‘n’ Gardener, for the background instead of the tan over-dyes that I planned on using there.  Switcheroo.  The tans I’ll use for the feather outlines.  I have some yummy lavender, moss green, and spotty cream wool for the feathers.  I wonder how that will turn out?  It will be a surprise as I hook along.

I’m also designing another rug that I will show as I hook it, although it’s a gift for someone.  That one will be filled with lots of color.  I think.  But like all of my rugs, they color plan themselves. 

Who knows what will happen in my topsy-turvy world?

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the surprises that occur every day in my rug hooking studio.

The background is hooked with #8.5 wool cloth strips.  The rest will be in an 8 cut.

The background is hooked with #8.5 wool cloth strips.  The rest will be in an 8 cut.

How rug hookers have fun.

The Woolwrights’ annual hook-in was on Saturday.  They always do a spectacular job organizing the day with excellent vendors, snacks galore [hookers get hungry!], and lots of opportunity to network and catch up with friends old and new.

I spent the past ten days being a bird nanny for seventeen very spoiled hens and eight guineas, so I was a little late getting to the hook-in. I took my tombstone angel to work on.  I knew I had to make a beeline to Jan Cole, The Wool ‘n Gardener, to buy some of her fabulous spot-dyed wool for the tombstone background behind the angel. 

I must confess that I did not do any hooking!  I was much too busy shopping, talking, looking at others’ hooking projects and the excellent rug show.  Although I didn’t pull one loop, it was a great day and was good for my hooking soul.

I will get busy hooking my tombstone angel this week.  I should have all the wool I need [and more].

Look below for photos of a few of the many beautiful rugs in the rug show.  

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a huge room full of rug hookers.

A collection of stoney wool for my tombstone angel rug.

A collection of stoney wool for my tombstone angel rug.

There were over 250 rug hookers gathered in Lancaster, PA for a day of fun.

There were over 250 rug hookers gathered in Lancaster, PA for a day of fun.

Mrs. Rabbit x2 designed by Sharon Smith and hooked by Jeri Livingston

Mrs. Rabbit x2 designed by Sharon Smith and hooked by Jeri Livingston

Wistful Angel designed by David Galchuck and hooked by Debra Smith.

Wistful Angel designed by David Galchuck and hooked by Debra Smith.

Mr. Bones designed by Ruth Hennessey and hooked by Jean Barr.

Mr. Bones designed by Ruth Hennessey and hooked by Jean Barr.

This beautiful LARGE rug designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Helen B. Lynch.

This beautiful LARGE rug designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Helen B. Lynch.