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.

Seeing spots.

I have admitted in the past to being a reluctant wool dyer, and that’s the truth.  Now that I have hooked the dogs’ heads, necks, and collars, it’s on to their spotted chests.  That will require some spot dyed wool.

I pre-soaked some natural wool and accordion-folded it in a casserole pan.  I put citric acid into the hot water in the pan, so the dye would go into the wool quickly and not spread out too much. I made up some chestnut dye and sprinkled it here and there on the wool.  Into the oven it went for half an hour, then a cool down and a rinse and dry.  It looked promising, but the test will be when I cut a few strips and hook some loops.  Fingers crossed!

The spot dyed dog-spot wool works.  I am using a wider #8 cut, so the spots will appear larger, and I’m happy with the look it gives. As soon as I hook Whiskey’s chest and all four paws, it’s on to the background and the hooked frame border.  Colors to be determined.  I like to see a piece evolve and emerge as I hook along.  One thing leads to another.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the unfolding of one’s artistic vision.

Spot dyed wool makes dog spots.

Spot dyed wool makes dog spots.

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"

What's in a name?

I don’t know about you, but I like to name inanimate objects that I rely upon. My car is named BC (Big Car), my GPS is Tiffany Amber, my old iPad is Tinkerbell, and my new iPad is Tinkerbell2. Is that weird? I don’t think so.

I just bought Tinkerbell2 and decided to hook a nice carry case for her. I had bought a long leather strap for a purse that I planned to make a couple of years ago, but never got around to it, so now is the time to use it for Tinkerbell2. I’m a big fan of making something useful. I have enough rolled up rugs in my studio closet, thank you very much.

Since Tinkerbell is a fairy, I designed a case with a woodland theme. I have wanted to do toadstools for a while, so this will satisfy that urge. The case will be folded up from the bottom and one side will be nighttime and the other daytime.  I’ll keep the whole thing simple and childlike. I have a beautiful piece of Harris Tweed for the inside. I’ll show more photos when it’s closer to being finished.

I’m heading off to a quilting retreat in a few days. I am not a quilter, but these ladies were nice to allow a few of us hookers to join in the fun. It will be a relaxing two days to hook, meet new friends, and maybe make a couple of new rug hooking converts. No harm in trying.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in creating something useful for something named Tinkerbell.

I'm ready with my simple design and some wool choices. Should be a fun project! 

I'm ready with my simple design and some wool choices. Should be a fun project! 

This is what I see when I flip open my iPad cover. Hi, Tink!

This is what I see when I flip open my iPad cover. Hi, Tink!