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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Some Finished Rug Hooking Projects

I have had so much going on in my life. My husband has had a series of strokes, pneumonia, and heart failure. He is doing so much better. He can now walk with a walker which is a HUGE blessing.

I had ordered this footstool kit from Searsport Rug Hooking and I was so glad I did. At the time I couldn't get away long enough to go to my studio to color plan so having the kit worked out so well. The wool was beautiful and I enjoyed hooking this cover so much. At night I would cut wool enough for the next day and since this project was smaller I could use a hoop so I was able to take it to the hospital to work on everyday.  I was glad I ordered the stool too. I got the kit, but you can order a completed stool. You can remove the cover to change with the seasons, or what I like is that it can be easily cleaned if necessary. 

 30 Mile Stage Stop is a design by Two Old Crows that had the word Temperance at the bottom. I changed the name to honor my Great Grandfather Buckey who ran the stage stop between Roundup and Billings Montana.

I ordered the bunny and bunny pillow from Ali Strebel, The little eggs I drew myself. At the time I hooked these I was driving back and forth from the hospital 2 hrs each way. Motel cost was killing me. I had just a little bit of time at night but these designs let me complete a project that was small and attainable at the time. 

The rest of the time I was at the hospital I knit a scarf. A really long 6 1/4 foot scarf. I can't just sit so when my husband was being taken to Billings in the ambulance I grabbed clothes, yarn, and needles. I know the drill all too well.


Monday, January 02, 2017

Last Rug of 2016

I had seen the rug Antique Floral by Maggie Bonanomi on Pinterest and had always thought it was such a great design. Then I saw it hooked by my friend Debra and knew I had to hook it.  After much searching and buying her books, which didn't have the rug in them, I finally ordered it from Maggie.

Even though I REALLY wanted to hook the rug in the same colors I had seen before, I chose to do red flowers and switch it up a little. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. The teal blue leaves are what made it come to life to me. The red isn't quite right in the picture but I'm not known for my photographic ability.

The chicken chair pad is a design by Lynne Gill. I changed the wing shape but I just love this design. I decided to do a proddy fringe to add pizazz.

This blurry picture is the pattern called Temperance by Two Old Crows. It is a copy of an old Tavern Sign. I decided to change the word Temperance to 30 Mile Stage Stop. My Great Grandpa ran a stage stop, post office, and saloon 30 miles between Billings, MT and Roundup, MT. I thought this would make a nice tribute to my family heritage.

2016 was a great year for rug hooking and friends. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Padula Pomegranate

I finished the Padula Pomegranate rug I started at Prairie Rose Rug School with Ingrid Hieronimus as my teacher.
Each flower is a little different but using the same wool colors. The background is a silver sparkle Dorr wool going one direction with a spot dye and the other is a gold sparkle with the solid of the spot dye colors.
I got the idea for this background by looking at the ceiling in the ladies room. Ingrid had just mentioned that ideas are everywhere and I looked up and saw mine.
Ingrid had so many wonderful ideas with this rug and I learned so much.

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Lincoln Bag and Padula Pomegranates

First of all I'll show you my Lincoln Bag. I have had such a hard time with this bag that I almost had to start over on the leather work. When I FINALLY got it back from the leather place I sent it to, and it took months, I wanted to cry. It was put together with yellow leather. The yellow completely washed out the whole bag and it was awful! After a few days of depression I got some leather dye and started to dye the leather a brown. It took the whole bottle. Then I just put some Neatsfoot oil on it. Well, that wasn't enough of a seal.

At Prairie Rose I had my water in the bag when I was going to class and it leaked. There was dye going everywhere! It was on my hands, my clothes, the floor, my chair...everywhere! I was so disappointed I wanted to throw the whole thing away. When we left Prairie Rose it was raining and even that got more dye on me.

My dear friend Patty Tyrrell got a hold of her neighbor who does beautiful leather work and Patty took my bag home with her for her neighbor to look at. I wanted to have the leather removed and new leather sewn on the bag but the neighbor was a little too nervous to do that. She and Patty did dye a piece of leather and put a sealer over it. They tested three sealers and when they were dry Patty did the water test. One won out.

I bought new dye and the sealer and went to work again. For now I'm pretty happy. Last time I checked I could wipe a little dye off with a wet cloth but nothing like it was. I'm leaving it alone for a while and waiting to see if it cures better with time. If not I'll try adding more sealer.

Yes, I did tell them the color of leather I wanted, and no they didn't do it. Yes I paid $125 for the work and no I didn't say anything to them about it. It took so long to get it back and they were so awful about communication I was afraid to send it back. The bag was sewn beautifully. It has a great canvas lining and pockets and I had a zipper put in the top. If I ever do have it redone I will do it locally where I can pick my own leather out.

I've been working on the background of my Padula Pomegranates. One square has gold sparkle with a spot dye and the other one is silver sparkle with the compliment solid. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with this when it's done. I WAS going to put it on my bedroom floor but now that I have a white background I don't think that's a good idea.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Prairie Rose Rug School 2016

This was another amazing year for Prairie Rose Rug School 2016 at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, SD.There were 40 of us this year which took a little getting used to since we aren't usually that big, but you know what they say, "The more the merrier!" and the saying is right.

My teacher this year was Ingrid Hieronimus. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I highly recommend it. Her sense of color and design are outstanding. 
I am doing a design by Monika Jones, Folk Art Landing, and we did a grid in the background for a design that you can barely see at the bottom. One square is gold metallic and the other is silver metallic with different colored stripes. The reds and purples were colors I dyed but the golds, blue, and dip dyed greens are all Ingrid. The solid gold has the gold metallic. I wish this showed more of the detail. What ever I did on one side, I switched around on the other side. 

This rug got so many compliments and I understand there was a lot of talk about it. Pris Butler, another teacher, kept coming by to see what else we had done to it. 

Ingrid was so much fun. If I ever have a chance to take another class from her I will be there. I think I'm her new groupie. 

The Monks take such good care of all of us and the kitchen catered to my celiac. I had so much fun that I can't wait to go again next year.

Check out our group blog at to see what others were working on and soon I will put the rug show up.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Laszlo Completed

I finished the Laszlo rug from The Woolley Fox.  He is an adaptation from an antique coverlet.
 The first one I saw was hooked by Debra Inglis and I fell in love. It was such a breath of fresh air to hook after the Lincoln Bag, which I still haven't gotten back from the bag maker. The colors aren't showing up as rich as they really are but you get the idea.

I was going to whip the edge with the strips I used in the border but they were shredding too bad so I did a binding much like a quilt binding. It worked out really well. I saw Debra Inglis using that technique on her Laszlo. There are good directions for this method in Cynthia Norwood's book Primitive Hooked Rugs for the 21st Century. If you like primitive you really should take a look at her book. It is a wealth of information.

As simple as the design is, anytime anyone has seen it I got a WOW! It has a lot of impact. This is, without question, one of my top favorite rugs.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Floral Banner and Lincoln Bag

After finishing my Lion and Lamb rug I started hooking on my Lincoln Bag. Below is a picture of it partially finished. The bag design was taken from a photo of an auction picture of a bag that they claimed had belonged to Abraham Lincoln. He was very gracious and was said to give his carpet bags away if he saw someone in need. Unfortunately, since I was so excited to send my finished rug off to Down Home Leather, in Mount Vernon, OH to be finished I forgot to get a picture of it completely hooked. 

 I changed the bottom center of the rug design just a little. There was part of a rectangle piece that didn't relate, at least to me. I can't wait to show my completed bag when it gets here. Down Home Leather will line the bag with a sturdy canvas, add an inner pocket, sew leather gussets on the sides and a leather top and handles. I am also getting a zipper in mine. It is a pretty large bag so I want to be able to keep contents secure.
 Thanks to Pinterest I saw this design by Red Barn Rugs. I fell in love with it and knew I had to hook it. This photo makes the rug seem much brighter than it really is. I was so excited to move on to a size 8 strip after using a 4 for the Lion and Lamb and the Lincoln Bag that I finished it in no time at all.

When my new hooking friend Debra Inglis was binding her Laszlo rug from the Wooley Fox  I fell head over heals in love with the design. I wanted to completely copy Debra's rug but out of courtesy I chose to copy Debra Burchin's color scheme instead. I am almost finished with the center of the rug but I'll show it to you when I get more done. 

Hopefully my next blog will be showing off my Lincoln Bag!