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Friday, July 26, 2013

Wool for School

I can't wait for school to start!! Prairie Rose Rug School, that is.  I've never been to a rug school or camp and I am so excited that I just can't stand it!! Patty Tyrrell and I are headed to Richardton, ND on the 4th of August for a week at Assumption Abbey. Our teacher will be Michele Wise. Did I mention how excited I am?
Button Basket by Susan Quicksall at Holly Hill Designs is the rug I choose to work on while I'm there. I felt that it had several lessons for me to learn in that particular pattern, plus I just love the design.
 

 


These are the colors I picked and dyed for the rug. I have several different blacks for the background. I'm a little concerned about the basket but I can always pick out colors later on and dye them. I just hope I have enough. I'm not sure how much hooking I will get done while we are there. I'm guessing a lot.
One of the events I can't wait to see is the Rug Show. Being in such a remote area for hookers, I've never been exposed to too many hooked rugs. It will be so nice to see several at once. 
Being able to make more hooking friends will be great too. Patty and I are pretty limited. Patty has been teaching hooking in Shell, WY. She's a great teacher and we really enjoy each others company so this trip is going to be a BLAST!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Woolley Wednesday

For Woolley Wednesday I want to show the new packs of my hand dyed wool at Woolin Rouge.
Each of the packs has 5 hand dyed pieces of wool each measuring 5"square. That's why I called them Nickel Packs. I know it's not a very original title but I want everyone to know what they are.  I really had a lot of fun putting them together.
 
I believe my favorite might be Autumn Splendor or Pumpkin Patch.

I made an Orange pack that is great to add to either one of these for all those pumpkins and don't forget the Greens. It's good to collect a lot of green.
 
I hope you go visit my Limited Edition Wool Packs. We can never have enough wool! My next step will be to make some larger packs for all of us rug hookers out there!
 
What colors do you want to see in a pack and what are your favorite sizes?

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Wool Dyeing

So....Mark Lipinski was sick on the 3rd so he is rescheduling our interview on his radio show, Creative Mojo. I must admit that I was very nervous. He has 44,000 listeners and he is very interested in the wool dyeing process, so I can't even hand that over to Traci, my business partner. My saving grace is that I believe the interview is only 15 minutes and I can easily talk about dyeing wool for a lot longer than that. As long as I don't get too nervous and forget how to talk. Of course, anyone who knows me knows that's not possible.

 I did get a lot of work done yesterday though. I dyed wool all afternoon for a quilt shop order. Speaking of quilt shop orders...here is a picture of the wool I sent off to Scrap Apple Quilts in St George Utah.
It's so fun for me to see what other people pick out for colors. I work very hard at getting the colors right so when they turn out it is such a relief to me. I find dyeing wool so relaxing most of the time and I find that if I am stressed, it shows in my dyeing, just like stress shows in any art or work.
 
Be sure you check out the wool at Scrap Apple Quilts if you are near by or go to our website at Woolin Rouge Designs. And don't forget to sign up for the newsletter. We have some exciting things on the burner, and I'm not just talking about wool!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mark Lipinski's Creative Mojo Show


I am so very excited, and nervous. Traci and I will be on Mark Lipinski's Creative Mojo Show on the 3rd of July (tomorrow) at 1:00 Mountain time, 3:00 Eastern Time. http://toginet.com/shows/creativemojo It is a two hour show and I think Traci and I will be the last guests.

I believe we will be talking about wool, our new business, and who knows what else. I am so honored to be of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.