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Saturday, August 9, 2014

What does the fox say?

Are any of you familiar with this song? Well, let me tell you, I am. I've heard it nearly everyday during hockey season. The squirt hockey team I helped coached this year played it repeatedly in the locker room and all the kids, and I mean every single time, stood up and danced and sang to this silly, cute song. You can see the video of it HERE

Catchy little tune, eh?

I think the kids like it so much because it almost sounds like the fox is saying "hockey, hockey,hockey  ho". But I'm pretty sure that isn't the case but the kids had fun with it.
So I had to hook the fox in tribute to the squirts this year.

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it. Maybe mount the little guy on a canvas with the saying "What does the fox say".  Stay tuned! Maria

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A couple of more photos from Holland

Judy was working on a Karen Kahle pattern and was doing fantastic capturing the magic of her style of hooking. The hit or miss in the background is so good! it. 

Carol was having fun with my ATHA pumpkin runner pattern. The colors she is working with are perfectly Halloweeny. 
I came back from lunch one day and there was a whole lot of giggling and laughter coming from Carol's side of the table and I wandered over to find this! Can you see that funky eye? Carol had loosened up a rolled circle to let it pop up. Very clever!

Nan was working on a Maggie B pattern and it was coming together nicely. The colors are so primitive. This is on Nan's second rug and let me tell you she is a pro!  This too is going to be fantastic when completed. 

As always, thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another rug in progress from Holland

Be still my heart - look what Bea was hooking at Holland Rug Camp!  Her rendition of my Two Sheep and Star pattern makes me smile. From the wonderful background which combines a mixture of textures of rusty tweeds, orange herringbones and many more wools........
to the terrific way she was mixing the wool to give the sheep fleece movement. I had suggested wool yarn or faux pixelating to give the sheep more texture and depth but this rug is going on the floor so Bea was limited in her options for hooking the sheep to make him look realistic. By hooking the wool in a wavy pattern and mixing up the wools, it looks perfect. 
Oh that eye........sigh! 
I can't wait until this rug is finished! Maria 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kay's rug

Inspired by my Winterwalk pattern, Kay designed this rug for class. I love the log cabin and the the trees are perfect!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teaching in Holland, Michigan

I've been teaching at the Heirlooms Rug Camp in Holland, Mi this week and what a lovely location for a camp. The camp is within walking distance to downtown Holland which is just the quaintest town and chalk full of great restaurants and awesome shopping. Of course, the Blair family are the best hosts!  
Judy was in my class and was hooking my Magdalena's Horses pattern for her granddaughter who loves purple. Isn't it great?  I'll be posting more rugs in the next few days, Maria 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A work in progress and a fabulous finish from Linda

I've been slowly, and I do mean slowly, hooking this pattern.  It has been on this frame for at least 1 1/2 months which is a long time for me. I'm going to force, well challenge, myself to hook at least 2 triangles a day to get this rug done in the next couple of weeks. 

 When I taught at the Biennial in Lancaster, PA, I taught this rug.

 However, one of the gals wondered if I could make it into a runner so she could put a candle in the center area between the two pumpkins. What a brilliant idea and the ATHA pumpkin runner came to be. Linda Long just sent me a picture of my ATHA pumpkin runner and isn't it fabulous. It is such a fun pattern.

Thanks to the ever talented Linda for sharing her finished version of my pattern.  Maria 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What is on my frame this week

Well actually for the last month and half actually.
It is based on an illustration from an old children's book. 

Here is the old illustration that the pattern is based upon. 

UPDATE ON THE BRAIDING TUTORIAL...I am working on it and have part 1 done. Once I have the remaining parts done, I will post the first part, second part, third part and possibly a fourth part.  So find a rug that you want to add a braid to and you'll be braiding hopefully by the weekend!    Maria