Thursday, February 28, 2008
We can all make a difference in small ways. If asked to donate a rug to a charity and I’m given notice, I’ll try to tailor a rug to the audience. People love to bid on rugs because they are a little different than what is normally in a charitable auction. I know that many of you do the same as I have read about it in rug hooking boards, blogs and magazines. But remember in addition to the rug, you can also donate your knowledge and talent to teach others to hook rugs as well.
Because it is still cold and wintry here in Northern Michigan, I'll post another spring rug to remind me that warmer days are just around the corner. This is a rug that I hooked last year which I sold on Ebay. Maria
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
As you know Spring is on my mind, so here is another rug that reminds me that it really is right around the corner despite this bitter cold.
I've also been working on another unfinished project from my studio. If all goes well, I'll have it done by the end of the weekend and share it with you. The pattern is from a free insert in the rug hooking magazine from a couple of years ago. It is Sally Kallin's pattern of an eagle. The finished rug will go in my office at work as the name my co-workers call me is Eagle.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Here is the link to my ebay auction.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
photo by Ian Britton, freefoto.com
Chicks, Bunnies and Lambs just to name a few.
photo by Ian Britton, freefoto.com
Oh, I can almost smell Spring in the air. Not really....we still have a ton of snow on the ground but a girl can dream!
Because I've got Spring on my mind, I'm offering two new "Springy" patterns. The first one I previewed a few posts ago, Chicks and Daisies.
It is 9 x 20 and sells for $28.00.
The second pattern is called "Chick Parade"
and is one of my whimsical primitive designs which is fun to hook. It is 15 x 20 and sells for $40.00. Since I'm in the spring mood, for all of you who order one of these patterns by Tuesday, February 26, 2008, I'll give you $5.00 off of each pattern. Have a great weekend. Maria
Thursday, February 21, 2008
So do you have any? Now I’m not talking rug patterns that you haven’t started hooking yet. That will be another subject for discussion. How many of you start a rug and for whatever reason set it aside whether it be for color issues or scheduling issues. My MO is to pull all the wools for a rug, start the rug and once I get it to a point where I am comfortable or am having trouble with it put the rug with the wool in a basket and start another rug. Now I know many of you are probably cringing at the thought of starting a rug before you finish the last one. Right now I have five active rugs that I am working beside me on the couch.
The reason this subject popped into my head had to do with my studio and how out of control it is. The other day I was looking for some wool that I was certain I had but couldn’t find anywhere. I remembered using the wool in a rug that I started in the summer but couldn’t locate it. After searching for about a half an hour, I finally found it in one of the baskets with my unfinished rugs. I have so many baskets full of wool and unfinished projects in my studio that I made a promise to myself that I was going to finish at least one rug a week. So far, since Sunday I have finished three rugs. Now when I say finished I mean that the rug has been hooked not bound. If I can finish these rugs, I’ll be able to put all the wool away, get the baskets up off the floor and straighten up my studio. So how many unfinished rugs do I have? Oh, I’m embarrassed to admit this but at least 30. As I complete them, I’ll post them here for all to see. Maybe knowing that I will be accountable to you for finishing my uncompleted projects will motivate me. This first rug is from a workshop I did with Barb Carroll in Columbus, Ohio during a From Our Hands show. http://www.fromourhands.com/ It was such a great time.Click on this link to see some more of these hooked rugs in different colors. http://www.woolleyfox.com/woolley.htm
The next rug is a pattern by Kelley Belfast which she sold on ebay last year. I just love this pattern.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Have a restful Sunday. Maria
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Oh one other tip that I’d discovered while hooking this rug that I would like to share with you. The bodies of my sheep blended into the dark background. So to make the sheep more prominent, I outlined the sheep in a lighter colored wool to help the sheep stand on their own without disappearing into the dark blue background. One other tip, I used about 12 to 13 different colors of blue wool in the background which gives the background a lot of interest and movement. In this picture, you can see I used purple, green and many different colors of blue for the background.
I bound this rug last night and am hanging it in my studio today. It is a pleasant reminder of how to incorporate color into a rug. In the next coming days, I’ll share with you some of the pictures of other rugs from the challenge.