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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm often asked how

I am able to hook so many rugs. All I can say is I hook wherever and whenever I can!  This is a very familiar hooking spot for me. Pretty obvious that I'm in my car, right?  Gotta love my Chevy truck! I generally hook during my lunch break. 
It's pretty darn easy to make progress on a rug when you devote time everyday to hook. Happy Halloween!  Maria 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pictures from my recent Seattle class


Isn't this version of Mister Snowman wonderful? Cathy has an amazing talent in making her rugs look painterly. I am smitten with it!

Isn't her little drummer boy great as well?

 This rug just makes me smile!  Kathy is the neatest hooker and her rugs are amazing. This rug is going to be terrific when done!
Diane wanted to learn my fake proddy method and this rug was perfect for it.  That big flower turned out incredible.
Irene was also working on my antique Santa pattern but wanted it to reflect the original more so than my version. So we reworked the border and she is adding more of a primitive teal that is in the original pattern. Love it! I think I may have to change my pattern.
Here is a closeup of the border.
Patty wanted to learn how to do the rolled circles and by the time she finished attaching the circles to the Stillwater Sheep I think she had it down.
The colors in her rug are going to be warm and lovely.
Pam was working on my Antique Star and Heart pattern In blue, red and gray colors. If your reading this Pam, you need to hook as I can't wait to see this finished!
Michelle has a great color sense and was doing a fantastic job with Winter Walk!
Don't you just love the great color combinations in Evie's something to Crow About?
Beth was working on a Spruce Ridge pattern and was willing to try new techniques like rolled circles. Lilly had added rolled circles to the bottom of her dress and it was so darling that Beth gave it a whirl.
Isn't is great?
Yes another Winter Walk and isn't it terrific? You can't see it in this picture but Lianne had me add a second snow baby to the pattern. She had great wool and put colors together really well!
Londi was working on Mister Snowman and added sweet rosy cheeks to the guys. She was using some of my glitter wool in the background. It will make a love winter sky.
Mona was having fun with Tumblin Down and was making good progress. Love her beading around the mouths of the bottoms two pumpkins.
Marla was working on Ewe Who and doing a great job. She was using glitter wool for the background and it is really going to make this rug sparkle!
Joy started two rugs and this was her version of Matilda. I love the light blue background of this rug.

Here is her second rug, O Christmas Tree.  The plaid coat is wonderful!
Diane Eaton was having fun working on my tree skirt pattern. She altered the pattern a little, to add a goatee and a wee bit of a belly to the snowguy. her colora are so Happy! Diane rocks!
Check out her purple and turquoise reindeers!
Oh and last but not least is Lilly's sweet rug.  She had me change my Hooligan pattern into all cats and isn't it just darling! She is making this into Christmas rug so the background will be a soft turquoise green. Love it!
Lilly came up with the idea of the rolled circles at the bottom of the rug! Brilliant! I think we will be seeing a lot more of this. Lilly is a trend setter!

Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hooking when and whenever you can!

Here was my in flight entertainment over the weekend. 
Have you ever hooked on a plane before?  I lucked out in an aisle seat and no one in the middle. 
In the next few days, I'll share photos from the class in Seattle. There were great rugs being created! Maria 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Giveway Winners.........

Yes, I said winners.  There were so many of you that replied it was hard just to giveaway just one kit. So without further adieu, Katrina, Saundra and NMK kindly contact me to send me your address  and I'll get the patterns to you asap! AND please stay tuned for further giveaways.... Maria

Halloween Giveaway & Big Bang for the Bucks

Don't forget to register for the giveaway. To enter see October 3rd's post for details. 
 
I love wool that gives you what I call "Big Bang for the Bucks".  I've used two of the "Big Bang for the Bucks" wool in my Halloween Giveaway rug. The background is one wool. It is a fabulous striped wool that instantly ages a rug. Here is a closeup of the wool.

When hooked it gives the appearance of many different tones of the taupe/tan color. I hooked the wool in an up and down manner to contrast against the roundness of the pumpkin.  Below, you can see how the wool hooked up in Nancy's  antique Santa rug.


A closeup picture of the wool..
 
 Below is a close-up of the wool I used for the pumpkin. The stripes in this wool give the appearance of several different colors when hooked.  I use this wool for everything. Sheep, Santa's Beard, Snow and background.
 
My all time favorite "Bang for your Buck" wool is this orange striped wool.  I just love it!
 
 The pumpkin in Happy Jack was hooked entirely with this wool!


 
Trust me, striped wool gives you a lot of "Bang for your Buck" and as Martha says, "IT is a good thing".  Thanks for stopping by, Maria
 




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween Giveaway

It's about time for a giveaway, don't you think? I appreciate all my blog followers and friends for stopping by, reading my blog and taking the time to  comment. So in honor of you I'm offering this White pumpkin rug hooking kit. The kit comes with the wool and pattern. if memory serves me right, I believe it is roughly 8 x 10

To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite Halloween motif is. I'll pick a winner Sunday aroubd 8:00 pm. Thanks for stoppihg by, Maria

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What's on my frame

This is my latest project. I'm close to being completed.  Please help me finish this rug by holding me accountable.  I have a Very bad habit of starting a rug and not completing.  My goalis to have this one done in less than a week. Thanks for stopping by, Maria