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Friday, February 27, 2015

Meet Mister Britches



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Little Betty Lou needed a partner so Mister Britches was created. To court her properly, Mister Britches is dressed in his Sunday best and picked a single blue tulip for her. Will she fall for his charm and debonair attire?

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Mister Bridges is 11 x17 and sells for $25 plus $3.00 for shipping.  I can do a small number of kits for Mister Britches (almost  out of the wool for his britches) for $60.00 -$70.00 (cut wool) plus shipping. Have a great weekend. Maria 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

"The Gatherer"

Yes, this is another one of the rugs that I started last year and now have moved into the finished pile. Can you give a WooHoo! 

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The closeup picture below gives you an idea of how many different colors of wool I use in my antique dark backgrounds. I have a big clear plastic bag full of dark worms and I just grab and hook. Not a lot of thought put into mixing the colors for the background except to always include lit bits of purple.  I just love adding purple to the background for that little spark of color.

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This sweet little gather (do chicks gather, Lol?) is 7 x 10 and is available for $15 for the pattern plus $3.00 shipping. I can also make a small amount of kits for $25 plus shipping.  Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

This is why you don't design a rug


When it is on your frame!

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Do you all see how uneven my side lamb  tongues are? Oh, it is maddening, no seriously, I have hooked those side tongues over and over again to get them even to no avail. I finally broke down and found a level to see just how bad it is. Repeat Maria "Never, never, never, try to design a border while the rug is being hooked and on your frame"!  Lol! I am just to impatient to take the rug off the frame and do it properly. 
              
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So can you see how bad it is? Let me give you a little visual.

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The peach tongues are pretty whopper jawed! Pretty bad.


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Yep, that is from the top of the bottom blue tongue to the top of the matching blue tongue.  Oh it gets better!  Look again at the rug. Here is a reminder....

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Did you catch it? I have 8 tongues on the left side and only 7 on the right side. Seriously Maria?  

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I am about ready to throw the proverbial towel in on this rug but I am determined to not let get it the best of me. So, I will continue to work on it (yes, with my level in hand) and complete this little devil of a rug! 

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This rug was fondly going to be called Kingwood tulip due to memories of going to Kingwood Gardens in Mansfield frequently as a kid but now I think I'll name it Terrible Tulip! Lol.   Stay tuned for the finished rug.....

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And just so you know, this wasn't just a one time occurrence. Take a look at this rug. 

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Yep, did it again designing on the fly! See how even those circles are? Just lovely! One is round and one is square. Actually, this doesn't bother me nearly as much as the Terrible Tulip design. I prefer to think of this as charmingly naive!  (Don't worry to those of you purchasing this pattern, the circles will be even!)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Hooking

I have been holding true to my resolution to complete many of my unfinished projects. This pattern fell into that category having started it in 2013. It feels good to have yet another one. 

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"Never Tell a Lie" is completed just in time for Presidents' Day! It is available for sale for $25  (10 x 15) and the kit for $45.
Thanks for stopping by, Maria