Saturday, January 16, 2010
I am almost completed with my holiday tasks. The tree and decorations have been cleaned. and safely stored for next year. My handwritten thank you notes have been sent, although I will admit that I don't do as many as I should. I have eaten most of the chocolate and delectables that people gave us. Such a chore!
Several friends sent beautiful handmade gifts to me and I wanted to share some special ones with you. The punchneedle bird pillow is precious, and was gifted to me by Debbie St. Germain. It has a special place on my craft hutch in front of my antler handled awls I use for making baskets and proddy tools I made from a moose rack. It is very special and was the perfect gift for my tastes. Thank you Debbie!
This hooked snowman was gifted to me by Diane Tanerello as part of the Secret Santa swap on the Wool Snippets group. I love the wool scarf and he will be able to "hang out" for the rest of the winter. I enjoy seasonal gifts as they can be on display much longer than the month of December. Winter is 4 months of snow and cold up here! Thank you so much Diane, I love him!
My friend Laura recently learned to knit, and has been learning quickly and her needles are flying every evening. She made me a special pair of butter soft socks in my favorite colors. I am saving them for when I go to spinning group, because when you spin on the wheel you never wear shoes. It will be a perfect time to show off Laura's skill as a knitter. Thank youLaura!
My next hooking project was begun at the N.Y. Sheep and Wool festival in a class. One of many UFO's (unfinished objects). I wanted to practice my circles so am doing the body in a circular pattern with gently mottled tan wool. Currently the background is a large void, and I want to add something but am not sure what it will be. Perhaps a tree, or a design within the background wool. I plan to complete the sheep and see where my mind takes me with the background.
The border on the Old Glory rug is completed, and it is hanging on the wall behind my hooking/ crafting chair. I will show you the steps I took to make my binding, but have found that there are many ways to do it. Since this was to be hung on a wall I decided to put cording within the binding. I have heard that if you put cording in the binding of a floor rug it will wear faster as the cording takes a lot of wear. Others say the cording protects the loops from wear and takes the brunt of traffic abuse. Different schools of thought.
Posted by Miz T. at 11:49 AM
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I finally finished pulling the loops on this rug! The pattern is by Monika Jones of Folk Art Landing. This is 32" x 32", cuts 6 - 9 and done in hand dyed wools. I added the wavy border which is done in re-cycled wool. The eagle was a challenge for me, particularly the neck feathers as they kept coming out square. I consulted the Rug Hookers Bible and found a lesson on "fingering" which helped a lot. Thanks Gene and Jane! On my monitor I can see many things I should change but I'm always learning and expect my next rug to be better. Don't we all expect that? Just don't examine my loopy loops too closely! And now...off to bind it!
Posted by Miz T. at 5:12 AM