Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Creative Challenge

Creative Rug Hooking Blog Challenge 2011

In an effort to expand our rug hooking creativity, Maria Barton, Alice Frazier, Kris Miller and myself have joined together to challenge one another to come up with fresh new ideas for rug hooking projects.

How the challenge works is simple. Over the next few months, one of us will take the lead and will send items to each other to use in our rug hooking project. The only requirements are that the project involve rug hooking and all items received be used in the challenge. The leader of the challenge can designate a theme if she wishes.

We will have deadlines for the projects and will post the deadline along with the items received for the challenge on our blogs, hopefully on the 20th of the month. The day of the deadline, we will post on our blogs the finished project along with links to the other participant's finished projects. Our hope in this challenge, is to inspire you to think outside the box, use new materials in your rug hooking projects and to be creative.

If you would like to participate in the challenge with us, you can contact the leader of the challenge to purchase the items.

Thanks for allowing us to share the works of our hands with you.

Maria, came up with idea, and just sent the first items.  Now, what to do, what to do???  Stay tuned.....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Felting with Grandkids

I had 3 of my grandkids over for the afternoon.  The boys have been doing punch needle, but I knew they'd love felting.  So we spent 3 hours making ornaments for all their teachers.  They loved it!  Quick results, without having to thread a needle.  Can't wait to do more.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Merry Makers Show

This was the first year for this show, held at the same time as the Springfield Antique Show.  If you didn't make it, put it on your calendar for next year.

49 amazing vendors, with beautiful things to sell.  Here are just a few photos of what was there, and some of the vendors websites.

Oh, and I sold the blue chair!

Sugarloaf Mountain Primitives
Aron Lowe
Lori Ann Corelis
Cabin Craft by Cazan
Pine Hollow Primitives

Friday, November 12, 2010

Blue Chair

This summer I found this blue chair while antiquing.  Funky color, but when I saw the back it seemed to be crying out for a hooked piece.

I finished the hooking, nailed it to the back and it's ready for the show next week.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hooking Club

These ladies never cease to amaze....

Chris finished her mermaid with needle felted hair and is working on her crazy patch, Ginny, Bev and Evelyn continue on with their 3 in 1 projects.  Jane works on "Spices," Joele her Santa, and Marlene finishes another chair pad.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rug Repair

Several weeks ago a gentelman brought me a rug wanting to know if I'd repair it.  His mother had done it years ago and he wanted to use it again.

I've never done this before, but the hole was small and I thought I'd give it a try.  Well, I won't do it again, but the results were good and he was thrilled.  It took me about 3 hours repairing this hole, the size of a quarter.

I hand stitched a patch of linen to the back, then did more stitching on the top securing the linen.  I had to remove more of the hooking, and tried to work that wool back in.  It was hard to use because it was shredding apart.  I then finished filling the patch with wool I had, trying to match it as best as possible.  Finally steam pressing the area.  It has definitely given me a great appreciation for Jessie Turbayne and others who do this on a grand scale.