Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Halloween "Scaredy Cat" Rug Hooked Wool Vignette

I'm not real good about seasonal offerings! Probably because I procrastinate and even if I plan ahead I have trouble working ahead. I firmly believe I do my best work under pressure but amazingly I actually have completed this Halloween piece in ample time for the holiday though I didn't manage to get it done in time for PRHG's August launch.
I had an especially good time with the cat--I'm planning a group of them as bowl fillers so if you like them too, you might want to watch for them. I've listed the Halloween Vignette on Ebay.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Indian Summer-my latest rug, from memories of the shop.

When the summer starts to have that golden glow that leads to fall, it brings us fond memories of the shop, which we closed 5 years ago. Our mail order and internet sales had grown so over the last years of the shop that we decided to close the brick and mortar store and concentrate on the internet. We've always known it was the right decision for us but each year at this time, we remember our favorite time at the shop--decorating the porch with the cornstalks and pumpkins and serving the spiced cider and cookies on the porch each weekend.... Yes--we had alot of fun and our customers seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. Those memories inspired my latest rug- Indian Summer. I am pleased to share it with you here--its currently on ebay here .

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summer is flyin' by!

I can't believe how fast the time is going! Two of the Grand Kids go back to school on the 25th! My garden is thriving--we've actually had some great tomatoes this year and the vines are still loaded. My biggest thrill has been my Coneflowers. I've been trying for 7 years but for one reason or another they just wouldn't happen. This year its all changed and there are blooms galore. They have inspired my latest piece which is a hooked rug with a needle punch center. The hooked part is done in my interpretation of the quilt pattern Sunshine and Shadows-a Log Cabin variation. As many of you know, I don't like straight lines in my rugs--they just feel so unnatural!! Geometric designs, of course, require straight lines and I usually avoid the geometrics--with the exception of Log Cabin--just love it and love hooking it. So here it is with a needle punched center of a Coneflower--one of my own posed for the design. Just wanted to share this with you--it's currently listed on ebay .

Have a great day and enjoy the weather while we have it!

Primitive Hooked Rugs and Patterns

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sneak Peak at my Primitive Corner Shelf with Penny Rug Inserts.

This sweet little antique corner shelf will be added to the website soon but I decided to give any one here a sneak peak before I add it. I have taken a really sweet primitive corner shelf that I found at an auction in Parsonsburg, MD. It may have been a school shop project--it is certainly imperfect with the slightly crooked shelves but that's what gives it its charm. It hangs from a single nail through a hole in the top of the shelf back.I have custom made two mini penny rugs to fit perfectly in each shelf back. The penny rugs are attached with doubleface stick on dots and could be easily removed if desired. The shelf is 21 nches long and 6 1/2 inches wide.Each mini penny rug is approx. 4 1/2 inches by 8 inches

Each mini penny rug is hand made using hand dyed by me wool.
The background is a prim lavender with top and bottom lamb's tongue borders in brown with prim yellow pennies. The center designs are penny stacks in doubles and triples in textures and coordinating colors. Each little mat is backed with the same hand dyed prim yellow wool as forms the border pennies.No glue is used--only lots of tiny blanket stitches.

Corner Shelf with Penny Rugs
(Insured shipping via UPS to US-lower 48 -$8.95)

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