Sunday, December 21, 2008

Free Design for you!

Hi All and Happy Holidays!
Hopefully everyone is done their last minute preparations and ready to enjoy the season?
The weather here has been like winter for several weeks already --though the official arrival is today. We just got rid of the snow from last week with Friday's rain and this morning we awoke to a layer of snow and 1/2 inch of ice. We finally managed to get it chipped off the driveway.
Its not my favorite season-that's for sure but it can certainly contribute some beautiful imagery.
This image greeted me out of the back kitchen window this morning. The snow on the ground with ice on the trees surrounding the now frozen pond. The tracks of the doe who regularly visits the bird feeder let me know all was well with her as deer season is drawing to a close--hopefully she'll make it through another year.
My gift to you is this free design. You can click on the picture to see the larger image which you can then print and enlarge to whatever size you like. This is called Window on Winter

Feel free to use it in any way-rug hooking, needlepunch--whatever suits your fancy. Please do not sell the design, or mass produce it. Please give credit where credit is due.
Have a wonderful holiday--We'll talk again before the New Year I hope!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Red SaltBox and Willows...Primitive Hooked Rug

Here is Anita's second rug that she commissioned---finally done and in plenty of time for Christmas. The picture is a little yellower than this really is--I took the pic at night under incandescent light. I enjoyed hooking this one but I especially liked the background color that I dyed for the center background. At first I did a golden color somewhere between golden yellow and autumn gold in two values, but I felt it was still too yellow and bright. I had already cut it when I made the decision--in fact had hooked about 1/6 of the background using the two shades. So I took it all out and overdyed my worms with my own recipe to achieve a wonderful "yellowware bowl" which really set off the details and borders of the rug. I really loved the color and I hope that Anita does too.
This evening I have been learning to card wool. I bought the card on ebay--not bad but not as good condition as they said-but okay to learn with. I've had the fleeces of emmy and Lucy since June when Emanual sheared the girls. I spent quite a while washing the fleeces but have had them stored since then-- till I found cards. I watched the demonstration of wool carding at the Haycreek Festival in September and then I've watched alot of online videos since then so tonight I dug in and have been teaching myself how to card. I also have learned that the locks should be picked before carding. There are special long toothed combs for this but I don't have any and some of the videos show the picking simply done by hand so that's what I've been doing---gently separating each lock and then using the picked wool to load the card. Despite all the washing and drying and fluffing I did in June, I'm amazed at how much debris I still found within the locks. I don't know how long it will take to finish carding the fleece but I certainly enjoyed this evening and made a nice dent in the first fleece. This is Lucy's fleece and she spends alot of her time sleeping under the trees and bushes --which is apparently the debris I am picking out of the wool.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hooking Away!! Barn Stars and Red Salt Boxes...

Happy Holidays everyone! The time is just racing by and I have so much to do--but what am I doing? Hooking, of course! I just finished a commission for Anita--it turned out nice! It's the Barn Star shown above. I am finishing up another for Anita of a red salt box and willows for the same room as the star--hopefully by next week.
I missed the monthly hookin yesterday--just too much going on. I think I will make it next month though. Things should calm down by then. I will be adding tons more patterns to the website soon-I've been designing up a storm! An Added plus will be a FREE PATTERN offered on this blog so keep an eye out!
Talk to you soon and Happy Holidays.