LEARNING CURVES

I have been hooking for just a couple of months now and I have recently finished another fairly large rug.  I’m happy with the outcome but see my mistakes and believe I know how to correct them in the future.  This is definitely a learning curve trying to teach myself and I’m sure when I find a class near me it would be very beneficial.  So in the meantime I will start a small piece as a teaching/learning tool for myself and see how I fair.

 

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

It’s been a cool, rainy couple of weeks here in New England.  Perfect weather for staying inside and working on my latest hooked rug.  I designed the pattern myself for my love of coneflowers.  These pictures were my inspiration.  I’ll only give you a snippet of the rug itself for now.  I’m working the background at this point and considering how I will do the finish.  I’m leaning towards using cording and whipping the edge yet I love the crocheted edge with wool strips in a coordinating color.  Stay tuned.

 

THINGS I DO ON A RAINY DAY

It’s a dull, dreary, rainy kind of day here today so it means being inside.  I did go out into the yard and into the woods to gather lichen from the trees and rocks.  I want to use it to dye wool to spin.  I love using natural dyes.  I’ve used onion skins, beets, raspberries & black walnuts so far and I’m up for another challenge.  The Lichen being one & I’m thinking Rhododendron, Queen Anne’s Lace, Poke Weed & Sumac to name a few.

I spent some time this morning spinning my own Wool Moire thread, something I hadn’t done before.  I love the nubby, rustic texture I got with the Shetland Moorit.  The Morino wool is very smooth with little texture.  I will have to add more wool types in my stash.

All of my projects took the back burner so I could get some things done in this old house.  Give a girl a heat gun and watch what she does……….

I have wanted to strip my front door since I bought my house and now that the inside is done I’m getting outside.  I loved the red on my front door but being that it’s inside the Farmer’s Porch it was too dark and I had a pretty good idea of what was under all of the paint.   The red went away, the trim was painted the same as all of the trim on the house.  Layers and layers of paint was stripped away to find a solid wood oak door that had gorgeous trim.  Three days of pulling off paint then the finish work and me smelling like burnt paint from using the heat gun and I’m finally done.  I am so happy with the outcome.

 

 

 

 

WHEW!

I have been busy spinning skeins of Merino wool and Shetland Moorit.  I finally set the twist in the last three skeins.  It was the perfect day to hang them outside to dry on this gorgeous sunny day here in New England.  These will be sent to my new daughter-in-law for her birthday.  She is an avid crocheter who appreciates good wool.  To make my day even longer I have made 2 loaves of Easter Bread.  One I will send along with the wool as it’s my son’s favorite.  The other loaf will go to a friend.

 

 

 

 

I love working with my hands.  Refinishing furniture, rug hooking, spinning wool, knitting and I could go on.  My little antique weaving loom came with no heddle bars, pickup sticks or shuttles.  That was an easy fix.  The string heddles on the other hand were missing, I had no idea of the size so that was the first challenge and through trial and error I figured it out.  My next task was making a jig to measure out the lengths of cording I needed and then the task of tying 100 heddle strings! Yes, 100 plus a few extra in the event one breaks.  It’s a tedious job to say the least and one that I don’t enjoy.  I keep reminding myself that when it’s all done I will finally be able to enjoy this little antique loom.   Now as I’m regaling you with my trial and tribulations I’m thinking it might be nice to fashion a stand so that it can be used without sitting at a table.  I’ll have to think about that one.

 

 

I frequently visit a friend’s Primitives Shop and always manage to find some goodies but today was a different story.  Her furnace sprung a leak, she had to move so many items out of the way for the repairs to be done so I went to help put things back to rights after the repairman left.  Before digging in and getting things done we decided to visit the owner of another shop.  (we had to include something fun!) I probably don’t need to tell you that we spent hours looking at all of his wonderful antiques and primitives and also chatting up a storm with he and his wife.  What fun!

Neither of us left empty and we found some great treasures.  I was so happy to come home with a small antique yarn winder and a vintage 1940’s Peacock Weaving Loom.  Not to mention the beautiful rich colors of the wools she offers in her shop that will be the highlight in my next hooking project.  Last but not least the mailman dropped off my order of gorgeous Shetland Moorit that I quickly braided up and is waiting in the wings to be spun.  Oh where do I start?  What do I do first?  This is a predicament I am happy to have.  

 

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love antiques and I fill my home with them.  The screen on my grain sifter had holes and rust and was really looking pretty sad to keep on display any longer.  When deciding what to do with it I thought it would make a great frame.  A small hooking project and an old sifter made for a nice piece I can display.  I’m quite pleased with this little gem.

   

I AM OFFICIALLY FINISHED!

I pulled the last loop, crocheted my border (a tip from Karen @ primitivespirit.wordpress.com) and tucked in all my ends.  I am so pleased with the outcome I just had to share.  Now to find a spot to hang this baby and get going on a new venture!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

WORKING ON BLUE SKIES

With rain all day yesterday and another dull dreary day today it’s a good day to work on my hooking.  It seemed fitting to be working on bright blue skies above the barn.  This is quite the undertaking for me to be making a rug this size being a new hooker and all.  This piece measures 20″ x 40″ and is quite the undertaking (for me at least).  

I already have an idea for my next piece which will be small and fit seamlessly in my Primitive home.  Updates to come.

I hope you all have a great week.