Jacobean flowers are so fanciful with all the colors and vines winding in and out.  I have to say creating this rug has been a blast.  It will be almost 4 foot long when finished.  I had it all sketched out but when I got near the top portion I made many changes so please ignore my scribbles.  I’m thinking of a solid black for a background to make it all pop.  I can definitely see doing another in a smaller version for a chair pad.  

My evolving rug and its never ending changes

After picking wildflowers that randomly came up along the woods in my yard and laying them in a basket gave me the idea this would make a nice rug.  My intentions were, I thought, pretty good.  A nice bunch of flowers in a basket.  Yes, I like that idea.

In my stash of wool I have a beautiful cloth that depending on how you look at it is a deep blue or a deep green.  It all depends on the light.  It would make for a perfect background. 

 

I drew my design up on my cloth and started.  I wasn’t at all like the wildflowers I imagined them to be.  Rip it out…..start over…..the flowers were to stout and thick…..the basket too large and clunky looking…..maybe an urn?  a clay pot?……rip it out and begin again.  This poor cloth can’t take much more!  

 

 

 

Backgrounds for me are tedious as they don’t change much.  I added some movement but it didn’t have the subtlety I imagined sooooooo…..another change in the making.  This poor cloth can’t take much more!

I now have the flowers I wanted all along.

Next up,  a border….tongues?…..leaves?…. or a combination.  I will have to dig deep into the recesses…..or maybe I’ll just wing it!!  

 

Wonders Never Cease

I’ve been busy dying wool & spinning Moire thread for a friend.  I have to say when I look at the very first wool I spun (yes, I saved it) that was bulky, chunky and so unevenly spun to getting down to the nitty gritty of spinning thread that I am floored at my progress.  I’ve been at spinning less than a year, self taught, still learning and wondering what my next adventure in spinning will be.  Maybe there’s some Art Yarn in the near future, maybe a Penny Rug or Punch Needle?  I think we are all like that, the projects just keep lining up!

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.