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 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.
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.
I’m sure there are those of you, who like me, are out and about with a friend and the infamous fabric store is looming in the background. You just can’t pass it by, you have to walk through that door. Do that I did. As I’m traversing the aisles I see the Monks Cloth. I can justify buying some more to have on hand for my next project. I grab the bolt and what do I see? I had to look twice……….Yes, the price…….under $7 a yard!!! Who woulda thought? Needless to say yard after yard was measured out and it now sits in my fabric cupboard!
So on to one of my favorite Primitives Shops down the road where I drool over the Antiques & Primitives that I like to fill my home with and I beeline it over to the wall unit with hoards of wool and choose a few colors to add to my stash. I have a few hooks to choose from and this one is my Gram’s. The red handle is worn from her hand and my Mothers as well. It’s a treasure to me and the one I choose to work with most of the time. I have a few rugs that were made by them both. They have been well used and are flattened with age, the colors are more drab as they used what were pieces of clothing that was salvaged. The designs were original, something they dreamt up and treasures in their own right made 80 plus years ago in what spare time they had after laundry day, making bread for the week, tending the gardens & leading what we now call The Simple Life, which wasn’t simple at all.
I love working on furniture, refinishing and painting. I have been known to build my own weaving loom. One because I’m not sure I would like to weave on an actual loom and not the back-strap I made years ago. I didn’t want the expense to purchase and find it’s not my thing so I built one myself. Made the pattern and gathered up all of my old wood scraps and went about it. That being said, I finished one and it works! Still not sure I like to weave so on to the next project. I’m terrible like that. I like rug hooking, did a couple of rugs probably 15 years ago. I’ve started up again using wool (typical) and I did a small piece with my own hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn.
I don’t have a rug hooking frame so I am using a lap hoop meant for quilting that works though it is challenging to keep my work tight. It isn’t the most comfortable and in an email to my son a week or so ago (he lives cross country) I told him my idea of making my own frame and purchasing the rug tacks to add to it when finished and sent him a picture of a frame that I would use as a model. We talked again a couple of days ago and he told me he didn’t think I could do it, and that it seems as though making it adjustable would NOT be an easy task…….etc. etc.. Very unlike him. He’s usually the one to say go ahead and try it knowing if it’s a failure at least you learn from it. He knows how I roll!
So what’s next in this saga? He texts me and says I have a package being delivered today. Oh, you know where this is going………………
YESSIREEBOB! I am so excited! My new frame from Wolfe Farm!
I pulled out a new piece of cloth yesterday afternoon hoping to gain some inspiration for a new hooked piece. I am at a loss as to what it will be. I’m watching the chickadees and nuthatches sitting on the bare branches and in the rhododendron with the snow falling around them…….possible.
I walk around the house looking for further inspiration and see my crocks lined up in the cupboard…….I kind of like that idea, maybe with a branch of bittersweet or tallow berries. Oh! and pine trees, yes, I would like that too, with a nice blue sky or a darkened sky with tiny stars. This is a predicament, my mind is whirring with ideas. For now, I will sit with a cup of coffee, thumb through A Simple Life magazine and focus on something else. It will come to me……………….
I have been published in the March issue of Country Sampler. I was elated to see it in print. I know many of you have been published and know how exciting it is when it’s your own home.
I’m a trash to treasure kind of girl. I guess it started when I young, with no money for new furnishings so I gathered items by the roadside and the consignment shops to chop up, sand, revise and paint to my liking along with people dropping things off knowing I could do something with an old cupboard or table. I still do that to this day. It’s the thrill of the hunt and sometimes it takes a lot of staring at the piece and imagination to figure out what I can do with it. 9 times out of 10 it works out for me the rest……….FIREWOOD.
I do still love my antiques and continue to add to my collections on my shelves, in my cupboards and when a larger piece comes in it means moving EVERYTHING around. My home is ever-changing and I like it that way. It keeps things interesting and shows pieces in a different light.