Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Class Projects ~

 
Here are some of the projects being worked on in last week's class with Carol Weatherman.  The room had lots of windows and was very bright (GREAT for hooking), but caused a few of the rugs to look very washed out.










Standing wool projects . . . 




On a sad note, it was one year ago today that I had to say goodbye to my Ellie after she was attacked by a dog in my driveway four days earlier.  The lawsuit I filed to hold the dog's owner accountable was finally settled.  I recouped the majority of my expenses, but he could not be made to pay attorney fees.  More important than the money was the fact that he was held responsible.  It just breaks my heart when I think about what poor Ellie went through.  She was such a little spitfire and there isn't a day that I don't miss her.  Run fast and free, my sweet baby girl.


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Lauren

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rugs ~

 
Carol Weatherman (the Sampling) brought these rugs she has hooked to our rug class. 
 

 
This is the edge she attached to the above rug.  I believe she said she purchased it at Hobby Lobby, stained it and attached it to the rug.  Very cool finish!
 
 


The next two rugs were made with quillies and standing wool.





Crows back is made with Sari ribbon.


Some very cool applique Carol had done.  I thought of purchasing the one on the right but decided I needed to be good.  (No fun!)  I bought a little applique kit from her last year at Sauder but of course have not yet started it.

 
Yesterday, we celebrated birthdays.  Son J and grandson Jake both have birthdays this month, along with my older brother Bill and yours truly.  I'm still trying to figure out how I got this old.  I won't say how old, but I am now on Medicare . . . lol!


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I will share some of the class projects soon.
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Lauren

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quick Like a Bunny ~



That was a favorite expression of my dear mom.  Just want to get a really quick post up :)
 
Last night was my grandson's 6th grade orchestra concert.  What fun to see and hear him play.  I do hope he keeps it up.


I finished up my class today.  Here is some of the progress I made.  I know it doesn't look like much :(   I do have a little more done that I will share next time.


Happy St. Patrick's Day
 
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Lauren

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Not Much ~



Not a whole lot going on.  The 5"-10" of snow we were supposed to get pretty much missed us.  We got maybe 2"-3" but the wind is howling.  This afternoon I am heading out to the "snow belt" where I will be attending Carol Weatherman's class.  I believe they are getting blasted.  Since crashing a few years ago, I'm a chicken driving in bad weather, so my sweetie will be taking me and picking me up after class tomorrow.
 
This is the only hooking progress I've made.  I'm happy to finally have the background done.  Now it's on to the hit and miss border.  The picture may be a little blurry since I took it without a flash trying to get truer colors, but it is still too bright and the black is much blacker in person.
 
 
I hope everyone in the storm's path remains safe and warm.  Old man winter isn't done with us yet :(
 
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Lauren
 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mindless Hooking ~


I like mindless hooking.  Backgrounds ~ I love working on them.  But enough already.  This rug has been nothing but mindless and I am anxious to be done with the background. 
 
 
Then it will be on to the hit and miss border.  Not yet sure how wide that will be.  My little runner has been set aside for the time being.  Too many rugs . . . too little time . . . sigh.
 
Next week I have a three day hooking class.  Woo hoo.  I'm lovin' this retirement, being free to do things during the week.  The class is with Carol Weatherman of the Sampling.  I bought this pattern from her last fall thinking I would work on it during my Caroline Twigg class but decided to hook Ned instead.  I'm kind of sorry I chose such a large pattern ~ it's 29"x44".  At this point, I'm committed.
 
 
I went and picked all my daffodil buds.  I don't think they will survive the freeze that is coming.  It will be cheery in the house in a few days. 
 
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Lauren
 
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Slacker ~

 

Day 2 at class I was a real slacker.  I was lacking motivation . . . plus as much as I hate reverse hooking, I decided (along with Connie, Kaye, and others) that the leaves really needed to be changed.


I am happy I made the change.  Much better, no?

 
A few more loops were pulled since class ~ very few.  {I did get a bit more background hooked on my scrappy crosses rug.}


I only took a couple pictures of the work in progress.  Peggy was doing a wonderful job using a 6 cut.


I did not the name of the hooker, but look at this beauty.  This was being hooked in a 3 cut I believe.  I so admire the fine cuts, but it's not something I'm interested in doing.


Luscious wool swatches to choose from.


The class was also a "find and finish" class if you were struggling with a current project.  Kaye is one of the best primitive hookers.  Her color choices are to die for.  This picture is very washed out.  It is a pattern by Visions of Ewe.

 
Isn't it magnificent?  Kaye is hooking it in a 9.5.  These colors are more accurate.
 

Look at the finished dimensions.  WOWZA!


It looks like we are in for a hard freeze in a couple of days.  I don't think my poor daffodil buds will survive, but at least my livelihood doesn't depend on them.  There is a real danger to the fruit trees.  Being a farmer has to be so difficult.  Prayers for them.

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Lauren



 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Crewel/Jacobean Class ~


 
Day one of the rug hooking crewel/Jacobean class is done.  Taken from the handout . . . "Jacobean embroidery is a style of embroidery design, rather than an embroidery technique.  The style includes elaborate stylized flowers, vines, plants animals and birds.  Crewel embroidery, or crewelwork, is a type of flat embroidery using wool."  "A small crewel pattern is perfect for a first project.  It lends itself to a simple color plan using swatches to experiment with color, value and balance.  Since there are no realistic images, you are free to experiment and have fun with the whimsical motifs using colors that you like!"
 
Teacher Connie Bradley is a bundle of energy.  She has been hooking for at least 30 years and she is just a youngster :) 
 
 
Taught by her mom, there isn't a style of hooking Connie can't do.    Here are some of the examples she brought to class to showcase the style.
 





The mat I chose to hook.  No small motifs so I am able to hook it using an 8 and 8.5 cut. 


I am not using swatches ~ just colors I like.  I purchased the lighter teal blue from Connie ~ a wonderful as is wool.  The darker teal is a small piece of overdyed wool I had left.  Sure wish I had more of it.  The wool used in the leaves is a piece Connie suggested.  I think once my dark background goes in they will "pop".


 
I found this wonderful antique paisley tablecloth the other day at a local antique shop (for a really GREAT price).  It has some damage, but I'm not sure enough damage that I can justify cutting it up.

 
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Lauren