cindi gay Drywall is hung in the new rug hooking studio. Paint is scheduled for next week, then the floor. Should be done in just enough time before our deadline to move out of the old house.

At the Beach by Lois Moore, Cedar Lakes 2009

At the beach closeup

I love being a part of rugs that mean something to the student. Lois wanted to hook a photo of her mother and uncle taken at the beach. I drew the pattern and dyed the flesh wool. She wanted to keep it small which in some ways made it more difficult, but with patience she […]

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Ann Arundel Rose Stair Riser

Ann Arundel Rose Stair Riser

Margaret Woody of Edgewater, MD sent me the following email: I still need to press Anne Arundel Rose and sew a label on the back, but here it is. I’m going to put it on an antique table on my porch where I do my hooking. I am so pleased with how it turned out […]

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Backgrounds: Make Them Interesting

Punch needle chicken

I’ve been intrigued lately by very primitive and free spirited backgrounds. Marte Bordeaux did this piece in punch needle, but it could make a great hooked piece also. What makes it a great background?  First of all you can clearly see the motif because the dark chicken and flower are outlined by a much lighter […]

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Conquest of Queen Anne by Janet Watson

Conquest of Queen Anne hooked by Janet Watson and shared at Sauder Village evening hook-on 2010

Here’s another rug I got to see at Sauder Village.  Janet was stuck on the hit and miss border.  I hope the few tips I gave her will spur her on. Use your scrap bag, not just the colors from the center Be sure add neutrals Hook a crooked line every few inches and then […]

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Manistee Rug Camp 2010

Woman hooked by Tish Murphy

I had a wonderful time this year at the rug camp in Manistee, MI. I’ve taught there the last few years and this was the first time I had the experience as a student. My teacher was Tish Murphy who is a master at hooking faces, particularly those small enough for a pin. These are […]

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Seabee: Flag completed and some lettering started

Day-4

I needed to simply hook yesterday so I finished the flag.  I am happy with those colors.  For those of you curious, I am using the following wools for the flag: White: W27, not on the website yet, but available as of the date of this posting. Blue: Some prepared pieces available ($3.00 a strip), […]

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Seabee: Color Adjustment

Day-2

I’ve hooked in the initial colors I chose. Find out how they worked out.

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Seabee: Rug Hooking Pattern Development

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I am preparing for knee surgery on Friday and since I cannot hook on the room-sized rug downstairs, I decided to start a smaller rug. My husband has hinted for years about a Seabee rug with his battalion’s logo. He had a digital copy of it and I printed it out. You can view the […]

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Day 902 Border Progress on Room-sized Hooked Rug

Hit and Miss Border

I’ve made some progress today on the border. I did a chunk of the hit and miss and filled in the background in the area between two of the border flowers. I did add my first name in cursive. You can only see it if you are looking for it, but it adds interest to […]

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Step 3: Flower Riot Progress

Flower Riot Pattern in Progress

This is usually a step no one sees. My favorite design tools are scissors and tape. I printed out several copies of my preliminary design and cut them apart and re-assembled them. I now have an idea of the rough placement and I can individually adjust or redraw each flower. I may have to adjust […]

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