I am posting this so the posts will be in order. The videos are not complete yet but here are the written instructions and some photos. I stained my feet with Minwax Polyshades. It is a stain and Polyurethane in one step. I used several coats. The color I used is Bombay Mahogany Gloss #480, […]
After 2 days at the Sauder Village winter hook-in and a few more hours hooking in North Carolina, I have the bulk of my new stair riser pattern complete! It is not available as a pattern yet. Give me a few days to get home and to get it online. The letters have been hooked […]
Construction material list for building your own footstool. A rug hooked footstool can be the jewel in any room. Making one is simpler than you may think. Finish it off yourself using the instructions or take it to an upholster. This material list will get you started
I saw these stainless steel pots the other day at Wal-mart. They are not very large but if you are dyeing for just yourself and usually dying 1/2 yards, they are plenty big. Add a yard of wool, a starter set of dyes (code: SLINT) from ProChem Dyes, and my dye book, “Dyeing by the […]
The most important thing I can say about hooking anything small is to not look at closeup photos. Sure it makes sense when I say it plainly here, but I am surprised by how often I see this process. If you are hooking something in the distance, get reference photos of that something from a […]
One of the most rewarding projects to hook is a footstool. The finishing is easier than you may think. It is certainly faster. Special thanks to Kim Nixon for blazing the path for footstools. She left a strong imprint on the entire rug hooking community and will be missed. More designs are in the works […]
Easily change the look of wool you use for rug hooking using simple ingredients like pennies and ammonia. Detailed instructions.
My children amaze me. My daughter, Jennifer, is a high school biology and chemistry teacher with three beautiful children. My son, Bob, is a carpenter and lives in NYC. He usually works behind the scenes building sets for CBS. He’s even built some beautiful furniture for the conference room for the Colbert Report. Recently he […]
If you have a Townsend Cutter you love it, but what happens if the one you purchased several years ago does not work as well as it once did? Bee-line stands behind it! Read this post I found on Gene Sheperd’s blog. Even the Julie, the marketing specialist, has taken up rug hooking so they […]
I recommend this method to beginning dyers. It gives you a chance to alter wool without buying commercial dyes. This method will make recycled solid wool more useable. Put your wool in a pot and fill it with enough water to cover the wool. If your pot is large enough you can add all the […]
In my last post, I talked about the importance of keeping a rug hooking journal.
I don’t know about you, but the middle of February is the worst. Sauder Village has announced a hook-in which should brighten up that miserable time of year. I’m not a winter person if you haven’t noticed already. Pam, my Sauder roommate for the last 10 Sauder Village Rug Camps, and I will be attending. […]