Friday, August 22, 2014
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show my "work in progress" on the Cape Ann rug that I am making to gift to my dear friend Sandy. I've started it late last Friday afternoon. And, while I have had a few other things going on - my actual paid job, some running of children, etc., I really thought I'd gotten a lot done. That is until I pulled it off my frame this afternoon and realized I've only finished 2 flowers, 2 leaves and a wee bit of background. Eek!
I also had to experiment with 1 or 2 lines of dark chocolate border - and I think 2 lines are best. Next, I played around with the brown accents in the leaves and flowers. This is a must since the rug will be bordered with this dark chocolate to match Sandy's couch - it must come in to play in at least a few other places in the rug. Happy so far, but lots of work to do.
I do have a reveal today as well. "Owl" was one of those random, spontaneous purchases for myself. Saw the pattern, had to have it. I love owls and had been looking for something to hang in my front entry that could mostly stay up year around. Keep in mind, Owl has not been pressed, blocked or bound, so you might see some lumps and bumps.
I'm most proud of the fact that the ONLY wool I purchased for this piece is the background. The rest of the wool was in my stash or already cut into noodles. I looked at hundreds of photographs of owls to get some idea of how to hook him. The best compliment I've received in a long time was from my son. He asked me if we "get to keep the owl?" When I told him yes, he said, "Good, because I think he's really cool and you did a really nice job!" Wow! Sometimes, I'm not sure my family even realizes I actually hook rugs! It feels nice when your (almost) 16 year old son actually LIKES something you've worked so hard on.
I have to admit that I also purchased another pattern this week and the wool to hook it as well. Our family has been going to the same lovely piano teacher for almost 8 years. Four of the five of us (all but dad) have gone to her for piano lessons at one time or another and she has also given my eldest and my middle child, trumpet lessons. She is a FABULOUS teacher! Through the years of lessons, we've become friends and I've had the privilege of making a few little things for her two darling girls. Anyway. I've been thinking for a long time now that I wanted to get back to piano lessons, so Rebecca and I have been deciding on days and times to meet up. The thing is, I am really, how shall I put this? Musically non-gifted. Well, that's a nice way to say that I am actually pretty horrid, I have very little ear for music and no sense of timing. I couldn't keep a tune or "clap along" if my life depended on it, but I love, love, love music and I really enjoy playing the piano. So, my dear friend asked if rather than me paying for lessons, we could exchange goods and services and in so doing, we decided I would make a rug for her to gift or keep. Now, if I take lessons for a year, I'll have to make her several rugs and that will be such fun!
Here is Rebecca's choice for Rug #1. It's a looonnng runner (I think it would look fabulous on a table) measuring 12.5"x52".
And these are the colors I chose to get started. I based these colors on Rebecca's desire to have a rug with a light background (that lovely pale, off-white is called Ecru).
Until next time,
Monday, August 18, 2014
None of this is to say I didn't get any projects completed over the summer. I worked on small knitted and crocheted items for a dear friend who is expecting any day now. Those were fun! At momma's request, I knitted an apple cap and crocheted a baby cocoon and a puppy hat and diaper cover. It's amazing how quickly those little items can be finished up. I also finished a small summer-sampler cross-stitch that I get to pick up from the framer's today and began a tiny Halloween necklace cross-stitch.
I crocheted this afghan for a friend's birthday .
I also finished a small Owl rug for my front entryway - reveal on that later this week.
But now school is officially back in session and so last week, I spent several hours at The Rug Hooking Store color planning two rug patterns for myself, as well as two wool applique quilts. These two quilts will be in different color-ways and while one is for me, the other will be gifted to a friend who has her very own classroom and office this year!
Over the summer, a very dear friend celebrated her 80th Birthday. This is quite a milestone, especially because she doesn't look or act a day over 50! Wanting to do something really special for this DF, I kidnapped her one morning and we took a drive out to The Rug Hooking Store. We spent several hours choosing the perfect rug pattern. Next, we went back to her home in Omaha and took pictures of her family room so that I could color plan a rug that would be the perfect fit. Sandy wanted a rug for the mantel so it had to be fairly sizable. Here is the final pattern she chose, a Woolly Fox pattern called "Cape Ann" drawn by Barbara Carroll based on original artwork by Edyth O'Neil.
Pardon Bentley the Cat, photo-bomber. He is in LOVE with all things wool and anything that lies on the floor and promptly claims them as his own.
Based on colors from Sandy's living room, Janice helped me with the color planning.
Janice saw a need for a bit of blue-green and some olive for sure. I'm never sure about greens but these are just lovely as I hook.
So today, I have an entire day ahead of me in which to hook or stitch and this is a rare occurrence, what joy! So, I am off! The weather is heating up for the first time all summer; this will be the perfect day to stay in and hook and enjoy the A/C. Blessings on your day with hopes you find the time to do something that brings you joy.
Until next time,