I love all things using a needle or hook. I've sewn all my life and I have never been able to sit without working on something. People comment about how much patience I have. My answer is, "It isn't patience. It's excessive compulsive sewing!"
Since I hooked Theresa Rapstine's rug Clover the red cow, I thought she needed a companion so I hooked Roscoe the rooster. He is from an antique rug design.
His colors are richer and darker but I wanted to show the background. I'm not good at enhancing photos. He has a crush on Clover the red cow.
After Roscoe, I decided to tackle Legonier Duo from Woolley Fox. Again color is horrible. there is a lot of tan and taupe in this neutral rug. I always thought I would do it in girly colors for my granddaughter but decided it was time for me to do a neutral rug. I am so happy with how this one turned out.
Since the new year I finished a couple of rugs, a bag, and I'm almost finished with another rug that is the first rug hooked on my new Cheticamp Frame. Clover is so fun. She is a Theresa Rapstine pattern hooked with torn strips. Walking on this rug is heavenly! I'm almost finished with a Rooster named Rosco who is purple. He has quite the crush on Clover!
I also finished the Crazy Horse Bag by Susan Quicksall. It was finished by a leather company and I absolutely love it. I bought Susan's kit and I'm so glad I did. It came with drawings of the bag and marked which wools went where. The wools were also well marked. I think I"m going to use this bag as my purse.
I especially like how the leather company used a black leather on the gussets and the brown on top. The inside is lined with sturdy lining with pockets and a heavy duty double pull zipper at the top.
The two cats, Miss and Match, is a pattern from Baa Ram Ewe. I bought the pattern at the Denver Hook-In. I needed something small to work on after finishing the Stonehouse Runner and this was just what I needed.
I mentioned the Cheticamp Frame earlier. My daughter and I, mainly my daughter, built it ourselves. There were no real directions so I drew out the blueprint on graph paper and we took off to build it. The hardest part was finding the wood. We live is small towns so the lumber yards didn't have many choices for different woods. Home Depot was our next stop and everything was right there!
I'm going to figure out getting gears and my daughter can start building new ones to sell. The only place to buy the frames right now is in Canada so I think being able to purchase one in the States will be nice.
Rosco is almost finished so I'll post him and the Cheticamp frame next time!
Just before Christmas I finished my Stonehouse Runner by The Old Tattered Flag. I truly had no idea it was so big but after two of my friends finished theirs I realized I was in for a real treat. I used a size 8.5 so it really didn't take that long.
The top one shows the colors better but the bottom one shows the whole rug. I was working on the binding in these pictures. It's all finished now and rolled up and put away.
My husband uses a walker so I can't put the rug on the floor.
Patty and Faye finished theirs before I started mine.
Faye's rug is on the left and Patty's rug is on the right. I just loved the colors but wanted something different for my rug.
Here is Patty's rug in it's spot. It is absolutely perfect! Patty and I were originally going to do our rugs together at Prairie Rose Rug School but I didn't get to go because of my husbands health. Patty hooked this in a size 7. I think Faye used and 8 or 8.5.
The end of May there was a Rug Camp here in Cody at the Irma Hotel. It was put on by Carrie Martin. The rug I worked on was Birds and Berries from Susan Quicksall. I wanted it to be more neutral but different than I usually do.
The colors aren't showing up very well, but I love how it turned out. It was a really fun Camp. I even sold a lot of my woven bracelets!
Because of the ATHA Biennial next year in Denver we won't be having a camp in 2019 but The Wild West Rug Hookers have scheduled our own camp at the Irma Hotel May 3-7th 2020 with Cynthia Norwood! I'm very excited for BOTH events!
One good thing about being so slow to post is that I get to post several things at once. It makes a better show, or at least that's my story.
This is a design I love so much. It is a Barbra Brown design from years ago. I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's one of my favorites.
You can't see her swirly tail but it's there. She was so much fun to make. I used a 9.5 cut on this adorable pillow design from Heavens to Betsy.
Faye Shilling drew a stool pattern from a Maggie Bonanomi design. I call it my Love Shack. I think Maggie calls it Settlers Pride. It's finished I just don't have a picture of it. I have it on an Ikea stool.The original base pattern is from Cindy Gay.
Debra and I decided to make up beginner kits for the Wild West Rug Hookers to have so that new beginners can get the tools they need to get started right away. I drew this 10x10 design. The kit has all the pre-cut wool, pattern which has already been sewn around the cutting line, rug tape, and instructions.
This is my other kit. I'm really happy with how these kits turned out.
This Ikea stool cover was designed by Faye Schilling. I was so much in love with Faye's that coppied hers as best I could.
There are birds on opposite sides. I think they are my favorite part.
I hope you enjoyed my little show. Please stop by Wild West Rug Hookers to see what my awesome friends are working on and find out about the Old Faithful Rug Hooking Getaway! We also have a Facebook page I hope you join or at least stop by Wild West Rug Hookers Facebook.
A couple of months before Christmas I took a knitting class at Grand Loop here in Cody, WY. Our first project was learning to make a hat and cowl. While knitting a hat I jokingly told my husband that I was going to make everyone in the family a hat for Christmas. We both laughed at the thought and my husband said that maybe by next year I could have them finished. Keep in mind that I would have to make at least 15 hats.
Little did I know that I would complete the task of making 18 hats, 4 headbands, 5 cowls, and a pair of slippers. No excessive compulsive behavior here! As always, I don't get pictures so I had to get these from one of my daughters.
Lori is VERY sensitive to texture so I made sure her hat was very soft and machine washable. She loves her dolls so much that I made them each a hat too.
For Danny I used Noro for his slouchy hat. I think he sleeps in it.
Ryan's hat is alpaca and SO soft and Vince has an earflap hat out of chunky wool. He also has an alpaca hat and a wool stripe hat.
Kenzie loved her hat out of chunky wool. What you can't see is the pompom off of the tail hanging down in the back. Vince's has a tail but a tassel instead of a pompom. I had originally made the infinity scarf for Jenny, but remembered she had a bad allergy to plastics and since this was a super soft acrylic I gave it to Kenzie instead.
These were all the pictures I got of my knitting adventure but you get the idea. I'm thinking next year might be socks. Who knows!
I took an online class, Wonky House Ikea Stool, from Cindi Gay. The stool is from Ikea and it is chair height which makes it perfect for extra seating as well as putting your feet up. I changed my house. Hers was a white house and I didn't want that much white on the top of my stool.
Yes, it would have been easier to get one picture of the pattern laying flat but I forgot so you get all four sides. She taught the perfect way to sew the side seams together.
The designs wrap around the corners so her technique for sewing works perfectly for this design.
I like the fact the the cover just slips over the Ikea stool and I can easily take it off if I ever need to clean it.
The class was very inexpensive. I'm taking her color planning course too. I have already learned so much from it. Cindi does Live Webinars every week that are incredibly educational and you can watch the edited versions HERE. I use her technique for binding since the beginning of my rug hooking. What a wonderful giving person to so freely give out all the wisdom she has amassed in her years of rug hooking. Thank you Cindi Gay.
Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota is the perfect setting for a successful rug school. You can't ask for better hosts than the Monks who call the Abbey home.
Patty Tyrrell , Barb and Craig Pearson, and I, along with another Wyoming rug hooker Sue Cunningham, from Laramie, Wyoming, all shared Joan Reckwerdt as our teacher. On our first day of class Joan told stories that were so funny my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. Besides her ability to tell a great story, she is an outstanding teacher.
Joan is the teacher behind Barb Pearson's crewel rug. Barb has taken classes from Joan at Friends, in Oregon as well as at Prairie Rose. Joan has been the teacher throughout this outstanding rug.
Below is the rug Craig Pearson was working on and below it is a pictorial he got a little help with also. The pictorial is mind blowing. He also did another pictorial that is in the rug show but my picture turned out very blurry. Maybe Patty took one that turned out better. If so, I will show it later on.
Joan color planned and dyed the wool for Patty Tyrrell's Lacy Heart by Bea Brock. It has a stained glass feel to it. I can't wait to see it finished. We made the comment that Patty seems to like burgundy since her last rug had burgundy also.
I know the angle of this photo is upside down but I wanted to show the pattern right side up. On the left is my Sheep and Sunflower rug. My other two sunflowers will both be red. I learned one major lesson on this rug. Never draw on your pattern with colored Sharpie. It will bleed on to your wool when you steam it! Since I will be adding a dark background to the rug, I will be hooking a white face on my sheep. I changed her face with the red sharpie so I spend the first night of rug camp washing the red out of my face.
The rug s next to mine are done by Katie Knoelke. She was in Ingrid Hieronimus's class and I was so impressed with the backgrounds she used at Ingrid's suggestion. One stripe went horizontally and one went vertically with a red line and the background extending out from it. Ingrid has a plethora of background and border ideas as well as being a fabulous teacher.
Carol Messerli, our other Wyoming rug hooker's elk came to life in Ingrid's class. Carol learned so much from Ingrid and I can't wait to see how this rug looks when it's finished.
Our other Wyoming gal Sue Cunningham, who has been going to Prairie Rose for years, was working on a beautiful Poppy design that Joan was helping her with. Sue's work is meticulous and I will show more rugs from her and others in another post.
The week went so quickly. The company was wonderful, the food amazing, and the teachers were all top notch. Suzy Jones did a fabulous job as our Director and we can't wait until next year. Post written by Sylvia Gauthie
I have had so much going on in my life. My husband has had a series of strokes, pneumonia, and heart failure. He is doing so much better. He can now walk with a walker which is a HUGE blessing.
I had ordered this footstool kit from Searsport Rug Hooking and I was so glad I did. At the time I couldn't get away long enough to go to my studio to color plan so having the kit worked out so well. The wool was beautiful and I enjoyed hooking this cover so much. At night I would cut wool enough for the next day and since this project was smaller I could use a hoop so I was able to take it to the hospital to work on everyday. I was glad I ordered the stool too. I got the kit, but you can order a completed stool. You can remove the cover to change with the seasons, or what I like is that it can be easily cleaned if necessary.
30 Mile Stage Stop is a design by Two Old Crows that had the word Temperance at the bottom. I changed the name to honor my Great Grandfather Buckey who ran the stage stop between Roundup and Billings Montana.
I ordered the bunny and bunny pillow from Ali Strebel, The little eggs I drew myself. At the time I hooked these I was driving back and forth from the hospital 2 hrs each way. Motel cost was killing me. I had just a little bit of time at night but these designs let me complete a project that was small and attainable at the time.
The rest of the time I was at the hospital I knit a scarf. A really long 6 1/4 foot scarf. I can't just sit so when my husband was being taken to Billings in the ambulance I grabbed clothes, yarn, and needles. I know the drill all too well.
I finished the Padula Pomegranate rug I started at Prairie Rose Rug School with Ingrid Hieronimus as my teacher.
Each flower is a little different but using the same wool colors. The background is a silver sparkle Dorr wool going one direction with a spot dye and the other is a gold sparkle with the solid of the spot dye colors. I got the idea for this background by looking at the ceiling in the ladies room. Ingrid had just mentioned that ideas are everywhere and I looked up and saw mine. Ingrid had so many wonderful ideas with this rug and I learned so much.