My name is Karen Kahle and I am a fiber artist from Eugene, Oregon. For the past 17 years or so I have hooked and designed rugs for my mail order business called Primitive Spirit. I chose the name Primitive Spirit because my designs are in the primitive style of rug hooking. The look is vintage, stylized, with soft, time-worn colors. These are the colors I live with and make me feel at home.
Just a word from the powers that be, namely the US Postal Service. There is still time to make last-minute Christmas purchases and still have them delivered by Priority and First Class Mail. USPS says that the cut off date is December 20th.
Happy December! Just in time for your holiday shopping, here are a few finished pieces that I am listing today. They are all one of a kind pieces that I have hooked and finished, and are prototypes for Primitive Spirit. I am listing them for sale here for the short run, and they all can be bought with Paypal or a credit card. When you click on the BUY IT NOW button, a new window will open that will give you the opportunity to choose your form of payment. Shipping prices are for domestic shipping only. Please contact me for international shipping prices. Only one piece is available of each listing. As you know I don’t hook commissions, so this is my way of getting finished work out to my followers. Thanks for checking them out!
“Itty Bitty In The Garden”, 11″ x 11″, hooked mat with wool fabric backing and border. This piece is like a dream of childhood on the farm with a barn and chickens. This is Itty’s first day out in the Spring. A perfect piece for a nursery.
Stash pillow is backed with dark purple wool fabric and features a 2″ long prodded fringe. As I hooked this, I was thinking of hooked confetti! The background is a rich blend of tiny dots of color. The border is in undulating muted colors. Stuff this little pillow among your wool stash, or use it at your hooking chair.
Price: $260 + $19 domestic shipping and insurance
I hooked “Stash” and “Color” in 2014 to be a part of my SIGNS pattern PDFs available on ETSY click HERE.
“Color”, 6 1/2″ x 19 1/2″, hooked mat 2014. I had fun blending all the colors of the rainbow for this piece. Of course they are more primitive colors. Notice how the serrated edge triangles are hooking in a more muted contrasting color. I love thumb-tacking my little pieces on a wall, shelf, or just placing them on my table to inspire me.
Price: $240 + $16 domestic shipping and insurance
Of course I as the artist retain all copyright to all of my original works.
I hope to list more finished pieces, but for now will get these out to you. Remember that I have a couple more finished things for sale on ETSY click here and on my other site click HERE.
The concept is a simple one. Instead of copying your patterns on their own separate pieces of linen, you create a long rectangle to copy them in.
My finished size for this table runner is 11″ x 44″, and uses a 20″ x 52″ piece of primitive linen as a backing fabric. You could create the whole pattern onto a piece of paper (or pieces of paper taped together), or just draw everything right onto the linen.
My directions are for drawing on the linen. Find the center of your precut linen by folding it in half one direction, and then in half the other. Mark this center point. Measure 5 1/2″ up from this point to find the top edge of the runner. Measure 11″ straight down from here to mark the bottom point. Do the same thing to find the left and right edges, measuring 22″ to the left (half of 44″), and then 44″ to the right of that edge point. Draw your rectangle along the grain line, which should now measure 11″ x 44″.
Place the curving edge of the Flow Blue printed patterns approximately 3 1/2″ from each side edge, and then center the middle pattern by eye. Hand draw crude horizontal lines for the hit-and-miss background. Making them a bit crooked has character and that yesteryear look that I love.
Check it out! Choose how many from the drop down menu.
And if you need a little weekend project, visit my PDF instant downloadable pattern section. You can order a pattern and print it out at checkout. Print it at home and start hooking or punchneedle-ing.
Old habits die hard, and the hunter gatherer in me starts getting busy for indoor activities, like creating beautiful things with my hands.
Lately I have been featuring my Etsy wool with my dye swatches to give you a more accurate portrayal of each color. This helps you to see how it compares in color and value to other colors you have dyed. Or just to use to the swatches as a reference.
I am so busy! How about you?
Does the change of seasons bring out your creativity too?
Clear out the season for your creative work. For a crafter, self expression is all.
a lovely taupe wool called Tattered is getting labelled
Just a heads up about the new wool heading to my Etsy shop. I have been dyeing more marbleized wool colors and am excited to introduce them there in a few days. Here is a sneak peek of a few of them.
new marbleized wool called Desert Sage has a washed out look
After marbleize dyeing the wool and drying it, the next step is cutting and folding it into fat quarter yards. Some might consider this tedious, but I love this part of the process as I get to see all the colorful details in the wool and touch each piece. This is the time that a wool’s name comes into my head. Like my great-great granddaddy Adam, I enjoy finding the right name for every color.
Above is a soft blue called Faded Glory. It reminded me of a faded out flag or pair of blue jeans. So primitive! I must say that sometimes I am tempted to load colors onto my own personal wool shelves, but try hard not to! So, my next job is making labels and attaching one to every piece. Every time someone buys a color, they can keep a swatch attached to the tag as a record. If all goes well, I am planning on restocking some of the wools from time to time so then you can reorder colors.
here are from left to right: Tattered, Faded Glory, Snuff Box, and Pinks
Dried Sage blendable wool packet
My next task is to photograph each piece, load the photos onto my computer and color correct each one. Then the photos need to be resized and loaded onto Etsy where I then add my descriptions for each. Sometimes capturing what a wool really looks like is a challenge. And I love hearing from customers that they think the wools looks even more beautiful in person!
Labor intensive? Very. Why do I do it? Because wool makes our world go round. And for me, it is all about the color. If you had a great design and boring colors, I just would never be inspired to create anything.