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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 6M ago

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.

Queen Bee Pillow pattern on Etsy

Buy a pattern for someone who loves to rug hook. SEE THEM HERE ON ETSY

And there still may be time to hook or punchneedle a small gift in time also. Check out my instant downloadable patterns and start hooking today. Many to choose from! SEE THEM HERE ON ETSY

Birdhouse PDF patterns for rug hooking or punchneedle embroidery

Botanical Hearts PDF patterns

Raggedy Ann Flower Pin PDF patterns, really fast to make

Owl Babies PDF patterns, small treasures for all ages

Flow Blue Teapots PDF patterns, make one to give, one to keep. Also would be lovely in red and white.

Itty Bitty In The Garden PDF pattern

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that this holiday season has been a creative time for you.

Be peaceful and be well ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 7M ago

This year give a gift that is perfect for the rug hooker on your shopping list, and will fit in a Christmas stocking. A collection of little books. All hand made by Karen from start to finish.

The Little Book Of Rug Hooking is a beginner book that covers the basics of hooking from start to finish.

The Little Book Of Lavender has dye formulas, ideas and inspirations for some off-beat hooking, as well as a pattern for a lavender sachet pillow.

The Marbleized Dye Book is a unique twist on dyeing wool that comes out looking like tie dye. An innovation that uses no dyes.

The Dusty Dye Book is dedicated to all those primitive light colors that are so integral to every design we hook. Economical formulas that use only 3 dye colors.

And then the Vintage Dye Book that has formulas for all of Karen’s signature colors. Every one has that vintage, time-worn look.

The US postal service says that we have until December 20th to mail things out in time for Christmas. This is for domestic shipping only.

Click here to see the dye books on ETSY

Have a creative day, and a happy holiday season!

Warm thoughts to you ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 7M ago

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.

Price: $260 + $16 domestic shipping and insurance

I created Itty Bitty in 2016 for my PDF pattern on Etsy. Click here to look at the pattern.

Next is “Stash”, an 8″ x 21″ pillow with fringe.

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.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 7M ago

I am giving thanks this year for family, for friends both near and far, for our country and our freedoms. Warm thoughts go out to you and your family at this holiday season.

May you be safe, may you be peaceful, may you be happy.

fondly ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 8M ago

Here is an idea for a modestly sized hooked project that could be ready for your holiday table.

 I have featured my Flow Blue pattern set for this one, but it would also be lovely using another paper pattern set such as my Hearts & Bunnies or Botanical Hearts. See all of my paper pattern PDF’s by clicking 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.

Have fun with my pattern idea, ©2018KarenKahle, pattern to be used for personal, non-commercial use only.

For a limited time, Flow Blue wool is available here.

This wool can be used for the motifs, and any leftovers plus the addition of your own muted neutral colored wools would complete the design!

This pattern is not available as a paper or printed pattern.

Have a creative day ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 9M ago

Just listing new wool for sale today in my Etsy shop. You are the first to know. Here is the link: Wool at Primitive Spirit’s Etsy Shop

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.

Have a creative weekend ~ Karen

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I can feel a change of seasons in the air. And some of the trees are showing a bit of color on the edges. Maybe it is my Q to get more color in my life. Fall is coming.

Instead of shopping for school clothes, I now shop for color! I have some new wool listings in my ETSY shop. Click here to see what is in my wool section.

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.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen

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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 1y ago

For the holiday season, take time to smell the snowflakes!

These vintage postcards are a few that I am reprinting and embellishing to enclose with my Etsy orders.

I like every order be fun and to add a touch of creativity to make the package special.

Creativity is my grounding force. Is it for you too?

Make time to add a touch of artfulness to whatever you do today ~ Karen

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY ETSY SHOP AND SEE WHAT’S NEW


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Primitive Spirit by Primitivespirit - 2y ago

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.

Look for new wools in the coming days. Visit PrimitiveSpirit.Etsy.com to see.

Have a creative day ~ Karen

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WOOL SECTION ON ETSY

Check out the Marbleized Wool Book to learn the technique


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