Sunday, February 13, 2011

Betty Davis Eyes for Shirley!

"Betty Davis" eyes!
Good sunny afternoon!  I mentioned "oh poo"(aka Shirley) earlier.  Her "Betty Davis" eyes are compliments of a class with Bev Conway that I attended at Cedar Lakes camp.  Even though this will be a walk on rug the most that could happen is that her eyelashes get worn off! I have fewer now that I did when I was younger too.  Once the wool was pulled through the foundation the wool was then fringed.  If her name hadn't already been Shirley I'm certain I'd have called her Betty.

I've started working on her again and am enjoying the wider cut (a 9) and faster hooking. Hand drawn, she'll never be perfect, and that's what I love about her.  I'll hook and look and make changes when the need arises.  I stand back often or even utilize the camera and computer to see things better.  You can do that with a door peep hole that you get at the stores if you cannot get back and away from your work.  
oh poo progress :)
Looking forward to getting further along with this one. I'm using us some recycled coat wool and enjoying the process.
Where the hooking happens!
  As you can see this is Pip's favorite places to rest! Well one of them.  He is like an elephant....he can go where ever he wishes! Do you recognize what he is resting on?  This antique was from my husband's ancestors.  The chickens roosted on it, well probably other critters as well over the years.  We had a Plexiglas top cut to fit and I have a light down inside along with a few antiques. 

And last but certainly not least, here's a photo of my dh with the working dogs, Mick and Mate.  The temperature had gone to 3 or so and he was ready to go feed the cattle.

 So from all the critters large and small..we wish you well!

Hook what you love!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cat on my Lap kind of Day!

 Good afternoon!  The good thing is that we have no ice happening here right now. I'm still struggling with loosing a sister in law recently to ovarian cancer.  She's ok now and in no pain.  The sad is still with me and my prayers ongoing for her husband and children.

This is one of the larger rugs that I have done.  It first started out as a walk on rug and then morphed in to one only to hang.....I got a bit carried away with the sculpted behind :O) and prodded the rug at her feet, and added a piece of wool hanging down...that was made with two wool strips and a wire glued in between so there could be shape to it.  And here's the story:   One of the very first rug camps that I attended was a smaller one on a mountain in PA.  There were probably only 6 or 7 ladies in my class.  One of the gals had been a rug hooker for longer than I.  This day I remember her in a summer long dress....getting up to walk across the elegant was she...then I noticed the wool hanging from her tush!  Of course after that I noticed that whether it was jeans, skirts, or shorts rug hookers had on we "never leave wool behind". 

Deanne Fitzpatrick design

Nova Scotia Morning
In the Fall of 2009 I had the good fortune to travel to Nova Scotia to take a class from Deanne Fitzpatrick.  Her new store was wonderful, and what a fun class she holds.  The rug that I completed on the left is in the home of a very good friend of mine.  She loves blue and fell in love with this one.  As soon as I saw her face as she looked at it I knew it was hers.  What good is living if you cannot bring joy to those you care about? I also have to tell you that spending the time in a cabin with a group of rug hookers rather took me back to high school and band camp!  After my shower I found 3 underarm deodorants in my kit....all looked like mine too!  Now ask me what I did.......of course I took the new one!

Smile as you hook!