Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Got Your Back(ing)

Natural, unbleached linen, available in continuous yardage as well as pre-cut yards and fat half yards. This linen is 52" wide, so a fat half yard measures 36" x
26". $23/yard, $11.50/fat half-yard.

Beautiful, soft hairless ecru linen, available in pre-cut fat half yards, 36" x 30", $12.50.

Soft and supple monks cloth in pre-cut fat half yards, 36" x 30", $9.00.

Need a new hook? The tried and true Moshimer primitive rug hook is available and will handle your medium and larger wool strips. Fits in the hand well - $7.00.

Happy Hooking!

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Threads

Pumpkin Patch Threads is the new book from Need'l Love with 19 fall-inspired projects. Four quilts, a hooked rug, yarn-punched chair pad, needlepunch and several wool applique creations. There hasn't been a new Threads book in a while so it's great to see this one make it's debut.

Hope you've got sun where you are. We're going on week #2 of gloom and periodic showers. Actually saw several hours of sun after the first seven gray days but now we're back to more of the same. And, we're about 15 degrees below normal. This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend! Sure doesn't feel like it! But, all this gloom makes for industrious days working in my craft room, mostly organizing but doing a bit of cutting wool strips and rug hooking. So, there's always a way to make lemonade, right?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Model for Sale

This is the original model for Stacy Nash's cross-stitch pattern, Two Crows Scalloped Pinkeep, made by Stacy herself. Aged to look like a family heirloom piece passed down through generations, it holds some rusty pins and a few little antique ivory buttons. Two black crows crown the top with some alphabet letters and a "practice row", then some wonderful Colonial-inspired motifs at the bottom. It is backed with a nice reproduction cotton in a black print and is firmly stuffed with what feels like sawdust, very hefty.

Looking for a good home! It can be purchased for $75 from my web site.

Is the sun shining where you live? Please send a little our way! We're very rain-weary after about eight days of gloom, drizzle and shower after rain shower! Uncle!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Technology

We've finally, after months of struggling with our not-so-old Dell Windows-based PC with the Vista operating system, jumped ship and bid farewell to Microsoft and sprang for a spiffy new Apple iMac. The screen is bigger than that of the TV we have in the bedroom at 21.5" and the clarity is breathtaking! It will take some getting used to, including this teeny, tiny keyboard with no raised "home row" keys to help you know where your fingers are when you're typing. I don't look at my hands when I type and have always relied on touch, so this will be a bit of a challenge.

Having worked in Information Technology for about 30 years (really showing my age here!), one of my jobs was as a software developer for Apple when they had a facility in Massachusetts in the 1980s. I was there when the original Mac was released, but this souped-up baby is lightyears ahead of that little 512K machine.

All this said, we're working to load pictures and hopefully saved emails from the Windows PC to this new guy, so Simple Folk stuff might be a little sluggish while we convert. Happily, I'm having some fun along the way. Ain't technology grand?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hooray, USA

I borrowed this awesome antique quilt picture from Laurie Simpson's blog. I thought it was fitting as we celebrate America today and hope the news of Osama Bin Laden's death brings some degree of closure or sense of justice to the families of those we lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

God Bless America!