Friday, March 16, 2012

Finished - or Close

Can't believe how fast I hooked this up - it's a Karen Kahle/Primitive Spirit design called "Bunny Love", one of three designs in a paper pattern pack called Hearts & Bunnies ($15 on my web site). I've loved this for years and finally decided to hook it up as a sample for upcoming rug hooking shows. I'm going to needlefelt the flower centers with dark brown roving and finish it as a heart-shaped pillow with a gray-black wool backing. I'm so happy with how it came out!

And this is a little child's chair pad I hooked over the summer for my granddaughter, Sophie, when she's old enough to use the little green painted chair that it will sit upon. I'd never whipped edges before and found a great wool yarn with variegated shades of pink, orange and tan to use. I thought it kept with the hit-and-miss multi-colored theme I had going in the border area. I must say that Kris Miller's (Spruce Ridge Studios) book, The Grand Finale - Finish What You Start had such great, step-by-step photos on whipping with yarn that I wasn't at all intimidated and it went like "that". I've sold out her book twice already but will be getting more before two April hook-ins I'm vending.

Back to the chair pad - this was sort of a "rehab" project in late summer. While recovering from knee surgery in August I would take my hooking out on the back deck with a tall iced coffee. While propping my bad leg on another chair and an ice pack on the knee I'd sit and listen to the birds in the woods while hooking part of the afternoon away. It's funny that I had all these bright colors in my worm basket, as I'm really not a bright color kind of gal! I think I'd cut them while making my very first hooked project, a hit-and-miss geometric mat. That's probably my favorite style, hit-and-miss, I mean. I love scrap quilts too - nothing too planned out - that's me!

Is there corned beef and green beer in your future? We're all Irish tomorrow - a Happy St. Patrick's Day to ye all!


WoolenSails said...

Wonderful pieces and it is fun to hook something small. I am always working on large projects and they take forever;)


Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Great pieces! I love the picture of you hooking to birdsong with your leg up and healing! We're having a lovely corned beef and cabbage with family on Sunday!
Happy Weekend!