Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from MOMZ WOOL

Happy Halloween Everyone!

This is an oldie from my attic, I hooked this one about 8 years ago or more I'm not sure if it was the first or second rug I hooked. One thing about seasonal rugs is putting them away and next year you open the Halloween decoration boxes and there is your rug to re-enjoy again.

The pattern comes from one of those childlike stickers that people put on their windows and it reminded me of my beautiful cat I owned at that time; Middie for Midnight.

I remember it being the first time I hooked with swatches my Mother cut all the wool for me putting in separate lunch bags. I can still hear her saying "don't mix up those bags!"

Middie is long gone but I still enjoy looking at this pattern and thinking about the time I shared with her.

P.S. I really can do traditional rug hooking see.......

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Bala Bag - work in progress

This is another Bala Bag being hooking, Nancy has finished one side already and working on the second side this week. This is an excellent pattern to use up all those worms.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Second Side coming along now

Second Side is starting to take shape now.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Skeleflora update, one side done

I started trimming my tails on the purse last night and I'll be working on the second side of the purse this weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bright Colors of the Week

Thought I'd share one of my dye projects this week, bright as bright can be. I have to re-dye this one already as it's be sold.

Tuesday night was my first night with the Highland Hookers this forum works for me because it forces me to hook and I already learn one new hooking technique. I was the only lady in the room hooking larger than a #5 and most people were hooking Christmas Socks.

This is my newest green for the week not sure the photo does it justice.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skeleflora update

Little update on my purse, since this photo I have the outlines on the flowers on the opposite side done and I picked up some ribbon and put just a touch of black/gold into the background. I just signed up for the local Highland Hookers group under RHD and plan to attend their hook-in tomorrow night, I'm quite uses to hooking curled up in bed but I'm hoping this group will encourage me to hook more often. I didn't sign up for the Ten Minute Hooking group as I would probably just be a failure with the work weeks I have.

Just tonight I got home an hour after work and someone found my home number and phoned me begging to go to the shelter with them to get their puppy who had been picked up by the dog catcher. The shelter can not afford to be open everyday and their puppy that had just been spayed could be there for several days. So being one of the few people with a key (and a sucker) I felt guilty not to go out. After that I get home to 2.5 kids ( 2 kids and a man) trying to make dinner so I finished that job before someone got hurt. But now I'm enjoying my Laptop with wifi and a large screen TV in my favorite place on my bed.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fibre Art Festival's Saturday Hook-In

Today was the Fibre Arts Festival's last day, there was a hook-in at the local Tantramar Theatre. Lynne O'Brien-Lines started the day with her opening speech welcoming everyone to the 2nd Annual Fibre Arts Festival.

On the stage was a collect of local artist's rugs.

I tried to get a photo of the whole room to show the number of people who attended the hook-in.

Several vendors were on-hand to supply the ladies with foundation cloth , yarn, and wool. The girls looked like kids in a candy store. LOL

I decided to go to the hook-in even though I should have stayed home in bed, I've been very sick since Thanksgiving Week but I talked myself into going. I'm glad I did go as I got to meet this sweet lady Donna in the photo above. She's quite the artist and was hooking three times faster than I.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Part Two , the Bala Bag Queens

Group photo of the girls, reminds me of a school classroom everyone working along deep in thought. We were all peeking at each others projects and there was some wool envy going around as Jen would say. I, myself spied a piece of bright yellow and brilliant green spot dyed directly across the table.

Jennifer brought along a variety of products to custom design our Bala Bag. After seeing one of Jen's purses without the flap I'm undecided now I really like the look of her's without the front flap.

Our own little Amherst hooker girl working away on her purse, thought I share a photo of Kim and return the favor. hehehe

She looks very serious and concentrating on her pattern.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Skeleflora Purse Class was today

What an exciting day! I spent most of my day hooking and learning the craft of constructing a purse. When I first read the instructions I thought O My this is going to be a painful process but Jennifer Manuell , Fish Eye Rugs explained the instructions very well along with sharing her personal pitfalls she has found designing and hooking her last '20' purses. These will be important experiences as I progress onto the sewing and attaching of handles.

I also attend the Opening Reception tonight for the Fibre Art Festival, it took a little effort to go back out into that rainy cold air but it was all worth it; that glass of red wine warmed me up! and the chatter with some of the girls was worth the effort.

I finally decided on a purse background as you can see in the photo. These may not be the colors that most people would pick but I like them and I guess that is all that matters.

Thought I'd share a display from Amherst, this is Lisa Martin's work part of many local Fibre Art Festival Exhibits throughout the town this week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Little Girl with no Face

This rug is coming along nicely if you remember the Royal Blue that I dyed a few months back for the young hockey girl's jersey.

The hooker/owner of this rug needs some help (from my mother not I) getting the little girls face just right. Anyone that has done facial expressions in Fibre Art knows that if you hook the facial structure wrong this pre-teen hockey girl could appear to be 70 years old just by the wrong tones, shading and bone structure.

I will update you as the rug progresses.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Skeleflora next step

Working away at the Skeleflora Purse Pattern, time is just ticking away and October 13 is getting closer and closer.

Close up.............

I picked out four colors of red for the outlines of the flowers. I'm not 100 percent sure about the background yet, I'm thinking some soft golden yellow hues.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Auction Shopping this weekend past

I was at an Auction this Sunday past and didn't plan to buy a thing...... just going to look around ahhh sure and look what I ended up buying this 6 foot high storage cabinet. Along with this cabinet I also found myself a new 'to me' end table solid oak with carved flowers on the sides.

O how I love a day at the Auction.

This cabinet is much smaller than the last one I had packed full of stuff, what's even better? in the photo below it's filled to the top with all my 1/4 Yard Wool Backgrounds, I still have the other shelving units with the swatches and the 1/2 yards and Yard.

But what a spacesaver this one is!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sorry No Turkey this Weekend

Bought a new Roaster this weekend the family was quite excited saying "umm Turkey is that what you are going to cook tonight?"

I laughed NOT! ...................

This roaster is for dying wool not for food. I knew ahead of time what they were thinking and just waiting for the comments. Hoping to create some new casserole colors this week if my real paying job is not too too busy. Last week was a right-off for anything personal.

I did finish all the flowers on my Skelefora Purse except the purse flap, I have several reds picked out to hook around the flowers trying to follow the design of the original pattern, it is my weakness to not be focused and detour from instructions.

I was at an Auction today and got a new piece of furniture for my 1/4 Wool Backgrounds , they fit very well in it. I'll show you that one tomorrow. Still cleaning and moving the wool around.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Loon on the Water , strike two

Thought I'd share another version of the Loon on the Water pattern, my dip dye is a little bit brighter on the sunset this time, the bottom will be this #22 Strong Deep Blue shown in the photo, I'm unsure yet what our friend Grace is going to mix into the water area with this background, stay tuned.

The first Loon on the Water is completely done with the edges whipped and pressed. Good Job Grace!!!