Oyster is one of my favorite Dusty Dye Book colors. Continue reading
As many of you know, every year I introduce several new patterns to my rug hooking catalog. This year I am adding something new by offering some new patterns exclusively to my etsy shop as PDF files. I have been excited about this format because it allows you to get the instant gratification of downloading a paper pattern after you pay for it without having to wait for it to be shipped. Of course there is no need for shipping charges. This especially pleases me when I think about how much postal prices have gone up for my Canadian customers.
I have been taking a little time to hibernate from the world of blogging and am recharging my batteries. Continue reading
Surround yourself with the things you love and you will love being in your space. Start today! Winter is the perfect time for nesting. Ask yourself: how can I make some small corner of my home more me? What pleases me? Take some of the precious things out of their box and put them on display where you can enjoy them!
Here is Grandma’s old washboard framing a folk art piece that a friend gave me. Makes me smile everyday!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen
“If you want to be happier focus on what makes you happy.”
Karen Salmansohn notsalmon.com
One thing that I have learned about color, is that it is much like drinking tea.
I used to think that I didn’t like camomile tea or green tea as they were too strong and astringent for my tastes. And then I tried steeping them for only a few seconds or a few dunks. What a revelation! The happy ending is that now I love both of the aforementioned teas. A lot. I am so glad that I gave them a second try. As it turns out, just a light infusion is perfect for me.
This is my color story too. As I find some colors, namely orange and yellows, quite difficult for me to choose when I am hooking a rug. Continue reading
For the last several years several of my local fiber friends and I have been a part of the Handmade Holiday Sale here in Eugene, Oregon. For one weekend after Thanksgiving we rent a space in town and fill it with fiber arts that we have made — knitting and weaving, hand spun yarn, felting, bookbinding, hand sewn work, jewelry, paper crafts, and hand dyed fiber for knitting and spinning. Continue reading
I have just added a few product to my etsy shop that are on sale — rug hooking and punch needle embroidery. Continue reading
You got some sneak peeks of the Tipp City rug, and I wanted to share a few more photos of that rug. I began working on the central motif, working out the colors of the house and central background first. Continue reading
I am back home from a wonderful time in Ohio, teaching a rug hooking class with Alice Strebel. Let me share some photos with you. I know that you have been patiently waiting to see my Tipp City rug, since I only showed you a corner of it. It is in the slide show below. Continue reading
After I am finished hooking a rug, I steam press it from the back. But first I trim the threads from the looser woven wools. This is important to do, as you don’t want these threads catching on something, and pulling more of the wool out. I carefully lift each strand and trim them close to the hooking on the back. Continue reading