New rug hooking pattern in my Etsy shop


My latest little pattern is called Itty Bitty In The Garden, and it is 10″ square, and is available as a PDF instant downloadable pattern.  Let your imagination run free, as all my little pattern PDFs can be used for rug hooking, with an Oxford punch hook, for punch needle embroidery (included is a smaller 6″ size!), for wool appliqué, quilt appliqué, or embroidery. You can even enlarge your pattern at your local print shop. Make it as big as you choose!

DSCF1022 (1).jpgWhat do you do if you don’t have a printer? You can call a local print shop and they will ask you to attach your downloaded images from your computer in an email to them and then they can print them out for you for a small fee. Pick them up when they are ready! Likewise, if you are on the road when you buy the PDFs, you can go into a print shop and have them tell you how to send the downloaded images to them via your I-pad or laptop. I don’t have an I-phone, but you may even be able to do it from that!

My office will be closed for the month of October, but my PDF instant downloadable patterns will be still available on Etsy!


hideawayAre you enjoying the change of weather? Let it bring out the craftiness in you. Take a deep breath of that crisp Fall air, and dream of beautiful colors that inspire you, harvest a pumpkin or some apples, and pull out your stash of wool fabrics and yarns. Surround yourself with the things that inspire you, and you will be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen

Going going gone


September is here, and I feel that wonderful change in the air. No wonder my studio is a shambles as I have lots of deadlines this month. And I have to let you know that I will be away from my desk for the whole month of October.


Which means that my Etsy shop will be closed except for purchasing PDF instant downloadable patterns.

All other orders will be filled in November.

So if you have a workshop you need a pattern for, this is your heads up!


While I am away I will be in Tipp City Ohio teaching a rug hooking workshop with Ali Strebel. How exciting for us that our class is full. But I have yet to complete one last design, dye wool, pack, and then mail boxes. And I thought I started my preparations way early this year!

By the way, I know someone else who is bustling to get things together and mail a box to Tipp City: yes, Olive Rose! She will be sending some of her fabulous dolls. Thought I would spread the word to our class! I got a sneak peek at a few of the cool things she has just finished.


I am enjoying hooking in this corner of my studio where the northern light casts a lovely diffused glow. I have created some fun smaller projects to choose from for this class. And I am working on another sweet little instant downloadable pattern for my Etsy shop! Will I get it listed before I leave? I am hoping so!

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I have been up to.

Have a creative day ~ Karen

click here to check out my PDF instant downloadable patterns on Etsy

A blizzard of crafts in the summer


Packaging my rug hooking patterns to get ready for orders is a regular task that I do here in my studio. As DSCF1057I do the mundane work like folding the linen patterns, I like being surrounded by my favorite things and my rug hooking tools. They are reminders of why I created this mail order business. I love fiber arts of all kinds and rug hooking in particular. Before rug hooking — which was a long time ago — I cycled through all kinds of arts and crafts, being inspired to make something for myself or my home or as a gift.


Rug hooking seems to wait in the wings whenever I venture to try a new craft or revisit some old ones.


A selection of my patterns and marbleized wool will be available this weekend, August 17-20 2016 at Sauder Village in Ohio. Visit the booth of Ali Strebel to see my offerings. Alice always has things that no one else carries. I always send some finished rugs that you can see in person at the show. If you have never been to Sauder Village Rug Show and live nearby, go there and treat yourself to perhaps the premier rug show and vending for rug hooking in the country. For more information CLICK HERE.


My work doesn’t travel much so this is a special once a year event for Primitive Spirit. Alice and I will meet up in October to teach together in Tipp City Ohio. I am thrilled to say that our class is now full. If you are taking that class I am so looking forward to seeing you there!


DSCF1088Every year in August it seems that the summer snowball gets out of hand and I have an alarming pile of partially done projects vying for my attention. But today I am taking a breather and checking in with you my dear blogging friends, to say that I am still crafting. Just not show and telling! Watering and harvesting the garden has been getting dibs. All for now. I sense a zucchini taking over the back yard!

Spend some time being creative, Karen

2016 workshop coming up

10Announcing the 2 in 1 Creative Workshop

Join Karen Kahle and Alice Strebel

on Oct. 26 – Oct 29, 2016

For a new and creative approach to rug hooking, and an opportunity to have two teachers, two different design concepts, but work on one project. Students will experience teaching from both teachers filled with fun and learning, providing options to make a piece uniquely yours. Linen backing, patterns, and some wool will be included, along with morning tea and lunches. A supply list will be sent following registration along with information on accommodations in the area. Tipp City is a great location for the workshop, a quaint historic town filled with shops, antiquing, and great food.

Our theme for this year is ‘In A Garden’.

click here to see Ali’s contact page.

To register for your place download the forms:

2 in 1 Workshop Info – 2016

2 in 1 Creative Workshop Registration Form – 2016

5As many of you know, I rarely travel these days to teach, and this workshop is the one that I have done every year for the past several years. Alice and I have fun teaching together and sharing our own spin on rug hooking. We both have lots of wool and things for sale in our workshop store where you will find things for sale that you can’t get online.

Thanks for stopping by today ~ Karen


A surprising class and other projects

I have wanted to start painting for a long time, and when my neighbor encouraged me to take an oil painting with her a month ago, I felt that this was my call. You can see my class painting on Sarah Sedwick‘s blog by clicking here. It is the second from the right, the last photo in that post.

One fortuitous thing led to another, and I jumped at the chance to take a class from local painter Carol Marine (click here to see her blog) whose breath-taking brushwork I admire.

brushworkShe has published a wonderful book called Daily Painting which is full of helpful instruction.

I felt so lucky to be able to get into her class. The class was  held this past week, 16 others and I had 5 days to immerse ourselves in Carol’s method of working with oils on still life subjects.

carol classroom

Carol has so much to share, and each day we had a lecture and painting demo.

carol setup

carol 1

We had assignments each day such as value studies. This is mine.

my value studies

Here are a couple of fellow students work. Click on their names to go to see more of their painting.

jayne's work

Jayne Morgan

victoria's work?

Victoria Biedron

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I loved the demos, seeing each brush stroke and watching Carol mix paint and all the colors that go into a painting. I came away with such great experiences and new knowledge. Thanks Carol!

Other projects on my desk have been crochet. I finished a small pillow that has been in my work basket for a long time. Nice to get things done!

This is crocheted in lightweight linen/cotton yarn. It is an old 50’s pillow design but done in natural instead of variegated colors. I love how it looks with my old lace spread.

I also have crocheted a patchwork vest with granny squares. Here I am working on the back, unblocked and then blocked with pins.

crochet vest4

And here is the front. I saw  a photo of this vest online and wanted the pattern to make it. Since I couldn’t find one, I made it up as I went by trial and error. So I don’t have a pattern to share for it. I am using Knitpicks yarn called Lindy Chain, which is linen. I loved crocheting with it. I will have to post a photo of me wearing it.

My new rug is moving along at a snail’s pace. But I find that these things can’t be rushed. The creative process must be honored. I feel that taking a break from rug hooking gives me a fresh perspective when I pick it up again.

karen smiling

This weekend my garden is calling me, so that is where I will be planting tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and basil among other things. I hope that you all are having a wonderful Spring, and are creating your own melangé of crafty and arty things!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen




Happy January with more on Etsy


spring is here Z3etsy 2With the new year comes re-evaluating my business and deciding what changes I may like to make. One thing I have decided to do is make my Etsy business bigger. I love Etsy as a creative marketplace, and it is so convenient to have a place to sell my patterns, books, and tools in one location. So today I have begun to add more of my catalog items to my Etsy shop. I would like to add everything from my catalog– which is daunting! If there is anything that you are particularly excited to see added to my shop sooner than later, send me a comment. I can’t promise that it will be added immediately, but I will try to put it toward the top of the list.

If you want to track my progress pop over to

go make stuffAfter all that work, I hope to have some time to create something! Here’s a hint from a fellow craftsman on Etsy, and I am going to take it to heart! How about you?

Be creative, Karen


mug found on MUGOOS Etsy shop