Friends of mine usually come with a craft in hand, because they know me. I am the craft lady. My way of having fun typically includes making something. So my Washington friend Lianne brought her Star Rug Company snow family design to hook when she came to visit. Lianne loved all my lights and tried out my IKEA clip on LED light on her hooking frame. It is really bright.
Another fun thing we like to do is shop at the local antique malls. And Lianne found something that I would have overlooked — until I saw how perfect it was. She found this heavy homemade stool that doesn’t budge and is very stable for propping your feet a bit so that you can hold your rug hooking frame on your lap. Now I want one and will have to drop some hints to the woodworkers in the family! If it were mine I would paint it of course. You know me! Faux finish everything.
Another visitor to my studio was Maureen Lowrey who has hooked many of my rugs, and brought several of them for me to see. This is A Cottage Garden. I am so impressed by her color blending.
Her Madame Odier looked so much like my rug that I had to get it out to compare it to hers! In fact I still take a double take when I look at this photo! Blows me away!
This is Garden Path. This pattern by the way is now available as a PDF instant download on Etsy.
I love her Chicken In The Garden — in every detail she really captured that quirky primitive look that I so love.
Her last rug was my Parterre — she changed the tulips to pansies. These colors are so gentle and inviting, everything that makes me love hooked rugs.
Maureen would not let me take a photo of her, so you will just have to use your imagination. She has a magical smile and blonde hair. And she is always hooking a rug!
Thank you Lianne and Maureen for being sisters in crafting, as it sure does keep me going. Your visits inspired me.
I hope you all have a creative day ~ Karen
PS: One last visitor was to the studio garden. She was the biggest dragonfly I have ever seen in person! I was delighted to be able to get up real close and snap this photo of her on my chard. She posed for me! As I remember she was between 4 and 5″ long! What a thrill!