As a rug hooker I am always trying to find ways to use my linen waste. Linen backing fabric is expensive and being a very strong fiber has potential for reuse. Waste not want not. When was the last time you heard that saying? Perhaps it is time to dust off that old quote from yesteryear. It has come back into fashion as we now call it Continue reading
Happy Valentines Day to all my blog readers. Since we can’t be together today to celebrate, let us take some time and share a happy moment Continue reading
I have just listed a new PDF instant downloadable pattern set called Flow Blue. I also have the wool available. Continue reading
2017 and a new year to love life and be creative! I have not been hibernating the winter away. Oh no! I have been ripping wool and hooking and conjuring up new things for you. More on that very soon. Continue reading
Season’s greetings from my house to yours! This year I put tiny white twinkle lights on the tree and strung some cranberries for garlands. Simple and old fashioned just the way I like it. The garlands dry and can be used from year to year.
I feel happy doing such crafts. I am reminded of all the years of making ornaments out of things I had around the house like cotton balls and cardboard, scraps of fabric and yarn. A happy life of creating anything I could imagine.
My old teddy bears sit beneath the tree guarding the packages, reminding my childlike spirit to come out and not take myself too seriously.
Have a wonderful loving holiday time, filled with color, beauty, creativity and inspiration.
Your crafty friend,
I am putting the final touches on my completed rug, A Cottage Garden, and wanted to give you some sneak peaks. Continue reading
I have just added several of my patterns to my Etsy shop today. These have been waiting in the wings to be added. Here is a close-up of Nosegay. See it here on Etsy. I love it for its soft antique colors.
This design is a smaller version of my Vintage Scroll pattern. I have designed it as an oval, but you could easily hook it as a rectangle by carrying out the edges on the straight of the linen grain. This design is a great example of how I like to play with many wools in my backgrounds. This makes them come alive, as well as give them variety.
Peony And Roses is also here, an 18″ X 42″ runner. Note that this design was hooked for me by Bridget Todderud. Gone far too young, Bridget has since passed on and I feel very lucky to have her work here as an example of her passion for our craft. Bridget chose the complementary colors green with faded light rose red.
Compote and Camellias and Three Camellias (the smaller version of the Compote design) are also now on Etsy for your perusal (just click their names to get a link to the listings). As I hooked these designs I was enjoying the interplay of the triadic colors orange/green/purple. They can be so dynamic! I used very grayed down versions of these colors, such as my Grenadine Brown (Vintage Dye Book formula) for some of the purples.
Without further adieu, I am off to work on another design!
Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to ~ Karen
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!
What 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!
Are 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
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
Packaging my rug hooking patterns to get ready for orders is a regular task that I do here in my studio. As I 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. Continue reading