Sunflower upside down cake

With Spring right around the corner I feel like I needed a large helping of warm sunflower sunshine. That is what I have decided is the precise dosage for my ills at the moment. I know that I mentioned cake in the title, but I regret to having no recipe. Until the sun warms things up, I have news from my Etsy shop as I continue to add patterns this month. Maybe this can be a creative burst of sunshine for March.

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Seeing things

karen in red scarf in the mirrorI have been thinking about my voice here in cyberspace. Many of you know me as a rug hooking designer through my business Primitive Spirit and that I specialize in vintage style hooked rugs. You may have just found my blog and are interested in fiber arts like knitting or crocheting and enjoy reading about what I am working on.

I thought today I might share some thoughts about myself so that you would understand more about where I am coming from. So here are some things about me. Continue reading

More patterns to choose from on Etsy

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


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 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. Continue reading