Days of wool and roses

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Here are some new marbleized wools in my Etsy shop. Lately I like to reference my wools with my dye book colors. I have 2 swatch sets: The Dusty Dye Book set and The Vintage Dye Book set. If you have a set this will make choosing colors Continue reading


New in the blog and on Etsy

If you look above you will see that my blog menu bar has two new additions. I now have new pages for tutorials and free patterns.

So now when you want to browse through my blog and find a pattern or a hint, all you need to do is click on Continue reading

A shot in the arm

Here is your chance to make a difference to my creative work on Etsy. Please vote for me in Etsy Small Business contest. It is literally whoever gets the most votes wins, so if all my beloved fans would simply take a minute and vote for me, I just may have a shot at winning $10,000! The contest ends April 7th, so there is no time like the present to click on this link and vote:

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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