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
I have just listed a new PDF instant downloadable pattern set called Flow Blue. I also have the wool available. Continue reading
I am putting the final touches on my completed rug, A Cottage Garden, and wanted to give you some sneak peaks. Continue reading
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
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. Continue reading
If springtime is offering you gray skies, pulling out the dye packets is a great way to put some instant color in your life. Dyeing wool can become addicting. I would even argue that it is a worthy hobby in and of itself. For me, color is the inspiration. Continue reading
With 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 primitivespirit.etsy.com.
After 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
I am back in town! Shipping boxes and sad piles that only know how to call my name are in the way of getting from one place to the other!
This year Ali Strebel and I will be teaching a rug hooking class called techniques. One of the things that I will be talking about is the fact that quite a few of the rugs that I create are actually punch hooked. Continue reading