Books that give me color inspiration

DSCF1040If you get a chance to go to the bookstore, I suggest you peruse these books. I have really enjoyed both of them. Here are a couple of my favorite pages from Fifi O’Neill’s book, Romantic Prairie Style:

DSCF1042This stained glass door is so nostalgic. The vibrant glow makes the whole room sparkle. Will I have to take up stained glass next?

DSCF1041I was blown away with this color combination. First there are the soft, dusty aqua walls with the antique red curtains, chandelier, and natural wood furnishings. But then she tosses this vintage sapphire blue cloth across the table. I would have never thought this color would enhance everything as it does! Amazing!

Let color inspire you today ~ Karen

An exercise in color

DSCF1002I have been visiting the paint department in our local Home Depot frequently lately, and thought of a color exercise for us to do. Paint chips are wonderful things. In order to have a vision for working with color, not just painting your walls in color, many times you need to have colors that inspire you. Paint chips are a treasure trove of wonderful colors to dream on. Continue reading

Punch hooking a rose rug

on the frameI love to punch hook, and one of my designs for 2013, Madame Odier, was done with this technique. When you punch hook, you are working on the back of the rug and everything will be in reverse on the right side. I find it to be a freeing technique, as you can’t see the finished side as you work, so you become more adventurous and daring. Continue reading

Do mothers and daughters hook the same?

fruitlands kim and mom's versionI love to see families crafting together and sharing the same creative passions. Surprisingly, in our rug hooking guild there are several mother and daughters that hook together. Everyone has their own tastes and styles, however in one case mom and daughter showed how similar they can be.
Our local rug hooking guild had a display of our work at the Eugene Public Library the month of October. One of the highlights for me was seeing my design, Fruitlands, hooked by members Marilyn Lynch and  her daughter Kym Ramsing. Continue reading

A green day

My dye kitchen is getting a workout as I have created two new colors for my etsy wool offerings.

Above is Gray Green, a muted dark green with greens and olive green and just a touch of petrol green. It is very neutral, perfectly suited to backgrounds.

The other new color I call Tree Frog, as it reminds me of little amphibian creatures! Dirty primitive dark greens interplay with cadmium yellow. Splashy and dramatically striated. This would hook a background full of variety.

Green is undoubtedly one of my favorite colors. Have you tried green with purple and orange?

Think: olive and leafy greens

with rust and chrysanthemum

and grenadine and dusty purples!


Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen