Lavender love

Here in Oregon the lavender is in full bloom.

Lavender is one of my favorite herbs so I have lavender growing everywhere.

And since I have many varieties of lavender in my gardens, I have been enjoying their fragrance and beauty, and taking time to harvest them in bundles to dry.

I can then use them for bouquets, gifts, and other crafts. I love how they look hanging to dry! Continue reading

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

A blizzard of crafts in the summer

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Packaging my rug hooking patterns to get ready for orders is a regular task that I do here in my studio. As DSCF1057I 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

2016 workshop coming up


10Announcing the 2 in 1 Creative Workshop

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