Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend

I can’t believe it is Memorial week-end!  It seems this year is flying by.  In honor of the holidays that are dedicated to the celebration of our country, I thought I would share this rug.  I hooked it back in 2003 and had prepped the edge to add a braid, as I had just learned how to do that. Well I never got the braid added and over the years, braiding was not my thing, so it sat unfinished. I am trying to finish unfinished projects, so I had been thinking about how I was going to finish this one.

After searching for several months, I found this wonderful red, white and blue trim at a local fabric store.  It appeared a little bright so I toned it down with Walnut crystals.  This trim consisted of the twisted rope attached to a binding as you can see in the picture. I thought it would work great to finish it.

I hand stitched the braid edge to the edge of the rug with the binding covering the raw edge of the rug.  Then hand sewed the binding down on the backside of the rug.  The challenge of the trim was figuring out how to finish the two ends. It was too bulky to just wrap it over to the backside so I ended up butting the ends together and covering with a piece of blue wool.

Here is the back side of the rug.

 It is virtually invisible from the front side. I like this finish so much better and feel the simplicity of the rug needed this special finish.

 Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog!
I wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday!


Sunday, March 3, 2019

New Rug

I’m excited to share with you my latest rug.  Although I designed it several months ago, I just now got it hooked!  It is based on an antique rug that I saw in a picture.  In the picture, the center of the rug was covered, so I created a floral garland in the center.   The pattern is 23" x 42" and I called it Antique Primitive Scrolls.
I wanted this rug to have the feel of an old rug, not only in the style, but also in the colors!  Using my soft colors of pink, coral, blue, and green teamed with the soft yellow/tan of the center and antique black for the outside, I feel achieved my objective!  My husband looked at it and his first comment was “Well, that looks old”!
It is always fun to start a new rug, but if you are anything like me, once you are half done with the one you are working on, you are planning your next rug!  Well, my next project is called  “Cluck, Cluck" bet you can't guess what it is! LOL!  It is  27" X 34"  and I can’t wait to get it color planned and start Hooking!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Teaching Schedule

(The photo above was borrowed from Pinterest with my editing added)

Life gets in the way of our best intentions!  It’s been a long time since I have blogged but have decided it is time!
With that in mind, I thought I would share with you my schedule for 2019.  I may have some openings in a few of the camps if you are interested in signing up you can email me at:
March 7-9th,  Clarksville, Virginia - Hookers, Strippers & Co
April 11-13th,  Sharpsburg, Virginia - With Hands & Hearts Antietam Fiber Artist (WHAHAFA)                        ATHA Chapter
July 25-27th,  Gatlinburg, TN. - The Great Smokey Mountain Hook-In - 
See their Facebook Page for information:
 “The Great Smoky Mountain Hook-In”
August 11-17th, Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.  
I will be teaching a 4 day Retreat and a  1 day Workshop
See their Facebook Page for information:
"Rug Hooking Week at Sauder" 

September 15-20th, Rugs by the Sea, Cape May, NJ -
 See their web page:
October 10-12th, Deltaville, Virginia~Hooking on the Rivah Fall Workshop
October 20-25th,  Historic Franklin Rug Hooking Retreat, Franklin, TN -
 See their Facebook Page for information:
 “Historic Franklin Rug Hooking Retreat”
I’m so excited to see all of you that will be attending these events!  If you will be missing out on the fun, you can still find my patterns and special items on my Etsy page at BasketsofWool.  You can also follow me on Facebook at Baskets of Wool and on Instagram at basketsofwool.  
Have a great week and hook what you love!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Americana Rug Show and a Quilt

 I thought I would share some of the Americana rugs I hooked early on in my hooking career. I have been hooking for 18 years. The above one is a beginner rug that I taught to new rug hookers when I had my shop in Nebraska.

 The hearts rug was a kit that I had purchased and hooked when I was first starting out!

The quilt below is one of my cherished Americana quilts. A friend of mines Grandma made it for me and it is all hand quilted.

The next two photos, the top one is a rug I hooked very early on in my hooking and it is a Maggie Bonanomi pattern. When we moved to NC I put it on our screened in porch and it has faded over the years to this. 
And this is the picture of the back side~
It has faded just a little! LOL

 The geometric one was a McGown teacher's workshop piece I had to hook for one of my projects and is one of my favorites. 
The rug below is a Lori Brechlin pattern.

 The Sweet Land of Liberty is a Woolen Memories pattern.

The one above is and Edyth O"Neil pattern I believe and I hooked it in a workshop with Anita White back in 2003.

The three below are ones I hooked early on too.

Hope you have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Monday, July 2, 2018

I am back!

Well I am back after a long hiatus! 
Another blogger brought it to my attention that it had been awhile since my last blog post. She was being kind, it has been over a year!
 Where did that time go? Wow!
 Well last year I was so busy with doing Hook-ins and teaching, that I just couldn't do it all, so I guess my blogging took a back seat. I wasn't hooking much and not much to share.
I have not been doing much hooking this year either. I did a Hook-in in Texas in March, came home and have just been taking some much needed time to just relax and catch up on life!
I started this rug back in February while hooking with some ladies in Onancock VA for a week. I have hooked a little on it since then, but not much. I thought it would be appropriate since this week is the of July 4th. This is an adaption of an antique quilt made in the 1800's.

This is the information that I have on the antique quilt:

1825 - 1840 Susan Strong's "Great Seal" Quilt - Smithsonian - National Museum of American History. An appliqu├ęd and embroidered adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States centers this cotton quilt made by Susan Strong in the early second quarter of the nineteenth century. Susan probably made this quilt in Ohio, where her family moved prior to 1820. The Great Seal has been in use since 1782 to authenticate documents issued by the United States government. Many adaptions of the Great Seal of the United States have been made, but I love this one!

 Thanks for taking the time to come and read my blog!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Early Work Mercantile

I am excited to be joining a very talented bunch of artists over at
 Early Work Mercantile!
I will be offering a few of my handmade goodies there, on the 15th of each month, starting in June. 

I hope you will take some time out of your day to check out all the great hand made items that are offered each month by myself and the other artists!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

I just finished sewing on the lamb's tongues, so I thought I would share my latest little rug with you.
Thought it was appropriate for this holiday, hope you are enjoying the day!