Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
We must concentrate on the good things, not worry about such things as computer - my new motto for the week!
This evening I met my friend, Barb for supper and to talk about locker hooking. She treated me to Chinese. I shared a piece of my canvas with her, and showed her a couple of things I had learned, the way to cut the cloth to keep the strips together, and the way I pull my ends up and/or weave them in the hooking process. We also went by Hancock's Fabrics and got some fabric. Barb bought some ribbon to go around her edges that match the fabric - neat idea. I found some cotton cording that I'm going to try on my "bear" rug. It was nice to share my hobby with my friend. Who knows one day we may start a hooking club around our area.
When I got home I didn't feel like tackling the "bear" or working on my wool, so I cut canvas about the size of a place mat, (size 5) and stripped cloth that I had bought today. I just sat and hooked and relaxed my mind after talking to my brother who eased my mind about my computer issue. I have a small netbook and I'm going to use that for a while. I just mainly need a computer to read/write blogs, check emails.
So things are looking up.
Til next time/Deb
I've been having some computer problems, so I may not be able to get online for a few days. I have a new modem being mailed to me, but not sure if it will help. I may need a new computer.
I don't know if I can stand not being able to read the blogs I follow and the RHD - but maybe I will spend the time rug hooking. I just hate it when there is an upset in my great life like a computer and what's worse is the impossibility of getting anyone but an automated voice when you call anywhere!
Okay, ya'll have a good weekend. Just wanted you to know, so you wouldn't think I had disappeared.
Also, if you have some suggestions on your experience with a good or bad computer - feel free to comment or email me.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I was able to buy more of three of the colors for my rug; the green was not the same but I think I have the pattern worked out to where it will be okay. I got a nice color for the final border, and a little heavier fabric for the edging. I can't wait to get it finished. Also, I need to get back to my contemporary design wool rug, as well as start back work on my picture of the ladies at "The Showing" now that I have enough wool for their hats and dresses.
I had a busy day at work and I think I'll hit the sack now.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
After getting my wool sorted, I began work on my locker hook rug. It was hot again today, so I decided not to do anymore yard work, maybe next weekend. This locker hooking is going really fast it seems. I plan a rectangle in the middle section surrounded by several border colors.
As I said I was anxious to see how far 8 yards of material will go. Well, I have a feeling that it is not nearly enough. There are 10 tiny squares to a blue-lined section, and the whole rug is 12x20 which is about 240 of those squares. I have done only 36 sections. I guess I am half way through my fabric, maybe even more. So, looks like a trip to the fabric store tomorrow and hopefully they will still have the same bolts of cotton I purchased the other day.
I had to put a bandaid on my right ring finger because I was beginning to feel a blister from where the hook rubs against it. Am I addicted????? The pain - the gain????
We are having a thunder storm right now, the satellite is down and hopefully I can read some of the blogs I follow before the electricity goes out. Til next time. /Deb
|Bear of a shelving unit - I did it!!!!|
Friday, August 20, 2010
Went to Hancock Fabrics and picked out some cotton fabric for my locker hook rug. I have no idea how much it takes, so I'll have to see if this is enough or whether I need more. I am going to try making a rug about 30x60 (give or take) to go beside my bed. I ordered the canvas and hopefully it will arrive soon, but this weekend I can prepare my cloth strips. I bought four different colors, 2 yards of each. The colors are in the range of greens/purple/yellow/orange. After I turn under the edges, I plan to start in the middle. I may make rectangles, not sure yet. Stay tuned. /Deb
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I just discovered locker hooking by looking around the web. I'm going to give it a try for several reasons, it doesn't seem as expensive as rug hooking with wool, and I have a lot of cotton fabric from quilting stash. I believe I can use the rugs on my floor since the loops are anchored or locked down. Can't wait to give it a try. Renee' might like it too, we'll see. /Deb
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My daughter, Renee' is going to start doing latch hook again. She has done many in the past. So I'm going to add her progress and photos to my blog as well.
We have been doing a lot of things together as of late. She likes to see the pictures and hear the stories on my kayaking blog, in fact, she takes some of the photos.
So, stay tuned for Renee's great entries.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I was having a bit of trouble uploading and arranging the photos of my artwork to separate pages on my blog, because I didn't want them included in the daily blog which would in time eventually be way down the list. I also didn't want to take up all the room in the main blog for photos. So, I have created pages and I truly hope it works.
To the right of the main blog page, you will see page headings. If you click on the link inside the post, it should take you to the facebook page that has the photos of my art in facebook. I believe you will have to click on any picture to see it in its entirety, because when I was looking at them, they were only half visible.
Enjoy, and I hope these inspire the creativity in you. /Deb
And, if you want to read about my camping trips and kayaking,
visit this link to "Bunch's Place - the Dragonfly" http://thepaintedturtlekayak.blogspot.com/
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I'm a member of the 10-minute a day group on the Rug Hooking Daily website. One of the "rules" of the group is that you hook at least 10 minutes a day. You know some days you may not be in the mood, or you may be busy, but the promise to keep makes you sit at your hooking frame, grab your hook and a strip of wool, and say to yourself, just 10 minutes. About an hour later, more or less, you realize what a good time you're having. It works every time.
Well today, I had a similar experience. Some of you may already know the concept, but I wanted to share it you just in case. I was at work and my friend asked me what I had planned for the weekend. I told her that I really wanted to find the motivation to clean out an area in my kitchen. She was in a hurry to get back to her work and turned to me and said, just do one pile at the time.
When I got home, I decided to do just that - one pile - the quilts and blankets and sleeping bag and pillow in the chair. About 2-3 hours later, the area in my kitchen looked so much better and I felt 100 percent better.
So: 10 minutes a day of hooking, or just one pile to conquer in cleaning. IT WORKS! /deb
P.S. I also did my 10 minutes (hour) of hooking! Great day.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
My work in progress on the frame.
The first one is the beginning in progress of my #3 piece. In the next one, I have made a little more progress. Actually looks better than I thought - at least in pictures. Well - sometimes you have to brag on yourself - right?
A couple of pics of the back of my piece.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I hooked for a couple of hours again last night. A thunderstorm interrupted the satellite, but thankfully the electricity did not go out. I thought about how nostalgic it would be to hook by oil lamp - may have to try that just for the experience. This morning I took a couple of pictures of the back of my mat, I think it looked okay. I will show it in a later posting.
Learning process:When I first began rug hooking and thought I could wait on purchasing a wool cutter, I bought some precut strips on ebay. Live and learn - that's what they say. But, that's also how I learn. I began working on my first large piece "The Exhibit", about 28x30 or so, and soon found that 25 or 50 strips did not begin to be enough. As I shopped the internet for wool, I realized there were many things to consider regarding the size, quality and condition, etc. So I finally bought a wool cutter, along with two blades #4 and #7. The ebay #8 strips were a little large for the fabric backing I was working on, so I used my #4 blade to cut them in half. Much better hooking, but I soon saw that most of the strips were of very bad quality. Maybe it was because I cut them, I thought. Since I have ordered fabric (not strips), felted it and cut it, the quality is much better. I couldn't waste all those piles of wool strips #4 on my table, so I decided to do a contemporary design to use them all up so I could start on my good wool. Besides, I needed the practice and I have to say the hooking has become much easier, more flow to it, my hand almost always automatically turns the hook in the correct direction/position to pull the loops through the fabric better. I've also included some silk ribbon in my contemporary design. So far my favorite hook is the Moshimer primitive. Besides the regular burlap I started on and later found that it doesn't last, I have tried the MCG burlap-linen which I like, but the monk's cloth is softer and I think I tend to favor it, at least right now. Linen is too expensive right now, maybe if I ever become a real rug hooking artist, until then it is my hobby. Just felt like rambling this morning, notating the process so far. The summary is, use good quality wool.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
|First piece - Vases|