Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A New Year!

I can't believe a month has gone by since my last post.  Christmas came and went so fast!  Then the New Year, my first 5k race of 2015, my 44th  wedding anniversary, and then the sinus infection returned with a vengeance.  That was not fun but I did manage to do a lot of hooking during that period of time as I did not feel like leaving the house...another round of stronger antibiotics and lots of other drugs---now I am feeling almost normal but have got to build up my energy.  We did have our annual rug hooking retreat Jan. 9-11, and I did go although I did not feel well, I did manage to get a lot of hooking done---when I couldn't sleep I hooked.

I am hooking on Sailcloth Primitive ---an old Heirloom pattern that was in an old McCall's Needlework magazine that I have had for a long time and was on my "to do someday" list so here it is...I have only been working on it for less than three weeks and it is a #9 cut---it is about 28" by 66".

I see several things that I plan to change as I look at this picture---looking at a photo of your rug is a good way to analyze what you have hooked.  I intentionally hooked all the large flowers and leaves differently---I know the blue vein will go away in the leaf in the unfinished area and there are a few places that I plan to thicken the vine.  The inside dark background is a mix of 5 or 6 as is dark browns and the outside border is an as is plaid---I chose not to do a beauty line but did the first row in the darkest of the browns for contrast against the plaid border.

This is our State Line Rug Hooker's guild Philanthropy rug for this year---who wouldn't want to own this one!!!  It is a beauty.  Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10...with proceeds going to The Autism Society---the Heartland.  Contact me if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

Here is my daughter Chelsea who is expecting in June---my first grandbaby---a boy!

I can hardly wait!

I went to an antique show last Saturday and got this great little box with a drawer---a good piece to work into a stack of boxes which I love!
A little hooked mat on top would be cute too!

Don't forget the sign up for the 2015 ATHA Biennial is February 7th!