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Join me as I travel my creative road. Understanding how important it is to document the works we create, I plan on using this blog to do just that, with thoughts, processes and photos. I would enjoy sharing your creative road with you too, so please share your thoughts in return.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Prodding

Being exposed to Proddy flowers and adding the technique into hooked pieces through member of the Tin Pedlars got me exploring farther. Gene Shepherd's book found it's way into the house. I also did a bit of research online.

It was time to see what I had on hand that could be adapted for making a more traditional Proddy rug. I wanted to work from the back so I needed a prodding tool and frame.
The tool was easy - dowel and wooden chair leg (ball style).
The frame - adapted an old needlepoint frame where you roll the work up.

Time to hand cut a pile of heavy wool - using up more of the braiding wool from my mother. Another good use for my quilter's rotary cutter.

February 2010 - The beginning of my frist proddy rug. Using wool (2-1/2" x 3/4") left from a braided rug my mom was starting and never finished. Prodding so self binding. This is the back side.......


... front side of Proddy rug under process.......


Working on some of the scottish burlap left after I switched to linen for my rugs. Design is simple circles. 

This is going to take a while as I'm prodding in each section of wool and must say it's a bit tough on the hand - takes a bit of effort. 
Once done will be very comfy under the feet at the kitchen sink.



PIllows

I like making usable craft items. There are only so many places to put down rugs, but have a need for pillows. Being able to sew I've found turning hooked pieces into pillows simple. Pillow opens up options to explore, experiment and use up materials.

These pillows done in at hit or miss styling found a home in an antique leather chair.


Starting Rug Hooking

I started hooking about 1997, but got serious about it and have steadily hooked since 2001. My other big craft is quilting, which has definitely influenced my hooking. As you can see from my photos, I love hit-or-miss and geometrics. I only hook with an #8 or 1/4" hand cut. I started hooking on burlap, but now I'm primarily using linen. I'd say at least 95% of my material is recycled. I'm looking forward to getting into dyeing - I've got some very interesting wools - that are even to strong for me and need a little over-dying help. 

I'm a self-taught hooker who has been pretty isolated with raising 2 active kids and working fulltime. Now the kids are young adults, so I'm looking forward to getting out and taking classes, now that my time is more my own at least on evenings and Saturdays. To that end, I have joined ATHA and Maine's Tin Pedlars. 

My first rug ~ 
Penny Plus ~
Still using, but need to make a few repairs. Got hooked on this art form. Allowed me to be creative, easily portable, very kid safe, costs could be managed and still have incredible results.
~self designed and hooked on scottish burlap
~I love penny rugs and my goal was to get that look in a hooked rug
~border just happened, but liked the look so much have used again and again

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kitchen Squares Rug


Needed a fast utility rug for my daughter Liz's first college apartment 2007. Copied my 2"square sampler, but extended size with black strips on ends.
~self designed and hooked on Scottish burlap with #8 wool and wool blends

40th MPBN TV Auction Donation



This rug was designed and hooked March 2011 for the 40th Maine Public Broadcasting Network's big fund raiser. They have an art show as part of this tv auction and I have made multiple rugs for it over the years. This rug finished at 13" x 33". I consider it a runner to be used on a table, window seat, couch back...
I free hand drew the design on linen and hooked it using #8 or 1/4" cut strips of wool and wool blends. The border is a hit or miss scallop. Back side detail.

Garden of Shapes

This rug was designed with the help of Allie Myles. She chose the shape, relative size and the location. I drew them in. To get movement I added the 3 scrolls and we had our "garden of shapes". Allie was in Kindergarten when this rug was designed. I finally finished hooking it this fall - 2010. It was hooked Scottish burlap with #8 cut wool and wool blend strips. I did not use a border in the design. As you can see again the cats love the rugs whether working on or finished. This rug will be in a bedroom.

Counted Cross Stritch


I did this set of counted cross stitch as a Christmas gift for my husband when we were first married in the early 1980's.