Saturday, December 31, 2005
This morning I decided to use up some Cushing dyes and dyed some rather dull medium blue wool. I threw in some American Beauty and Violet. Here's a pic of the results - nothing outstanding but definitely better than the original. I'll be able to use this wool for the punch needle rughooking workshop on the 7th with Amy Oxford. She's going to teach my rug hooking group punch needle with everything from rug wool to wool strips to exotic yarns. What a great way to start the new year!
I also did another little embroidery punch needle. This one's done with 2 strands DMC cotton embroidery floss. I like the colors and the cotton flows more smoothly than the linen strands. Oh, I did rip out that ugly background from the first project.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
The other day I decided to try some punch needle embroidery (also called Russian punch needle embroidery or Igolochkoy ). Last year I found a set of needles at a yard sale. This is done with 2 strands DMC linen embroidery floss. It's about 1.5 by 3 inches. The colors are brighter than in the photo but I don't really like the background color. This is a practice piece so I'll leave it be. A nicer needle would be worthwhile and then the pile could be shorter. I'll have to practice alot more. A woman I rug hook with does unbelievably beautiful pn embroidery.
I'm still working on the second Johnny Cash rug and will post an update soon. I changed the blue and green stripes stool to vines and flowers. And I decided to start it over. I purchased a different type of linen to try out and found I really dislike working with it. I keep avoiding working on this piece because of the linen so it looks like it's time to go back to my preferred linens.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
My mom just sent me this photo of the anniversary rug I made for my parents in 2003. She recently hung it in their bedroom. Nice hanging job, Tom and Mom! My favorite parts are the side "fence" borders, the "kids in the nest" and the strawberry because my Dad liked to say that "Anita's kisses are sweeter than all the strawberries in the world."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Finally, a photo of the finished Johnny Cash #1 rug (and just in time for the movie!). Well, I still have to finish/bind the edge but I consider that close enough to say it's done. It's done in all blacks and grays for "the man in black", but the blacks are a mixture of black, and dark/dark bright blues, greens, and purples wools so it would have some depth and movement. I'm still working on the Johnny Cash #2 rug and gotta get my hooking hands moving faster - or find more time.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
It was actually snowing enough today to wear a winter hat - so I had a chance for the first time to wear a beautiful hat knitted by my brother-in-law, Pfef. Not only did he knit me the hat, but also matching socks and sweater, a Levold Herod design. How lucky am I?! In the background of the photo is one of my sister Jenny's luscious hand woven towels.
The dismal afternoon weather allowed me to drink alot of coffee and almost finish hooking the Johnny Cash #1 rug. I'll post a photo when it's done.
A couple of weeks ago I dropped off the oak & acorn stool at the Fiber Art Center and was fortunate to see the Bamboo Show, a show of interesting and diverse pieces using bamboo. I also had the opportunity to see a trunk show of Afghanistan war rugs. The rugs have really stuck with me. Some a bit difficult to view but really interesting designs. You can learn more about them at www.warrug.com.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
I finished sewing up my handbag last Saturday. It was easy, not the hassle I was expecting. I'll take some pictures soon. In the meantime here's a pic of one of my favorite buildings along Storrow Drive between Harvard Square and Western Ave. I like how the sky and clouds are reflected in the windows and the uneven window pattern. I think it would make a nice rug design. I don't know the name of the building or the architect.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
After a long day at work Thursday I was too nackered to go to my rug hooking group - so the group didn't get to see this rug yet. Anyway, this is the beginnings of my Johnny Cash #2 rug. The inspiration for this rug comes from the liner notes to Cash's last album. He wrote that the idea for "When the Man Comes Around" came from a dream he had in Nottingham about the Queen. She tells him he's like a whirlwind in a thorn tree (read the liner notes for the full story). I'm going to add the words to the lower portion of the sky. If I'm happy with how this turns out, I'll enter it in The American Folk Art Museum's "Icons of America" rug contest.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
"Now, we must say adieu
I'll send a postcard from Waterloo
You always said that I'd really like the view."