Musings

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, April 14th from 1-4:pm. Bring a handwork project and a friend. Looking forward to seeing you! This is a free social gathering open to all with a love of creating and/or good companionship.

Red Work Embroidery

I’m not sure if these all should be considered embroidery samplers or embroidery doodles, but I do know I’m having fun.

I don’t plan or draw anything in advance. The Red Work Chics just evolve as I take needle and thread to antique flannel.
Each chick is weighted so it can easily make its own stand.
Swedish Fish! These are each filled with organic french lavender.
The Swedish Fish are designed to be hung or used as bowl fillers. Serve them up your way.
New Year, New-ish Me

New Year, New-ish Me

It’s a whole new baby year and I’m just beginning to emerge from my post holiday season recovery period.  After the last show was broken down and packed away into the barn, I nestled in to a short but much needed period of reflection.  My tendonitis needed me to pursue activities outside my normal routine, too.  As a result, the web site got an extreme makeover and I couldn’t be happier with it.  I’ve added a new domain, as well—  JessWrobel.com .  I know this probably seems like no big deal to you and that it probably even makes more sense, but for me this is huge.  This is me shedding off some of my anonymity and stepping out from something I’d been hiding behind.  My business name has long been Jwrobel.  The reason?  Back when I got my very first apartment and my very own phone (this would be a land line) it was considered safer to use a gender neutral initial for your first name rather than advertise that you might be a single woman living alone in the phonebook–remember those??  Have the times changed?  Gender equality and sexual harassment are certainly being talked about more than I recall in my lifetime, but it is too soon to say if this national conversation will be enduring or where it will take us.  I’m encouraged and for now I’ll welcome my own little bit of personal growth.  I’m Jess Wrobel, and I make things.

Good Luck Elephant

Good Luck Elephant

 

A simple sketch on a scrap of paper became the basic outline for numerous of my elephant pieces. From wall placards, to freestanding oversized pieces, to soft figurines, I’ve tackled the form in many different materials. This time, I took my hook to the image to create a colorful piece in cashmere, wool, and silk.  The base is a wonderful bit of weathered barn board with a salvaged piece of rusty junk to balance everything out.

This piece is available at The Barn at Todd Farm.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, October 21st for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

Free Parking

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

1876 Hand Hooked Primitive Cashmere Rug

1876 Hand Hooked Primitive Cashmere Rug

One of this hooker’s best friends, my little man, Stogie posed for the inspiration photo for this primitive style rug.  I hooked this entirely with cashmere salvaged from recycled sweaters.

new seven
It took me a couple tries to get the numbers just right.

 

1876 in progress
I always love looking back at progress shots and seeing how it all came together.

 

My 1876 Primitive Dog Hooked Pillow is available at The Barn at Todd Farm or can be shipped to you anywhere.  Just ask.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, August 12th for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

Free Parking

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

I Will Hold You Up

I Will Hold You Up

Rescue Rug 2
“I Will” are two words that I find greatly significant, an emotional promise.
Rescue Rug 4
I don’t know what it says about me, but I love the backs of hooked rugs, too.
Rescue Rug 1
I approached this rug as a hit or miss design trying to use up some of my numerous worms…
Rescue Rug 3
I had no plan for the watery background, and my work evolved around the materials I had at hand. I love the whimsical track it took.
Prim Whale on the Move at Sea

Prim Whale on the Move at Sea

There is nothing about this Prim Whale Pull Toy that I don’t love.  All the little bits and pieces that have become its creation DNA have their own story.  I discovered the wool at a local fiber studio located in a one room school house that made me green with envy.  The button that became the most perfect all seeing eye has been in my stash for years.  I was always certain that one fine day this one lonely button would find its purpose, and it certainly finally did.  The wheels are made from antique spools.  I especially always love a project that Dave and I work on together and we had great fun putting our heads together to figure mechanics, design, and materials.  We rummaged through our growing debris pile as we made repairs to our old farmhouse to salvage the perfect rustic wood to give form and function.

whale 2
What I may love most about this fella is his sly smile.
whale 4
Wood salvaged from doing repairs to our old farmhouse provided structure.
whale 3
We usually keep a healthy stash of small bits of old leather around. You never know when it will come in handy to gussy up a pull toy.

The Prim Whale Pull Toy is available in my shop.