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Prim Whale on the Move at Sea

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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.

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What I may love most about this fella is his sly smile.
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Wood salvaged from doing repairs to our old farmhouse provided structure.
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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.

Annual Mother’s Day Open House

Antique English Pine Corner Cupboard

Tulip Hooked HeartVisit the beautiful multi-dealer shop located in the historic barn at Todd Farm, Offering a fine collection of Antique, Primitive, Traditional, Farmhouse, Industrial, Mid-Century and Repurposed furnishings as well as a wide range of small accessories, handmade, and one-of-a-kind, for your collection and home.

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Primitive Sheep

I love when Dave and I are able to collaborate on a piece.
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Dave hit the ball out of the park when he designed the stand for my primitive sheep. He took an old barrel plank and combined it with four bobbins. Perfect.

 

Primitive Sheep Art
I made the sheep itself from some vintage wool in my rug hooking stash and some fantastic yarn I’ve had for so long I can’t remember where I got it. It finally found its perfect purpose.
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Prim Excursions

I am fascinated by the primitive.  The old and weathered.  The patina of life’s wear and tear.  The functional side of folk art.  Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking.  Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece.  I am just thrilled with the results.  While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy.  It is for decorative purposes only.  Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.

More designs to come…

Our giraffe is hooked with an assortment of wools and organic cottons. Stuffed with organic cotton, too.
The back is coffee stained linen to give it an old world appeal.
Dave fashioned the base of our pull toy from an old roller skate he found in a house clean out. It could not be more perfect.
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The Beau

Still cold out, but in my head my toes are still tucked in warm sand. The Vintage Bathing Beauty needs a Beau. And I think I may have finally come up with a design I’m happy with. Still tweaking, but I’m liking it overall.

My head is dancing with ideas of how I’d like to hook this, what materials and colors I want to use. I know a lot of folks color plan their rugs, but that just never works for me. Maybe more to the point, I don’t seem to be good at sticking to a plan. Free spirit and all…

The Beau for our Belle.
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Rug Hooking Patterns

It is a small but growing collection of rug hooking patterns available as instant downloads. I’m excited with the newest addition, The Jacobean Hooked Rug. Like all my patterns, it includes multiple color pictures and this time, I’ve offered the pattern in two sizes. Lots of room to play and use your imagination.

The Amsterdam Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download
9.00
Pattern for the Sunflower Hooked Pillow
6.00
Woman Feeding Chickens Rug Hooking Pattern, Instant Download
6.00
Tree of Life Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download
9.00
Jacobean Rug Hooking Pattern
6.00

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Almost Vintage

I love a good design challenge.  It gets the blood flowing and exercises lazy neurons.  It all started with a simple request from a wonderful photographer, Sara Jensen.  She was looking for something vintagey—rough around the edges.  Lots of texture (yes!  that’s my department!) .  I mulled and turned things over in my head for a while.  Had a glass of wine.  I had visions of burlap and the vintage hand crocheted lace I found in an antique store in the Catskills.  But really, I wanted to do something for her that was rough, yet fragile.  I wanted to create a foundation from which you could tell a myriad of stories, whether they are real or make believe.  And then I remembered…

A distressed sheet is torn into knitable strips.

What seems like a lifetime ago, I designed a sweater that was knit entirely from torn strips of muslin.  I don’t recall what prompted me to do that, but it was fabulous.  I don’t mind saying.  So—and trust me, I am not digressing—we bought a couch a few weeks ago off of Craigslist.  It’s divine.  Restoration Hardware.  HUGE savings.  We will leave it at that.  But the crazy lady we bought it from also gave us a really nice sheet to help protect it in its travels.  I dug it out.  I tea stained it in the tub.  I ripped it into strips, sewed them together, and knit a bonnet.   Then I cut ribbon.  And I melted it, and I burned it.  I made a flower.  Then I drowned it in tea.  Because it wasn’t fully distressed, it was simmered in coffee.  More ribbons and delicate branches, and I’m lost in a woodland reverie.  A fairy tale comes alive.

Layers of texture combine for the perfect effect.

Can you tell that I’m excited about this design?  I already see it in so many different colors and variations–personalized in so many ways.  I see this bonnet on the most precious babe for her first voguing moment before the camera or adorning the littlest flower girl at the wedding.  I see blooms that perfect soft shade of blush cherry blossoms or as vibrant as the deepest red rose.

I love the delicate details of this piece.
A sweet back view.
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Vintage Feed Sack Teddy Bear

I imagined a story and then made this small bear.

On a recent trip to Maine I delighted in finding a trove of vintage feed sacks. Probably post WWII. And I had a vision of an old farmer in the corner of his barn painstakingly making a little gift for a little granddaughter. I don’t know where that came from, but I decided that I would try to capture the essence of that image by making this piece myself.

I cut and sewed all the pieces by hand, intent on a rustic primitve look. I allowed the wear of the Wirthmore feed sack to be included in its own charming way. He is carefully stuffed with organic fair trade cotton. This little guy is sewn in a permanent sitting position. His small eyes are black beans.

The eyes are made from dried black beans.

I spend a lot of time rooting through flea markets.  Pieces of other people’s live present themselves to me, and I create my own narrative.  I wonder if someday one of my pieces will be discovered in a dusty box in some vendor’s stall waiting for a new story to be told.