I swore I’d never dye. I have so many stashes and work stations and the rest, I just didn’t feel like taking on one more endeavor. But a dearth of sunny yellows and primitive reds for some of my post popular designs, in addition to a pile of unsuitably colored specimens culled from my cashmere box lots, pushed me over the edge. The days are barely warm enough to venture outside for more than a bit at a time, so I hunker in the workshop and hobble together tools and supplies. I barely follow the directions, but am feeling successful with my first efforts nonetheless.
It was an unusual early February day yesterday. The temperature hit the 50s. It was sunny and beautiful. So much so that I left the oversized slider in my studio open so I could enjoy the balmy air. My dogs clustered on the threshold as one side or the other of it would show too much commitment on their part. I worked at my hooking bench– I hook standing up– barefoot with a mug of hot vanilla milk tucked nearby. And I finally figured how to handle the border of a loosely geometric design.
Held outdoors and indoors on the 100 acre CUMBERLAND FAIRGROUNDS in Cumberland, Maine, Vintage Bazaar of New England will leave you wanting more! Over 200 vendors, from across the country, will feature antiques, vintage finds, architectural salvage, rusty junk, repurposed goodies, indie crafts and one-of-a-kind crafts. Eye-candy galore around every corner! And I’ll be there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.