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1876 Hand Hooked Primitive Cashmere Rug

1876 Hand Hooked Cashmere Rug, Hit or Miss Primitive Dog

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.

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

 

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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

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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.

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

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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.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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Our first Saturday Bee was a big hit, so we are sticking with it!  Please join us Saturday, June 17th 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.

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

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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We are shaking things up and having the next Bee on Saturday, May 20th.  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 whatever is your craft of choice, please join us.

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Sit-Ups with Stogie

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I spend a great deal of time at my hooking frame.  That translates into a not insignificant amount of time of me sitting on my rump.  I combat the sedentary portions of my day with walking and running and, depending on the season, kayaking or cross country skiing.  Still, after a couple hours sitting in one spot, my lower back starts to tweak and my shoulders to ache.  In response to these annoyances, I’ve been working on my posture, form (Yes!  There is good form for hookers!), and flexibility, and throwing in a little bit of strength training intermittently throughout my day.  Stogie, however, has decided that sit-ups are a core bonding exercise rather than a core building one.  That’s just how we roll around here.

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A Mermaid’s Tale

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Sometimes I’m just baffled why it takes me so long to get some things done.  I’m going to chock it up to too many ideas, too little time.  This hooked mermaid pillow literally began to take shape three years ago.  I kid you not.  An impromptu iPad doodle was destined to be a hooked work of art one day.  I just hadn’t expected it to take so long.  Life happens and other projects rise to the surface, orders with deadlines clog the creative highway from time to time.  But after a visit to Susie Stephenson’s studio and admiring her hand knit mermaid dolls, I was inspired to dig out the long buried image of the serene bathing beauty from under the sea.

As long as the gal has been percolating in the back of my brain, parts of my stash that went into her may have been percolating longer.  The kinky golden wool yarn I used for her hair has been sitting waiting for its purpose for some eight years since I picked it up at a fiber festival in Western MA.  Being a hooker, I frequently buy old suit garments to harvest the wool, but I’ve never been able to discard the linings.  They’ve just been accumulating quietly in the closet for years.  Here, they finally shine.  The little hints of iridescence they add to the aquatic background are perfect.  Several years ago, friends and I made the journey up to Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio.  One friend purchased a skein of silk sari “yarn” and then later gifted it to me.  A mermaid’s body was perfectly filled out with terra cotta warmth against the cool blue sea.

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If you are interested in purchasing the Mermaid Pillow, it is available here.  If you’d like to hook it yourself, fear not!  The instant download pattern is in the works.  If you are in a hurry, just email me.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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The Bee in The Barn is a monthly gathering of knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels in the inspiring setting of Todd Farm.  Join us for an afternoon of companionship, laughter, and progress on all our UFO’s while surrounded by the beautiful antiques, vintage home decor, and fine art The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.

This is a free and family friendly gathering open to all with the spirit of a maker and the love of good companionship.

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