Category: Rug Hooking

A Mermaid’s Tale

A Mermaid’s Tale

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.

Mermaid Pillow 3

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.

Let there be Mud!

Let there be Mud!

Yes.  Spring has finally graced our little corner of the world.  It seems overnight we’ve gone from snowblowers and parkas to throwing all the windows open and ferrying ladybugs out to safety.  Thick winter boots have been traded in for muck lucks to traverse wide swathes of mud.  And who could stay holed up in the studio when the landscape is finally inviting you to be part of it again.  Certainly not me and my ever faithful crew.  The front stoop become the official hookery of the day.

Bee for a Cause

Bee for a Cause

The next Bee in the Barn at Todd Farm will be a very special gathering.  Sewing bees have a long history of community gatherings for a common cause and in that spirit our next bee on March 19th will also serve as a collection site for handcrafting materials, tools, and supplies to donate to Syrian refugees.  

Luxury Alpaca

Luxury Alpaca

This project has been calling to me for some time. These pillows are a precursor to the alpaca rug I want to hook next, but these are definitely a creative pursuit I could both sink my teeth and toes into.  The alpaca is milled just for me by a couple local family farms.  The all around goodness of them is swoon worthy.  If you want one of these for your own snuggling purposes, they are available for purchase at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, MA or you can purchase online.

 

Hooking Alpaca Close Up

First Pillow Hooked

Hooking Dots

Three Hooked and Ready to Go

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.

Scrappy Doodles

December was a raucous month.  As soon as the 24th rolled around, I hit the highway on my way to the refuge of a quiet cabin.  Cookbooks, knitting, and hooking were packed to excess.  And I just doodled with wool, using up my scraps, testing out some truly primitive burlap, and soaked up the solitude.

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.