Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rug Progress and Another Jacket

Well I have been working on the cover for my stool and I think that I have made pretty good progress on it. This took the better part of Sunday to complete LOL! There are all different cuts in this rug. There is everything from a 4 to an 8 cut. I should mention that this is linen burlap for the backing.

Doing this stool cover I have also figured out that I actually really like hooking these multi-coloured, anything goes circles! i love being able to use the colours that I want without imposing any rules about them. I think that I might just do my hearth rug (another rug that I am planning) in circles. Actually I was thinking of putting a game board in the middle and I think that circles on the edges would look really nice. What do you guys think?
I taught the sweatshirt jacket class again yesterday and this is my jacket so far! This is one fabric used on the whole jacket and I really like the effect. I still need to take the jacket in under the arms and over cast the edges but other than that it is finished. I have a nice light gold fabric that I am going to use to o the binding and the cuffs. It really sets off the cranes in the jacket. The ladies were all really pleased with the course and love their jackets so I am very pleased as well. So many jackets to make so little time LOL!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Starting to rug hook the stool cover today

Hi all! I finally decided to take the plunge and start to rug hook the stool cover today. I decided to do a simple cat's paw pattern using some of my scraps. I think that I will so a black background behind the circles. Eventually there will be more circles and it will look something like the cat's paw rug this on Gene Shepherd's site. Also if you are interested in rug hooking blogs Gene's is great. Here's a link. I also found a great video about rug hooking on YouTube that I wanted to share with you all. I have been waiting for someone to upload a video about rug hooking on YouTube for ever! Since I am not a rug hooking teacher I really didn't want to up load anything. This is the MS Rug Hooking Guild tutorial. And here is another great link that shows the rug hookers of Mexico. I'm happy that people are finally getting some videos out there for people to see.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Rug Hooking Sunflowers

I have finally started to rug hook the sun flowers from the rug that I started ages ago. I have never rug hooked flowers before so I have been a bit stalled to start this rug. I decided that since I went to the rug hooking guild yesterday that I would plunge in no matter what :) Well, I ended up pulling almost 90% of what I hooked and changing it but hey! I still don't know. What do you guys think? I've never done any type of shading before so I'm a little bit stumped! With quilting, I would know that if I didn't get the shade or the effect that I wanted, with the appliqué, that, I could thread paint it, or, just plain paint it. With rug hooking I don't have that experience yet so I am trying to get shading with a #5 cut because I don't want to do a fine cut on a rug that I want to put on the floor. I am a bit frustrated and feeling a bit over my head here; and, to be honest, I love it! I love feeling like the field is completely open and like the whole rug hooking world is my oyster :) i have a ton of mistakes to make and a ton to learn and it makes me really happy to be starting a whole new (well, new to me) thing.

Please tell me what you all think of my rug so far. Is the shading just whacked or is it ok?