Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rug Patterns for Sale

I now have a button in the right hand column that will link you to a site where you can view and purchase my rug hooking and needle punch patterns. This is a temporary fix until my website is ready, but I think it will work pretty well.

Barb and I are working away getting ready for our first 2 shows of the season this coming weekend, so I don't have the patterns loaded up yet, but I promise it won't be long until I do.

Monday, September 15, 2008

What I'm Working On

I spent the weekend working on the little 3-dimensional pumpkins pictured above with a frog made by Pat Castka. I am thrilled with them and am thinking of making a bigger one -- about 5 inches across. They are hooked on rug warp with 100% wool that I have over-dyed. They're finished with a real piece of birch for the stem on top and a vintage button on the bottom. I think they will be for sale on The Eclectic Artisans' webshow which starts on September 22. Clink the link on the right for more information.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rebecca Erb Wool

I was lucky enough to receive a very generous gift certificate to The Wool Studio from the Peconic Ruggers when I stepped down as president last year. That was last November, and I just got around to redeeming it.

If you're a rug hooker and you don't know The Wool Studio's wool, you should. It is delicious. Rebecca Erb sells fabulous tweeds and plaids that she has woven in Europe. She has a website (http://www.thewoolstudio.com/), but, sadly, she does not sell from it. You must send $5 for swatches. That's the one drawback for me -- I love being able to order day or night on my computer. Getting the stack of wool pictured above took a bit of back and forth -- no instant gratification here. But the wool is worth it. I've already used some of the orange in a small mat with fall leaves and I'm looking forward to trying that sunny yellow check in something soon.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's Tumbleweed Tuesday . . .

. . . one of my favorite days of the year. The tourists have all gone home! I can park at the post office when I have packages! I can let the dog run on the beach and swim to his heart's content! I don't have to listen to the bad live music from Claudio's Restaurant at one in the morning! It's heaven. . . .

My knee is healing well and rapidly. I've been going to physical therapy, which I really enjoy -- go figure. I think I'm going to join their fitness center when I finish with the PT.

We had a great trip to Lake Champlain to visit friends this weekend. We delivered Clara safely back to Skidmore and she starts classes tomorrow. Pete and I will be canning tomatoes this afternoon. All's right with the world!

Now I have to get ready for all the shows Barb and I are doing this fall . . .