Thursday, December 22, 2011

Flower Pins

Flower Pins
December 2011
These flowers were hooked on linen. The petals began as 3" x 1/2" (or a little more) strips of hand dyed wool. I folded the strips in half and cut them into petal shapes. I like the thick strips of wool as the flower has more dimension. The two flowers on the right have hooked centers, the two on the left have Italian buttons as centers. This is proddy hooking, however, I pulled the petals through the linen from the front using my regular hook, first pulling through one side of the petal then moving over a couple holes and pulling through the other end. After the petals are completed, I hook in three green petals that serve as leaves.
These were finished by coating the back linen with glue so I could cut out the flower without the linen unraveling. I then covered the back with a piece of wool on which I had already stitched a pin back.

Wool Pins

Wool Pins
December 2011
These pins were created using wool, a zipper, recycled felted sweater (the black ring around the outer edge of the oval pin), glue, pin backs, embroidery thread, and transparent polyester thread. I'm considering using fine beading wire instead of the polyester thread, because as the thread comes off the spool it has a lot of spring making it difficult to sew aroung the zipper's teeth. These designs are those of Odile Gova of Ontario. She sells her pins under the name "Wooly Fabulous". Google her, her work is great.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Santa Ornaments, 2012
3 1/2" X 4 1/2", # 6 wool strips on linen

These are a sample of rug hooked Santa ornaments I finished for gifts. They're hooked on linen, then glue (Weldbond) was brushed on the back. After the glue dried, I was able to cut the backing close to the hooking without the ornament falling appart. I added a strip of wool for hanging and glued a piece of wool on the back to neaten it. My daughter thinks they look like Swedish Tomtes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Zentangle Block Letters

Sam, 2011
Pen and Prismacolor pencil on Strathmore paper

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Life at the Lake, 2011
Farber Castell pen and graphite on Strathmore paper

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Zentangle Beads

Eye Beads, 2011
Farber Castell pen and graphite on Strathmore paper

Monday, May 23, 2011

Zentangle Portrait

Portrait, 2011
Graphite on Strathmore paper

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Zentangles, 2011
Farber Castell pen and graphite on Strathmore paper
A couple more.....

More Zentangles

Zentangles, 2011
Farber Castell pen and graphite on Strathmore paper

I'm on a roll.....


Zentangles, 2011
Faber Castell pen and graphite on Strathmore paper
Here are some new zentangles. Creating these repetitive patterns is relaxing.

Patriotic Rug

Tribute to Liberty Rug, 2011
15" x 15", wool strips (3-6) on linen

Our Atha organization has a challenge for it's members each year. If we choose to participate, we have until our June meeting to complete the mat that meets the challenge. This year's challenge was a patriotic piece. I wanted to do something a little different, and I chose a picture from the cover of the 1934 July edition of The Saturday Evening Post. The cover has the painting, Statue of Liberty, by Joseph Christian Leyendecker. This is my interpretation of this magazine cover. Because my piece is the adaptation of another artist's work I needed permission to do this rug image. I received permission from The Saturday Evening Post to do this one rug.

Cat's Paw Rug

Cat's Paw, 2011
I was reading Gene Shepherd's rug hooking blog and he had several articles on cat's paw rugs. The cat's paw design is made of concentric circles or near circles. My design uses circles and my own dyed wool. I used his technique for hooking circles by starting with a tail at 12 o'clock, then a loop at 4:30, followed by a loop at 8 o'clock, and then the final tail in with the first tail at 12 o'clock.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Scrolls, 2010
This mat was done during a class with Betty McClentic, a certified McGown teacher, from Rhode Island. She taught us the fine shading of these motifs using swatches of wool. This was the first time I tried shading.
The swatches are wool pieces that were dyed to have gradations of color (light to dark). There are 2 sets of swatches in this mat. The upper right scroll and lower left scroll use the same color swatches. The upper left scroll and lower right scroll use the same swatches. Betty provided the swatches. The strip width is a #3 (3/32 of an inch) and the backing is Monks cloth.
The background was hooked after the class with a spot-dyed wool piece dyed by Beverly Mulcahy.

Rug Hooking

Just as with anything else I find interesting, I try to find whatever I can to read or watch to learn more. These are some of the books that I found helpful: Pictorial Hooked Rugs by Jane Halliwell Green, The Rug Hooker's Bible: The Best from 30 Years of Jane Olson's Rugger's Roundtable by Gene Shepherd and Jane Olson, Shading Flowers: The Complete Guide for Rug Hookers by Jeanne Field, Prodded Hooking for a Three-Dimensional Effect by Gene Shepherd and Virginia Stimmel, Hooked Rug Landscapes by Anne-Marie Littenberg, Hooked on the Wild Side: Everything You Need to Know to Hook Realistic Animals by Elizabeth Black, Rug Hooking Magazine, and Rug Hooker's News & Views (this is no longer published, but issues can be found at tag sales and on sites like Ebay).

Cat Rug

Cat Mat, 2010
I've been learning to rug hook over the last 2 years. I inherited my mother-in-law's rug hooking frame and wanted to try this art. I like the idea of making utilitarian objects that can be beautiful and last for generations. I've only recently been putting on a date and my initials, and I'm still working on the "beautiful" part. I've started dyeing my own wool and designing my mats.
I purchased this cat as a kit on line. This small mat was my first hooked rug. It was hooked on a linen backing with #8 strips of wool (1/4" wide). I chose this pattern because we have a gray tiger cat.
I now belong to the Wachusett Mountain ATHA rug hooking chapter. (ATHA stands for The Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.) The ATHA organization offers workshops and publishes a news letter that is printed six times a year.
Our chapter meets once a month and we share ideas that foster learning in this and other fiber arts. The group is made of caring individuals who are very willing to help and teach. I've met some very talented women, and I've already learned a lot from them.
A good introduction to rug hooking is this video by Gene Shepherd on You Tube. or this one by Deanne Fitzpatrick.