Sunday, November 25, 2012

Making progress

 Making a little progress on my Farmer in the Dell.  I just have the Farmer and some sky and the grass left to hook.  The figures are so time consuming to hook.
 I 'm happy the the Wife, but I am not happy with the boy's face.  It looks like someone hit him in the nose.  I'm going to re-hook it one more time.  The leash doesn't show up enough so I'm re-hooking it in a brighter color.
I have re-hooked the little stars and I DO like those much better.  

Happy Hooking.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Marblelizing wool

 I bought Karen Kahle's little book on Marbleized Wool and I have been having such fun will all the beautiful colors that can be produced.  You can find Karen's book at ETSY under primitivespirit or here.  It is a tiny book, but worth it's weight in gold!

Just look at the pretty colors all mingled together.  The ones below were marbleized by sandwiching an off white wool between the solid green and solid blue.  See how it marbleized them all.

  I have marbleized wools before, but I really think the book explains the process in detail and I have much better success.  The one below was the first I tried using her process.  Isn't it great?

These I did last night. I want to hook Karen's little pocket Birdsnest Bag that she has as a free pattern using these marbleized wools below.  You can find her free pocket pattern on her blog or here.

Happy Hooking!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Farmer in the Dell update . . .

 I'm working steadily on the "Farmer" rug.  I had to re-hook the little mouse to make him smaller and I added highlights to the tree.  The highlights makes the tree show up against the dark sky. 
 I also added highlights on the little boy.  I'm not happy with his face.  It is so difficult to get the right feel of expression in such a tiny space.
Working on the border and finishing up the wording, then I will hook the Farmer and his Wife.  I'm re-thinking the little stars.  A suggestion was to make them have points like the bigger ones and maybe in the yellow.  I just don't want to clutter up the sky.

Happy Hooking!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Finishing up some things

Now that the Auction is over, I am determined to finish up some projects that have been sitting in my closet for some time.  This is my grandson Wyatt.  I started him in February 2012 in a class with Donna Hrkmann.  I didn't quite catch his happy little face, but it is so hard to hook faces . . . well for me anyway.  I have tweaked him all I care to tweak, so I am DONE!  Just need to put a binding on it and it is going to my daughter.

This project has been in my closet since February 2011.  It is called Farmer in the Dell, my own creation.  It took two years for me to draw the darn thing and I'm still not happy with it.  I am not an artist and I hate to draw.  Things always look better in my head. 

When I started hooking it,  I got stuck in an area and put it down, then in the closet.  I would have to move it out of my way every once in a while to get to other things.  Now I am back to hooking it and my goal is to finish it before the year ends.  I have had to re-hook the mouse already.  It was twice the size and kind of dwarfed the little kitty.  I do like the moon, though.

Happier hooking.