I like a challenge, so when I heard about the 4th Annual Alternatives Art Palette Contest I decided to enter. The challenge was to turn a 16″ x 20″ wooden pallet into an original work of art and the public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite. I don’t think I will win because there were so many beautiful and fun palettes, but the process was fun.
First I went and picked my pallet and so I could see the actual size constraints and the thumb hole in the pallet with which I had to work around. Then my design process began. I used my sketch book and drew several rough sketches of flowers, birds, and abstract shapes. But the curved edges of the pallet suggested motion and a fish came to mind, a carp! By the end of the day I had a pattern made.
For this project I dyed a light orange textured wool with Prisims formula #35 called Parrot. I did six values of this. The background was an overdyed textured green wool and I used Prisims #51 called Tropicana. This color reminded me of pond water. It hooked up quickly and soon I was again challenged on how to finish and apply it to the wooden Pallet. I reached out to fellow hooker/artist Susan Feller and she suggested using a glue called E6000 which has a good reputation for use with fabrics. Finished and delivered to the show.
Would I do this again? Yes. It was good to think “outside the box” of floor rug design and expose the public to rug hooking. I would encourage you to give it a try too. Seize the day! Carpe Deim
As I’m writing this the snow is falling heavily, the wind is picking up and the goats are all safe and warm in the barn. We, however, are caretakers and feed and water the herd twice a day rain or shine. Pictured above are the three sisters the farm is named after: Olivia, Emma and Molly.
Each Fall we select a few does to breed for our show season and then we check to see if they are pregnant by Ultrasound. Ultrasound confirms their pregnancy, due dates and also tells us how many goat kids to expect. Below is an informal list of does and the buck they were bred to. You can look at the goat page to see more details about each animal.
- Abenaki x Uncas : 2 kids. Retaining one doe. 1 kid (doe or buck) available
- Sisters Three Selma x Uncas: 3-4 kids. All kids ( does and bucks available)
- Jane x Flokie: too early to tell how many kids ( does and pet wethers )
- Flurette x Uncas: 1 kid for sale ( doe or pet wether)
- Freda x Uncas: 2 kids for sale ( does pet wether)
Please contact me about purchasing one of our Nigerian Dwarf kids by e-mail: email@example.com
This was my first attempt at an oriental design pattern. I wanted to keep it easy and hook by using the “outline and fill” technique. I knew the main colors that I wanted to use and so dyed the blue, red and green wool for this project. I took it all to Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School, sponsored by the McGown Guild and began it there with the guidance of a Certified teacher.
Two of the dyes I used for this rug are from the Prisms book by Claire deRoos & Nancy MacLennan: Mandarin Red and Chinese Jade. I am sorry to say that took poor notes from that time and did not write the year it was begun or finished, the teacher that helped me put it all together and the other dyes used. My sincere apologies to the teacher.
Two things I learned by hooking this rug is how to hook a round shaped rug without losing the shape and to take better notes.
Suliman Center pattern can be purchased from the Honey Bee Hive company.
Working with Children
All my adult life I have worked with children, teaching Sunday school, volunteering for Girl Scouts, 4-H or a doing a specialty class, and I have found it to be a joy. The photo above is a project I did for the Taft Public Library in Mendon, MA. This rug was designed by me. I also provided the wool and used a frame that could seat four. I held twice weekly hooking sessions for two months. I so enjoyed seeing and working with the youngest children after the Wednesday story hour. And I varied my time so I could catch the after school aged youth from the Middle and High schools. Most caught on after a quick lesson and the little ones loved “fishing” for “worms” under the backing. The two year olds needed the most help but returned each week to add a few more loops. This is the finished rug, which was raffled off to help raise funds for the new children’s room when the Library moves to it’s new location within the Town.
Pictured below are three hooked mats that were made several years ago by my daughters. The finished mats were entered into their local 4-H County Fair. The mats are designed by Patsy Becker, Hooked by Olivia, Emma, and Molly Gould. I use these mats all the time as Hot Pads during the holiday season and they have held up well to their continual use.
I love working with children and hope to find a ways to continue this enjoyable work
Work is Love Made Visible.
I don’t talk much about my husband George, but he is the rock in my life. He makes all things possible here at the farm; dairy goats, family life and my craft. I had been wanting to make a rug that would express my love and devotion to him. And I am a strong believer in the old saying “Work is love made visible”. Rugs are work; choosing the right pattern, dying wool, and the physical act of pulling loops through the backing.
When I saw the Wedded Bliss pattern by Patsy Becker with its old New England charm I knew it would be perfect. I dyed my first gradation swatches for the woman’s gown and the gentleman’s coat and trousers and the background was a learning experience. I have well water and spot dyed with Cushing’s Khaki Drab. As I hooked I found I was short on wool and so had to dye some more. I found that the mineral content in my water varies by season and this made it difficult to get an exact match…some more hard work to get it right.
The photos do not do it justice. The eye’s are outlined with just two threads of wool and the lace on the cap and sleves look lovely. This rug is one of my favorites and my love shines through in this rug, Wedded Bliss. Pattern by Patsy Becker. 36 x 24 inches. Won First Place at the Big E and a Sponcers Rosette and prize. Finished in 2005.
Chatterbox the Squirrel
Chatterbox the Squirrel pattern was chosen in 2003 because I had a red squirrel infestation in my attic. At night I could hear them running around and chirping and one morning I even found a baby squirrel in the living room! I quickly found a company that could remove them humanely using exit tubes and while I waited for them to leave I hooked Chatterbox the Squirrel.
This rug was hooked using found and recycled wool clothing. I knew I wanted Chatterbox to be reddish-brown and used red browns to deep pinks in the body and tail. I used the same brown wool in the oak leaves and acorns. The bittersweet is a lovely yellow and red. The challenge of this particular rug was using wools that were given to me by hooking friends or found at the local thrift store.
Chatterbox is not smoothly blended, uses found wool, and has a primitive feel. I love this rug because all of the images can be found here at Sisters Three Farm: red squirrels, oak trees and bittersweet.
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