Working with Children

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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.2015-06-03 17.47.11 HDR

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.

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Wedded Bliss Rug

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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 My Rug Colection 005in 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, My Rug Colection 004Wedded 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.


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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.