This rug is named after one of our favorite Saanen goats named Ida Red. Ida Red was in a family tree where all the offspring were named after apples. When we stopped showing this breed of goats I wanted to honor and memorialize the breed and chose Ida Red to hook as a rug.
The pattern was drawn by Leonard Feenan and my teacher for this rug was Judy Carter and was hooked by me. I enjoyed Judy’s class in Lancaster, PA very much and went back for a second class the year after to start a second project.
Boston Baked Beans
I just love hooking rugs that have meaning to me and my family. The story behind this piece is that a few years ago while my daughter Molly was home from school feeling ill, we sat on the couch together and looked through several rug hooking pattern books. Molly saw this pattern, Boston Baked Beans by Pat Hornufus and we both loved it. First of all it resonates with us because we love pigs. Our first pig was a Gloucestershire Old Spot who eventually found a home at a well known family destination farm for the public to see. You see she had to leave us because she just got so big we could not contain her safely. She was pictured on their Christmas Cards for several years and lived a long happy life. Secondly, because one of our favorite family foods is my homemade Boston Baked Beans which we serve frequently with summer barbecues and pot luck meals.
I tweeked the pattern by redrawing the pigs body to make it more conformationally correct. The pig is shaded with a six value swatch over-dyed on natural wool. The sky is a simple spot dye and the red building is left over wool from my Creative Crewel rug. This rug hooked up quickly because it was so much fun!.
Heroic Scrolls is a pattern designed by Jane McGown Flynn and purchased through Honey Bee Hive. I began this pattern in April 2016 at the Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School with Ingrid Heironimus. This pattern is not my usual type of rug but I had a few goals in mind when choosing this pattern. The first was to learn to shade with spot dyes, to attend a school that I had not attended in several years, and be a student of a teacher I had never had before.
The Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School was lovely. It is held in an older hotel on the ocean and all rooms have ocean views! The afternoon tea in the lobby is excellent. Unfortunately, I came down with the Flu mid week and had to miss a few days, but on the whole I had en enjoyable time and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks to my roommate for being so nice during my illness.
The pattern is 34″ x 54″, on linen and the scrolls are huge. My choice of cut wool strips was #5 for the scrolls and #6 for the background. My teacher Ingrid Heironimus, owner of Ragg Tyme Studio in Canada, is an excellent teacher. Not only did she spend time with each student but did special group lessons each day of class.
So, what did I learn? Shading with spot dyes is possible and lovely, a new school experience is good even if you become ill, having a new teacher pushes your boundaries in a good way. Happy Hooking! Now off to a new project.
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
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.
Pattern: Pineapple Threshold W.Cushing Com. 22 x 40
Teacher: Jessie Prentice. finished in 2003
Welcome! The photo above is the very first rug I hooked upon returning to New England after living in the midwest. I found a group, a teacher and I walked into the room and said I wanted to hook a New England themed rug, a pineapple welcome. The following week Jessie presented me with this 22 x 40 inch half round pattern. I started to hook and have never looked back. It did however take me almost two years to complete as I had three small daughters to attend to and a farm.
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. Pattern: Harry M Fraser, Teacher: Jessie Prentice. Hooked by: Ellen Gould 2003-04
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.
Wedded Bliss 36 x 24
Pattern by Patsy Becker
Hooked and dyed wool by Ellen Gould. 2 through 5 cuts on burlap. 2005
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.
Designed by Ellen Gould, Hooked by the children and Youth of Taft Public Library 2015.