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My Friend’s Sunflower Hooked Rug from PEI

5 Jul

nice mat….did you do it yourself?
I have to be in every picture, you guys…
Cindy’s original Sunflower mat with some of our wool
I could have done that myself….

This morning bright and early my hooker friend and her son visited Jack and I. It was quite a job getting a picture of them with the mat as you can see. It is not finished as she came for more wool to finish it. Later on she’s coming back for more pieces from my rag bin. What we do not use does not go to waste, someone else can use it. That’s what they used to do in the past, when things were used not thrown out.

I have fresh new baskets of of rags that I sell for those who have to have just one more color. I also have a great selection of MacAusland’s PEI  http://www.macauslandswoollenmills.com/ wool yarn and Briggs and Little New Brunswick (http://www.briggsandlittle.com wool yarn in different plies for either knitting or hooking. We use this wool yarns for both hooking and for whipping around the edges of our mats. It’s an Island tradition to hook in both rags and yarn so we like to carry on with the traditional materials as much as possible.

It’s fun to learn to hook for yourself….

You may get to help us work on a mat if you drop by. There is usually a seat at the big mat frame. We have lots of new patterns that are hot-off-the-press too. Cheers, for today from Jack and Shirlee.

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Hand-hooked eagle to fly on the weekend on PEI..

7 Jun



boring….wool…



She should be flying over Mount Stewart by Friday for the weekend of the Hillsborough Eagle Festival. I’ve decided that I should tell you how things are going and what I’m actually doing to bore Jack so much. I have hand-dyed the blue sky…
I have cut the wool into strips with the strip cutter and keep the strips in order so that I can hook them consecutively…looks easy but it’s a little hard on the brain….every long strip in order, so that the mottled dye job will represent the colors in the blue sky.
keeping track is worth the trouble…you’ll see…
Then you can get the full effect in the sky; but you have to look closely at the real thing. For some unknown reason the lighter spots on the wool hooked in around the bird…if I tried to do it, it probably would not work like that. Looks like I planned it that way; did you know that rug-hooking is like everything else in life: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but always plug away anyway. I won this round so far but…I will not show you the finished ground in the piece until tomorrow….or until it works as well as the sky did….



she’s flying over Mount Stewart PEI….



Now here is the latest version of her, flying happily over Mount Stewart – the river is in the shape of an S according to Rosemary Curley who sent me a Google map of the area…something mostly seen only by eagles  and other fliers.

Dogs and Eagles and Babies and Flowers

4 Jun

I never get anything done around here. Too many projects and not enough time for them all. so I do what I feel like doing and works for me. Housework is not on my radar, not even close so when you visit, you’ll notice but I have good intentions, just not great intentions to waste my time slaving over dust.




I don’t know why she plants more flowers…

 


I can hook but she won’t let me…





Dar..n baby; they think she’s cute and cuddly…

 


And Barry is no Better…old things…



And the birds are just plain weird around here…

These pics tell you why…. i never get anything done in the line of a day….

Hand Hooked Eagle for Eagle Festival

4 Jun
You can’t have the chair..

Because we are going to be demonstrating rug hooking at the Eagle Festival next weekend in Mount Stewart, just a few miles from here, we’ll be donating one of the prizes for their fund-raising raffle. I understand that first prize will be a trip to an eagle’s nest. That would be quite the win for a naturalist or adventourous person, wouldn’t it?  I am not sure how that compares to winning our original design of Canadian maple leaves on a traditions piece you could win it and take it home for your own ‘seat’.  If all goes well this week, our eagle wall-hanging will be hooked and ready for viewing, if not it will will be our demonstration piece as we show folks how it is done in the traditional Island way. Perhaps we’ll see you there.

Forget Me Not………….

23 May
Jack Running through the Forget Me Nots

Yesterday Jack and I borrowed some of the neighbor’s rhubarb again and stole a few pictures of their hug patch of Forget-Me-Nots. Ours are not out yet and we tilled most of them rather than deal with the weeds in the front garden. Anyway, Jack made sure the house was safe and soundas they were away for the week.

On the rughooking side of things, I am creating an eagle for the Mt. Stewart Eagle Festival in June. love starting a new project….jack tho is not always happy as I get focused on something other than him.

This is spring on PEI

18 May

Jack was the look-out as I picked Wendell’s rhubarb yesterday……





While I took rhubarb..

 Poor doggie today…Jack can’t decide whether he’s going or coming ’cause I have the door open…..first spring he’s been here …..actually he’s going out one door and in another, most times with a stick or shell(from my seashore stash),,,checking to see me and off again…I feel the same way……

Proud Mommy Duck

17 May



you ‘re a nice mommy

 The chick has survived another Jack-attack and is soooo sweet. (I have survived a day with new Windows 7). While her own precious eggs  are yet to hatch, she has hatched out the little chick.

progress is fleeting

27 Apr
I could lick it….

or I could smell it…whatever…

Today it is cold and windy outside and not a bit like spring – perfect for hooking tho, as you can see. I am making progress but photographing the mat is hard to do when you have a little help from your friends.

New Cavendish mat and progress on ship

15 Apr

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This little house was hooked by sister, Bette and is now going to grace a home in USA. The Cavendish is the latest one I’ve done. And my ship is taking shape. Cheers for now.