Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Mr. MacGregor

Mr. MacGregor - hooked by Kris Miller
Pattern adapted from Lori Brechlin Folk Art by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2006
monks:  $36.00
linen:  $46.00
dimensions:  20" x 22"

Mr. MacGregor is such a dapper gent and a good companion rug to Ah Tis Spring.  I hooked him from the same Harris Tweet as Miss Bunny.  I wish I still had more of that lovely tweed!  I used a soft turquoise and purple plaid for the background. Hooking purple flowers was the perfect choice to make everything work together.  

I learned a lot about hit and miss when I hooked the tabs on the sides.  I learned about values and which colors stand out and which ones tend to fade into the background.  I discovered that many times, putting complementary colors together was the answer.  For instance, hooking a strip of blue next to a row of orange helped each color keep their identity. Using lots of textured wool adds interest to the tabs as well.

Here is another version of Mr. MacGregor, hooked by Deb Wilson.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Ah Tis Spring

Ah Tis Spring - Hooked by Kris Miller
Pattern adapted from Lori Brechlin Folk Art by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2010
Monks:  $40.00
Linen:  $51.00
Dimensions:  19" x 26"

This sweet little Miss Rabbit was such a joy to hook!  I had a small piece of Harris tweed that I used to hook her face and hands.  It was the perfect "rabbit" color.  Since her dress is such a large part of the design, I decided to break up some of that space with some quillie buttons.  A great waffle-like textured wool was perfect for her basket.  I drew some swirls and squiggles into the background to give a little more energy to the background....I figured that rabbits are probably pretty giddy when spring finally arrives!

Here are a few more hooked samples of this happy pattern:

Hooked by Pam Cannon

Hooked by Sue Dollhopt

I think it's interesting to see both hooked differently...a light and a dark background....and they are both equally delightful!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Vagabond Rabbit

Vagabond Rabbit - Hooked by Kris Miller
Pattern (c) 2006 Kris Miller/Spruce Ridge Studios
Monks:  $30.00
Linen:  $40.00
Dimensions:  13" x 20"

This rug appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine as a free pattern insert.  I have seen many hooked versions of this design and they are all delightful!  It amazes me to see the different techniques and variety in everyone's interpretation.

I hooked my mat with all "as-is" textured wool.  Some people ask me what "as-is" is simply wool that has come off the bolt and has not had its color altered in any way.  There was no dyed woolens used in this mat.  Since Rebecca Erb and I collaborated on the article for RHM, she supplied the wool for this mat.

After I hooked my Vagabond Rabbit, I found an adorable rabbit Christmas ornament and also a redware plate with a rabbit on it so I felt like 2006 was the year of the rabbit!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Federal Pineapple

Federal Pineapple - Hooked by Carol Trumbull
Pattern (c) Keith Kemmer for Spruce Ridge Studios
Small:  27.5" x 37.75"
monks:  $56.00   linen:  $72.00
Large:  34.5" x 47.75"
monks:  $82.00    linen:  $102.00

This stunning rug was hooked by Carol Trumbull who was a student in my class at the Holland Rug Camp in 2014.  It was a gift to her son and daughter-in-law for their new home.  Her colors are soft and inviting.  She used just enough red to give everything a "pop" and the antique black background is perfect to show off the golds and greens.  Beautiful!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Have Ye Any Wool

Have Ye Any Wool-hooked by Kris Miller
(c) 2009 Kris Miller/Spruce Ridge Studios
monks:  $42.00    linen:  $53.00
dimensions:  25.25" x 27"

I hooked this rug and taught this pattern at a workshop where the participants learned several fun techniques.  We made quillie circles, hooked with roving, created a fun bird's eye, talked about hooking letters, and did a little hit and miss in the top corners.

This rug is really near and dear to my heart because my real wooly animals served as models.  My Wensleydale sheep, Emma, was the inspiration for the sheep...she really does pose like a "show sheep" sometimes.  The roving used to hook the sheep was from a dearly beloved pet sheep who died about 7 or 8 years ago.  I couldn't think of a better way to memorialize him than to put his fleece into a rug. I don't have any orange goats but my angora goat, Zack, was the inspiration for the middle critter.  And I don't have any chickens (remember-Jamie Fox lives here!) but I thought that rooster looked very regal perched up on the top. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Majestic

Majestic - hooked by Gail Soltar
Pattern design adapted from the artwork of PJ Rankin-Hults by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2005
Monks:  $45.00
Linen:  $58.00
dimensions:  30.5" x 24.5"

This bird really is majestic, isn't it?  I love the soft colors that Gail hooked into her rug as well as the gentle variation of shading in the breast feathers.  All the colors were pulled into the side tabs which helps move your eye around the rug. Notice that the outside of the tabs are all hooked in the gray/blue values but the colors vary inside the tabs.  They still look similar without being exactly the same.  The red tulips mimic the colors in an old fraktur.  
Here is another version of Majestic, hooked by Rhonda Thistlethwaite.  I worked with her on this pattern several years ago at the Holland Rug Camp.  We changed the shape of the bird's head just a little bit and eliminated the breast feathers.  It looks more gentle and more like a dove to me.  We added smaller tabs that went all the way around the rug. Rhonda brought the red color of the tulips out to the border.  The gold background is fabulous with the blue gray color of the bird.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Holly & Ewe

Holly & Ewe - hooked by Kris Miller
Pattern (c) 2010 Kris Miller/Spruce Ridge Studios
Monks:  $40.00  
Linen:  $50.00
Dimensions:  20" x 27"

To continue on the theme of Santa, here is another favorite Santa rug that I have hooked.  I designed this for a workshop a few years ago and it had several different techniques for the participants to try.  They learned how to hook the eyes on Santa and the sheep - I call them "realistic primitive eyes."  Also hooking with roving (the sheep), Waldoboro style sculpting with wool strips (the holly berries), sculpting roving (pom-pom on Santa's hat) and crochet edge finish with wool strips.  It was fun to see how everyone hooked variations in their Santa project.  
Judy was one of the participants and hooked this stunning white Santa, using sheep curls for the beard.  It was a challenge to color plan and hook this rug in all pale neutrals but Judy did a great job.