Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Sunflower Witch

Sunflower Witch - hooked by Pat Cross
Design by Lori Brechlin/Adapted by Spruce Ridge Studios (c)2009
Monks:  $42.00
Linen:  $52.00
Dimensions:  21" x 26"

Here is another great rug from Pat Cross.  She calls this witch Agatha.  Just like yesterday's rug, she used a dark background and kept the rest of the colors brighter so they stand out.  The perfect choice for Agatha's dress is purple with a coordinating hat.  I think green is also the perfect choice for Agatha's skin tone!  The pattern has a skeleton key drawn around the witch's neck, which can be hooked, but attaching a real key adds an extra touch of whimsy to this rug.

Here is another version of Sunflower Witch, hooked by Dawn Walczak.  She used a lighter lavender background and dressed her witch in darker colors.  The original pattern has little pumpkin faces drawn in the center of the sunflowers, which is a clever twist to a plain sunflower.  

One design, two rugs, two variations....both delightful!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rug Of The Day - A Witch's Walk

A Witch's Walk - Hooked by Pat Cross
Adapted from Lori Brechlin folk art by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2012
Monks:  $50.00
Linen:  $66.00
Dimensions:  24" x 32"

I am a big fan of anything that Pat Cross hooks and this rug is no exception.  Because of the dark sky, Pat had to keep everything else lighter so it would show up against the background.  The Witch's green and purple dress are perfect!  I love that the Witch has gray hair (don't we all?) Notice the wonky white houses with the purple doors and the orange roof tops, with the lazy orange moon just hanging in the sky.

There are small stars within circles drawn in the sky on the original pattern  but Pat chose to hook colorful orbs instead.  They add mystery to the night sky and carry the color around the rug.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rug Of The Day - American Sheep

 American Sheep - Hooked by Jan Hammond
Pattern adapted from Lori Brechlin Folk Art by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2008
monks:  $52.00
linen:  $66.00
dimensions:  32.5" x 26"

This is a wonderful Americana design that covers everything a rug hooker, white and blue....a wooly  I especially love the bunting blanket on the sheep.  The stars on the bunting are kind of small, so Jan sewed on star buttons, which worked perfectly.  You could also hook those small stars with my star technique using a #9 cut strip.  If you ever take a class from me, ask me to show you how!  It's fun and simple to do.

Here is another American Sheep hooked by Kathleen Keithley.  
I love to see the variety of how one pattern can be hooked in so many different ways!

I was at the Rock Creek Hook-In in Lenexa, Kansas last week-end and Pam Mayfield hooked this version of American Sheep.  It was part of the lovely rug show that was set up at one end of the gymnasium.  The gray sheep and yellowish background are fabulous!

I will be on the road quite a bit over the next month or so.  I might not be able to post a rug every day but I will certainly keep posting.  I have heard so many kind comments about how you are all enjoying Rug Of The Day and I thank you for your support!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Emma's Garden

Emma's Garden - Designed and hooked by Kris Miller (c)2008
monks:  $40.00
linen:  $50.00
dimensions:  22" x 25.25"

I designed this pattern for a technique class.  The students learned proddy, beading, hooking with paisley, and hooking with roving and sheep curls.  I named this pattern after my Wensleydale sheep, Emma.  I added a whimsical bird because Emma likes to chase birds when they land in her pen.  Emma is not afraid of many things; I have even seen her approach the fence line as Jamie Fox was trotting along in the grass on the other side.

I used some of Emma's curls from her first shearing for the accent area along the face.  I hooked her ear three-dimensionally, using a proddy strip and sewing the two pieces together.  

Here is the real Emma.
And here is Emma's Garden, hooked by Linda Brown.

If you are interested in hooking with roving and sheep curls, click on the tab at the top of the page and you will find a tutorial on how to do this.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Trout

Trout - hooked by Kris Miller
Pattern designed by (c) Keith Kemmer
monks:  $70.00
linen:  $86.00
dimensions:  54" x 20"

I hooked this rug for my husband back in 2001.  He told me that this was a brown trout and gave me some visuals to help with the colors.  This was one of my first attempts at trying to dye wool to match a picture.  I was still very much a newbie and it took many pots of yellow dye to finally get the yellow values that satisfied me.  I used #4-#6 cuts for the entire rug.  If I were to hook this now, I would definitely use much wider cuts for the water since there is a lot of area to cover!  There are a lot of little circles on this fish...I was certainly glad to get all of them hooked so I could move on to filling in the rest of the body.

I was in Baton Rouge last week, teaching at the Red Stick Rug Camp.  The weather was a balmy 72 degrees for most of the week and I enjoyed the sun and seeing the flowers blooming.  My class was so much fun!  Everyone worked very hard and got a lot of hooking done.  Kelly was one of my students and she decided to hook the Trout pattern.  She chose some very non-traditional colors for her fish, which I told her were completely "out of my box" but we were going to make it work.  Kelly is an artist and a lovely hooker so her fish was looking outstanding on the last day of class.  She sent me an email last night with her progress.  I think it is wonderful and I might add that she works quite fast!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty - hooked by Kris Miller
Adapted from the folk art of Lori Brechlin by Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2006
Monks:  $50.00
Linen:  $ 64.00
Dimensions:  26" x 30.5"

I have always loved Lady Liberty.  I think she is the ultimate symbol in really great patriotic folk art.  I love her blowing, billowy skirt and her tiny little feet.  Her eye is just a tad too big for her head, but I wouldn't change a thing about it.  I tell people that Miss Liberty is "all-knowing" and that is why she needs a big eye. (LOL)
I love the flag blowing on that skinny flag pole with that funny little spear shape at the top.  And the spindly flower stems with the patriotic blossoms just sort of waving in the breeze.  

I hooked the letters and numbers in a medium brown textured wool.  Using a darker color would have made them too noticeable and would have detracted from the overall flow of the design.   

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Lucky Stars Chair Pad

Lucky Stars Chair Pad
14" diameter
Designed and hooked by Kris Miller

Lucky Stars Chair Pad is a project/free pattern found in my book Introduction To Rug Hooking.  Each project teaches a different lesson or technique that is useful to both beginners and experienced rug hookers. This particular lesson teaches about hooking nice crisp star points.  You can also use this technique in other objects that have a sharp angle (bird beaks, leaf tips, pointed animal ears, etc).  Besides the tutorial for the chair pad, there are step-by-step instructions for binding/whipping the edges with yarn.  

I have some peeled pine rustic chairs in my studio class room area and I put this charming chair pad on one of the seats.  It's a great primitive look and really dresses up the chair.  You could choose a different color plan for your chair pad.  I think a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue would be fabulous!