Monday, May 19, 2014

Northern Lights Rug Hooking Camp

Northern Lights Rug Hooking Camp (13th Annual)
July 22 - 25, 2014 in Crosslake, MN

Teachers will be Sally Kallin of Pine Island Primitives ( and Carol Dunn of Primitives by Carol Rae (

There will be a beginning rug hooking class on Thursday, July 24 for new/beginning rug hookers.

Crosslake is 20 minutes north of Brainerd, 2 1/2 hours north of Minneapolis and 3 hours east of Fargo - located in the heart of the wonderful Whitefish Chain of lakes.

For more information check out the web site at

Thursday, September 26, 2013


I survived another North Country Fiber Fair!  Here is my booth at NCFF last weekend.

It was a great weekend with great fiber people.  If you are ever in north east South Dakota (Watertown) the 3rd weekend of September you need to go to NCFF, especially if you are a knitter, spinner, weaver, etc.  Lots of woolly goodness to be had!

I am going to be teaching a beginning rug hooking class in Fargo, ND at Rae-Bon Sewing Center on November 23, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm.  This is what students will be working on.

The pumpkin measures 7 1/2" x 5" and can be used as a candle mat, trivet or just as decoration.  Check out Rae-Bon's website for more information.

More exciting news to share but have to finalize some information before I can go public...  stay tuned!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

catching up...

After 5 months I thought it was time to post another progress report on my rug. I got it done in April but summer has been so busy I have not had the time to post anything. Here is the Horses With Heart rug completed.
It measures 35 1/2" x 16" and is my own design. I really like the background! If you are in the Fargo, ND area today - I am vending at the Fargo Fiber Arts Festival at Rheault Farms. It is open 12 to 5 pm today.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

rug progress...

Just a short post as I have not accomplished much on my rug this last week.  Here is a small portion of the background that I got filled in.  I am really loving the way the different wools are hooking up!

All I have to say about spring is:  THE GROUNDHOG LIED!!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rug progress and SNOW

I have been hooking along on my rug and spend about 4 hours on it yesterday while it snowed.

starting on the background
I decided on 6 wools for the background that are off white, beige and light grey in textures and solids. I cut them all up, mixed them up good in a big pile and put them in a bag.  The bag sits by my chair and I pull a strip out and hook it in. The wools are blending nicely as I hook them in and I am really happy with my progress.

background wools

What I am not happy about is the SNOW!  I am so over winter!  We got about another 4 - 6 inches yesterday, that after a night of light freezing rain.  Thankfully the temps yesterday were in the upper 30s so the ice melted off the power lines and most everything else before the wind came up last night. There was no snow on the deck railing or the solar lights or the flowers before the storm.

Even this guy looks like he is ready for spring!

warmer weather please!
 Was amazed this solar light got enough rays through the snow yesterday to shine for a couple hours last night!

Now, off to work on my rug some more...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

what I am working on...

Here is a picture of what I am currently working on ...

horse's head
 It is a design I drew up.  It has been rattling around in my head for quite awhile and I finally got it out and on to paper a couple weeks ago.  I am trying a few new things with this rug:

1) I am hooking the whole rug in an 8.5 cut.  I have done areas of other rugs in an 8.5 cut but never a whole rug.  I have had to hand cut some strips down to fit into areas but overall I am liking the cut size.  The rug has been hooking up quickly using the larger cut size.

2) I am hooking this design on Dorr unbleached linen.  I have only hooked one other rug on linen - it was small and over 8 years ago.  I normally use monks cloth and wanted to give linen a try as most people seem to prefer linen over monks cloth.  At this point I am not hating it but it IS different than using monks cloth.  I never noticed how much monks cloth stretches on a frame until using this linen!

Well, that is all for today.  I will post pictures of my progress.. now off to figure out what color the background will be.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays to all!  Here are some pictures of rugs I have finished this fall...

Sunflower, about 13" round, my own design.  Background is purple but does not show well in picture.

Tweetle Dee, a Red Rockets design.  about 14" x 17".  Love the bright colors, whipped with a verigated yarn of yellow, red and orange.

Oh Christmas Tree, about 13" x 15", my own design.  Tree is a dark texture that is not showing up well in the picture.  This is hanging on the wall and looks to be our tree for Christmas this year.

Pumpkins, 6" x 8", my own design.  Top 2 are done with the same textured wool.  2nd row left was a nifty plaid, 2nd row right was done with leftover scraps of reds, browns, oranges in textures and solids.  Bottom was done in scraps of off white textures and solids.

Just finished stitching this one!  Frosty Mugs by Threads That Bind, 11" x 47".  All wool with pearl cotton thread.  Will be a Christmas gift for my friend Christy.

I have one New Year's resolution:  I need to blog more!