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Still working on the center of this behemoth–36″ x 88″.  Can’t wait to get beyond this center!!

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Little People Home

I found this box at the ATHA biennial auction and brought it home. The creator painted an old silverware keeper and lined it with soft wool. She meant the box to be a place to store cutter heads, but I found my little creature I use on little houses I make, fit perfectly! I love the recycling that went into her box.DSC03248

Orange Moth

Hooked from a painting by ANN WILLEY within a contract between us. I’m selling the pattern on my web site. Believe me, her work is delightful to hook. And I am so enjoying working with her on this project. I have about a dozen to go! I do one of my own designs, then hers.  Fun, fun, fun. And I will be bringing them to my workshops. –Sharon

You are the perfect person to work with Ann Willey as you both have the same sense of whimsey and colour style. Beautiful works!!” — comment by Susan Sutherland

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Ann Willey lives and works in Michigan.  Interestingly, her paintings seem enchanting and other worldly to me. She has a beautiful line of small posters and greeting cards printed from her paintings. that she sells on several web sites. But she does not sell hooked rug patterns.  So I convinced her that I could turn some of her work into rug patterns.  I think her art is magical and fresh.  I have contracted with her for many more works. Look for the patterns on sale on my website, http://www.offthehookwoolrugs.com  under “NEW”.  Enjoy!

 

My hooked rug (below))             and Ann Willey’s original.FACE corrected           face

Believe me this background was a joy to hook. I originally tried to make my background shapes the same as hers, but soon gave up. Now, mine are similar.

Butterfly Garden

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“Butterfly Garden” —  24″ x 30″  These little ladies l) girls everywhere–girls who have ever wanted to capture this beautiful insect, put her in a lidded mason jar, poke holes in the cap,and get a closeup look at beauty before releasing them.

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I especially enjoyed making imaginery flowers–no rules, no perfect lines. I had a lot of input and a lot of fun doing it!

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HOT FLASH!

For those of you following the lifestyle of 55+ retirement living…the above notice was handed to me at my door today.  The neighbors got together and decided someone had blown leaves INTO their carports. Well!! They took action. Now someone is coming early tomorrow morning to blow the leaves back out(if we have our car removed).

In the above carport photo you can see the disaster.I’ll try to provide an “after” photo tomorrow.

You can come to your own conclusions…

Sari silk use

To be able to use Sari silk easily, I follow these for steps:

  1.  Unbundle the skein and stretch it lengthwise
  2. Cut through each end of the hoop
  3. Place the two bunches together
  4. Tie in the middle and cut any other that held them together in the skein
  5. You now have well mannered, worm length pieces to hook withsari 004 step2 step3 step4
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