Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are you game for a toothsome online class?

Here I am at the shore of Lake Huron near the Fishing Islands.  I love the wonderful, beautiful place I live and consequently I've hooked many landscapes. I've learned so much over time and now I'd like to share this with you.
 I hope you are eager to dive into a new topic in this summer's lab study. We will dive into landscapes and how to make them more artistic.  What do we need to consider and how can we get some "feeling" into our pieces? And this lab is everything you are looking for to develop your skills doing ANY hooking where you require depth including portraits!
 I'll be providing a new beautiful pattern, great visuals,  help with fabrics and maybe even dyeing aid if needed, I will be interacting with you as though we were together. You can use your own fabrics or order some of mine. Just let me know what you'd like. I encourage the use of many "kinds of stuff" to hook with in this lab.
The project will not be large, about 9 X13" but it can be enlarged if you wish. The concepts are easy and so fruitful!
At $100, this lab is a fraction of going to rug school and you can work in your pyjamas and anytime during the day or night. 
Our Lab will commence August 5th! You will have 3 months access to class with the bulk of information being presented in the first month but I will attend to you during all three months.

Everyone is welcome to join even if they just finished studying on this in person.
I'm so looking forward to working with you on my favourite topic! 

How do these classes work?
I present you with any digital materials, pattern, notes on transferring etc I think you need or you ask for.
I start presenting lessons in the lab once a week or every 10 days or so. 
You ask any and all questions you need to. I answer your questions tailored to suit your needs and experience.
You do the required work, send in homework for help or commentary. Ask more questions if you need to.
You move on to the next lesson.
You have 3 months to complete the lab.
We all have a ball.

When can I join?
You can join this class anytime and your 3 months will start ticking away.
It is more lively to join the class when it is first introduced because you can interact with all the participants as well as myself.
Can anyone take this class?
Yes even if you are a beginner and have never taken a class online or just learned to hook.
This class is meant for Mat members only, to take this class you must be a member.

Please send any other questions about this lab to Join our landscape lab right here.
See you there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Warm Dark Wandering

Contrary to the title this is not a dyeing formula inspired by a nighttime search for the water closet.

It is for this amazing wool:
Over 1/2 yd natural wool using my Majic Carpet Dyes and my wandering dye method.

Toasty Warm Dark Wandering
1/4 tsp. Yellow
1/8th tsp. Orange
1/8th tsp. Blue
1/8th tsp. Blue Violet
3/8th tsp. Black

Join the free Majic Carpet Dye Club for more a cool dark wandering formula - go here and look on the comment wall.
Happy Dyeing

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Manistee Ten - Making Rugs of Distinction

Here is a list I made in 2008 of important key things to think about when you want to hook rugs of distinction.

Know yourself and what you want and like, then do it.
Use a full range of values, that means white and black and every value step between.
Create glow
Create iridescent events
Let the rug tell a story, something happened, something is happening, something is about to happen
Let your rug be meaningful for you
Go beyond expected outcomes
Have new experiences
Don't look to rug hookers to see how or what to hook - this is key!
Try anything you may think of, if you can think it, you can do it.

You CAN do anything you wish, just make a start, you have to put something in to know what to take out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time to blossom

I'm not sure you know what you are capable of.
I think you extend yourself only so long as it feels comfortable.

Sometimes you even put on the appearance of others to sop in their "significance"

Where are you? Are you in there?
It's time to come out and play.

Who cares if you fail or incur some criticism?
Isn't that just part of being authentic?
Even the most boring and goofed up display or version of yourself is leagues greater than a copy of someone else.

Be your own magician,hero or idol.
Don't look up to others, look up to yourself.
You are right there waiting to blossom.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dyeing in a Wanderful Way

Today on The Welcome Mat we are trying something brand spanking new in Dyeing Matters.
Look at my results:

We are doing it two ways.... two videos full of great, fun instructions and lots of photos and I answer all your questions.
I can't wait to hook this up!
(You know Vim is a great product, just saying....)

Wanna get you some of that?
Join us here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rug Show TODAY In Owen Sound, Ontario

some of my gorgeous co-ordin8s

I'm sitting here writing to you when I should be getting my presentable on. I'm vending at the Lee Manor Rug Show. You should see the amazing beauties I'm bringing and that is just my wonderful assistant (what a stupid word to describe her) saviour.
We've got wool, wool, lovely piles of wool and more and even more!

Tons of Majic Carpet dyes, Wandawear, nylons, handspun, hand dyed yarn, my rugs to see and even some great deals.

Yes I'm bringing my famous Flesh Pot

Ok here the blurb, the who, what whenfor and where, no one needs to ask why do they? It's all for the love of hooking!!!!

You are invited to attend The Lee Manor Rug Show March 29th, 2015.
It will be held from 12:00 until 4 pm at the Lee Manor Nursing Home Auditorium, look for the signs.
There is a tea room, rugs to see and vendors Cozy Nook, WandaWorks, Freda McDonnell, and Holly McLay to date. There will be cutter and scissor sharpening available.
Admisson $3

875 6th St. E Owen Sound Ontario.

See you there!


PS am I the only person you know who takes a dressmaker's dummy with her everywhere she goes?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dyeing For Simple Formulas?

Today is dyeing day on The Welcome Mat.
We are focusing on simple ways to increase our number of dye formulas, a safe way to depart from dye books!

These beauties are the contents of my article, products of the three main dye companies hookers use.  

I'd like to share a Majic Carpet formula with you.
I think this colour would make an interesting background.

Soft Gill Algae
note: it is a little lighter in real life

1/8th yd of natural wool in a microwave dye bath method ( you can use any dye bath method)
Soft Gill Algae
1/128th tsp. Chocolate Brown
1/128th tsp. Moss Green

Happy dyeing!

Monday, March 2, 2015

March! Already

March is a month unlike any other as it has a directive for action built right in!
March requires movement.

Yesterday I compiled my plans for the month, will I be able to do it all?
Who cares? So what if I don't?
At least I have written down what needs to be done, all in one place and can stop juggling them in my mind. When I drop a ball in that dark chasm, it is often lost for several woolly days.

Every other week on The Welcome Mat I produce formulas just like I do for Rug Hooking Magazine, using all three main dye companies.
On opposing weeks I post my past articles which are now free from contractual agreement.

There are new fresh things and great stand bys too. The best thing?
 I'm right there to answer your questions when you ask them.

Last week I published some terrific formulas there that just happened to be among the first I wrote.
I was dyeing for this rug, My English Garden.

Here are a couple for you to try. You will see at the bottom the original swatch samples, If you'd like to make a swatch of this formula use 1 cup of water total.
If you would like to make a swatch that will actually shade something well use twice as much dye in each jar. This is what will make a perfect value gradation according to the gray scale. Why settle for something less?
I learned this the hard way. Double every jar!  It doesn't matter which measure you start at 1/32 to 1/4 or even 1/2 tsp ( you will need more dye) the next one should be double- 1/6th , 1/2 or 1 if we are considering our examples.

All samples are dyed over 1/8th yd of natural or white wool.
I dye all my samples in the microwave, I start with boiling water from the stove kettle. I pour 6 cups of water into an 8 cup receptacle.
I add the dye, the wet wool, stir well by pushing the wool back and forth through the water.
Cook for two one minute intervals on full power then half power, stir well and do it again.
Stir again add a small amount of acid. If fine grained use about 1/32 tsp. If coarse grained use about 1/4 tsp. Stir wool some more .
Process for one more  interval.
The water should be clear, if not leave dye receptacle standing with a news paper lid for 10 minutes or so.
Rinse well, dry the way you like!
Thorn Shine - Majic Carpet  I love this colour
1/32 tsp. Reddish Brown
1/32 tsp. Blue
Here it is in light to dark samples

Rosdelion Majic Carpet 
1/32 tsp Chocolate Brown
1/32 tsp. Yellow
1/2 inch damp round toothpick of Orange 
1/2 tsp. damp round toothpick of Moss Green
I've already used Rosedelion up in my Journal rug!
That is on it's way to being done hooray!
For another beautiful formula from this collection go to The Majic Carpet Club