Shady Hill Rug Hooking Blog

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Mon

11

Dec

2017

New specialty hand-dyed wool listed in store

New hand-dyed wool from my dye pots are now listed in the website store under Specialty Dying.  These are one of a kind, 1/2 yard each.  Several different color ways to choose from, ready to be mailed to you!

Sun

10

Dec

2017

Need a last minute gift for your stitching friends!?

Two new wool appliqué kits to make your own needle case.  Each kit comes with all  the wool to complete the project.  Finished size is approximately 4" x 4", with six pages inside to organize your needles and pins.

Find these in the Products and Services pages.

Sun

03

Dec

2017

Lots of activities

Pictures of some of the activities I have been involved with during October and November.  I taught a braiding class to ladies who want to master the butting technique. Our project was an all butted basket or mat to focus on getting the tubes connected in the right sequence!  5 times in one class and they all succeeded!

Members of the Greenway Fiber Arts Society volunteered at the Pioneer Settlement Fall Jamboree in Barberville FL in November.   We were requested to wear period costume from !840's thru 1930.  I fortunately had my grandmothers feather hat from the 1930's to add authenticity to my costume.  We hooked rugs, braided rugs, and had the spinning wheel going too!  

The Hontoon Hooking retreat in Deland FL was delightful.  The resort is on the St. John's river, a peaceful setting for the week.  I attended on Wednesday and everyone was having a great time and accomplishing their goal of relaxing and hooking.

Once again, I don't have pictures of the Tampa Hook-in!  I get busy talking to everyone and don't think to get my camera out to get a shot of all the wondrous rugs created.  Thank you all the ladies who work hard all year for this event.  Yes, I did win a raffle basket and it was full of treasures!

Class is in full swing and students keep me busy.  I enjoy their creativity and eagerness to learn, and willingness to try something new.  Thanks for being my students.

I think that is all.  

 

Wed

27

Sep

2017

Thank you for your patience

To Everyone who placed orders during the hurricane!  Thank you for your patience while we were cleaning up from Hurricane Irma!  We still have several trees to be removed (hoping tomorrow!!). We are extremely thankful that none hit the house.  The studio is reorganized, all neat and tidy for a few days anyway, 

I finished this stained glass design during the hurricane.  I used my trusty Beam N Read Light,  hang it  around your neck light when the power goes out and you can accomplish anything!  This pattern is sold by Honey Bee Hive Rug Hooking, designed by Jane Flynn.  I believe I will frame it.

 

Spinning when the power is out is easy!  At least during the daylight hours. At night I was able to use a power block and a LED light from the studio. This is Alpaca fiber and I am going to use it as is.  I kind of like the soft color.  I am always told MORE TWIST!  So I did, and added more twist when plying.  It was such a twisty chaotic mess and not photo worthy, not happy at all.  However, the magic happened in the soaking.  Now I am delighted with it.  The fluffy yarn is wonderfully balanced.  Can't wait to get it on the loom!

Sat

05

Aug

2017

Spring Fiber Fling 2018

Registration is now open for Spring Fiber Fling 2018!  You all know how much fun it was in March 2017, so click on the link to find out all the information and get yourself and a friend registered!  Plan now to finish a project or two for the exhibit or fashion show!  Our vendors will have some amazing supplies for purchase, all the way from Missouri, Georgia, Maine and Florida!  Demonstrations are being planned, and door prizes are being collected.  We had a lot to give away in 2017!  The food drive is sincerely appreciated by Interfaith Emergency Services in Ocala.  You will get a piece of wool in return for your donation! (limit 4 pieces of wool, but you can donate as much as you want)  We filled the pickup bed last time!

Spring Fiber Fling is open to all fiber fanatics - rug hooking, spinning, weaving, wool appliqué, knitting, crochet!  

Sun

16

Jul

2017

New pictures of my work in the gallery

Check out the gallery to see more of my work.  Loaded with pictures of my rug hooking, spinning yarn, weaving, and wool appliqué projects.  

Mon

12

Jun

2017

A little progress on Gainesboro

A little progress on Gainesboro this summer.  As I look at the photo I can see a couple places that need to be fixed.  A swirl that does not swirl enough, some shadows needing more depth.

A camera is a great tool to find the little things requiring a small and easy solution.  Try changing the setting to black and white to see dramatic lights and darks in your own rugs.  You will be able to  visualize any values that are too close and don't show up.

Now, on to the next scroll, and finish that rose in the middle!

 

Sun

21

May

2017

Spring Fiber Fling is happening in 2018!

Save the date!!  March 10th, 2018 for Spring Fiber Fling.  All fiber artists are invited.  Rug hookers, spinners, weavers, wool appliquérs, knitters and more.  We will be in the same location, the Wildwood Community Center in Wildwood Florida.  The Community Center is undergoing some renovations so we are excited to experience the improvements.  Several vendors are returning, and we will have a couple new ones.   We will have demonstrations again,  collect food for Interfaith Emergency Services in Ocala,  and the fiber exhibit will showcase exceptional work hand-made by our guests.  Again in 2018 we will have a fashion show of woven, knitted, felted, appliquéd , and hooked wearable art.  Don't forget the exciting door prizes!!!!!

Registration will open later in the summer, we have a lot of details to work out!!

Sun

16

Apr

2017

Summertime rughooking project

Gainesboro will be my summer project - too hot to dye, too hot to be outside.  So with the AC and a fan I will be hooking this large 60 inch round pattern.  I purchased the Pearl McGown pattern drawn on burlap and transferred it to linen. Not an easy task.   Using the "Scrolls are Easy" book by LaVerne Brescia I decided to dye my wool with the formulas in the book.  Dip dye, swatches, painting.  I began hooking this with Sally Ballinger in February this year.  I hope to post weekly updates as the summer goes by.  

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Mon

27

Feb

2017

Watch for a Spring Fiber Fling Pop Quiz on my FaceBook page!!

Time for a Spring Fiber Fling POP QUIZ!  Watch for it  March 1st on my FaceBook page - Shady Hill Rug Hooking.  You must be a registered guest for the Spring Fiber Fling on March 11th to participate.  The first registered guest with the correct answer will win a small prize to be picked up at my booth during the event.  Answer as many questions as you would like, but you can only win one time. I will post one question each day starting March 1st.  Thanks and good luck. This will be easy.

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Sun

26

Feb

2017

Blue Eyed Nick is back in stock

Blue Eyed Nick is back in stock. We sold out of the pattern at the Searsport Hookin earlier this week.  We unpacked, reorganized, and got the linen out to make more patterns.  

It's only February, you will have 10 months to finish this pattern in time for Christmas!

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Tue

14

Feb

2017

Searsport Harbor Hookin' is next week!

Right out of the dye pot and ready to go to Punta Gorda next week to the Searsport Harbor Hookin'.

Stop in my booth and say hello!

These sweet little snippet baskets are made in the USA!  Just the right size to put on your frame and catch all those little snipped ends.  The baskets are 3" x 2.25" and have a magnet in the bottom so it stays in place.  

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Sat

14

Jan

2017

Vendors for the Spring Fiber Fling Are....

Check out the exciting vendors for Spring Fiber Fling!

Prairie Road Designs        prairieroaddesigns.com                 Wentzville, MO
Funny Face Farms            Funny Face Farm on Facebook    Valrico, FL
KISS Rug Hooking            Studio KISS Rug Hooking Studio on Facebook - Jacksonville FL
Rugs by Carol                    Rugsbycarol.com                           Bonita Springs, FL
Mad Hen Primitives            madhenprims.com                         Monroe, GA
Over The Moon Wool         Specialty Hand-Dyed wool,          Tavares, FL
Shady Hill Rug Hooking     ShadyHillRugHooking.com           Ocala, FL

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Mon

09

Jan

2017

Everyone needs a new bag now and then

The hooking is done and ready to be made into a little tote bag.  The pattern is San Miguel, a 12" x 12" spanish tile design available from Honey Bee Hive Co.  Some of the wool is my own hand-dyed, some I purchased from another teacher, and I used Noro Silk Garden yarn also.  The yarn gives the inner border a little more texture and sparks of color.

 

The back of the bag will be this fabric woven on my rigid heddle loom.  The warp is 8/2 unmercerized cotton.  The weft is my own hand-spun art yarn.  Wool, silk and some other fiber.  I played it with a shiny metallic embroidery thread for more sparkle.  The fabric will shrink a little when I wash it and that will give it more texture, and hopefully be the right size for the bag. 

The hooked piece and woven fabric look pretty together.  

Now for a trip to the local yarn shop for the wonderful handles.

I hope to have this completed in time for the fashion show at the Spring Fiber Fling in March.  Click on the Spring Fiber Fling tab for more information.

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Sat

19

Nov

2016

Wonderful hook-in by the Strawberry Rug Hookers in Florida

Another side of my booth with the wool appliqué supplies and lots of wool from Heavens to Betsy.  Washed and ready to use.

A partial view of my booth set up for the Strawberry Rug Hookers hook-in yesterday in Tampa.  

 

The room before the guests arrive, kind of quiet now, but not for long!

The room filled up fast once the doors were open..  Guests enjoyed the variety of demonstrations, shopping for all their supplies with the vendors, and viewing the rug exhibit which is always an inspiration to learn new techniques.


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Thu

03

Nov

2016

Guess What?

Spring Fiber Fling is only 4 months and 10 days away!  Registration is open and guests are signing up!

New this year -- we are having a fashion show.  Did you weave a shawl, knit a scarf, needle felt a hat?  Add rug hooking to a vest or jacket?  I think everyone will enjoy this addition to the event.  The fashion show will be an inspiration to other fiber enthusiasts!

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Sun

16

Oct

2016

New hand-dyed wool is hanging out to dry

A couple cooler mornings here in Florida means I can get the dye pots out and start filling my shelves with colorful hand-dyed wool!  Here are some seasonal colors to start with, ready to go to the Strawberry Rug Hookers event in Tampa next month.

Exciting vendors, educational demos, beautiful rug exhibit,  wonderful location and hooking area.  Did I mention they are providing desserts?! 

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Sat

03

Sep

2016

A little display at the library

The Belleview Florida  library asked me to bring in some of my items for display for the month of September!.  Some of my hand-dyed wool is on the bottom, a few rug hooking pieces are hanging and on the shelves.  I took my gold scarf that I made on my rigid heddle loom.  A knitted felted bowl (finally learned the double pointed needles so pretty happy with that).

If you are in the area stop in and take a look!

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Tue

30

Aug

2016

I see a bear design coming up!

We were in Alaska on an EPIC adventure!  Here is one of the bears we saw on our way to Denali.  Kind of a friendly guy, though I think getting out of the bus would be a bad idea!

All orders placed while we were away will be sent out this week.  Thank you for your patience.

Thank you to all who have registered for the Spring Fiber Fling!  It will be here before we know it!

 

More pictures coming soon, we have so many to sort out.

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Sat

06

Aug

2016

"Flaky" pattern will be available in September.  Thinking cooler weather!

A small mat, only 9" x 14", that can be finished in time for winter.  A few decorative stitches and sparkle will make this project fun!

I hooked Flaky with a dark blue and green plaid background, no moon out tonight!  Giant snowflakes and star accented with some sparkly yarn.  

I will have the pattern available on linen the first week in September!  

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Sat

30

Jul

2016

Weaving a scarf in the heat of summer

What was I thinking when I started weaving a scarf when it is over 100 degrees outside?!  I have had this pretty yarn for about 8 months and this week I wanted to use it in a project that I could start and finish in a couple days.  The yarn had some sequins built in and I was worried about it being scratchy, but after a quick soak  in lavender scented soap it came out extremely soft and I think it will be perfect for a Florida winter.

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Thu

14

Jul

2016

Greenway Fiber Arts Society is here today!

Guests for the Greenway Fiber Arts Society will be arriving any minute bringing with them a project to work on for the day, a few items for show and tell, and great enthusiasm for the fiber arts.  We always have a wonderful variety ranging from rug hooking to wool appliqué, locker hooking to tatting, spinning and weaving.  Today I am going to attempt to knit a bowl.   I am sure at least one person in the group today will be able to help me with the double pointed needles.  

As usual on a hot Florida day we look forward to refreshing root beer floats after lunch.  

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Sat

09

Jul

2016

You have been waiting for this!!! Time to sign up for the Spring Fiber Fling 2017!!!

Here is a reminder of Spring Fiber Fling 2016.  Look at all our guests enjoying time with friends, working on their current project, and having fun shopping, learning great new techniques during the demonstrations, viewing the wonderful fiber and rug exhibit..... And, of course, waiting for the door prizes to be announced! 

Lunch this year will be catered by Hardwood Smokehouse in Ocala.  Award winning BBQ! 

To register click on the Spring Fiber Fling 2017 tab on the tool bar. 

 

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Mon

20

Jun

2016

Save the date for 2017 Spring Fiber Fling!  March 11th, 2017

Spring Fiber Fling

Saturday March 11th, 2017

Wildwood Community Center in Wildwood Florida

Rug Hookers, Spinners, Weavers, Wool Applique

 

We are having demonstrations, vendors, catered lunch, food drive/stash builder, fiber exhibit, and of course - DOOR PRIZES!

 

Registration will be available soon!

 

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Mon

13

Jun

2016

Pumpkin Patch at Night is ready

Pumpkin Patch at Night appliqué kit is back in stock.  This little kit is a great sampler for all the embroidery stitches you have been wanting to learn!

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Thu

19

May

2016

My class project at NCMTW

I attended North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Newton Iowa last month.  My class focused on surface embellishments used along with rug hooking.  This is my original design.  The main background is hooked with #8 cut strips of my own hand-dyed wool.  Included in the surface embellishments are needle felting (eagle), knitting (tree), beading, appliqué with Texture Magic and Tyvek, embroidery stitches with ribbons and threads, hooking with silk fabric, roving, yarn and added some charms.  I also used a Lucet tool to create a square cording for a nice sharp finish on the edge. Students were busy all day with learning new techniques, using new fibers and materials, and creating their own design.  

 

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Thu

12

May

2016

Home from our trip

First stop was was March Madness in April Hook-in, Franklin TN, by P is for Primitive.  I was privileged to hear first-hand Lisanne's' announcement about her purchase of Cushing rug hooking business!  Congratulations!  

Next stop - a few days with my dad near St. Louis.  Of course we head for the wood working shop to make our lightweight collapsible footstools.  These are the tops all stained and top coated, drying outside the garage.

Footstools are finished and back in the store.  

I always stress good posture for any fiber artist.  Using a footstool helps to sit up straight and keeps back and shoulders comfortable.

At the Hook-in St. Louis I gave away gift bags to lucky winners!  Here are some of the winners!  Thanks for visiting my booth!

Another winner at Hook-in St. Louis!

 

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Fri

22

Apr

2016

P is for Primitive Workshop

I am excited to attend a workshop with Lisanne Miller who owns P is for Primitive!  Tomorrow!!  The workshop is at Prairie Road Designs in Wentzville Mo.  I will do my best to post some pictures of my project here, but really, I get so involved that I do forget to take pictures of the days activities.  After a few days in the wood shop this week making the footstools I am ready to get some hooking done with Lisanne.  

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Fri

22

Apr

2016

This week in the wood shop

It's been a busy week in the wood shop for us with my dad.  He makes my footstools, yarn bowls, and covered magnets.  This week we have been making footstools for the fiber artists.  You can see the tops are cut, stained and a light finish on them, drying on the driveway.  We all need to perfect our posture so we don't end up with sore shoulders and backs as we enjoy our rug hooking.  Feet on the floor and straight backs.  Use a footstool!!!  These are great because they are lightweight and portable.  The legs fold back, and there is a handle !  It will fit right into your hooking supply bag and you will be comfortable where ever you are hooking!

I will have them available at the St Louis Hook-in Saturday April 23rd!  

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Wed

20

Apr

2016

March Madness in April

The hook-in room is ready for everyone to come in, and they are waiting in the hallway!  It looks like some of my tubs still need to be unpacked and displayed in my booth.

Some of the guests actually did get some hooking done during the March Madness in April!  

I was delighted and surprised to see my fellow South Eastern McGown Workshop teachers!  I first met Rhonda and Tammy in Ashboro, NC several years ago at the workshop.  Wonderful ladies, friends, and teachers.

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