Shady Hill Rug Hooking Blog

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Sun

07

Jul

2019

Progress during hot days of summer!

A little messy on the frame this week.  Steamy hot week with temps in the high 90's.  So it's hooking in the afternoons.  I can see some adjustments need to be made on the rose, one petal is a bit too dark.  I like hooking the background as I complete a design.  A row or two of background help to define the design, and confirms the background choice is a good one.  Plus, the rug is mostly done and only a little boring background to do at the end!

 

Plans are shaping up for the Spring Fiber Fling in March 2020.  Friday afternoon classes will be listed soon, just waiting for information from the teachers.  Check back soon!

Tue

18

Jun

2019

Sneak Preview - new hooking project!

Sneak preview of my current rug hooking project.  I attended the Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville FL in January and thoroughly enjoyed a class with Sybil Osicka.  After a busy spring I am getting back to it.  More pictures to come with progress. 

 

We are working on details for the 2020 Spring Fiber Fling too!

Mon

27

May

2019

Time to finish some UFO's

Finished, finally!  Colchester Vase, available from Honey Bee Hive Rug Hooking.

I added the braid to make a border.  The first one I tried was green and yellow, trying to bring the yellow from the center to the outside.  The contrast was too sharp and all I saw was the braid, not the flowers.  Red made it look to Christmasy.  I think the final decision of three strands of green plaid for the braid is the right one.  It takes trial and error sometimes to get it right.

Mon

20

May

2019

New Location For Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling!! 2020

Fifth Annual Spring Fiber Fling with be held at the:

                                            Klein Conference Center

College of Central Florida Ocala Campus

3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474

 

SAVE THE DATE!  March 13 & March 14

 

More Details to come!   

Thu

28

Feb

2019

Spring Fiber Fling is one week away!!

March 9th is the Spring Fiber Fling in Wildwood Florida!     Registration is full!  

Remember doors open at 9:30 am.  Event finishes at 3:30 pm

Yes, we are having a fashion show, so bring your finished wearable fiber art, knitted socks?  Wear them.  Woven a shawl?  Bring it along!  Hooked a tote bag or poncho?  Let's show them off!

Yes we are having a spinning circle!  Bring your spinning wheels and join us!

Lunch is by TooJays Deli, always delicious.

Fiber exhibit will be set up to display finished items, from wool applique to art yarns, to hooked rugs and woven towels.  Bring your finished items to inspire everyone!

 

IF you would like to do some shopping, you may come AFTER 11 am and the fee is $7.00 at the door, for shopping and viewing the exhibit only.  And watch a demo of course.

And of course, door prizes!

Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, there is always something to learn!

Wed

20

Feb

2019

Decorative Stitches in Rug Hooking

This is Oscar!  Anne Doucet from Titusville FL  hooked this charming sea turtle using several fun decorative stitches.  I had the pleasure of teaching the class in January in Titusville.  We focused our fiber fun on learning these stitches to add texture and interest to our rug hooking.  Thank you for inviting me to teach, and sharing the picture of your finished Oscar!

Thu

31

Jan

2019

Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference

Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference is being held March 14 thru 17, 2019 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.  Check out all the information and class listings on their website.  FTWG.org     This year is the 75th Anniversary Celebration!  

I will be vending during the conference and teaching a mini-class on Thursday afternoon, a simple wool braided ornament.

 

FTWG.org

Tue

29

Jan

2019

Spring Fiber Fling is coming up!

Spring Fiber Fling is coming up fast!  Check out the vendor list so you can plan your shopping list.  Websites are listed!  Contact them if you see a pattern, wool, fiber, or other supply you would like to purchase from them and they will bring it to the Spring Fiber Fling to save you shipping!!

Fri

25

Jan

2019

Time off!

We are taking a few days off.  Orders from the store will be mailed out after February 7th.

Thank you!

Fri

25

Jan

2019

Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville

Off the Ocean Rug Camp in Jacksonville Florida ended yesterday.  You should have been there.  Extraordinary teachers, enthusiastic students, exciting rugs, exceptional patterns and wool!  

Mon

31

Dec

2018

Happy New Year!

Drop Spindle spinning and knitting out in the woods during a hike on a beautiful day with my talented sister who came to visit for Christmas.  

Are you ready for 2019?  Have you set some goals?  Either to finish the UFO's, or learn a new art form?  Make a plan and get prepared and go for it!

Thu

25

Oct

2018

Needle cases anyone?

Only two weeks until the Country Roads Quilt Show in Ocala Florida!  We all need needle cases to store our favorite needles and pins.  I will have these kits available for you at the quilt show.  A perfect size to give wool appliqué a try!  

Stop in my booth and say Hello!

Tue

09

Oct

2018

Country Roads Quilt Show

I am excited to be a new vendor at the Country Road Quilt Show in Ocala Florida!  For all the important details check out their website at crqocala.com/quilt-show-2018.

I will be playing in the dye pots over the next several weeks!  Last week I dyed brilliant reds and glorious greens for Christmas projects and some outrageous oranges for pumpkins to get you started on fall.

Be sure to stop in my booth and say HI!

I will have several wool appliqué kits and patterns available also.  

Once in a while you need several values of the same color.  Santa faces anyone!

Tue

25

Sep

2018

Spring Fiber Fling registration is open!

Registration is open!

 

Follow the Spring Fiber Fling 2019 tab on the tool bar to register.

 

 

Mon

06

Aug

2018

Making Progress on Gainesboro

One of my all time favorite rug patterns!  I am making some progress and enjoying each flower and leaf.  I guess I need to tackle the roses and strap leaves next.  During the summer I need extra fans to keep cool under this extreme rug!

Fri

29

Jun

2018

A fun adventure

A surprise adventure is always fun, when he said I am sure there is a spinning wheel in that barn somewhere!  We put on our boots, found our gloves, made sure our flashlights worked, long sleeves and pants for sure.  The barn was loaded, stacked pile on pile of old stuff and things.  And dark.  Then, there it was, a spinning wheel, made into a lamp.  Kind of disappointed not a treasure to take home.  Some parts were missing, and warped wheel.  I left it there for the next person with a treasure map, who needs a lamp.

Wed

23

May

2018

Horse is done!

I also had the pleasure of taking a weaving class from Tammy Poff, Poff Studios to learn the Log Cabin pattern on the rigid heddle loom.  This pattern has a pickup stick element in between the log cabin which adds a degree of difficulty to the weaving.  Now to wait for the cold day in January to wear it, in Florida.

Mon

30

Apr

2018

Springtime travels?

Traveling in April is supposed to be, well, springy like weather, right?  A late spring blizzard made me a day late to the North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Dubuque Iowa!  We made snow angels one night after the second storm of the week!

 

I am making progress on a primitive rug from a class at the workshop.  Wide cut, primitive representation taught by Valerie Bergeman.  Excellent class.

Fri

13

Apr

2018

On the road again!

I will be attending the North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Iowa next week!  

Sat

31

Mar

2018

We have been busy in March!

March began with the Spring Fiber Fling in Wildwood Florida!  We had a full house of rug hookers, spinners, weavers, knitters, wool appliqués!  And more!   

The photos below are from the Florida Tropical Weavers Annual Conference in Lake Yale Florida March 15 - 18.  Sunrises over the lake were exceptionally beautiful each morning.  The Greenway Fiber Art Society exhibited many quality examples of fiber art, weaving, rug hooking, braiding, knitting, swedish weaving, wool appliqué.  I was honored to be chosen as a teacher during the conference.  My class was all about decorative stitches in rug hooking.  My vendor booth was packed with rug hooking and appliqué supplies.  My helper Mona added felting supplies, felted soaps, beaded jewelry, and wool appliqué kits.

We traveled to Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson TN for the March Madness Hooking Retreat organized by Lisanne Miller.  Two whole days this year to renew friendships and be reenergized!!  The park facilities are comfortable and convenient. 

Thu

01

Feb

2018

Happy February......already!

January flew by and I can't believe February is here!  Only FIVE weeks until the Spring Fiber Fling and we have a full house already!  If you are interested in attending let me know and I will add you to the wait list.  Karen@ShadyHillRugHooking.com

Are you interested in learning decorative stitches in rug hooking?  I will be teaching this pattern with all decorative stitches at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Annual Conference, March 15th to 18th at Lake Yale Conference Center.  Check out all the possibilities at FTWG.org!  Mini classes, vendors, 2.5 day classes, and MORE!

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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