Sunday, March 22, 2015

Special order cat purse.

Finished Linda's special order cat purse. This purse is wider then the original. If you have the pattern to this already. You can widen the bottom section to as large as 3" or so for a wider purse. Also you can widen the strap pieces so it is easier to turn. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Steaming Rugs

I do not always write in my patterns about steaming before assembling. 
Steaming plumps up your wool. It also helps to even the loops out. 
I would do this step for every rug hooked project. 
For really good instructions on how to do this I suggest this web site. 

Another step I do not always put in my patterns is taping your finished piece. Take strips of packing tape and lay it over the rug and then pull it up. Use as many pieces as you need to until the tapes starts to come up clean when pressed onto the loops. This cleans off the fibers that were created when your strips were cut. This really helps.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mounting Rugs to Walls

Often you will find me posting in my blog so I remember some of the rug hooking sites I visit and idea's gleaned. This link has some great idea's for hanging your rug hooked art pieces. \click here
Hanging Rug

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tips For Hooked Pumpkin

While hooking this special order pumpkin I realized that I wanted to share a few tips on the process of making the pumpkin. 

Since you must hook snug and close together it is easier to use a smaller hook. I was using my primitive hook and it was a real work out to use it for this project. I pulled out my first hook a simple hook with a sponge covered handle. It was so much easier to hook close with this.
When assembling the pumpkin I find this needle a must. 
Here is a link for, one place you can find, these Jumbo darning needles. I have found the metal ones are a must as I break the plastic ones. Clover also makes a case for these to go in which I use to store mine.
 The larger the thickness of the stick stem the easier it will be to close the monks cloth around it. 

 If you can find the colored monks cloth I would suggest using brown or rust for these pumpkins. 
If you have a photo of a pumpkin you have made from my pattern and want me to share it here in my blog add a commit saying so and we will work out how to get me your photo.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love the tips

I like to post things I want to remember in my blogs and hope that you find them helpful too. I like the T-pins idea.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Over Dyeing Floss

Here is another great tutorial I ran across on over dyeing floss. I can't wait to give this a try. 
Thanks Keri for such a great tutorial. 

I like to place in my blog so I can find the again easily and also share the great finds.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Witches Boot

Started my next Witches Boot design yesterday. What a fun design. Already found a couple of design flaws and corrected them. Love the colors of the Valdani 3 strand floss. Still undecided whether I like punching with the 3 strands. Thought I would try the smaller tip for the cameo ultra punch but had a hard time getting the threader into the hole so went back to the medium tip.
 I would really like to know if anyone has tried using the Perle Cotton size 12 for needle punch. In the description they mention that it can be used for needle punch. But there are so many different kinds of needle punches on the market. So think I will be investing is a few skeins to see if it will work for my purposes.


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