Sunday, November 22, 2009

Rug Hooked Windy Santa

Rug hooked Free Standing Windy Santa.

This wonderful One of a Kind Rug Hooked Santa Doll stands almost 15" tall and is 8" wide at the widest point. He is hooked using wool strips that are One Eighth inch wide. This #6 cut of wool has given me the wonderful array of color in this Santa. All the wool used is quality 100% wool much of it hand dyed by me. Windy Santa is hooked in rich earth tone reds and greens in his toy sack. The snow at his feet is wonderful wool from Rebbeca Erb of the wool studio. This wool makes a great base color for this Santa. Windy Santa's beard and mustache are hooked with mohair. Did you notice the handle bars of his mustache? I have weighted the bottom of this Santa so it can stand well on it's own.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Your Rug Hooking Projects Using my Patterns

If you have used one of my rug hooking patterns to create your project I would love to start a photo gallery of things that people have made using my patterns. If you could send an email to me with a photo of you creation (make sure it is not to large) and your name I will start this soon. My email address link is located in the right side bar.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Donkey for the Noahs Ark Project

Started rug hooking the standing donkey for the Noah's Ark Project. This is such a fun project to be involved with. If you want to hook an animal too there may still be animals left all you have to do is contact lenny. His email address is on the web site.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Update on Dimensional Santa

Happy Independence Day.

I started assembling my North woods style Santa Yesterday.

This Santa is going to be awesome. Look for some pictures after July Fourth.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Noahs Ark Project

I am so excited to be a part of this fun Project. You really must take a peek at the Noak's Ark that was designed by Leonard Feenan. Many people have and are contributing to the project.

If you are at the Welcome Mat look up Leonard as there are some terrific photos of the animals and pieces of the ark.

I am going to be hooking a donkey and a donkey's head that will go in a window. This will be hooked with a #3. This should be so much fun to do.

There may still be some animals left if any one else is interested. They have to be hooked by the end of next month.

Just click below to learn a little more and to see the great photos.

Noahs Ark Project

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thinking about doing

I think I am going to try to put together a booklet on how to do 3-D or Dimensional Rug hooking. This would be a handie little guide that would include the in's an outs of this craft. Including tips, assembling stitches etc.

Right now it is just in the thinking stage.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rug Hooked Santa

I am working on a Rug Hooked Santa doll.
This will be a two sided Windy Santa doll. His robe is flowing in the wind.
I hope to make it free standing.
It will have a front and a back side.

Wonderful dark rich earth tone reds and blues.
He has a roving beard and mustache.

Looking forward to sharing this will everyone.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rug Hooked Fairy Tale Purse

* Rug Hooked Little Red Riding Hood Purse *

The Big Bad Wolf is peeking around the tree stalking poor Little Red Riding Hood. She has been to grandma's house and is on her way down
the path that leads to the forest. She has her basket in hand with her red and white cloth covering laid over it.

What a unique one of a kind Hand Hooked Purse. This would look loving in any decor. You could also use this for a light duty purse.
The front of this purse is hand hooked with hand dyed wool strips in gorgeous colors. One Eighth inch wool strips have given
great detail to this Little Red Riding Hood purse.

Go to my Web Site for further details and to purchase.
Click below.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Finished Hooking Yippy

I finally finished hooking my Big Hug Rug. It is not bound yet because I am not going to do that until I decide whether it will be going on a wall or the floor.

Built this snowman during our big storm last week.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Doing the Happy dance here

My BHR challenge is finally all hooked. I am so glad this is all hooked. Have to go over the backside and check things there. I did notice a few loops had pulled back through. I am going to wait til next summer to do the binding on this rug. I am not sure what I want to do with it. It will probably go on a wall someday. But I am not sure. I am just so happy that I finished hooking it. I never take on time consuming projects. Will get a new picture and post it here.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bliss Model A Repair

Many of you know that my Bliss model A cutter broke. But I have to tell you this.
I can not speak any higher of the service I received from Fraser. My machine is already on it's way back to me. Lois corresponded quickly and answered all my emails quickly. I am very pleased. She even repaired a few things on my machine that she saw for no extra charge. Maybe I will reach my goal of getting my BHR hooked before we head to Oregon. I would highly recommend Fraser cutters.

Monday, April 13, 2009

My BHR challenge Rug

Thought I would share the progress on my BHR. My wool stripper is in the shop for repairs I am still hoping to get this finished before I head to Oregon. It depends on how soon my wool cutter gets back.

The main photo isn't the best so I will try to get a better photo when I can lay it somewhere other then my queen size bed.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What do you think of these funny bees???

These crazy bees were a lot of fun to create. My favorite is the one on the top left. I think that maybe God should have made bees this color.

Let me know what you think.
I may be offering these as an extra to the students enrolled in my Tutorial.

The two on the top are a bit of a challenge to create. So I think these would be a intermediate class not a beginner class.

For those signed up in my tutorial if you pop in here let me know if you would like me to teach these.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hairless Linen for Dimensional Rug Hooking

Hairless Linen will work with dimensional rug hooking.

Things to keep in mind.
There is not as much give in linen. This can be a plus and a minus.

My experiment was with a #6 cut. When using Linen for a dimensional piece you will find that you do not have to hook in every hole. In fact at times I found it hard to hook as close as I thought I should be. Packing your loops in a 3-d stuffable dimensional piece is a must.

I did like that the cut ends did not seem to unravel as much as monks cloth does. Thus not as many threads hanging out as you sew.

I think it was harder to assemble the piece I was working on. This I believe is due to the linen not stretching as much as monks cloth does.

Linen is easy to sew with a sewing machine. The sewing machine likes to pull the strand of the monks cloth some times.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Bee Skep Dimensional Rug Hooking Tutorial

So excited to share the news of my upcoming Online Tutorial on Dimensional Rug Hooking.

Bee Skep 3-D Rug Hooking

This will be a interactive on-line tutorial. By this I mean through a questions and answers format we will interact. This will be a group atmosphere. Step by step photos will help you see how this form of Rug Hooking is done.

To take part in the Bee Skep Tutorial you must have a basic knowledge of how to rug hook. You would also need to have access to a sewing machine and a Paypal account. The cost for the tutorial is $10.00. You will need to have an adobe reader for the pattern to be sent to you. Adobe reader is free online.

Please Email me to enroll in this class. Please title your email Bee Skep Tutorial. After you enroll in this class I will send a Paypal invoice for the cost of the tutorial. So I suggest enrolling early.

Tentative start date is April 14
This could change.

A list of needed materials will be emailed to all enrolled students.

Things in the tutorial
Best Backing Fabrics
Transferring the pattern
Preparing Backing for hooking
How to hook a dimensional piece
Assembling stitches for all stages
Helpful relevant Tips and Tricks
Lots of Photos


Thursday, March 26, 2009


Yesterday we moved to a new location. Our view now over looks Elephant Butte Lake. We are all settled in and expecting wind later today.

I have been hooking on Bees trying to get one for the tutorial.

Today I will continue writing the pattern for this tutorial. Will also play with the pdf program to try to get this ready to send out to students this weekend. As I said I am trying to get the cost down for those enrolled in the class.

So stay tuned and please do sign up early. Will be sending out at list of needed materials to students this weekend. Students begin thinking about the wool you would like to use for your Bee Skep. What colors and textures do you want in your Bee Skep?


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Trying Hairless Linen

I have been asked whether hairless linen will work in Dimensional Rug hooking. I am working on a piece right now that is drawn on hairless linen and will keep you posted on what I think of this backing for a 3-D dimensional piece.

Progress on the Bee Skep Pattern. This pattern should be available next week.

Today finds us traveling to a new back yard. On our way to Las Cruces New Mexico.


Monday, March 16, 2009


The bee Themed piece is coming along nicely. All the hooking is done and I did get to start on the assembly. This is going to work.

Some times with dimensional rug hooking when you first envision something it just doesn't turn out as you envision it. I can say this doesn't seem to happen often though.

Will post a photo soon of the finished project. Look for more details about the on-line tutorial to be posted soon.

Would love to hear from you if you are interested please post a comment.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tips for Dimensional Rug Hooking

Here are a few tips for dimensional rug hooking.
I will be adding to this list
  1. Hook tight. When you go to assemble a 3-d piece you will see the backing if you do not hook tight enough. In fact you will need to pack you loops. A no no in the rug hooking world.
  2. I suggest using a backing close to the same colors that you are using to hook your project. Like brown for my Indian Corn pattern.
  3. So far I prefer using monks cloth (the kind used for swedish weave, it is loosely woven) for my dimensional rug hooking. It is a bit stretchy which can be a bonus.
  4. You can leave the end pieces on your strips of wool (worms) on the under side if you want because they will be inside of your project. In fact my first patterns I suggested to do this.
  5. Try to use plump wool. Scroll down to the Easter Eggs. The very first photo shows some loops that do not lay right. I am sure when you look at the photo you will see which ones I am talking about. This wool was to thin. I am glad I left that Easter Egg that way because it shows what I am talking about very well.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Next Tutorial

I am working on a few things to see if they will work for my next tutorial on Dimensional rug hooking. Want something a beginner could do for this one.

If you have any question about Dimensional Rug Hooking feel free to ask in the comment section under this post or email me.

Stay tuned.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Last Years Online Class

Last Year I offered and online tutorial to the ladies in one of the groups I was involved with. The below pictures are the results of all the hard work of the ladies who completed their Rug Hooked Easter Eggs.

The name of the person who hooked the egg is below each picture.












Some Photos of Dimensional Rug Hooking

Monday, February 16, 2009

What is Dimensional Rug Hooking

I am often asked what Dimensional Rug Hooking is. So here is my attempt to describe this art form.
To me this means a rug hooked, stuffable, three dimensional (3-D) creation.

In the near future I will be having on-line classes on how to create Dimensional Rug Hooked items. These classes will be open to only those who sign up for the class.

I will begin with a beginners class.

You should know how to rug hook. As I will not be teaching the basics of rug hooking.

But I will be teaching a simple project that most rug hookers should be able to complete easily.

Stay Tuned as I hope to have this first project class open soon.



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