Monday, November 12, 2012


Hello! Just wanted to let everyone know I finally have epatterns! I still sell paper patterns on eBay and Etsy, and  now have both paper and epatterns available on Patternmart.  Thanks! Cathy

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Pillows

Hello!  I have been making some scarves for the cooler weather and for my girls. I will post a photo of them. I did get some hooking done too....Pillows!  Here is the link----

Stay warm and dry....Happy October!!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Free Pattern

Hello & Happy Labor Day! Thinking about our upcoming season and holidays. Here is a free turkey pattern, enjoy! Cathy

Monday, July 23, 2012

For the birds

Here is one of my latest rugs, it is currently on ebay. This heat and humdity is "for the birds" too. My goodness, I have been away and done so many new things this year....(explains my "not blogging")  

My Dave and I celebrated 20 years of marriage in May.  We went to New Mexico, and we LOVED IT!!!!!! No humidity, etc..history, culture, beauty, very crafty atmosphere, good food, etc.... We plan to retire in Albuquerque in about 10 years or so. If we are FB friends you may have seen my photo's. We visited Santa Fe too. It was awesome! I have been hooking for quite awhile now, so it was fun to look into the southwestern weaving, pottery etc....

Speaking of other crafts..... Pinterest is so great, if you are not on it, you should have always loved to make jewelry, so I have made lots of things (mostly bracelets)  for me and my girls. I taught myself  bead weaving on a loom, which is something I have always wanted to do. Been making some of those fun ruffle scarves, etc... Not sure if I will sell any of these things, but it sure is a fun summer diversion.

Been working on fall goodies! So I will post photos soon of my "makings."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dye Resist & Wool Painting

Hello,  I do love to play!  Last fall, I started to experiment/play, painting my wool with dye, and trying dye resists etc...  I am intrigued with the look of batik, etc..

Maybe you have seen the articles in RHM about painting wool?  The top 2 photos are my "paintings." 
I wondered if I could paint a simple picture and then hook it for an abstract look, etc... First, your dyes need to be VERY color intense, then your not quite sure what your colors look like until it is rinsed/washed out. As you can see in the tree line, one tree is pink, an Your image shrinks a lot when you hook That is after you cut each strip, keep, and hook it in the right order. It was time consuming and messy, but I always find every process to be a learning experience.  In RHM, the wools were used mostly for landscape rugs, which was perfect for this process. Now in the top right I made what I call a "simulated plaid." It was wonderful for my hooked Indian Corn. So, it does work well for a specific motif or subject.

Now, I feel I had better success with the dye resist.  These are the 3rd and 4th photos, the last photo is each resist hooked as a background for my pottery hearts. I did use some resists in my painting. I tried several glues as my resist. I had heard that blue galactic glitter glue was great as a dye resist. If you are dyeing blue that is fine, but it stains blue and a bit of the glitter remains. I tried tacky glue, but it didn't want to wash out of my wool. So, what I liked the best was Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue. It was perfect, and a fun way to make shapes etc. on your wool. Just apply it, let it dry, and dye away.  I think it is a fun effect and just something to consider.

Please let me know what you think? If you have ever tried this or anything like it, please do tell.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tulips, Pinterest, etc.....

Hello~! Spring cannot get here fast enough for me! This is my latest rug....been working on lots of orders again.

I am addicted to Pinterest, have you checked it out? Do you love it? Here is my link:   EYE CANDY! So inspiring, etc..... tons of craft tutorials, etc...

OK, still behind on my blogging here, so coming up next time/post...something fun, I have been experimenting with wool painting and wool dye resist, I have photos to share, will do it soon. For dyers, etc.. it is great fun and worth trying. Until next time.....