Category Archives: Needlework

Silkscreen for Cheapskates

I can’t even remember what show this was on, but it’s been rolling around my mind for weeks.  I see lots of pillows in the antique and design shops with large-lettered words like “MILK” below a cow, or “WOOL” below … Continue reading

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My head, not my hand, is spinning!

Kindness comes in many forms, and without going into detail (and there is much detail) I have been offered the use of a spinning wheel from a stranger.  And not just the wheel, but a tutorial, some roving, and a … Continue reading

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Watercolor: Take the class or buy the DVD?

I’m not an expert, but I love to watercolor.  Mostly I like to design and use my designs in other ways…like taking a watercolor and hooking it into a rug. And I am a DVD aficionado. Each of us will … Continue reading

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Red, White and Maryland Blue Crab Punch Needle Rug

I DID IT!  Even with all that’s going on, I managed to finish my latest rug.  This one is larger than the last, at 30 X 40 inches, but the big difference is the wool.  This was fashioned from cut … Continue reading

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Moving On

I received another “where are you?” email this morning, and I am ashamed.  I have blogged about “going missing;” how to let others know that the absence is planned rather than caused by some illness or catastrophe.  I have an … Continue reading

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Bliss Strip Cutter, Ebay, and the Waiting Game

My new project is not turning out as well as I expected.  Actually I expected difficulties, but I also expected to resolve the problems and make this the best rug I could.  I hope my enthusiasm prevails. My strips, cut … Continue reading

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Tea Dyeing and Eternity

Maybe I’m just impatient.  Well, maybe there is no maybe to it:  I am impatient. And consequently tea dyeing is not for me.  I can’t keep my hands out of it.  I keep checking the progress, and by doing so … Continue reading

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How to Remove Interfacing From Reclaimed Wool Clothes

The best colors I’ve found in reclaimed wool were in jackets.  You’d be surprised at how much cloth there is in a jacket, but you run the risk of it being lined with interfacing that has been glued in (ironed-on).  It’s … Continue reading

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Making a Sampler for Punch Needle and Hooking

When I was teaching decorative painting, one of the first things I taught my students was to learn their colors.  We didn’t mix paints in the beginner’s classes, so instead I taught them to do their own color charts with … Continue reading

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Rug Hooking Guild, and why I’ll stick with punching.

If you read my satirical piece on Wool Rug Hooking by Tara Darr you might be surprised that when the book finally arrived I was thrilled to find it well worth the money; the $22 that is. It really is … Continue reading

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