Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW HOOKED RABBIT RUG "CLOVER"

 
This rug that I've hooked is a design by Laurie of LJ Fibers

 
It's a large round rug at approx. 15". Great as a chair pad or table rug.

 
It is available FOR SALE!!!
 
I probably posted here when I put my house up for sale last September. None of it has gone well all these months. It's a very stressful thing for anybody selling their house,but the stress becomes increased when you're alone and sick.
The day after Christmas I had a cat scan that my Dr. had ordered. When it was over they told me that I'd hear about it the next week. Well they called me early the next morning to tell me that I have stones & cysts in my kidney. I said, Oh well that would explain the increased pain. It's not just from my colon anymore,it's the kidneys too. Don't know what can be done about it cause an appt. was made with a Urologist but I wasn't able to get a ride so I cancelled and still haven't been able to get there. But anyhoo I haven't had anybody look at my house since last September. Then Spring hit and my Realtor's been getting calls. It's VERY hard to get the house cleaned up to be seen. Seems the more I move around the more my kidneys get stabbed. But the worst part is that I've been stood up 7 times!!! I'm waiting at the time THEY'VE set and they don't show and don't call. Many Many things have happened and my listing ends again on the 30th. When you're alone it's so hard to know what to do,but I think I've decided that  I won't be resigning with this Realtor. There's just too many reasons to not stay with her. There's SO many bad things that have been happening that I won't bore you with and it's really taking a toll on me. All I want to do is get out of this jail that I'm in move somewhere to maybe finally find some peace.
 
So anyhoo if you love to have the "CLOVER" rug decorating your house just contact me!!!
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

SOMETHING NEW FROM ME TO YOU!!!

 
Recently when my friend Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm was showing some of her new pattern designs,one of them was a needle punch that had rug hooking around it. I was immediately inspired by it!!!!

 
So I drew up one of my original designs that had been for a hooked rug. I've hooked and sold this one a couple of times. On my original drawing there were also some half circles around the top area that I did use on the hooked rugs,but decided not to punch them.

 
The 1st time I hooked it I also had the wool spiral flowers. The 2nd time I hooked the flowers. But for the needle punch version,I knew that I would make the wool spiral flowers and stitch them on. There was a lot of trial & error on this piece!!! I used Valdani hand dyed pearl cotton for the punching. Then I had to choose the wool for the hooked part. I put the NP on several different wools but kept going back to this very dark green & black check it seemed to accent the NP best. And to give it a bit of a spark I hooked a row with a nice blue & black check. I used the same dark wool to hand stitch to the back. The punched part measures approx. 8 1/2" X 6 1/2" and with the hooking approx. 11 1/4 X 9. I think the hooking gives the punching it's own frame. I gave it a black floss little hanger,but the way I really like to hang hooked pieces is with a tiny tack nail because it disappears between the hooked loops.
Thank You Lori for the inspiration!!! I hope to do more of these,but right now I have a round chair pad with a rabbit & flowers that I'm hooking on my frame.

 
This OOAK primitive needle punched and hooked rug is available for sale.
$110.00 + $3.50 Shipping
You can contact me by clicking on the primitive doll over there on the top left.
 
Thanks for stopping by to see my newest creation!!!
 
Sherry....OUT 

Monday, March 24, 2014

GOOD MORNING!! Long Time NO POST!!!

 
This rug I adapted from a needle punch pattern by Jan Goos of Goos Nest.
Available For Sale

 
This rug I had shown here before in progress. It's from a design by,Julie Burns that had been in a Create and Decorate magazine.
Available For Sale

 
This is my original hooked shelf pillow. It has been popular every year at of course Spring time!!
Available For Sale

 
My hooked Make-Do Birds on antique wood thread spools have also always been a popular design.
Available For Sale

 
LOVE doin' my Hit or Miss Rugs!!! Every one is always an original One of a Kind!!
Available For Sale

 
Another of my hooked Make-Do birds. They're stuffed with wool so they also make great pincushions!!! The wool won't dull your needles!!!
Available For Sale

 
I love this Hit or Miss OOAK rug BUT whoa it was a LOT of work!!
 
This rug is sold.

 
One of Meshe's regular daily routines (besides terrorizing her mommy) is to run through the house at top speed with a toy moving them from one place to another. I had to laugh out loud when I saw how see had placed her squirrels on her bed steps!!!

 
The little devil herself!!!

 
Back to work moving toys!!!
 
Thank You for stopping by and if you'd like to contact me you can click on the doll over there at the left top or jstoff@windstream.net
 
Sherry & Meshe....OUT

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TULIPS FOR YOU!!!!

I keep reading on blogs & facebook that people want spring to hurry up and get here!!!!

Well I'm kinda different, I've never wanted to hurry the seasons. I just like to take each one for what thy offer. Like last nite when I was looking out at the snowstorm,I said, God,WOW You a truly The Greatest Artist!!! It was BEAUTIFUL out!!!! I've always said that snow is one of the most beautiful things. Of course there's a lot of people who'd like to bitch slap me when I say that LOL!!!! But at night it just makes everything glow and it's so pure and white and when it coats the branches of the trees,it's beautiful art done by God.

OK I'll stop lol!!!! Just one more thing. We are REALLY buried with snow here in Ohio!!!!

So anyhoo since everybody seems to be so anxious for Spring,I decided to design a tulip rug. Red tulips of course,cause red's my favorite color!!!
I've often said that when I design a rug or needle punch,I just put the backing on the frame and draw. Well I did this one a little differently. I put the backing on the frame, but I had all kinds of ideas running through my head. So this is how this rug began... I took a beautiful brown plaid wool and just started hooking a rectangle with TOO MANY ideas of what was going into that rectangle. I'm supposed to take a nap in the afternoon. When I tell Meshe that it's nap time she runs to the couch!!! So there we are,Meshe & me wrapped in our respective blankies,Meshe cuddled up to my neck,sound asleep,but not me. I'm thinking of what I'm going to hook into that rectangle. SO many ideas!!! THEN I had my A HA moment!!! TULIPS IN A POT!!! OK had to get up and get started!!

SOOOO Here It Is!!!
I love antique Ironstone,have a few pieces and have had to sell a few pieces. Ya know how the really old ironstone has that crazed grey or brownish look??? Well that's what I was going for with the pot. I hope you think that I came close. Had to use the wool that I had.

The rug is approx. 8 1/2" X 14". GREAT to hang on a cupboard door!!!  $110.00 + $3.50 Shipping jstoff@windstream.net

I tried to bring a touch of Spring to everyone Hope you like it!!!

Sherry ...... OUT (but not in the snow lol)




 
 
This is the rug that's on my frame now.
 
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

I LOVE TEXTURED WOOL!!!!

It's just so cool how you can take one piece of wool and get different looks !!!
Now take a look at these heart bowl fillers.

 
Would you believe that I hooked all 3 from the same piece of wool!!!! Well I did!!!
I think it's just so cool that you can get this look by cutting the wool vertically and horizontaly and carefully choosing each worm that you hook with.
Do these hearts look to you like I used 3 different wools to hook them???
  

 
These year round bowl fillers have vintage wool sewn on the back and are stuffed with wool snippets.
They measure approx. 5 1/2"wide X 4 1/4" long.
$38.00 + Shipping SOLD THANK YOU!!!
 
And here's another rug that I've only used ONE wool to hook the back ground!!!!
 
Looks like several different wools,doesn't it??? But it's not!!

 
I think it really has an antiquey look!!!

 
I designed this rug a few years ago and I seem to hook at least one every year. So here's 2014's!!!

 
It measures approx. 8 1/2" X 12"
$89.00 INCLUDES SHIPPING
 
Well I just drew a new design,the wool is cut so it's hooking time!!!
Meshe is all cuddled up in her blankie,taking a break from terrorizing Mommy!!!
 
Sherry.....OUT
 
Oh Gayle, I really wasn't trying to tease,I was just sharing what you can do with a textured wool.
 
 
Here it is. It's called Prairie Dog. The background of the cat rug is Magdalena Stripe.
 
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Free Hand X Stitch

Since my Buddy Lori,Notforgotten Farm, posted a her "crash course" yesterday on her blog about how to do free hand X stitching,I thought I would share mine with you. One nite well before Christmas I was enjoying one of our phone visits,when we talk about everything under the sun!!! I was kinda feeling lost,as I often do. So many things that I was working on,none of them finished,wondering what I could make that people would want to buy. One of the things that we were talking about was the free hand stitching that she had shown pictures of on her blog,that I of course LOVED. She told me just DO IT!!! I started getting excited about it and ideas started flying into my head of designs to draw!!!! Soon as we hung up, I got my stuff out and drew a Christmas tree!!! It was already late when I started so I had to make myself put it down to go to bed. Next day I finished it. Lori wanted to see it so I sent her a picture. She said that she loved it!!! I said,are you crazy woman!! LOL!! Then I drew JOY with the holly and stitched it.
I had too many ideas on how I wanted to finish the tree and wondered if anyone would want to buy these very primitively stitched pieces. As a result you can see that these 2 pieces never got finished,because I just took these pictures of them today.

In the early 80's I had a cross stitch & needlepoint store. I called it, The Magic Needle. I chose that name because to me it WAS Magic how you could take a needle,a piece of thread,and some cloth and end up with something beautiful!!!
I'm to this day self taught with everything I do. I have taught classes to oodles of people. Perfect stitching,no knots and if I missed a stitch,out it would all come!!! There was a joke John had that he'd often say to me as I worked,"Isn't it time for you to tear it out yet??"
 
I've sold my work for over 40 years now and when my sister was still alive,we'd call my work "Perfect Primitive". If people were going to pay good money for my stuff then it needed to be right!!!

So with this type of stitching I need to let myself go which would probably be good for me lol!!!
Something different that I do though is to use a washable marking pen instead of a pencil,because I'm sure that there will always be that part of me that might just have to be able to wash it out if it's not quite right lol!!! Also I like to use 1 long thread that I can fold in half so I have a loop at the end to slip my needle through for a lock stitch. See what I mean,no knots on the back of your work lol!!! I did order Lori's new patterns even though I can draw they are HER wonderful designs and I can't wait for them to get here!!!
Hoping that I can just let myself go and stitch lol!!!!
 
Sherry.....OUT

Monday, January 13, 2014

NEW RUG AVAILABLE AND OPINIONS PLEASE

Here's the brown and blue heart rug that I showed you in a previous post. I finally got it steamed today. It's approx. 10" X 17"
I would look great on an old bench or table!!!
Asking $125.00 which includes shipping.
CONTACT ME


 
This rug below is what I'd like your opinion on. When I started hooking it my original plan was to make it into a pillow.

 
But now I wonder if I should just bind it as a rug/mat. It's approx. 10" X 13".
So what's your opinion please, rug or pillow???
 
Ya know how on Meshe's B-day you were commenting on how cute & sweet she is??? Well let me tell you what that cute little Yorkshire terrorist did to me last nite!!! I was getting out some yarn and looking for my patterns to crochet a sweater or poncho. I was also warming up something to eat on the stove. In other words busy and not paying attention to what Meshe was doing. Well I 1st saw that she had taken my Sharpie pen,got that back and that's when I saw the WHOLE skein of yarn TOTALLY unraveled laying all over the floor near my bedroom!!!! OMG I was SO mad at her!!! It was already almost 11 so after I ate I tried to start rolling up the yarn. Had a heck of a time just finding an end!!!! Oh and did she ever know that I was mad at her!!!! We went to bed and I told her NOT to come cuddling up to me I didn't want her by me. She went to the end of the bed and kept inching her way up,but not to my neck and chest where she usually is. Oh I was so mad at her yesterday. Those were her bigger things,but she was bad all day!!! Today,not so bad cause I keep telling her how mad mommy was at her,especially this morning when I got back to spending so much time unraveling the mess of yarn. She's a handful!!!!
 
Thanks For Stopping Buy and your pillow or rug opinions!!!!
 
Sherry & The Little Meshe Terror.....OUT