Spring 2013 Hook-a-Month Project

Hook-a-Month for Spring 2013 Hook-a-Month Project for Spring 2013

I had a really hard time choosing an antique rug to adapt for this new Hook-a-Month spring project, so I took three of my real favorites, combined them into one design, and called it Triplet. I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you are unfamiliar with how my Hook-a-Month projects work, just click over to my web site and you’ll find all the details there. Or you can download the PDF that basically tells you the same thing (and you can print it out for reference.)

I will be moving from the design phase of this project into the color planning stages, and working with my awesome overdyer, Jo Ellen Dismukes from LaceyJanePrims.com, to get going on our color collaboration. I am going for dull and old with lots of mottling and textures. I re-colored the sample you see in the photo, bringing the colors of each of the old rugs more into the same color palette – they were close to begin with and I think that’s why I loved them all.

The number of kits available for these projects is always limited, so if you want to participate in this project, order yours soon to reserve your kit. The pattern and first wool shipment will be sent out between the middle of April and the beginning of May, allowing us enough time to overdye all the wool and get kits made up for your orders. Each subsequent month, another wool shipment will be sent for another section of the rug, with the last shipment arriving in September or October.

Well, that’s it for now. What do you think? Like it?

sunflower hooked rug

New rug hooking patterns available

Okay – 100 lashes with a wet wool strip (or a noodle if you prefer.) I have again been a bad blogger . . . I just don’t get here, between all the other social media, my web site and Etsy shops, plus working an outside job – yeah, blah, blah, blah, I know. Anyway – here I am with just a little news about rug hooking patterns. I have updated my site with the celebration rug patterns I have been hooking for Create and Decorate magazine, as well as a new Hook-a-Month cupcake hooked rugproject for fall. So, if you are so inclined, check out the latest at my site. The cupcake rug, Happy Day, was my favorite to hook,

and I can’t wait to get going on the new Hook-a-Month pattern, Sunflower, adapted after the antique rug below:

sunflower hooked rug

I also have a custom offer for you needle punchers that I explained in my latest newsletter. What? You aren’t subscribed? Well you are missing out on news, sales, and announcements that you just might want to hear (since I don’t seem to update you very often here at the blog.) Sign up here – it’s free and easy! If you missed the latest newsletter, and you want to know about this offer, comment below with your email and I’ll send you a copy.

Are you a pinner? Pinterest is so much fun! If you aren’t pinning – try it, and if you are, check out my pin boards and repin something so I can find you and follow your boards, too!

‘Til next time (whenever that might be . . .)


Support for Folk Art in America?

Recently read in the Etsy forums:

“Please. Someone, everyone, do something to save the American Folk Art Museum from dissolution and dispersal,” begged art critic Roberta Smith in the opening line of her plea in The New York Times last week.

I was unaware that the American Folk Art Museum was in trouble . . . it is the most awesome place I have ever visited! How can we let it fall and disappear?  Apparently, it has been rescued . . . but for how long? We need to do something to preserve and protect our folk art heritage!

The article goes on:

Having narrowly escaped financial ruin by selling off one of its two locations, the future of New York City’s American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), whose staff of 50 has dwindled to 10, has been bleak. Fortunately, within a few days of Smith’s article, donors came through and saved the museum at the last minute. AFAM is still in critical condition — the road to recovery will involve internal restructuring and, presumably, a massive media campaign to attract visitors. The case of AFAM is just more evidence proving how over time, the words “folk” and “craft” have developed a negative connotation, often marginalized and excluded from high art.

Please read the rest of the article at Etsy.com here:


(note the gorgeous photo of all those red and white quilts hung for a show!)

Who would have ever thought that folk art would make it to the endangered species  list? Unspeakable! What can we do to make sure we don’t lose all this wonderful, historic art?


New Hook-a-Month Design for Fall 2011

Folk ‘n’ Fiber is ready to start taking orders for the Fall 2011 Hook-a-Month kits. Limited kits are available. When they are gone, they are gone, so sign up now to reserve your kit! I was lucky enough to find two antique hooked rugs that I really liked. I adapted the Hook-a-Month design to include elements from each one. I hope you love it as much as I do! So primtive and visually appealing.

Similar to the quilters’ block-of-the-month projects, this kit will come to you in six monthly shipments from Sept, 2011 to Feb.2012. If you order a kit with cut wool, you will receive cuts in #8 and #9, depending on the area of hooking.

Original Rugs Circa: late 1800s-early 1900s    Origin: unknown


Hook-a-Month Design ~ Star Birds 32 x 14

Hook-a-Month adaptation

Project Options & Info:

  • If you pay monthly, you pay for the monthly shipment plus shipping charges ($6.00/month) before each shipping date. I will bill your credit card before each shipment.
  • Due to the amount of coordination and paperwork needed for this offer, payments must be made by credit card or PayPal.
  • If you need more information, please email or call me. I hope to begin sending out the first shipments at the middle of September. Kit availability is limited, so be sure order now to reserve your kit.

One-Time Payment with Free Shipping ~ Save $36.00

  • Pattern and uncut wool = $220.00
  • Pattern and cut wool = $292.00

Monthly Payments

  • First payment when you order your kit (Sept.); I will bill your credit card monthly Oct-Feb.
  • Total for Pattern and Uncut Wool: $220.00 + $36.00 shipping = $256.00
  • Total for Pattern and Cut Wool: $292.00 + $36.00 shipping = $328.00
  • PAYMENTS FOR UNCUT: Month 1: $ 96.83; Months 2-6: $31.83/month (includes shipping)
  • PAYMENTS FOR CUT: Month 1: $108.85; Months 2-6: $43.83/month (includes shipping)

Shipping Schedule:

  • Sept 2011: Wool shipment #1
  • Oct 2011: Wool shipment #2
  • Nov 2011: Wool shipment #3
  • Dec 2011: Wool shipment #4
  • Jan 2011: Wool shipment #5
  • Feb 2011: Wool shipment #6

Hook the Summer Away . . .

Do you hook in the summer? It’s a busy time for everyone, and finding time to plan a rug and prep all the wool usually puts rug hooking on the back burner. That’s why I decided to offer a smaller Hook-a-Month rug for the summer months. You don’t have to worry about a thing. I send you the pattern and part of the wool in your first shipment, and then once a month, you get a shipment of more wool to continue the design. The summer project starts in the beginning of July and runs for just 4 months instead of 5 or 6, as usual. You just sit back and hook — while I do all the work for you. You don’t even have to find a place to store all the wool because it’s coming to you in installments.

This is another limited edition pattern, adapted from an antique rug. All the info is on my site, but here is a taste and feel for what it’s about . . . I hope you will join in so we can compare rugs when the project is over, and even during the hooking process. It’s fun to hook the same pattern with a group . . . even if you don’t meet with a group locally, you can share with the Hook-a-Month group right here!

The Old Pomegranate Tree

What a wonderfully naïve and primitive rug this one is . . . I adapted it for a light background.
The grey will be a taupe/grey texture to coordinate with the light taupe textured background. The design elements will contain a mixture of soft primitive colors in textured wool and mottled, overdyed solids. This is going to be spectacular! I will be hooking right along with you all!
The old rug:

My sketch for the Hook-a-Month rug:

The dull, flat colors in the sketch just give you a general idea of the color plan, so I created a swatch card so you can also see the wools that are planned for this kit:

That’s  a small pic – but gives you an idea and you can see it larger, along with all the information and more at my web site where you can reserve your kit and join the group! Just go to Rug Hooking/Hook-a-Month from the top nav bar. There are a limited number of these kits up for grabs and when they are gone, that’s the end. It will be helpful to know how many of you would like the kits, so I can get the correct amount of wool ordered and kits ready to go . . . I can’t wait to start hooking this one! I hope you love it, too.

What are you working on right now? Would you like to share photos and comments with other rug hookers about projects, supplies, camps, etc? Come over to www.Facebook.com/FolknFiber and feel free to comment, post pics, ask questions — it’s a great sharing group.

Thanks for visiting today . . . Happy Summer!


Saving Time and Money, and a Bonus!

Yeah, that’s something we are all trying to do – all the time, right? It’s not that easy, but I figure every little bit helps. So to that end, I am offering some of my patterns (and more to come) from my Etsy shop hand-drawn on red dot tracing fabric instead of paper, for the same cost as a paper pattern. I hope it will be more convenient for you, save you a step in the pattern transfer process, and provide you with a pattern that you can transfer and hook more than once. I started by listing some of my smaller patterns (18×24 inches) and I plan to add a few each week, including some of the antiqueAntique Hearts - primitive rug hooking pattern adaptations that I used for the Hook-a-Month projects, which are larger rug patterns. If you would like to win a pattern of your choice drawn on red dot tracer, just leave a comment after this blog post, and then click through and Like my Facebook Fan page. I will randomly choose a winner on April 30 who can go to my website Patterns page and choose their winning pattern. (If you already LIKE my Facebook Fan page, leave a comment there instead.)

If you follow me at Facebook, you may have seen the Etsy Treasury I created, filled with fiber art. I went for Spring colors and textures . . . if you missed it, you can see it HERE. There are some incredible Etsians creating fabulous art with fiber. If you purchase fibers for your creations, try to support indie artists; they have a lot to offer!

Beautiful Wool from Quilting Acres

Fiber Brooch from birchbaykay

Okay, that’s it for today — have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter everyone. Be sure to leave a comment and a Facebook LIKE to get your name in the hopper for a free pattern of your choice!

Happy Hooking!!  Sally

The Song Remains the Same (Somewhat)

Yeah, sorry, this isn’t a post about Led Zepplin. But you’ll like it, I promise. You know how we are always talking about the cool old rugs and wondering how rug hookers from years ago worked on their rugs and shared their love of hooking? Today while noodling around the blogs, I came across this wonderful resource from Life magazine, posted by Brenda Beerhorst over on Kinship in Color and Wool in March of last year.  Look at these great 1950s photos of a rug hooking bee held at Dearborn Village in MI.

It doesn’t look so different than how we lug our frames and wool and rugs to camps and workshop, does it? Of course, our frames are easier to carry and use, and not all of us are hooking ginormous rugs, but here they were, doing the same things we do today. I am a baby of the 1950s, so all the dresses and hats really take me back to my childhood – as well as the black and white photos. This hooking bee actually took place when I was 5 months old (go ahead, do the math.)  Wouldn’t it have been fun to see these rugs in color? I especially admire the lone man in these photos — I am sure he took some grief from the guys about making rugs!Copyright LIFE magazine, photo credit, Silk, 1951

And the sweet little girl in her peter pan collar dress and Mary Janes (feet resting on the stretcher bar of the frame) as she works on her part of her Mama’s rug; she’s having fun with the worms in several photos.

Copyright LIFE magazine; photo credit : Silk, July 1951It was a beautiful setting for this hooking bee wasn’t it? And they sure had a good turnout. I hope you enjoy perusing all the photos . . . it was a fun sidetrack for me today — thanks  for sharing Brenda!!

Do you have a source of old rug hooking-relating photos? Please share yours!

Hook on dear friends,