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 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?



Woot! Web site Re-design Finally Done!

More news people!! I finally have my pretty, new re-designed web site online! Yay!! It was a long and grueling process, but I finally finished it today. Still tweaking here and there, but it’s mostly done. The great news for all of you is that I have lowered many of my prices (we all feel the pinch, right?)

I am closing out the cotton punch needle threads, so you can get great deals by the bagful while they last.

And there are tons of downloadable tutorials for both rug hooking and punch needle. Lots of helpful information for beginners, too.

Also, don’t miss the free punch needle pattern of mine from Weeks Dye Works!

That’s just the beginning . . . stay tuned for the Grand Re-Design Celebratory Opening! More good deals and fun things in store! Whew!

I’d love to know what you think about the new design – is it easier to find things?

I’ll be back soon with details about the Grand Opening . . .  I just announced the winner of the free red dot pattern and 1/4 yard of overdyed wool on my Facebook Page. If you haven’t visited there (or LIKED me there) come on over. I have been giving away a free pattern every month to my Facebook Fans. Get in on that!

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend everyone! As always, pray for our troops and never forget 9/11!


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,


Hook-a-Month Project for Winter 2011

Have you been waiting for this? Apparently many of you have because I have received quite a few emails asking when, when? Well, the answer is NOW! It’s ready . . . I had fun adapting this design from an antique tramp art wall plaque. I looked hard for an old rug that I loved, but really didn’t find one I wanted to use for the adaptation. I love and admire tramp art carvings and this one is probably one of the most intricate I have ever seen. It is phenomenal. So a new rug design was born from its inspiration. I hope you like it and want to hook it.

You can read all about the project and reserve a kit here. Here is the design and the tramp art plaque, too.













Love to hear your comments about this one. It’s a departure for this on-going type of project, which has always been adapted from an antique rug, so I am curious about your thoughts.

Stay warm, my dears.  Keep a pile of wool in your lap and a smile on your face — Spring is coming!


Speaking of Old . . .

That word, old, is creeping in a lot lately around here. I have a big birthday coming up in February (no, I won’t tell you which one.) So I have been giving a lot of thought lately about growing old and reminiscing about the old days, too. Things were so much slower and relaxing back then. We didn’t use and rely on computers to do so much of our work (or play, for that matter.) You could always find pencils and paper – someone always needed to write a note – no email. If you wanted to go shopping, you had to get in your car and drive somewhere – no online stores. Go to the movies? Back in the car, drive to the theater (or better, the drive-in) and get a ticket – no Netflix or streaming video.  Okay, so far that doesn’t sound more relaxing or slower does it? But it really felt that way. What we don’t have as much now as we did then is the personal interaction – that face-to-face, talking to each other. I think we need more of that these days. Don’t get me wrong, I do my share of Twittering and Facebooking etc. and I love it. My computer holds my business in its guts and it is convenient not to have all that paper everywhere, but it can be scary as well. I am, and have been for a long time, pretty tech saavy. I am just reflecting on some of the changes I’ve seen as the years passed by. If you ‘remember when’ – tell me what you miss the most about the good old days!

I am happy that I make part of my living keeping an old, traditional craft alive though. Rug hooking has a great history and I adore the old rugs that I see.  As an antiques dealer, I have seen quite a few beautiful old rugs and wondered about their makers and their lives. I bet they had some of the same thoughts of how their world was changing – automobiles, telephones, television. All those things that even us ‘new’ old-timers have taken for granted for years. Yet, here are their rugs still being collected and coveted all across the country. Makes you stop and think about what you are leaving as your legacy of your days here. Be sure to label your rugs with your name, a date, and a place. Someday someone might think of you as they look at at old rug and marvel at your workmanship. I create my labels on the computer and then transfer them to iron-on fabric that goes through my printer. I cut them into strips that will fit my binding tape, iron them onto the binding tape, and as I bind the rug, I am labeling it at the same time. Could not be easier! I’ll have to post a tutorial for you in the Rug Hooking Q&A section here at the blog – stay tuned.

This is the label I add to my rugs

Oh, before I leave you today, I’ll just mention that I have a new Etsy shop and another blog. The shop, Vintage on the Ridge, is a place where I’m selling antiques and vintage items. I have so much to offer and  since I really am no longer actively selling antiques from my web site I opened a new Etsy shop. So check it out – I will be adding tons of stuff all the time until it’s gone! I started another blog over at Blogger for Vintage on the Ridge, the blog. So put me on your reading list and be sure to Follow over there. I need readers since I am just getting started. Antiques & hooked rugs just go together so well. See? Old things are good!

First Glitch of the New Year

Hi readers! Thanks for being here and Happy New Year. The new year started out just fine for me, but in my efforts to stay resolved to clean up and clear out computer junk, I decided my Outlook program was getting quite clogged with archived messages and unnecessary information. So, following instructions to create a new .pst file for what I wanted to keep and convert the file from 2003 to 2007 version of Outlook, I ended up losing my e-Newsletter subscriber email addresses. Well over 1500 emails – all gone. Ouch! I immediately tried to access my backup file, but I get error messages when I try to retrieve that file of email addresses. After hours of trial and error, I am resigned to be back to square one and I am apologetically asking any of you who were subscribed, to please go to my web site and subscribe again.

I am sorry if you have not received an eNewsletter recently – re-subscribing will get you back in the loop so you can be notified of the latest news and Subscriber Specials from Folk ‘n’ Fiber.

I am on the lookout for an antique rug to use as my inspiration for a new Hook-a-Month project to be released in February. If you’ve seen a great one that you’d like to suggest, please let me know! Watch my Home page in February for details and how to sign up for this project.

Time to get outside and shovel the snow off my porches and steps – we are in for another round of the flakey stuff tonight. Stay warm my friends and hook on!


A Perfect Autumn Day – What’s Yours?

‘Perfect Autumnal Memories’ by folkandfiber

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” author P.D. James.

Regardless of age, we each have memories that flood into our hearts when we think of our perfect Autumn day . . . the smells, the colors, the activities, family, friends, and looking back at another summer gone by. These Etsy sellers conjured up my memories of a ‘perfect autumnal day.” What makes your autumn day perfect?

Apple Jack and Peel Handmade…


Autumn (Fine Art Print)


Set of 3 Polymer Clay Mini C…


Fruit Bowl – Hand Thrown Po…


woodland frolic nature and f…


Fall – Set of 5 Small Cards




Vintage 1960s Abstract Graph…


Autumn Blooms


Lone Tree Elk Leather Bag Ma…


Firey Smoldering Sunset Mug …


Modernist Mid Century Signed…


Autumn Spice Woodland Wreath


Autumn Harvest Poe Mini Pump…


Set of Three Pebbles ( Felte…


Vintage Metal Painted Milk P…


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