Can You Even Believe It?

Yes, I am blogging again . . . it has been a super crazy year (won’t bore you with the details) and I have been so neglectful of my poor ole blog (again!) How do you folks make time every day to post? I admire all who do. So there is lots of news here to share.

fadedrooster_smMy annual Thanksgiving giveaway is under way. You can find the details here: Give Thanks! Random drawing will be on Thanksgiving Day and you could win the big ole Rooster Vane hooking pattern on linen (a $90 value!) And as an added bonus, if you share the news on Facebook and one of those you share it with enters, you get an extra entry in the giveaway! So check that out and get your name in the game!

Rooster Vane was offered as my Hook-a-Month project in the fall of last year – it was a huge success – everyone loved this old faded pattern.

More fun news! If you order anything from either of my Etsy shops on Black Friday (11-28-14) you get free shipping! And you will receive an emailed coupon code worth $10 off your next purchase! So click on over and see if there isn’t something you can’t live without!    Folk’n’Fiber Etsy Shop      Vintage on the Ridge Etsy ShopAntique Japan Santa Doll in Great Condition- original Tag and Toy Sack

I have also secured an Etsy Reader, so I can now make sales offline. If you are looking for a vintage item or something for rug hooking that you don’t see on my site or in my Etsy shops, just shoot me an email and I just might have it! I still have tons of vintage goods that are not in my Etsy shop, so chances of me having what you are looking for might be good. You don’t know if you don’t ask, right? I can do your credit card purchase right over the phone, you get emailed a receipt, and I will ship it out! Pretty cool. I love technology!

You know what is the MOST fun? Connecting with, and having conversations with, rug hookers! I recently joined an awesome group of rug hookers in a new Facebook group called Out of Hand Rug Hookers! Fun name isn’t it? It is the best group – everyone posting photos every day and having great conversations about rug hooking. Come on over and ask to join. You will love everyone – lots of familiar names and just good inspiration!

Right now, I have nothing on my frame! Designs keep swirling around in my head when I try to go to sleep at night – my frame is calling . . . but by the time I get everything done during my day, I procrastinate.. “tomorrow”, I say. I think I need a swift kick in the behind! Social media is fun, but it sure eats up your time. However, my Pinterest account stopped working, so that is a time saver! I do miss it though! Always something to fix or do.

And the most exciting news – drum roll… my daughter’s wedding was October 11 in Cincy. So of course, ‘crafty Mom’ (that’s me) made tons and tons of decorations and all the flowers. So I drove down with a loaded car and it was wonderful. I walked Maggie down the aisle to become Mrs. Voshell. I cried buckets of happy tears and welcomed Trace into our family with open arms.coupleSo here are a couple of photos – isn’t she beautiful? Yes, I am biased, but she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is out. So proud of her and also of her hubby (he beat cancer last year, so this was an especially grateful celebration of their new life together!)

downtheaisle

Me, trying hard not to cry!

Well, that’s it for now — I hope I still have readers left! So sorry for being away . . . have a joyous Thanksgiving and hug your people!!

~~**Sally**~~

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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 . . .)

Sally

Excitement is Building!

SpoolMag

I mentioned in an earlier post and on my Facebook page that I will be featured in a new magazine, called SpoolMag, in their September issue. I just had a peek at the layout as they are getting ready to go to press. I am getting so excited! The new issue will be in shops and mailboxes on Sept. 15th. They ran a nice article about me and one of my designs as a free pattern for you to hook. When the magazine hits the stands, you will be able to download the instructions and more images of the featured rug from my web site. Just watch my home page for a link (after Sept 15th.)

I am very grateful to Diane Selby, editor extraordinaire of SpoolMag, for the opportunity to spread the word about rug hooking to a new group of crafting enthusiasts. If you have not seen the magazine yet, go to their web site and take a look. You can also use their shop finder to see if a shop near you carries the magazine. Or better yet, get a subscription! Here is a sneak peek:

  Now, doesn’t that leave you just a little curious?

Hook-a-Month Kits

There are a few of these new Fall Hook-a-Month kits left for the taking. If you are thinking about it, don’t wait too long – they are going fast. I will start shipping mid-September, so you still have time to grab one! You can read all about it here.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now . . . til next time, Hook On, my friends!

Sally

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!

Sally

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!

Sally