Thursday, April 28, 2011

Power and my new braided rug lacers

Hmm... Is it a bad thing to be kinda giddy that the power might go out again tonight, So I dont have to cook dinner?

My husband's boss is a rug hooker and she sent my hubby home with the most wonderful thing a few weeks ago:

They are bent wooden Needles from Accessories I have been using these wonderful needles to lace my braided rug. They Are Wonderful!!!!
I really didn't care for the regular lacing tool, It didn't feel right. These are much easier on my fingers and hands. The website also has Knitting supplies, Pins, Scissors and purse handles too!

For anyone into redwork and other emboidery tools and supplies... Might I suggest
They have tons of wool applique kits too

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Busy Betsy !

Mom has been keeping busy!
Lately she has been having some fun with torn/ripping larger strips of wool.
These first two are not finished just yet. As you can see in the first photo, Mom puts a few of her mats all on one piece of linen. It saves linen but I think it is just to put off the finishing.
 Wish I could have gotten a better picture of this one. The colors are gorgeous!
 Cats on a fence:
 and now in the grass because the coast is clear from the neighbor's guinea hens that keep coming on her property to attack us!
 A pumpkin using cut paisley
 Mom's horse pillow using all different wools ( remnant bags available on our website :) )
 The side view of the horse pillow using a Primitive whipping stitch to hold the torn cotton binding

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Storage and addiction to all things craft

Both mine and mom's house are under construction at the moment and it doesn't seem to be looking good for either of us. So... We both have to make sure our fabric is protected and put away and able to move around, If we need to.
I also have an addiction to all things craft and may soon be found on the show Hoarders.

My daughter spilled milk near my workbench and this is the result:

 So I broke down and went to the local Walmart ( we are not lucky enough to have an IKEA or even target close by ) and got these:
Not my idea of pretty but I think it may be best. How do you organize?
Oh, I also got this cute little plastic bin for my patterns to go into, It looks like a Liberty of London print! So I couldn't resist. 
 Does anyone else hoard crating books? They are almost as addicting as fabric!
This is Patrick, I created him by Failing miserably at enlarging and sewing a pattern from Countryside softies. He may not have come out anywhere near the way he was supposed to but he's my first softie.
 I found this pic through another blog and had to share it!

Shaker Rug Hooking Retreat News: We will have all of the cost information available shortly. We have had a number of people already ask to Hold a spot for them, If you know that you are interested also, You can email Betsy at
Both Beverly Stewart and Betsy will be the instructors for the retreat. We are looking forward to having an Upbeat, Relaxing,Fun filled four days. You can bring as many projects as you wish in order to work on or get advice on. You are also more than welcome to bring your own patterns and wools to use.
There will be plenty of as is wool, Dyed wool and patterns available, As well as a camp store that you may sell any handmades you wish to.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shaker Rug Hooking Retreat with Betsy Reed and Beverly Stewart

July 15th - July 19th 2012

Betsy Reed and Beverly Stewart
at the
Shaker Rug Hooking Retreat

Taking place at the
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
This is sure to be a Fun, Laughter filled, Relaxing time for everyone!
I can almost taste those Fried Green Tomatoes.
More details will be coming soon
If you know you are already interested in joining us, Email

Note to Husbands : This would make an excellent Christmas Gift!

Here are some photos of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
You can visit them at their website here to see more photos and gather information.

See more photo on their Flickr page

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Exciting News Coming Soon!

We Have some exciting news to share !

But I wanted to share a few photos with you first...And keep you in suspense
hint: Kentucky July 2012

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stitchbird Fabrics

For those of you joining us from New Zealand, We would love for you to check out:

They have gorgeous cottons and sewing patterns. I just bought Jodi Carleton's Parsley and Beet Pattern, Too Cute. Lyndy gave me a wonderful USA shipping price. The pattern plus shipping came to I believe $23.50 . I plan to use "Earl Grey" to make the cute little elephants.

When visiting Stitcbird , Make sure to check out their blog.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Swatches have been mailed- Please let us know if you do not receive them

All swatches were mailed out on Monday and Tuesday.
We have been getting calls and e-mails from those who should have already received them, Though have not.
If you have not received your swatches , Please e-mail us to let us know.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Wools- Meet the newest members of our family

Each one of our wools is like family to us. When we first started having wool milled- The first two mailers were classified by numbers only and It so did not jive with us.

It is so fun to give each wool a name~ It really adds to the personality of the wool

Monkey Bread
 The Wizard
 Walla Wall Bing Bang
 Autumn's Calling
 Princess Buttercup
 Vanilla Twist

If your interested in any of these wools you can visit our website here at

I updated the blog roll, If you would like us to add you please leave your blog address in the comment section.
Don't forget to add us to your blog rolls :)
have a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!!
We were going to name one of the upcomming wools that , Just to get laughs :) and yes both mom and I can say it and say it three times fast, I swear it. Next time you see us ask us to  :)