Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Dancing Sheep" Hooked Purse

"Dancing Sheep" Hooked Rug Purse

Purse is 14" wide by approx 12.5" top to bottom.  Design was taken from a Searsport Rug Hooking design on a large rug I hooked right after I started hooking and decided it would be cute on a purse.  All hand dyed wools on cotton rug warp.  Lined with calico fabric with added pockets on the inside and magnetic latch.  I hooked this in #'s 6 & 8 cuts on cotton rug warp.  The strap is leather and came off of a Dooney & Burke purse that I own.  I've decided I can just keep hooking these purses and since I can only carry one purse at a time I'll just move the strap to whichever purse I want to carry at the time!  No need to buy a new strap or make a strap for each purse - strap problem solved!

Friday, January 8, 2010

"Maine at Midnight" Hooked Purse

"Maine at Midnight"

Another purse in the making and now ready to start the sewing.  Designed by me while looking at the night sky very late one night here in Maine while waiting for my dogs to do their business before going to bed for the night - the first photo is my drawing I sketched out at a rug hooking get together in about 10 minutes from my drawing in my sketch book!  I decided to try for a very primitive style rather than something realistic since I was not sure exactly how I could begin to duplicate the dark night sky with one million stars sparkling away and the trees set again it.  Occasionally I could glimpse a small amount of color cast by the moon so figured why not just give the trees more color so they actually showed up better.  This purse will be a bit larger than the other purses I have recently finished at 11.5" x 15.50" and put together slightly different than the yellow purse or the bunny purse.  I plan an expansion band around the sides and bottom along with a zipper in the top.  The wools are all  hand dyed except the fabric that creates the swirls in the sky which was a plaid in navy, dark reds and a light thin stripe of sky blue.  Hooked on rug warp with #6 and #8 cuts.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"The Patriotic Wave" Hooked Purse

Another purse ready to be put together....I'm going to be doing a lot of sewing to get all these purses I keep hooking finished!  Heaven knows when I'll use all of these gems but I just seem to be "hooked" on purses right now.  They are the right size, fairly quick to hook and give me a great opportunity to use up left overs and explore a variety of ideas and techniques so I'm going to keep hooking them until I'm tired of them!  Size of purse when finished will be approx 14" wide by 15" deep.  This purse will be just like the yellow "Dancing Sheep" purse when completed.  To understand the construction take a look at the yellow sheep purse.  The lining will be inserted, after I sew the necessary pockets to the lining, and then using a blind stitch sewn in by hand.  Hooked with all hand dyed wools on cotton rug warp in #'s 6 and 8 cuts.

Friday, January 1, 2010

"Bunny & Gumdrops" Hooked Purse

"Bunny and Gumdrop" hooked purse is 12" x 12.5" and lined with navy calico with a small creamed colored pin dot.  This was a great project to use lots of those very small amounts of left over hand dyed wools.  The bunny is hooked with a kinky over spun natural gray/brown wool yarn with the hooking pulled high for the tail....very slow process and I'm not sure I like the idea of doing a whole lot of hooking with yarns!  This purse has plastic rings and the leather strap I have on the yellow purse (above) is moved from one purse to another when I want to carry a different one.  This was actually the first purse I ever tried putting together using hooked rug pieces and it was quite a learning experience.

Checkerboard Sweater

Sorry I've been so absent since October but have been very busy even though I have not been posting my projects, between my knitting, painting, rug hooking, Christmas, family and friends I've been swamped for weeks!

Above is my most recently finished sweater done using the technique of two handed knitting colorwork and employing the weaving in of the carried yarns on the inside to eliminate long floats.  I knitted this in the round using steeks, cut up the front when finished, picked up for the band and attached the sleeves.  The yarns are all handspun and hand dyed, by me, and the sweater is very warm to wear which is certainly nice since I live in Maine and winters are pretty chilly here!  The buttons are Knit Picks' "Harmony" buttons which I think worked out very well.  I had this sweater finished months ago but because I could not find buttons for less than $10 each that I liked I kept holding off finishing the band until some idea for buttons that worked with this sweater presented itself.  I just could not justify $70 for buttons!  One day I was shopping on-line and discovered that Knit Picks was making buttons from their left over woods that they make their Harmony knitting needles from and thought "WOW" Eureka and so affordable!