Friday, August 1, 2008


This is the sheep rug that was our project when a group went to England two years ago. Cilla Cameron taught us the proddy portion and Heather Ritchie taught the stone wall background ~ what a challenge that was!! Heather's sample rug was a purple sheep and I latched onto one of the purple wool packets that was offered!! Then we chose 4 or 5 pieces of wool that Heather custom dyed for the stone walls. Kris Miller and I took close-up pix of Heather's stone wall hooking and it definitely helped when I was hooking this back home without her input! Heather had dyed Wensleydale fleece for sale and several packages of that came home with me ~ some purple went in the sheep body and I improvised on the pattern a bit and used the green for grass under the little sheep feet. I also made an attempt at a proddy flower at the end of the grass!! Those rock walls were the hardest thing to hook in such a fashion that it looked like stones ~ Heather lived her lifetime surrounded by all that texture and it was second nature for her but for most of us, it was a struggle! On my England Memory Rug, I prodded a smallish purple sheep into the top right of the rug to commemorate our reason for being in England in the first place.

There is an online rug hooking forum that I frequent and there are several rug hooking challenges that have been set up recently. The one that I joined is Unfinished Objects and you can check it out at So many rug hookers have pieces they've started and get put aside so this is a way to tackle that UFO and be held accountable through the team blog they've set up. It will be fun and productive, for sure! Mine is a rug of my grandchilren's hands that I started two years ago ~ the picture and story about it are on that blog site.

Several weeks ago, I posted about my sister, Joyce, having an embolism and heart attack. I'm happy to report that she is doing well ~ she even went out last week and did her Meals on Wheels route ~ hello !!!! She said her doctor said to do what she felt up to doing and she did!! We're a tough bunch and I know she doesn't want to let this get the best of her ~ I give her a lot of credit for that. She started hooking about the same time I did but hasn't pursued it as much ~ she mentioned that her hooking is shreddy and she doesn't hook fast, etc. I sent her the Hartman Hook this week and am waiting to hear if it's helped! I sell them now, because it made all the difference for me in regard to the ease of hooking with wide cuts! I hope she likes it and it gets her hooking again!
Another weekend is here ~ a new month has started! Does time fly for all of you like it does here? Holy crow ~ it's hard to keep up sometimes!! Take care and have a good weekend!


Unknown said...

Alice, Alice, Alice,

Your talents at rug hooking, decorating, gardening, and God knows what else are truly fabulous!

I love this proddy sheep, the purples are to dye (get it) for, and the stone looks so realistic. You amaze me everytime I visit your blog.

Have a great weekend,


Jacque. said...

Hey Alice...I am blown away by your sheepie rug. I enlarged it to get a better view of (especially) the stone wall. Who'da thunk all those colors produced that gorgeous piece!!!

How'd you do the fringing on the edges? I assume it's proddy, but is it attached in any way? Is this rug hanging up in your gorgeous house?

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Hi Girls!! Yes ~ I got it "to dye for" ~ you're funny, Miss Trudy!! The border is proddy ~ two rows of it against the two rows of hooking. I proddied thru just the one layer of backing and then serged about a 1" border and then bound it with wool rather than rug tape! I use both and love to use a strip of wool that I tear about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide and stitch very close to the hooking so that no foundation fabric shows at the edge of the rug. He hangs in the dining area of the living room ~ I just love that purple guy!!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...
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Kris Miller said...

Hi Alice,
Your sheep rug looks fabulous! Your stone wall turned out awesome too. I've not finished my rug yet-LOL-but I swear I'm going to!!! You are right, the stone wall is the hardest part, that's probably why my mat is not done. I think your stones look wall looks more like a crazy quilt.
Sigh, keep up the lovely hooking!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Thanks, Kris ~ as I remember your walls looked pretty darn good ~ you just have to tackle it again. If I hadn't done mine right away, it would be sitting also ~ wonder if we'll ever hook stone walls again?

BeFRuiTFuL KReaTioNS said...

Wow your proddy sheep is wonderful. The purple packet was the way to go. The colors are fantastic. I am interested in proddy it is something I have not done.

From a fellow hooker.

Texas RugBug said...

I love the sheep on the stone wall. Can you tell us the theory behind hooking that wall? Is that your pattern or Heather's?

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