Monday, March 1, 2010


This is an M. Shaw pattern that I started last fall ~ it's for our lake condo ~ I have an M. Shaw painting of a cat in our bedroom and also a white folk art rabbit ~ somehow this just seemed to fit ~ in my mind!

As you can see, I outlined the green stems and leaves (with a nice purple yarn I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents!) because the greens I picked for the background and the leaves were way too similar! Color planning is a challenge for me and so is reverse hooking ~ that wasn't going to happen so outlining to set them apart seemed like a good alternative!

The flowers are several purples including a nice old paisley. As I look thru the camera's eye, it appears the tail is pretty stark white in comparison ~ I wanted a white fuzzy cottontail but it may have to come out ~ I'll see when the rug is finished. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results so far ~ I'll keep you posted!

Quiet weekend for us ~ went out to dinner with friends on Friday night in a snowstorm, by the way ~ stayed in all day Saturday and hooked! Sunday we had the pleasure of shopping for carpet and other floor coverings for a rental we're rehabbing ~ a story all in itself ~ for another time! Then a stop at Barnes and Noble to look thru magazines and books ~ we love to do that! We came home and raided the fridge ~ a little this ~ a little that ~ and called it supper!

Today I'm dyeing antique blacks! I hope I come up with some things that work! A couple of gals are coming later today just for that and I want there to be several things to choose from! That's the way I operate of course ~ flying by the seat of my pants ~ at the last minute ~ it works for me ~ somehow!!!!!!! I'll take pictures if they're noteworthy ~ I sure hope so!!

Talk to you later ~ and thanks for stopping by! I mean that so sincerely ~ it's amazing to me that over the weekend, the hit counter went over 40,000 ~ since being installed January of '09. I love knowing that there are people out there interested in what I have to say ~ and when you comment, I'm very interested in what you're saying back to me!! Have a good day wherever in this world you are!!!!!


Kim said...

Lovin that rabbit rug, Alice!!!!

Deb said...

I just love that rug!!

Cathy G. said...

I've always wanted to do an M Shaw pattern. Love that rabbit one! I think it will go very well with your painting! Thank-you too Alice for reading and commenting on my blog. It is nice to know that people are reading and that we aren't just talking to ourselves. Love reading your blog and I'm always interested in your projects! Cathy G

Doris said...

Love the rabbit - I just finished a white on white piece and they are fun to do. Yes, we all read each other's blogs and love them all. Lots of us hookers out here all helping each other.

jane augenstein said...

Oh, oh, oh, nice rabbit rug!!! The colors are so pretty! How neat to outline the green leaves and stems in a purple yarn, love the flowers too.
Dyeing black; what is your recipe? I always seem to get a purple looking color instead of a good antique black. Doesn't matter what color of wool I start with either. I was beginning to think that there was a lot of purple in my black Cushing dye??
I have really HARD water too.

dulcy said...

Hello Alice!

Thanks for staying with me during my recuperation. Love your new rabbit rug! Outlining can add a nice bit of drama to a piece. I'm a little stir crazy, and hoping to start a new rug for kitchen. Worked yesterday on drawing a chicken....oh dear.....


Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
Love the rabbit rug!!! Did you outline the green after you had hooked in the background? Also, can you show us what the wool looked like before cutting that you used for the rabbit?
Pug hugs :)
{{I agree with you that the tail is a bit too white.}}

Linda said...

Hi that rabbit is a really neat rug! I am always amazed how quickly you hook and get things done. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

Julie said...

Super neat Alice!

Anonymous said...

Oh Alice, I LOVE your rabbit rug!!!
I love M. Shaw patterns and the folk art look! Well done! Spring is just around the corner! yeah!
Have a lovely day friend!

softinthehead said...

Alice ...this rug is gorgeous! It seriously takes my breath away. You are truly an artist! Pam

Got3BagsWool said...

Hi Alice!
Form cold but No snow North Carolina...we have had several snowstorms this year, the worst when we where in Florida...we extended our stay to miss the aftermath. We have considered becoming snowbirds next year, at least for a month. My next retreat is coming up in less than three weeks, lots to get done!


Soggibottom said...

Amthing with a bunny on is fine by me.. x x x I would love this.

Jacque. said...

Alice. I love, love LOVE that rabbit rug! It is awesome!