The Bee is Back!

January 26th, 2016

I’m excited to be hosting a good old fashioned bee at The Barn at Todd Farm this coming January 31, 2016, 2-5:pm.  If you’re local, grab a project and swing on by!

The Barn at Todd Farm

275 Main Street

Rowley, Ma

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

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Peppermint Pinwheels

January 26th, 2016

vintage pie tins + hit or miss hooked peppermints = primitive wonder

I love it when my stash plays nicely together.

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Prim Excursions

January 10th, 2016

I am fascinated by the primitive.  The old and weathered.  The patina of life’s wear and tear.  The functional side of folk art.  Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking.  Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece.  I am just thrilled with the results.  While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy.  It is for decorative purposes only.  Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.

More designs to come…

Our giraffe is hooked with an assortment of wools and organic cottons. Stuffed with organic cotton, too.

The back is coffee stained linen to give it an old world appeal.

Dave fashioned the base of our pull toy from an old roller skate he found in a house clean out. It could not be more perfect.

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Scrappy Doodles

January 4th, 2016

December was a raucous month.  As soon as the 24th rolled around, I hit the highway on my way to the refuge of a quiet cabin.  Cookbooks, knitting, and hooking were packed to excess.  And I just doodled with wool, using up my scraps, testing out some truly primitive burlap, and soaked up the solitude.

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The Beau

December 13th, 2015

Still cold out, but in my head my toes are still tucked in warm sand. The Vintage Bathing Beauty needs a Beau. And I think I may have finally come up with a design I’m happy with. Still tweaking, but I’m liking it overall.

My head is dancing with ideas of how I’d like to hook this, what materials and colors I want to use. I know a lot of folks color plan their rugs, but that just never works for me. Maybe more to the point, I don’t seem to be good at sticking to a plan. Free spirit and all…

The Beau for our Belle.

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Vintage Beach Day

December 2nd, 2015

Where I live, the beach is far from our minds. The nights are cold, the pond is skimming over with ice, and dew has morphed to frost. Nonetheless, I’m thoroughly entranced by a vintage version of seaside joy. I paw through antique photos enamoured by both the fashion and the attitutde of bygone eras. The inspiration is limitless.

The hand hooked Vintage Bathing Beauty on a primitive style door.

I recently finished hooking my Vintage Bathing Beauty and had so much fun working on it. Dave made me a beautiful primitive door to display it on. It’s just perfect. I’m sure gonna miss this little lady when she goes. She is available in my shop or you can see her in person at The Barn at Todd Farm.

Close up!

It was such a joy playing with my red tones.

It's all about the details.

If you are the do-it-yourself type, the pattern is also available. You can can purchase it drawn out on linen – and stay tuned! The instant dowload version of the pattern will be available soon!

The Vintage Bathing Beauty drawn out on linen. Instant download available soon!

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Hit or Miss

August 14th, 2015

I’ve always had a fascination with antique hit or miss rugs and have always wanted to try my hand at making one. I just never seemed to be abe to get past my mental road block to find just the right inspiration to get things going. Finally, after what must have been my ten thousandth google image search, I spied inspiration in the form of a spiral. This was a hit or miss style I hadn’t seen before. Armed with a plan and an alarmingly large pile of worms left over from other hooking projects, I set myself to the task.


My work progressed quickly and grew addictive. No sooner than I had finished one piece, I was off and running to the next. I’m teaming with ideas for color combinations and backgrounds.

The second spiral was meant to be a larger version of my first but with a pale background instead. When I finished the circle, however, I thought it might have greater impact simply as a round. And then I had my best idea all day and asked Dave to make me a primitve looking door or such that I could mount the finished piece to. I could not be happier with the results.

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Japanese Cranes

July 22nd, 2015

I’ve just finished up and delivered a fantastically enjoyable project: a commissioned hooked pillow that I took through the process from beginning to end.  The Landmark School was celebrating the retirement of a much loved teacher after 40 years of service and wanted a gift that would truly reflect their admiration for her and her own personal loves as she embarked on the next phase of her life’s journey.  After multiple discussions and drafts, we finally honed in on the perfect design.  Hooking was a joy—there is never such a pleasure as  finding the perfect shade of wool to express what you are trying to convey or deciphering the direction and style of the hooked rows of wool to pull it all together.

The creativity did not end when the hooking was done.  We found a gorgeous crewel work fabric to back the pillow with, and another teacher beautifully hand embroidered the date, school, and sentiment throughout the design.  This project was truly a labor of love to celebrate a person who so clearly deserved it.

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The Story of A Bench

June 16th, 2015

We had an adventurous winter and early spring searching out intriguing things to make other things out of.  At one stop, we came across a cache of antique bed frames that we couldn’t resist.  The multitude of ideas we have for these will keep us busy for months.  This Four Poster Bench is first out of the blocks, and we’re just getting started…

The Four Poster Bench and Stars and Stripes Pillow Set are both available at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, MA.

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Today…

June 8th, 2015

The Vintage Bazaar is in a mere two weeks, we’ve had family graduations up the wazoo, special orders, commissions, etc., etc.  We’ve been delightfully busy.  Today I’ve hooked, picked up a Craigslist find, shopped for fabric, and am now tea staying the almost perfect fabric I found to upholster the magnificent bench that Dave’s been building from an antique bed frame.  And the day is still young…

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