What! Another new Hobby!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I love to learn new things.  If it’s related to fiber, I’ll probably try it at least once.  A long time ago, I used to braid rugs with wool fabric and my braiding buddy, Laurie, became interested in rug hooking – I resisted it back then.

Last weekend we traveled to Maryland for our annual first camping trip and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – and something just called to me as I was passing a booth with beautiful rugs……I have no idea what clicked or what little voice I heard but the next thing I knew I had bought a little kit, hoop and hook.

Of course I was excited, but so intimidated – I’ve done locker hooking and thought this was a little similar and possibly kinder on my hands – plus wool!  Did I mention I used to braid rugs and have a huge wool stash that has sat untouched for years – I’m a little scared to open those bins up.

I found a lot of information on youtube, my first (notice I numbered it?) rug hooking book arrived yesterday.  A great little talk show on youtube, My Rug Hooking Show, hosted by Annette, has been so inspirational and helpful.  Last night I finally put the little piece of burlap on the frame and started….

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It’s coming along nicely and I cannot stand how cute this is.  It’s a little circle mat and I also purchased another kit from another seller – a Flying COW….my husband pointed it out to me and well, it was minutes before I owned it.  With watching Annette’s talk show, I can already see the possibilities in making my own designs and incorporating some Zentangle into this – oh that would be so sweet!  The really wonderful part about this is that you don’t need a boatload of time – as Annette reminds us in her talk show – just a small block of time, 5, 10, 15 minutes of working on a piece – you don’t have to finish a row, mark your spot on a pattern, remember where you left off – it’s just so easy to stop then start up again.  And let me just say, how relaxing this is – another relaxing hobby can’t be bad.  I need some more relaxation techniques to keep the stress levels down, don’t we all?

 

 

 

How I draw Mooka

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I recently did a few pieces that have the tanglepattern Mooka in them…..this has been a pattern I’ve struggled with and I think I’ve finally become comfortable with the way I do them now.  I had a request from a few members of my Facebook Group, For The Love of Doodling, to show how I draw them in my next video.  Mission accomplished – I hope it helps some.

Flowering Mooka

I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any video requests, please feel free to comment – if I can, I will try to help.  Thanks for reading and watching!

Ryukin

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One of my Best Friends loves fish…..and has a birthday in March.  This year I made up my mind to make her one of Ben Kwok’s awesome templates.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and she loved it.  And this morning it’s featured over on a group at Redbubble – a really nice way to start out my Monday and week.

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Ryukin, available in cards, prints, stickers, shirts….you name it…on Redbubble

How To Transfer Templates/images for Tangling

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I see this question come up frequently in the Doodle/Zentangle groups on Facebook – how do you transfer templates for Tangling?  In this video, I go over two methods – one simple and inexpensive, the other with a lightpad.  There are many methods you can use, but these are the two I that I use – Hope you find it helpful to see how it’s done!

Tangled Flower Tutorial

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I finished this piece last week…

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Which was inspired by a member of my Facebook Group, For the Love of Doodling.  Diane C made a beautiful drawing of a woman wearing a hat and she had this big, wonderful flower.  She says she didn’t make the pattern up,  but with her kind permisson, I’ve deconstructed it.  It’s a lot of fun to do and a few members where asking for a video of how so…

I hope you enjoy it and I’ve love to see what you do with it.  Come on over and join us at For the Love of Doodling!

Farewell Max

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Max 2006 – 2015

We brought you home in 2008 when you were barely 2 years old.  You were the rabbit that made it possible for me to have a rabbit I wasn’t allergic to.  We even tried to get you a mate, but the hilarity of you two together made it clear there was not going to be any little rabbits.  You were a tough cookie,  lover of dandelions, flipper of food dishes – you patiently put up with me learning how to groom all that angora you grew sooooooo well, and behaved like a gentelman during those grooming sessions.

You will be missed.