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….
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?
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.
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!
I’ve been accumulating my artwork with the hopes of somehow publishing……and wanting to put out some coloring pages, so I finally have one ready to go!
March into Spring, Instant Download, available in my etsy shop!
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.
Ryukin, available in cards, prints, stickers, shirts….you name it…on Redbubble
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!
My newest video goes over how I make some of the intricate looking woven patterns, such as W2 and Huggins.
This is the first video with the new camera – that annoying little spodge of dust was really bothering me and it was time for an upgrade. Next I’ll be working on improving the lighting and then I think I’ll have my making-videos set up complete. If there is anything you want to see demonstrated, comment and I’ll see what I can do to help.
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A lot of us that Zentangle or Doodle use Micron pens. And if you do use Micron pens, you know how easy it is for those nibs to get crushed if you exert too much pressure on them. And if you’re as addicted to this art form as many of us are….you know we go through a lot of pens. Don’t throw out those pens that are a little past their prime – there is still some life left in them!
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It’s another snowy day in the Northeast, and I’m perfectly fine with it. I don’t mind the snow and I know I’ll look back on the winter fondly when the heat of the summer sets in. Today was not only make a video day, but I did finish a project I had been working on, too
I did this piece on Rendr No Show Thru paper and I’m not a fan. First, this paper has a weird grayish cast to it. It does indeed not bleed thru, but the paper is on the thin side. It hasn’t won me over from my Strathmore Bristol Vellum at all. I’m happy with the way the actual work came out – I just wish it was on Bristol.
I don’t think Winter is really done with us yet, March is certainly sweeping in here like a Lion!