"Fessing Up"

I don’t know about  you…but I get the most accomplished when I have a deadline in front of me. A recent phone call from Linda Wilson was to let me know that on the first Tuesday of October, it would be “All About Elizabeth Martel and her Rugs” at Sunshine Rughookers. Now I definitely have a deadline….I have to display and talk about all my rugs. While most are done….there are way too many that haven’t been bound…suddenly all those unbound rugs loomed LARGE! I’m sure I can’t get them all done…but I sure would like to get at least some of them finished before I have to show them. 

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I’ve already started whipping the edge of the hall runner.

So just how many rugs need to be properly finished? I decided to dig them out, and confess . 

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This is actually my second rug ever. Can you believe it? It was started in the early 90’s…nearly 20 years ago.  Peonies… a Rittermere pattern. It’s on burlap, so I may have to use cording when I whip it…YUCK  It was never bound because of the sun having discoloured it when I left it under a skylight in the trailer over one winter.

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This stained glass pattern from Heartland Creations is also on burlap. I always thought it would be nice in a frame with silver edging….just never got around to seeing about it. 

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My Deanne Fitzpatrick “Ladies in Hats” (burlap again) will be easier to do since it is to hang on a wall, not be on the floor.

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My blue bird…the one and only piece done with nylons is on monk’s cloth and should be simple to bind…..now that I know it will work to bind it with yarn.

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I’ve seen such beautiful finishing done on this pattern, also from Heartland Creations, that I’ve been reluctant to even start on mine. One of Linda Wilson’s is stretched over a foam board, and another has a show binding with a lined backing. They’re both beautifully displayed….sigh

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My little caterpillar is only 12 x 12 and should be a ‘quick fix’ .

I’m not even including my footstool, since it is hooked, but I can’t go further until Ray has the time to build the box for it. 

OK….now to see how many I can do the finishing on before the first week of October. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

PS…I couldn’t help adding a little quote here from Gene Shepherd’s blog for Wednesday. He is responding to a note sent to him by a fellow hooker……now I feel much better!

“The one thing you say, however, that I do have trouble understanding is this comment:   I try to finish one project before beginning another … In all candor, that seems strange, even stressing my brain so it goes a little fuzzy and causing me to see spots before my eyes as I bog down with the unnatural concept …  finish one before starting another … Sorry, I just don’t get it.”

2 thoughts on “"Fessing Up"

  1. Your rugs are beautiful.&nbsp;&nbsp;I don't even notice the finishing.&nbsp;&nbsp;Don't panic, just enjoy.<br />Could you tell me where to purchase the caterpillar.&nbsp;&nbsp;My new granddaughter would just love this.&nbsp;&nbsp;Thanks so much for sharing with us.&nbsp;&nbsp;Your work brightens my day.<br />Shelley in Louisiana

  2. Shelley the caterpillar is a cute pattern, but unfortunately not one which can be purchased. It was drawn by a famous cartoonist/artist as the handout for participants at this year’s OHCG Annual (Ontario Hooking Craft Guild). Being held in the north in the spring, when bugs etc. can be very plentiful, they had decided on the theme "bugs". Each year participants are given a small theme related pattern in their "goodie bag", and some wool to get started.

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