Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hook~Stitch~Punch


I've been using up many of the scraps from the overflowing basket of worms....Love to make really scrappy rugs.  Danny told me I should have gave the boy overalls!  Guess I should have :)


I've also been working on applique patterns by Buttermilk Basin so relaxing and fun.


The oxford punch needle has been getting used, too.  Just a little bit of everything :)

It's been a busy week but never too busy to do a little hooking, stitching, and punching!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crab Crawl Finish For A Hooked Rug

 
I've been busy hooking, punching, and doing a little applique!
 
I thought I would share with you how I am finishing this rug.  The actual hooked rug pattern is by Laurie of The Wooly Red Rug.   She has some really awesome rug patterns to chose from!
 
Now on to how I am binding this rug.... First you will want to  single crochet all around the rug making sure to add 3 to 4 single crochets in the corners  then came back over the top of the single crochet with a crab crawl stitch. 
 
I used an F size crochet hook and some of my hand dyed 4 ply wool yarn "warm browns" and it gives it a nice rope twist look on top! 
If you are wondering about the noise in the background :) Sloan was busy coloring!
 
Just another way to finish a hooked rug.
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meet a New Oxford Puncher

 
I met a lot of folks while vending at SDC in Branson, MO.   Miss Michaela who happens to be 10 years old has become a new oxford puncher!  Didn't she do a great job on making this little house and flowers :)
I'm sure she will be busy making lots of new things and it just so happens her mom has caught the punching bug, too!
 
 
 
I have been crocheting around one of my rugs and have been working on a video to show you something I learned back during the summer.  It is a really great way to finish a rug using crochet.....
So maybe by next week I will be able to share the technique with you!
 

 
I am off for a few days to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a few days  to hook and stitch with some friends.  Hoping all of you are staying warm and have a wonderful weekend planned!
 
Happy Trails to You.....Ginger
 
 
 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Big Red Barn... A Dream Coming True

(photo found on pinterest)
 
Danny and I both like BIG RED BARNS and a dream is looking like it will be coming true.
 
For a very long time I have wanted a shop to sell my wares, supplies, and to teach handmade crafts of all kinds.  For the most part I just enjoy being around folks that have a desire to make things.  I have always kept busy making something even from a very young age. 
 
So we have talked and planned and drawn sketches of plans and we have come up with a  BIG RED BARN that will be here at our farm.  It will have a store for me to offer my handmade goods and also, supplies of wool, punchneedles, yarns, rug hooking supplies, and much more.
 
There will be two porches with rocking chairs and tables to gather around for visiting and relaxing outside, then a big, bright room with plenty of workspace for quilting, rug hooking,  punching, and wool applique workshops or retreats.
 
 
A place to gather around the tables inside  to enjoy some good ole' home cooking and a bunkhouse built in for 16 gals to spend a night or two. 
 
I want this to be a place that everyone that comes can enjoy a taste of the country life,  make new friends, and leave feeling refreshed and wanting to return again. 
 
 
 
 
We have already  measured off where it will go....next is the dirt work to level everything up. 
 
 
In the waiting process I am still planning on several workshops in the big gathering room we have now. 
 
Check back soon for some upcoming workshops on Crazy Clutch, Shirred Rugs, Needle Punch, Oxford Punch, Beginning Rug Hooking and A YEAR IN STITCHES Block of the Month.
 
I will post the dates soon with more details.
 
If you are in the area we also have a Prairie Chicks day once a month.
This month we will meet Saturday, January 10th from 9:30 to late afternoon.
Just bring something to work on and I will provide the lunch....no charge just a good old fashion day of visiting and stitchin', hookin', and punchin'
 
 
Happy Trails......Ginger
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year 2015



As a New Year begins I have to say I am thankful for 2014.....
 
The days of our lives pass so quickly and we should take time and enjoy the many blessings and learn from the ups and downs we all have.
 
Some days are more enjoyable than others for all of us.  I'm very thankful for a Lord that sheds his grace on me.....family that brings so much joy to my life, friends that are silver and gold, and to live in the great USA.
 
My friend Cyndi of Ivy Jean's Ozark Farmstead who I met this last June designed and punched this fun oxford punch piece.  She has been punching only for a short time and I think she did a fantastic job.  She owns and operates a small family farm where she host retreats for quilting, rug hooking, scrapbooking, weddings and lots more!  She is one sweet gal that makes her farm a fun place to visit!
 
 
I have a lot of things planned for this year the good Lord willing.....
I hope to share them with you in the upcoming days.
It is a dream that I have had for so long and it seems it is finally coming true ♥
 
Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy,  and Joyous New Year
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger
 
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Scrappy Rugs and Keeping Warm


I have lots and lots of worms left over from projects and the scrap baskets always seem to be overflowing.  I made this wonky penny hooked rug and just love how it turned out.  Simple and no worries about keeping anything perfect.

It measures 20 x 26 inches.....guess what I still have a lot of woolly worms left!

Just about every Sunday after church we make a trip to Home Depot and most of the time I just work on a project in the truck.  This is my Home Depot project this week......crocheted fingerless gloves.  I just made it up as I went.  They are made of a nice wool yarn and with the colder temps on the way bet they help keep me nice and warm ☺


Well with the basket of woolley worms still overflowing I started yet another scrappy rug!

Just some random wonky hearts ♥


It's been a busy December lots of time spent with family and friends.  I do hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a Very Happy New Year!  Thanks so much to all that stop by and visit my blog ♥

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wool Applique and Rug Hooking

 
Sometimes it is nice to simply use a kit and make some wonderful things.  I recently purchased some patterns from Cricket Street Wool while I was in Branson.  Carolyn Snyder owns the shop and does incredible work.  I purchased several patterns and several kits.  Her instructions are easy to follow and easy enough to make in a day.
In no time I had the little church pillow and the Wintertime with the deer pillow made.  I also, made two of the crazy clutches and they will be great for holding little tools for take along projects.
 
 
Then after finishing the wool appliques it was time to get busy with a little rug hooking.
 
 

 
I ordered this project in the beginning of 2014 from LJ Fibers at the Wooly Red Rug it is one of her annual hooked rug kits.  Primitive Medallions is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I hooked all of this up in just one evening and I'm sure to be back at the frame often.  The primitive colors of wool look wonderful as each loop is pulled!
 
Thanks for stopping by to visit....hope you are having a great week and finding a little time to do something you enjoy!
 
Happy Trails....Ginger