Boy time flies. Cannot believe it has been a week (actually more!) since I last posted. Gord (hubby) mentioned he was getting bored reading the last post over and over! But it has been a busy week – our trip to Kincardine got cancelled because of a health emergency in our friends’ family – so what to do? Turn around and go home and hmmm work on the house? or keep going and visit my parents and find something to do in the area. Well we decided on the latter (did not take much convincing on my part!!!!) and spent 3 days in Waterloo area visiting parents and wonderful little towns of New Hamburg (where I was thrilllllled to find a tea shop called Phidellias that carried the amazing Lemon Chiffon tea I love), Shakespeare (full of wonderful antique shops were I could not afford a thing! – ahhhh I have to admit I love my local antique and junk stores! where I can actually spend $ not $$$) and Stratford (where had we had the time we would have taken advantage of a matinee play at the theater!). So although I missed walking the beaches of Lake Huron and playing brain twisting card games with our friends I did have a wonderful short trip. Came home to paint! 🙂 Just what I had been trying to escape but felt good when it was finished.
So yesterday my friend Elizabeth came for the day. We drew out her beautiful bigggg (70 x 50) rug pattern on her backing (no red dot or tulle needed either – just put the pattern underneath her primitive linen and traced! – remember to try that! if your drawing is dark enough you will be able to see through the primitive linen and save that additional step of tracing first on red dot (ugh) and then redrawing it through the red dot onto your backing!), colour planned it and dyed a lot of the wool. Elizabeth knew what colours she wanted (yeah all old toned down earthy colours!!!!) so we dyed up background colours of dark dark navy, dark apple cider, dark olive brown and mixed those in with some wonderful plaids to give a beautiful exciting dark background that will shimmer! Then we dyed a wonderful green from Susan Quicksall’s dyebook and a gorgeous yellow that uses equal parts of Magic Carpet moss green and orange (loved that yellow so much I had to dye more of it today for my own stash). We pulled out some reds that were perfect and added in some great neutrals Elizabeth and I had and some brighter spot dyes for veins dyed by Karen Kaiser et voila it was ready to go home and cut and hook. Here is a picture of Elizabeth sitting on her soon to be rug (yes she wants it finished by spring because as she says it will be too darn heavy and hot to hook in summer):
and that beautiful yellow wool(I think this was 3/16 orange and 3/16 moss green over 9 pieces of wool):