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ANOTHER FINALLY FINISHED PIECE…

A couple of years ago I took a class at Green Mountain entitled Whimsical Animals. I decided to pay homage to – A PORCUPINE. For a few year we had been battling with a porky who would arrive at 3 a.m. and would start chowing down on our front steps. I would wake up from a deep sleep to a shaking house and GNAW, GNAW, GNAW as she gobbled the edges of my lovely cedar stairs. I would run out to the front porch and jump up and down yelling at her to stop eating my house (thank goodness we live in the woods and the neighbours are far enough away that they did not see this crazy woman in a frenzied dance on the front porch in the middle of the night – did wake up company a few times though 🙂 ). She would disappear for a while and we flipped the porch stairs over so that the chewed edge was underneath and at the back. And I discovered she did not like the smell of pine sol and would pour pine sol on the stairs every night (of course I did not like the smell either but…). Of course, that did not deter her for long – however when she came back she crept under the stairs and started chewing on the back underside of the treads. I guess the pine sol had not reached that edge. So, we stapled chicken wire under the stairs and around the sides. Well, that worked for a few days until once again at 3 a.m. I heard and felt the undeniable sound of GNAW, GNAW once again. And again I ran out the front door and started my wild dance. Only this time, poor little porky could not get out. Some how she got trapped in the chicken wire. And so, at 3 a.m. by the light of the moon Gord and I pulled out staples and removed chicken wire and Porky ambled off into the night. Now she comes (or perhaps it is her offspring) and eats the bullrushes in our pond and even comes in the middle of the day to slurp up the algae! Front steps are safe and sound and Porky needed to become a rug! She started out as Porkzilla a tribute to Godzilla’s rampage on Tokyo but once I had her hooked in she became Porkalicious!

I started the rug at rug camp and got a good chunk done (it is 31 x 23 inches) and worked at it diligently when I got home. Only to discover!!!! that I HATED THE PINE TREE AS IT LOOKED LIKE A BLOB and the birch tree looked like the frito bandito with an arm sticking out almost sideways. What possessed me to draw these trees so badly??? Of course, by then, I had hooked the sky and water around the trees and redoing them would mean taking out all the sky and water and ugh… I hate rehooking! So poor Porky languished on the harvest table for two years while I worked on other stuff. I would pass her every day and think about how I was going to fix those trees without having to take out soooooo much hooking and then I would walk away. Finally, friends Lesley and Sherri last fall said – hmmmm maybe you need to just pull out those loops – remove the sky and water – and finish this rug! Well it took a few months but finally I picked up the rug, sucked it up and pulled out a mound of strips. Wellllll, it wasn’t that bad! I hooked in trees I actually like and rehooked the sky and water in a few days and I SURVIVED! And Porkalicious is finally done (well except for binding and touching up and cleaning up) and will soon reside on my living room wall where she can keep watch over the front steps… and now I can move on to hmmmm… maybe a rug to honour my raccoons?… Oh, and Gord says she looks like a rogue Stegasaurus – I say she is whimsical!!!

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  1. She is great! And love the story about her too! Nancy

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  2. There is a great variety of styles in your posts. The use of colour and the light are very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful work, love the color!

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  4. I love it! 😘

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  5. Loretta: I love it!! She is so bright and lively. Your trees are beautiful and they have your style of hooking I recognize. Did you take any pics of what the piece looked like before reconstruction? I would be interested. When I work on a big project I take photos to document my progress and sometimes I end up with a before and after pic. Definitely a learning experience. Take care Weezie

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  6. Christine Van Hees

    She’s wonderful:)

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  7. Michelle Garofalo

    I love her!!!!! And her story

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  8. Good story-when we were in the bush we had raccoons that would pester us and chipmunks squirrels as well. Haven’t had the urge to honor them!

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  9. Porky just makes me smile. Love it!

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  10. Wow he is so handsome love the colours

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  11. Her Covid shield is up smart girl

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  12. Your story was a delight to read!! Thanks

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  13. Beautiful story and beautiful rug.   Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Hooked On The LakeSent: January 27, 2021 7:07 AMTo: debsloan13@gmail.comSubject: [New post] ANOTHER FINALLY FINISHED PIECE… hookedonthelake posted: " A couple of years ago I took a class at Green Mountain entitled Whimsical Animals. I decided to pay homage to – A PORCUPINE. For a few year we had been battling with a porky who would arrive at 3 a.m. and would start chowing down on our front steps. I "

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  14. I think Porkalicious is adorable. I am glad you finished him otherwise we would never have heard this delightful story. Now the question is of course, is your pattern available to the public?

    Enjoyed this post immensely.

    Cheers, Trish

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  15. Love the story and the rug. Means so much more with a story….maybe you should add the story to a label on the back for all to enjoy!

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  16. I like it. Wish I could’ve seen the ‘before’ version. N ❤️

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  17. Porky is perfect!!! One of favs!

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  18. Great story and finished rug

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  19. I liked your story, maybe you should go into writing!
    But your porky is cute, lovely colors. Thank you, Karin

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  20. That is beautiful, Loretta!

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  21. Annette Cochrane

    Love it Loretta! I loved it when you started it at Green Mountain Rug School in 2018. I think she looks very festive in what looks to be pink or purple skin. What fun to have it done!

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  22. Your story about Porkalicious is just what we’ve needed – she is quite lovely….and very distinctive!
    Glad you were bold in picking her quill colours. What a fun, delightful piece.
    Love Gord’s “rogue Stegosaurus’ description – made me giggle!

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    • well she does rather look spiky like a stegosaurus. but much more colourful. I had a ton of pink swatches and since I don’t hook with swatches I spot dyed them all different colours and used them for her spikes. it was fun!

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  23. Hi Loretta! Finally punched the kit I won at your hooking.  Mounted it on a piece of wood that I stained.  Loved the kit! Hugs, Jen

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  24. Great story with such a happy ending! I love porkalicious! Whimsically beautiful & So very creative! !

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  25. Loretta, your Porkalicious is as adorable as your story! I love your style and colors and the whimsical way you hook and hooked this precious rug! Thanks for sharing & bringing us all a smile. And agreed, hope you’ll add a bit of the story on a tag for the back of your sweet rug… down the line, it will delight the next owner to know how Porkalicious came to be!♥ I got a chuckle out of Gord’s “rogue Stegosaurus” too (hehe)! ~Diane from Mass.

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  26. Love the rug but the story behind it is what makes it 😉

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  27. Loretta, I enjoyed the story about your porcupine and its rug.

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  28. Roberta Leuschen

    Beautiful !! Yes raccoon rug. I love those little masked critters. Lol 🤪

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