Finishing the Footstool

Ray’s footstool is finished! Many thanks to Cindi Gay  not only for the pattern, but step by step instructions on the finishing. They were invaluable.

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The taupe background matches the colour of the new chesterfield in the TV room, (after several tries), and it makes an attractive addition to the room, plus a comfie spot for Ray to rest his feet now that the recliners have gone to their “rest”.

Ray built the base, and attached the feet. Then covered  it with newspaper and re-attached the feet so they would be easier to stain .

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Then I applied about 20 coats of spray laquer (sounds more labour intensive than it actually was….it dries almost instantly)….done outside by the way….it’s really smelly.

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Then he added ‘slides’ to the bottom of the legs, so it would move easily on the carpet.

The padding presented some problems.

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Cindi gave very specific instructions about what to buy, and the dimensions needed….but as is so often the case….none of it was available in Canada…(at least in my neck of the woods). I am very thankful for the help given by the salesperson at Fabricland. Instead of three pieces of high density foam…I ended up with 1- 3″ block  of “something” that was intended as a chair cushon. I literally carved it to the right sizes (although my base piece was 2″ deep rather than 1″ deep) I just crossed my fingers and hoped that I could Squish it down an inch so it would fit. If it didn’t, I could always remove an inch from the bottom section. The whole stool was then wrapped with “craft batting”, and glued down. 

I measured the prescribed lines and zigzagged twice on the drawn line, and once halfway to the hooking.

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Test fittings happened all the way through, making sure it would fit on the frame, and much to my astonishment, it fit prefectly every time. Cindi said she learned this method of doing the edges from Kim Nixon….and it is wonderful. I must admit I was a bit skeptical until I did it, but it worked like magic.

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The edges were loosely folded in, and roughly whipped together….twice…with strong thread.

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Another fitting, and you can see the open corners. I then hooked two additional rows of hooking in that space, one on either side of the whipped welt. It was a little fiddley, since it had to be hooked without a frame…but was much easier than I had feared.

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Voila! The space is gone.

The hardest part of the assembly turned out to be stapling the bottom edges under. Probably because I had an extra inch of padding….it was tricky to pull it under and staple it evenly. In fact, after these pictures were taken…Ray removed all the staples, and finished it with a groove and spleen…no staples required . 

All in all it was a fun project, and a useful addition for the TV room. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to hook something muted?

Happily hooking again

After studying the inspiration fabric, and sketching a variety of options, this is the pattern I ended up with for my chair pad.

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It looks very busy, but I count on the fact of a restricted colour pallette to give it unity.

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I chose these four wools hoping for a variety in depth and texture. I staggered their entry into the dye pot (darkest first….lightest last).

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These were dyed with slate blue

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These were dyed with paprika and red (half and half)

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A start on the colour palette….but in spite of the different times in the dye, there’s not nearly enough variety in the depth….so the next step will be ….dyeing some lighter versions.

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It was so nice to have something to hook on again at the Sunshine Rug Hookers meeting yesterday.

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In the meantime….I’ve started stripping the rocker….not nearly as much fun as the hooking (sigh).

Stripping and Hooking

While camping in September, Ray and I found an antique/junk shop just outside of the village of Bobcaygeon. He loves browsing for old carpentry tools, particularly wooden planes, and I usually just wander . This time however I found an old pressback rocker which I fell in love with, and before you knew it, it was tucked in the back of the van. (Well we did pay for it first)

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It seems to be in good shape under countless layers of dirt and old paint. While I’m just about to start taking the paint off, I am very aware that I don’t have a project at the moment to hook….so I’ve decided to make a chair pad for it.

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I just used regular computer paper taped together to draw the template, then cut it out (folded it and cut both sides the same).  

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It fits nicely on the seat.

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I’ve transferred the shape onto linen, and now I’m searching for inspiration for a pattern.

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 I’m thinking of borrowing from this piece of fabric which I’ve had for  a LONG time. I bought it just because I loved it, and have used it as a cover for a variety of things over the years. 

Time to get out a pencil and doodle (while I wait for the stripper to eat at the paint on the rocker).

Monthly Sunshine Tribute Day….My Turn

Once again, it’s the first Tuesday of the month…Tribute Day at Sunshine Rughookers, and today was my day to tell my life story, and show my rugs. If you’ve been following this blog since I started it, you’ll have seen all these rugs at one time or another, but here they are again.

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My first rug was given to me by my father in the 70’s. I had no idea about rughooking apart from what my father had seen demonstarted when he bought it. After a feeble beginning, it languished, barely begun, in a closet for about 30 years. It now lives over a rocking chair in my sister’s living room.

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My second rug ( begun during my 2nd try at hooking in the mid 90’s) is Peonies from Rittermere Hurst Field. My sister kindly whipped it for me just this week, and I sewed down the binding last night….20 years in the making! It too found a home in a closet for many years.

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Beginning my third, and final attempt at rug hooking in 2006 This is also a Rittermere pattern…Canadian Mosaic….a semi-oriental rug which features the wild flowers of all the Canadian provinces. I hooked this rug while watching the Tour de France. I was still hooking only with #3 and #4 cuts, and hadn’t yet begun to dye my own wool.

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On a trip to Cape Breton in the early 90’s, I picked up this Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern, and attempted to do it in the Cheticamp style with yarn…..hated it….and it too spent years in the closet. I took it out and hooked it with strips in 2008

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Another early, uncompleted rug..(finished many years later).This pattern was found in a girl friend’s closet,probably had belonged to her mother, and I believe it was from Eaton’s in the 1920’s. Not knowing any better, I hooked the old burlap, and it’s still holding up just fine.

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This stained glass pattern is from Sheila Klugescheid, and is someday destined to be framed.

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I began hooking in earnest in 2008, and Women in Hats (another Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern) was my first effort after recouperating from heart surgery. I was not yet dyeing my wool at this point, and used what was available in my (then small) stash.

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My name for this is Severn Sunset, although Sheila Klugescheid (it’s designer) calls it something else.There was a sandy section which I removed since there were no sand beaches in the area of the Severn where I spent so much time. I painted the dye on the wool  in the sky and water sections

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Emma Sue came to life in a workshop with Anne Boisonnot. I always feel that this piece marked a turning point in my hooking ‘life’ . I dyed all the wool, and stepped out of my box with colour and texture.

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This is my non-penny penny rug. I did it in a workshop with Bea Grant, but decided I would rather hook than sew pennies, so my version is VERY unlike the others. I did do applique for the cornucopia and the leaves, but did a hit and miss border instead of pennies.

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This will be  my table centre piece next weekend for Thanksgiving. It is the pattern in Gene Shepherd’s book on proddy.

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This little bird was a free pattern in RHM and I hooked it with nylons. ….a great travelling project….I took it with me on a trip to see family in Regina…no cutter needed.

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Adele is from my Klimt phase…..one which needs further exploration. I’m still fascinated by his work.

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Hygieia, my other Klimt piece, now hangs in my stairwell. I’d
love to do another really large piece, but I only have one such spot in the house.

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Fat Cat, a pattern by Heidi Kramer, is adapted to resemble my fat seal point Akuma. My first really whumsical piece, and I loved hooking it.

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My two hall rugs were such fun to design and hook. I haven’t dared put them down on the floor yet though.

You can just see the un-upholstered footstool on the table …my latest piece. Ray has completed the box for it, the legs have been purchased, so now it’s up to me to get the foam padding and finish it.

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Black and White adapted with permission from Dahlov Ipcar…I struggled so much with the background colours. That’s what drew me to her work in the first place, but I’m still not convinced about my choices. I reserve judgement until I have it up in my living room with the rugs on the floor which influenced the colour choices. Hopefully I’ll like it better then.

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My one and only attempt thus far at lettering. I made these large coasters for my sister.

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“Charlie” was the free pattern given out at this year’s annual in North Bay.

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Ever helpful friends mounted many of the rugs on the two large bulletin boards in the room where we meet. It made them easy for everyone to see.

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This is one half of the 2nd board….

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….and the other half. I was actually surprised that I had so many rugs…most done in the past three years.

It was a fun experience, but I was really tired when I got home. It’s exhausting to talk about yourself for an hour!