Saturday, February 16, 2019

~*FAT Hooking!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

This is NOT AT ALL what I should be working on, but it apparently is where my heart is at the moment!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Judy Cripps' hook-in at her home.  While there, I wholeheartedly admired a rug of hers (all of her rugs really!) ~ finished and displayed in her kitchen.  I was delighted to see she had it drawn up and offered as a pattern.  It had to come home with me!  I listened carefully as she gave me a few tips for hooking it up.

It is sweet and simple!  It is also the largest rug I have EVER hooked (29 by 36)... and with the FATTEST STRIPS too!

These wool strips are roughly and inch wide!!!

Not wanting to measure with a ruler... and, of course, not having a wool cutter that would cut a strip this wide... I am using my thumb as a reference and guide.  (never mind my lack of a manicure, please!)

The strips for this rug are suppose to be ripped anyway... so this is working perfectly!

Judy told me to plan for 7x the wool for the motifs.  She advised to lay the wool, folded on the areas to be hooked.  I have a large stash of wool, but not in large dyed pieces all the same.  So, like most of my finishes, it is going to be scrappy... and just the way I love it!

I'm using my FAT, primitive hook opening up a large space to pull each fat, wooly worm through... and I am leaving lots of space between rows... trying very hard to not 'pack' as I hook.  Obviously, the 'packing' continues to be a challenge though.  

Wishing you all warm smiles...


Sunday, February 3, 2019

~*Packing? or Rug Hooking?*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Yesterday, I purchased a small rug kit from Judy Cripps of Rustic Rugs.  My mind was focused on 'packing'... or rather, the opposite of it.

I've been told before that your loops in rug hooking should be "kissing, not hugging".  Hmmm... I think mine are sometimes really smooching and very snug.  'Snug as a bug in a rug?' maybe?  Seeing open spaces of linen on the back is okay.  I'm wondering, how does a hooker keep from pulling loops too tight and not crowding.  I'm not sure.  It is a challenge.

I hooked this little kit up last night.  While hooking, my goal was to leave it loose ~ don't pack.  Maybe my goal was reached... or maybe just a little.

I haven't ever taken a rug hooking class.  My hooking began about 2005.  I searched online and have met many wonderful rug hookers who are always happy to share their knowledge.  Have I learned?  I don't know.  There is surely much more to learn.  And much better hooking to achieve.

Here is my finished rug/mat... made last night.  The background has a little silver thread in it.  The result when hooking with it creates a starry~night...

Here are a few pictures from of the back...


Here are the backs from some of my older hooked pieces...

This last one is probably one of my very first hooked pieces...

Good?  Bad?  Right?  Wrong?  I will continue to learn and try to do it right... but love the end result regardless!

Oh, and the Primitive Betty rug on the top of all, that one wasn't made by me.  It was made by my good friend, Ginger Jackson.  I love that one the best of all!

My latest little mat fit just perfect in the base spot on my wall!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

~* Heart a Snow Day!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

We had a brief, blistering cold, storm roll through last night (actually there have been several over the past few days).  Everything seems to have shut down.  The roads to my work were too rough to bear ~ so I have a Snow Day!

That being the case... I am working on some simple needle punch projects.

I started by tracing a heart onto the Weaver's Cloth.  I then traced the rounds of a few wooden spools to make random circles.

Then, I grabbed random threads from my spiderweb-mess of loose, leftover, threads and began punching.

I shared the above photo on Instragram… and was pleasantly asked if it would be a pattern offering.  Yikes!  What pattern?

The answer is... nope.  Instead, I will do what I can to share it with you here on my blog.  *wink*

 I'm not finished punching the other doodles on my fabric yet.  So, I put the cloth, frame and all, on my printer and hit print.

Then I went to the light box to transfer it to plain paper...


The heart is about 5 1/4 inches across at the widest part.  I didn't trim the scans ~ so it is a bit  messy.  You may print the photos as large or small as you wish... if you wish.  

By the way, the background floss is interesting.  I'm sorry, I cannot remember for sure if I dyed this floss of if my dear friend, Ginger Jackson of Prairie Moon Primitives (formerly Primitives by the Light of the Moon) did it.  The threads have been piling up in my stash for several years now.

This is DMC thread dyed with tan Rit Dye.  Here is the post on Ginger's blog to show how it is done... CLICK HERE.  Ginger doesn't post on this blog much anymore, but she has a wealth of information available ~ patterns and tutorials.  You should give her a visit.

Ok... I'm heading back to my space heater and punch needle.  Enjoy!

Wishing you all warm smiles...


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

~*Happy New Year*~

Hello Prim Friends!  Yes, it has been a long time (yet again).  With a new year comes new goals! I'm starting off with a little something to share with you...

a freebie doodle!  (and if you read all the way to the end... a 2nd freebie too!)  I have a goal to have lots of finishes this year.  There isn't a set number, but I want to makes lots and lots of finishes!!!  I hope you do too!

~*Happy Valentines to Ewe*~
©primitivebettys 2019

My sweet husband gave me a tablet for Christmas.  He is urging me (and cheering me!) to get back into the swing of creating MORE!!

Learning how to use the tablet for drawing doodles is a bit of a challenge.  Patience and focus needed!  But, I already have one finish!

It is a very simple doodle... or simple scribble...

(a great big a positive sigh...)

I gathered my basket of tangled DMC threads and my Cameo Ultra Punch (medium needle only!)… and punched away.

I made the pattern just about 5 by 7 inches on my print... and straightened the edges (hence the uneven black border around the finished punch piece.

Cut off the excess Weaver's Cloth to about 1/2 inch around.  Then put face down on a small bit of wool for the backing.

Stitch as close the punches as possible leaving about a 2 inch opening.  (I use my sewing machine.)

Snip the tips of the corners off to reduce bulk and then turn right sides out.

I will often times save my leftover bits of wool from rug hooking.  It makes a great pillow stuffing for these small pieces.

I filled the pillow, but not too tight or over-stuffed.

Sew the opening closed.  For added goodness, I trimmed the seam with a thick noodle scrap.  Using a blanket stitch and more black embroidery floss, I stitched all around to hold the wool noodle in place.

My first finish of 2019!!

~*Eggs Five Cents*~
©primitivebettys 2019

As always, enjoy the doodles!  I love to see finishes, so please show me!

Wishing you all warm smiles and a great New Year!

… Betty

Sunday, June 10, 2018

~*Not In Love Yet*~

Good Day Dear Friends!

This is my first experience with Rustic Wool Moire' Threads.  I can't say I love it yet... but it isn't all bad.

Here is how it went.  

First of all, I have heard so many of you raving over the thread.  Of course, I had to give it a try!  Unfortunately, it can't be bought local to me.  So, I searched a vendor online and ordered close to 20 spools.  (Big purchase for me!)

They can be found at about $5.25-$5.75 US per spool.  

It is 100% wool.  

It comes wrapped on great wood spools. 

Each spool holds 80m plus - minus 4%.

For comparison...

DMC can be purchased local to me.  Valdani Threads and other specialty threads must be purchased online for me.  There isn't a good shop near by to where we live.

DMC is about .65 US.  Valdani runs about $4.75-$6.75 US.  Other specialty threads are roughly the same price as Valdani.

DMC and the specialty threads that I have used are 100% cotton.

Valdani threads are neatly wrapped in a ball.  DMC and the other cotton threads are not.

DMC skeins are 8m.  Valdani are 67m-100m depending on thread thickness.  The other specialty threads can vary.  Checking some of my Weeks stash, they are 5 yards each.

Looking for inspiration, Maggie Bonanomi's latest book was sitting on my work table.  I sketched my doodle on Weaver's Cloth... similar to one on the cover of Pure & Simple.  Working with a bunch of randomly purchased colors... I was stumped.  This looked doable with what was on hand.

(This book, by the way, is WONDERFUL! Maggie is amazing with each and every design!)

I wasn't sure how long the spools of thread would last.  Sure, I knew how much the spool held, but it wasn't clear how it would punch.  Using a single thread in my Cameo Ultra Punch and a setting of #2... this is how the design worked up.  The color used for the background (207) was the one used most.  What I wasn't able to see before starting, the wood spools are skinny.  They do hold a great amount of thread.

Here is a close up of my punching...

The back side... close up...

 The entire back...

 And back to the front again... 4 1/2 inches in diameter.

When punching with DMC, or regular cotton floss, I use the full 6 strands of thread in my needle.  I don't worry if I  may run out mid-project.  If this happens, a simple run to the store, or a quick substitution is fine.

When working with Valdani thread, I punch with 2 strands each time... using either thread weight #8 OR #12.  If I run out, I'm usually comfortable with substituting another color.

Not knowing if there was enough of one color on hand for my little project, I kept it small.  Of course, two colors could have been used to work the background.  

Let me talk colors...

On my little project, the dark red blooms are very dark.  To me, they are too dark.  They don't even look like blooms to me because they are so dark compared to the rest of the image.  I don't have another color in the stash that would really look any better... to me anyway.

When my order was placed, I searched through the website looking closely at each color photo to pick and choose.  There wasn't a color chart.  The website I was on had several pages of colors with about 10 on each page.  Lighting on a computer monitor is always different than looking at something hands on.  To me, this was a rough start beginning with the order itself.

Plus, because it was purchased from a website, I had to wait.  My wait time was in excess of 2 weeks from order to mail box.  That was depressing.  It did come packaged complete and clean.  It just took longer than I would have like it to.  (I'm not going to say where it was purchased.)  Maybe I will try another site next time with quicker results.


So, overall... and to wrap it up... It was okay.  I will use up my stash, and I might order some more.  I don't hate it... it just isn't my favorate thread.

What I'm interest in doing though... mixing different threads.  I have some wonderful sock-weight yarn on hand.  It might be interesting to use it to give a variation of texture to a piece.  It is 100% wool also.

Mixing DMC and Valdani has become a common for me.  Why can't mixing different wool threads & yarns?  Maybe even mixing wools and cottons would give a great finish?


One more thing you may find interesting... the thickness...

This picture shows Rustic Wool Moire' on top, DMC (full 6 strands in the center), and Valdani #8 on the bottom.  The Moire' thread is slightly thinner than the #8 Valdani.

Remember, when I work with Valdani, I use 2 strands at one time.  Working with Moire', I only used a single strand.  It did work to cover my design well, I didn't notice any voids (holes in coverage).

I hope you have found this review helpful.  If you have any hints & tips for working with the wool thread, leave a comment.  I'm sure others would like to know your thoughts too.

Wishing you warm smiles...


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Good Day, My Friends!

There is news to share!  Have you heard? 


Primitivebettys has been invited to the Wool Works Neighborhood!  It is so exciting and such an honor to join this publication!  I am delighted have my designs shared with the talented bunch of artists already in the neighborhood.  My many thanks to Melanie Pinney for the praise and this great offer.  I look forward to working with her and sharing with you.


Primitivebettys will appear beginning with this year's Fall issue and then continue on to future issues.


Now, have you subscribed?  You can do so by visiting ~  WoolWorksMagazine


My first design has been delivered.  It is a needlepunch (or punchneedle, if you prefer!).  It was super~fun to create and play with.  I will have to keep you in suspense a little longer though to share the image...


Designs that will be offered by Primitivebettys ~  needlepunch, rug hooking, and MAYBE a cross stitch diddy ... we will just have to see where my goofy mind goes.


Wishing you all warm smiles...