I've been promising for a while that I was very close to a major accomplishment in my rug hooking life. My oldest (and dearest) WIP has reached a milestone. I have completed the interior portion of the Antique Blue Basket. For any rug hooking readers I have out there - it is designed by Edyth O'Neill of Red Cape rugs - it was color planned by Joan Reckwerdt and it is hooked predominately in a 6cut. I did not like the backround Joanie sent me - it was almost white so a friend of mine that I have since lost touch with suggested tea dyeing the backround - that became an adventure since her husband passed away while she had my wool and I could not get in touch with her for almost a year - I kept hooking on the motifs but all the while worried about my 3 yards of backround wool. My local teacher and DF Katie tried to duplicate the tea dyed sample I had been given for approval but to no avail - she tried every tea brand on the market and could NOT get the same effect - she even tried commercial dyes and it did NOT work. Finally after almost a year - the woman who had the bulk of my backround wool got in touch with me and of course I was not upset because it is a very traumatic event to lose your spouse but I was glad to see my wool again. I think you'll agree - it is a wonderful effect on the backround.
Sorry that shot is blurry and off kilter - I'll blame it on Jody - he took the picture because the rug is so big I could not get up over since I am so short. I'll show some close up shots so you can see how pretty the colors are.
One last shot showing the borders - I have done only a small bit of the border - someone said along the line I shouldn't wait till the end to do the borders but I had left the backround till the end and I knew if I did not focus on getting that backround done it would not get done. Bear in mind that this rug has sat sometimes for over a year or more without being touched. I have started and finished many rugs in between starting this rug in the early 2000's - I'm just glad the main motif is done.
Somehow the photos do not show how large this rug is - it is 3 feet X almost 5 feet including the border. I'm so proud to have just gotten this part done and I love how it came out.
Friday I took off from work - seems I needed to have an upper GI series done - YUCK - that was not too fun but not horrible either. Since I also had fallen in the shower the previous Friday - I thought Jody and I should visit our DF who is a chiropractor in SO GA - we always love the drive up there - we travel the Woodpecker Trail - wonder how many of you have heard of that? It's just State and County roads up thru Georgia - I think you can go all the way to the mountains on the Woodpecker trail - that's what my grandmother used to call that route back when I was a child. It's nice to see it recognized as such with signage on the highway. We decided that we would go and eat dinner at an obscure place called Blueberry Hill - So you start off in Hoboken Ga - does it sound like a wide spot in the road - yep it is - I think they have one red light and one gas station. Heading out of town - you see a tiny sign on a dirt road
I had been to this place once before about 20 years ago but I was with our chiropractor friend and his wife (I used to show dogs with her for about 25 years) and it was dark and I thought they were taking me in the woods to dump my body - I NEVER again ventured to find this place on my own but Jody and I always try to make adventures when we can so obviously we found the right turn. We drove about 2 miles on winding dirt roads passing by wonderful 100 year old farmsteads and barns
until finally we pulled up to a dead end and a long driveway - I don't remember seeing a sign at that point but we pulled in because there was a huge dirt and gravel empty spot that looked like maybe where people parked. Here is the outside showing a huge wonderful fireplace
Up to the front door - what a neat rustic place
We got there at 5pm and we were the only ones there until after 6pm which was sorta odd for a Friday night - the place was huge inside - obviously they started out with a small wooden cabin type thing and just kept adding on. We sat in the new part that had another awesome fire pit with a copper top on it.
It was too dark inside and none of the other photos I took turned out but you can see nice shots of the view out the huge windows that our table overlooked if you look on their website. It was a nice relaxing meal and then about 6pm - they had a piano player come in - he did real honky tonk style piano and so we enjoyed listening to him. When we were leaving Jody went up to put a tip in his jar and discovered he was blind - how amazing to be so talented and be blind.
On Saturday DF Linda took me to lunch at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. OH WOW - how plush it was - I had only been there once before many years prior for high tea. It was such a nice day having a relaxing luxurious lunch and then a visit to the local needlepoint shop - NO I did not buy a new canvas but did buy a few skeins of the new Vineyard Silk Shimmer. I saw one canvas that could have definitely come home with me but with my stacks of wonderful canvases on hand - I did not dare to spend $200 for another canvas. We headed back to Linda's house and stitched and chatted for a couple of hours.
So that concludes my weekend adventures - hope you enjoyed the trip !
I love old textiles - samplers quilts rugs coverlets furniture etc. I love samplers and stitching them. Knitting has been with me my whole life and is probably my first love. Rug hooking is a passion for me and I really love the creative freedom in working with wool. Hope you enjoy all my wooley thoughts !