Sunday, December 23, 2012


Don't you love that line in the song - And these are a few of my favorite things !

Merry Christmas everyone - I thought I would show you a few of my favorite things from the Woolwoman's collection.

This is a wonderful hand carved Santa clutching a hand hooked rug of course !  Beside him is a neat handwoven basket full of cinnamon sticks instead of wood.  I got this Santa a few years back from a rug hookers husband.  He developed some type of illness or disease and was barely able to fulfill the orders they had taken.  I treasure this piece.The carver has likely passed away and his beautiful carving skills live on.

Love this Liberty Hill feather tree with all the hand painted ornaments.  It sits on top of my antique sewing cabinet.  Could have removed our 2 stupid remotes before snapping this photo but oh well - too late now.

Another favorite of mine - my Snowman rug which is hooked in a very small cut.  I have always loved the effect of this snowy sky.  It is hooked mostly in a 4 with a lot of 3 cut.  The funky christmas angel shown with the rug is some type of collectible series but I can't remember the name.

This Santa is a new addition - he is a cute primitive Santa all hand made out of wool felt by an artisan named Betty who lives in or around Pigeon Forge Tenn.  Her creations can be found at the Dixie Darlin cross stitch shop.  He is nested in a big Longaberger basket with some little hand made pillows and a Santa needle roll and kept company by a wooly sheep.

This is a cute Snowman primitive piece that was created by the woman who owns the Feathered Nest in Fernandina Beach Fl.  It is sitting on a redware plate that says Rug Hooker and behind it is the only antique sampler I own from the early 1800's.

Another cute LH piece - the threadboard for winter and in front of it is my scrabble pieces from fellow wooly friend rug hooker Lauren from Rugs and Pugs blog .  I won this in a giveaway from Lauren last year.

Love this awesome wreath my mom found this fall on one of their trips. An early gift so I could enjoy it this season. It is covered with little balls of yarn and just my colors too !  It has sprigs of mistletoe and red christmas balls and it hangs on the door of the wool room.

Another wonderful early gift from my DM - it is an Atenti bag - again in just my colors.  It is my first Atenti bag and I just love it - it is designed primarily to carry needlepoint projects on frames instead of knitting.

Couldn't leave you without an image of my darling Christmas to Ewe rug.  I have not worked on him much this season but I did add the two little feather trees and the star.

That stinkin' star took 2 hours to hook because I was using a very flimsy  ribbon along with the white wool to add shimmer.  I was afraid the star would be lost in the backround.  I am so pleased with the effect it was worth the fiddly 2 hours I spent getting it just right.
Lastly is my pitiful progress on Santa's House from the Santa's Village monthly series.  I changed the fabric (of course) and my snowflakes were getting lost so I added a krenik blending filament to the DMC and it looks pretty good in person.  I had a counting mishap and had to pull out the wreath and 3 of the 4 windows and the door frame.  This is what has been corrected and re-stitched.  urghhh - I am doing my series seperately - I envisioned it being a little 3-D village when all done.

Well - all my friends in blogland - I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this past year.  I have many new friends/followers on my blog and I wanted to welcome you to my Wooley world.  Also wanted to acknowledge and thank my blog friends who have been with me a long time.  I feel like I know you all personally and I'm sure if and when we ever get to meet - it will be like meeting an old friend.  I treasure each of you and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas !


Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
Your favorite things are wonderful things. Thank you for sharing!
Merry, Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones. I am so happy to have "met" you!
Pug hugs :)

Kim said...

Your favorites are all great. The yarn ball wreath is a great idea. Have a very Merry Christmas

Laurie in Iowa said...

Loved seeing the photos of a few of your favorite things. That yarn ball wreath is so sweet.
Merry Christmas!

Margaret said...

I loved seeing your favorite things! They're all wonderful! My favorite has to be that Christmas wreath made out of yarn balls though. Fantastic! Love your Christmas to Ewe rug too. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Cari said...

Merry, Merry Christmas Mel. I love all of your favorite things and I'm so glad you shared them. I think my favorite is the Christmas to Ewe. I have it to stitch and would so enjoy hooking it. Your work is amazing ! Hugs dear friend.... Cari

Roberta said...

Hey Melody, love your favorite things, but since I am a sheepie lover - Christmas to Ewe is my favorite!!

Merry Christmas.

Beehive Needleworks said...

Ooooh, thank and you for sharing some of your favourite things. And thank you for sharing the special significance of each one of your lovelies. It makes each and every one even more of a treasure!
Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with love, peace, and light!

Nancy said...

Merry Christmas Melody! Thanks for sharing your favorites - I love that big snowman. Happy New Year!

Nicola said...

Everything looks gorgeous but I have fallen in love with the carved Santa, he is sooooooo adorable.

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through

Ellen said...

As you can see I'm running behind wtith my blog reading. I certainly enjoyed seeing some of your "favorite things". You really know hoe to chose and display great things.
Hope you and Jody had a great Christmas together.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing these things, Mel! All of them are lovely and so nicely displayed.

Karoline said...

Your decorations are lovely, thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful pictures !!!

bisous from FRANCE