Let’s try something new this year – let’s try a staycation of slow stitching. Need an activity for your kids? This might fit the bill. These kits that are in the process of coming together this week .They are designed for beginners to “get hooked” so to speak.
There have been so many very helpful people out there in the world of Zoom, Facebook live, etc that it seems like all of the rug hooking questions are being covered. What could I add to all this information that is circulating- to be honest- I am not really sure! Look to Deanne Fitzpatrick, Gene Shepard, Beth Miller, Susan Feller, – there are way too many to mention!
At the moment the best thing for me to do is perhaps just continue to offer products for you to use, love, share and have fun with.
Slow stitching- what a wonderful thing to take your mind off the problems of the time. There are just so many things aren’t there? Let’s not get started here- that is for another time, another place. Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, climate change, it’s enough to make you crazy and feel stressed- sometimes without even realizing it. I am passionate about all of the mentioned things and take them all very seriously . A better world needs to be in my children’s and grandchildren’s future. I do what I can, but it is never quite enough.
The Staycation slow stitching rug hooking kits are coming along nicely. As far as the hooking goes, there have been some tweaks and adjustments to make the final piece look just right and easy. Yes, you read that right, easy! That is the aim for these.
It is my hope, that these will be a jumping off point for you- a place where you can learn that this craft of rug hooking isn’t that hard after all if you want to do simple projects. Later on you can branch out to more detailed work or fancy fabrics as additions, or not- it will be up to you how you want to continue – anything goes. Maybe, you will even design your own projects whether they are traditional or abstract- like I said, anything goes.
What is your idea of vacation?
Some themes will be , as the staycation kits go, sailing, camping and the beach for starters. The kits will be 8 x 8 pieces and you can feel free to finish them however you like. The wool will be cut and ready to use. If I were away on vacation- these are some of the things I might be doing. My trip to Scotland was cancelled, so perhaps there will be a Highland Wee Coo next. My daughter, who lives in Scotland, is always sending me photos of them.
Most of the wool in the kits will be my own hand dyes. I can provide a photo, the wool and in the near future a hoop or frame for you to get started. The wool has been dyed, the hooking nearly complete- now just to get the photos made into cards and perhaps the choice and promise of a frame or hoop for you.
Let’s get started hooking!
These kits will be affordable too! My hope is to get you hooking! Easy peasy right?
Please follow some others to get advice too- we all have knowledge that comes from a place deep within- that is personal and learned from all of the mistakes and successes we have made in past projects. Reach out to people- everyone is more than willing to help with questions. Maybe try Laura Salamy or Wanda Kerr or Karen Miller. See, so many talented folks out there in the rug hooking world. Each have their own style, each their own tips and tricks.
In this time of pandemic, and yes, it IS still a threat, we need to continue to stay safe. This will , hopefully, give you that key to open the door of rug hooking in your own space. Maybe your space is in an apartment- maybe you are lucky enough to be by the water , maybe in your home on a porch. Wherever you find yourself- make some time in your day to sneak in a little slow stitching to take your cares away. You will loose yourself, I promise. Five minutes? Fifteen minutes? and hour? The kits are designed to be completed in a short time since they are small.
Finding comfort close to home
In the comfort of your own home you will be the only one to critique your work- and if you need a little advice- well, the rug hooking community of crafters will help.You can always feel free to reach out to me too – I may just have the answer or be able to direct you to someone who does.
Beginner hooks and simple frames have arrived
Meanwhile- I am working away trying to get these things ready for you while looking to future projects that you might enjoy. This staycation thing? I think it may be around for awhile so let’s run with it, enjoy the little things and keep well. The beginner hooks and lap hoop rug stands arrived so everything is coming together. The hooks will be included- the frames sold separately, but will be an add onto the kits if you want.These frames do NOT have gripper strips, so the kids can use them too and not get scratched!
I, for one, can’t wait to see what you will try to do. Let your kids try as well. We would all love to see this carried forward to the next generation and beyond. Here are two quotes to leave you with:
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great Zig Ziglar
“How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?”Fred Rogers
This is what these kits are all about- finding the little quiet moments in life and giving into it, make it meaningful and fun.
Stay safe out there and please wear your masks…..