I’m Laura, owner of Appleberry Cottage. I love to share my primitive stitchery, primitive punch needle, hand crafted folk art, and heirloom crocheted baby afghans with you.
When I'm not crafting, I'm mom to 4 kids: Andrew, Matt, Rachel (17 yrs old), and James (12 yrs old).
I started hooking my new rug today! I took some of the wools last night to a local quilt shop. I met the rug hooking teacher, who brought her cutter. The shop now has their own cutter, too. So, I was able to try a Bliss cutter. I liked it, but it seemed to move around on the table a lot. I guess you need a really smooth surface for the suction cups to stick. I'm now debating which cutter to buy: Bliss or Rigby.
This is how my mottled wool cut and hooked up. It's still very much black, but has lots of shades of grey in it. It's just the look that I was hoping for! (I did try to "marry" the black and grey wool, but it wasn't black enough. So, I went for the dyes). I'm now debating what color to do the wing. I had a small section of a black and tan plaid, but it just didn't seem to blend well. Maybe a solid black? Or outline the wing with black or grey and then fill it with the same mottled wool. The curvy inside piece will be a barn red and black plaid. Maybe I'll hook that section next and see how it looks before choosing the wing color.
I had started another punch needle project ~ a graphic from Bird in the Hand Primitives.
Only 2 weeks until school begins. Wish the summer was a bit longer, especially now that the weather is perfect here in Chicagoland! But, we went back to school shopping with my mom. I picked up school supplies for my youngest. My high schoolers don't know what they need until they get lists from their teachers. Hopefully I'll still be able to find all their supplies and that the stores aren't too picked over.