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).
It's here ~ my new Rigby wool cutter! I ended up ordering the Rigby, as I already had a #6 cutter head. (the cutter head that I ordered new for a used Rigby machine that I purchased on Ebay. The machine was too old and didn't have a notch for the cutter head, so it kept slipping and not cutting. THEN... the machine literally broke in half. So, lesson learned. Only buy a wool cutter that you can try, or from a reputable rug hooker) So, I got a new machine with a #8 cutter head. It clamps to my dining room table, so it's very stable and doesn't move at all during cutting. I do protect the table with some rubber jar opener thingies.
I had to try it out, and here's a small pile of worms ~ all nicely and quickly cut!
The #6 is on the left and the #8 cut is on the right. Since I like primitive rugs, this should be enough to get me started and keep me happy for a long time.
I did start hooking the background earlier in the week. It's a combination of 2 different wools~ oatmeal and beige. It's just enough color difference to give some depth, but without being too overpowering. I had started with 3 colors, the 3rd coloring being white, but I thought it was too much color difference. (there's still a spot of white by the bird legs that I'll have to re-hook) Now that I have my own cutter, I an easily play around with the wing and see what colors I like.
This week was back to school. I started as a kindergarten aide. Yesterday was the first day with the kids. I came home exhausted. Today was a bit better. I'm still getting adjusted to a new routine of having to be out of the house earlier. Plus, getting home later than last year, as the school day was lengthened by an hour. I'm hoping to get settled into a routine next week (and leave time for some hooking).
Have a great weekend, and for those on the east coast, stay safe!