Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rigby Cutter Supplies Available

From Susan Elcox of New World Rug Hooking:

Rigby cutter supplies have been in short supply over the last couple of years. I have received phone calls from many a person searching for that supplier who may have their preferred cutter head and finger.

Good news is here!  I have received a full supply of all my back ordered cutter supplies and now have what you may be searching for!

Rigby Model D Cutters are available. They contain 2 cutterheads. The cutterhead you use can be changed by simply moving the guide and the presser foot over to the appropriate head. This is valuable for rug hookers that often use multiple cut sizes on their projects.

Cutterheads for replacement or add-on are also available along with their accompanying fingers. Each cutterhead size must have a matching finger installed on the machine.  Fingers keep your wool from wrapping around the cutterhead and becoming caught under the plate. The cutterheads are interchangeable with the Rigby Model H cutter which is the single-head version.

PayPal is accepted. If you wish to pay by credit card, PayPal will accept credit cards.

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Susan's work has been seen in Rug Hooking Magazine's Celebration series three times, the most notable being Celebration XI, where she was the cover artist.  She has exhibited her work in various venues and received many awards for her work.

Susan hooks rugs for pleasure and for commission.

Stay tuned for upcoming online classes in 2013.

The Klutz in My Kitchen

Nothing rug-hooking related today... just a vent!

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Those of you who know me know I'm more steamroller than ballerina when it comes to movement. Or, as my loving Grandmama put it, "What did you learn in charm school, Grace?" LOL!

My darling daughter bought me a great digital slow-cooker for my recent birthday (it was on my Wish List). It works great, and has these silicone feet that prevent it from sliding around easily. My only problem is the thing's dang heavy, and I'm short... I kept my old one on top of the fridge, out of the way. I can't do that with this behemoth! So it's been sitting on my flat-top stove for a week until I make a home for it. 

I was cleaning the stove a few days ago, around all the dials, and the backsplash-thingy... you already see where this is going, don't you? I accidentally must have turned one of the burners on and not noticed when a ringing phone interrupted me. So, I'm chatting away with my sister in NC and notice a weird smell, like when our electric baseboard heat first kicks on and the dust incinerates.

'Twasn't dust. I hobbled into the kitchen, double-time, and knew exactly what happened when I got closer to the stench. I moved my slow-cooker quickly away and stared at the primordial black puddle covering half my burner. I grabbed up a pancake flipper and scraped the silicone/rubber off the stove and into the trash can. Almost every bit of it came up... but now the Crock-Pot had a shallow hole where one leg used to be.

Of course I asked my long-suffering hubby if he had any silicone caulk, so we could fashion a leg for it, because I needed it to make chili the next day.

He didn't. He did, however, have ingenuity! He took a lump of coal we'd gotten from one of Brunswick's New Year's Eve First Footings and snuggled it right into the legless hole. And duct-taped it into place.

It's working just fine, it's even level!

And the chili was great!

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The next day I made meatloaf. I decided to bake potatoes the old-fashioned way, not in the microwave. I scrubbed them and popped them in the oven, directly on the racks. Notice what I missed? Um-hmm... the official fork-poking. I thought about it, and decided they'd be fine. People cooked them that way alllll the time.

Um. Well. They shouldn't! About an hour later I walked into the kitchen to check the meatloaf, and heard a "thhwummmp." I had to laugh! I always kind of thought poking the potato was a waste of time. In fact, it's a very big time saver, since you don't have to spend all that time getting the mess off your oven's floor... and walls... and ceiling. 

Not being one to do many things the "traditional" way, I decided to try something much easier than stooping down to oven level, holding the electrical element as high as possible while I – clumsy with only one hand – swept the now desiccated potato bits out.

And that's why my sister's spent the last two days laughing. Because when she called me that afternoon and asked me what I was doing I said "vacuuming my oven!"

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They say things come in threes... frankly, I'm getting a little bit nervous about Easter dinner!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pics from Jill K!

This is a picture of me and my mom, Marianne Storm at McGown Southern Teacher's Workshop this week! 
She gave me my certificate - such a special moment in our lives :)

Picture of Barb and my mom, Marianne - she was Barb's first rug hooking teacher :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Congratulations to Jill and Barb!!

From Elinor (thanks for sharing this!)

Just received this from Barb. I'm not sure if it was sent to everyone or not, but I wrote back and congratulated both her and Jill and said I would forward it to you for distribution and/or placement on the blog. She didn't include any detailed information. I guess we'll have to wait until our April meeting to hear more about it.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New rug hooking blog & shop

Susan Elcox has a new blog, and it looks like a lot of fun!

Check her out...

Rugs By The Sea 2013 - Change

From Norma:

Registration for Rugs by the Sea is underway and classes are filling quickly.  We have had a change in the roster for our second week, Sept 22-27, 2013.  Michele Micarelli will be teaching a new class described below.  If you have seen Michelle working on her mermaid you understand our excitement about this class.  The mermaid and other works by Michele will be featured at the new Hooked Rug Museum in Nova Scotia this summer.

Fantasy defined as:  imagination especially when extravagant and unrestrained. Come join Michele Micarelli and make your fantasy rug.  Does your "pictorial" have a dragon flying by, mermaid swimming through, do your flowers have dog faces, are there monkeys in your garden? Do you fantasize about a rug with a face of someone you love? Is there something you've been unable to face. All cuts, patterns and original works welcome. Let Michele be your guide through your looking glass.

If you need another registration form emailed, just send a reply and I will get it to you.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Date change for Doris's All About Onion Skin Dyeing workshop

Doris's "All About Onion Skin Dyeing" workshop has been changed from March 30th to April 20th. It will still run from 10 am ‘till approx. 2 pm.

The workshop will consist of dyeing techniques using the onion skin, what to do with the skins, and types of mordants to use. There will be samples of the end results, some to look at others to take home!

So plan to join Doris and other hookers for this event.  Bring a sandwich, Doris will have drinks, and you'll all have a great time with the onion!  It’s not necessary to bring anything else unless you want to take notes.  There will also be some comprehensive hand-outs for all.

The charge for this workshop is $45.00 payable the day of the workshop.  Minimum class size is 4, maximum is 8.

Please let Doris know if you plan to attend so that she can plan for you.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Doris M. Aymar
(301) 432-7602
20643 Bent Willow Road

Friday, March 1, 2013

Some fun – and interesting – blogs

Hi, all!

Not much new going on here. We're kind of just hunkered down, letting Winter wind down, and drooling over the seed and plant catalogs. Anything interesting happening with y'all?? If you've got anything to share, drop me a line! If you have a favorite blog to share, let me know, and I'll put it on our page "Some Favorite Links".

In the meantime, here are a few blogs I've been following:

Gene Shepherd, of course! Just take a gander at the amazing list of topics he has (123 as of this morning):

Rug Hooking Magazine has a great blog from Feb. 25 on why joining TIGHR may be a good choice for you:

Another 'of course' is Cindi Gay's blog. Her latest is on figuring how much wool you need to whip your piece:

Heidi Wulfraat's Rug Hooking Daily is like a trip to the coffee shop with hundreds of not-yet-met friends. There's always something interesting going on here!

Margie, at Hungry Hook Primitives, has some great tutorials for new rug hookers, or anyone who wants to be a more frugal hooker:

Follow Karen Kahle –  on her blog, on Etsy, or on Pinterest