Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dad's Hooked Rug + Nest (For Reals)

My dad sent me some photos of his hooked rug I mentioned recently. Very exciting!

I love the hodgepodginess of it, so cool and interesting to look at. He also had this information to share:
"Much of the wool flannel to make this rug came from a barn sale. I got a whole box of wool pieces for $5 dollars. The rest I bought from The Dorr Mill Store in New Hampshire,, a great source for all supplies for rug hooking. I cut all the strips of wool by hand with scissors to about 1/4" wide. I call this a "sampler" because I was experimenting with different patterns and color combinations and made it up as I went along. The basic geometric I saw in Joan Moshimer's "The Complete Book of Rug Hooking."Another good book is "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs" by Joel and Kate Kopp. This is filled with great photos of antique hooked rugs, very inspirational. I think there is a magazine too on rug hooking."
Thanks so much, Dad, for the info and photos.

In other, unrelated news, we've been monitoring a bird's nest in our yard for awhile now and just the other day we finally got a glimpse all of its inhabitants.

See them? Two chicks! Sadly Enrique spotted a third baby dead on the ground below the nest. But these two look just fine, almost already grown up. And today's check on the nest found it completely deserted, so I imagine they are out in the world now. I have no idea what kind of birds they are--you can't tell so much in these pics, but they're eyes are red-orange rimmed and then outlined in bright blue.

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