Zen Pillow

I liked playing around with Zentangles so made this pillow based on that idea.  I saw a long pillow on the tv show "Modern Family" on their sofa so I made this one for my sofa.  I used up some wool I had dyed for the zendoddle pillow at Teacher's Workshop.  I designed and hooked it as I went.  I made it into a pilow but it probably needs more stuffing.





Reiter Retreat - January 2015



These are some of the rugs shown at the January retreat.  I tried to get the names and the rug but may have missed some of them.



Katy Powell

 Julie Jones
Diane Dubray

Diane Dubray 

Brenda Stainbrook - one of my patterns


Joy Anderson
Joy Anderson

Joy Anderson


Emily Wied


Frame Cover


Frame Cover

Janet Powers



Judi Tockston
Maureen Towner

Karyn Dambach

Lorraine Owens


Lorraine OwensEmily Wied


Yvonne Renwick (my bad photo


unknown hooker


Beth Rice

Sue Remmington


Zora Pihl

Emily Weid




Hooked Wastepaper Basket

I bought a sticky basket at Michaels (hobby shop) and made it into a hooked piece,  I used my scrapes.  I did the picture sides first.  The Wool Therapist lettering looks like, Wool The Rapist.  I am using the excuse that I was sick when I hooked this whole thing.

I wanted to also experiment with graffitti so the other two sides are that attempt,  The TRASH one looks better than the REFUSE one so I learned a lesson there as well.  I could have used a bigger cut or doubled the letter in size so REFUSE would have stood out better.  I did go on line to look up graffitti images for the lettering.






The rug below was taught well by Laurie wiles at Teacher's workshop.  Why I did not do it like she taught, I do not know.  I wanted to take the pattern and change it up.  I first  changed the fish because the original fish to me, were too cutesy.  I made each fish a different kind but used the orange wool.  I put a compass rose in the middle and used orange wool.  That was not a problem.  I should have stopped. But no, I added the words, "Surf's Up" around the rug in the cirlces and that made it too busy.  Not to be out done with too busy, I then made each circle left into a different motif.  Not done yet, I made the end of the pie shapes into beach-related items.  Not realizng I shoud stop, I added a larger border.  I then dyed wool to whip it but did not like it so took it apart then I edged it with bias cut pendelton wool. This was a plaid.  I had to stop.  If you want to get dizzy after your bath, have this rug in your bathroom.  You will either get dizzy seeing it on the floor or throw-up on it, which might, in the end, make it appear better.  

What was I thinking anyway.  A lesson to learn.  No mistakes-just lessons
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I love this demonstration of values.  Most probems with rugs is not the color but the value.  Sometimes students do not have practice in seeing the value of colors.  If you want to make an impact in your rug, then use sharp changes in values.  It does get confusing when deciding between values and intensity.  It just takes practice.



I am so looking forward to 2015 being a great year.  I have 2 more radiation treatments left to go and then some procedures.   I will only have to get checkups every three months.  I am getting my energy back and wanting to get back into the studio.  Spent time with my family over the holidays and that is what it is all about.



One of the things I miss more than my head of hair, or eyelashes. is my eyebrows.  They were not famous; no one ever said to me, "Nice eyebrows"; but they were mine and they make a big difference in the face appearance.  I do not want to try and learn how to put them on the right way--I WANT MINE BACK, NOW.




I did have enough energy to make my grand daughter an outfit for Halloween out of wool.  She looked great in it and had fun trick or treating.



In May of 2014, being post menopausal, I discovered some spots of blood on my underwear.  A  friend had just gone through  a hysterectomy to take cae of her endometrial cancer so I made an appointment with my GP doctor.  On Monday I had a pap smear, an ultrasound and the appointments began.  


The ultrasound discovered a thickening of the uterine wall, which is not a good sign.  It is suppose to be getting thinner.  Being overweight does cause more estrogen to be produced so that also does not help with preventing cancer.  

I was scheduled for a biopsy and knew I would at the very least, need a hysterectomy. The next day the call came in that I had grade 2 endometrial cancer and would be hearing from them about operations.

I did research and decided after awhile that it was too much.  I had a CT scan where they saw a tumor and also that one of my kidneys had a stone which had blocked the kidney completely.  My kidney had shrunk to half its size.


I had the hysterectomy at Overlake Hospital in Seattle.  After the operation my family was told that it all looked good-she got the tumor.  I went back a week later and she told me I had Stage 3A endometrial cancer.  I am pretty sure that is all I heard.   She said it had traveled to the fallopian tubes and there was positive (not good) signs from the saline washing they do at the end of the operation.  The good news is it did not go too far into the uterine lining and the lymph nodes were clear.

I had the kidney stone removed next and they placed a stent between the bad kidney to the bladder.  It is a geen coated wire to keep things open until everything dealing with the cancer is done.  It looks like a wire hanger coated with plastic.

I had a port placed in my chest for the chemo treatments.  When I talked to the chemo doctor he discussed the possibility of Stage 4 cancer.  That was not what I wanted to hear.  We called my surgeon and she called him and said that the stage never changes and he was wrong.  It was not a good day for me.


A week after my first treatment in Tacoma, Washington, I lost my hair.  It does feel weird but it is just hair!


Six treatments from July 3rd to October 17.  Each one was harder and took a longer time to recover.  My body was able to take the treatments so I never had to cancel any or get any shots.  At times it was harder than I thought.  The lack of breath and energy was surprising but you are having poison put into your body so it will react.  I did get mouth sores and bone aches as well.  

The next treatment will be pelvic radiation every day for 6 weeks.  I was not prepared for this as I had discussed with the doctor I wanted less invasive radiation as that is what my second opinion doctor suggested.  I used some choice words and cried a little hearing the news. 





Radiation treatments start with a CT scan where they line up your body and tatoo your skin.  There are some other gross things they do but I leave it to your imagination.



I washed this rug in the washer, cold water, no spin, and this is what it looked like after I pulled out the wool in the bad part of the rug.  It is a mystery to me what happened.  I am now washing my other rugs by hand.  This will be good practice to repair the rug.  I will update this blog and let you know how it goes.



I have many purse patterns so I chose this one.  Anna wanted a bag lined in plastic for the grand daughter's wet things.  I made the plastic insert and then the bag out of wool, adding the pennie circles to the outside.  Grommets and leather straps completed the bag.  I notice that Anna uses it all the time.  That is good.



Here is the project I am teaching at Western McGown in Oregon this year.  One of our teachers could not attend this year so I took it on.  The pattern is new and it is called Zendoddle.  I love zentangles and have several books on them, all the pens and sketch books but do not take the time to mess with them as much as I would like.  I thought on this pattern I would color plan it and dye the wool and away I would go.  I ended up pulling colors out and re-dyeing.  It was hard for me to color plan.  I wanted to use embellishments on it so I have beads, shisha mirrors, yarns, plumbers chain, mtallic threads and buttons,  I would change a few things on it but needed to finish it and get on with the other projects.



In May on Hood Canal there are four to five special days.  Those days are when the state of Washington allows the public to spend lots of money on gas licenses lines, traps, bait, etc. to catch the world's best tasting shrimp.  The first day of shrimping was raining so hard it hurt.  There were many lost pots as the current took those traps and lines to all areas of the canal.  You catch shrimp between 200 to 400 feet.  Easy going down but the you have to turn around and pull that trap up all 400+ feet hoping there are shrimp in the trap. I made chili and hot chocolate and all the shrimpers were able to get their limit of 80  day.  Here is the smallest shrimper we had with use this year.



My first class in the new studio was a dye class.  It went from 9:30 - 4:30 and they dyed lots of wool.  They learned casserole, spot, values, overdyeing, marbelizing, stewing and pot dyeing.  The new fan husband installed in the studio, worked wonderfully and we had a good time.  The students were able to make up their own recipes and left with some beautiful wool.



This wall hanging I did of my dad as I remember him.  He has been gone for almost 35 years.  We did many things together.  I was like his son.  We fished, rode horses, wrestled and boxed.  We played in the water in front of our house and generally shared the same sense of humor.  Dry.  I did receive my big smile from him.


The water is in front of our house at the resort called, Holly Beach.  Across the water you see the cabins for rent at Mike's Place.  The old motor I made into a Johnson motor as that is my maiden name.  He was (or so he said)) a deputized sheriff out here in the rural areas of Kitsap County.  I never did see anything except his handcuffs that would verify this fact.  I did put a star on his cap to indicate the deputy sheriff claim

I wish he could have met and hung out with my children but he died shortly after I had my second baby.  The eldest child just remembers wrestling with my dad, but Ryan was only three years old at the time of dad's death.  I know my children would have loved him and dad would have loved showing them all the adventures and misadventures he wandered into during his life. He was always thinking up some new idea.   





Jane was a student in my first hooked jpurnal class.  She did an awesome job on her book and executed it so well.  I love her quotes and all her hooking.  The way she put it together is very elegant.  Here are some pictures, which give you just an idea.  It needs to be seen in person







This year's school was great.  The teachers were well received and we all learned a tremendous amount.  We were able to create and indulge ourselves in the art form of rug hooking.  Nola was back; Donna Hrkman came and Liz Alpert Fay was also there inspiring us along the way.

Some pictures of our teachers:


We also had Mary Watson give two art night classes which were well received.



I always look forward to the week long retreat in January.  We had 45 people there hooking away.  I could not get my hooking mojo going so I played with three different patterns I had brought.  Here are some pictures of the the ladies and their rugs. 

Sara Judith's punched rug for her daughter.  Gorgeous and shows such perspective.

Eda Lee's beautiful rug she has been working on for some time but when it is done, it will be perfect.

Judi's rug which is almost completed.  See how the light diamonds show up on the photo.

Katie's finished McGown Workshop rug.  

Rose finsihed her big rug.  There are four of them developing this rug designed by Diane and Julie.  Rose went more primitive.

This is a three part headboard Rose is working on and includes embellishments.

Diane's January Welcome Mat challenge.

Cannot remember who did this one.



Gee's Bend rugs made by 7 ladies inspired by he quilts.



Patti's sheep.

Darlene's rug for her grandson.  Large cut.Kelsie's kitchen rug she punched.

An amazing rug with so much detail.  Emily is working on this masterpiece using very small cuts.


April finished this little piece at retreat.


Yvonne is working on this beautiful rug and almost done.

I think this is Lisa's rug which is almost done.




My latest little mat I designed and practiced the finishing edges.  The words were suppose to be more subtle and I practiced punching the background with wool strips.  Ity is a fun little mat with which you can do fun things.



Celebration - pattern

I redesigned this pattern from teacher's workshop but went with the original colors I had picked.  I redrew the middle portion.  The original had the Chrysler Building drawn on it.  I did not want the rug to have a direction so that is why I changed it.  I also went with brighter colors.  I added borders as I had lots of wool left over.  It was a quick rug to hook and was done in a 3-8 cut.


New Pattern

I finished the  chick-o-evil rug.  It is one I have been wanting to do and I started it at the October retreat.  I put funky feet on the chickens and changed the pattern as I hooked it.  I wanted to do the old fashioned scrolls and found a striped orange wool to use.  It sure makes a difference in how it looks depending on which way you cut the striped wool.   I had just enough of it to finish the scrolls.  I like the pattern.  It is a good size as well.  The background is a mix of three different green textures.