Nancy has finished her patriotic rug - I like the way she brought in some more colors in the border treatment instead of making it exclusively red, white & blue.
Arline usually hooks with #3s and #4s, but last month she attended a rug camp in California and started work on these portraits of her grandparents using a #8 cut of wool strips. It's amazing to me to see this kind of work - not something I'll ever attempt, but I sure can appreciate the talent in making it!
She told us about a dyeing technique she learned about and walked us though a dry demonstration. I guess it was originated by Wanda Kerr and it's called Hot Rock Dyeing - uses small pebbles in the dye pot between layers of wool - - -
- - - and this is the end result - nice mottled wool - more than one color can be used. I hope to give this a try someday myself - it's been ages and ages since I've done any dyeing!
Nancy lives right in the middle of Salt Lake City. Her living room has an entire wall of glass windows and doors and I was shocked when I noticed some movement out in the back yard and saw this deer nibbling on her trees! We've been meeting at her house for several years now and I've never seen one before, although she said they're regular visitors. She lives near a cemetery and he makes himself at home in all the surrounding neighborhoods. He was probably 10 feet away from me through the glass. Fun to see him up close and personal!