Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rugs from Peninsula Rugmakers Guild–February 2011

Pillowtop hooked by Wendy Brannan.  She started this piece at Western Teacher’s Workshop last year.  I believe it is a McGown pattern called “Marie”.

Rug braided by Jeanine Speckman. 

This purse is was hooked by a visitor to our guild from another state.  It looks like Deanne Fitzpatrick was her inspiration. *

Lena Krinard brought wool she dyed recently with natural dyes—mostly eucalyptus leaves.  It was beautiful!

As usual—lots of inspiration from all of the projects in process.

*My Thursday night hooking group had a discussion regarding the Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern used on the purse brought to guild.  The woman who made it indicated she got the pattern from a photo in a magazine.  I think many times people think it is OK to get a pattern this way if it is for your own use.  Myself, I never really thought much of it myself when I started hooking.  I have, in fact, have made use of an unauthorized copy of a pattern myself a couple of times.   As Maya Angelou says, "When you know better, do better".  The reason why I am even mentioning this now is because we should all learn the rules so we can all do better.

The rule to follow is whether your use is depriving the designer of a sale.  I myself have used a leaflet pattern that someone else purchased.  The original purchaser used a different motif in the pattern, so we decided that in that instance it was probably OK for us to share the pattern.  I, however, passed the pattern on to someone else.  Ethically, we should have not done that.  It should have stopped with me.  I made another rug with a hit-and-miss pattern that was traced on pellon.  I thought it was some random drawing someone did, but later I recognized that it was actually the McGown cat's paw pattern.  So... bottom line, now that I know better I plan to do better.  I hope you will too.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Morning Glories for Rapture

Over the weekend, I decided it was time I dyed more wool for my Rapture rug.  Although I have been loving working on the hydrangeas, it is time to get started on another flower.  The easiest seemed to be the Morning Glory.  I did a search on Google for images so I could see a wide variety of Morning Glory blooms and decide what dyes I should use to achieve the colors I liked the best.

I decided I liked the ones that were blue/purple with white centers.  It seemed to me a casserole dye job was in order.  I folded the wool in 4ths across the narrow edge, to see how long a piece of wool I would need to go from the center of the bloom to the outer edge.  I think I will be able to get across the flower twice, so I decided to dye the center of the wool the color I wanted at the edge (Pro Chem Sky Blue), with the color I wanted moving toward the middle on either side (Violet), and then leaving both edges undyed for the white centers.

After soaking the wool and dissolving the desired dyes in boiling water, I spread about 1/4 of a quarter-yard piece of natural wool in the tray (leaving 3/4 of the wet piece sitting on the counter.  I poured a little water mixed with vinegar over the wool because I wanted the colors to start drawing up into the wool right away.  I spooned color over the flattened piece of wool in the bottom the tray and then  I used the back of the spoon to spread the color over the wool as far as I wanted it to go.  As I added the Violet color, I purposely mixed the edges where the colors met as well as sloshing a bit of color over the Sky Blue.  


When I was satisfied with the color I got, I folded over another bit of wool, adding a little more dye and spreading the colors around with the spoon.  I repeated this two more times until the whole quarter-yard of wool was dyed.  Some of the layers got more dye than others.  This will work out great because I will want a variety of values to work with as I move from bloom to bloom.  


I thought I might want some more solid pieces to use around the edges of the flowers, so I dyed another piece of wool with that in mind.  Again, I made an effort to make different values, but with the same value running in vertical bands. 

I only dyed 2 quarter-yard pieces because I have no clue whether I will like them until I start working with the wool on my rug.  I can’t wait for it to dry so I can see how it works up!

Pro Chem Sky Blue – 1/8 tsp. in 1/2 CBW
Pro Chem Violet – 1/8 tsp. in 1/2 CBW
(I also used some Pro Chem Brilliant Blue I had left over from another project on the edge piece—just adding what I thought it needed.  Why?  Just to make my life more difficult if I want to replicate it in the future).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sorry everyone can't live in California

Photo taken with my new GoPro HD camera (a Christmas gift from my family) on a handlebar mount.  (They got it for me because they wanted me to be safe on my rides--not distracted taking photos).

Today I did a twenty two mile ride on Coyote Creek Trail with a couple of friends. We had absolutely perfect weather--in the low 70s. My friend recently moved to that side of town and had discovered Coyote Creek Trail and was excited to share it with me.  I have never ridden this trail before, but I have seen people on it as I whizzed by on the freeway.  For a long time I have wondered where the trail head was and where the trail went, so I was pretty excited to finally check it out.  The weather couldn't have been better--sunny and beautiful.  Everything is beginning to turn green again and the blossoms are blooming. 

It was all good except for a brief moment when I got distracted by a sign.  I glanced over to see what it said.  It was foolish of me because I was going fast downhill and nearing a curve in the trail.  I had a chance to read "Trail Narrows".  As I processed those words,  I returned my attention to the trail just in time to see a curved rail fence looming in front of me.  The sign was clearly put there to distract bicyclists.  The railing was clearly put there to keep distracted cyclists out of the creek.  I fell victim to target fixation.

I had to make a split second decision--bail with my bike trying to avoid the railing or hit the rail and make the best of it.  I've never been a fan of broken bones or skinned body parts, so I flung my right arm over the railing hoping I would glide along it to a perfect stop with the rail under my arm and my bike firmly underneath me.  Unfortunately, my bike had other ideas--it kept going.  My feet were clipped in but miraculously broke free.  I made some kind of not-so-graceful tumble,  whacking my ribcage on the lower rail, but I came to a stop and found myself not too bad off all things considered. 

The bike survived without any visible damage (phew!--I love my bike!).  Myself--I have a skinned knee (bike pants survived--another phew!  I paid $80 for them!), sore ribs and a very bruised ego.

ps to my family:  You will be glad to know I hadn't put the camera on my handlebars yet--it rode out the crash safely zipped in the bag on the back of my bike  :)