Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A New Rug

I was out running errands and I thought I would stop and get pictures of the pear trees that are blooming all over town. This one even has tiny green leaves. I don't have anything else blooming here. I am glad everything is still asleep.

Three years ago I worked on this rug by Sharon Smith. I started working on it as my sight got worse and worse. I sold that rug, just because it always reminded me of loosing my sight, something I have always taken for granted. Every spring I am so sad because I don't have that rug. I have wanted to do another but not quite the same.

Sharon Smith- Mrs Rabbit.

I mentioned that to my daughter, Kessie. She said she could draw me a new pattern. I got online and found the original 19th Century  post card  that Sharon used to get her drawing. I emailed that to Kessie and then she snail mailed me this drawing.

Sorry for the fold. I love that she gave me a back ground. Then I took it down to my favorite copy store. Fed Ex. They are the nicest people in there and are always so excited to see what I bring to copy. So they enlarged it for me.

It makes me so happy to see it again. I won't sell this one this time around.

I drew it out on my linen. Now I sit and think about it and how I can hook this one. A whole new world opens up to me. Having a daughter who can draw what I want is always so nice. I know with this rug, it won't be as dark as my last one was and I plan on dyeing wool that is marbleized.

I thought I would share with you the progress I have made on His Eye is On the Sparrow, by Beth Twist.

I am on the last four pages. I have become obsessed with it. Now I try and work on it every day. This is my third year, and I think I will finish it hopefully before summer. I never thought in my wildest dreams I could ever get this far. It has helped so much to have Rose at Three Sheep Studio to be doing this at the same time, she has motivated me with her beautiful hand work so often. She has given such helpful hints that it has kept me stitching even when I hit road blocks. Like last year realizing I had twelve pages to go.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We have a warm day today, and I am trying to work in my flowerbeds each day. When  it gets warm enough outside.

I hope you have a lovely day,

  "I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense." The Complete Tales, by Beatrix Potter.


Alica said...

Wow, you've been busy! The new rug will be beautiful, I'm sure! I'm glad you have some time to work on things like this!
On another note...are those blossoms on your trees? It makes me so anxious for spring! It started sleeting here this morning, and now it's a rainy, soggy, dreary mess. I need sunshine!

Julia said...

Oh my goodness, Kim, you got a lot done on your beautiful cross stitch piece. It's going to look awesome. And that new rug is going to keep you busy for a while too.

I can't believe that the trees are blooming already in Bakersfield. That is sure sign that spring is there already.
Today we are having a gloomy day and more snow on the way.

Take care and enjoy your spring like weather.
Hugs, Julia

Pom Pom said...

I LOVE your bunny rug and I am so glad you are keeping it this time!
I want to order His Eye is on the Sparrow. It's in my cart (123 Stitch) but now I wonder if I could do it. That many pages? Yours looks fantastic! I loved seeing it!

Kessie said...

That rug will be so awesome once it's done! Stuff is blooming down here in AZ, too. I guess warm weather is coming whether we like it or not!

acorn hollow said...

we are in the middle of a snowstorm that will drop a foot of snow so noting blooming here.
Love that rug can't wait to see how you do it.

Angela said...

Hi Kim, Though I have been reading your blog awhile I didn't know about your sight. Do you mind to say what happened? I guess you are ok now since you can see to do that beautiful cross stitch.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Busy and productive! Your rug will be beautiful and you are making great progress on HEIOTS

Rugs and Pugs said...

I am in total awe of how much you have stitched on His Eye. MAGNIFICENT!!! Both you and Rose.
Oh, that new rug of yours will be magnificent, too.
I'll send you some snow if you'd like.
Hugs :)

Gumbo Lily said...

I'm astonished at the pear tree in full blossom! And we are up to our knees in snow!
Love the rabbit rug and I know you'll have fun with it anew. Is piece, His Eye Is On the Sparrow, cross stitch? It's really beautiful. That's a LOT of hours there.

How is/was your Whole30 going? We're still at it. It's a pretty good way to live.

Three Sheep Studio said...

I have seen Mrs. Rabbit many times. I am eager to see your color choices for this special design.
I am so thankful that you asked if others would like to stitch with you on ‘His eye is on the Sparrow’. The moment I saw it, I knew it would be an undertaking !!
We have been an encouragement to each other.
I’m glad to see your progress - just lovely ! We are almost there !!!!

GretchenJoanna said...

How exciting to be starting a new rug that is so meaningful to you - it's making me happy from far away <3

Debbie said...

oh kim, you are so talented and such a crafty joy in my life. it will be nice to have the rabbit back with you, new, improved and brighter, i think that is a wise choice!

do you hang these pieces on the wall?? haven't you run out of wall space?? hehehe

those trees are bradford pears, we have them here. ours bear the same flowers but have a different shape. ours bloom, late spring!

your cross-stitch piece is really amazing, what a work of art!!

Susan Kane said...

You are one talented and patient lady! Beatrix Potter was one of the first authors to create delightful children's book.

Unknown said...

I love reading your blog. You have such a lovely world ��