Friday, July 29, 2011


I really want to share with you that Heirlooms by Ashton House is having a awesome giveaway! Ashton House is giving away a AccuQuilt Go! Baby fabric cutter! Just click HERE and it will take you to her post and you can enter to win a AccuQuilt Go! for yourself. Follow the directions carefully though!

Best of luck, Elaine

Thursday, July 21, 2011

On The Frame

I started  my new rug hooking project this week.  Thought you would like to take a sneak peek!   It seems to be going fast and I am really liking the colors that I dyed for this rug.
On my rug frame
Years ago when I lived in Colorado (Umm , Wishing that I was there now due to the heat wave!)   I made and sold my own dye formulas using Cushing Dyes.  Someone had asked for the formula from my last dying batch but unfortunately it is not mine to give away.  I used Pro-Chem dyes for the project above  using Holly Hill Designs Dyeing For Color. I highly recommend this book if you use Pro-Chem dyes.  So... hopefully you will enjoy this one for your fall rugs.  It is called Jack O' Orange.  You use a half yard of  off white, camel or light texture wool for this color.
Jack O' Orange using Cushing Dyes

Stay Cool,   Elaine

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oh! How I Have Been Dyeing To Dye!

As you can see I have made it back to the dye pots!   I needed some fall colors for some pumpkins I am going to start working on.  I used Holly Hill Designs Dyeing For Color.   In the past I have used many dyes like Cushing, Jacquard, and Pro-Chem.   I really am starting to like Pro-Chem the best.   I do use all of the dyes that I have listed but really enjoy the ease of Pro-Chem.  I also like the vibrant colors that you get using this dye.
Drying in the Texas heat!  100+ outside

No need for the dryer....with slight hot/dry breeze!

Links to purchase dyes:
Pro Chemical and Dye
Jacquard Acid Dye
W. Cushing & Company

Fun links to watch:
Heather Ritchie
Kool-Aid Dyeing

Books And Swatches For Dyeing:
Doo Dye Inn Dye Book
Primary Fusion Dye Book
Beautiful Wool

Other books to keep a look out for are:
Vermont Folk Rugs by Laurilyn Wiles
Recipes From the Dye Kitchen by Maranne Lincoln

Happy Dyeing............Elaine

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Who Couldn't and Who Wouldn't

Have use for a new tote! Well I love totes! My husband took me out of the house this week and let me hobble around in Hobby Lobby! I was wanting a couple of plate holders when I stumbled upon the tote! It is by Feltworks. The tote is 100% wool and in the color midnight blue. I also purchased the mini purse to match. Then as I was looking I saw that they had flowers and leaves to embellish my bag. The project didn't take long and I really love how it turned out!

Links to find Feltworks:

Enjoy! Elaine

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th Of July!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Progress And More

 Lately I have been reading blogs in the morning.  It is a great way to get my day going.  Lots of inspiration out there in blog land!   I came across a blog and it hit the spot for me today.  It is My Country Home.  The title for Tuesday, June 28th reads.....The World Owes You Nothing.  I really needed to hear those words today!   Sometimes in life you can forget such a simple thing.   My husband and I have always prided ourselves in the hard work that we put into our lives and what a great outcome it has proved to be even during hard times. 
As my foot heels I am able to make some progress on my rug!   Still wishing I could get to the dye pot!   Would love to whip up some new colors for a rug idea that I have in mind.   I never really liked sitting around very much but at least I am now sitting and working on a rug and in time I will be back at the dye pot!