FINISHING. PLUS, REWARDING MYSELF.
Well. It's almost done. The hooking is done. Next comes:
And you wonder why hand-hooked rugs are so expensive. Every time you buy a cheapo hooked rug from China (and they are out there, plenty of them), you are disempowering an American or Canadian artist. But it's not my intention to get on THAT soapbox today.
And now...the rewards:
So after all this hooking (not to mention the Big Yarn Dyeing Project over the last six days), I decided to self-indulge with some rewards. My new freaky shoes (see the post from two days ago), one of which is visible in the rug photo above, were the start of an orgy of self-indulgence.
Just today my new dye spoons arrived from Gene Shepherd's online store. These arrived with lightning speed. I think I may even have ordered them on Thanksgiving, just last Thursday, and it's only Monday. I love them. They have so many advantages in this form, and I love that the measures go from 1/128th to 1 full teaspoon.
They were expensive, as all good dye spoons are, but I know the value of top-of-the-line tools, and these are definitely in that category.
There's more though.
Here are Carrie Paris's beautiful new Relative Tarot Cards, which you can find more about here. I can't wait to begin using these. (They are sold out temporarily but she'll be reprinting soon.)
While I am taking a short break from dyeing massive quantities of yarn for my new Moon & Clouds rug, I'll really enjoy working with Carrie's cards. And of course, I will be working with tarot at the opening of the tarot rug show on Friday.
12/1/2015 03:27:22 am
oh this is beautiful, i love the softand fine colors, very nice. thank you so much for the comments you leave on my blog :)
12/1/2015 10:20:22 pm
Wow! So cool to see the 'almost' finished rug, D! Hope the week with the dye pots went well... and wishing you a most awesome show up north! Wow wow wow! Oh, I'l be back in the area on the 18th....
12/1/2015 10:48:12 pm
Thank you all!
12/2/2015 08:54:41 am
Thank you, HeidiSue. The finishing phase of rugs is so incredibly boring...but worth it. That's the phase I'm on now. I look forward to getting it on the floor! Thanks again.
12/8/2015 10:38:55 am
I just stopped by for a look at Zingers, and I got an EYEFUL! You are amazing!
12/8/2015 12:38:30 pm
Joey and Jennifer, thank you VERY much. That means a lot to me.
12/8/2015 02:30:15 pm
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society