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My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Fun Visit with Terri and a Rug Challenge!

Yesterday I had a fun visitor here in the studio from Superior, WI! Terri hooked my Sassy Sunflower pattern and brought it along to show me!  Wow!  I LOVE the colors!  And isn't her hooking nice!! 

Here's a close up so you can see the colors and wools she used! Love the textured wool she used in the sunflower center...see how it kind of frays a little on the edge?  Don't be afraid to use those wools in certain applications like this! It really makes this rug fabulous!  And I love that teal colored wool too! 

She also brought along another round chair pad she finished hooking.... She really has a unique eye for color... and I love how these both turned out!
I hope she gets back soon and brings the witch rug ( a Tish Murhpy) design that she's working on. She found some really cool oranges and red wools in my shop  for the witch's hair while she was here!  That rug is going to be fabulous!  Can't wait to see it!

Ahhhhh..... as I said there is a rug challenge going on here!  I am hooking along on our FaceBook group headed up by Lori Brechlin at NotforgottenFarm!  The name of our group is "The Out of Hand Rug Hookers!" In case you'd like to check it out.  The Hook-Along Rug Challenge has already filled up but there will be another Challenge in January.  Lori provided a dozen or more motifs from her artwork and we could pick as many as we wanted for our rugs.  We had to design using those motifs only.  
I made mine perhaps a bit too challenging.... tee hee!  I have this old very looooonggg antique bench I've been wanting to hook a rug for the top.  Well I decided to make it my challenge rug.  The requirements for size had to be at least 18 by 24 inches or bigger.  We have to have it all hooked by Jan. 3rd, 1016.  So.....

......here is the bench and the plan with some of the motifs we were provided. My bench is over a foot wide by 70 inches long.  My rug is 12 inches by 64 1/2 inches long!

This is what I came up with!
Here it is already transferred onto the linen!  Think I can get it hooked by then?
There are prizes.... some good ones!
I'll fill you in later on them!

So my hook will soon meet my hand again!  It's been awhile and they've become strangers!
Not a good thing!
But with Fall like weather here now and some cute little squirrels and acorns to hook we are off to a great start!

Stay tuned!
Cathy G

This is the witch pattern from www.tishkits.com that Terri is starting to hook.
Design by Tish Murphy
Wish I had time to hook this!  A great pattern!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Dave and I with the two pooches in tote are in Bayfield, WI for a much needed little break from our daily work and routine. We are being blessed with perfect weather as we walk the hilly streets in this quaint village on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. 
My favorite thing to do is check out the residents' backyard gardens and the local architecture of the old houses.  This charming whale weathervane caught my eye this morning as did a garden of dahlias. Or are those zinnias?  I couldn't remember which but they were gorgeous and worthy of a snapshot!

The sumac are the the first to show their firey red color here on the south shore of beautiful Lake Superior.

Yes... there were vacancies here at the Seagull Bay Motel this morning but by early afternoon the neon sign switched to No!  It's still very busy with tourists here this time of year but we beat the mobs of Applefest goers who arrive next week for the town's biggest celebration!

Milkweed was the plant of choice in this frontyard garden. No doubt to attract the Monarch butterfly that is experiencing a decline in numbers.  Worthy of a snapshot and it made me smile.

Our time here is never long enough, but it sounds like I may have an opportunity to come back and teach a rug hooking class at the quilt shop here in town!  It may have to be next fall before we can get the class underway but it will be a great excuse to come back to one of our most favorite places of all.  Bayfield, Wisconsin. 
Cathy G

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September Hook-in at Red House Wool Studio!

We gathered here on this gorgeous day in northern Wisconsin to hook, stitch, a little show and tell and above all enjoy each other's friendship and company! 
I hear it again and again how everyone looks so forward to our monthly hand-work gathering!
Shirley in the photo above, is working on her bunny rug with beautiful background! A Sharon Smith pattern. She's hooking in 8.5 and 9... wow!  I love it!

Saundra brought this quilt she is working on.... her grandson is an Eagle Scout and will soon be gifted with this quilt!  Isn't it awesome! I am sure it will become a family heirloom! 
We love looking at all kinds of hand-work and are so grateful when someone brings their projects to share!

Betsy who will be heading south very soon ( yes, she's a lucky snowbird!) has finished hooking her reindeer rug(a Judy Cripps design-her website is Rustic Rugs) ..... oh it is wonderful!!  I love the wools in this rug so much!
Maybe she'll accidentally forget it in front of my fireplace for the winter! LOL!!

Betsy is just starting to hook my Autumn Trio pattern! I can see already that it is going to be full of Autumn glory!

And sweet Nancy! She is working on her stitchery with wool appliqué!  I can't wait to see this one finished!  She does lovely hand-work and loves the primitive patterns!  A girl after my own heart!

Well.... it's been SO DARN busy around here!  The wool is flying out the door and I am working like mad to keep things fresh with new models, colors of hand-dyed wool and inspiration for all to feast their eyes!
If you are traveling this Fall and are near Rice Lake, WI and would like to visit the studio... email or call ahead as I would love to see you!
I carry plenty of wool, patterns and books, linen,Valdani threads and supplies for all your hooking and wool applique' needs!

I am headed to the studio right now to unpack the latest shipment of wool!
It's gorgeous!
Maybe it will inspire a new pattern or two!!  

Cathy G

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Primitive Home Tour! Come See My Friend Val's Place!

If you LOVE primitives!  And I mean the truly good, old and original pieces right out of the early 1800's you are gonna flip as you tour my friend Val's house with me!
I've been wanting to go see her place for quite some time and today my friend Sue and I took a little road trip and Val so graciously invited us to stop by!
And Oh My Word!!   Great old pieces displayed as if we were looking at pages right out of a favorite primitive magazine! 

Old wooden bowls are a favorite of mine to collect and Val had some DANDY  ones!  Each with a story as many of her pieces had to tell!

I love the simple and primitive linens displayed on a wonderful make-do shelf! 

Val loves the original as- found finishes on each piece! 

Even the old floor boards in her old farm house bear the time-worn original finish! LOVE!

Val opens a drawer and explains how some of the pieces were constructed! She's very knowledgeable and we loved hearing the stories and accounts of how she acquired such an impressive collection of primitives!

Another thing this kind lady possesses is talent to construct a useful piece from old things she has found. She made this wonderful table from an old crate and old boards for the top! Just like the pioneer back in the day would have done with things they had! 

This old cupboard was layered with pink and several colors of newer paint when Val found it! Did I mention she has the patience of Job as she dry scraped all the layers to get to the original traces of red paint!  I did that once on something small.... ugh... it is painstaking hard work... but as Val describes it exciting to see what's beneath each layer... the final outcome well worth it am I right?

Old brooms and iron latches pose in the morning sunshine for a perfectly primitive shot!

I wanted to take this old wood box with the salmon colored paint right home with me!!

Our gracious and most talented host!!  Thank you for letting me photograph your marvelous home Val!  Thank you too for being the keeper and preserver of these pieces of history which we are lucky to be able to touch and lay our eyes upon!
The simple life.... shared with good friends today!

It doesn't get much better than that!!

Cathy G

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Autumn Trio" Paper Pattern Release!

When the girls were here hooking last week  they spotted this rug I designed a few years back!  A request was made for a paper pattern! I had actually been thinking of doing that so I hopped to it and now I have them available in my Etsy shop!  
Look in the left side-bar and you'll see the link to my Etsy shop where all my paper patterns are listed!
I have also been toying with the idea of hooking this rug again myself! 
There are so many ways you could hook the pumpkins and the birds! 
What about in a neutral color scheme? 
Or maybe Halloween colors... a little purple perhaps?
A black and white pumpkin to join an orange.. Hmmmm... it sure has me wanting to hook it again!

It's a nice sized mat at 15 x 20 and as always the pattern is full sized ready for you to transfer to your own backing material.

So offering an old favorite as a paper pattern today!
Hope you like it!

Cathy G