Who is Orange Sink?
- Cathy G.
- Rice Lake, WI, United States
- 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
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Trying hard to find some inner peace today. Looking out the window I see bright sunshine. Usually a mood lightener but the cold and snow persist here. No daffodils would dare peak their tiny green heads out from the safe and dark depths of the earth. Stay put you tender sun loving little shoots. Be patient you wild and antsy rug hooker. Draw some mandala's and search your soul. Spring cannot elude us for too much longer for the mandala circle of the Sun is moving closer to our hemisphere each day.
Click this link if you would like to try drawing a Mandala http://www.youtube.com/user/ExpressingtheSelf
Monday, February 15, 2010
I decided to try a different way to finish and hang this little birch tree mat. In my usual "do it my way" style, I decided to try mounting it on a pine frame covered in burlap. Dave was kind enough to nail up a simple pine board frame for me. A coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the fabric and rug from future acid damage is probably a good idea. I actually did that step yesterday.
Then things got a little tricky while stapling the burlap to the frame. It was hard to get it pulled tight while stapling and the corners were difficult to get all the burlap wrapped around nice and neat. I persevered.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Before I actually started cutting though, I took a yardstick and a piece of chalk and drew lines on the bias all across the back(seems ironed flat) as you see in the above photo.
Next I took those strips and sewed them altogether to make one long strip. I found a piece of cording I had in my sewing stuff and using the zipper foot on my machine, encased it, and made a piping like you would sew around the edge of a pillow.
Now I wouldn't say I had a lot of fun sewing the darn thing onto the rug. It was tedious and hard to get it sewn close to the edge of the hooking. There is probably an easier way to do it, but since I am a lone ranger here with no hooking group or teacher to ask for help, I forged ahead on my own. After a few (three) evenings of hand sewing the binding it got much easier. I really like the way it looks. Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I like it that much! It just really gives this rug a beautiful and I hope durable finish. Pretty classy looking if I may say so!
Here is a close-up of the binding the way it looks on the edge and top.
So for now it rests on the bed in my studio. The painting above the bed is one I painted a long long time ago in my college days. The old building has long been torn down. My art teacher used to tell us to get out there and paint all the old buildings we saw in the country side because one day they would all be bulldozed, never to be seen again. This one stood near a wooded area near my parents homestead. We kids used to think it was haunted. Of course we thought all of the old abandoned buildings were haunted. Most of them have long since vanished.
Monday, February 8, 2010
A quick stop at the Library to pick up the book I ordered(Deepak Chopra's Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting the Soul) Then home to laundry, dishes and reinventing something for dinner. I stuck a turkey breast in the oven.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Drop whatever it is you're doing at this moment and click on this link! What we don't know about marketing in this country we can learn from the Swedes. This website is so fantastic, the colors are to dye(pun intended)for! The shoes and the "shoe movie" well.....just get over there! Check out the entire website and watch all the little movies. Then come back and tell me what you think! Inspired or what?!!
From the Gudrunsjoden Website