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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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Friday, January 14, 2011

Clean Mind and Crazy Heart!

I must have one of the cleanest minds on earth!  That's because I change it so often!  LOL

I changed my mind about using the crazy wool heart that I finished for a journal cover.  I decided to make it into a wool pillow instead!  I added a star button to the heart.  It's stuffed with wool snippets and linings from wool jackets.  I made an inner pillow from an old wool quilt and stuffed that.  Then enclosed that with the applique pillow. 

I still haven't got a rug on the frame.  I've been preparing paper work for becoming an instructor at the school.  It's been a long while since I've had an actual paying job.  And this one depends on having people sign up for the class.  I want to remain optimistic.  I tend to worry myself into a tizzy. 

The classes are due to start the end of February. I must get into a teaching mode. It's all so new and scary.

 Wouldn't it be grand to find a student who will embrace the love of rug hooking as I do?  Someone who will be as crazy about pulling wool and fiber through a backing as I have!  That's what pushes me to go beyond my comfort zone and actually pull this teaching gig together!

I'm hoping to find a crazy heart or two in this area to share my passion!  I can do this!  I know I can!

Cathy G


  1. Good luck to you in your new teaching position. I for one would happily sign up for your class, If only I lived closer. I feel there is so much one can learn no matter how an experienced hooker one is. The little pillow is just lovely!Great job.

  2. It is PERFECT as a pillow. Great choice Cathy! I would sign up for your classes too, but for now I will just learn from you on-line.

  3. What a darling pillow Cathy. I love it. I have every confidence in your ability to teach rug hooking. Your work is beautiful and lets put it this way, if they wanted someone else to teach, they would have asked someone else but they want you. So take my motto and run with it JUST DO IT and and do your best and enjoy this new experience. JB

  4. Yes! With your enthusiasm and knowlege of hooking, you are going to be an inspiration to your students. You have a great artistic eye for color planning and I know you will bring out the best in each person's project.
    Try to relax and let your natural love for creating shine through.

    P.S. Your pillow is perfection!

  5. Cathy,
    What a SWEET pillow!
    You'll be a GREAT teacher...your enthusiasm and creativity will draw your students in!
    I know it's difficult not to worry...but you are doing what you love...and all will be well~L

  6. Your pillow is beautiful! I just love that wool crazy look. Best of luck with teaching. I could never teach, too shy! I'm sure you will find someone with just as much enthusiasm, maybe even two or three! Wool seems to do that to people.

  7. Cathy - Love your pillow - You are going to wow them for sure and will be wonderful if you just be yourself! Wish I lived close enough to take your class!

  8. Cathy ...
    You will be a fabulous teacher and mentor.
    I wish We were closer geographically,,,I would definately be a smiling student of yours.
    Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  9. Yes you CAN do this!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pillow!!!!

  10. Cathy ~
    I'm another one who would gladly take your class but the commute would be a bit much :)
    LOVE the finish on your crazy heart!!! I also love the bail handle pantry box!!!
    Stay warm!
    Hugs :)

  11. Cathy...
    The pillow came out 'PERFECT'
    I know you'll find another 'Crazy Heart' out there, Inspiration is a Gift and YOU have it to pass along!!! I believe it seeps through the pours and as you go on to teach MOST people will see that.

    Wishing you Love & Luck...

  12. I love the fact you did it as a pillow. What a great finish! You will be a wonderful teacher Cathy. I would take a class from you too! Your students will walk away with a wonderful first experience :)!!

  13. So very pretty!
    Your classes will be wonderful! You have so much to offer them your talent & wonderufl personality!

    enjoy the day

  14. The pillow is wonderful and just another way you will inspire your students. Trust in the fact that many will be a reflection of you - love, love, love fibre art as much as you do. They are out there - just waiting for you to find them.


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