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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

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Monday, January 31, 2011


Spring chick gold.... one of the colors I came up with in my relentless dyeing escapades this past week.  I couldn't get that vision of a cute little fluffy, yellow gold, promise of Spring chicky out of my head.   I wondered how I could translate that thought since it persisted, onto paper then on to a scrap piece of burlap.  Since preparing to teach this class I've kept a small piece of white burlap stretched on a frame in my studio.  When something strikes me or the urge to see what a freshly dyed piece of wool looks like hooked I randomly hook goofy things on that burlap.  

Suddenly the colors and goofy hooking started taking shape and the practice burlap started to resemble the makings of a small rug!  I didn't mean for that to happen.  As you recall the wool I have been dyeing was meant for the students ( if any sign up) for the class I'm teaching to begin at the end of Feb.  Well, no mayam, I couldn't keep my hand out of the wool cookie jar!  The spring like colors and textures of all this newly dyed wool surrounding me overcame me like the sweet smell of freshly mowed grass in the meadow.  I dived right in!

Many of you have been experiencing a winter this year like we have here in Northern WI every year.  Long about Feb. and into March and heaven forbid into April we northerners are hanging on to our sanity by a thin thread.  In my case it's a #6 or #8 cut piece of wool.  The only thing that keeps us motivated is the promise of sunshine, green grass, baby chicks, and finally being able to walk outside without ten layers of clothing.  

Promise has been a nice word to dwell on these past few days.  It's a word that gives a cause or grounds for hope. And something that is promising is likely to turn out well or succeed.  Yes, promise indeed seemed like a good word to keep handy.

More to come....... I promise!

Cathy G


  1. Hi Cathy,

    Love the word Promise as we are feeling the same in Newfoundland and I too, am hanging by a small strip of wool. but the "promise" of spring keeps me buoyant despite the winter doldrums.

    bye for now


  2. Cathy,
    That is just so cute. And all those lovely piles of wool. Holy cow - what a treasure chest!
    And yes, I am barely hanging on by a thread. Another foot of crap forecast to fall on Wednesday!

  3. It is looking so cute!
    love the colors,little chick & promise!
    enjoy the day

  4. Chickie is great and I love the funky block of colors next to him. Boy, I wish I could sign up for your class and get into all that wool. I just ordered some natural and oatmeal from Dorr and I can't wait to drag out the dye pots again. Your studio is awesome, by the way.
    Hang onto that wool strip!

  5. Cathy!!! LOVE the practice rug!! How adorable. I would sign up for your class in a heartbeat if only I was closer!

  6. What an awesome way for a rug design to evolve! You're very very clever! Love all those yummy colors of wool!

  7. prim perfection! your dyeing has been quite successful...I'm drooling for some new colors of wool now...

  8. That is such a hopeful piece! We all need a Promise right now with another awful winter storm on it's way! Promise this will be the last one!!!
    All the dyed colors look great! I can see why you couldn't resist!!!

  9. Cathy, I can't think of a cuter project announcing spring. See I knew that you would be a great teacher. I love it and I'm glad that you dove right in and tested yout kit pattern. They will just love this.

    I love all your beautiful wool colors. It's making me drool. Seems that I've been drooling a lot lately.

    Hang in there, spring is just around the corner. See how fast January went by.... Groundhog day tomorrow. Here in Ottawa, we are bracing for a big snow storm. Hugs, JB

  10. Goodness you have been busy! I would roll around in that wool it looks so wonderful. and super cute little rug.

  11. How cute that rug is!!! And I am drooling over the wool colors. I am sending warm wishes to all of you who are cold..I won't tell you what the temp was here north of Svannah over the weekend...you would ban be from all these lovely blogs....And Wisconsin has been our favorite place in the summer so far...Beer, Brauts, Cheese & Wine....how good can life get??

  12. Hello dear ...
    Wow, wool and rug beautiful!!!
    There is a site where to buy your products?


  13. Cathy ~
    Your wool is BEEYOOTIFULL!!! Such luscious colors and your little rug!!! WOWZA. You are just too creative.
    We are in the midst of an ice storm and I get to drive in it tomorrow at 6:30 am. I only have a few miles to get to work and hopefully it won't be too bad.
    Hugs :)
    P.S. I want to take your class. WAAHHHH!

  14. Spontaneous design is one of those things that you never see coming. I guess that's why it's such a joy when it happens. And yours is full of everything the word implies. How awesome that it happened on this little mat.


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