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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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Thursday, November 22, 2012

French Urn Progress and a Blue Formula

Here are the results of my hooking  marathon yesterday and last evening!   I covered a lot of ground in a few hours. I am using an 8.5 cut strip for the most part.  A number 7 cut is working well around the berries and narrow spaces.  

The line-up of wools I'm using is a mix of hand-dyed and off-the-bolt from Rebecca Erb and Heaven's to Betsy.  There's the blue in the middle that I dyed over an oatmeal colored wool.  Would you like the formula?  
Civil War Soldier Blue
1/8th tsp. Cushings Blue
1/8th tsp. Cushings Navy Blue
1/8th tsp. Cushings Silver Gray
1/32 tsp. Cushings Jade Grn.
1 Cup Boiling Water
Use 1/2 cup over 3/4 of a yard of oatmeal colored wool

Just a wonderful Blue!  I like to scrunch it up in an electric fry pan for a nice mottled effect.

Took the dogs on a nice little walk this morning( before our temperature's start to drastically fall! ... oh boy... from the high fifties to the twenties by this evening!)  .. threw the ribs smothered in BBQ sauce and onions in the oven.
( don't you feel sorry for those poor souls who will be waiting in line around here for Blk. Friday deals??.... they are gonna freeze their little tooshes off!  LOL)
Now I'm headed to the studio to try and figure out how I'm gonna hook those tongues around the border. They have been bugging me a little bit..... but I think I know what wools I'm going to use. Now  if it just looks like I have envisioned I'll be all right.

Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving so far!

Cathy G


  1. Beautiful blue and beautiful rug!! Happy Thanksgiving day, to you and yours!!! And thank you for all your kind comments thru the year!!!

  2. Hi....I love the blue also and the rug.....Enjoy the day....Blessings Francine.

  3. I love that blue and thank you so much for sharing the dye recipe. That is very thoughtful and generous of you.
    Your beautiful rug is almost done and you must have sore fingers. The blue is perfect for the urn.
    The ribs sound delicious and I hope that your hunter comes home with something to show you, what a good hunter he is.


  4. love the rug and the colors you are using, thanks for sharing. Hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful one.

  5. Beautiful Cathy!...love all the colors!..

  6. Love, love, loving it Cathy! Thank you for the dye formula. That blue is the best and looks so good in your rug. I've never done the black Friday thing and don't plan on it. I'd rather be home hooking a rug like you! Can't wait to see your plan for the tongues. Hugs, Lori

  7. Cathy, Lovin your rug!! I hope you have had a wonderful day!!! OLM

  8. that is just beautiful, I love the blue color!

  9. Love, love, love the rug!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving, dear blog friend.
    Pug hugs :)

  10. Beautiful rug! It's hooking up quick too!

  11. I LOVE THAT RUG!!!
    Are you going to offer it as a pattern?
    If so, I will be your first sale.
    Thanks so much for the blue formula!

  12. Cathy,
    What a beautiful blue! Hoping to take time and hook a bit myself today....it's been too long!

  13. I think we are going to have to talk! I love this stuff! I have never rug hooked before but I wool applique. When do you teach classes?


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