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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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Monday, September 2, 2013

Hooking Down and Dirty in the Hay Bales!

On Sunday of this Labor Day weekend Jill and I threw a few rugs and our hooking gear together and headed down town to  Heritage Days in Rice Lake, WI.  We were asked to demonstrate rug hooking to the crowds which never really materialized.  Unfortunately the crowds were there Saturday and by Sunday the hot and dusty ground was all that was left underfoot as we sat and hooked and sipped our iced tea from insulated mugs.

Heritage Days had it's humble beginning under a huge white tent with displays of logging equipment and trapping paraphernalia and a couple of ladies crocheting doilies and the town hookers ( me and Jill). Hay bales lined the outer edges of the tent I assumed for folks to rest a bit while listening to expert local historians speak on the logging history and lore of Indians and early settlers.  All interesting indeed... but we were hoping to drum up a few new hookers and lure them to the studio for lessons.
I think we spoke to three possible candidates.

Jill, however, was happy to have a few hours on a hot and dusty Sunday afternoon to sit and hook with her partner in business and crime.
She did a little reverse hooking as well!  LOL!

Me, with the dumb look on my face, made a little more progress on a new rug I started a couple of days ago.  It's a 20 by 40 inch runner with a wild hit and miss border done in all shades of green. 
So tomorrow starts the journey into a new week and the start of the Fall season.
I will get to those studio photos I promised too.
Never enough hours in the day it seems.
Today is a big day for my sweet hubby Dave who loads tables, fixes light fixtures in the studio, takes photos, takes care of friend's chickens while they are on vacation, takes care of his 91 year old Mom, me and the fur boys,  and puts in 60 hour weeks at the newspaper.
He turns 60.
I think we both will be sitting down a few moments to wrap our minds around that one!

Happy Birthday Honey!!

Cathy G


  1. It's a shame when you get all prepared and the crowds don't come. I heard that our local County Fair had disappointing results last month also.
    Your new project looks interesting. Love that border. Happy Birthday to Dave!

  2. Love the wee bit of aqua in your rug. Sorry about the no show, that is always a bummer.

  3. Love the border ~ love the neutral center!! And happy birthday to your mister!!!

  4. Even tho the crowds didn't materialize at least you had a grand day hooking. The border on your new rug is magnificent!!!!!!


  5. Hi Cathy,
    What a sad thing to set up and be there for the people only to have it not so good.
    But you got to spend some wonderful quality time with Jill doing what you both love...and your rug is amazing...always love how your detail is so vivid.
    Cool here this morning and I hope it stays that way all day - I get so much done when the temps are low.


  6. Belated Happy Birthday to the Mister!!! Beautiful rugs Cathy, I wish I could have pulled up a hay bale and joined you lovely ladies...Greeting from Maine, Julie

  7. What fun and I wish I could have been there to watch and hook. Happy birthday to your husband!
    Have a lovely week.

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dave. What a lucky woman you are to have him divide his busy time to help in the studio.

    I'm sorry that the crowd was disappointing this year. If you get three new students, hopefully they will bring someone else with them.

    I would love to see your beautiful rugs in person and I love the colors in this new creation of yours. Beautiful... how do you do it? Your patterns all have this Red House Wool quality about them.

  9. Cathy...that rug is going to be awesome!

  10. Hi Cathy, belated birthday wishes to Hubby....love that rug so far, will be amazing, Francine.

  11. Lucky girls!!!! Wish I could join.
    I have missed your posts.

  12. Hi Cathy. Came over to visit from Karen at My Colonial Home. Your rugs are beautiful.

    Sorry there was not very many people came to the show.



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