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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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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pears and Squares

Howdy!  Oh gosh I know it's been awhile!  I'll be amazed if I actually have any readers left out there! Blogging is hard work you know.  There have been days lately where I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and write a word... I'd think about it then instead of coming up with a post  I'd just go immerse myself  in Pinterest!  I deserve a good spank!  LOL!

Of course a lot of things have been going on!   I've been teaching rug hooking classes here in the studio.  I've had a half-dozen lovely new students over the past few weeks.  And come the first week in November there are a group of TEN who would like to come take my class!  Whew!  That's quite a few in one class but this group of friends would like to take it together!  So... I hope I can keep everything straight!  Lots of learning, laughs and loops are anticipated!

That lovely pear in the photo is a real pear!  I know it almost looks like an artificial one doesn't it?   A couple of weeks ago while Dave and I were on a short trip up north to Bayfield, WI,   we visited an apple orchard and amongst all the varieties of apples I spotted these great looking pears.  They were not quite ripe when we purchased them but after a few days on the kitchen counter in a wooden bowl  they turned from green to a beautiful peachy glow!  They were the sweetest pears I've ever tasted!

I sliced a few of them up today and popped them in the food dehydrator to make pear chips!  Like potato chips except made from pears!  Sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon they are absolutely delicious!
And the house smells  of cinnamon and pears...  so Fall like and cozy.
Speaking of cozy...

A few days ago I drew up some little acorn shaped coasters on linen and hooked them using some new wools we got in the studio!  This little corner in the studio is quite comfy to sit and hook or work on some wool applique. The little acorn coasters are nice to set a cup of tea on while stitching or hooking.   I have been working on some models for the studio.

I have only recently been working with wool applique.  It's a nice break from hooking and I still get to play with wool!  There are so many cute patterns out there that I would like to stitch.  I thought this one from Primitive Gatherings would be easy and quick!

Well it turns out nothing with hand sewing is really ever quick for me!  It was fun though to cut out all the little squares.  I am using a product called Heat-N-Bond lite and it sure makes the work easier and keeps the wool looking tidy on the edges. 
We will be carrying this pattern in the shop now too.

So much more to tell you about but I think I need to go work on this project for a little while before hitting the hay!

I'll be back soon if all goes well!
Happy leaf watching and Fall merry making!!

Cathy G


  1. Consider yourself spanked! Glad to hear from you and that you had a good time in Bayfield. I've always wanted to go to the apple festival, but we never seem to be in Wisconsin at the right time. Have fun hooking and stitching. Sarah

  2. Your acorn coasters are lovely and perfect for the season !

  3. We are here anticipating your next entry! I love your acorns I think you could make some pretty little pins for fall like these. I have never dehydrated pears I do apples, bananas and pineapple but have never thought about doing pears. I will be on the look out for some pears. Have a blessed week!

  4. Good morning Cathy...oh how I wish I was one of the gals in your hooking class. I so need to start doing this as I have so many patterns sitting here waiting for me - begging me to start them.
    Especially that mittens rug I bought from you - it's sitting right out where I can see it. I did buy some wool a few weeks ago to use on it - just hoping it will turn out as beautiful as yours.
    What a beautiful pear and yes, I thought it was decoration.
    Never thought you could dry pears - sounds yummy.

  5. It is always so nice to read what you have been doing while you have been away. I really thought that pear was something you had made out of wool when I first saw it. What a pretty color. I have never seen a pair that color before.
    Your studio looks wonderful, I bet it is so nice to have that all around you. What a nice inspiration.
    It all looks good.

  6. Cathy, no need for spanking a hooker who takes a break... cute little acorns and they look quick to make.
    I'm hoping that you will soon show us your finished wool applique. What a beautiful big pear. I too thought it was just a decoration.


  7. Hi Kathy, it's ok to take a break, we all need to.....that is one big pear, wow.......Sweet acorns, love how they look, prim perfect.....Blessings Francine.

  8. You could make little mug mats in wool applique with your acorn pattern. Use a little batting between top and backing. How cute would they be? Nice to read your post!

  9. glad to see you back you have been busy! Love the acorns.

  10. WOW! You've been busy! And Dave too (the woodpile in the header)!
    So love this wonderful getting-ready-for-winter post.
    Have a great time with your hooking groups. I know they are having the experience of an excellent teacher.

  11. I did not think the pear was real!
    the chips look delish!
    love the mat, am always intrigued by your sharing!
    love the acorns!

  12. I have been absent too, so do not feel bad... Lovely pears. I am thinking about getting a dehydrator also...


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