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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, January 2, 2014

My Newest Rug Design~

I want to give a huge Thank-you! to all who purchased my "Merry Christmas" pattern!  Hopefully you had time to get it hooked before Christmas or perhaps you're working on it now!
In any event you will have a beautiful rug to display next year!  I was feeling kind of blue thinking about putting mine away after the Holidays.... so that is what partly inspired me to come up with my new design "Home Sweet Home."  One of my dear, sweet customers had mentioned to me that she would like a rug the same size and style of lettering as the "Merry Christmas" rug with the sentiment "Home Sweet Home."  So here it is!  

I chose antique-looking textured brown wools for the background.  I wanted red for the lettering... but as some of you seasoned rug hookers know, red has a way of blending in with brown if you stay with the same values   (lightness or darkness) of wools. Determined to have my red lettering I ended up taking a very thin strip of deep navy wool ( #3cut) and carefully hooked between the rows outlining each letter.  WALLA!  It worked! The letters are showing up better, and I think it made it look more like an antique sign which is exactly what I was after!

The runner is 8 by 25 inches. I added a couple of rows around the outside of mine, making it a little wider and longer. 
I love this rug no matter where I display it.... it would look sweet over a primitive shelf or how about on the wall over your bed in the bedroom.  It would make a lovely housewarming gift for some one too!  The ideas are endless!

You can hook your very own "Home Sweet Home" rug using the paper pattern I'm offering for sale right here on my blog.
Hop right up to the left hand corner and you will see the Paypal button.  As always if you want to send a check or Money Order just email me for my address. USA and Canada only please.... if you are in another country email me so I can ship with correct postage.

p.s. I plan to hook this rug again using only neutral colored wools...
wouldn't that be lovely?!!  

Thank-you for allowing me to offer my design!
And Thank-you for supporting me in my home-based business!!

Ahhhh!!  Home Sweet Home!!

Cathy G


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I really need to sit down and hook! I have all the stuff... now I need a little time! Happy New Year Cathy! OLM

  2. Cathy, it is wonderful! I bought your Merry Christmas pattern but didn't have time to do it before Dec.25th but I will have it for next year all done. And you always give extra little hints about your work, I love that too!

  3. that's wonderful, love the antique look of it!

  4. I simply LOVE the colors you have chosen !
    Beautiful design.

  5. It is so beautiful Cathy....oh and I love your header picture.


  6. Great job, Cathy! Clever idea yo add the blue. Happy New Year! Sarah

  7. Morning Cathy, loooove it, sweet green old sap bucket I spy, nice, Francine.

  8. Another beautiful rug Cathy.
    When you were talking about loving to be home, this rug must have been happy to be born in your home.
    What a great rug.

  9. I know I'll love hooking this one as much as I did the Merry Christmas. Now, start thinking Spring designs ;)

  10. This is just wonderful!!!! So very pretty.

    Wishing you a lovely day, doreen

  11. love this rug Cathy and of course love the reds and browns together!


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