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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, May 1, 2014

You Never Know Where it Will Turnip!

I've been thinking for awhile now of making these fun stuffed turnips from a design in Maggie Bonanomi's Book "Another Place and Time".  I made mine from a piece of wool that has been marbleized and felted. The leaves are wired and made from wool and a green cotton canvas. 
Between dye pots of wool simmering
and trying to stay warm on this chilly first day of May,  

I thought back to

the year the little neighbor girls left a May basket of fresh picked violets on our front door. 
Those little girls are all grown and living in other areas now.

The color of this turnip kind of reminds me of those violets.

Memories and turnips!  I guess you never know when or where they'll turn up!  

And the wool turnip?    It's making itself useful as a curtain tie-back in the studio!

What fun!

Thanks Maggie B. for the inspiration! 

I have her book available for purchase here in my studio!

Please email or call before you "turnip"!  

Thank you!

Cathy G


  1. Hi Cathy,
    I was just looking at those in my book the other day and actually thought anout making some!! I LOVE yours and what a cute post! It made me smile!!
    Hope you get some warm weather soon!
    Warm Hugs~

  2. Your turnip is just way too cute !!
    How fun. Loving the color. ;)

  3. Soo cute! Maggie is always a wonderful inspiration! I have her book here somewhere... maybe it will turnip soon.... lol! ;-)

  4. I'm trying to think of a turnip joke here but it's proving too hard for early morning :). But he is adorable and I'm sure he will be the life of the party - the garden party, that is

  5. Well Cathy, you've never loose your sense of humour because it always turnip.... And a lovely turnip it is.

  6. Love your turnip. You could do a beet as well! Did you make the adorable bird pin cushion in your header? Is the pattern available? Really like it.

  7. Your turnip is fabulous! What a great/creative idea to use it as a tie back!

  8. Love your wooly turnip Cathy! Happy May!! Love all of Maggie B's books. I have hooking some of her rugs on my list. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Lori

  9. Love the turnip and how you used it. Very clever! Janice


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