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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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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Our January Second Tuesday Hook-in at Red House Wool Studio!

Oh my hooked rug!!  Where does the time go?!!  This past Tuesday was our monthly hook-in here at the studio again!  The day we all look forward to with eager anticipation!  I can tell the moment everyone arrives they start pulling out rugs,  applique pieces, things they've started and are working on for show and tell! I have to grab my iphone quick and start snapping pics before they pack them all up and start working on their projects for the day! 

Remember Mya, one of our newest rug hookers... well here is the Home Sweet Home rug she finished hooking using my design  ( available HERE )  Look at her hooking... oh my gosh.... such sweet loops!  Now here is a gal to look out for!  This is her third rug and with hooking so wonderful... I can't wait to see her next rug!  We did find a pattern in a past issue of Rug Hooking magazine that she liked and she will be starting on that!  So stay tuned!!

Celeste is in a snowman state of mind!  She finished these two mats since our last meeting and aren't they wonderful!  She's adapted them from appliqué patterns I believe from Primitive Gathering.  
She will be framing the smaller piece with a barn board frame! 
Of course she's started on her next rug already!  So more to come! 

Sharon finished the hooking on her Pine Island Primitives design!  I can't get enough of this rug and the colors! Gather round young ladies and feast your eyes on this one! 

Yummy wools and
Sharon has such an expert eye for color!  I want this rug and I have the perfect spot for it!  LOL!!  I think Sharon has the perfect spot for it also.  So I guess I'll have to hook my own!

Now Sharon!  What have you there?! Oh goodness! A wool appliqué piece she has started and has the pieces all cut out and ironed onto the fabric, ready for the stitching to begin!

Each piece more wonderful then the next and all together....

.... they will become this awesome wall quilt by The Cottage at Cardiff Farms! This one is on my long list of wool appliqué I'd love to do someday!  

So... we have much more to look forward to in this new year! 
How is your new year starting off?  
Each day brings it's challenges, duties, and pains ( like the taxes..yuk) to contend with.
But on a cold cold winter day, when rug hookers decide to don boots, parkas and wool scarves...
and hit the road to Red House Wool Studio,
the below zero temps are just a minor thing.
We hook, chat, slurp hot coconut lentil soup and pull big piles of wool for our projects!
Encouraged by one another, our spirits are lifted..
We go home warm and refreshed.
Our minds and hearts fortified to carry on ... now where did I lay my hook.....

Cathy G


  1. Beautiful rugs and I do have those snowman designs, like the idea of making hooked or punched pieces with them.


  2. Stunning! And I just love the wool applique in your header :)
    Blessings, Patti

  3. Wonderful inspiring work going on ladies. Just fabulous and thank you for sharing them with us. X

  4. Inspiring eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Cathy,
    It looks and sounds like a veritable haven on those super cold days!! The rugs are just wonderful and that soup sounds amazing, too!!! So happy you can all gather at such a special place and encourage one another.....just my kind of place.....except for the Brrr factor!!!
    Happy Hooking, my friend and Warm Hugs~

  6. Hi Cathy, I wish I live closer, I'd come to your Studio just to warm up from this frigid cold.
    It warms my heart to see the women all enjoying each other's company sharing a love of wool project.

    Wishing you a great year.

  7. OMG such wonderful rugs and talented ladies! Wish I lived closer to join in on the fun. Staywarm. Janice

  8. wow, what a great group of projects, loved them all!
    and esp. the applique!

  9. lots of good talent there! the color and work are wonderful.
    and it all sounds so cozy.

  10. Oh my goodness!!! That Pine Island Primitives Rug is gorgeous! Love the colors that were hooked into it! The stack of snowmen heads is fabulous too! I think that's a wool applique pattern from Dorr Mill. Wow! Great inspiration to start off the weekend with! Thanks!

  11. Cathy ~
    So many wonderful projects. I, too, could find the perfect spot for Sharon's rug. MAGNIFICENT!
    Hugs :)

  12. The long snowman heads is called Frosty Mug from Threads That Bind and the small snowman head is We are Family Framed from Primitive Gatherings.

  13. Well, I can tell you that if I lived nearby I'd definitely be attending your hooky day! Perfect way to spend a winters day. And such inspiration! Beautiful work in every photo!

  14. Wishing I lived closer, too! I am inspired by Mya as a new hooker myself. So many awesome projects going on at your 2nd Tuesday group!


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