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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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November Election Day Hook-In at Red House Wool Studio~ Lots of pics!

Our regularly scheduled Hook-in ( second Tuesday of every month) went off without a hitch today! Everyone voted, then hopped in their cars to gather here again for a wild and wooly day of hooking, stitching, chatting, laughing, eating and sharing our handwork!  Republican or Democrat... it really all washes out in the wool doesn't it!  So sit back and enjoy the labors of love in our handwork! 

Nancy made this oh so awesome covered paper mache' box ( in wool) to resemble a #2 crock!  How fun is this!  Nancy once again shows her creativity and expertise in stitching all things! I could fill this with wooly worms.... hmmmmm.  Decorative and functional! 

Cindy and Shirley model these adorable vests they made from wool!  A couple of posts back you remember Betsy showing us hers she bought in a boutique!  Well the girls got to work and made their own!  They are ready for the colder weather predicted this weekend.... we live in Wisconsin remember?  November 8th and we are still having summer like weather!  It's been wonderful! 

Shirley finished this eye -popping rendition of a Little Bits by Joan pattern!  She's working on  more of these adorable little patterns!  Nice stitching there Shirley!

Cindy finishes two more little wall hangings using the Little Bits by Joan patterns also!  A couple of posts back she shared a Christmas one she finished!  I love seeing how everybody has a little bit different slant on the wools they choose! So fun!

Nancy is our hand stitching perfectionist!  She shared some stitching on toweling that is fantastic! 

This Buttermilk Basin design is done by Nancy as well!  Isn't it awesome... Oh I think I spy some of my hand-dyed wool in there!  It gets me in the mood for some Christmas music.. I made the girls listen to my favorite XM Radio station today that plays continuous Christmas music!  I didn't hear any complaints... 

LOVE love love this stitching and with Bible verse done by Nancy! Love how she changes thread colors in the lettering.... so great!

Oh and Santa shows up every now in then here in the studio.... and today he is being hooked by Lisa! She's using a design in a Needl'Love book and don't you just love his golden coat!  She is using some real Flax for his beard... and did you spy those little rusty bells on a wire?  I can't wait to see how she works those in!  Am loving this rug so much... as a matter of fact I have a santa drawn out ready to hook.  Hope I get some time to start it now!

Betsy is making great progress on her turkey of many colors!  Forgive me I am not recalling the pattern designer name.... someone help me out please!  It's been a long day and I'm listening to election results while trying to type... probably not the best thing to do.. LOL! Anyhoo... I am loving this rug and she wants to finish by Thanksgiving!!  The race is on Betsy!!

Cindy making more progress on her Jack-O-Lantern in gorgeous wools!  Oh what a stunner this is going to be!!  

Debbie is hiding behind this wonderful wool applique quilt she is working on!  I bet you recognize it as one of Maggie Bonanomi's designs!  For sure it is... so lovely as Debbie is another meticulous and expert stitcher!  She gives these quilts as gifts to sons and daughter-in- laws!  Lucky kids! Maybe she will adopt me!  LOL!! 

Saundra is working on whipping her wonderful little oval shaped rug!  She hasn't been hooking that long but would you look at those even and perfect loops!  Saundra is destined to create some very lovely rugs as she is a true artist... as is her husband who is having knee surgery tomorrow!  We wish him well!  

Now please let me introduce our newest rug hooker! Her name is Shirley!  Yes we now have two Shirleys hooking  in our group! And can you believe this is the first rug for this Shirley!! It's good luck I believe to hook a sheep for your first rug ( a Heaven's to Betsy design)! We welcome you Shirley to our merry band of hookers and stitchers!  I think she was overwhelmed today but I did hear her say she will be back next month if we don't have a snow storm!  She has quite a drive to get here.. a couple of hours from Black River Falls.  

Here is the other Shirley working on a log cabin rug for a neighbor. Look at the wools... yum yum..perfect for the roof and logs!  Shirley drew this design from a photograph. Talent abounds here and I think it's marvelous these girls draw some of their own designs!  One of the fun things about rug hooking you can use your artistic gifts!

A very happy day when the studio is filled with dedicated and hard working friends!  The hours fly by and we leave with hugs and inspiration to carry us through til we meet again next month!  Thank you all for making the miles, bringing the nourishment for stomach and soul!
I am blessed indeed! 

Cathy G


  1. What a great gathering of talented women!!

  2. Missed you guys today!!!! See you all next month

  3. Wow, eye candy overload, the girls are a talented group, love all the projects and that pumpkin with the purples is stunning.


  4. Wow! A great group of talented creative women

  5. Beautiful examples to inspire us all. Thanks for sharing.

  6. LOVED seeing all these projects - what a cozy day you had!

  7. so wonderful you are all tucked nicely in hooking and creating.
    Love love love it

  8. All of these projects are fabulous!! I'm totally in love with that Santa...I've searched high'n low for the Need'l Love pattern but can't seem to find it �� Can anyone help?


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