Monday, March 25, 2013

Hanging some Hooking

 Finally a weekend without every single minute filled!  After the long basketball season with our middle child it was nice to have a weekend at home.  (9 straight weekends were Friday AND Saturday night games....whew)  

A couple of projects that I wanted done.....

saltbox hooked mat,  cat hooked mat, antique flowers hooked mat
My 3 most recent hooking projects hung.  Not sure they will all stay here, but I liked them grouped together for the time being.  

This narrow wall space is at the base of our stairs, sandwiched between the front door and the windows of our "music" room - the room where the piano collects dust.  It adds some interest to this forgotten wall.  

Last year when we were moving my Mom, one of the treasures that I saved from the dumpster were several of my Grandmother's hooked rugs.  I wish I knew how many rugs my Grandmother hooked during her lifetime.  I was only 9 when she died, so my time with her was limited.  We lived several hours apart and didn't see each other very often.  I think it might have to do with the fact that she and her son (my Dad) butted heads and she and my Mom didn't see eye to eye either.  

But to me she was Kack, my loving grandmother.   She baked the BEST molasses cookies,  her "cookie jar" - it was a gallon jug - like a pickle jar was always full of these wonderful cookies.   She taught me how to crochet a chain - which I still have, it's green and I keep it in my sewing basket.   I remember the day I said something to my Mom about Kack smoking and my Mom dropping what she was doing to ask me how I knew that!  Well, Mother, her house smells like cigarette smoke. My Grandfather had died several year before so there was only one person it could be.   I guess it was a deep dark secret that we were supposed to ignore! 

One of several room sized rugs that Kack hooked.... 

I'm not sure how I feel about it on the wall.  It's REALLY big and not quite what I had pictured in my head of how it would look.  My initial reaction was to take it right back down.  We left it up, I'll give it a few more days to grow on me and to give my husband some time to realize he may have to take it back down and fill the holes in the wall!  My thought now is it will go on the floor in our bedroom. 

 I think this one is my favorite. 
autumn leaves hooked rug

 Kack's shading is just perfect in this. She dyed her own wool, all of which was recycled clothing and blankets.  The colors look so nice with our kitchen floor and this old cabinet.  (That's the cat food container on the left!) I have 5 more rugs to find homes for - I wonder how my husband will feel about testing one out on another wall...above the piano maybe??
Over the weekend while we were watching March madness, I worked on this freebie from Not Forgotten Farms.  I'll show you the finished piece later in the week.  



  1. lovely small rugs, you are right that one is huge on the wall, I love the colors in the green against the pine floors.

  2. Hi Ann, what awesome memories about your grandma. My grandma always had cookies in her cookie jar. I can honestly say that I never saw the cookie jar empty. I love your Grandma's hooked rugs, they are beautiful and I love the one behind your couch. How special that you have them, now we know where you get all of your talent from. Your grandma would be so proud of you following in her footsteps. hugs, Lecia

  3. Love your trio of rugs! And your grandmother's rugs are are so lucky to have them...what a lovely remembrance!

  4. Love your rugs (of course...I always love your rugs!) and your Grandma's are gorgeous - now we know where some of your talents came from. I would love to see her rugs up close - the shading looks really beautiful. I think the big rug looks good on the wall!

  5. aww i love your rugs pretty..
    your grandmother rugs are so pretty too..
    love for you x

  6. Your finished rugs look great hanging together, Ann! And what a wonderful treasure to have your Grandmother's hooked rugs...they are beautiful.

    Hugs, Linda

  7. Ann ~
    How lucky to have your grandma's rugs!!!
    Your rug trio has the perfect spot. I also hooked the middle one a few years ago.
    Pug hugs :)

  8. Ann...those rugs are amazing! All the work your grandmother put into's scary to think that some may have been disccarded...I love the large one! The colors are so soft...what a fine rug hooker she was! I like your arrangement of hooked rugs on your wall with your clock...very nice!!

  9. What a treasure to have your Grandma's rugs. They are just wonderful...looks like you have followed in her footsteps of hooking. Your trio looks great together.

  10. Love your hooking on your wall by the door, perfect spot for them. And what treasures to have rugs hooked by your Grandma's own hand, what a blesssing!


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