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So Much Book News!

Oh, my gosh, so much book news!

First, The NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn was released last week. It’s the second edition of the award-winning Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), but it’s chock full of new projects, instruction, and resources. Deana David of Ribbon Candy Rug Hooking got a first look at it, and praised it on her YouTube channel:

“My favorite of her books, the best of her books. I think it’s the best rug hooking book so far. Extraordinary.

“Even if you own the first edition of this book (Joy of Hooking With Yarn), this is well worth checking out. She is very encouraging. If you’re getting one book this year, get this one. I recommend this book so highly.

“A full 10, without a doubt. Absolutely nothing missing or lacking. As a beginner book, it’s ideal, and for people who have been hooking for a long time, it is an amazingly inspiring book that covers all the bases.”

So that happened… then:

Breaking the Boundaries, The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston was a finalist at the Chanticleer Book Awards, and a Gold winner at the eLit Book Awards! Woo hoo!

Sharon Johnston’s approach to rug hooking is truly unique. She took her expertise in embroidery, quilting, collage, painting, and more, and created an incredible body of art! You’ll see her inspirational story and work in this book, as well as 5 new projects, designed to teach her innovative techniques.

But wait, there’s more!

Then Chanticleer Reviews gave The Boy Who Wrote Poetry a 5-Star review!

The Boy Who Wrote Poetry is a heartwarming and inspirational work about Mark Ford, a promising young poet and writer who died a tragic and premature death at the age of eighteen. This collection is the poetry he left behind.

“Judy Taylor, Mark’s sister and the author of the book, tells the story of her brother’s short life and their family, the circumstances in which he grew up, and how he began to express his creativity at a very young age. The examples of Mark’s poetry and general writings that the author presents are remarkable and moving. Considering the tender age at which Mark wrote the poetry, the sophistication and insight revealed in the work are astonishing.” Read more

It’s not a rug hooking book per se, but is it a book about the importance of living a creative life. We don’t know who we will touch with our art. My brother died in 1970, and his words still reach people. Creating art is the most basic of human endeavors. It has to power to reach people. My brother didn’t wait to write. The same is true for all of us who live a creative life.

This book also won Bronze at the eLit Book Awards.

One more small thing:

I had to redesign the cover of Rug Hooker’s Guide to the YARNIVERSE! so it would match the NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn!, so I’m selling the last remaining copies of YARNIVERSE (old cover) for $17 while supplies last.

What’s in YARNIVERSE? Everything beyond the basics. Multiple easy dyeing techniques (so the yarn does the work for you!) for primitives, realistic shading, fine detail and much more. Hundreds of pictures, illustrations, and templates. Order here.

I’ll have a booth at the King County Fair, Enumclaw, WA, July 14-17. If you’re in the area, come by and say hi! I have a few more classes on the schedule this year. You can view them here.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. Happy hooking everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Raising Money for Ukraine!

My friend and co/author Sharon Johnston of Calgary, Alberta has put her creative skills to work to do something for the woman of Ukraine. She has created a rug in her signature portrait style, depicting women, young and old, seemingly moving in a mass migration in hopes of finding a place of safety. This rug is on display in the Collector’s Gallery of Art in Alberta, and sells for $900, all proceeds going to the Ukraine Red Cross.

We’re back out there, doing shows and classes again!

All-In-One Beginning Rug Hooking Class at the Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR.

Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30. In this class, you’ll learn to hook with yarn, T-shirt strips and wool fabric strips!

Join me in my booth at the King County Fair, Enumclaw, WA July 14-17!

For a list of other upcoming events, visit our Shows and Classes page! Hope to see you there!

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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May Day! May Day!

There’s a Mayflower Sale going on at Little House Rugs!

Wildflower Rug, 48″x24″, Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

All things flowery, from a rug hooking themed computer mousepad to patterns to hand-hooked rugs.

Close up of a peony, hooked using dip-dyed yarn

A veritable garden of goodies during the month of May. Click here to see them all!

Ma Jolie Fleur, 13″x16″ Designed and hooked with T-shirts by Judy Taylor

10K Loops Showcase

There’s still time to enter the 10K Loops Showcase, sponsored by Rug Hooking Daily and Little House Rugs!

It’s a small project, around 2 square feet or so (or approximately ten thousand loops!) and a story. Your project can be hooked or punched, embellished, whatever you like. Highlight the details, share your challenges, brag about your successes!

First place: $150 Second place: $90 Third place: $60

The winners of the Showcase will be chosen by the members of Rug Hooking Daily. All the entries will be included in a book, which will be provided free to all the entrants.

The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

What is Rug Hooking Daily you ask? It’s a free, online, interactive rug hooking community with nearly 11 thousand members from all over the world. Check it out!

In-person shows and classes are back! Click here for my upcoming events.

Time to tiptoe through the tulips!

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Enter the 10K Loops Showcase!

I made this mat for a friend who had had a difficult year.

What is the 10K Loops Showcase?

It’s a small project… and a story.

It’s a hooked or punched project which can be made with any kind of materials, around 2 square feet (or roughly ten thousand loops!). Sponsored by Rug Hooking Daily (a free, interactive, worldwide, online rug hooking community) and Little House Rugs, we started it a couple of years ago to celebrate our ten thousandth member. Now we’re about to welcome our 11 thousandth member!

First place: $150 Second place: $90 Third place: $60

The winners will be chosen by the membership. You must be a member to enter, but it’s ridiculously easy to do so! Every entry will be included in our annual book. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022. Click here for more info!

I can’t believe we’re actually going to be doing in-person shows again! This month, I’ll have a booth at the Shepherd’s Extravaganza in Puyallup, WA, April 21-24.

I’ll also be teaching a Beginning Rug Hooking class at the event on Friday, April 22, 10-1. If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by! For a list of my other shows and classes this season, click here.

You can buy this hand hooked Celtic Dogs rug for 20% off this month, plus other kits and supplies! Click here to see our Monthly Specials.

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Drawn my my hubby, Gary Taylor!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Spring? Really?

I hope it’s warming up where you are. In the Pacific Northwest, we’re experiencing an “atmospheric river,” which tells us that meteorologists have a sense of humor. Still, after it’s dumped several million gallons of water on our heads, I’m pretty sure the buds will burst out on the trees and the sun will shine all the brighter. It’s like our region is just taking a shower to look nice when the guests show up.

I can hardly believe that we’re going to have in-person shows and classes this year! Here’s some of the places I’ll be in the coming months:

Shepherd’s Extravaganza, April 21-24, 2022, Puyallup, WA (I’ll have a booth and I’ll also be teaching a Beginning Rug Hooking class).

Fiber Fusion Northwest, June 4th & 5th, Monroe, WA (I’ll have a booth).

Black Sheep Gathering, June 26, Albany, OR (I’ll be teaching Beginning Rug Hooking, time/day TBA).

Oregon Flock and Fiber, Oct. 15-16, Albany, OR (I’ll be teaching Beginning Rug Hooking, time/day TBA).

I love it when customers share their new ideas and innovations. Robin Tamagi added to the legs of the DeLovely Frame so she could hook standing up. Sometimes it’s great to be able to get out of your chair. Look at how cleverly she braced the bottom for added stability! (When you’re standing, you can be nice and close to the work, but in the sitting version, you need to tuck the frame in so it’s close to you, so you wouldn’t need the bracing for that)

Don’t forget to enter the 10K Loops Showcase 2022!

Just a small project… and a story. First Place: $150, Second Place: $90, Third Place: $60. Plus, every entry will be included in our annual book! The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022. Click here to learn more!

Save 20% on this pattern on linen!

And be sure to check out the Monthly Specials at Little House Rugs for March. While you’re there, you might notice the website got a spiffy new makeover!

On these rainy days, I can’t think of anything better than to stay inside and hook rugs (or play with goats, if you’ve got them!). How about you?

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Fun With T-Shirt Strips!

Here’s my latest rug, a commissioned portrait of the family home, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, hooked with T-shirt strips.

Blue Ridge Mountain Home, 31″x19.” Designed and hooked with T-shirt strips by Judy Taylor

Lately I’ve been having fun challenging myself with T-shirt rugs. T-shirts come in every color, shade, hue, and texture imaginable (so no dyeing required). They are by far the most economical material you can hook with. And if you’re sensitive to wool, you can still hook up beautiful rugs. In addition to being tough and durable, they’re machine-washable, and wool moths turn up their nasty little noses at rugs hooked with T-shirts.

Demelza, 24.5″x34.5.” Designed and hooked with T-shirt strips by Judy Taylor

So, this month at Little House Rugs, you can get a bunch of T-shirt related products (kits, patterns and finished rugs) for 20% off. Plus, our award-winning book, T-Shirt Treasures is always 20% off.

T-Shirt Treasures, winner of the Foreword INDIES and eLit Book Awards

To learn more about hooking with T-shirt strips, check out my YouTube video.

Have a happy, healthy, rug-filled year!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Free Holiday Patterns!

Here are some quick, easy projects for you to make for the holidays!

This one is a project for an article I did for SpinOff Magazine. You can make them up in any color scheme. The PDF includes assembly instructions for finishing a tree ornament or refrigerator magnet. Watch out, though, these can be very ADDICTIVE! Click here to download the PDF!

This one is along the lines of the above sheepy ornament, except this one is the iconic Jacob sheep with 4 horns. Too much fun! Click here for the PDF to download the pattern and assembly instructions.

I made my Peace Angel mat 9.5″x17″ but you can enlarge the design to be as big as you want! This pattern is so easy to personalize and can easily make up in any color scheme. Just figure around 4 oz of yarn per square foot, and you’re good to go!

As a thank you to all our lovely customers, you can get 25% off EVERYTHING on the website until December 31, 2021. So, patterns, custom kits, frames, books, even hand-hooked rugs, all 25% off! Just use the discount code GIFTS21 at checkout.

And don’t forget that you can save 25% on Gift Cards in denominations of $25, $50 and $100 on the website. Just let me know the name of the recipient on the checkout page, and they can cash it in whenever they like!

Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season, filled to the brim with rug hooking!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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20% Off Everything at Little House Rugs

Happy November everybody!

This time of year, whether you’re thinking of hooking gifts for friends and family, or shopping for finished goods, we have good news! You can take 20% off your entire purchase over $100 by using the coupon code RUGLOVE20 at checkout. You can also purchase Gift Cards in every category, and you can now pay in installments on the checkout pages at www.littlehouserugs.com.

Our new book, Breaking the Boundaries, was featured in the October/November 2021 issue of ATHA Magazine

Girl on a Tire Swing, 17″x23″ Designed and hooked by Sharon Johnston

… and the November/December 2021 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine!

Her Past and Her Future, 16″x18″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

In both articles, you’ll see some of the many innovative techniques and materials that artist Sharon Johnston brings to the craft of rug hooking, including layering, trapunto, uneven edges, reverse hooking, 3-D hooking, as well as a surprising variety of materials you never even thought of hooking with!

The book includes 5 projects that demonstrate Sharon’s unique style. Breaking the Boundaries is on sale for 20% off at http://www.littlehouserugs.com.

Plus, you can take 20% off any order over $100 just in time for the holidays! This includes everything, even items already on sale, including finished hand-hooked rugs. Just enter RUGLOVE20 at checkout. We’ve also added two new features to the website, Gift Cards ($25, $50 and $100) in every category, as well as the ability to pay in installments provided for every item on the checkout page.

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Holiday Gift Idea from Little House Rugs!

It’s not too soon to think about gift-giving, especially if you have little ones on your list. Here’s an easy, quick rug hooking project that makes a perfect gift for kids who are just learning their letters, but also a fun game for the whole family (more about that later)!

Doors, 12″x12″x12″ Designed and hooked by Sharon Johnston

When I saw Sharon Johnston’s “Doors,” I was inspired to try 3-D myself for our new book, Breaking the Boundaries: The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston. I created a template for a set of 5 Alphabet Blocks, which would be enough to do every letter of the alphabet, plus extra E’s and A’s to make up the total of 30 squares.

Here’s what all the squares looked like hooked up. I cut out the squares, and turned under the hems. Then I sewed the six squares together, leaving an opening on top. I cut out squares of plastic mesh and lashed the sides together, then I popped the mesh block inside the hooked block and sewed it closed.

Just for fun, I wanted to see how many words I could make with just those five blocks. I stopped counting after 200! And if you “double the recipe” (make two of each block, for a total of 10 blocks), you could create a vast number of words, word combinations or even sentences! You could score one point for each word, or a point for each letter. This is a fun, addicting game for people of all ages.

You get the idea. You can find the complete template and instructions for making the Alphabet Blocks project (and many others!) in Breaking the Boundaries: The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston (20% off!)

Welcome Friend Rug 33″x22″ Pattern on sale for 20% off!

Check out what’s new at Little House Rugs and don’t miss the kits, books, patterns, and finished rugs on sale this month!

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
http://www.littlehouserugs.com

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Repairing Hooked Rugs

Van Gogh rug before

I started a new Facebook group called Repairing Hooked Rugs to encourage all rug hookers to use their skills for the good of all humankind! Almost anything that happens to a hooked rug can be repaired, and many of the 20th century rugs are showing signs of their age. Share your techniques on how you go about repairing those pesky snags, stains, and worn edges.

Van Gogh rug, good as new!

For more info on rug repair, try my new book, Save That Rug! A How-To Guide for Repairing Hooked Rugs.

New book from Little House Rugs, $8.00

The results are in for the 10K Loops Showcase from Rug Hooking Daily! Read all about the many beautiful projects and stories in this new book. Rug Hooking Daily is a free, online rug hooking community with over ten thousand members from all over the world. Click here to join!

Teapot Rug, 29″x19″ Finished rug on sale for 20% off!

Fall is here, the hay is in. Time to start hooking! Check out this month’s sales at Little House Rugs here.

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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