What’s up?

It’s pretty quiet around the old homestead this time of the year. My next show isn’t until April, so it’s a good time to take stock and try new things.

As much as I love rug hooking, sometimes you just want to try something different. For the last few months, I’ve been experimenting, going outside my rug hooking roots to flex my creative muscles. Last summer, I tried hooking with T-shirts, adding a fun new twist to my craft. T-shirt rugs are a fun challenge, low cost for materials, and best of all, they’re machine washable!

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T-Shirt Turtle, 15.5″x16.75″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

Then I tried my hand at punch hooking, something I’d not tried since the sixth grade. A total blast! 

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Punched mat 14″x14″ Mixed yarn on cotton rug warp

And this month, I’ve been having fun with twined rugs. Kind of a rug weaving craft, a “warp” of cotton strips is wrapped over a special wooden frame or loom (below, left). Then strips of fabric, like sheets, are twined over the warp (below, right). So one strip is wrapped around one warp, and the other strip is wound around the next warp. In this way, you continue to twist the “weft” strips over each other, through the warp.

Picture it this way, instead of passing a weft strip through the warp, over and under each warp from one side of the rug to the other (like with regular weaving), two strips are wrapped around the warp, one strip at a time. The effect is a lot like braided rugs. As with most textile crafts, there is a lovely zen feeling when you twist the strips across the row, then go back the other way.

You start working from one end, then at some point you turn the frame over and work from the other end. Little by little, you keep on building until your rows meet somewhere in the middle. You pull the remaining strips through the weft strands to keep them in place and you’re done!

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After twining with cotton sheets, I tried another rug using felted sweaters for the weft! I make lots of things out of felted sweaters (jackets, purses, hats, etc.) so I always have lots of scraps to use up. I warped the frame with acrylic yarn that time, so the whole thing would be washable.

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Here’s the finished sweater-felt rug!

All you need to make a twined rug is the frame. You can get a lovely adjustable frame at http://ouroldcountrystore.blogspot.com/2017/04/new-adjustable-rag-rug-loom.html.

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Birds of a Feather, 24″x47″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

Blog subscribers can get 20% off the Birds of a Feather design or custom kit for the month of February. Check out these ridiculously low prices here!

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Antique Flower Rug, 33.5″x24.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

And don’t forget that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2018, you will be entered to win the Antique Flower Rug (a $480 value!) (so if you spend $100, you’ll be entered twice, $150, three times, etc.)

Happy Hooking everyone!

Judy Taylor

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Gearing up for 2018

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time again, when we take stock, and gear ourselves up for what’s to come. A great time to regenerate with a creative endeavor, and what better time to get a rug project going?

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Brementown Rug 23.5″x31″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

The Brementown Rug is one of our most popular designs. Whether you start with the pattern on linen and empty out your leftover bags, or want me to put together a kit for you, it’s an easy and fun design to start off your year. Blog subscribers can get this design (pattern on linen, custom kit or the hand-hooked rug) for 20% off for the month of January. Click here to order!

 

I put up my show and class schedule for 2018 on the website. 

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This month’s Featured Rug is from Gabrielle Hall of Portland, Oregon. Click here to read her story.

Do you have a rug you would like to see featured on Little House Rugs? Email me! It can be a rug you’ve made, inherited, or found. Every rug has a story and we love to read all about them! If your rug is featured, you will receive your choice of a free half-yard of linen or our recycled cotton totebag that says “FIBER is good for you!”

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Antique Flower Rug, 33.5″x24.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

Don’t forget that for every $50 you spend between now and November 25, 2018, you will be entered to win the Antique Flower Rug (a $480 value!). If you spend $100, you will be entered twice, $150, you’ll be entered three times, etc.

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Rug Giveaways

Don’t forget that blog subscribers get 20% off EVERYTHING at www.littlehouserugs.com until the end of the year!

Not yet a blog subscriber? It’s oh so easy to do, just click on the Follow button at the lower-right hand corner of your screen. What? The darned button has disappeared already? (Someone who is much smarter than me needs to explain why wordpress thinks that’s a good idea, but I digress…) If you are inclined to subscribe but the Follow button has absconded with itself, just close the post and navigate back to it again, then grab that sneaky Follow button before it scampers.

The blog goes out once a month, and will be delivered straight to your very own email account. It’s chock full of interesting tips and techniques, web specials, and upcoming shows and classes.

But wait, back to that first paragraph. 20% off EVERYTHING on the website? Surely you jest. 20% off custom kits, books, linen and frames? Yes indeedy. 20% off hand-hooked rugs and custom rug hooking? Yup. But only for blog subscribers until December 31, 2017. If you do decide to stock up, you need to let me know, either on the Notes to the Seller section of your checkout form, or in an email, that you are indeed one of the very most special of special customers, and your account will be refunded 20% of your purchase!

I’ve had quite a few customers ask me if our new Delovely Frame would work for punch hooking, and I’ve had to answer that I didn’t know because I don’t do punch hooking. Well, that was easy enough to remedy; I ordered a cute little trivet kit from Wooly Walkers.

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The kit was a blast to do, the punch needle was easy to master. And the answer to the question is yes, the frame does work for punch hooking! You do need the extra set of clamps, but I found the Delovely held the backing just as tight as any embroidery hoop would do. But the real question was whether the clamps would hold as well over hooked areas and non-hooked areas, so to find out, I expanded the design to make it more pillow-sized.

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Here you can see that the lower clamp is covering an area that is already hooked, but the backing is plenty tight to allow me to keep on punching. So my conclusion is that you can definitely use the Delovely Frame for punching! This could be really handy if you want to punch larger projects and don’t want to have to stretch the backing over a wooden frame. Now you can take your rug with you, and punch wherever.

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Here’s the finished mat. Just for fun I punched with every type of yarn that I use for hooking, Ewenique, Jacob’s Pride, handspun, Halcyon Deco and Botanica (Halcyon Rug Wool wouldn’t fit in my #9 punch needle), Cascade Ecological, Peace Fleece and Heirloom Romney. They all worked just great.

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Whale Rug 35″x26.5″ Designed and hooked with handspun Jacob wool by Judy Taylor

The Whale Rug was won by Melissa Rodgers of Clayton, CA. Congratulations, Melissa!

Bet you’re wondering what rug we’re going to be giving away during 2018? Ta daa!

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Antique Flower Rug, 33.5″x24.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

For every $50 that you spend at Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2018, you will be entered to win the Antique Flower Rug, hooked with handspun and hand-dyed yarns (valued at $480!). (If you purchase $100, you will be entered twice, $150 three times, etc.) It’s my way of saying Thank You to all my lovely customers. Good luck!

If you would like to read more about the Antique Flower Rug, click on our Featured Rug of the Month.

Happy Hooking everyone!

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Judy Taylor

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Quickie Holiday Ornament Project

 

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Here’s a fun, quick ornament idea: hook a flock of sheep! These easy ornaments can be hung from a tree, or used as refrigerator magnets.

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Draw ovals on burlap, with silly, cartoon faces.

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Hook them in natural colors. For these samples, I used natural colored lopi (single ply) wool yarns. (If you need a quick primer on hooking with yarn, watch my DVD on youtube)

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Cut out the hooked sheep, leaving 1/2″ of burlap all around.

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With a needle and thread, tack down the remaining burlap, close to the hooked edge. Then trim the excess burlap away.

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With a hot glue gun (or needle and thread) connect a 3″ pipe cleaner for the legs.

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Glue (or sew) a 3″ piece of ribbon to the back.

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Run a line of hot glue all around the edges and cover it with a piece of felt. Or sew the felt to the back of the ornament.

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Trim the excess felt away from the back. You can also leave off the ribbon and glue on a magnet on the back instead, for a fridge flock of sheep!

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This month’s Featured Rug is a Navajo design, hooked by Nancy Malitz.

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3’x5′ Two Grey Hills Navajo design from a punch hook kit from the 1970’s

Read all about how she resurrected this old treasure and finished it here!

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Whale Rug 35″x26.5″ Designed and hooked with handspun Jacob wool by Judy Taylor

Don’t forget, the drawing is coming up on November 25 to win this handspun, hand-hooked Whale Rug (a $450 value!). For every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and Nov. 25, you will be entered to win. And now is a great time to stock up because blog subscribers will get 20% off EVERYTHING ON THE WEBSITE (including Custom Rug Hooking and Custom Kits) until the end of the year. (But you’ll only add to your entries to win the rug until Nov. 25, so Christmas shopping anyone?)

If you want to get the 20% discount, you must include BLOG SUBSCRIBER in the Notes to the Seller on the checkout page. Then you will receive an immediate 20% rebate on your total order.

Not yet a blog subscriber? It’s easy to join. Just click the Follow button on the lower right hand corner of your screen. (If the Follow button disappears, close the post and navigate your way back in. For some reason that is beyond me, the Follow button goes away sometimes…)

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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October News

Big doins’ at Little House Rugs!

First, I have a FREE Beginning Rug Hooking Class on October 29 at the Rockwood Library in Portland, OR. As expected, this class filled up almost as soon as they opened registration, but don’t despair; the last class I taught at the library had six no-shows, so it’s a really good idea to get on the waiting list and to put the event on your calendar, so if you aren’t one of the ones who dove in as soon as it was posted, you may still get to join in this free class! Here’s the link to register: https://multcolib.org/events/beginning-rug-hooking/77600#block-simple-registration-client-register

I have two other beginner’s classes at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in The Dalles, OR, October 27 and 28. The one on the 27th is a class where students will learn to hook with both yarn and wool fabric strips.

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Scottie, 10″x10″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor This is the kit for my 2017 Beginning Rug Hooking classes, including both yarn and fabric strips so students get to practice both techniques.

To register for that class, click here:  http://columbiagorgefiberfestival.com/product/friday-beginning-rug-hooking/

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T-Shirt Turtle, 15.5″x16.75″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

And for a crazy new twist in rug hooking, you can try this one; hooking with t-shirt strips! You hook with t-shirts exactly the same way you hook with yarn, so it’s another fun tool to add to your rug hooking! This class will be held on October 28. You can register here: http://columbiagorgefiberfestival.com/product/t-shirt-rugs/

And if you can’t make it to any of those events, why not join me in my booth at Fiber Fusion at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA (http://www.fiberfusion.net/)?

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Lucy, 31″x22.5″ Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor

Check out this month’s Featured Rug of the Month here.

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Whale Rug 35″x26.5″ Designed and hooked with handspun Jacob wool by Judy Taylor

And don’t forget that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs (including class fees!) you will be entered to win the Whale Rug (a $450 value!) The drawing will take place on November 25, 2017.

Happy Hooking everyone!

Judy Taylor

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Build a BETTER Rug Hooking Frame!

New De-lovely Rug Hooking Frame

For the instructions to make this brand-new, spiffy, neck-saving, De-lovely Rug Hooking Frame, follow below, but first, a couple of needful things:

You can view this month’s Featured Rug of the Month here!

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I will be teaching two classes in September, one in New York City and one in Canby, OR. (I’ll also have a booth in Canby, so come on by if you’re in the area!) You can read about them here. Let me know if you have any questions or need help signing up.

And PSST—did you know subscribers to this blog get 20% off everything on the website until September 8, 2017? Not yet a subscriber? Just click on the “Follow” button at the lower right-hand corner (but you have to be quick, it goes away a few seconds after you open the post! If you miss it, just close the post and re-open it.)

The blog goes out once a month, and if you’re a subscriber, it will come directly to your email. It is always chock full of tips and techniques, web specials, upcoming shows and classes, and lots of other interesting tidbits.

I’m going to be closing out my DELUXE Rug Hooking Frame in favor of the DE-LOVELY. I have 4 Deluxe Frames in stock—blog subscribers can save big while they last. If you’d like to get your hands on one, just email me at judytaylor@littlehouserugs.com.

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Deluxe Rug Hooking Frame Close-out priced!

The only difference between the Deluxe and the De-Lovely is that with the De-lovely, you can add an extra set of clamps on the top and bottom (for those who like that “tight as a drum” feeling). Both frame designs save your neck, because you don’t have to look down at your lap while you work. They both come with a set of long legs for sitting on a folding chair, or short legs for sitting on a couch or other comfy chair. Blog subscribers can save 20% (until 9-8-2017) on a ready-made De-Lovely, or follow the steps below to make one yourself. (Please note that the patent is pending on this design, so you have permission to make one for personal use, just not to sell.)

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De-lovely Frame, lap view. All four sides on the front are rubberized, so you can put clamps all around

I’m not claiming it will be easy to make your own, except for the fact that I can make them. I have no particular skills, so if I can do it, anyone can. And you only have to make one! Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if after you peruse the instructions below, you don’t decide to buy one ready-made!

Anyway, here goes!

Supplies you will need to make your own De-lovely frame:supplies for web
(A) 3- 10’ long 3/4” PVC pipes, 200 PSI
(B) 4- 3/4” Dia 45 degree PVC Sch 40 Slip Elbows
(C) 4- 3/4” Dia 90 degree PVC Sch 40 Side Outlet Elbows
(D) 12- 3/4″ Dia PVC Sch 40 Tees
(E) 4- 3/4″ Dia PVC Sch 40 Caps
(F) 2 OXO Large Kitchen Clamps (or 4, if you want them on top and bottom as well)
(G) Goop Glue
(H) Rubber shelf liner, cut into 2- 3.5”x7” and 1- 3.5”x18.5” pieces

Cut your PVC pipes into the following lengths:

(I) 8- 1″
(J) 2-1.5″
(K) 2- 2.5″
(L) 6- 4″
(M) 2- 5.5″
(N) 6- 8″
(O) 4-20″
(P) 2- 22.5″
(Q) 2- 26.5″

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Step 1: Making the first side section. Using a toothpick, slather Goop glue into one end of (C) (the three-way corner bits) and insert one 4″ pipe. Put glue in another (C) and stick it on the other end.

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Step 2: Slather glue into the middle of a Tee (D) and insert one 4″ pipe. Slather glue into the middle of another Tee and stick it onto the 4″ pipe. Then line this section up so it is the same length as in step one. (Goop glue doesn’t dry instantly, so you have a little time to adjust all of your angles, then when you’ve completed all the steps, you will let the frame dry for 24 hours.)

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Step 3: (Now the view is sideways, adding to the two pieces you made in steps 1 and 2) Slather glue in the bottom of both (C) units, and insert a 8″ pipe in each.

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Step 4: Slather glue into the end of a Tee (D) and stick it on the 8″ pipe. Repeat for the other 8″ pipe. Line the middle holes of the Tees so they stick straight up.
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Step 5: Slather glue into the other end of the Tee in step 4, and insert a 1″ pipe. Repeat this for the other 8″ pipe side.

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Step 6: Slather glue into the end of the Tee to connect the bottom of the side section to the top. Repeat this for the other Tee on the bottom. Repeat steps 1-6 to create the other side section.

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Step 7: Lay the side sections together, and adjust the angles so the openings line up and everything seems square.

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Step 8: Insert your cross-bars (20″ pipe) into one of the side sections. NOTE: DO NOT GLUE THE CROSS-BARS. Just slip them into place. This way, the frame is collapsible and can fit into your rug hooking bag.

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Step 9: Slip the other side section on the other end of the cross-bars. Turn the frame section so the open Tees are on top.

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Step 10: Slather glue into one of the open Tee’s and insert a 1″ pipe. Repeat this for the other three open Tees. (In the photo above, the Tee in front has the 1″ pipe, the one in the back doesn’t.)

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Step 11: Slather glue into one of the 45 degree elbows and put it onto one of the 1″ pipes, facing toward the back. Repeat this step for the other three 1″ pipes, facing all of the elbows toward the back. (In the photo above, two of the elbows in the foreground have been added, in the back of the picture, you see the 1″ pipes where the elbows will be added next.)

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Step 12: Lay the frame on it’s front and slip the two 5.5″ pipes in the front elbows and the two 1.5″ pipes in the back elbows. DO NOT GLUE THESE IN PLACE. These are your lap frame legs, you will be able to convert your frame from a lap frame to a floor frame (or a standing frame) by slipping in each set of legs.

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Step 13: Making the feet. Slather glue into one of the ends of a Tee, and insert a 2.5″ pipe. Repeat for the other Tee and connect to the 2.5″ pipe.

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Step 14: Hold the piece you made in step 13 up to the lap frame legs, and adjust the length so the Tee holes line up with the legs.

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Step 15: Slather glue into one of the Tee ends, and insert a 4″ pipe.

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Step 16: Slather glue into the other Tee end, and insert an 8″ pipe.

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Step 17: Slather glue into one of the end caps and insert the 4″ pipe. Repeat for the 8″ pipe. Repeat steps 13-17 to create the other foot section.

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Step 18: Slip the feet onto the lap frame legs, with the shorter section (4″ pipe) toward the front. DO NOT GLUE.

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Step 19: Adding the rubberized material. Lay the frame on the side. Slather glue on the inside of one of the 8″ pipes. Lay the material on the glue, and turn the frame to add more glue all around the pipe, and wrap the rubberized material around. This is a good time to check that the legs and feet are laying nicely flat on the table, so everything dries square. Repeat this step for the other front 8″ pipe on the front side of the frame.

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Step 20: Lay the frame on its top. Slather glue on the 20″ cross-bar in the front (the same side as the 8″ pipe with rubberized material). Lay the rubberized material on the pipe, then turn the frame so you can slather glue all around the pipe. Wrap the rubberized material around.

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Step 21: Lay the frame on its front. Slather glue on the bottom 20″ cross-bar. Lay the rubberized material over the glue. Turn the frame so you can slather glue all around the pipe. Wrap the rubberized material around.

Step 22: Let the frame dry in this configuration. This is a good time to check once again that all of your angles are correct and the frame looks square.

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Step 23: This is totally optional, but a really good idea. Rug hooking is a sedentary activity, and sometimes it’s good to get up off that chair. If you want to do this, you can cut a set of longer legs. I am 5’5″, so for my height, I cut two 42.75″ pipes for the front and two 38.75″ pipes for the back. I especially appreciate this option when I am in my booth at a show, rug hooking for 8-10 hours a day.

To change the legs from lap frame to floor frame, (or the standing frame) you don’t need to remove the rug. Just lay the frame face down and pull out the current legs, slip in the new ones, and stick the feet on.

Phew! You did it! Do let me know if I can make the instructions clearer.

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Whale Rug 35″x26.5″ Designed and hooked with handspun Jacob wool by Judy Taylor

And don’t forget that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2017, you will be entered to win the Whale Rug (a $450 value)! Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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Little House Rugs just got an UPGRADE!

Wow. I feel like I just lost ten pounds. I just transformed a 200+ behemoth of a website into a svelte, sophisticated TEN PAGES! It’s so much better, guys and gals. Now you will be able to find products much more easily, in a slick, professional layout.

How did I manage to compress so much into so little, you ask?

I no longer have a separate page for each rug or kit. Now, when you go to the Rug Kits page, you will simply scroll down. Everything you need to order is right there on the page. The beauty of this setup is that you will be able to compare directly between projects (size, design, price) to find the perfect one for you. No more bopping back and forth on separate pages. Mind you, it’s a long page, full of kits and rugs, so scroll to your heart’s content.

The one teeny drawback is that I don’t get to show you multiple versions of the rug project that I’ve hooked, so you will have to rely on your own fertile imagination. I’ve peppered the website in other nooks and crannies with those multiples, just to get your creative juices flowing. The main thing to keep in mind with everything you see on the site, is that I make these kits and rugs one at a time, so I encourage you to give me your favorite colors, and I will create the kit or finished rug to your own preference. You won’t find this kind of flexibility at any other rug hooking site, so use it. USE ME (what can I say, I’m a hooker)!

www.littlehouserugs.com

Please visit the site and let me know if you have any suggestions to make it better or easier to use. I’m sure there’s a random bit of text just floating around in the wrong spot somewhere, or a link that doesn’t link, so I’d really appreciate a once over.

And as long as you’re there, dear blog subscriber, you will get 20% off everything and anything on the website between now and September 8, 2017. All you need to do, to make sure I know you’re one of the “special ones” is that you need to put “I’M SPECIAL” in the Comments box on the Checkout page. Then I will refund the 20% through Paypal lickety-split. Don’t have Paypal? Just email me your order.

Oh, you’re not yet a subscriber to our monthly blog? Just click the Follow button on this very page, enter your email, and you’ll get your monthly missive sent to your inbox, full of news, tips and techniques, web specials, upcoming shows and classes, the Featured Rug of the Month, and more.

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Let Freedom Ring Designed and hooked by Camelia Gould

This month’s Featured Rug is a first rug by Camelia Gould of Hamner, Ontario. Check it out here.

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Whale Rug 35″x26.5″ Designed and hooked with handspun Jacob wool by Judy Taylor

And don’t forget that for every $50 you spend with Little House Rugs between now and November 25, 2017, you will be entered to win the Whale Rug (a $450 value!) hand-hooked with handspun Jacob wool from my flock.

I’ve got a Beginning Rug Hooking Class coming up in New York City on September 13 that still has a few openings. Click here for more info.

I also will be teaching and having my booth at Oregon Flock & Fiber (September 22-24) in Canby, OR. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!

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Happy hooking everyone!

Judy Taylor
www.littlehouserugs.com

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