Thursday, March 12, 2009

Working with Wool

My girlfriend Gayle is in town for a few days. Gayle and I became friends years ago when I lived in Northern Utah and we belonged to the same rug hooking group. We've traveled together to rug camps, and our families have even enjoyed 4-wheeling together.
While my wool and rug hooking supplies currently sit idle on the shelf, Gayle continues to work daily on her rug projects.
It was so fun today to have her at my house, to see her work on a project, and to reminisce.

Seeing Gayle's beautiful colors of wool was inspiring and makes me want to pull all my supplies out again. If only there was time to do it all.
I worked on finishing up on my wool applique pillow (Fire Coral Flower by Woolylady) that I started last weekend.
I machine appliqued the button hole stitch on the vines of the pillow. I used a brown (Superior Threads) "Brytes by Caryl Bryer Fallert". This thread is a 30 weight polyester, and is a little thicker than a regular thread. Because of the thickness the stitching stands out more.
I then hand appliqued with a button hole stitch around the circles with a pearl cotton. Kind of fun to combine both techniques on the pillow.
The colors of this will go well on my living room couch.
For the backing of the pillow I used a Kaffe Fassett fabric. Love those Kaffe's.
A few months ago we had dinner at Mr. Cactus' sister's house. Kathy served the most wonderful homemade pomegranate jelly. Her husband Stan is a Master Gardner and he showed us how easy it is to grow pomegranates here in St.George. Since then, I have dreamed about having my own pomegranate tree.
Now that it is spring my dream came true. Mr. Cactus planted this for me today. It looks a little lonely in the red dirt, but I am told we have the perfect conditions for this tree.
Today our temperatures have been in the 70's, with blue, blue skies. I have several rosemary plants throughout our yard, and they are in bloom with beautiful purple flowers. The bees have been swarming the flowers of the plants.
I love to cook with fresh rosemary. I especially like it with chicken and roasted potatoes. I feel spoiled to be able to go out into my yard and snip a few springs right off the plants year round.
This is the perfect time of the year to be in St.George.


Material Mary said...

Nedra, Your needlework is exquisite and the pillow turned out beautifully. Kaffe really knows how to accessorize our favorite things doesn't he. He has flair in his fabrics. Great job!!

Abby and Stephanie said...

The only sign of Spring in Ohio so far are lots of little daffodil shoots and I did notice my chive is coming back to life. Your wool pillow is beautiful.

Ricci said...

You and Gayle look like you are having so much fun. I love your pillow and Gayle's project looks beautiful. Don't you love spending time with great friends? It's certainly a special gift. I hope you continue to have fun with Gayle and her husband.

Carol said...

OMG that just makes me want to run upstairs and get my rug frame and start hooking...haven't hooked in forever...all we need is MORE time!

tanya said...

Wow Nedra! You've been busy! I haven't gotten to blog reading lately and I had a lot of catching up to do. I love your wool pillow, and someday when we each have the time I want you to teach me so many things! Wait . . . you already do!

Debra Dixon said...

Love your Pillow!

Cathie in UT said...

How fun to have a friend visit who knows you from back then LOL
I think this year will see a few more herb plants than normal in my garden as decor along with their usual use.
Your rosemary is lovely and one of my favorites too!

amy smart said...

Your pillow is so beautiful, Nedra. I'm also so excited that you get to have your very own pomegranate tree! I think that is so cool!

Nanette Merrill said...

Love pommegranates. They are getting more expensive all the time. How fun to grow your own. Have fun with Gayle. You have guests nearly all the time!

Amy Dayton said...

I'll be coming over for some fresh pomagranet and rosemary dishes!

Jackie's Stitches said...

Your applique pillow is fantastic! I recently went to visit a friend who was attending a rug hooking retreat. I could feel it tugging at me. Right now I work, quilt, knit, and have 2 kids who live at home (post high school) and a husband to spend time with. Right now I just couldn't fit it in but one day hope too! I'm playing the lottery as part of the plan! :)

Eileen said...

This is a wonderful post. Almost makes me want to get all my wool out again. But so many things to do!