Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frame Works?

Here is a picture of my rug hooking current project.  As you can see, I'm still working in the wrong season!

I am planning to do the border in a primitive black to complement the crow.  Not sure how I will finish it but most likely will whip it.  That seems to be my finishing of choice.  This rug will be approximately 18" by 24"
when done.

I've always used a large quilting hoop but recently purchased my first real frame and thought this would be a good time to talk about it. 

It seems that I have pros and cons about this frame.  I LOVE how tight the grippers hold the rug in place compared to the quilting hoop.  However, I don't seem to have the flexibility I had with a hoop.  First let me say, this frame turns every which way, 360 degrees, however, I just have a lot of trouble making good circles with it.  I can't seem to turn it as easily as the hoop.  

Additionally, I am starting to think the frame is too large for my lap.  Perhaps, I should have bought the floor stand along with it.  I don't have the best chair to sit in here in Arizona, it's a small RV type recliner/rocker with an unattached footstool.  Rolling up a throw blanket and placing it in the small of my back in the chair seems to help me sit up straighter and sometimes seems to help the angle of the frame.  
I have also noticed that there is a lot of rug on the frame in an area that really can't be reached easily, hence I'm thinking smaller!  Not sure if I am going to invest in another frame yet, but am thinking that maybe......less is more?

Hope you had a beautiful Sunday!


  1. oh i love your design! your black crow is very handsome.

  2. The rug is looking great. I really like what you are doing with the border. I have enver been able to get comfortable hooking with a hoop. Maybe it will just take some time to adjust to the frame? I know it takes me forever to adjust to even a new hook.

  3. Wow~ that is beautiful, Karen! I think with all the prim stuff that's out now, crows look cute anytime of the year!

  4. Thanks everyone. It's not my design, can't remember where I got it!! (senior moment) I think it will really look good with a black border.

  5. Hi Karen,
    I love your primitive crow rug! The background is great! I really like the way the penny circle( tongues?) are peeking out around the border!
    I'd leave it out all year too!
    I wonder if you'd like a simple lap frame like I use? I don't think I could adjust to hooking with something bigger like the swivel frames either. Although I've never tried one. I would like a Puritan frame someday.... if my ship would ever come in! LOL
    Cathy G

  6. What great work you do. So neat and beautiful. I love the pumpkins and black crow.

  7. Karen ~
    Your rug looks great!
    I have never hooked with a hoop, but I can't imagine trying to hook without the linen being drum tight. I use a Puritan frame and I love it. It does not swivel or turn so I hold it in all sorts of weird ways to avoid having to move the linen. It's not hard to reposition the linen but for some reason I hate doing it. The work area is about 10" x 16" which seems to be a good lap size.
    Send some decent weather our way~ ~ ~PLEASE!!!
    Hugs :)

  8. Karen, The rug looks wonderful. I think that the black border will really set it off. I can't wait to see what you do. Have a god day. Lisa

  9. That's a great design! It's going to look really cool when you get done with it!

  10. Thank you Bunny...or Bunny's mom ;-) I used to do a LOT of GH rescue work with Greyt Rescues of Lafayette, in Indiana! Thanks for dropping by my site. I really enjoy looking at your site and photos everyday!


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