"Back Porch Hookers"

So this Autumn we started a new monthly rug hooking group of new and old hookers! We are all working on our own projects at our own pace~ sharing ideas and dyeing wool~inspiring one another from one project to the next! We call ourselves the "Back Porch Hookers"

One of the designs a couple of us are hooking is from Orange Sink called "Merry Christmas".

Here are a few pictures to show you the process!

The design can be purchased at the Etsy shop on Cathy Greschners blog. BTW here are two great resources for wool~ One is Loop by Loop, right here in southern New England and the other is Heavens to Betsy♥♥ Another great shop is Deannes Fitzpatricks Studio~ I bought my Cheticamp frame and wool jersey from Deanne....♥
I dyed wool with onion skins for the background and played around with the border...I used some red plain and plaid wool for the letters~I used dk/light green plaid and turquoise plaid for the leaves~

Here is the design transferred to my cotton cloth~

 And off we go....

sneaking in my loops whenever I get a minute......#loopbyloop #grandsonnapping

 Weekend Zen time.......

I added some cotton fabric to the four sides so I could "hoop" it to hook. I machine sewed it on with a zigzag stitch so I put it back in my stash~
Just a few snips and it is ready for turning.....
I will get pictures next project of how I finish the backing. I turned the edges of the hooking cloth and sewed it down and then covered the entire back with a piece of complimentary cotton. Then I finish it with a label to the recipient who will get it in the mail tomorrow!!
In January we are starting our hooked stair risers!! Stay tuned....


  1. Great job! I did this pattern last year, I just love it. Love that you made the border wavy, adds a nice touch. Have you seen Cathy's new rug-----sleigh bells-hope she makes it into a pattern.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  2. Love your color selections and look forward to more info on how you did the backing

  3. I had to giggle at your title.... Now, I understand. HaHa! Your hooking is downright gorgeous!

  4. I love Cathy's designs!
    Yours is wonderful.
    Great y'all getting together!


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