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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Donkey Rug ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~

yesterday I showed a little peek of what's on my frame at the moment...
and here's what I have so far ~

i've been wanting to stitch/hook our donkeys for a while, and thought I would begin with Daisy,
our baby-girl Donkey...she is a Standard, and as so has lighter coloring than Pinocchio.
I chose the wools below to hook the background...what do you think?

I am using all as-is wools (Rebecca's) and I love how textural and muted it is .
can you see the piles of wool on my table under the rug? oh love love.

I hand-cut my strips, so they are between an 8 and an 8 1/2...
i have a couple of cutters, but I've been enjoying the hand-cutting. It seems to create less dust (well, maybe) but definitely creates less worm-age (is that a word?)

Daisy is hooked with wonderful, reversible boucle wool that we carry here in the shop
it is so soft and hooks like a dream...
I will be using more to hook some sheep in my next rug (or two!)

I think I might pull out the leaves on the plant and replace them with daisies instead ~
but if I do that, I might hook a darker background.
what do you think?
oh & i'm hoping to offer this as a paper pattern...we'll see.
but, today & the next few days will be spent creating handmades for our
Spring Open House on April 14th here in the shop....
I hope the weather will be loverly and that you can come by for a visit!!!
Have a beautifully creative day my friends!!
blessings from the farm,



  1. I vote for daisies AND for the background wools that you've chosen!!! Just hook 1 darker row around the petals of the daieies.
    LUV the muted colors in the flag!!
    The Queen's 2 cents!!!!

  2. I love your donkey !! the colors are sweet !! Like Sherry said, the muted colors in the flag are really wonderful !!!

  3. I love the rug! Right up my alley:)

  4. Love it!..wonderful wools..

  5. Another great piece from Lori! You are so wonderful at putting colors together. Goodness the colors in the flag are perfect.

  6. Hee haw, hee haw! Daisy is looking great. Nice choices for the background. I agree with trying some daisies.

  7. What a sweet piece! Your lil donkey girl, so cute!! Looove the boucle. And I think daisies would be lovely! xxoo

  8. Definitely change to daisies - for Daisy Donkey, definitely!

  9. Really sweet Lori! So glad to see you hooking again!!! I vote for a daisy too, and think it will be just fine with the background wools you have chosen...have a lovely day! ~L

  10. Love it!! Colors are wonderful! Changing out the leaves for daisies is a great idea... and I'm sure your Miss Daisy Donkey would agree!!

  11. Another nice design Lori. Love the colors in both Daisy and the vintage colors of the flag.


  12. Fabulous,I love the subtle shades of wool. What is it about rug hooking at this time of year? It must be in the air. I've been both hooking and punching, so I guess I'm what you call double loopy

  13. The daisies would be wonderful! I think Daisy would approve too! Lori that is such a sweet rug and am anxious to see the background hooked. There is something about hand cutting the wool I love..... it really gives that truly hand made look and feel! I like the saving on the "wormage" as you've so eloquently coined!
    Perchance is Daisy a Democrat? ( just kidding but the design is perfect for an election year LOL!)
    Cathy G

  14. Love the new rug Lori!!! I like the idea of a light colored background for it. :0)

  15. This is a wonderful rug,loving the colors you have picked out for the background and yes I think daisies would look awesome.Hugs,Jen

  16. Daisies for Daisy, of course! ;o) Wonderful design and most loverly colors Miss Lori...That has to be one of the best flags I've ever seen hooked. The colors are dreamy - especially that blue. And I can't believe how even your hooking is - especially considering you hand cut. Wow.... Can't wait for more! Happy Tuesday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  17. Love the donkey. Your rugs are fantastic. Always waiting to see what you come up with.


  18. WOW....Another great pattern! I can't wait for this one to come out. It's just perfect! Hugs, Sher

  19. Hi Lori,
    That is the cutest donkey I have ever seen, with the exception of the real Daisy of course. I agree with everyone, your choice of color is amazing.
    Many Happy Loops,
    Homespun Elegance

  20. Hi Lori,what a wonderful rug,sweet. The colors are great,love the flag,but the donkey steals the show.Blessings Francine.

  21. Love the rug and am glad to hear that it will be offered as a paper pattern.

  22. i vote for daisies,too. sure wish i knew how to hook.denise

  23. The donkey is a unique animal to find on a rug. I like!


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