Thursday, September 11, 2014

Garden From Above

Before I went to the hook-in on Saturday, I wanted to take something to show.

I haven’t hooked a whole lot in the past year, so I decided to step on it and finish

the little rug I started when I took a workshop with Heather Ritchie earlier this


I’m so glad I took the time to finish it for the show!


This is one of the most FUN rugs I’ve hooked in a LONG TIME!!

It’s representative of our back yard and garden from above….mainly it’s fantasy, but I just love

how it turned out.


The sparkly blue represents our swimming pool, and the dark green plant that sticks up is an agave

plant….the little white flowers with the pink centers are the dogwood trees in bloom.


I’ve got little sculpted bushes and red hibiscus….


This is just pure whimsy!


Black eyed Susan up in the right hand corner.


I finished the back by simply turning under the backing and whipping it down with upholstery thread.

It’s not the most neat job by any means, but honestly, I “can’t be bothered”….I think that is the key phrase

to getting things done…..I learned that from Heather Ritchie (the saying) and I think it helps me get more done

and not get too caught up in the details that really don’t matter (to me, that is)


“I no longer have patience for certain things,

not because I’ve become arrogant,

but simply because I reached a point in my life

where I do not want to waste more time with

what displeases me or hurts me.

I have no patience for cynicism,

excessive criticism and demands of any nature.

I lost the will to please those who do not like me,

to love those who do not love me and to

smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those

who lie or want to manipulate.

I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense,

hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.

I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance.

I do not adjust either to popular gossiping.

I hate conflict and comparisons.

I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I

avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.

In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal.

I do not get along with those who do not know how

to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.

Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting

those who do not like animals.

And on top of everything I have no patience for

anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

~José Micard Teixeira~


  1. Tammy,
    What a great post and awesome rug! It's perfectly finished and a gorgeous piece of art! Wished I lived closer to see it in real life... it is stunning!!
    Cathy G

    1. Thanks Cathy! It's just one of those rugs you want to touch! I'm thinking of getting some little basset hound and rabbit figurines to move around, like they are walking through the garden!

  2. The texture is plain fabulous and the color use is delightful, bravo.

  3. Well you know I love everything about this post!! I'm going to borrow this quote. And.... the rug is fabulous!

  4. Tammy the colours are beautiful. Love it. I really need to get back at this but right now I'm painting the house and there is so much that needs to be done here. Seems rug hooking falls to the wayside everytime. I thought you stopped blogging but just found you again and added you to my reader. Now I need to catch up on what you've been doing. Cheers.


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