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New Year Resolutions

 

 

What does your craft area look like? If it’s anything like mine, there are patterns to hook, projects to sew, and piles to sort. This year may be the time to start tackling that list.

 

Abby one of my Wheaten Terrier's making herself comfortable on a pile of wool.

Abby one of my Wheaten Terrier’s making herself comfortable on a pile of wool.

If you want to get back into rug hooking, my studio is a great and relaxing place to come. I would be glad to work with you on a new project or help you to finish an old one.

 

Shelby's Fat Cat

Shelby’s Fat Cat

Shelby’s Fat Cat(23″ x 26″) is my most recent project.

Available as a kit -$175 or pattern – $57.  Larger size also available.

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If you are waiting to hear about Rebekah L. Smith’s Class – details are coming. Rebekah has become a very popular and busy lady since her 1st book came out last June. We are so lucky to have her back. Make sure you are on the waiting list if you are interested.

I will be contacting these people first. The dates are June 10th or 11th and you will again have two projects to pick from. Class will be held in the studio and lunch will be served in the house.  I’m so excited because I love both of the projects. (Pictures of the projects will be available soon.)

In the meantime, I have kits and books available in my on-line store and in the studio. If you need wool I’ll be glad to help you with that, too.

Wheaten Woolens is located in an 1860 stone barn on Beth Anne's property.

Wheaten Woolens is in an 1860 stone barn on Beth Anne’s property.

Remember :

If its Saturday, it’s a Hook-In Day in the Barn

Saturdays  9-4

Available for appointments, too.

Call Beth Anne @ 563-210-1587 or email bethannesmiley@gmail.com

A Break from the Holidays

image    The holidays are such a busy time for all of us.

This holiday is one of mixed blessings for our family.

My father has been placed in a memory care facility where he will be safe and cared for.

Take a break from your busy life and join us in the barn.

Open Saturday, December 26 – 10 – 4

and all Saturday’s unless posted on my website.

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Creating with Rebekah

Wheaten Woolens

*Great News

Rebekah will be coming back to Wheaten Woolens again June 10th and 11th, 2016.

Details will be coming soon.

Email me if you want more information or check back on my blog soon. (bethannesmiley@ gmail.com)

Beth Anne

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The barn was buzzing with activity this past weekend. Rebekah L. Smith, Wool Appliqué Folk Artist from Ohio was here teaching classes. She brought along her lovely daughter Kelsey who does the Fracturs that are for sale on her mother’s website.

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Her new book came out just in time for the class and everyone is loving it. Rebekah is a wonderful kind and patient teacher. The students had a choice of two projects using wool  and were allowed to change out some of the colors in their project.

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The stone barn that houses the studio had been totally rearranged to accommodate the classes. Dyed wool and velvet, Rebekah’s creations and gift…

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Hooked Rugs and Supplies

Open House and Sale

 

Open House and Sale

    Saturdays, November 21st and 28th, 9 – 4

Saturday, December 5th, 9 – 4

Q Tree

Learn to make Wool Quillies for your tree!

Using wool strips, Beth Anne will show you how to make a quillie.

Choosing your own combination of colors a quillie is easy and fast to create. They were often used in hooked rugs to add another level of dimension. The current “Rug Hooking Magazine” features quillie ornaments, trees and decorations.

 

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WHEATEN WOOLENS PATTERNS 20% OFF

Wheaten Woolens now has their own line of patterns. We are the proud owner of Anne Nichols patterns.

I am also developing a line of antique reproduction patterns. I own several antique rugs and they are the first ones in the collection.

Wheaten Woolens Patterns are on sale at 20% OFF.

If you are an internet customer your total will be adjusted accordingly after your purchase. You will receive an e-mail with your final adjustments of sale items and actual shipping costs.

 

WOOL SALE  – $4 OFF  a yard  of wool. One yard minimum  required.

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WOOL SALE  – $4 OFF  a yard  of wool. One yard minimum  required.

For the wool loving crowd I am having my first wool sale. I carry a large selection of as is wool and I dye my own wool, too! Build  up your stash or give a woolen present this holiday season.

If you haven’t visited us yet, you are in for a nice surprise. Wheaten Woolens is located in a lovely stone barn, in an older neighborhood. It sits on my property near the Putnam Museum and IMAX theater.

Open Saturdays 9-4 and open by appointment.

Happy Holidays

Beth Anne

 

 

 

 

Shall I Add a Border or Braid?

3 Black Birds In A Row

3 Black Birds In A Row by Anne Nichols

I am developing my own line of patterns. Some are antiques from my own collection and some I acquired from Anne Nichols. One of the first rug hooking patterns that I hooked of Anne”s was 3 Black Birds. It is a very nice pattern for new rug hookers.

Crows In The Garden

Crows In The Garden By Beth Anne Smiley

As I started hooking it I wanted to make it my own. I ended up making a rug pattern that all of us would enjoy. First, came some berries on the branches and a berry for the first crows mouth. Next, I enhanced the pattern with a sunflower in a flower pot. Last, I decided to add a border that repeats the berries and adds some more vine to give a completed look. This became my first, popular rug hooking pattern in the studio.

Well, on one of the recent Saturday – Hook In’s,  Joan Bollaert a regular in the barn, finished hooking this rug. I had finished another of Anne’s patterns with a braid and we were discussing how she might finish hers. I gallantly offered to make a braid for her rug, thinking I needed more practice before starting to teach others how to braid.

Crows In The Garden Hooked, by Joan Bollaert Design and Braid by Beth Anne Smiley

Crows In The Garden Hooked, by Joan Bollaert.  Design and Braid by Beth Anne Smiley 

What makes a braid special is the wools that you choose. So we played with several of the wools from the rug until we came up with a pleasing trio –  berry red, sunflower yellow and the black and gold hexagon from the flower. I’m very glad I did make the braid and attach it for her. Now this rug has a double border and is even more wonderful. Pattern and kit are available in my on-line store.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if I can add a braid to my own, already finished rug in the studio?

Every Saturday is a Hook-In

Wheaten Woolens is located in an 1860 stone barn on Beth Anne's property.

Wheaten Woolens is located in an 1860 stone barn on Barry and Beth Anne’s property.

Hooking season has arrived and the barn is ready for the chatter of friends new and old, coming together.

Ginny and Joyce from St. Charles, Illinois.

Ginny and Joyce from St. Charles, Illinois.

Every Saturday is a Hook-In at Wheaten Woolens. A time to work on your project, get help with color planning, find some new wool for a hooking, quilting or appliqué project.

No need to wait for a hooking event to come along, once or twice a year. If its Saturday, its a Hook-In day. Beverages and a pastry are available, too.

Beginner projects to learn how to hook - Hit and Miss Star, Spring Flowers or Fall Pumpkin.

Beginner projects to learn how to hook – Hit and Miss Star, Spring Flowers or Fall Pumpkin.

Do you want to learn to hook? Give Beth Anne a call to arrange a Saturday class that works for you. Beginners can start any Saturday and can choose from several small projects.

W. Henry's Rooster

W. Henry’s Rooster

Every Saturday the barn becomes a magic place where hookers convene to visit, share, laugh, and learn. We’re open 9-4 Saturday’s and by appointment! Won’t you come in from the cold and join us for a day of creativity?

If its Saturday, its a Hook-In day.

See you soon!

Beth Anne

W. Henry’s Rooster

A stately rooster is W. Henry.

Hooked in some of this seasons new wools and surrounded by my favorite dyed background. This rich background is one color, but uses four different textures to add even more depth to the rug. Flowers are done in warm blues, orange, and purples. Make them your own – simple or fancy and use the same colors in the star bursts.  Adding a simple border to this rug is the finishing touch.

W. Henry's Rooster

W. Henry’s Rooster is this falls favorite rug hooking pattern. Hooked by Chris Lardner.

The pattern was originally designed by Anne Nichols of Annetiques. Wheaten Woolens is now the proud owner of all her patterns.

This rug is now available as a kit. All the un-cut wool, pattern and directions to hook your own stately rooster using the exact wools as we did.

Reserve your kit now!

W. Henry’s Rooster Kit -$ 220 (with cut wool add $20)

Available in my On-Line Store, found in the side bar.

Vending at The Woolkeepers Hook-In

 

12th Annual Woolkeepers Hook-In, Danville, IN.

12th Annual Woolkeepers Hook-In, Danville, IN.

This past weekend I participated in my first, large event held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana. I have spent the summer getting ready for this – the 12th annual Woolkeepers Hook-In.

The facility was wonderful, new, clean and easy to find. If you have never been to a Hook-In you are in for a treat, this event had thirty-five  vendors. They included several rug hooking shops, wool vendors, gift items, along with a basket maker and a silversmith.  They also offered several Mini classes to choose from, too. The center of the room provided lots of seating for visitors to bring rug hooking projects to work on while visiting with friends. Half of the fun is seeing old friends and making new ones.

 

2015-09-12 10.19.31This year I featured several rugs – 1895 Heritage Hearts, W. Henry’s Rooster, 1845 Ralph’s Angel, Print Makers Heart, Blackbird Sampler and others. I offered several of these in kit form and will be adding these to my On-line store.

I was also able to represent Bee Line Art Tools with their rug-hooking cutter and rug hooking frames. This is one of the best cutters on the market and is always well received at shows.

This summer I added a wonderful line of hand-dyed velvet and it flew out of my booth, at the show. Making appliqué projects, pin cushions and animals with the velvet are easy to do.

I also featured several kits of Rebekah L. Smith’s projects from her new book and the jute bags that she adorns.

Fall is here and its time to focus my attention back in the studio. I continue to be open every Saturday 9-4 unless posted on my site.

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Creating with Rebekah

*Great News

Rebekah will be coming back to Wheaten Woolens again June 10th and 11th, 2016.

Details will be coming soon.

Email me if you want more information or check back on my blog soon. (bethannesmiley@ gmail.com)

Beth Anne

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The barn was buzzing with activity this past weekend. Rebekah L. Smith, Wool Appliqué Folk Artist from Ohio was here teaching classes. She brought along her lovely daughter Kelsey who does the Fracturs that are for sale on her mother’s website.

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Her new book came out just in time for the class and everyone is loving it. Rebekah is a wonderful kind and patient teacher. The students had a choice of two projects using wool  and were allowed to change out some of the colors in their project.

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The stone barn that houses the studio had been totally rearranged to accommodate the classes. Dyed wool and velvet, Rebekah’s creations and gift items had all been moved to the adjoining barn. The yard in front of the studio was filled with topiaries and garden antiques by my special friend Ginny Henson.

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Everyones project was beautifully packaged with everything they needed. Including a little, round, trinket box with thread  and beeswax. The weather was so beautiful on Friday that all the doors were standing wide open, adding to the relaxed atmosphere in the magic barn.

Lunch was made by Marion and Ginny – Marion’s aged cheddar-grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato, avocado, and sprouts. Along with one of Ginny’s favorite salads. Served on the screen porch with a tour of the house afterwards. Thank you ladies for your help on this glorious day.

Next up, pictures of the property and screen porch.

Wheaten Woolens is open most Saturdays from 9-4 for anyone interested in rug hooking or wool appliqué supplies or classes. Appointments are welcomed during the week, too. – 563-210-1587.

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Check Your Calendars

Open House – June 20th 

               Wool Appliqué Classes – June 19th and 20th

by Rebekah L. Smith

a well known Folk Artist from Ohio.

Hello Friends,

The studio will be busy with guest artist Rebekah L. Smith teaching two – one day classes on wool appliqué.

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Check my website for class details if interested. There are still openings in the class on Friday, June 19th.

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The Open House is Saturday, June 20th from 12- 4. Rebekah is also bringing many lovely pieces of Folk Art to sell.

Her new book – Wool         image

Applique Folk Art has

just been released and

will be available for

purchase. Reserve a copy

today!

Ginny Henson will be back with her lovely topiaries in unique old and new pots to grace your porch this summer and your house during the winter.

The studio will be brimming with dyed wool for appliqué  enthusiasts and rug hookers. A new line of dyed velvet and patterns will be on display. Examples will be available of how velvet can be used to make pincushions, animals and of course a background or embellishments for wool appliqué  projects. There will also be a rug hooking demonstration done by Beth Anne’s mother – Margaret.

Bring a friend and join us for a fun time in the Magic Barn,

Beth Anne & Rebekah