Dreams, Where Might They Lead?

 

IMG_1296As a young newly wed I loved to collect country magazines. I studied them religiously to learn about antiques and decorating. Then we started collecting a few primitive antiques for our small bungalow. That was also about the time I new I wanted to learn to hook rugs.

Our favorite houses in these magazines were always the stone ones. We saw wonderful old stone buildings during our travels in Galena, Illinois and in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. But there were very few stone houses where we lived.

One Saturday morning as I was getting ready for work I noticed that there was an Open House being held at an old stone farm house. This property was across the river from where we lived. It had two acres of land and a stone barn and wood barn. As I set off for work my husband went to look at the property. He arrived at my workplace later that day to announce he had bought the property without going inside.

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We are still living on our dream property. The barn which had a dirt floor and stairs to the hay loft has evolved from its original use for cows, to a carpenter workshop for my husband  and now the home of my rug hooking business – Wheaten Woolens.

The dream keeps evolving as I build my small business. I am open on Saturdays and by appointment as I continue to teach elementary school during the week. Twice a year I venture out to a Hook-In to be a vendor.  During the summer months I bring teachers into the studio to teach classes.

 

WorkshopCollage_WW_2015Last year,  I was very lucky to be the first person to contact Rebekah L. Smith to  teach a class outside  of Ohio. She was relatively unknown then because her first book became available the week before the class.

What a difference a year makes. Rebekah’s book has been reprinted and she’s writing a second one. She is traveling to Iowa, Texas and California to teach classes as well as in her home state.

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Many wonderful ladies attended her workshop this past June. If you would like to learn more about the class, my home and my studio please read Patti’s blog  –http://windingvine.blogspot.com  June 2016.

Have a great summer,

Beth Anne

 

 

 

 

Open House Update

OH, MY!            OH, MY !            The time is near!image

The time is near for Rebekah’s workshops and my Open House.

My husband has made a nice screen system for the garage and I’m busy cleaning up the sawdust and putting everything in its place. The air conditioning will be on, but with 100 degree temperatures I would dress for a hot day.

 

 

Screen system in front of doors.

Screen system in front of  doors.

Screen system with a simple seen door that you push open.

Screen system with a simple screen door that you push open

 

 

 

 

 

If you find you have to park far away, let us know.  IMG_1277

A ride up / down the hill or over the valley is available.   Call Beth Anne 563-210-1587 and she’ll send her Jeep to pick you up.

Moving the Studio for Classes

 

I thought I would give you a look at what it takes for me to get ready for the events that are coming up.

My barn in winter time.

My studio is in our 1860 stone barn. Up until four years ago my husband used it as his workshop. Then I came home from a rug hooking camp with the news that I was thinking of becoming a rug hooking teacher.

The studio in the early days.

The studio in the early days.

In the early days I didn’t have a lot of wool or furniture in the barn.

 

Radish Magazine Photo I'm wearing a hooked flower pin.

Radish Magazine Photo
I’m wearing a hooked flower pin.

These days  I have lots of wool and cupboards. So all the wool cupboards have to be moved into the next building. Lucky for me, over 100 years ago someone moved the wood barn right next to the stone barn.

My husband working on my new studio.

My husband working on my studio.

Today the studio is almost this empty waiting for me to fill it up with tables and chairs for the workshop. Barry, my husband is hanging lights in the newest area  and painted the floor. His next job is to make some screens  to put up in place of the garage door. My friend Deb and Chris helped me move all the cupboards full of wool. To my surprise we didn’t have to empty the cupboards first. I was sure when the cupboards were turned on their sides that we would lose some of the wool. What a time saver.

Set up for Rebekah's class 2015

Set up for Rebekah’s class 2015

I have a few days before the big event. I am open tomorrow so i need to finish putting the new display area together.

Rebekah’s classes are full this year, but she’ll be coming back next year. class time is 9-4.

There is also an Open House both afternoons from 1-5

Come visit and see what happens at the barn.

Beth Anne

Open House June 10th and 11

I’m so excited!

We are getting the gardens ready and the studio freshened up.

My husband is building a screen system for the barn next door.

New wool will have arrived that’s great for wool appliqué.

AND….     AND…   AND....

Two folk  artist’s will be visiting Wheaten Woolens on June 10th and 11tb.

IMG_1275Rebekah L. Smith is the featured teacher.WorkshopCollage_WW_2015

She will be here teaching wool appliqué and signing her first book. Both classes are full, but she can still sign your book and you can see original projects from the book. Books will be available ..

Open House June 10 and 11th  –  1:00  – 5:00 p.m. both days

Ginny Henson – folk artist will be set up under a tent in front of the barn. She is bringing antiques, wool appliqué  items, topiaries, garden items and her reproduction animals..Many of you know Ginny from the Antique show in Bishop Hill Il.

Come and see what’s happening in the barn.

Beth Anne

 

 

St Louis Hook In

Hook In St Louis

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The St Louis Hook In has come and gone.

It was a wonderful day of meeting new people, putting faces to names,  and getting to spend time with new friends. As way of saying thank you  I am offering FREE SHIPPING on any of these three antique patterns that were the hit of this show, through the month of May.

 

1895 Heritage Hearts Antique Rug

1895 Heritage Hearts
Antique Rug

I featured my favorite antique rug 1895 Heritage Hearts. It was a very popular item in my booth and lots of rug hookers put their name in the basket to win the pattern to hook.

                      THE WINNER OF THIS PATTERN IS

BARB FINBLOOM

 

Wedding Ring Geometric

Wedding Ring Geometric

Another one of my antique rugs was the Wedding Ring Geometric.. This pattern was a big hit and I came home with several orders for this rug.

 

Antique Tulip

Antique Tulip

I sold out of  this antique pattern at the show. Originally  the center of a larger rug, it is now a star of its own.

If you would like to order any of these patterns or others on my website go to my On Line Store.( Found on the sidebar or at he bottom of the page)

Beth Anne

Hook In St Louis

Wheaten Woolens is vending at “Hook In St. Louis” for the first time! April 23rd at the Kirkwood Community Center 10 -4                                   OH, My, we are so excited to be part of this rug hooking                      tradition in Kirkwood, MO.

 

My husband Barry and Murphy, our Wheaten Terrier in Bishop Hill.

My husband Barry and Murphy, our Wheaten Terrier in Bishop Hill.

I am new to setting up at rug hooking shows. In the past, I have set up at the Midwest Antique Show and Bishop Hill Antique Show demonstrating our art.

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Last September, was my first time at the Wool-Keepers Hook In.                I will be back again this September 9th, 2016 and am honored to be the Bee line Distributor. I will have their full line of cutters, cassettes and frames for you to choose from.

1895 Heritage Hearts I have a small collection of antique hearts in my kitchen. So when I saw this rug I fell in love. The four border hearts seem to be watching over their combined family of hearts. This original rug is very faded now, but was originally hooked in soft pinks and greens.

1895 Heritage Hearts I have a small collection of antique hearts in my kitchen. So when I saw this rug I fell in love. The four border hearts seem to be watching over their combined family of hearts. This original rug is very faded now, but was originally hooked in soft pinks and greens.

I will be featuring the original 1895 Heritage Hearts Rug and my hooked version, at Hook In St. Louis. Visit my booth and sign up to win the pattern to make this rug.

I will also be bringing Blackberry Primitives dyed Velvet, Wheaten Woolens dyed wool, feed-sack aprons, rug hooking frame covers, and my line of patterns. I am now the owner of Anne Nichols Patterns of Annetiques in Massachusetts.

I can’t wait to meet many new rug hookers in St. Louis.                             Stop and say hello to my helpers – Joyce and Ginny and  I.

Beth Anne

Georgie’s Floral – Where To Start

Georgie's Floral Kit, wool and pattern on linen $225, 40" long by 18" wide.

Georgie’s Floral Kit, wool and pattern on linen $225, 40″ long by 18″ wide.

I am working on the pattern – Georgie’s Floral that was designed by Anne Nichols.

Two years ago I bought the pattern line from Anne when she retired. This is a very popular pattern and I am slowly hooking all of her patterns to have in the studio.

I’m loving the color choices, they are very bright and cheerful. So how did I come to use all of this purple in a rug?

This time it all  started with the dark background wool used in the center of the rug and the plaid I picked out for the transition line between the center and the border. The background wool is very rich with purple, green, wine, and blue all running through it. The transition line is a beautiful plaid with many shades of purple. This plaid makes a very soft line between the two backgrounds and again around the outside of the rug. Now, what colors will stand out against this rich background – well – my new favorite color purple, a little bright pink and a soft blue/purple plaid. YUMMY!!!

IMG_0006Have you added any purple to your rugs, lately? Weather bright or subdued, purple adds a little of the unexpected to any rug.

Georgie’s Floral Kit  is now available in my On-line Store. 

Order soon and receive

Free Shipping through February 

 

Old Hearts, New Hearts, We Love Hearts

My collection of old hearts in my kitchen.

My collection of old hearts in my kitchen.

We do love hearts!

Hearts are very popular in all forms of art. This is a small wall in my kitchen with early hearth tools, maple sugar molds, a cheese mold and baking molds. If only this wall was bigger I could keep collecting!

Oh, how I love hearts!

1895 Heritage Hearts, 38" x 39" drawn on primitive linen, $95

1895 Heritage Hearts, 38″ x 39″ pattern drawn on primitive linen, $95

Instead, I have acquired a 1900 antique heart rug that I love.

My version hanging in my booth at the Woolkeepers Hook-In.

My version hanging in my booth at the Woolkeepers Hook-In.

I also have reproduced it when I was at a camp last summer with Betsy Reed and Bev. Stewart. My version is done with torn strips and some of my favorite wools.

Print Maker's Heart Kit 21"H x 18" Pattern and wool - $130

Print Maker’s Heart Kit
21″H x 18″
Pattern and wool – $130

This is one of my early patterns created from a print makers block. I loved the layers of detail in the original heart.

Olde Hearts 18" x 18" Linen $48

Olde Hearts 18″ x 18″
Linen $48

Old hearts is my version of an antique rug. Lots of different wools were used so the transition from one color to the next was soft and old.

Several timeless patterns in my collection were created by Anne Nichols, whose patterns I acquired when she retired.

Where The Heart Is Kit Hand dyed velvet, wool, thread and beeswax included. $89

Where The Heart Is Kit
Hand dyed velvet, wool, thread and beeswax included. $89

Two of my favorite things hearts and dyed velvet together in an appliqué pattern by Rebekah L. Smith. Don’t we all love Rebekah and her work. She has agreed to come to my Studio every summer to teach classes.

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If it’s Saturday it’s a hooking day in the barn.

Beth Anne

Weathervane Rooster Rug

When a student of mine wanted to hook a rooster rug I went looking for a new version.

I found the inspiration in my kitchen, a weathervane rooster. I really like his long skinny neck. Sue wanted this rug to look old, so we used rusts, old black, golds and a plaid to make him pop out of background. This is Sue’s second project. Great job, Sue. This  pattern can be ordered and will be on the website soon.

Have a happy hooking day!

If it’s Saturday, it’s a hooking day in the barn!

Beth Anne Smiley