Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Organizing And A Question

I have a nice pantry that becomes the black hole
of all things in the kitchen. Since I have been trying to 
organize something every night I tackled the pantry tonight.
I wish I had taken a before picture. I am ashamed to 
say I put a lot of things in the garbage(mostly open crackers). And every time
I promise myself it will not happen again. Let's see if I can keep the promise this time.

In the evening I have been taking apart some old wool skirts 
I have picked up over time. I plan to dye this weekend so
if you hear a scream that would be me.
The question is do you think it brings the art of rug hooking
down to hook with used wool? I have heard in the past that 
quilters do not quilt with used cotton so why should a hooker use
old wool. I would love your thoughts on this. 
 Happy father's day to all the Dads out there. We 
will be spending ours with our amazing daughter, son in law, and 
Miss B going to Story Land! Miss B's favorite place!


Julia said...

Organizing is a life long ambition for me but for some reason I'm never done because I don't live alone, lol... I guess it's an on going project.
You pantry looks well organized.

White wool skirts are hard to come by. You're lucky... I use mostly used wool, there's no reason to only use new wool. I think the fun of the hunt is part of the sport of it. It feels good to get good wool for a small fraction of new wool. I get satisfaction from it and if the color isn't right, I dye it. I always make sure that the woo has been washed as soon as I bring it into the house. I have a bolt of natural white to dye when I need it.

Happy hooking.

Kim said...

Hooked rugs and patchwork quilts started with our ancestors recycling old materials into something new and useful. It was the way it was originally intended to be.

WoolenSails said...

Who the heck said that? Rug hooking started with the use of wool and cotton scraps, taking something they had worn out to make something functional for their home, so yes, used wool is just fine. I love thrift wool, I get great textures and wonderful unique colors when I over dye it.


Nellie said...

What a wonderfully organized pantry! Would you like to come and tackle mine?:-)

I've no opinions on the rug hooking question. I actually don't know anyone locally who is a rug hooker.

Margaret T. Zenk said...

I don't comment a lot...however I do feel strongly here that we honor our hooking foremothers when we recycle wool-- just as we would when using 'used' cotton to make a quilt. Think of the old log cabin quilts, and other scrap quilts that were made from leftovers. But you can't equate the two. A quilt made from new (and expensive) cotton is going to last longer than one made from threadbare salvaged cotton, depending on use of course. But wool doesn't necessarily get weaker as it ages. An old skirt might be seeing a washing machine for the first time and this washing and drying renders the fibers tighter!
And don't get me started on all the quilters who seem to be pushing their own fabric lines. You don't really see this in the rug world. That's a good thing!

yaya said...

I'm not a hooker but I'm guessing wool is sturdier than cotton so reusing sounds like a winner to me! Of course quilters might just not be as "green" as hookers! I've seen quilts made from childhood dresses or shirts and my daughter-in-law made a quilt with my son's old t-shirts from his tell those naysayers to button up and go make some magic with that old wool! Nice pantry..I'm jealous!

newburyarts said...

***** have seen my rugs and the majority of them are made with recycled woollies. why wouldn't anyone use the old clothes? there are far too many wonderful textures and colors out there to use...and despite some of the people on the internet who don't know what they are talking about, you can use worsted weights, herringbones, and yes...all of the jacket. just take out the sizing...or if the sizing helps the material that is
rather weak, you can still leave it on and hook with it...or better yet, take out the backing and fold the material in half and hook. i apply that many times in my own rugs.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

I can't imagine why using used wool would be anything but good for rug making! What a perfect way to recycle, and make your rug more special in the mean time!
The pantry looks fabulous!
Way to go on tackling things little by little!
Erica :)

P.J. said...

I am fairly new to hooking; but all the history I have read on rug hooking, that is what was used when this utilitarian art began, what they had on hand from old clothing and such. I suppose it depends on your piece. My daughters great grandmother makes only scrap quilts.

Your pantry looks great! Have fun dyeing. ;)

moosecraft said...

Since rug hooking started with used "everything and anything that could be pulled through a burlap bag"... i think you can use anything you feel adds to your hooked piece! Creativity does not have boundaries (or rules).... play on! :-) Have fun with Miss B in Story land!

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

Your pantry looks great. I got rid of mine when we renovated because it was always a mess and took up too much floor space. Now I have a deep cupboard with roll out shelves. It still gets messy, but it is easier to clean and organize.

I love recycled wool! Give me a knife-pleated Pendelton skirt anytime from the thrift store anytime -- lots of yardage and great colors.

Have fun dyeing. Post your results!


Saundra said...

Repurposed wool does not make the hooked item lose value in my opinion. Block out the voices of the nay-sayers and hook on.


Balisha said...

I'm with the gals who recommended using used woolens. I think that fabric is lighter weight and might wear out too fast for all the work you put into quilts. Wool is another story. I once knew a lady who hooked rugs and she used only used woolens. Her rugs were sturdy and beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Judy said...

To my Mother, who loved to hook rugs, the fun part of the whole process, other than sketching out the design, was to find used wool wherever she could.

DM said...

From what I heard our founding hookers all used recycled wool and go for it.
Happy Fathers Day to Dave as well as B-day.
Can't wait to see your dye jobs.

Mugwump Woolies said...

I myself have squealed in delight upon finding an old Pendleton shirt at a thrift store. Old is good!
Have a great weekend!

SouthernHeart said...

Very nice, organized pantry! Wish mine looked like that. I think recycling wool into rugs is the perfect way to create something very special.