Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, May 21, 2018

~Show and Tell~

Hello and Happy Monday, dear friends!!

Hope you are all enjoying some lovely weather in your "neck of the woods!"


It is hard to believe that it has been almost 2 months since my last post!!!

What in the world have I been doing all this time????


Yes, I have been working on hooking a rug!!!!!

It is a wonderful antique adaptation by my sweet friend Lori Rippey, of Homespunprims and I  have wanted to hook it for a very long time!!

Unfortunately, back in 2016, I tripped over some plugs in my front yard and fell over backwards!  It really hurt but I honestly didn't think I did any real damage!!  
Little did I know that that fall would lead to arm pain and then shoulder AND arm pain and finally
after x rays and the dreaded MRI, I was diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder!!!

Let me just say that if I could describe it with one word, I would say EXCRUCIATING!!!!
Thankfully, it was my left arm and so it still allowed me to do things, but I had many limitations and the pain was just constant!!!  I know that many advocate PT for it, but after doing lots of reading about it and talking to some friends who had dealt with it themselves and realizing it could take up to 18 or more months to go away whether I did PT or not, I opted to just use heat, Ibuprofen, and rest!
It was the right choice for me! 

During this time I could still do hand stitching and Punch Needle, and it just seemed to take me FOREVER to get projects done, but I was so grateful I could still do some of the things I loved!   
There were so many things I could no longer do and one of them was rug hooking!!!  

It certainly was a LONG WAIT!!!!

I'm was so happy for the day I could actually raise my arm over my head and knew then that rug hooking would again be in my future!!!
It took 16 months for me to heal and I can't tell you how good it finally feels!!!!  

Fast forward to this year!!!  I joined a new group here in Phoenix, lead by Janet Carruth, that meets one Wed. each month and have not missed a meeting!!!  It is SO NICE to be able to get together with other women who share my love of creating and I have so enjoyed making new friends, too!!

Then in March, I attended a Hook In in the area and actually started working on the antique adaptation!!!

I had so much fun color planning this one and was so excited to begin pulling loops!!

Here is some of my early progress!

This old measure sure is handy for holding lots of different black worms!!

Love this divided holder for keeping my worms separated!

More lovely red worms for the hearts and flowers!!

I admit once I started hooking, it almost became an obsession with me!!  I pretty much did only those things I had to do and just spent the rest of the time hooking this rug!!

I finally pulled the last loop about a week ago and then needed to
steam and bind it!! 

 I actually used 2 inch torn wool strips and attached them to the front folded linen,

 and then folded it over to the back and stitched it in place!!!

  I LOVE the wool binding so much!!

Finally finished!!!!  Hooray!!!!!

I even made a label for the back!!

Here it is hanging on the wall in my living room!!!
  It truly was labor of love and  I am so happy to have it all done!!!  


It is so good to have a pain free shoulder and arm again and now I can get back to more of a normal routine!!!  I think it just felt so good to be able to hook again that I just got lost in it!!!!  

Many thanks to those of you who asked about me and wondered where I was!! I am doing GREAT and it was nice to be missed!!!!  Now to get back to the business of creating some new things and hoping to post again soon!!!  

Thank you for following along and being part of my journey, dear friends!!!

Wishing you JOY in doing what you LOVE~



Penny said...

Hi Julie,
Your rug is wonderful, amazing, stupendous! Your work is always perfection!
Glad you are able to get back to hooking!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Penny,
Oh, you are so kind, my friend!!! I think it is pretty special and feel like it was so long in coming but SO WORTH IT!!! It felt good to actually hook and then finish it!!! Hoping now to get back to normal and start creating again, and get something else ready on my frame!!
Thanks so much for your encouraging words!!
Have a lovely week!
Heart Hugs~

Saundra said...

Julie, your rendition of this antique is awesome!!! I'll save a photo of it for inspiration as one day I'd also like to hook it soo. Matter of fact, early on when trying to decide what was next, it was on the list of 'maybe'. The the one I'm working on now won out.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra,
Oh, I am so happy you like it!! I'm so honored that it might inspire you, too!
It has been a favorite for a long time and happy to know you also love it!!
Your new rug is a beauty and I can see how it was hard to choose!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouraging words!!
Have a good week!!
Heart Hugs~

Prims By The Water said...

OMG Julie I had a frozen shoulder about 2 years ago. I did go to therapy for about 6 months and felt like my shoulder was just getting worse...so I quit and just kept doing the one exercice my doctor told me to do and took many hot showers. I knew it was getting better when I could use my arm to reach the spices in an upper cabinet. Then I could drive with my left arm again...then I could move my arm back behind me again. In my case therapy was not the answer. Love the colors of your new rug! Alos like how you finished it. I am almost finished with my 4th of July one and also working on a penny rug project. Also have been drawing out things for Halloween already. LOL Janice

marly said...

So glad your shoulder thawed out. Mine isn't frozen but it's almost a year and I still can't lift for deodorant! It's nice that you have a group to share your work.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Julie , it is so good to hear from you and know that nothing awful happene!!!! I have missed your posts! Wow, you new hooked rug is truly gorgeous. I love the size and the rich deep colors too. Congratulations on your new masterpiece!!! While I have never hooked a rug, I can understand how complicated and time consuming it must be to get it right. Beautiful works take time and focus and you have an artist's eye for making that happen!!

Happy upcoming Memorial Day weekend!! Can you believe it is already the end of May? The first half of 2018 has flown by. Before we know it, we will be putting out pumpkins and eating Halloween candy!! Works for me!! LOL!!

Have a great day!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Janice, Marly, and Winnie,
It is always so nice to hear from all of you and thanks so much for stopping by!

Janice- So sorry you also suffered with FS!!! It is so horrible, isn't it??
I forgot to mention that I also did do exercises when I was finally able to move my arm a bit and they really did help! So happy you are back to normal and I truly do share your joy!! So happy you love my rug and the binding! I am so pleased with it and know you understand the joy of creating!! Enjoy those projects and have fun creating for Halloween!!

Marly- I really understand about the whole deodorant thing and sure do hope you get some relief soon!! So sorry you are dealing with the pain!! Yes, it is so nice to meet with other women who share your love of creating and I am so happy to know that even though it is so hot here, rug hooking IS alive and well and AZ!! Hope your house project continues to move right along!!

Winnie- Thanks for your concern and yes, life can get so busy sometimes that we just need to stop and take a break from the hectic pace!! All is well and I am so glad to be feeling good and doing what I love!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement!! Hope you and yours enjoy this weekend and that you have something fun planned!! Yes, before we know it Halloween will be here!! Bring out the candy, please!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and thanks again so much for stopping by!
Heart Hugs~

acorn hollow said...

So glad your feeling much better and with a hook in your hand! I am working on my stair risers and have mostly background of the first three.
love your rug wonderful color.

Julia said...

Dear Julie, your rug is just beautiful and I love those rich colors you used.
I'm so glad you are finally pain-free. I'm still feeling lots of pain in my right shoulder but it's getting a bit better. I know it takes time to heal. mine isn't frozen but my pain also radiate in the shoulder blades since my falls on the ice this past winter.

We are still cleaning up from the flood and it will be a while before things are back to normal but we are getting there little by little.

Wishing you a great summer of creativity and fun.
Hugs, Julia

Rugs and Pugs said...

SO HAPPY to hear your shoulder finally healed and you could pick up the hook. Great job on the rug. I have hooked that one twice but don't have one for myself :( Love your binding technique. I just love everything about your rug.
Congrats on finding a group to hook with and attending a hook in. It is so inspiring.
Hugs :)

moosecraft said...

Good to hear you're back to feeling better....and enjoying some hooking! Your interpretation of this design is marvelous! Looking forward to seeing more!

elaine allerton said...

Wow,,, lovely mat!
Just wonderful,,, so great to be hooking again,,,
Sorry for struggles,, sounds awful,,,
Take care,,,

Kimberly said...

Beautiful rug. So glad your doing better! Happy creating

old crow said...

Hi Julie, so glad to hear your shoulder is better!! Your rug is beautiful!! Love your color choices!! Have fun with your hooking group!! Enjoy!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Ladies! Each one of your comments is truly appreciated!!! It always feels so good to accomplish something and then to have others acknowledge it makes it even more special!!

Cathy- I am so happy to be back to normal again! That was NOT FUN!! Glad to hear you are still hooking away on your stair risers and enjoying the process! So happy you like my rug, too!!! Thanks so much!

Julia- I'm so happy you love my rug colors and I am just thrilled with how it came out!! Guess I didn't forget how to hook after all! I'm so sorry for your pain and know how a fall can really hurt! Hope you continue to feel better and that the pain goes away completely!!! Hope that all the flood clean up goes quickly and that the warmer weather dries things out!! Take care and stay safe!!

Lauren- I have to admit that the pain from that was just TERRIBLE and I feel like a new person!! Being able to hook again makes me so happy, too!! I'm so glad you love my rug and I am so pleased with it!! I was so afraid I had forgotten how to hook!!! Sounds to me like you might need to hook one for yourself!! I am so happy to know that there are actually 3 different groups that meet near me and that even though it is hot here, rug hooking is alive and well in AZ!!

Sharon- Yes, there is nothing like feeling better, is there?? It truly is a joy to hook again and I have a kit all ready and waiting to start soon!! I'm so happy you love my rug, too!!!

Elaine- Thank you so much for stopping by and for all of your kind words!! Yes, it does feel good to hook again and hoping it won't be too long before I start another one!!! So happy you like my rug!!!!

Kimberly- Thank you so much for your kind words!! I am so happy you love my rug!! It felt so good to finally be able to hook again!! There is nothing that brings me more joy than being able to create!!!!! Thanks for your visit!!

I hope each one of you has a wonderful week and thank you again so much for taking the time to stop by and leave your sweet comments!! I truly appreciate it so much!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Mona,
Always so nice to hear from you, my friend!! I'm can't tell you how good it feels to have a pain free shoulder!!! I'm just so happy I didn't forget how to hook!! So happy you like my rug and the colors!! I am really happy with it and hope to get to another one soon!!! Hope you are enjoying some lovely weather in WA and not working too hard!! It is so nice to get together with other woman who love to create, isn't it?
Take care and have a wonderful week!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

HomeSpunPrims said...

I so love how your rug came out, Julie! And I’m so very happy for you that the nasty frozen shoulder is a thing of the past! I know it was long months of pain for you. Can’t wait to see what you are inspired to do next! Love and hugs, Lori

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lori,
I am so happy you love it, Lori!! I am really happy with it and it felt so good to be able to finally hook it after all that time!! Yes, that pain was really horrendous, but am so thankful it is in the past and I can do all the things I love PAIN FREE!! I actually have a kit that will be on my frame next and hope to share that soon!!! You and Brian continue to be in our prayers!!
Hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Julie,
So pleased to hear from you. Glad you resolved that frozen shoulder problem too. I simply love your rug and am so happy for you to have a close group of people who share your interests. There is nothing here in the desert. I did find a group in Redlands, but then that means traveling down the Cajon Pass and mostly freeway driving ... NOT for me, so I stay put until we get moved to Temecula/Murietta area, hoping all that will change. I love my visit to your blog, it is always inspiring to see your perfectly, beautiful creations. Hope you have a great Memorial Day celebration.
Keep cool my friend, with Folk Art Hugs and Peace for all,

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Barb,
It is so nice to be back to blogging again!! Life just got so busy and we can't do everything, can we?? Yes, the Frozen Shoulder was NOT FUN but I am so enjoying being pain free after so long!! I am really enjoying the rug group and it is so nice that there are also other groups that meet near me as well! I used to attend the group in Redlands and just loved those ladies! So sorry you can't attend due to the driving and I certainly don't blame you on that score!! I'm excited for your move to Temecula and feel sure you can get connected with a group there, plus you will be close to Primitive Gatherings!
Thank you for all your sweet words and know how much I appreciate them, as well as your visits!! I feel the same when I visit your blog!!
Hope you and yours have a wonderful Memorial Day!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Kurt Schindler said...

Hi Julie,

Your rug is lovely. The binding looks great too. I tried rug hooking but couldn't quite get the hang of it but admire all those who can hook. So glad that your should is better so you can continue to pursue your passion. I mostly quilt and do some wool appliqué and punch needle. Keeps me busy and I never seem to have enough time even though I am retired.

Love seeing all your projects.


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Charlotte,
Thank you so much for your kind words!! I truly appreciate them!! I am really happy with how the rug turned out, especially after such a long time of not being able to hook!! I am sorry that you didn't get the hang of rug hooking! I am the same way about knitting and crocheting and also admire those who make beautiful pieces using their skills!! It is nice to find our passions though, and happy you are enjoying quilting, applique, and punch needle!! It gives us a chance to be creative and enjoy life, doesn't it??
Thanks so much for your visits and sweet comments, as always!!
Enjoy your week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

laurie said...

This is my first visit here but I have joined to follow so I will be back! oh it is beautiful, such rich color, amazingly beautiful! What an accomplishment! You should be very proud! I'm glad your shoulder is better,, keep cool!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Laurie,
Thank you so much for your first visit and for following along!! I have been absent from my blog and computer so much lately for one reason or another but hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis soon! I'm so happy you like my rug and I am truly happy with it, especially after such a long break from hooking!! Thank you for your sweet words!!! I can't begin to tell you how happy I am about my shoulder!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!!
Trying to keep cool here during our very HOT summer!!! Hope you are keeping cool, too!!
Take care and hope you stop back again to check in!!
Heart Hugs~