Friday, January 11, 2019

Hello and Thanks for stopping by…

Lots of changes happening around here this year…my husband retired just before Christmas…
our son will be graduating in May…
AND I have decided to close my beloved website at the end of January!
NO, I’m NOT going out of business…just trying to Simplify things.

Everything is…or will be available in the ETSY SHOP
and in fact on February 1st, will actually direct you there!

I've had the ETSY Shop open since 2007, primarily to sell my handmade goods. They've made changes over the past few years to allow selling supplies and I've been happily filling ETSY orders daily, so making this transition seems like the perfect solution.
I’ve had the ole’ website since 2000 and for the past several years no tech support from the server…can you say nightmare waiting to happen?!? The technology is old and tho’ I love the folky look I’ve worked hard to create there…it’s time for the change.

You may notice some changes here on the blog, too. Just below the header I have updated all the pages…my hooking tips and finishing techniques are now here…I’ll be closing the old PictureTrail site, too.

The studio continues to be open by appointment. Even tho’ Mom and Dad are being well cared for at a nursing home close by, I am still handling everything for them. Overwhelming at times…but blessed that they are still with us.

I haven’t forgotten about the 2019 edition of the Annual LJFibers Rug Project…just a little delayed…
I’ll be back with details soon.
Wishing you all the best, Laurie

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy 2019...

Happiest of New Years to you ALL,
The new year finds me scurrying to finish magazine articles, commission rugs and finalize the 2019 edition of the Annual LJFibers Hooked Rug Project,
but I just took time out to list THESE in the Etsy Shop

I hope you'll take a look:)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Snowy weekend here me the perfect opportunity to tidy up the wool room! Loads of wool making it's way to the ETSY shop...

Several yards available for some...others just a few washed fat sure to check it out!
Hope you have a great day, thanks for stopping by ~ Laurie

Saturday, October 20, 2018

This year's PUMPKIN Harvest

...has landed in the ETSY shop!

A few remain after my Autumn shows and I just finished listing them in the ETSY shop...all with FREE shipping;)

Feels more like Winter here than Autumn,
and most of my leaves are still green,
it is the weirdest of weather...
Wishing you wonderful Fall ~ Laurie

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Waning Summer Days...Autumn Hook-In info...and more...

Our weather is shifting...
I was lucky to escape the city heat this past weekend and spend time with my dear friend at her cabin. The butterflies...and bees loved this sedum plant.
The lake was warmer than it had been when I was there in July and we spent a lot of time in the water!

Yesterday another sweet friend brought me some of the bounty from her fabulous gardens...

Here is some Hops I started simmering this morning. Isn't it a pretty plant? I've never liked the smell or taste of beer ( now wine is another story! ) I'm so glad it smells like green beans cooking.

Looks like it will be a soft apricot color on the wool...but we will see;)

After the storms that blew threw yesterday and overnite, our weather has shifted towards Autumn...time to finish the scrappy quilt I've been hand piecing while sitting and visiting my folks at the nursing home. I have to keep my hands busy...and so, this is kind of my therapy blanket!

Between checking the dyepot and packing orders, I've been pressing the quilt top. I've picked out a soft antique-y cotton flannel for the back. Once I get it basted with a lightweight cotton batting, I will hand quilt it with Valdani #12 Perle Cotton.

If you are near, I hope you'll stop by and visit me at the Autumn Valley Hook-In in Stillwater, Minnesota on Saturday October 6th...

Wishing you all a wonderful last week of Summer, Laurie

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Are YOU Registered?

Only 2 weeks until my Natural Plant Dyeing for Wool Workshop at Minnetonka Center for the Arts…
are YOU registered?
If not….PLEASE join us…Friday, September 14th from 9:30 til 4
Learn how to dye wool with the rich, earthy colors growing all around us. This class will cover growing, harvesting and preparing both dye materials and wool for truly unique fabrics to use in rug hooking, wool applique, sewing and quilting.

Contact MCFTA at 952-473-7361 x 160 or on the web at

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Golden leaves on the boulevard…

While I was away teaching at Sauder Village Rug Week in Ohio…
Summer moved a little closer to Autumn. I can hardly believe it…but this IS a sign of the glory to come!
There were hints of Autumn in the early morning and evening breezes for a week or so before I left…and we saw many trees on the verge of turning on our drive thru 5 states.
And so it’s time to register for Fall Classes…
There is still space in my Folk Art Rug Hooking class beginning Wednesday, September 5th at Minnetonka Center for the Arts
This is an all-level class meeting Wednesdays from 1-4pm

I’ll be teaching a Natural Dyeing class on Friday September 14th

and an Intro to Rug Hooking on Saturday, October 13th.

Call Minnetonka Center for The Arts at 952-473-7361 for more info and to register
Or vist their website at

Thanks for visiting ~ Laurie